Korean Variety Show Recommendation

Korean is famous by their Korean Wave, from their drama, kpop, and variety show. I have been watching a few of the variety shows. As you might know there are a lot of variety shows, I will share variety show that I watch during my free time.

1. 2 Days 1 Night

2 days 1 night

Generally their concept is like the title, their show is running for 2 days 1 night. Usually they will go to a lot of different places in Korea to introduce the place to the viewer so that the viewer also learn about the place, the culture and especially the food. The cast consist of 6 members i.e. Cha Tae-hyun, Kim Jong-Min, Kim Joon-Ho, Defconn, Yoon Shi-Yoon, and Jung Joon-Young. The show itself generally divided by 3 kind of activities, lunch game, dinner game, and sleeping indoor/outdoor game. Everything is decided by game, the loser will not allow to eat lunch or dinner if they lose the game. The game is different from time to time, and sometimes there is a guest which make the show more fun.

2. Running Man

Running Man

Running Man was the first variety show that I watched, at the first time I do not really understand what they are doing. As I watch more and more episodes, I started to like the show and laughed at their jokes or acts. The casts are Yoo Jae-Suk, Ji Suk-Jin, Kim Jong-Kook, Haha, Song Ji-Hyo, Lee Kwang-Soo, Yang Se-Chan, and Jeon so-Min. The show is generally a series of mission to be completed either in team or individual, usually the loser will get punishment. The show was almost got shut down a few years ago, but then they keep the show alive (which is a good choice). After they had 2 additional members and make a new project, the show started to gain the love from the viewer again.

3. Law of The Jungle

Law of The Jungle

Law of the Jungle is a little bit extreme variety or reality show, as the title is “Jungle” the members literally are going to the jungle for the show. The member will always change from time to time except for the leader role which is Kim Byung-Man. Usually the show take place outside Korea, most of the time in a small island somewhere in the ocean. Basically the members has to survive for a few days in different places and different challenges. They have to hunt for the food either in jungle or in the ocean, make a shelter to sleep and do whatever they can to survive the challenges.

4. Knowing Brother

Knowing Brother

Knowing Brother also known as Ask Us Anything is a variety show that has a setting in a school. The guest and the cast members has to speak casually to each other despite the seniority or the age difference. As you might know from the title, the program itself consist of a Q&A segment with guest. The members will try to get the correct answer and sometimes the guest will give a present for someone who get the most correct answer. The funny thing is sometimes the members just say whatever they want as an answer even though it is weird. The cast members are Kang Ho-Dong, Seo Jang-Hoon, Kim Young-Chul, Lee Soo-Geun, Kim Hee-Chul, Min Kyung-Hoon, Lee Sang-Min.

5. Weekly Idol

Weekly Idol

For those who loves Idol, this is the show for you! Basically the show is for idols, usually they will come to the show as part of their promotion of their new album. The signature segment from the show is dancing with 2x speed and random dance. Apparently the host for the show has been changed, I’m not sure what is the reason behind the decision. The former hosts then made a new show called Idol Room.

That is the list of Korean Variety show that I watch during my free time, even though there is still few show that I watch sometimes i.e. The Return of The Superman. The thing with Korean Variety show is that the cast members are develop a certain role in the show as time goes by. There should be at least one member that very unlucky with everything and always lose whatever they do, and then the lucky one, the betrayer and so on. At the first time I thought that would be a setting, but now I started to believe that it is now a setting at all which makes the show is fun to watch.


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