HAPPY 300th EPISODE!
In case you don’t know, I’m a big fan of Running Man – a Korean variety show which is popular worldwide. This show has introduced Korean cultures to millions of people. And it’s also one of the reasons why Mondays don’t suck that much (the other one is 1 Night 2 Days).
About two weeks ago, (22/5), they celebrated their 300th episodes with hilarious missions that are related to the number ‘300’. But after watching that, I thought, “What were the best episodes prior to this one?”.
And so, I decided to make a list of my 30 favorite episodes of Running Man (because 300, duh). Please keep in mind that this list is entirely my personal opinion. And I’m absolutely sure yours will be different than mine.
Disclaimer: I do not own Running Man or any of its episodes, the pictures posted is simply a result of screenshots.
30. Dubai Trip Part 1 – Episode 289
Being the 8th country that Running Man visit, Dubai doesn’t seem like such an obvious choice. But I can’t describe how well they showcased the country here. Featuring Jung Il Woo and Lee Da Hae, they went through Dubai’s famous landmarks while doing hilarious missions.
The highlight here is the interactions between the members though. Monday Couple went on a “date”. Jae Seok and Seok Jin conquered their fears. And Kwang Soo… Well, let’s just say his English hasn’t improved.
29. The Golden Sword – Episode 136
After two episodes of hilarious games, excited fans, and exhilarating missions, it’s now time for the individual mission. In this episode, Running Man members along with Lee Dong Wook and Han Hye Jin have to battle each other in an attempt to acquire the golden sword.
Even though it didn’t seem that special, the magical element of it, made the game seem entirely different than the usual name tag ripping.
28. Destiny Partners – Episode 155
Judging by the first couple of missions, I thought this would not be anywhere near good. They did the usual things, like shoe throwing, arm wrestling, and so on.
But it took a sudden – and terrifying – turn, when they had a reunion and strange things started happening…
27. Membership Training – Episode 172
There isn’t a definite theme to this episode, but it stands out. Mainly because their reactions are natural and lively, unlike other episodes where it seems forced. It also allows the members to create their own story at their own pace.
That results to a relaxing episode that is hilarious and still hold enough tension to keep viewers intrigued. Recommended to a person who needs a good laugh after a long day.
26. Running from The Star – Episode 185
If you love the drama, My Love from The Star, you surely will enjoy this episode, as this episode parodies the popular drama. It is split to three segments from different times of Korea, The Joseon Dynasty, industrialization era, and the modern era.
Even though parody episodes usually turned into a mess, this episode’s quality is surprisingly good. And it’s all thanks to the “romantic” – or comical- romance between Ha Min Joon and Grasshopper Seong Yi.
25. The Root of Monday Couple – Episode 10
This episode is not a blockbuster, this is one of the earlier episodes that are shot when the members are still trying to find their character in the show. And boy oh boy, they created something much better than a character, a love line!
This love line of theirs, still endures even after much drama in their personal lives. Monday Couple is such a strong point of the show, that I have to put the episode where it started on the list.
24. The Maze – Episode 270
The members are invited to a game by a mysterious stranger this episode. And of course, the game turns into a horrific nightmare when they started ‘disappearing’ one by one.
Now, the members have to traverse the complex maze that holds a secret beneath every corner…
23. Secret Detective – Episode 246
In this episode, Running Man members become detectives that have to find the fake detective (basically a spy) among them. But, here’s the catch, the fake detective doesn’t know the rules of the games that their playing! Sounds interesting, right?
22. Supernatural Baseball I – Episode 119
That picture of Gary still has me laughing even after seeing it thousands of times! In this episode, Running Man members are joined by pro baseball players in a game of supernatural baseball.
And being Running Man, you can certainly hope for embarrassing, ridiculous, and hilarious powers.
21. Ice Elevator – Episode 160
Have you watched the movie, ‘Snowpiercer’? Well, this episode took inspiration from that movie by ranking the members and giving them treatment according to their rank.
These treatments include cameras, cars, food, and seats. And because of that, the members really want to win in this episode. Expect fierce fights and hilarious results.