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Refresh Man (Chinese: 後菜鳥的燦爛時代; pinyin: hòu cài niǎo de càn làn shí dài; literally "The After-Rookie's Brilliant Era") is a 2016 Taiwanese television series created by Sanlih E-Television, starring Aaron Yan, Joanne Tseng, Lene Lai and Jack Lee as the main cast. Filming began on January 27, 2016 and is filmed as it airs. The drama premiered March 6, 2016 on channel TTV, Sunday nights at 10:00 pm.[1]

Refresh Man
Promotional poster
GenreRomantic comedy
Created bySanlih E-Television
Written byXu Zhi Yi (Screenwriter coordinator)
Xu Gui Ying (Screenwriter coordinator Ep. 1-17, Screenwriter Ep. 4-5)
Wang You Zhen (Ep. 1-2)
Zhang Fang Ying (Ep. 1-5)
Zhan Yun Ru (Ep. 2, Ep. 7-10, Ep. 15)
Zhuang Xin Fu (Ep. 6-17)
Sun Shi Fan (Ep. 6-17)
Chen Zhao Miao (Ep. 11-14)
Directed byEri Hao
Ke Zheng Ming (Ep. 1-3)
StarringAaron Yan
Joanne Tseng
Lene Lai
Jack Lee
Opening theme"Partner (拍檔)" by Claire Kuo
Ending theme"You're The First to Come to Mind (第一個想到你)" by William Wei
Country of originTaiwan
Original languageMandarin
No. of episodes17 (Original Release)
28 (Netflix Release)
Executive producersHsu Gui Yíng
Lín Yin Sheng
ProducersLeung Hon Fai, Xu Zhi Yi (SETTV)
Sun Zheng Quan , Pan Yì Qun (TTV)
Production locationTaiwan
Running time90 minutes
Production companiesSanlih E-Television
Eastern Shine Production Co., Ltd.
DistributorSanlih E-Television
Original networkTTV
Picture formatSDTV
Original releaseMarch 6 (2016-03-06) 
June 26, 2016 (2016-06-26)
Preceded byBromance
Followed byPrince of Wolf


A "Refresh Man" is an employee who has no passion for their job. They don't care about their underachieving reputation, as long as they get paid for showing up to work they are fine. They report to work on time only to do personal stuff during working hours and count down to the end of the work day to leave on time.

In high school Zhong Yu Tang (Joanne Tseng) was the overachiever with a bright future ahead of her while Ji Wen Kai (Aaron Yan) was the underachiever with the worst grades out of the entire class. Ten years later the tables have turned when Wen Kai becomes the new CEO of the cosmetic company Yu Tang works for. Yu Tang becomes Wen Kai's personal secretary but on her first full day working for him she realizes she is not up to par being an executive secretary when she fails miserably at every given task. Wen Kai has to call in his longtime assistant Miao Ai Sha (Lene Lai) to help him translate during a business meeting with a foreign account, and because Ai Sha is the only one that can communicate with the foreign account person and read the foreign documents, she gets hired at the cosmetic company.

Due to a misunderstanding and feeling left out by Wen Kai and Ai Sha, Yu Tang asks to resign. However she is forced to stay as an employee with the company for three years due to a contract she signed in order to study overseas the previous year. Seeing that Yu Tang has no passion for her position as his personal secretary, Wen Kai transfer her to the worst performing department in the company, which is sales team 3. The rumors of sales team 3 are so bad that it is said anyone that goes to that department never rises up again. Their work quarters are located in an un-maintained area of the building basement. Whenever they hear footsteps nearby, the entire team pretends to work hard but then goes back to their natural state of doing their own personal matters during working hours.

Yu Tang thinks this is Wen Kai's revenge for her treating him harshly during high school, but the reason Wen Kai transferred her to sales team 3 is because he wants her to make sales team 3 a productive department. Also because Yu Tang's life has always been smooth-sailing, he wants to make her stronger through different obstacles he gives her as he secretly likes her. When sales team 3 loses a longtime key account that keeps their department afloat, Wen Kai gives them a new account to handle and transfer Chen You Rui (JR) from another sales team to team 3. Yu Tang's work life just went from bad to worst because You Rui is a constant flirt who is known to flirt with anyone that is female and he has a history of flirting with Yu Tang. Yu Tang starts bonding with Sales team 3 and realizes that she has taken things for granted. Wen Kai is shown to have had feelings for Yutang ever since high school but has never admitted them. When Ziyu, the head secretary of Xinwei Biomedical technology, starts getting closer to Yutang he confesses his love for her and they start dating. Ziyu is heartbroken and tries to sabotage sales team 3 and Wen Kai to get Yutang by collaborating with Ai Sha and Sales teams 1 and 2.


