Starting today: Expect a funny ‘ajumma’ detective in “Mystery Queen”  

Did you miss the comedic scenes in Chief Kim already? Don’t worry because KBS has another comedy in its Wednesday-Thursday time slot in the form of Mystery Queen.

The new drama, however, will focus on a middle-aged married woman or an ajumma instead of a single man like Kim Sung-ryong (Namgoong Min) in Chief Kim. The actress playing this role talked about how she was hesitant to take the role due to its crime-solving nature but took it anyway because of the comedic value of the series.

Choi Kang-hee as Yoo Seol-ok
Choi Kang-hee plays the character of Yoo Seol-ok in Mystery Queen. Image from KBS.

Choi Kang-hee (Glamorous Temptation) plays the role of this ajumma named Yoo Seol-ok. She’s paired with Kwon Sang-woo (Temptation), who plays the role of a police detective named Ha Wan-seung. Yoo Seol-ok will snoop around the crime scenes in her neighborhood and clash with the investigation team led by Ha Wan-seung. He gets annoyed by her presence at first but would acknowledge her deductive reasoning skills later on. Eventually, they will team up in solving cases that no other detectives in the police department can solve.

When Choi Kang-hee was interviewed about her role in the drama, she said she never liked mystery dramas but because of its comedic twist, Mystery Queen might be the first such drama she would love. She noted that a friend of hers who loves crime dramas read the script and showed it to her. She then decided to take on the role due to its funny elements.

The role of a typical ajumma is somewhat unconventional among most Korean dramas in which the lead female character is either single or a very beautiful married woman. In Mystery Queen the lead female star wears not-so-fashionable clothing to portray an ordinary married woman like Yoo Seol-ok.

‘Ajumma’ is a Korean term referring to middle-aged married women who are tough, stubborn and unfashionable.

Mystery Queen will air every Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 P.M. in South Korea starting April 5, 2017.