When it comes to South Korean reality variety shows, many can take the cake. But, a program that is one of the most popular as the good Sunday series is ‘Running man’. Without a doubt, this quirky, adventurous, comedy-rich and competitive variety show with hosts and guests is quite the entertainment.
About Running Man
For those of you unfamiliar with the program, here is a short introduction. This show airs on SBS as part of Good Sunday programming. It is produced by the urban works media and SangSang company. The format of the game is like any reality show. Here, the MC team and a guest go to any urban location and participate in multiple quest lineups. Winning each mission takes the participant one step closer to winning the race.
The show has been on the air since 2010 and has since aired 554 episodes. The show was shot in various locations like Macau, UK, Russia, China, Vietnam, UAE, Australia, etc. along with South Korea.
There are several MCs of the show, Yoo Jae-suk is the main MC, he runs the show together with other big names like Lee Kwang Soo, Jee Seok-Jin, Song Ji-Hyo, etc. The program also received a spot on the list of business experts in 2016.
Why is Running Man so funny?
When it comes to a reality variety show, there is always a moment when the impact is lost on the audience. But this show has maintained its impact and people live to see it to this day. Why? Well the main reason is the cast. Their continuous jokes, their jokes and jokes with each other make the show a very fun ride.
Also, people love the traitorous trio of Ji Suk Jin, HaHa, and Lee Kwang Soo. They are always out there joking and bullying others, making the show a riot of laughter. The games are always fun to watch too. Ripping the name tag is the game that makes everyone a part of it. This iteration of the hideout is one of the best things about the show. New locations and new guests make the show that much more entertaining.
Some fun facts
Kim jong kook of the entire cast is the only one who is fluent in English.
Initially, it was designed to make the game exclusively male to make it competitive. But later, Song Ji-Hyo became part of the game and gave the boys a fair competition.
Tearing the name tag is the most popular part of the game. But not many know that ID tags are quite expensive, costing up to $ 75 each.
Most of the cast members show their real personalities on the show, in a slightly exaggerated way.
Previously, the program was designed to be competitive. But then it became a more competitive and comical format.
From the beginning, Lee Kwang Soo is the most harassed character in the game.
After South Korea’s running man, China will have its running man show, under the name ‘Hurry up, bro.’
Running man is one of the most popular variety reality shows in South Korea with a large Hallyu following. The show is also subtitled in various languages like English, Thai, Vietnamese, Portuguese, Malay, Russian, Arabic, Turkish, etc.