Middleman's Love is a Thai BL comedy series about two office employees. After a new intern joins the company, the main character helps him settle in the workplace. They develop a close relationship from collaborating, carpooling, and chatting after work. The protagonist believes his coworker has a crush on another colleague. He wants to be their matchmaker, not realizing the actual target of affection is himself.
The start of Middleman's Love is too quirky. From the outlandish humour to obnoxious perkiness, the early episodes make me cringe. The series calms down and becomes less over the top, but the storylines are still childish. The plot suffers from pointless filler and immature antics. Also, the romance progresses slowly with little substance. While the final episode is surprisingly enjoyable, it can't compensate for all the awfulness beforehand.
Middleman's Love Summary
Jade is an office worker with an energetic and excitable personality. Recently, a new intern has joined the company. As the mentor, Jade is responsible for helping Mai settle in the workplace. He welcomes the new employee enthusiastically. Although Jade's behaviour can be silly, Mai is charmed by his coworker's quirkiness. Soon, Mai develops a secret crush on Jade.
Jade is a helpful mentor who gets along with Mai. Occasionally, they would carpool to the office. Jade and Mai also hang out after work. They join the other colleagues on social outings. As Mai's romantic feelings deepen, he tries to hint at his attraction. Yet, Jade remains clueless and doesn't return the signals. He thinks they are just being friendly. According to Jade, Mai's kind gestures are typical pleasantries between coworkers.
Jade's friend, Uea, notices what is happening. He warns Mai about the risks of an office romance. Uea and his boyfriend, King, are also colleagues who fell in love in the workplace. So, Uea understands first-hand that a relationship can be complicated. Mai admits he has a crush on Jade and insists on his sincerity. Uea believes him and gives his blessing. He'll only observe them from a distance without intervening.
Mai has gotten close with Gus, another new employee at the company. They become friends who collaborate on projects and hang out around the office. As Jade observes their budding friendship, he believes there are romantic sparks. He thinks they will make a compatible couple. Previously, Jade was successful in being the "middleman" for Uea and King. He brought the two lovers together and helped them become a couple. Confident in his matchmaking skills, Jade believes he can help Mai and Gus become closer.
Jade becomes more involved in Mai's life. He wants to learn about his coworker to help with his matchmaking. As they spend time outside work, Mai's feelings intensify. He keeps dropping hints that he has a crush on someone in the office. Yet, Jade misunderstands him and believes his theory is correct. He becomes even more enthusiastic about playing matchmaker. This confusion leads to hilarious shenanigans between the two colleagues. They must figure out how to interpret each other's mixed signals.
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Middleman's Love Cast
Yim Pharinyakorn Khansawa (ยิม ปริญญากรณ์ ขันสวะ)
Jade is an office worker from the company's design department. He has a perky, excitable personality. Jade works closely with Uea, his best friend, and Mai, the new intern. Jade is nicknamed the "middleman" because he likes to play matchmaker. He's also the middle child between an older brother and a younger sister.
Tutor Koraphat (ติวเตอร์ กรภัทร ลำน้อย)
Mai is a new company intern who works for Jade's design team. He is poised and behaves perfectly. Jade takes him under his wing, developing a close bond. Mai has a secret crush on his mentor and tries to hint at his attraction. Mai has a good relationship with his parents and older brother.
