10 TV Shows like Netflix’s The Fabulous
The Fabulous is Netflix’s newest comedy K-drama which was released in the Christmas season of 2022. The show follows the life of Ji-eun, a PR agent who works for a famous fashion brand as well as her friends from the fashion industry. The show has an interesting story that is set against the backdrop of the fashion industry.
The Fabulous is a package with all the aspects of a regular K-drama with a strong female lead played by Chae Soo-bin. With Choi Minho playing the main lead for the first time in a while, the show also follows the romantic life of Chae Soo-bin’s character, Ji-eun.
With themes like romance, lifelong friendship, revenge, drama and more, The Fabulous really is an interesting watch. So if you are one of those who has watched all 8 episodes of Netflix’s The Fabulous here is a list of 10 more shows like it for you to enjoy in the new year.
Emily In Paris
Similarities: Strong Female Lead, Friendship
The 2020 Netflix show has recently released its third season over the last week and its first season follows the titular character – Emily Cooper, an American college graduate in her late twenties. Emily has a Master’s degree in communication and is from Chicago.
One fine day, Emily moves to Paris after she receives an unexpected job opportunity which gives her the opportunity to bring an American point of view to her new French marketing firm. Just like Soo-bin’s character Ji-eun is a strong female lead in the show, The Fabulous, Lily Collins’ Emily plays a strong female lead in the show Emily in Paris.
Now We Are Breaking Up
Similarities: Strong Female Lead, Fashion, Romance
The 2021 K-drama that was known for being Song Hye-kyo’s comeback drama was Now We Are Breaking Up and followed the dreamlike story of falling in love and falling out of it in the backdrop of the fashion industry. Ha Young-eun is the leader of a design team for a fashion company and is known for being a cold-hearted realist who prioritizes stability first.
She is smart, beautiful, self-disciplined and sensitive to trends. Yoon Jae-guk is a popular freelancer fashion photographer and has everything like intelligence, wealth and a handsome appearance that could melt even a cold-hearted woman like Young-eun.
Similarities: Strong Female Lead, Drama, Fashion
The Indian fiction-reality show, Masaba Masaba is a scripted version of the life of popular Indian fashion designer, Masaba Gupta.
The show features her family, her love life and her career where the designer herself plays the character of Masaba and her mother, Neena Gupta, plays a fictionalized version of herself. The show follows Masaba Gupta straddling the worlds of fashion and family while making a foray back into the dating world.
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Similarities: Fashion, Comedy
The long-running reality show, RuPaul’s Drag Race first aired in 2009 and sees drag queen, RuPaul himself as the main host. In every season of this show, contestants who are real-life drag queens are faced with different challenges every week.
These contestants who are drag queens have to perform as top models, designers and American idols all as one. With one contestant eliminated each week, RuPaul’s Drag Race aims to find the next superstar drag queen of America every season.
Similarities: Friendship, Comedy, Romance
If there is one show that people from all over the world love is F.R.I.E.N.D.S which follows the lives of six reckless friends living in Manhattan. There friends indulge in adventures which make their lives both troublesome and happening. Over the course of 10 years, the 2004 comedy show delivered a story of that now has become a testament of friendship.
Hwarang: Poet, Warrior, Youth
Similarities: Friendship, Drama
The period drama, Hwarang: Poet, Warrior, Youth is set in the Kingdom of Silla where a group of elite youth known as Hwarang would wield great influence over the people of the world. The show features a group of dashing, talented knights – named Moo Myung (played by Park Seo-joon), Sam Maek-jong (played by Park Hyung-shik), Soo Ho (played by SHINee Choi Minho), Ban Ryu (played by Do Ji-han), Yeo Wool (played by Jo Yoon-woo), and Han Sung (played by BTS V/ Kim Taehyung).
This group of friends also have a maiden named Ah Ro (played by Go Ah-ra) and together these seven people could outsmart and outfight anyone as they pushed for justice in Seorabeol, the capital city of Silla. Among these six knights, one would become King Jin-heung of Silla and change the course of the dynasty’s history.
Fight For My Way
Similarities: Friendship, Romance
The 2017 comedy drama, Fight For My Way tells the story of a taekwondo fighter, Ko Dong-man and his childhood friends, Ae-ra, Sol-hee, and Joo-man. Over the course of the show, this group of young friends try to navigate between their respective romantic lives, the struggles in their careers as well as their friendship.
Record of Youth
Similarities: Strong Female Lead, Fashion, Romance
Set in the backdrop of the fashion world, Record of Youth follows the lives of young people in the world of modeling. Sa Hye-jun is a smart and handsome man who is a popular model.
Hye-jun really wants to become an actor. He has auditioned for many acting roles, but hasn’t found success yet. In the business, Hye-jun meets An Jeong-ha, a woman who works as a make-up artist for famous models.
Similarities: Fashion, Romance
The 2006 comedy series Ugly Betty follows the life of Betty Suarez, a wannabe writer and a plain girl from Queens, New York. Betty is smart, hardworking, and savvy but has a different sense of style than what is required in the fashion world.
After publishing mogul Bradford Meade puts his son Daniel in charge of his Mode magazine, Meade hires Betty to be his new assistant. The reason for the hire is that, Betty and her quirky personality makes her the only woman in Manhattan who Daniel won’t sleep with.
Similarities: Friendship, Comedy
The comedy drama, New Girl follows the life of Jessica Day who is a bubbly and quirky teacher in her early 30s. After she learns that her boyfriend has cheated on her, she moves into a shared apartment with three single men in their 30s as well.
Being the new girl in the house, Jess tries to befriend her roommates – Nick, Schmidt, and Winston with her antics as they build lifelong friendships as well as romantic relationships. Jess’ childhood friend, Cece is a successful model who joins the group as well.
So there we have it, our 10 TV show alternatives to watch when you’re finished with The Fabulous on Netflix!
What do you think of our picks? Do you agree? Are there any notable omissions? Let us know in the comments below!