Marriage, Not Dating

Marriage, Not Dating (2014)

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Wealthy plastic surgeon Gong Ki Tae is a successful and happy bachelor who does not want to find himself a wife. He believes that his life is perfectly planned, and being single is the only option he accept. However, his family is badgering him to marry. In an effort to get his parents off his back about the constant string of blind dates and marriage prospects, Ki Tae purposely brings Joo Jang read moreMi home to meet his parents posing as his girlfriend, certain that they'll never approve of her.

  • Native title:

    연애 말고 결혼
  • Also Known as:

    Not Dating, Marriage; Anticipate Marriage; Gyeolhoneul Gidaehae; Marriage Without Love; Marriage Without Dating

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Sep 26, 2014
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
I think this is one of those dramas where you sit back and say "Wow, so this is also a way a Korean Drama can be made". I mean, don't get me wrong, there were some kdrama cliches in Marriage Not Dating but nothing was overbearing. In fact, I loved those cliches too. And it was an extremely refreshing romantic-comedy.

The plot was very interesting throughout. A guy wants to stay single read more while his family (mostly his mom) threatens to get him married. So he decides to make Jang Mi his fake girlfriend as he knows his family would never approve of her as their daughter-in-law. The funniest ride starts right there at their first meeting. I loved how they started every episode with some fast-forwarded scene that made you go, "did I miss an episode or something?". lol.

The characters were all amazing. I haven't loved a female lead in a long time the way I loved Jang Mi. She was hilarious and had a kind heart. I mean, sure, she got a little clingy at times but that was funny too. Ki Tae was great. Out of all their friends, Hoon Dong was the best! I didn't care much for second leads, which was pretty much a bonus because I hate having second lead syndrome. Both the families were great. I think Ki Tae's mom's character was the most interesting. Sometimes I loved her and there were times I really hated her (can't believe Jang Mi never disliked her). But there were also times I pitied her. By the end of the drama I realized she was the character I became most emotionally invested in. I loved her and loved how she grew as a person. In fact I loved the growth of every character in this drama. I think when it comes to creating beautiful characters, TVN is the best. Whether it's the characters from Reply 1997/1994 or shut up flower boy band, they all impressed us and it had nothing to do with fancy celebrities but rather with the script.

The music is great. "Love Lane" and "Stop The Love Now" have been a part of my daily jam for a while now. It's a cute, cheerful OST overall. Moreover I loved the funny background music (people who have watched this would know what I'm talking about). I think I haven't loved any bgm this much since the "meh" for Sam Chun Po in Reply 1994. Hahaha.

Overall I would recommend this drama for the slightly-different but cute love story and the hilarious family situations. Definitely worth a watch and a rewatch!
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Aug 24, 2014
  • Overall 9.5
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.5
  • Rewatch Value 10
Honestly I did not expect anything about this drama, I just randomly clicked the first two episodes and it got me hooked.

Story: I gave it an 8 since the plot isn't any groundbreaking and I admit the description for this drama is cliche but when you get into the drama itself, it was so refreshing. In most romcom kdramas, I usually know or my expectations were right on what will happen read more next but Marriage Not Dating is just pure surprise. They made the cliche worth watching, you don't even know what to expect.

Acting/Cast: 10. The actors are so perfect esp the main leads. I already forget the last time I root for the main couple so much. Props to Han Groo and Yeon Woo Jin, it's like this drama its tailor-made for them. Though the side characters Jinwoon and Sunhwa did not appeal to me, Jung Min (Hoon Dong), and Kim Hae Sook are so great I kind of forget the 2nd leads.

Music: Should I include the sound effects here because 10 is not enough for it. :The sound effects guy must be in every romcom drama) The OSTs in this drama are so good and it match the scenes perfectly.

Rewatch Value: Oh boy, this one of the few kdramas I will never get tired rewatching. Maybe I'll start in a few hours. Haha. :)

Overall: 9.5 This my highest rated kdrama ever because I never give a perfect 10. It's just me but definitely all those almost perfect dramas waned in the middle or still lacks something. But all in all this is still the best romcom drama for me. No extended angst and pure fun.
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    Megunefetish 21 days ago

    I feel like her ex is forced in the plot

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    JevelynYang 24 days ago

    First, I doubted to watch this drama because the story seems cliché and cheesy. But once I watched, I got addicted to this drama. Although the story was not something new, the crew did a great job with the execution. Totally enjoyed it! I love the beginning of each episodes and the background music was so catchy, unique and memorable! Also the characters development were amazing too! ❤

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    kit1186 Mar 20, 2017

    I felt the ending was rushed but then it was like I couldn't see how else it could end. Good drama enjoyed every episode of it. Had the right mixture of comedy and drama

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    minettawr Mar 7, 2017

    Second female lead is crazy.

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    min-young Mar 3, 2017 - edited

    I didn't enjoy this drama but the's chasing me and I watched this drama two years ago. Wtf. I'm still singing to the ost.

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    Namasya Feb 17, 2017

    Ha ha ha, How come the girl gives piggy back to the boy every time...This is so unlike other K-dramas but very funny... I can't stop laughing....

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    nighrtwing Feb 15, 2017

    Finished it months ago and still couldn't find any good replacement to this. Definitely one of the favorites!

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    ChiliLang Jan 26, 2017

    I love this drama because it's really funny, but I hate how it will never happen in real life. I guarantee this couple will have a pretty rough future. But anyways, I 100% ship the lead girl with the second male lead. Jung Ji Woon is really hot.

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    Parknara Jan 26, 2017

    I dont know why some ppl dislike this drama. But in my opinion this is such a very funny drama
    I just laugh and laugh and forget all my pressure coz this drama <3 Enjoyed!

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    MuthiahSadidah Jan 23, 2017

    i dont know, but i feel there was something wrong with the storyline, it just didn't feel right, and i feel that it didn't flow naturally, sometimes i feel like "what's goin on? why dont u just end it all? is he beaing jealous or just..? " i couldn't tell i dont know why but over all it's a good drama, it was really funny. But in my opinion Something About 1% is way better than this, it's more enjoyable"

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    Lovely Jan 15, 2017

    Am I the only one that didn't like the second lead AT ALL??
    I love this drama so much but not the 2nd male lead.

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    Ash Dec 22, 2016 - edited

    Someone needs to talk this up to me cause I didn't like it at all :/ I couldn't even finish the first episode, the main female character annoyed me too much

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      Nishat Jan 14, 2017

      I actually HATED the first episode and didn't like the female lead either. Try giving it another shot! I can't guarantee you'll love it, but I enjoyed it a lot (plus this drama has no fish kisses thank god)

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      Lovely Jan 15, 2017

      Yes I remember that I didn't like the first episode as well. But it really does get better. Don't lose hope.

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      mavnio Jan 20, 2017

      hmmmm it's just introducing the female lead trust me you'll eventually love her.....

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    Chuu Dec 19, 2016 - edited

    Ahh... Will have to drop this :( I'm having way too much second lead feelings to continue watching

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      Gabriella Dec 27, 2016

      Noooooooo, don't drop that drama! That drama is really great, wait that I'm sure that you will love :))

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    South Korea
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    Jul 4, 2014 to Aug 23, 2014
  • Aired On:

    Friday, Saturday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 7 min.


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    8.4 (scored by 10,070 users)
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