Promotional poster for Marriage Contract
|Written by||Jung Yoo-kyung|
|Directed by||Kim Jin-min|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||16|
|Running time||65 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Pan Entertainment|
|Original network||Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation|
|Original release||March 5 –|
April 24, 2016
Marriage Contract (Korean: 결혼계약; Hanja: 結婚契約; RR: Gyeolhon Gyeyak) is a 2016 South Korean television series starring Lee Seo-jin and Uee. It aired on MBC from March 5 to April 24, 2016 on Saturdays and Sundays at 22:00 for 16 episodes.
Kang Hye-soo (Uee) is a single mother who struggles to raise her daughter while paying off her late husband's debts. Han Ji-hoon (Lee Seo-jin) is the son of a chaebol who seeks a contract marriage in order to save his mother, who needs a liver transplant. When Hye-soo is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, she agrees to marry Ji-hoon and donate part of her liver to his mother, in exchange for enough money to provide for her daughter until she reaches adulthood. Han Ji-Hoon is driving along when Hye-Soo is almost hit saving her 7 year old daughter Eun-Seong, He rushes her to the hospital as she faints however while she is being tested the Manager of the restaurant Han Ji-Hoon owns Ho-Joon tells him might be a scam and to make sure she is really hurt. Han Ji-Hoon has Hye-Soo's phone and receives a call from a mysterious man which turns out to be the debt collector who comes to the hospital after hearing it being said in the background. He chases Hye-Soo when she is leaving, where he almost catches her but she in the end hides in Han Ji-Hoon's car with Eun-Seong. Han Ji-Hoon's mother has been rushed to the hospital where they find out that if she doesn't get a liver transplant she will die but she is way down on the list so Han Ji-Hoon decides to marry a Hye-Soo she agrees so she can pay off her debt and also make sure Eun-Seong has money to grow up on as she gets the results back from when she fainted and she has a brain tumour. Eun-Seong in the beginning doesn't like Han Ji-Hoon but she warms up to him
- Lee Seo-jin as Han Ji-hoon
- Uee as Kang Hye-soo
- Kim Yong-geon as Han Seong-gook
- Park Jung-soo as Yoon Seon-yeong
- Lee Hwi-hyang as Oh Mi-ran
- Kim Young-pil as Han Jeong-hoon
- Shin Rin-ah as Cha Eun-seong
- Kim Kwang-kyu as Park Ho-joon
- Kim Yoo-ri as Seo Na-yoon
- Jung Kyung-soon as Shim Yeong-hee
- Lee Hyun-geol as Kong Soo-chang
- Pyo Ye-jin as Hyun A-ra
- Ahn Ji-hoon as Jo Seung-joo
- Kim So-jin as Hwang Joo-yeon
|Episode #||Original broadcast date||Average audience share|
|TNmS Ratings||AGB Nielsen|
|Nationwide||Seoul National Capital Area||Nationwide||Seoul National Capital Area|
|1||March 5, 2016||17.3%||18.4%||17.2%||18.2%|
|2||March 6, 2016||17.1%||18.5%||18.0%||19.3%|
|3||March 12, 2016||16.6%||17.0%||17.3%||19.6%|
|4||March 13, 2016||17.4%||17.9%||17.8%||19.6%|
|5||March 19, 2016||17.0%||18.2%||18.0%||19.7%|
|6||March 20, 2016||17.9%||18.4%||19.3%||20.6%|
|7||March 26, 2016||16.1%||17.3%||18.4%||20.3%|
|8||March 27, 2016||18.5%||19.8%||20.4%||22.4%|
|9||April 2, 2016||18.0%||19.6%||18.9%||20.7%|
|10||April 3, 2016||18.4%||20.6%||22.0%||24.6%|
|11||April 9, 2016||17.0%||19.0%||20.6%||22.4%|
|12||April 10, 2016||18.1%||18.7%||22.9%||25.4%|
|13||April 16, 2016||17.1%||18.4%||19.6%||21.5%|
|14||April 17, 2016||19.0%||20.1%||21.3%||23.4%|
|15||April 23, 2016||18.0%||18.7%||19.3%||21.5%|
|16||April 24, 2016||20.3%||22.8%||22.4%||23.6%|
- Philippines — The series aired on GMA Network from September 17 to November 30, 2018 as part of GMA The Heart of Asia 15th anniversary  and re-aired on GMA News TV from October 7 to 29, 2019.
- India - It is available via streaming service Viu with English subtitles.
Awards and nominations
|2016||5th APAN Star Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Uee||Nominated|
|9th Korea Drama Awards||Best Production Director||Kim Jin-min||Won|
|Excellence Award, Actor||Lee Seo-jin||Nominated|
|21st Asian Television Award||Best Drama Series||Marriage Contract||Nominated|
|23rd Grimae Awards||Best Actress||Uee||Won|
|36th MBC Drama Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang)||Lee Seo-jin||Nominated|
|Drama of the Year||Marriage Contract||Nominated|
|Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Project Drama||Lee Seo-jin||Won|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Project Drama||Uee||Won|
|Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Project Drama||Kim Yoo-ri||Nominated|
|Golden Acting Award, Actress in a Special Project Drama||Lee Hwi-hyang||Won|
|Best Young Actress||Shin Rin-ah||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award||Lee Seo-jin and Uee||Nominated|
- 결혼계약 (in Korean). Daum Movie. Retrieved March 9, 2016.
- Son Ji-hyoung (March 6, 2016). "'Marriage Contract' beats competitors in debut". K-Pop Herald. Retrieved March 9, 2016.
- Park Sojung (March 7, 2016). "KBS sweeps weekly viewership, tvN leads cable with 'Signal'". Yonhap News Agency. Retrieved March 9, 2016.
- Ahn Sung-mi (February 24, 2016). "Lee Seo-jin, Uee in contract marriage". K-Pop Herald. Retrieved March 9, 2016.
- "TNmS Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". TNmS Ratings (in Korean). Retrieved March 9, 2016.
- "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Retrieved March 9, 2015.
- Marriage Contract: Pagkakamali at pag-asa Teaser. YouTube. GMA Network. August 24, 2018. Retrieved August 25, 2018.