James Supamongkon Wongwisut (เจมส์ ศุภมงคล วงศ์วิสุทธ์)
Net Siraphop Manithikhun (เน็ต สิรภพ มานิธิคุณ)
Tai Thanaphat Kajonchaikun (ไต๋ ธนภัทร ขจรชัยกุล)
Leo Peerapun Chungcharoenpanich (พีรพันธ์ จึงเจริญพาณิชย์)
Thomas Teetut Chungmanirat (โทมัส ธีร์ทัศน์ จึงมณีรัตน์)
Park Parnupat Anomakiti (ปาร์ค ภัทร อโนมกิติ)
Mark Sorntast Buangam (สรณ์ธรรศ บัวงาม)
Tao Sattaphong Phiangphor (เต๋า เศรษฐพงศ์ เพียงพอ)
Ingkho Inpalee Chotiruntananon (อิงโกะ อินท์ปาลี โชติหิรัญธนนนท์)
Amarin Nitibhon (อัมรินทร์ นิติพน)
Nicole Theriault (นิโคล เทริโอ)
Ngern Anupart Luangsodsai (เงิน อนุภาษ เหลืองสดใส)
Pete Thongchua (พีท ทองเจือ)
Pym Pympan Chalayanacupt (พิมพ์พรรณ ชลายนคุปต์)
- The leads (Yim and Tutor) are supporting characters in the 2022 Thai BL series Cutie Pie. They also appeared in the 2023 sequel Cutie Pie 2 You. In addition, they are the leads of Our Winter (2023).
- Yim, Tutor, and the actors who portray Uea and King (James & Net) appeared in the 2023 series Bed Friend. Middleman's Love is the spin-off of this original story.
- The actors who portray Gus and Kong (Tai and Leo) have appeared together in Friend Forever (2020) and You Never Eat Alone (2020).
- Man's actor (Ngern) appeared in the Love in Translation (2023) as a part of the secondary couple.
- The actors who portray Jade and Mai's fathers (Amarin and Pete) have supporting roles in the 2023 series Step by Step. Once again, the portray the dads of the lead characters.
Middleman's Love Review
Drama Review Score: 6.2
The beginning of Middleman's Love annoys me due to the excessive quirkiness on display. The main character has a zany personality and displays too much enthusiasm, which gets tiresome quickly. There are also goofy reactions, comical sound effects, and over-the-top humour, adding to the continual wackiness. The narrative is an incoherent mess. When the pointless filler isn't boring me, the unfunny jokes make me cringe. Based on the opening episodes, I have a terrible first impression of Middleman's Love.
The series calms down and becomes less eccentric after a while. It settles into a typical workplace drama, a welcomed improvement over the start. At least these episodes are watchable. However, the storylines are still too silly and lack maturity. You expect more adult themes from an office BL series, yet the characters get involved in juvenile shenanigans. One of the episodes is dedicated to a sports orientation day, no different from school. I appreciate playfulness in a story, but it becomes an issue when many scenes feel childish. Middleman's Love often comes across as airheaded.
Middleman's Love reminds me of Emma by Jane Austen. Five seconds later, I retract my comparison in horror. I'm sorry for dragging down Ms. Austen's literary classic to the level of this frivolous drama. Even so, the two stories are similar. Both protagonists are self-declared matchmakers who meddle in other relationships and learn valuable lessons. That's a fun premise for a romantic comedy, especially with a BL twist. Yet, Middleman's Love squanders the potential by hardly exploring this plot. It wastes time on goofy antics and dumb filler than meaningful themes.
Jade is an irritating protagonist. The actor (Yim) tries hard to appear perky, albeit annoyingly. Despite his character flaws, I still like him. His dorkiness seems endearing, as is his funny fixation with Detective Conan. However, his personality is polarizing and not everyone's cup of tea. While Jade & Mai share a few cute encounters, their romance takes too long to progress. The love story's climax doesn't occur until late in the series. Since nothing significant is happening in the plot, there's no reason to drag out the relationship. Accelerate the journey and give us BL action!
Uea and King, the stars of Bed Friend, make cute supporting characters in this spin-off. They have reduced screen time, but I appreciate how they don't overshadow the leads. The other secondary couple, Gus and Kong, are my least favourites. I hate Gus, who is a walking HR red flag. From inappropriate shoulder massages to lewd pick-up lines, his so-called flirting resembles sleazy workplace harassment. I groan whenever the plot dedicates time to their dull romance, which has no chemistry. The story can't even give valid reasons why they like each other.
