Familiar Wife

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Familiar Wife
Familiar Wife.jpg
Promotional poster
Also known as
  • Wife That I Know
  • Wife I Know
아는 와이프
Literal meaningKnowing Wife
Revised Romanization Aneun Waipeu
Created by Studio Dragon [1]
Written byYang Hee-sung
Directed byLee Sang-yeob
Country of originSouth Korea
Original languageKorean
No. of episodes16
Executive producers
  • Cho Hyung-jin
  • Kim Sang-heon
Camera setup Single-camera
Production company Chorokbaem Media [1]
Original network tvN
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital
Original releaseAugust 1 (2018-08-01) 
September 20, 2018 (2018-09-20)

Familiar Wife (Korean : 아는 와이프; RR : Aneun Waipeu) is a romantic fantasy South Korean television series starring Ji Sung, Han Ji-min, Jang Seung-jo, and Kang Han-na. It aired on tvN from August 1 to September 20, 2018. [2] [3]



A married couple suddenly finds themselves living entirely different lives after their fates magically change through an unexpected incident.

Cha Joo-hyuk works at a bank and has been married to Seo Woo-jin for five years. When a strange incident happens one day, Joo-hyuk makes a decision that impacts his life and those around him in unexpected ways. Suddenly, the life he had with Woo-jin and his best friend, Yoon Joong-hoo are gone and he is leading a very different life.

How will his first love, Lee Hye-won, factor into his new life? And will it be possible to get his old life back?



An ordinary bank employee that becomes unhappy with his life because of his family's financial struggle and constantly being pressured by both wife at home and his direct superior at office.
A married woman who tries her best to balance between career and family life. She has been married to Joo-hyuk for five years. During those years, she developed anger issues and easily gets agitated with her husband's simple mistakes.
Joo-hyuk's best friend who is also an ordinary bank employee with handsome face. His life is changed completely along with Joo-hyuk due to an unexpected incident.
Cha Joo-hyuk's first love but due to an incident with Woo-jin, both of them became separated. She is a daughter of an influential businessman and also a cello player.


People around Cha Joo-hyuk

  • Park Hee-von as Cha Joo-eun, Joo-hyuk's sister who tries to pass a bar examination
  • Oh Eui-shik as Oh Sang-sik, [8] Joo-hyuk's friend who owns a noodle shop and works there alone

People around Seo Woo-jin

  • Lee Jung-eun as Woo-jin's mother [9] with severe alzhemizer's disease. Woo-jin decided to put her in a nursing home because of her worsening situation.

Bank employees

  • Son Jong-hak as Cha Bong-hee, [10] Branch manager of the bank where Joo-hyuk works at. He is kind toward the employees of the branch, especially to Joo-hyuk because of the same surname.
  • Park Won-sang as Byeon Sung-woo. Joo-hyuk's direct superior in the branch's loan department. Unlike Bong-hee, he consistently pressurizes his subordinates, especially Joo-hyuk.
  • Cha Hak-yeon as Kim Hwan, [11] New recruit at the branch and being assigned as Joo-hyuk's subordinate. He is seen slacking around and making mistakes, becomes a further burden to Joo-hyuk's office life.
  • Kim Soo-jin as Jang Man-ok The supervisor of transfer department of the branch.
  • Kim So-ra as Joo Hyang-sook. [12] Bank teller on the deposit team.
  • Gong Min-jeung as Choi Hye-jung. Bank teller on the deposit team.
  • Kang Hui as Jung Min-soo, a security guard who is mostly seen handling rude customers

Special appearances


The first script reading was held on May 9, 2018 at the conference room of Studio Dragon's main office at the 17th floor of DDMC Building in Sangam-dong, Seoul, South Korea. [16]

Original soundtrack

Familiar Wife OST
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
Genre Soundtrack
Label Stone Music Entertainment

Part 1

Released on August 9, 2018 (2018-08-09)
1."Love Me Again"Ji Pyeong-kwon, TaibianJi Pyeong-kwon, Taibian SF9 03:16
2."Love Me Again (Inst.)" Ji Pyeong-kwon, Taibian 03:16
Total length:06:32

Part 2

Released on August 16, 2018 (2018-08-16)
1."Let Me Stay"Lee Jong-won, Ji Pyeong-kwonYeom Seung-jae, Ji Pyeong-kwon John Park 02:51
2."Let Me Stay (Inst.)" Yeom Seung-jae, Ji Pyeong-kwon 02:51
Total length:05:42

Part 3

Released on August 23, 2018 (2018-08-23)
1."No Longer Mine" (왜 몰랐을까)DingoDingo Roy Kim 03:36
2."No Longer Mine (Inst.)" Dingo 03:36
Total length:07:12

Part 4

Released on September 6, 2018 (2018-09-06)
1."Let Me Show You"Cho MichelleDamon Sharpe, Rob Persaud, Adam Argyle, Cho Michelle N.Flying 03:06
2."Let Me Show You (Inst.)" Damon Sharpe, Rob Persaud, Adam Argyle, Cho Michelle 03:06
Total length:06:12

Part 5

Released on September 13, 2018 (2018-09-13)
1."You In My Dream" (꿈 속의 너)Lee Jong-won, NamooJi Pyeong-kwonDamsonegongbang03:01
2."You In My Dream (Inst.)" Ji Pyeong-kwon 03:01
Total length:06:02

Part 6

Released on September 20, 2018 (2018-09-20)
1."Hello"Park Woo-sangPark Woo-sang U Sung-eun 03:20
2."Hello (Inst.)" Park Woo-sang 03:20
Total length:06:40
Disc 2:
1."Between us"Various Artists2:40
2."Eternally"Various Artists2:24
3."IF"Various Artists2:22
4."Memories"Various Artists2:14
5."Morning Walk"Various Artists2:54
6."One fine day"Various Artists2:57
7."The Beginning"Various Artists2:10
8."Time to remember"Various Artists2:23


Familiar Wife: South Korea viewers per episode (millions)
SeasonEpisode numberAverage
Source: Audience measurement performed nationwide by Nielsen Media Research. [17]
Average TV viewership ratings
Ep.Original broadcast dateAverage audience share
(AGB Nielsen) [17]
Nationwide Seoul
1August 1, 20184.680%(1st)4.910%(1st)
2August 2, 20185.535% (1st)6.548% (1st)
3August 8, 20185.104% (1st)6.160% (1st)
4August 9, 20186.209% (1st)7.523% (1st)
5August 15, 20186.621% (1st)7.774% (1st)
6August 16, 20187.259% (1st)8.594% (1st)
7August 22, 20186.506% (1st)7.445% (1st)
8August 23, 20186.950% (1st)7.847% (1st)
9August 29, 20186.879% (1st)7.892% (1st)
10August 30, 20188.210%(1st)9.741%(1st)
11September 5, 20187.096% (1st)8.422% (1st)
12September 6, 20188.106% (1st)9.636% (1st)
13September 12, 20187.449% (1st)9.121% (1st)
14September 13, 20187.875% (1st)9.369% (1st)
15September 19, 20186.709% (1st)7.831% (1st)
16September 20, 20187.870% (1st)8.937% (1st)
  • The blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
  • This drama aired on a cable channel/pay TV which normally has a relatively smaller audience compared to free-to-air TV/public broadcasters (KBS, SBS, MBC and EBS).

Awards and nominations

2018 11th Korea Drama Awards Best Original Soundtrack"No Longer Mine" (Roy Kim)Nominated [18]

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