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Wise Prison Life

Title: 슬기로운 감빵생활 / Wise Prison Life
Also Known as: Smart Prison Living / Prison Playbook
Chinese Title: 機智牢房生活
Genre: Black Comedy
Broadcast network: tvN
Episodes: 16
Broadcast period: 2017-Nov-22 to 2018-Jan-18
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:30


This drama is about a special place where a baseball player and a variety of people experience prison life. The drama will share the lives and stories behind these prisoners as well as events that take place there.


Main Cast

Jung Kyung Ho as Lee Joon Ho
Lee Do Hyun as Lee Joon Ho (young)
Park Hae Soo as Kim Je Hyuk
Lee Tae Sun as Kim Je Hyuk (young)

Supporting Cast

Krystal Jung as Ji Ho
Im Hwa Young as Kim Je Hee
Kang Seung Yoon as “Jean Valjean”
Lee Kyu Hyung as “Second-generation Chaebol”
Choi Sung Won as “Spot”
Jung Hae In as “Captain Yoo”
Sung Dong Il as Chief Jo
Jung Woong In as Assistant Chief Paeng
Choi Moo Sung as Kang Ki Soo
Kim Sung Chul as “Law Man”
Lee Ho Chul as “Good-for-nothing Low-life”
Jung Jae Sung as “Professor Myung”
Ahn Chang Hwan as “The Henchman”
Lee Hoon Jin as “Pinkie”
Park Ho San as “KAIST”
Jung Min Sung as “Dr. Ko”
Joo Suk Tae as prison operations chief
Ahn Sang Woo as prison manager
Park Hyung Soo as Department Chief Na
Kim Han Jong as large-goods carrier
Kang Ki Doong as prison guard
Lee Sang Yi as Sergeant Oh
Jung Moon Sung as Yoodaewi’s older brother
Jang Hyuk Jin as Yoo Han Yang’s father
Kim Joon Han as Song Ji Won
Kim Seung Chan as Ji Won (young)
Ji Min Hyuk as Kang Gun Woo
Choi Myung Bin as Prison Officer Paeng’s daughter
Yoo Jae Myung
Kim Kyung Nam
Kim Ki Nam
Lee Do Kyum
Shin Jae Ha
Choi Kwang Il
Im Chul Hyung
Yum Hye Ran
Kim Yong Woon
Kim Sun Young
Yoon Seung Hoon
Tae Won Suk
Choi Young Woo as Prison Officer Lee
Bae Jin Woong as cafeteria Jin Woong
Yang Dae Hyuk as public health doctor

Production Credits

Director: Shin Won Ho
Screenwriter: Jung Bo Hoon, Lee Woo Jung


2018 54th Baeksang Arts Awards: Popularity Actor Award (Wise Prison Life)
2018 54th Baeksang Arts Awards: Best Supporting Actor – Park Ho San (Prison Playbook)
2018 2nd The Seoul Awards: Best New Actor – Park Hae Soo (Prison Playbook)

Episode Ratings

Date Episode AGB TNmS
2017-11-22 1 4.638 5.1
2017-11-23 2 5.381 5.1
2017-11-29 3 4.698 4.9
2017-11-30 4 5.468 5.3
2017-12-06 5 5.612 5.7
2017-12-07 6 5.847 6.2
2017-12-13 7 6.388 7.1
2017-12-14 8 6.774 7.0
2017-12-20 9 7.313 7.4
2017-12-21 10 7.910 7.7
2017-12-27 x postponed postponed
2017-12-28 x postponed postponed
2018-01-03 11 9.095 8.7
2018-01-04 12 9.393 9.6
2018-01-10 13 10.142 10.2
2018-01-11 14 10.615 11.3
2018-01-17 15 10.477 10.9
2018-01-18 16 11.195 10.9

Sources: TNmS Media Korea & AGB Nielsen Korea (Nationwide)

*** Different between TNmS Media Korea & AGB Nielson – Here

*** Note: This drama is aired on Pay-TV channel which has fewer viewers than Free-TV channels. So, please don’t be surprised with the low rating. ***


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Official Site

Official Trailer
Trailer I
Trailer II
Trailer III
Trailer IV
Trailer V

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  1. 1 : Fyqa Says:

    Interesting plot. Will watch the first ep for sure

  2. 2 : Encyclopena Says:

    The synopsis sounds like “Orange is the New Black” but in korean version..

