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Seo Ji Seong is a programmer on the A.I. Development Team at Smart Home Appliances. While working on a refrigerator, she accidentally inserts a chip belonging to the National Intelligence Service. Instead of a program that will rate the freshness of vegetables, it will root out the undesirables from a dating pool, potentially saving people heartache. Seo Ji Seong herself wants to fall in love, but with the right man. Despair sets in when her program determines that her oh-so-perfect fiancé, Jeong Han, is not her Prince Charming after all! She meets firefighter Jung Gook Hee, who has no social media presence. This leaves Ji Seong without a shred of data for her program to analyze. She can't help but be skeptical, not knowing a thing about Gook Hee 's past. Should Ji Seong take a leap of faith with him, even if it could mean another heartbreak for her? (Source: Soompi, HanCinema) Edit Translation

  • English
  • Русский
  • Ελληνικά
  • Română
  • Country: South Korea
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 10
  • Aired: Nov 10, 2020 - Jan 12, 2021
  • Aired On: Tuesday
  • Original Network: MBC MBC every1
  • Duration: 60 min.
  • Score: 7.7 (scored by 4,698 users)
  • Ranked: #4234
  • Popularity: #1183
  • Content Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older

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Ongoing 10/10
Riko
61 people found this review helpful
Jan 15, 2021
10 of 10 episodes seen
Ongoing 4
Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 9.0

The rom-com is not the point of this drama

The main theme of this drama is not the love story between the main leads, which is why you won't get to see that many heart fluttering moments.
I was pretty bored for the 2 first episodes, I wasn't sure where the drama was going, there was no character development.
If you're looking for a good romcom drama, I found this blend on the romance and comedy aspects, and I felt like the romcom was almost a cover-up for the important part.

In my opinion, the interesting aspect is the second plot hidden behind the mainstream romance.
It's about the impact of new technologies and personal data collection from a woman's point of view and how sexism and girl-shaming can be spread though those technologies even though they're supposed to embody progress within our society. And more generally how new technology can impact negatively our daily life.

The ML is the "good guy" because he's out of this overly connected world, which allows him to question things from an outside point of view.
It also depicts all the subtle injustices women can face in daily-life, like not being recognized properly for their work etc...
And above all, this is a BRILLIANT representation of how some people are not inherently bad people with bad intentions but are still unable to see how scary and invasive their actions are in a relationship, and when confronted with it, they throw back the emotional burden on the other and victimize themselves instead (daily gaslightning at its finest).
It's a form of emotional abuse but a very faint one and above all, a socially accepted one, which leaves victims often unheard.
This drama does an amazing job at depicting how gut-wrenching it can feel and how wrong it actually is. The real victim ends up feeling guilt and shame.

Because the seriousness of this show is at first hidden behind a pretty common kdrama storyline, i would not recommand it to people who just want to enjoy a fun drama since the romcom part is actually almost boring.
However, its a very subtle and well-made story if you digg a little deeper.

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Completed
IM YourOnlyOne
28 people found this review helpful
Jan 11, 2021
10 of 10 episodes seen
Completed 2
Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 9.0

RomCom done right

Simply, it's romantic comedy done right. There are many shows categorised as "RomCom" over the years and very few deserving of this label. "Please Don't Date Him" is one of the few exception as it brings out genuine laughter in every episode while building on the romantic relationship of the characters.

The literary device used for the plot was properly used and was not just a literary device later forgotten after setting up the story. When this was revealed, I was expecting this show to turn serious and deviate from being a romcom and turn into a serious drama, but the writer(s) stayed true and kept it in the sidelines yet still an important part of the show.

Song Ha Yoon, who played "Seo Ji Sung" did very well in portraying an A.I. programmer yet still "just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her" (to borrow from "Notting Hill"). I also love how they chose a woman as a programmer in this show debunking the stereotypes [1] programming is for men; and [2] girl programmers does not have a love life.

I recommend this show if you are looking for a series which will make you laugh, fall in love all over again, and appreciate the people around you, even strangers like our brave firefighters. Don't forget to check my review of episode 9: https://mydramalist.com/62539-please-don-t-meet-the-man/episode/9 -- a must-watch episode.

It's sad that they only planned a total of ten (10) episodes, they could have extended it to thirteen or a full series (sixteen episodes).

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Details

  • Drama: Please Don't Date Him
  • Country: South Korea
  • Episodes: 10
  • Aired: Nov 10, 2020 - Jan 12, 2021
  • Aired On: Tuesday
  • Original Network: MBC, MBC every1
  • Duration: 60 min.
  • Content Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older

Statistics

  • Score: 7.7 (scored by 4,698 users)
  • Ranked: #4234
  • Popularity: #1183
  • Watchers: 13,706

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