Yun Ji Ho is a quite successful assistant screenwriter who has spent the last 3 months living in the main writer's house. After coming back home, she finds out that her younger brother has got married and the wife is expecting a baby. After a talk with her patriarchal family, it's decided that it is she who needs to move out quickly but she doesn't have money for the deposit. Meanwhile, Nam Se Hui is currently looking for a new tenant who can take care of his house and cat. His CEO is desperate to help him since he refuses to work overtime at a critical moment of wrapping up the project until he would find a tenant. Hearing from a friend that Se Hui doesn't require deposit money, Ji Ho automatically accepts his peculiar conditions and moves in, contacting him through messages. On the other side, Se Hui is very satisfied with the new tenant's ability to follow his rules. The only issue is that both don't know they're the opposite sex.
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.
In both dramas the two main characters decide to get married for purely practical reasons without any love between them. They go through awkward meetings between the parents and friends and try to pretend to be a true couple.