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The Penthouse

Title: 펜트하우스 / The Penthouse
Also Known as: Penthouse: War In Life
Genre: Suspense
Episodes: 20 (To Be Confirmed)
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2020-Oct-26 to 2020-Dec-29
Air Time: Monday & Tuesday 22:00


The drama is the story of a woman who strives to achieve her goal of entering high society by becoming the “queen” in the 100th floor penthouse in Gangnam, which is the pinnacle of success in her eyes. It also tells the story of women who will do anything in order to protect themselves.

Shim Soo Ryun (Lee Ji Ah) was born into wealth. She is now an elegant woman of the upper class and she is like the queen of the Penthouse Apartment. Her husband is Joo Dan Tae (Uhm Ki Joon). He is successful in business and real estate. Meanwhile, Chun Seo Jin (Kim So Yun) was born into a wealthy family. She is arrogant. Her husband is Ha Yoon Chul (Yoon Jong Hoon). He is a chief surgeon at a general hospital and an ambitious man. Oh Yoon Hee (Eugene) comes from a poor family background. She works hard for her children’s success. She wants to belong to the upper class for her children.


Main Cast

Lee Ji Ah as Shim Soo Ryun
Kim So Yun as Chun Seo Jin
Eugene as Oh Yoon Hee

Shim Soo Ryun’s family (100th Floor)

Uhm Ki Joon as Joo Dan Tae
Kim Young Dae as Joo Suk Hoon
Han Ji Hyun as Joo Suk Kyung

Chun Seo Jin’s family (85th Floor)

Yoon Jong Hoon as Ha Yoon Chul
Choi Ye Bin (최예빈) as Ha Eun Byul
Jung Sung Mo as Chun Myung Soo (Seo Jin’s father)
Hye Min (혜민) as Seo Jin’s mother
Shin Seo Hyun (신서현) as Chun Seo Young
Ahn Tae Hwan as Seo Jin’s brother-in-law

Oh Yoon Hee’s family

Kim Hyun Soo as Bae Ro Na (Oh Yoon Hee’s daughter)

Lee Kyu Jin’s family (55th Floor)

Bong Tae Kyu as Lee Kyu Jin
Yoon Joo Hee as Go Sang Ah
Lee Tae Vin as Lee Min Hyuk

Kang Ma Ri’s family (45th Floor)

Shin Eun Kyung as Kang Ma Ri
Heo Sung Tae as Yoo Dong Pil (Ma Ri’s husband)
Jin Ji Hee as Yoo Je Ni (Ma Ri’s daughter)

Go Sang Ah’s In-Laws

Seo Hye Rin as Wang Mi Ja
Heo Ji Na (허지나) as eldest sister-in-law
Lee Cho Won (이초원) as youngest sister-in-law

Chungah Art School

Son Bo Seung (손보승) as Uhm Jang Dae
Ahn Eun Ho (안은호) as Ahn Eun Hoo
Yang Jung Min (양정민) as Noh Ji Ah
Park Soo Ah (박수아) as Song Ye Ri
Jang Ha Kyung (장하경) as Heo Yoo Jung

People with secrets

Jo Soo Min as Min Sul Ah
Lee Chul Min as Yoon Tae Joo
Kim Ro Sa (김로사) as Yang Mi Ok
Na So Ye (나소예) as Joo Hye Min


Park Eun Suk as Goo Ho Dong
Byun Woo Min as Jo Sang Hun
Ha Do Kwon as Ma Doo Ki
Choi Seo Yun (최서연) as Kwon Hye Mi
Kim Do Hyun (김도현) as secretary Do
Kim Dong Kyu (김동규) as secretary Jo
Jung Da Bin as Bae Ro Na (Yoon Hee’s daughter)
Yoo Jung Woo
Yoon Bok In
Kang Boo Ja
Jung Ah Mi as Chairman Song

Production Credits

Production Companies: Studio S, Chorokbaem Media
Director: Joo Dong Min
Screenwriter: Kim Soon Ok

