True Beauty is one of the best K-dramas around the circle. No matter how many times you watch it, you'll never get bored. It is that K-drama that gave viewers the dreadful Second lead syndrome. Based on a webtoon of the same name, it starred Cha Eun-Woo, Moon Ga-Young, Hwang In-Youp, and Park Yoo-Naa. This drama was one of the most famous K-Dramas of 2020 and still is in the hype. It centers on a high school girl, who after being bullied and discriminated against because of being perceived as ugly, masters the art of makeup to transform herself into a gorgeous person. It was a smash hit after it was released.
The drama enthralled the audience as it had a riveting love triangle which was worth the attention. The creator expressed it was a dream come true to see her work turned into a drama. Today, We've rounded up 9 K-dramas like True Beauty, which you can binge-watch.
1) It's Okay To Not Be Okay (2020)
Moon Gang-Tae lived with his older brother Moon Sang-Tae, who was suffering from autism. Growing up both of them lived a difficult life. Their father died when both of them were very young and their mother was murdered.
Sang-Tae was the sole witness of his mother’s murder from where his fear of butterflies manifested. This fear forced Gang-Tae to move from city to city to prevent his brother from experiencing nightmares.
Gang-Tae worked as a caregiver in psychiatric hospitals at every place they settled. While working in the hospital, he met Ko Moon-Young, who had ASPD(Antisocial Personality Disorder).
2) Cheese In The Trap (2017)
Cheese In The Trap was adapted by a webtoon of the same name written by Soonkki serialized on Naver Webtoon from 2010 to 2016. The webtoon amassed popularity which resulted in the formation of the K-drama.
The drama focuses on the life and relationships of a group of university students, particularly the difficult relationship between hardworking scholarship student Hong-Seol and her deceptively kind senior, Yoo-Jung. The K-drama had an original ending since the webtoon was not complete at that time.
3) What's Wrong With Secretary Kim (2020)
Based on the novel of the same title by Jung Kyung- Yoon which was first published in 2013. The series aired on tvN from June 6 to July 26, 2018, on Wednesdays and Thursdays for 16 episodes.
Lee Young-Joon (Park Seo Joon) is the vice-chairman of a major corporation. His world is shaken when, one day, his highly capable secretary, Kim Mi-So, announces that she will resign from her position.
Yoong-Joon then decided to do everything to keep her from resigning. Their time together makes them learn about their past traumas which turned out to be the same. Kim Mi-So falls in love with Lee Young-Joon as they heal each other.
4) My ID Is Gangnam Beauty (2019)
This is the story of Kang Mi-Rae, a girl once bullied for her looks. Mi Rae decides she wants a fresh start and gets plastic surgery to transform her face. When she becomes a college student, she meets Do Kyung-Suk from their middle school days who sees people from what they are on the inside and not outside; he becomes attracted to Kang Mi-Rae.
As Mi-Rae begins to get teased once more and labeled as "Gangnam Beauty" for getting plastic surgery, Kyung Suk becomes the person that stands up for her. In the process, Mi-Rae begins to recover her lost confidence and discovers that true beauty is not about what's on the outside.
5)She Was Pretty (2017)
A romantic comedy, based on a true story, about two acquaintances who meet again after they've gone through a reversal of fortunes and appearances. it is set in the backdrop of a fashion magazine's publishing office.
Park Seo Joon alongside Hwang Jung-Eum, shines extraordinarily throughout the drams. They had perfect chemistry on-screen and both of them were perfect for the roles. The drama itself won many awards and even the main cast was awarded several times.
6)Extraordinary You (2019)
Starring Kim Hye-Yoon, Rowoon, Lee Jae-Wook, and Lee Na-Eun, it is based on the webtoon "July Found By Chance". It was first published in January 2018 on Daum Webtoon.
This drama is known for its interesting twists in the teen drama storylines. The main character discovers that her life and the world they live in is a fantasy world in a comic.
The comic writer gives her mediocre fate of getting engaged to someone who hates her and she's expected to die soon. In a turn of events, she writes her own story to find true love, but it comes at a cost.
7) Boys Over Flowers (2009)
Jan Di is an average girl whose family owns a dry-cleaning store located near the luxurious and well-known Shin Hwa High School. After saving a boy from jumping off the roof of Shin Hwa High School, Jan Di is admitted into the school on a swimming scholarship.
At school, Jan Di tries to avoid confrontation with the four richest and most spoiled boys known as the F4, because she knows what happens to those that stand up against them. However, when Jan Di's friend, Oh Min Ji, accidentally gets ice cream on the F4 leader’s shoes, she is forced to declare war on the leader of the F4, Goo Joon Pyo.
What will happen, though, when she falls in love with someone from the F4 and Goo Joon Pyo starts developing feelings for her, too? Will the love triangle disrupt the F4 and change their lives forever?
“Boys Over Flowers” is one of the biggest Korean drama hits of our time, sweeping ratings and awards across Asia in 2009 and 2010.
8) Oh My Venus (2015)
Kim Young Ho aka John Kim is a personal trainer to Hollywood Stars. Despite being rich, Young Ho had a difficult childhood. He suffered devastating illness in his childhood. This made him believe that living healthy and exercising is the only way to survive. He uses this to run from his family. A Hollywood scandal with an actress has him on the run back to Korea.
Kang Joo-Eun was once an eolljang in her teens, for her good looks and fit figure. Now 33 years old and a lawyer, she has gained a lot of weight. She passes out on a flight from the US to Korea and John Kim is the only medical person on the flight who takes charge. he watches out for her even after they reach home.
After getting dumped by her boyfriend, Im Woo-Sik, she finds that she has the press pass for John Kim and proceeds to blackmail him in order to lose her weight.
9) 18 Again (2020)
Jung Da-jung and Hong Dae-Young are married and have a set of fraternal twins, Hong Si-Ah and Hong Si-Woo. At first, they have a perfectly happy marriage despite having children at a very young age and having financial problems.
Years later, their happy marriage starts to crumble when 37-year-old Dae-Jung files a divorce and her 18-year-old twins start to ignore Dae-Young except for money. Furthermore, Dae-young's life turns more miserable when he loses his job. Wishing he could go back in life and re-shape everything.
Miraculously he morphs into the body of himself when he was 18 years old but still retains his 37-year-old memory. He lives his life with his new identity under the name of "Go Woo-Young" and attends the high school his twins go to and also the high school he and his wife attended when they were 18 years old.