Cheese in the Trap
Cheese in the Trap TV poster.jpg
Promotional poster featuring Hong Seol and Yoo Jung
Genre Romance
Based on Cheese in the Trap
by Soonkki
Written by Kim Nam-hee
Go Sun-hee
Directed by Lee Yoon-jung
Starring Park Hae-jin
Kim Go-eun
Seo Kang-joon
Lee Sung-kyung
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 16
Executive producer(s) Park Ho-sik
Kang Hoon
Kim Won-ju
Yang Hwan-chul
Producer(s) Kim Keo-hong
Jung Se-ryung
Production company(s) Eight Works
Kross Pictures, Inc.
PGood Media
Original network tvN
Original release 4 January (2016-01-04) – 1 March 2016 (2016-03-01)
Preceded by Bubble Gum
Followed by Pied Piper
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Cheese in the Trap (Hangul치즈인더트랩) is a webtoon that was later adapted at a South Korean television series starring Park Hae-jin, Kim Go-eun, Seo Kang-joon and Lee Sung-kyung. It aired on the cable network tvN on Mondays and Tuesdays for 16 episodes between 4 January–1 March 2016.[1] The series is based on the webtoon of the same name, serialized on Naver Webtoon from 2010–2016, although it featured an original ending since the webtoon had not been completed at the time of filming.


The drama focuses on the life and relationships of a group of university students, particularly the difficult relationship between Hong Seol (Kim Go-eun) and her sunbae, or her senior, Yoo Jung (Park Hae-jin).

Jung is the rich heir to Taerang Group and seemingly has a perfect life, but also displays psychopathic tendencies, which cause Seol to take time off school to get away from him. When she returns through a scholarship that was intended for Jung, he is unexpectedly nice to her and asks her on a date. They begin an awkward relationship which is further complicated by the arrival of Baek In-ho and his sister In-ha, childhood friends of Jung.



  • Yoo Jung (Park Hae-jin[2][3]), Seol's senior. He is intelligent and successful, but secretly harbors a dark side to his personality. He is sometimes cold or manipulative, and has trouble forming relationships with others because of his uncertainty that they are not using him for his money. However, he is attracted to Seol.
  • Hong Seol (Kim Go-eun[4][5]), a hardworking college student who struggles to figure out Yoo Jung's true intentions, but sees an innocent side in him against the advice of his childhood friend Baek In-ho.
  • Baek In-ho (Seo Kang-joon[6][7]), is a talented pianist who is adopted into Jung's wealthy family by his father. He and his sister come from a difficult background, but he is good-natured and finds it easy to get along with Seol, later developing feelings for her. He and Jung were friends as children, although they later develop a bitter rivalry as he believes that Jung was responsible for instigating a fight that damaged his hand, ending his dreams of becoming a concert pianist.
  • Baek In-ha (Lee Sung-kyung[8]), In-ho's melodramatic and materialistic older sister. She was also adopted into Jung's family as a child, and is in love with Jung, although he does not reciprocate her feelings.


Hong family

  • Hong Joon (Kim Hee-chan), Seol's younger brother who returns to Korea from the United States.
  • Hong Jin-tak (Ahn Gil-kang), Seol's father.
  • Kim Young-hee (Yoon Bok-in), Seol's mother.

Yeon-yi university

  • Jang Bo-ra (Park Min-ji), Seol's supportive best friend.
  • Kwon Eun-taek (Nam Joo-hyuk[9]), Seol and Bo-ra's loyal friend, who is in love with Bo-ra.
  • Oh Young-gon (Ji Yoon-ho), a delinquent who is obsessed with Seol.
  • Son Min-soo (Yoon Ji-won), a shy classmate who gains confidence by assuming Seol's identity.
  • Kim Sang-cheol (Moon Ji-yoon), a lazy senior in Seol's class.
  • Lee Da-young (Kim Hye-ji), a girl in Seol's class who dates Young-gon.
  • Nam Joo-yeon (Cha Joo-young), a girl who is obsessed with Jung at the beginning of the series.
  • Kang Ah-young (Yoon Ye-joo), Seol's junior and Joon's love interest.
  • Ha Jae-woo (Oh Hee-joon)
  • Kim Kyung-hwan (Go Hyun)
  • Min Do-hyun (Shin Joo-hwan)
  • Heo Yoon-sub (Lee Woo-dong), Seol's boss at her university admin job.
  • Professor Kang (Hwang Seok-jeong)
  • Professor Han (Kim Jin-keun)



The role of Hong Seol was initially offered to Bae Suzy,[11] but due to protest from fans of the original webtoon,[12] she declined the offer.[13]

Shooting began in September 2015,[14] and wrapped up filming in January 2016.[15]

Original soundtrack

The soundtrack of "Cheese in the Trap" was released in six parts.


