#TBT – Successful Story of a Bright Girl

As the first post for the revamp, I decided to do a #TBT.
For this edition, it`s Successful Story of a Bright Girl.


Because I am currently watching Jang Nara`s latest drama and I have a huge bias for her.

  • Title: 명랑소녀 성공기
  • AKA: Cheerful Girl`s Success Story/A Bright Girl`s Success Story
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance
  • Episodes: 16
  • Broadcast Network: SBS
  • Broadcast Period: 2002-Mar-13 to 2002-May-02


Jang Na Ra plays a cute and innocent country girl who often daydreams of rescuing her prince. One day, she meets Jang Hyuk who accidentally falls into her bath tub while she was taking her bath. Not off to a good start they started arguing over the matter. However, the story goes on to tell how Jang Nara arrives in the big city due to her plan to settle her irresponsible parents’ debts. She moves into Jang Hyuk’s house as a hired servant hence begins to teach the rich spoiled brat (Jang Hyuk) some manners through her down to earth scoldings and no-nonsense attitude. This drama gets totally hilarious in many scenes where Jang Nara and Jang Hyuk’s combination comes out as refreshingly cute. Jang Hyuk plays a rich and proud man who inherits his father’s business (Snowy Cosmetics) but is later betrayed by his own cousin and uncle leading to his downfall. On the other hand, Jang Nara plays a girl that he meets who help him pick up the pieces in his life, from defeat to success.


Jang Hyuk as Han Gi Tae :: Han Gi Tae – obnoxious, spoiled, rude-ish. Having grown up so privileged, Gi Tae doesn`t know what it`s like to live in the shadow of others or the struggles of having nothing to your name. This drama is what solidified my teenage self as a fan of Jang Hyuk`s through thick and thin! He carries the character very well and although the character is spoiled, rich, rude, etc., I have never once found him annoying or hateful.

Jang Nara as Cha Yang Soon :: Ugh my queen! Her very first drama (Nonstop doesn`t count), with a leading role to boot, and she slays. Cha Yang Soon is my kind of girl. She takes no crap from anyone (unless necessary) and has a heart of gold to match. Yang Soon is the the pillar of ethics and morals in this drama. She manages to be the inspiration for Gi Tae to make his climb back to the top.

Han Eun Jung as Na Yoon Hee :: Han Eun Jung sure has a knack for playing the 2nd lead, who happens to be a bitch. Na Yoon Hee is not very bright when it comes to trying to manipulate others. She’s pushy, arrogant, spoiled, and dumb. This character is so aggravating and I wished for nothing more than her to be her own downfall.

Ryu Soo Young as Oh Joon Tae :: Oh~ Joon Tae. Didn’t anyone ever tell you that being green with envy and jealousy is not a good look? He doesn’t exactly hide his dislike for his own cousin or his not-so-secret infatuation with Na Yoon Hee. I haven’t the faintest idea why he would even like a girl like her but eh. This is one of the dramas where the 2nd male lead doesn’t harbor any feelings for the female lead though. Ryu Soo Young normally has a very serious demeanor when he’s not smiling, so it’s only natural he played such a role.

Storyline &* Relationships

This drama was so cute! Yang Soon and Gi Tae are the perfect example of a couple who have zero relationship experience although both are full grown adults. Well, Yang Soon was fresh from high school at the start of the drama but you know what I mean. Today, the storyline may sound very formatted but, at the time, it was quite original and fun. I have to admit, it’s been so long since I’ve seen it that most of the plot escapes me. However, I do remember that this drama made me laugh and smile. It also made me want to punch my screen a few times thanks to Yoon Hee (due to her stupidity) and Joon Tae (he’s dangerously too smart for his own good). When Joon Tae usurps Gi Tae as the head of Snowy Cosmetics, he takes it as an opportunity to demean Gi Tae and goes into full arrogant jackass mode. In order to hide her crime of hitting Yang Soon’s grandmother with her car (leading to her death), Yoon Hee gets convinced and later blackmailed by Joon Tae to betray Gi Tae. The decision to do so makes no sense and even her mother doesn’t understand later when the truth comes out. Hell, it makes no sense to me either. She could’ve been so much happier if she had just fessed up in the beginning and not take any of Joon Tae’s “advice”/crap. Thanks to Yang Soon, Gi Tae lets go of his pride and takes the offer Joon Tae gives him to work with him as his underling. Of course, he doesn’t tell Yang Soon of his plan to take back the company and this leads to many many misunderstandings between them. Even so, Yang Soon still tries to find ways to take back the company for Gi Tae. Eventually, (like all dramas) it’s a happy ending for Yang Soon and Gi Tae. Joon Tae looks like hell in prison and Yoon Hee is suffering the consequences of being stupid.


8.5 out of 10

This has been a Haejin review.


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