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  • Drama: Manny
  • Country: South Korea
  • Episodes: 16
  • Aired: Apr 13, 2011 - Jun 2, 2011
  • Aired On: Wednesday, Thursday
  • Network: tvN
  • Duration: 1 hr. 5 min.
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated

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  • Score: 6.4 (scored by 1,576 users)
  • Ranked: #3320
  • Popularity: #1275
  • Watchers: 2,689

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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) Add Synopsis In Spanish

  • Country: South Korea
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 16
  • Aired: Apr 13, 2011 - Jun 2, 2011
  • Aired On: Wednesday, Thursday
  • Network: tvN
  • Duration: 1 hr. 5 min.
  • Score: 6.4 (scored by 1,576 users)
  • Ranked: #3320
  • Popularity: #1275
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated

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Completed
shiningskyline
9 people found this review helpful
Apr 3, 2012
16 of 16 episodes seen
Completed 0
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, 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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Completed
amoon
6 people found this review helpful
Jun 16, 2011
16 of 16 episodes seen
Completed 0
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, 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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