Korean variety shows are some of the most creative, amusing and unbelievable television programs you can find. They allow idols to showcase different facets of their personalities, and often put them in unpredictable situations that result in hilarity.
Here's some to get you started!
1. Running Man
It's one of the longest-running variety shows in Korea and still rates highly in Korea. The show has 8 permanent members and various guest stars, who are sent off to complete missions in different landmarks, both locally and internationally.
2. Infinite Challenge
Known as Korea's first real variety show or "the nation's variety show", it's been on air for over 10 years now. It's the show that gives us our fave celebs doing silly and sometimes impossible challenges, all for laughs.
3. Knowing Bros
Everyone pretends in this show where celebrities act as students transferring to a new school. They play guessing games, physical activities and because they're all "students", they drop formalities and speak casually to one another, which usually creates some hilarious situations.
4. We Got Married
Two celebs are paired together and have a pretend marriage: sounds a bit strange, but it's actually so much fun to watch! The couple go on dates and get to know each other, and although we know it's all acting, there have been many couples viewers have wished could become real.
5. Law of the Jungle
Celebs are sent into the wilderness and made to scavenge for supplies to survive. It tests everyone's patience and strength, and most get a bit loopy a few eps in, which makes it all the more fun.
6. Weekly Idol
Weekly Idol has gone through some changes, with hosts moving on and games being changed but for a long time it was THE place for idols to showcase their charms. They play games, display their talents, dance at twice the speed and are forced to show off their aegyo. Many an idol group has gained new fans from an appearance on this show.
7. 2 Days & 1 Night
The cast, along with guests, take on crazy challenges that last two days and one night. They play silly games to win supplies and food, and there are a lot of jokes in between.
Which shows would you add to the list?
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