Middleman's Love ends with a surprisingly engaging finale. It focuses on the leads flirting cutely and developing their relationship. These scenes should have happened sooner, but at least we're getting long-awaited BL content. From playful banter to passionate encounters, the series earns last-minute points due to the enjoyable romantic fluff. If this episode were attached to another drama, it'd be a solid hour of entertainment. Sadly, a fun conclusion can't redeem the rest of the embarrassing mediocrity. Middleman's Love is an awful mix of cringiness and childishness.
Middeman's Love has a terrible start with too much annoying quirkiness. The rest of the story is frivolous. From childish antics to pointless filler, nothing significant happens in the plot.
The BL content doesn't occur until late in the series. While Jade & Mai have a few cute exchanges, their romance takes too long to progress. Gus and Kong are an awful couple with no chemistry.
Jade's actor (Yim) tries very hard to portray a perky character. He gets points for effort. However, he doesn't pull off the portrayal and comes across as annoying. The others are unremarkable.
Middleman's Love has a happy ending as Jade and Mai develop their relationship. The finale is surprisingly enjoyable, containing cute flirtation, playful banter, and passionate encounters.
The production values look modern and chic. However, there's a slight genericness to the backdrops and locations. None of the settings, especially the office environment, stands out visually.
Middleman's Love is an annoyingly quirky office BL series with pointless filler, childish antics, and cringy jokes. Besides a surprisingly good finale, the rest of the episodes are dull and dumb.
Middleman's Love Episodes
Middleman's Love has a total of 8 episodes. Each episode is around 45 to 75 minutes long. The last episode is around 75 minutes long. It is a long BL drama, and you can finish the entire series in around 8 hours. Middleman's Love started on November 10, 2023 and ended on December 29, 2023.
Middleman's Love is a spin-off of the 2023 Thai BL series, Bed Friend. It features the same actors and characters. Bed Friend is the first installment in the franchise's chronology. However, watching this spin-off isn't required to understanding Middleman's Love. They can be enjoyed separately.
What an awful introduction. I'm cringing so hard. Is this an all-male division? Where did all the female employees go? Gus, stop giving massages! Kong said he doesn't like it! Don't touch him!
This episode has two funny moments. First is the absurd kiss under the office desk. Only BL dramas can turn weird places into kissing spots. Second is when Jade vomits after looking at Mai's abs lol.
Is it just me, or does putting expiration dates on someone else's food seem nosy? This episode feels more toned down in perkiness. The Valentine's Day subplot was cute, but I wish it went on for longer.
Ugh, I hate Gus. Kong will smile when he wants to! Stop touching his face! Gus' workplace conduct has been out of line. HR, warn him! Jade channelling his inner Detective Conan is cute, hehe.
Why is Kong suddenly flirting with Gus? His behavioural change is odd. Jade's high school flashbacks need more development. They end too abruptly. Why are we wasting time on this sports day?
"Why do I need to have a reason to love you?" Well, it'd be nice to hear at least one reason… Mai should respect Jade's rejection and leave him alone. No means no, not try again and continue flirting.
Jade and Mai's romance has taken too long to progress. The series is almost over, yet the relationship drama is dragging. Jade should've accepted the confession so we could start the BL content.
I saw shades of myself when Jade was pretending to be an armchair detective. *lol* The sex scenes have such a hilariously dramatic flair. LMAO when Mai took off Jade's glasses with his mouth!
Middleman's Love Information
Mandee Channel is the Thai BL studio that made Why R U (2020) and Cutie Pie (2022). This company has a close business relationship with the entertainment agency, Domundi TV. They have co-produced various BL dramas together.
Cheewin Thanamin Wongskulphat ( ธนะมินทร์ วงษ์สกุลพัชร์) is a Thai director. His first BL drama is the drama, Make It Right (2016) and its sequel Make It Right 2 (2017). His portfolio of work includes Water Boyy (2017), Why R U (2020), YYY (2020), and You Never Eat Alone (2020). In addition, he directed Y-Destiny (2021), Secret Crush on You (2022), That's My Candy (2022), and War of Y (2022). He also worked on Bed Friend (2023), Middleman's Love (2023), and Playboyy (2023).