8 Korean Variety Shows To Suit Every Taste
The beauty of Korean variety shows is that there is always something for everyone. On top of talk shows and reality shows that allow you to learn about your favorite celebrities up close, there is a handful of culinary shows that stimulate taste buds and teach people about Korean cuisine. Also, there has been plenty of activity shows that keep viewers on their toes during the various segments. Surely, all of these categories are bound to keep you entertained for a lifetime.
This being said, here is a selection of currently airing or new variety shows for your entertainment.
1. “Ristorante Coreano”
Alberto Mondi is an Italian native who has lived and performed in South Korea as a television personality since 2014. Deciding to return home, he made sure to bring some of Korea back with him. Through his new culinary show “Ristorante Coreano,” Alberto is bringing his dream of opening a Korean restaurant in his hometown to life, aided by friends Okyere Samuel and David McInnis. The first step is to capture the hearts of Italians through similarities between Italian and Korean cuisine with an entirely different and mouth-watering taste.
Discover Korean food through Alberto’s vision down below!
2. “Running Man”
“Running Man” surely needs no introduction as it has been airing for a very long time. The rich cast composed of Yoo Jae Suk, Kim Jong Kook, Haha, Ji Suk Jin, Song Ji Hyo, Lee Kwang Soo, Jun So Min, and Yang Se Chan takes us on a fun and wild run in every episode. Combining brains and muscles, the team is set on a fun and wild ride where they oscillate between solid teamwork, friendly betrayals, endless laughter, and the urge to win.
If you enjoy watching everything mentioned above, then this one is for you.
3. “Ask Us Anything”
Also known as “Knowing Bros,” this raw Korean talk show brings together Kang Ho Dong, Seo Jang Hoon, Kim Young Chul, Lee Soo Geun, Kim Heechul, Min Kyung Hoon, and Lee Sang Min, who come from different walks of life and happen to give solid life advice to their guests whenever they get the chance. Set in a high school format, each episode introduces a guest “transfer student” who introduces themselves in front of the hosts and engages in various segments throughout the episode that are bound to make you laugh.
Watch your favorite idols answer burning questions while having an unforgettable laugh!
“The Return of Superman” is a popular Korean reality show that has ornated the small screen for a while now. Featuring famous Korean celebrities who invite us into their homes and share their daily lives with their children via hidden cameras, the program aims to break the stereotype surrounding a father’s duty that is limited to providing for his family. Many heartwarming moments have been captured throughout the show, especially as some of the guest children have grown up right before our eyes.
If you’re looking for a family-oriented show, “The Return of Superman” is a perfect fit!
5. “Home Alone”
More commonly known as “I Live Alone,” this reality show gives you a glimpse into celebrities’ way of life as they enjoy their daily activities in the comfort of their own home like regular people, away from the spotlight. The hosts comment on the different personalities and routines that each of their guests has.
If you’ve ever wondered about celeb lifestyles, “Home Alone” answers all of your questions.
6. “Traveler 2”
This 2020 reality show follows Ahn Jae Hong, Kang Ha Neul, and Ong Seong Wu as they travel together in Argentina. With their love for adventure being a shared interest, they explore the beauty of the South American country, namely its captivating nature that would make any tourist swoon instantly. During this trip, the trio explores Argentina’s magnificent history, culture, and cuisine.
If you’re a lively spirit and a nature lover, keep an eye on “Traveler 2,” coming soon to Viki!
7. “7.7 Billion In Love”
If you enjoy learning about love and marriage from a worldwide perspective, maybe your prayers have finally been answered. “7.7 Billion In Love” is a new talk show that stimulates thoughts and views shared by different people from all over the world. Hosts Shin Dong Yup, Yoo In Na, and Kim Heechul ask the right questions to a group of seven men and seven women from various countries and discuss concerns regarding love and relationships to bring to light how these topics are perceived on an international level.
Get excited for “7.7 Billion In Love,” coming soon to Viki!
This one of a kind format is inspired by a wanderer called Kim Sat Gat from 200 years ago who used to hungrily roam around Joseon and be fed by people who were willing to share food. “Let’s Eat Dinner Together” MC Veterans Lee Kyung Kyu and Kang Ho Dong wander around Seoul with their celebrity guests where they randomly knock on doors and see if they would be invited for dinner as they listen to the hosting family’s story.
If you’re an advocate of hospitality, “Let’s Eat Dinner Together” will fill your heart!
Which Korean variety show is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!
Esmee L. is a Moroccan lively dreamer, writer, and Hallyu enthusiast.