Love is usually the foundation for a romantic relationship, but what if people get together for a certain benefit? These contract or pretend relationships are interesting to watch as we see a relationship made for material gain grow into a loving bond.
These are just 8 of these wildly entertaining K-Dramas that you can enjoy!
1. Because This is My First Life
Nam Se Hee (Lee Min Ki) is a single man in his early 30’s who has chosen not to marry. He owns his home, but he is in a lot of debt. Yoon Ji Ho (Jung So Min) is a single woman in her early 30’s who doesn’t own a home and envies those that do. She’s given up on dating due to her financial struggles. Eventually, the two become housemates.
2. Master’s Sun
Joo Joong Won (So Ji Sub) is the stingy and greedy CEO of Kingdom, a company that includes a major department store and hotel. He meets Tae Gong Shil (Gong Hyo Jin), who started seeing ghosts after an accident. They work together to deal with the terror brought by spirits while investigating a kidnapping incident in Joong Won’s past.
3. Fated to Love You
Kim Mi Young (Jang Na Ra) is a plain, awkward office clerk whose kindness is often taken advantage of by her co-workers. While on vacation, she accidentally spends a night with a handsome, charming, and rich stranger. A few weeks later, when Mi Young soon finds out she is pregnant, chaos ensues.
4. Marriage, Not Dating
Plastic surgeon Gong Ki Tae (Yeon Woo Jin) is a successful and happy bachelor who doesn’t want a wife. However, his family is nagging him to marry and sending him on many blind dates. To get his parents to stop, Ki Tae brings Joo Jang Mi (Han Groo) home to meet his parents posing as his girlfriend, certain that they’ll never approve of her.
5. 1 Percent of Something
Growing up in a wealthy family, Lee Jae In (Ha Seok Jin) had everything. He was smart, good-looking, and had a great job. However, he happens to be an arrogant jerk. Annoyed, Jae In’s grandfather came up with a plan to humble his grandson. In order to inherit everything, Jae In would have become engaged to Kim Da Hyun (Jeon So Min), a sweet school teacher. Forced to agree, Jae In and Da Hyun try to endure the next few months as best they can. Things start rough, but soon their hearts begin to soften.
6. Her Private Life
Sung Deok Mi (Park Min Young) is dedicated to her work as an art gallery curator, but she holds a secret. Sung Deok Mi is the ultimate Cha Shi An (ONE) fangirl. As a devoted manager of a Shi An fansite, Deok Mi eats, sleeps, and breathes for Shi An. The art gallery’s new director, Ryan Gold (Kim Jae Wook), considers himself indifferent, but once he discovers Deok Mi’s secret, everything changes.
7. Coffee Prince
Choi Han Gyul (Gong Yoo) is the grandson of a company that has a thriving coffee business. He has never had a job and doesn’t care. Go Eun Chan (Yoon Eun Hye) is a tomboy who is often mistaken for a guy. Her father died when she was 16 and has since been the main source of income for her family. When Han Gyul and Eun Chan meet, he (not knowing she’s a girl) decides to hire her to pretend to be his gay lover so that he can escape blind dates. After getting an ultimatum from his grandmother, Han Gyul takes over a rundown coffee shop to prove that he’s responsible. To attract female customers, he only hires good-looking male employees, including Eun Chan.
8. Mary Stayed Out All Night
Wi Mae Ri (Moon Geun Young) is the daughter of a failed businessman who is used to being constantly on the move to escape from debtors. She becomes fast friends with the indie singer Kang Moo Kyul (Jang Geun Suk) when she nearly runs him over with a car. Meanwhile, her father, Wi Dae Han (Park Sang Myun), is saved from his debtors by his old friend, Jung Suk (Park Jun Gyu), who had just returned from success in the Japanese entertainment industry. Jung Suk, who had harbored a secret love for Mae Ri’s mother, sets up a deal with Dae Han to have Mae Ri marry his son, Jung In (Kim Jae Wook). In a desperate attempt to escape, Mae Ri begs Moo Kyul to pose as her husband and finds herself in even more trouble than before when her father proposes a 100-day period in which she has to divide her time equally between Moo Kyul and Jung In.