Is there a way to petition for these shows to return?
12 Jul 2018 - 12:32 PM  UPDATED 13 Feb 2020 - 12:41 PM

Korean variety shows are known for their bold concepts that allow celebrities to showcase new sides of their personalities and put them in unexpected situations. 

From scaring the life out of them to teaching make-up or making them lie for prizes, these are just some of the variety shows that deserve to still be on the air!

Secret Training Variety Show

There was only one pilot episode for this show, featuring celebrities doing an array of random variety activities. With members of BTOB, WINNER, Block B, EXID and more flexing their comedic skills, it's a shame this show didn't continue! You would've seen the infamous sliding food wall in memes everywhere too.

Lipstick Prince

We don't know if a new season of this show will ever air, but we can dream! On Lipstick Prince, male idols learnt about make-up and applied it on female idols, with one of them being crowned the winner each episode. It featured Heechul as host, along with idols like Monsta X's Shownu, NCT's Doyoung and Johnny, VIXX's N, SF9's Rowoon, BtoB's Eunkwang and Block B's P.O amongst the cast.

Master Key

This competitive variety show aired in 2017. Though it changed concept a few times, the gist of it was that out of the cast, one person had a master key to open a chest of gold, and the others had to figure out who it was. They competed in challenges to get clues, and the laughs were plenty with guests from EXO, Wanna One, SHINee, NU'EST and many more!

Sister's Slam Dunk

A reality show/variety competition show, this show had an all-female cast including idols Jessi and Tiffany. The premise was to fulfil each cast member's dream using a budget of approximately US$2000. Challenges ranged from organising a fake wedding to producing a song for their own girl group.

Strong Heart

Ok so this isn't really 'shortlived' BUT compared to other similarly formatted shows, it's a surprise it's still not on air. This talk battle show could be a bit hit and miss, but the best episodes have become Korean tv classics now. It's a chance to see so many of your faves when they had just debuted, like BIGBANG and Super Junior.

The Boss Is Watching

This was a Lunar New Year special where idol groups competed against each other in games of strength, performance and luck. It's a time capsule of 2016 K-pop with the likes of TWICE, BTS, B.A.P, SEVENTEEN, MONSTA X, EXID and more in one room doing hysterically funny things like chicken leg fights - or in the case of BTOB, a stunning Red Velvet rendition. If only this could've been an annual tradition!


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