  3. 3 : jarlie Says:

    looking forward into this

  4. 4 : Sinopsis Says:

    saranghae Krystal jung…

  5. 5 : K-Drama Preview: Prison Playbook | Seoulwave Says:

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  6. 6 : Yura Says:

    I search the subtitle for this kdrama but i can’t find that… why the subtitle is slow not like another drama when subtitle is fast… can someone help me…. poor me

  7. 7 : Maria Says:

    @Yura Netflix gets exclusive right to broadcast the drama starting next week

  8. 8 : Kazuu Says:

    Wow! Just watched two eps of this drama and its really DAEBAKK!!
    The story really JJANG!!

    Another best crime detective drama from tvN!
    I really like korean drama for Men! Cause romance are too many..

    Beside there’s also comedy in the drama and it really funny! Especially Lee Kyu Hyung as “Second-generation Chaebol” really funny!

    The cinematography is so amazing.. Like a Movie! Really appreciate the Director and staff, The scripwriter are also wonderful.. make me curious about what’s next..

    And the actors are sooo good.. their act isn’t like in drama, like moviee…!

    Another Best 2017 Drama..
    If you like Signal and Voice, you should watch this!

    Ah I’m so happy that 1st and 2nd eps of this drama were 1 hour 30 minute long.. Wonder the next eps will be long or not.. But It really worthed!

    At first I didn’t know it was Jung Kyung Ho who play as Joon Ho, but I realize his voice and face like I have seen it before, Nah Its really Him.. So lucky SooYoung

    And Wow I just realize Park Hae Soo is the police in The Legend of The Blue Sea who also play with Sung Dong Il as a criminal
    And now their part are switched.. Hae Soo being Criminal and Dong Il being a Police in this drama!

    Just 2 eps but my comment were so high.. kekeke

    Can’t wait for Thursday, cause download link will be avaible thu, kekeke

  9. 9 : Nami Says:

    Want to watch this drama very badly but can’t find it anywhere subbed. It looks like I will have to drop this drama ( heartbreaking)

  10. 10 : astri Says:

    love this drama

  11. 11 : Gia Says:

    For this nov-dec, it’s the best drama… the story is daebak…
    This drama makes me so curious,so I feel so frustrated waiting for the subtitle…
    The subtitle is so difficult to find that i must wait longer than usual…

    After falling for innocence, i think i will like jung kyung hoo again in this drama…

    Recommended drama… very very good

  12. 12 : LILI Says:


  13. 13 : OK OK OK Says:

    This drama is getting more and more interesting. Everybody are responsible for the actions. I will vote for this drama in 2018. ha ha 😛

  14. 14 : abi Says:

    Great drama…recomended…
    Actor n actress especially park hae soo so damn good…just in to his acting…

  15. 15 : akane Says:

    Worth watching. Strongly recomended for those who have seen so many k dramas and looking for something new. The story is unpredictably good and don’t let the cover cloud your judgment. This series has many comedic scenes. I Love it so much.. ^_^

    I’ve watched almost all k dramas only to look at funny scene or sweet moments. This is my first time watching the ep without speeding it up. I enjoy it so much that i rewatch every episode. Try it and you won’t regret. Happy watching~~~ 😆

  16. 16 : prisonplaybook Says:


  17. 17 : kimlee Says:

    soo saddd the drama is finished :(, it was really a good drama!!!
    i will miss loonyyy, Lee Kyu Hyung!! hope there will be a season 2!

  18. 18 : MiMi Says:

    Bravo! Super nice drama… highly recommended.

  19. 19 : OK OK OK Says:

    I enjoyed the whole drama very much. 😛
    Sad for Looney….

  20. 20 : OK OK OK Says:

    Lee Kyu Kyung also acted in Secret Forest – I noticed him well bc I find him look like Jo In Sung. He also acted very well in secret forest which i enjoy that drama too. 🙂

  21. 21 : Stranger Says:

    I watched episode 4 …it was so sadd 😭😭😭 ..interesting storyline..excellent acting..i just love everyone ..

  22. 22 : mzpane Says:

    great drama, great plot, great cast..full of funny surprises. laughing my as* off watching so many funny scenes.

  23. 23 : sanjinyeon Says:

    this is a must watch kdrama,very interesting,heart warming and with lot’s of great actor’s who made me cried while watching it. after you finish the whole episodes you will realize a lot of things and you will be thankful in many ways.

