If you are looking for a good laugh or want to get competitive with your friends and try out games, there is a one-stop place for that: Korean variety shows!
Yes! K-variety shows have gained popularity over time, adding more power to the Hallyu wave.
Here are a few familiarly old and new shows that could possibly gain a slot in your daily streaming list!
1. 2 Days 1 Night
So far, the show has 4 seasons and has been airing on KBS for almost 15 years! Participants go for a trip for 2 days and 1 night where they have to play games to win lunch, dinner, and sleeping accommodations. The show showcased amazing hidden locations in South Korea and launched several hilarious memes. With exceptional comedic timing from veteran Kim Jong Min and the beautiful bonds among the members, 2 Days 1 Night will surely lift up your mood every weekend!
All episodes are available on YouTube and VIU ( for selected countries).
2. Men On a Mission
Men on a Mission, also known as Knowing Brothers, is a sitcom show set in a school where trending stars are featured as transfer students and have a fun conversations with the famous comedians. Many clips from the show go viral for their games and interactions with K-Pop idols. Each "student" plays a funny role that will make have you laughing out loud while watching the show!
Watch Men on a Mission on Netflix.
3. Running Man
This is the original variety deity of Korean Television. The show is still going strong even after having a new cast ensemble. Running Man is a familiar household television show wherein the MCs and guests complete missions and play games to win the race. Currently, the format of the show has veered away from the "race mission + others" to "one continuous race + missions". It garnered attention for being the comeback program for Yoo Jae-suk, the main MC of the program.
Watch Running Man on VIU and Hotstar.
4. Street Woman Fighter
This new dance survival show took the world by storm in 2021. It brought the deserving faces behind K-Pop's biggest dance hits into the limelight! Hosted by Kang Daniel, 8 South Korean dance teams go head to head in dance battles and carry out missions to survive in the show, which is judged by Boa, NCT’s Taeyong, and Hwang Sang Hoon The immense popularity of the show led to a sequel of Street Girls Fighter.
5. Sixth Sense
Adding a little spice to the spectrum, the new format of this show received great ratings in 2020 and got renewed for 2 consecutive seasons. In each episode, the cast members, together with a guest (known as the Sixth Man), visit three different places (or people). One of the three is entirely fabricated from scratch by the production team, and the cast members and the Sixth Man have to figure out which one is entirely fabricated. All they have to do is use their "sixth sense" to analyze every detail of the three. Viral scenes from the show left fans in frenzy wanting more interactions between the cast and guests!
Watch Sixth Sense on VIU.
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