The Crowned Clown (Korean: 왕이 된 남자; RR: Wangyi Doen Namja; lit. The Man Who Became King) is a South Korean television series starring Yeo Jin-goo and Lee Se-young. It is a remake of the 2012 film Masquerade. It premiered on January 7, 2019 on tvN. “The Crowned Clown” airs every Monday and Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. KST.
The story takes place at a time in Joseon history, when upheaval and power struggles surrounding the throne had reached extreme levels. In order to escape those who plan to assassinate him, the king puts a clown, who looks exactly like him, on the throne.
Joseon is in a state of disorder due to uprisings and a power struggle surrounding King Yi Heon. To avoid assassination, a clown named Ha Sun is brought to the palace to take the place of King Yi Heon. Ha Sun looks almost identical to King Lee Hun.
When Ha Sun was a child, his parents died during an epidemic. Ha Sun almost died from starvation around that time, but he was saved by a group of clowns. Ha Sun grew up with the clowns and became one of them. During their performance, Ha Sun would play King Yi Heon due to their similar physical appearance. Now, Ha Sun is nervous that someone in the palace will find out he is not the real king. He falls for beautiful Queen Yoo So Woon.