The hallyu wave is real!
The number of fans K-Pop has is stunning. Just by the mere number of one boy band, like Super Junior, can easily fill a whole stadium. And if you’re one of those fanatics, who will watch every show your star is in, odds are you’ve watch a decent amount of variety shows. Along the way, these fans will find some pretty good ones. But, if you don’t know where to start or you’re just not the type to be fangirling over some pretty boys dancing, here are some suggestions, you might like:
I can’t express my love enough for this show! I’ve watched this show since 2013 and have not missed a single episode since then. And I’m definitely not alone. Running Man have millions of fans inside and outside of Korea.
Running Man’s ratings has been decreasing since 2015 though… 🙁 I do admit episodes in those days was pretty boring , but recent episodes have gotten better and more creative! See : Top 30 Running Man Episodes
Still, the ratings won’t go up. There’s even a rumor that the new PD is going to replace one of the members if the rating doesn’t increase. NO! YOU CAN’T!
I sincerely hope this show will go a long way without replacing any members. Running Man, fighting!
2 Days 1 Night – Season 3
I found this show because its ratings always beat Running Man’s. So, I watched it and was about to troll the comments because of envy and my love for Running Man.
But, this show deserves all the ratings! Even though it’s simple and probably have a lower budget than RM, the member’s jokes and chemistry between them doesn’t fail to crack me up every single episode.
The premise is simple. Six guys travelling all over Korea (and Harbin too) for 2 days and 1 night. They have to play games to eat and sleep indoors. Doesn’t sound THAT exciting, right? Go watch a couple of episodes and tell me that. I bet you can’t.
The Return of Superman
“Awwww! They’re so cute!” If you’ve evey watched this show you probably have said this like a gazillion times.
The Return of Superman is a show about celebrity dads in Korea taking care of their children for 48 hours without his wife. If I was their dad, I’d wave the white flag 3 hours in. Not that I know anything about babysitting, but you don’t have to tell me it’s hard to raise triplets by yourself.
My favorite is the triples – Daehan, Minguk, Manse. Sadly though, they’re no longer in the show. 🙁 But, don’t worry! There are more cute kids that came along. Seriously though, I need those three rascals back.
You might not want to watch this on a stressful day. Why? Because this show is all about people telling their problems, and audiences judging if it’s a problem or not.
Why would I want to watch that?
Well, if you’re depressed, maybe listening to other people’s problems will make you realize that your life ain’t the worst (trust me, some of them are really weird and nonsensical).
If you’re looking for a way to have an in-depth look at the personal life of your idols, stalk them! Jk. Find a classic talk show. In Korea, it’s Happy Together. This show is presented by Yoo Jae Suk – arguably the best MC in South Korea.
The show has changed their format and replace their cast with all male. Many people, including me, think that their old format is better. They used to pick a theme and invite guests based on it. Don’t worry though, there are plenty of old episodes for you to binge watch this show.
New Journey to The West
The old cast of 2 Days 1 Night has reunited!
Oddly, they didn’t reunite in 2 Days 1 Night, instead they reunited in a TVN show, New Journey to The West. It’s basically 2 days 1 Night, unless it’s in China and it’s usually more than 2 days.
What isn’t different however, is their funny and engaging chemistry between each other. Hell, they can even make a whole episode just conversing and I’ll still watch it! BTW, you know a show’s good if the Main PD is Na PD.
Law of The Jungle
I don’t think you fangirls need further introduction with this show.
‘Law of The Jungle’ features Kim Byung Man, an expert in survival, and guests that usually includes; idols, actors, comedians, etc. They are put in a harsh location with bare equipments, and their goal is usually to survive for a few days.
Fangirls absolutely love this show because they can see their idols’ true behavior – not to mention the generous serving of shirtless scenes.
What if the ‘geniuses’ of Korea are gathered in one place?
The result is nothing, but infinite warfare and mind games. ‘The Genius’ simplifies this idea with games that require keen observation, unrelenting determination, and pure erudity.
If you’re into game shows that require some deep thinking, this show is your guilty pleasure. Even if you’re not all about that life, you can still love this show for the somehow tense chemistry between contestants.
Over Flowers Series
This show started as Grandpas Over Flowers, a show about 3-4 grandpas and a guide backpacking with a limited amount of money. Now, however, the show has grown into so many different variations, e.g. Friends Over Flowers, Sisters Over Flowers, etc.
What makes this show interesting is the unending battle between the cast and the production team. Oh, yeah! Did I mention this show’s Main PD is Na PD?
What Shall We Eat Today?
No. I’m not asking you a question.
This show features Shin Dong Yup and Sung Si Kyung learning how to cook homemade meals from experts around the world. On earlier episodes, you can see that they’re rookies in cooking. But, since then, they’ve grown exponentially!
The funniest moments of this show is definitely when Shin Dong Yup makes a mistake and put on his guilty and confused face.
With this, I conclude my list of ‘Top 10 Korean Variety Shows’. How about you? Do you agree? Or maybe there are some that I forget? Let me know in the comments below!
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