Main cast

The new CEO of a cosmetic conglomerate, Tian Xi Corporation (天璽集團). In high school, he was nicknamed "duck egg king", because he scored zero in many examinations. He was the worst student in his class. He was often looked down by teachers and made fun of by his classmates because of his under-achievements. Zhong Yu Tang, who was the best student in his class, was put in charge of him by the teachers. However, she treated him harshly for being the worst student in the class but he didn't care because he had a crush on her. Ten years later, he becomes the CEO and Yu Tang has to be his personal secretary.
She was the most senior secretary at Tian Xi Corporation and was recently promoted as the CEO's personal secretary. All that changed when she found out that her new boss is Ji Wen Kai, her high school classmate whom she had treated harshly. She soon finds out she was not qualified enough to be his personal secretary because she failed to even carry out simple tasks such as getting a lunch that the CEO would like. A misunderstanding at work makes her decide to resign but Wen Kai reminds her that because she signed a long term work contract, she is not allowed to resign. Feeling that she is not passionate enough about her job as a secretary, he transfers her to the worst department in the entire company, which is Sales Team 3.
Ji Wen Kai's long time assistant who was brought on to Tian Xi because he needed someone who can communicate with a Russian business partner and translate their foreign sales contract. When Zhong Yu Tang asked to resign as the CEO's secretary, she becomes Wen Kai's new personal secretary at Tian Xi. Yu Tang feels inferior to Ai Sha because she seems to do everything better than Yu Tang. However, Ai Sha has developed a one sided love towards Wen Kai when they were working together.
The Head Secretary of Xinwei Biotech and an old acquaintance of Zhong Yu Tang from a Secretary gathering in the past.

Sales team 3

The head of sales team 3. She has seniority status at TianXi since she joined the company when it was newly formed and has company stock options. She uses her working hours to do her grocery shopping and pickle vegetable at her work desk.
A former high level sales person at TianXi who concentrated less on her career after her marriage and the birth of her son. She is a single mother who divorced her abusive husband and depends on her salary to have sole custody of her son. She spends her work days checking up on her son through a web cam.
A bookworm who is good at creating reports however he doesn't care about work and instead spends his working hours writing his romance novel that he hopes to publish one day.
A former customer sales person who request a transfer to the corporate office because she doesn't like to deal with customers. She spends her working hours sleeping and is actually more energized when she get off work.
The office flirt at Tian Xi. He has a habit of flirting with ladies. He has a history with Zhong Yu Tang and tells everybody he is her ex-boyfriend even though the two have never dated before. He is transferred to Sales Team 3 by Wen Kai, who wants them to save an old account and land new sales accounts.

Extended main cast

Zhong Yu Tang and Zhong Yu Han's father. He owns and manages a small café that mainly sells omurice.
Zhong Yu Tang's younger brother and Zhong Kui's son. He works alongside his father at the omurice café they own.
Ji Wen Kai and Zhong Yu Tang high school classmate. She is Yu Tang's best friend and claims Wen Kai had a crush on her.
Ji Wen Kai's friend.

Extended cast



Episode ratings

Competing dramas on rival channels airing at the same time slot were:

Air DateEpisodeAverage RatingsRank
March 6, 201611.691
March 13, 201621.841
March 20, 201632.221
March 27, 201642.261
April 3, 201652.351
April 10, 201662.591
April 17, 201672.381
April 24, 201682.651
May 1, 201692.421
May 8, 2016102.381
May 15, 2016112.911
May 22, 2016122.851
May 29, 2016132.631
June 5, 2016142.471
June 12, 2016152.441
June 19, 2016162.461
June 26, 2016172.871
Average ratings2.42--

Awards and nominations

Year Ceremony Category Nominee Result
2016 2016 Sanlih Drama Awards Viewers Choice Drama Award Refresh Man Nominated
Best Actor Award Aaron Yan Nominated
Best Actress Award Joanne Tseng Nominated
Best Kiss Award Aaron Yan & Joanne Tseng Nominated
Best Screen Couple Award Aaron Yan & Joanne Tseng Nominated
Viewers Choice Drama's Song Award "You're The First to Come to Mind" - William Wei Nominated

International broadcast

Country Channel
 United StatesViki
 SingaporeE City
 Hong KongChinese Drama
 MalaysiaAstro Shuang Xing
 ThailandTrue Asian Series


  1. 《後菜鳥》首播開紅盤 炎亞綸使壞收視飆. (in Chinese) Retrieved March 20, 2016
  2. Refresh Man soompi page. Retrieved March 20, 2016

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