Episode Ratings

    Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
2020-10-26 1-1 5.2 - 6.7 (15th) 8.2 (8th)
2020-10-26 1-2 6.8 - 9.1 (6th) 10.5 (5th)
2020-10-26 1-3 6.5 - 9.2 (5th) 10.5 (5th)
2020-10-27 2-1 6.0 - 8.2 (7th) 9.4 (5th)
2020-10-27 2-2 7.0 - 9.8 (6th) 11.2 (4th)
2020-10-27 2-3 7.4 - 10.1 (4th) 11.6 (3rd)
2020-11-02 3-1 6.7 - 8.0 (9th) 8.6 (7th)
2020-11-02 3-2 9.8 - 11.0 (3rd) 12.3 (2nd)
2020-11-03 4-1 7.8 - 10.8 (5th) 12.0 (4th)
2020-11-03 4-2 10.3 - 13.9 (3rd) 15.1 (2nd)
2020-11-09 5-1 8.4 - 9.6 (6th) 10.8 (5th)
2020-11-09 5-2 11.0 - 12.9 (4th) 14.2 (2nd)
2020-11-10 6-1 9.1 - 10.3 (5th) 11.3 (3rd)
2020-11-10 6-2 12.6 - 14.5 (2nd) 16.1 (1st)
2020-11-16 7-1 10.0 - 10.4 (6th) 11.4 (5th)
2020-11-16 7-2 12.8 - 14.5 (3rd) 15.9 (1st)
2020-11-17 x Soccer Match    
2020-11-17 x Soccer Match    
2020-11-23 8-1        
2020-11-23 8-2        
2020-11-24 9-1        
2020-11-24 9-2        
2020-11-30 10-1        
2020-11-30 10-2        
2020-12-01 11-1        
2020-12-01 11-2        
2020-12-07 12-1        
2020-12-07 12-2        
2020-12-08 13-1        
2020-12-08 13-2        
2020-12-14 14-1        
2020-12-14 14-2        
2020-12-15 15-1        
2020-12-15 15-2        
2020-12-21 16-1        
2020-12-21 16-2        
2020-12-22 17-1        
2020-12-22 17-2        
2020-12-28 18-1        
2020-12-28 18-2        
2020-12-29 19-1        
2020-12-29 19-2        

Sources: TNmS Media Korea & AGB Nielsen Korea


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  1. 1 : Emerald Says:

    What a cast!!!!! Deabak!!!!

  2. 2 : Madchen Says:

    From the synopsis, I gather that the story here is about the artificial world of high society, where they live, love and love by a different set of rules from the general public. It takes a certain set of people only to be able to live like that.

    Oh gosh!! Dont get me wrong. I”m not jealous of them. Never have been and never will be. Never been tempted too. The thought of such a lifestyle always make me cringe then and now.

    Very likely I’ll not watch.

  3. 3 : Diana Says:

    Will there be eng-sub titles?!! What happened????

  4. 4 : Diana Says:

    This drama sounds like it’s something I would enjoy watching. Where can I see it with Eng-Sub Titles???

  5. 5 : Madchen Says:

    #4 Diana

    I believe the answers you looking for are in the introduction above.

    It says the broadcast station is SBS. From what I know, productions ex-SBS are normally readily available in most countries stations outside SK. And in such case, usually it is English subbed or subbed in language of country screening it.

    Otherwise, as indicated in introduction above, you can get to watch it online via Viki.com. Viki’s English subs are good and precise.

    Hope I am of help.

    Have a nice day!

  6. 6 : OK OK OK Says:

    Eugene’s name is at 3rd in the list here. Does it mean she is not the 1st leading cast.
    Oh I am disappointed and rather have Eugene acted a leading actress in a good drama elsewhere.

  7. 7 : Rintin Says:

    Too scary…how the children of the hera palace became an evil bullying their math private teacher? This film wasn’t good enough watched by age under 18. How does Korean people like this drama looked from the rating?

  8. 8 : YDG Says:

    This is a copycat of Skyastle. Quite overdone.

  9. 9 : YDG Says:

    A copycat of the OUTSTANDING drama Skycastle which had better and natural acting. This Penthouse is quite overdone and too unrealistic. Not worth watching.

  10. 10 : Dahae Says:

    Director must’ve been high when he ok’d the script, acting, and editing.

  11. 11 : Bingbing Lu Says:

    Love all the artists, must watch!

  12. 12 : nischuu Says:

    way too similar with sky castle with the penthouse and residential realism to achieve their home kid success, and we all knew nothing could even come close to sky castle work either

  13. 13 : Shirohana Says:

    English Subs in Netflix or Dramaload…perfect English subs at these two sites

  14. 14 : dodo Says:

    Yeah this drama’s plot is similar with Sky castel while, but it has different aura, more hard, more complicated, worth watching

  15. 15 : YDG Says:

    Really, really, too evil characters! Waste of time!

  16. 16 : vidly Says:

    Love all the artists, must watch!

  17. 17 : emerald Says:

    love it… deserve the ratings…

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