Do you like romantic comedy’s? How about an addictive OST (original soundtrack) that you find yourself humming and singing randomly throughout they day? Do you like a great, realistic story with a likable female and male lead?
If you answer yes to any of those questions, I highly recommend Marriage Not Dating. It was the most fun I’ve ever had watching a k-drama. It’s possible I could be getting ahead of myself already, but this drama is easily my favorite new drama of 2014. I might even go as far as to say the best we’ve seen in 2014, but that varies based upon personal preference and taste. I’m actually bummed that I started this drama late and couldn’t review it week-to-week — that’s honestly how much I loved it and looked forward to it.
So, what exactly is Marriage Not Dating about you ask?
This is the story of Gong Ki Tae (Yeon Woo Jin) who is a plastic surgeon. His mother is trying to get him married, but Gong Ki Tae thoroughly enjoys his personal space. He’s a bit of a loner and a clean freak. His apartment is super modern, clean, and lacking in clutter. Most of all, due to a past relationship, Gong Ki Tae does not want any parts of a relationship or even a marriage.
Then there’s bubbly, bright, and opinionated Joo Jang Mi. She is a department store employee who dreams of marriage. Unfortunately for her, she’s had little luck in the dating department. And Jang Mi is an obnoxious drunk.
They are as opposite as two people can possibly get. So, when Ki Tae has the bright idea to date Jang Mi, it’s a recipe for disaster. Ki Tae wants to use Jang Mi’s less refined qualities to make his mother give up on him getting marriage. He truly believes that bringing the worst possible girl home will get her to back off.
This back fires for Ki Tae. There’s a lot of hilarity that ensues when Jang Mi and Ki Tae end up living together. Cohabitation hi jinks come out in full force here. But despite their differences, the more time that Ki Tae spends with Jang Mi, the more he realizes she’s not as horrid as he made her out to be.
When fake feelings turn real, it’s only the beginning of the uphill battle. Still, if you want an upbeat rom com that has a happily ever after, this is one you must check out. Yeon Woo Jin and Han Groo were flawless here.
Nonetheless, if you’re looking for a new k-drama to binge-watch, all sixteen episodes are currently available to stream on Viki. Watch episode one here.
And here’s a sweet little parting word for those of you who have watched the series: Nemo.