Queenmaker topped Netflix’s global top ten charts with 15.87 million watch hours in its first three days after release.
The series revolves around a female publicity expert named Hwang Do Hee (played by Kim Hee Ae), known for her incredible skills in shaping public perception, and a human rights lawyer named Oh Seung Sook (played by Moon So Ri), who has dedicated her life to fighting for justice. The story follows Do Hee as she helps Seung Sook become the next mayor of Seoul.
Both domestic and overseas media and viewers are showing enthusiastic responses to the political drama full of tactics and schemes. Decider praised, “The show is well constructed and well-acted, and judging from the first episode alone, the personal, professional, and political hijinks and backstabbing will flow freely.”
Newsen reported, “The actors brought each unique character to life with their outstanding performances, portraying them as cold, ruthless, cruelly powerful and ambitious.” StarToday described the show as “a quintessential revenge drama, a lighthearted drama sprinkled with black comedy and womance, with the fantasy of justice.” Cookie News stated, “It is tempting to see how good, bad, and weird women share a love-hate relationship, betray each other in solidarity with others, and compete in the show.”
Amid the show’s rising popularity, Netflix released stills of the drama’s cast and crew on set. Kim Hee Ae recalled the filming days and said, “I felt thrilled as an actress watching all the actors fully immerse themselves into their characters, as if they were acting on stage. They showed great teamwork, just like playing jazz.”