  24. 24 : sanjinyeon Says:

    I am wishing for season two soon…

  25. 25 : DeeAn Says:

    Definitely not my genre, but since I start watching ep 1 why I stick on this drama till the end. What A meaningfull drama. For me this is Wise life lesson ^.^
    Thanks writter-nim

  26. 26 : dramalady Says:

    Highly recommend this drama to anyone who enjoys dramas. Just like the others commented here, its warm and positive, funny and meaningful. Very good directing and acting as well.

  27. 27 : Sabi Says:

    ONE WORD, DAEBAK!!! a must watch!

  28. 28 : N Says:

    Honestly I don’t want this show to end at all, I am missing it already. You may find the start not interesting, but please stay with it, every episode will keep on getting better and better I swear.

    Highly recommended!

  29. 29 : JNL Says:

    This drama is one of the best drama on planet earth. Very heart warming. Black comedy while simultaneously make you shed tears. LOVE LOVE LOVEEEEEE.

  30. 30 : Ling Says:

    A bit of a slow start AND THEN Unexpected Impressive.

    Park hae soo AWESOME
    The brave valiant warrior in Six Flying Dragons
    Life’s warrior in Wise Prison Life

  31. 31 : Ling Says:

    Loving this drama. Lee Kyu Hyung is a revelation. Yoo Han Yang has to be one of the most memorable kdrama characters ever created : )

    However, if a plot’s overly manipulated, the story starts to feel contrived.

  32. 32 : Ling Says:

    Ep 9. Love this drama but wish the pacing was better. Recent eps were getting draggy and ep 9 was a let down. Most tension was lost and it just dragged. Compared to Sky Castle, PP was obviously lacking. When sentimentality gets the better of the writing, the drama is lost and just bores. The same happened with Reply 1988 : (

  33. 33 : Ling Says:

    So sad to see Dr Ko leave

  34. 34 : Ling Says:

    Strike 1 for the home team !
    Love it when the Warden tells off Chief Na, that he will not transfer Lieutenant Paeng out of Seobu.

  35. 35 : Ling Says:

    When min cheol puts henchman dong ho in his place, how satisfying that was : )

  36. 36 : Ling Says:

    Han Yang and ji won’s romance is so delicately filmed

  37. 37 : Ling Says:

    Ep 13 was such a let down. Draggy and lacking in imagination

  38. 38 : Ling Says:

    Another one leaves. Sad to see mullae dong go

  39. 39 : Ling Says:

    Nice to see more of han Yang’s story and how he met ji won

  40. 40 : Ling Says:

    Finally, a lovely episode. An awesome finale. Park hae soo’s incredible performance … Wow!
    Min cheol’s parting words to je Hyeok sum up so nicely who je Hyeok is and the good wishes we all wish upon him

  41. 41 : Ling Says:

    The parting with dong ho feels unfinished. Why didn’t je Hyeok say anything to dong ho?

  42. 42 : Ling Says:

    And what’s with han Yang’s end? Feels jarring. Through all the episodes, we’ve been given an all too unreal and loveable han Yang, then in one second, a very real han Yang is busted and arrested by the cops. I mean what on earth????!!

    An unwelcome end to one of kdrama’s most loveable characters : (

  43. 43 : Ling Says:

    A memorable scene in the finale is the one where Private Park’s mother gives to Yoo jung woo’s brother, the compensation money she received for her son’s death, to aid in the Captain Yoo’s retrial. Beautiful writing

  44. 44 : Mei Says:

    Just finished watching the first episode (better late than never!) and it was amazing! Was surprised about the baseball history between the two friends. Can’t wait to see how the stories of the other prisoners unfold.

  45. 45 : Ling Says:

    Beloved kdrama characters.
    Reminded of Sam Soon while watching Lee Kyu Hyung’s Yoo Han Yang.

    Sam Soon in 2005, han Yang in 2017.
    Both beloved memorable kdrama characters.
    But living in vastly different times.

    2005 was a bright time of innocence and hope. The world was in a period of relative stability. My name is Kim Sam Soon is a child of that period.

    Yoo Han Yang was born in this increasingly darker time. A character of the times. Prison, drugs, relapse, addiction, a sense of hopelessness.

    Two very different characters but equally beloved.

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