Manny

Manny (2011)

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Tall, with a perfect figure and his qualifications as an Ivy League graduate, Lee Han is Seoul's top male nanny. He is employed by Seo Do Young as a live-in nanny to look after her two young children, Eun Bi and Jung Min. (dramawiki)

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    매니

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shiningskyline
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Apr 3, 2012
  • Overall 5.0
  • Story 3.0
  • Acting/Cast 5.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
I'm pretty conflicted on how I feel about Manny. It felt to me like it lost its way about 3/4 of the way through, and it's difficult to prevent my view of the drama as a whole from being tainted by my distain for the last handful of episodes.

In any case, I'll start with the positives. Manny, more than anything, is a comedy. It's light and funny, with many laugh-out-loud moments, read more and most "conflicts" tend to be resolved in the space of a single episode, at least in the beginning. The main couple in Yi Han and Do Young are obvious from the start, but they fail to steal the show in favour of cutesy Jung Min, his divaish older sister Eun Mi and they're even more divaish aunt, Janice. I'm a fan of secondary characters being developed individuals in their own right, so this worked for me. I especially enjoyed that the kids weren't just plot devices, but had strong personalities of their own.

However, this is where the strong personalities end. Yi Han and Do Young, our main leads, are hollow archetypes at best. Yi Han is a Superman-type figure who can fix ANYTHING. One of the basics about any conflict in a story is that it should be believable to the audience that things really won't turn out for the best. This isn't true at all in Manny, because Yi Han is interminably capable and you're never in doubt he can solve anything with some wise words and perhaps a flashback to his old baseball friend in America. With Do Young, our female lead, it feels like there were efforts at development of her character, but to the point where there's two competing sides in her that make her confusing to watch and difficult to empathize with. She switches between stressed out single mother, still not having bounced back from what can be assumed to have been a messy divorce, and love-sick, infatuated teenager, complete with doodling her crush's name in her notebook. Needless to say, put Yi Han and Do Young together and the chemistry is far from sizzling.

As I mentioned at the beginning, the percentage of this drama is good. It never reaches any startling heights, but then that's not what it was aiming for. The drama seemed to know its place as a standard comedy. But then towards the end, it's like the it's been told to grow up and act its age because suddenly there's a barrage of seriousness and an emotional overflow that is so unfitting with the ambiance established up until this point. The characters haven't been built to be people you care deeply about, which is fine in a comedy, but tedious when these same characters are thrown into situations where emotional investment is a prerequisite if you're not going to lose the audience entirely. Without this sudden turn in tone, the drama would have been a solid watch. With it, the experience was, if not ruined, at least soured.
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amoon
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Jun 16, 2011
  • Overall 6.0
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
At first, I really liked this drama, but it started to get boring really fast. It was too familyish for me. I really enjoy romantic comedies, and this was not one. The actors were pretty good, but it seemed like the manny was acting the whole time. it did not seem natural at all. It is a pretty good drama if you have nothing else to watch. it is sort of cute, read more but it gets annoying fast. the only reason i finished watching it and watched every episode was because i watched it as soon as the episodes came out. but, if i had watched it after all the ep. were out, i would have totally skipped around.
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    lunatepe Dec 28, 2015

    All 4 female characters were caricatures. Very disappointing all around.

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    irish Nov 24, 2015 - edited
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    jxsilicon9 Sep 22, 2015 - edited

    I don't know why I watched this from beginning to end so long ago.Well I fast forwarded through most of the episodes.

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    hellokitty3 Feb 15, 2014 - edited

    Oh and I want the single mom to have a transformation, really! Her hair bugs me! And Janice Alittle too, that side ponytail is not the best

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      Sleepninja Jun 14, 2014

      Did you finish this yet? I just started it and was wondering what you thought of it. ^^ I agree, that side ponytail is terrible. It looks like she is wearing a bad wig. lol

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    hellokitty3 Feb 15, 2014

    So far it's good, litght-hearted comedy, wonder how it will end...

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    Merwyn Oct 28, 2012

    Cute and fun but, yeah, frustrating ><

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      Merwyn Oct 29, 2012

      Frustration came since ep 13/14 for me, until the end :x
      But there is a chance you'll enjoy it, ^_^
      Let me know about it when you finish this drama plz !~

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      KateBison Oct 29, 2012

      I´m on ep 10. now they are in love. next week i hope i finish it. and then i tell you my opinion. :D

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      Merwyn Nov 26, 2012

      Hey, hello Madame B ! Can I ask if you have finished the drama and what you think about it ? Frustrating or not ?
      Bonne nuit, bye bye~ *curiosity*

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      KateBison Nov 27, 2012

      ahhh srry i forgot to write ma opinion about manny... soo sorry xD it was a good drama. not perfect. but okay. for me it wasn´t so much frustrating (if I compare it with other dramas) for me is "five fingers and fashion king" more frustating xD but manny was good :)

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      Merwyn Nov 27, 2012

      Okay okay !
      So i'm affraid I wont ever see the drama you just told me about, #fear ^^
      Well.. there are a lot of kinds of frustration so.. it's good if you enjoyed it ^_^
      But I will stille prefer the first part of the drama x3
      Thank you for your opinion ! :)

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    Maisweetlove Jul 14, 2012

    It's weird: some say this was "great" and "cute" while others describe it as "frustrating". I'll guess I'll have to watch and see for myself :D

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      Hannah Aug 2, 2012

      If you do watch let me know your views on it.
      Because I don't trust half the people on here. xD

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    Mariliis Mar 31, 2012

    one of the most frustrating dramas i've seen

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    HAVA-RAVA Nov 15, 2011

    This was so cute XDDD

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    medotcom Jun 22, 2011

    It's a nice drama with a great cast but that's all. Suh Ji Suk is absolutely gorgeous! Would I recommend it? Hmm maybe if you don't have anything better to do and want to watch something light and cute.
    Also try natnatvip-online.org for full episodes with eng subs. I absolutely recommend it.

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    KdramaQueen89 Jun 21, 2011

    they have full episodes on Dramafever.com

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    Mariliis May 14, 2011

    @nancydrew mysoju & dramacrazy for example

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    nancydrew May 14, 2011

    anyone know any websites where they have Manny up with English subs? Apparently Viki.net had some issues with the broadcasting company and can no longer release subbed videos so...

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    Hangebokhan May 12, 2011

    This show is really fun but 'Janice' is driving me crazy. I have seen anvils more subtle than her! I think that he has cottoned on to what is going on and trying to execute 'Artful Dodge' whether he is successful or not remains to be seen.

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    Ashu Apr 24, 2011

    This is a lot of fun. x)

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    16
  • Aired:

    Apr 13, 2011 to Jun 2, 2011
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
  • Network:

    tvN
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.

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    6.4 (scored by 1,484 users)
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