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 8.5
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
This drama was like a breath of fresh air ! ~

Hard to admit, I started this drama solely out of boredom. I didn't know anyone of the cast nor was the synopsis very compelling to me. After the first episode I still had doubts about this one, but it was kind of different than expected (in a good way) and I really just wanted to watch a romcom, so I stuck read more to it. And then, after episode 3 I was officially hooked! :D

If you read the synopsis the story doesn't sound that extraordinary. But characters, events, music, awesome bromances and those hilarious non-expectable moments made this whole drama so extraordinarily brilliant that I wasn't the least bothered by the rather simple story line. Besides, there are a few serious matters included too, so it doesn't get completely lost in the comedy genre!
So we have Gi Tae - handsome rich guy with character - who just wants to live alone and have his personal space, all time! And then we have Jang Mi, driven purely by emotion (and alcohol sometimes) who due to a reason cannot be alone for long! Now imagine these two have to act as a convincing couple in love. Or don't! Because that's the drama about. :D At least partly. Because, of course, there are also other fishes in the sea. Plus troubled waters (friendship, family etc) !
To be honest, I was constantly switching teams because I liked the second lead guy as much as the main guy. (Though in the end I was cheering for the main guy.) Occasionally I even shipped the guys with one another because the bromance was so lovely!! This drama certainly does have some nice shipping moments! :D

Very, very good !! Han Groo's and Yun Woo Jin's performances were great to watch! Their acting was impressively naturally and lively, what - if you have seen some scenes - isn't that easy all the time. It was excatly the right amount of 'put in' and I never had the feeling that it was over the top. To Jin Woon hmm.. fine? His character definitely had some lack of emotion (not sure if it was the acting or just the character), but it was okay for me since he was just that ''flirtatious charming guy'', so I hadn't expected that much of emotions from the start.. xD Nevertheless, I liked how he portrayed the character and I definitely fell for his smile a few times!! Supporting characters did a good job too! Especially Kim Hae Sook (Gi Tae's mother) was very convincing !

*Light and bubbly OSTs which turn on your happy mood.
*Heartwarming, slightly sad OSTs which even gave me goosebumps when it was played at certain moments.
And then the best: sound effects which underlined the gesture of the characters!! Those sounds were just DAEBAK! Shouldn't be underestimated! They made every scene even more hilarious ! I always had to laugh when they pulled that off. :D big credit here!

I really, really liked it !! The humour was so refreshing and pure, it always lifted my mood! :D
And the couple felt real! I think this drama has one of the truest couples out there. *^*
I recommend this drama to people who..
- currently having a drama slump (it certainly did help against mine),
- looking for a light, bubbly, funny romcom with a cute and lovable couple,
- and just want to laugh!! A lot!
And remember: Let's give it a try till episode 3!

(Sorry for English mistakes!)
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    Namasya 5 days ago

    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 7 days ago

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

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    ChiliLang 26 days ago

    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 26 days ago

    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 29 days ago

    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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      Chuu Dec 27, 2016
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      Nishat Jan 14, 2017
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      nemo-yaaa Jan 14, 2017 - edited
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    Chuu Dec 19, 2016 - edited
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    kdramaftw Nov 12, 2016 - edited

    should I watch this? I'm not tht much a fan of rom com but this one seems to appeal to me :)

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      jojo Nov 17, 2016

      yes u should!

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      kdramaftw Nov 17, 2016

      watching it and i love it :D thanks for the reply btw :)

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      Nishat Jan 14, 2017

      Yes~ It's so hilarious I love it

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    airenLMH Nov 11, 2016

    This dramaa is soooooo gooddd and funny!

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    Meeiishal Nov 6, 2016

    I've watched this 3 times already! Each time I laugh and love it just as much <3

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    missraichyl Oct 26, 2016

    I feel like the odd one out, but I'm getting second lead syndrome bad from this show.... I really like Yeo Reum's actor and it's causing me to have hope for him when everyone knows that chance is 1 in 100. :(

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    ZaneAraki Oct 16, 2016 - edited

    I love this show- at first. I love how manic the characters are on the first episode. The story flows fast, and you get to see our Jang Mi struggles so hard to make her love accepted.

    And then her story didn’t turn out as she wished, so of course- she feels sad. I still root for her. Jang Mi and Ki Tae together in a fake relationship, I root for it. Jang Mi saw Yeo Reum as a swoony guy and not more than that, I still accept that.

    I started to dislike the show when they made Jang Mi opening up to Yeo Reum. From all guys, why Yeo Reum? He’s supposed to be a jerk. I just don’t like how he’s easily portrayed from an unreachable jerk to a nice guy. Show made me think, goodness, inconsistencies! There’s just not enough trait in Yeo Reum that made me have to like him, to accept him.

    This show doesn’t need a lovey-dovey Jang Mi with Yeo Reom. This show… should’ve just used more comedy to replace the love triangle between Jang Mi, Yeo Reom, and Ki Tae. That way, I’ll be happy to make this show my favorite. It turns out the only person I can root for up to episode 7 is Ki Tae, while the rest of them, particularly- Jang Mi and the second leads are the main reason I’m dropping this show.

    I also read from a review that Ki Tae and Jang Mi relationship only started to develop on episode 13. So I thought, no, not gonna spend my time waiting until episode 13.

    These are probably the reason why this show failed me:
    1. Female lead first kiss isn’t with the male lead.
    2. Second leads are annoying in a sense of uninteresting as individual.
    3. And female lead likes the second lead at first, that’s okay if the second lead is cool, but in fact he isn’t, at all. At least, to me.
    4. Female lead being lovey-dovey with the second lead. To me she looks cheap because of that. I hate how the show makes me feel that way. :/

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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 9,613 users)
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