Marriage, Not Dating

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Marriage, Not Dating
Promotional poster for Marriage, Not Dating
Also known asMarriage Over Love
Marriage Without Love
Marriage Without Dating
Let's Get Married
Written byJoo Hwa-mi
Directed bySong Hyun-wook
Lee Jong-jae
StarringYeon Woo-jin
Han Groo
Jeong Jinwoon
Han Sunhwa
Heo Jung-min
Yoon So-hee
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean, English
No. of episodes16
Production location(s)Korea
Running timeFridays and Saturdays at 20:40 (KST)
Production company(s)IOK Media
Original networktvN
Original releaseJuly 4 (2014-07-04) – August 23, 2014 (2014-08-23)
External links
Marriage, Not Dating
연애 말고 결혼
Revised RomanizationYeonae Malgo Gyeolhon
McCune–ReischauerYŏnae Malgo Kyŏlhon

Marriage, Not Dating (Hangul연애 말고 결혼; RRYeonae Malgo Gyeolhon) is a 2014 South Korean television series starring Yeon Woo-jin, Han Groo, Jeong Jinwoon, Han Sunhwa, Heo Jung-min, and Yoon So-hee.[1][2] It aired on tvN from July 4 to August 23, 2014 on Fridays and Saturdays at 20:40 for 16 episodes.


Wealthy plastic surgeon Gong Gi-tae has no interest in getting married; marriage is all shop girl Joo Jang-mi dreams about. In an effort to get his parents off his back about the constant string of blind dates and marriage prospects, Gi-tae purposely brings Jang-mi home to meet his parents posing as his girlfriend, certain that they'll never approve of her. This romantic comedy portrays a man who doesn’t want to get married, and a woman who has no luck with potential marriage prospects.[3]


Main characters[edit]

A 33-year-old successful plastic surgeon with an abrasive personality. Gi-tae enjoys solitude too much to settle down, much to the dismay of his parents.[4][5]
A 29-year-old girl who earnestly believes in true love despite her countless failures in previous relationships. As an employee at a luxury brand shop, she is surrounded by luxury products, but has none of her own. Although her age and socio-economic class make her an unattractive bride in the "marriage market," Jang-mi still wants to find the right man to marry, because her greatest fear is being alone.[4]
A restaurant waiter with aspirations of becoming a chef. Though playful and sweet, Yeo-reum's painful past (his mother abandoned him as a child) makes him push away anyone who gets too close. But he finds himself falling for Jang-mi.[6][7][8]
Like her former fiance Gi-tae, Se-ah is a rich, single plastic surgeon, plus her father is a hospital director. After their break-up, Se-ah's convinced that women (including herself) can do without men. In order to get pregnant, she begins to blackmail Gi-tae into giving her his sperm.[8]
The owner of an upscale restaurant, and Gi-tae's best friend. Hoon-dong once dated Jang-mi but broke her heart and even accused her of being a stalker. But when she gets over him, he regrets his actions and begins pursuing her again.[5]
Jang-mi's coworker who wants to hit the jackpot by marrying a rich man. Hyun-hee develops real feelings for Hoon-dong after their one-night stand.

Supporting characters[edit]

Seemingly cold and aloof, she's obsessed with marrying off her son Gi-tae, but he constantly thwarts her schemes.
A doctor who's cheating on his wife with a younger mistress.
She and her husband run a chicken and soju restaurant, and are constantly bickering.
He and his wife are so happy and excited to have a future doctor son-in-law, that Jang-mi is unable to tell her parents the real score between her and Gi-tae.
  • Park Hee-jin as Gong Mi-jung
She gets bribed by her sister-in-law Bong-hyang into tailing Gi-tae and Jang-mi, hoping to find proof that their relationship is fake.
Gi-tae's grandmother, and the only member of his family who approves of Jang-mi.
A wealthy widow who dotes on and spoils her only son.
  • Choi Hyun as Chef Uhm
He works at Hoon-dong's restaurant where he is skimming off the profits. He is also antagonistic towards Yeo-reum.
  • Lee Yeon-kyung as Soo-hwan's mistress

Cameo/guest appearances[edit]


Episode # Broadcast date Title Nationwide
1 4 July 2014 The polite way to break up 0.85%
2 5 July 2014 Widespread advantageous kindness: Maintaining your fishpond 1.36%
3 11 July 2014 Being happy on your own 1.75%
4 12 July 2014 For whom we cook pancakes 1.57%
5 18 July 2014 Words I can only say to you 1.90%
6 19 July 2014 Me, who looks alone, isn't alone, but seems alone 1.51%
7 25 July 2014 It's okay even if it's not okay 2.21%
8 26 July 2014 Marry me if you can 2.13%
9 1 August 2014 One night in a faraway place 2.38%
10 2 August 2014 The thing you should keep hidden until the very last moment 2.00%
11 8 August 2014 Confession (Go back) 2.61%
12 9 August 2014 Will sincerity get through? 1.97%
13 15 August 2014 Don't lean and don't expect 3.31%
14 16 August 2014 Sorry for not being cool / Thanks for not being cool 2.05%
15 22 August 2014 Two women who love one man 2.28%
16 23 August 2014 Nevertheless, marriage 1.62%
Average 1.97%

Source: AGB Nielsen Korea (cable standard ratings)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival
Best Young Actor Jeong Jinwoon Nominated
Best Young Actress Han Sunhwa Nominated
tvN10 Awards
Best Kiss Award Yeon Woo-jin and Han Groo Nominated

International broadcast[edit]


  1. ^ Chung, Joo-won (26 June 2014). "Marriage over Love has both reality and romance: director". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-06-29.
  2. ^ Go, Soo-jin (21 May 2014). "2AM's Jung Jin Woon, Secret's Han Sun Hwa, Yeon Woo Jin, and Han Groo Cast in Marriage, Not Dating". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-06-15.
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  4. ^ a b Kim, Min-jin (26 June 2014). "Yeon Woo-jin and Han Groo reveal each other's charms". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-06-29.
  5. ^ a b Chung, Joo-won (26 June 2014). "Yeon Woo-jin, Huh Jeong-min talk about 'some culture'". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-06-29.
  6. ^ Kim, Min-jin (26 June 2014). "2AM's Jinwoon admits it's hard being a 'bad guy'". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-06-29.
  7. ^ Kim, Min-jin (26 June 2014). "Jinwoon shares his true thoughts on 'marriage'". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-06-29.
  8. ^ a b Kim, Min-jin (26 June 2014). "Jinwoon and Sunhwa talk about 'idols in acting business'". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-06-29.
  9. ^ Ching, Mark Angelo (20 May 2015). "AGB Nielsen Mega Manila Household Ratings (May 15-17, 2015): Ai-Ai's first Magpakailanman episode beats MMK; Healing Hearts continues to beat rivals". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 2015-06-27.
  10. ^ "[Update] แผนรัก..วิวาห์กำมะลอ ช่อง 7สี *เริ่ม 27 เม.ย.*นี้". popcornfor2 (in Thai). 2017-04-10.

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