Cheese in the Trap was a success in both South Korea and China.[16][17][18] It was sold to China for $125,000 per episode, becoming the most expensive cable series.[19] It won praise for its realistic depiction of the life of university students, but was criticized for diverging from the source webtoon by placing undue focus on the second male lead[20][21] and including an original ending "that was rushed and left many viewers baffled".[22]


In the table below, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.

Episode Original broadcast date Average audience share
AGB Nielsen[23] TNmS Ratings[24]
1 4 January 2016 3.6% 2.6%
2 5 January 2016 4.8% 2.9%
3 11 January 2016 5.2% 5.8%
4 12 January 2016 5.7% 5.8%
5 18 January 2016 6.5% 6.2%
6 19 January 2016 6.3% 6.6%
7 25 January 2016 6.0% 7.0%
8 26 January 2016 6.8% 7.1%
9 1 February 2016 7.1% 7.2%
10 2 February 2016 6.6% 7.6%
11 15 February 2016 5.6% 7.3%
12 16 February 2016 5.8% 7.2%
13 22 February 2016 6.2% 6.9%
14 23 February 2016 6.5% 7.2%
15 29 February 2016 5.9% 6.4%
16 1 March 2016 6.9% 7.5%
Average 6.0% 6.3%

Note: This drama airs on a cable channel/pay TV which normally has a relatively smaller audience compared to free-to-air TV/public broadcasters (KBS, SBS, MBC & EBS).

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipient Result
Korean Cable TV Awards 2016
Best Actor[25] Park Hae-jin Won
52nd Baeksang Arts Awards
Best New Actress (Television) Kim Go-eun Won
Most Popular Actor (Television) Park Hae-jin Nominated
Most Popular Actor (Television) Seo Kang-joon Nominated
Most Popular Actress (Television) Kim Go-eun Nominated
Most Popular Actress (Television) Lee Sung-kyung Nominated
5th APAN Star Awards
Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Park Hae-jin Nominated
Best New Actress Kim Go-eun Nominated
9th Korea Drama Awards
Excellence Award, Actor Park Hae-jin Nominated
Best New Actress Kim Go-eun Nominated
tvN10 Awards
Made in tvN, Actor in Drama Seo Kang-joon Nominated
1st Asia Artist Awards
Best Artist Award, Actor Park Hae-jin Won
Best Entertainer Award, Actor Seo Kang-joon Won

International broadcast


As of August 2016, the series is in the process of being adapted into a film version, starring Park Hae-jin opposite with actress Oh Yeon-seo, which was released in March 2018.


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  3. ^ Ghim, Sora (20 May 2015). "Park Hae Jin Joins Cheese in the Trap". BNTNews. Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
  4. ^ Ko, Ji-seon (28 July 2015). "Kim Go-eun to star in Cheese in the Trap". K-pop Herald. Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
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  18. ^ Baek, Byung-yeul. "Webtoons emerge as source for dramas, films". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2016-07-25. 
  19. ^ "'Cheese in the Trap' sold to China for record $2m". Kpop Herald. 
  20. ^ Kwon, Ji-youn. "Park Hae-jin disappears from 'Cheese in the Trap'". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2016-07-25. 
  21. ^ Woo, Jae-yeon. "(Yonhap Interview) 'Cheese in the Trap' actor dismisses rumors of interfering with script". Yonhap News Agency. Retrieved 2016-07-25. 
  22. ^ Jung, Eun-jin. "[Herald Review] 'Cheese in the Trap' caught in deluge of complaints". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2016-07-25. 
  23. ^ "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Archived from the original on 26 December 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2016. 
  24. ^ "TNmS Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". TNmS Ratings (in Korean). Archived from the original on 28 November 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2016. 
  25. ^ Park, So-jung. "Actor Park Hae-jin named best actor at cable awards". Yonhap News Agency. Retrieved 2016-07-25. 

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