Because This is My First Life shows how to take a common cliched premise (contract marriage and forced cohabitation) and make it slice of life, romantic and heart-tugging in the best of ways.
The show has multiple strong aspects, all of which come together to create a great viewing. There's flawed, realistic and relatable characters who slowly grow and change while also remaining consistent to their base personality. There's strong friendships, great acting and directing but it's really the writing that elevates everything. The story is written like an ode to the writer's own life; it's painful but heartfelt, brutally honest but also filled with a sense of fantasy that if a contract marriage was to happen, this is how it ideally would occur. No big shenanigans, no crazy exes but mature, responsible adults that hurt, heal and are wiling to overcome misunderstandings.
And because all the conflicts arise from the characters themselves, it never becomes melodramatic or overwrought, which is a breath of fresh air in a medium that often relies on such crutches to carry the story when there's little left to tell.
A definite recommend for any fan of romantic comedies, slice of life, romance or dramas in general.