7 Korean Variety Shows That Need To Make A Comeback

The wonderful world of variety shows always provides a great escape from the realities of the world and life in general. The concepts as well as the guests that come on the programs are always so exciting to see. There have been a fair share of shows over the years that are amazing but have gotten cancelled. Here are a few of the many that they need to bring back to the screen!

“We Got Married”

“We Got Married” was the series that gave everyone butterflies. It first aired on MBC in 2008 and had an impressive nine-year run! The concept of the show was for two celebrities to “marry” each other. The marriages were obviously not real, but they would have a house together, go on dates, and do things that married couples do. Although there was a lot of speculation that the variety show was scripted, it was still sweet to see the celebrities interacting with each other and doing cute things. A return of this program is definitely needed!

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“X-Man” was a popular variety show that was hosted by the two most popular MCs in South Korea – Yoo Jae Suk and Kang Ho Dong. The premise of the show was having various guests do missions and play games against each other. It was thoroughly entertaining seeing such big stars on a program competing against each other. They would often do dance offs, and even love lines were formed as stars got closer.

This is where the infamous love line between Kim Jong Kook and Yoon Eun Hye came from:

How amazing would it be to have this show back on the air?

“Love Letter”

“Love Letter” was a game show that broadcasted in 2004. Sadly, it only lasted for three seasons, but it gave enough joy to last a lifetime. Celebrity contestants would compete in various games in order to be with the person they like. There were celebrities from all different parts of the industry, and some of them included Ha Ji Won, Epik High’s Tablo, Han Hyo Joo, Super Junior, and Shinhwa. The butterflies and potential romance between the guests made everyone’s hearts flutter! Can you just imagine all potential idols and actors that could be on this show now and how bashful they would be?

“Hello Baby”

“Hello, Baby” was the KBS show that featured various K-pop groups having to look after children. The show aired for seven seasons, featuring groups like SHINee and Girls’ Generation. The groups would get various missions or activities that they would have to do with the children. All of the groups would develop a strong emotional attachment to the kids, which was heartwarming to see. If there was the ability to see some newer K-pop groups do this today, it would be too adorable. Imagine the possibilities!

Strong Heart

Hosted by Kang Ho Dong and Lee Seung Gi (later Lee Dong Wook and Shin Dong Yup), “Strong Heart” was the popular SBS talk show that revolved around celebrities talking about personal experiences. The stories would evoke tears and laughter, showing a different side to the celebrities. It was a great talk show that gave fans and viewers a deeper look into their lives. This type of talk show would be fun to watch today especially if we were able to see all the celebrities interacting with each other, sharing various stories.

Family Outing

Sunday’s were always so comforting on Korean television thanks to the likes of “Family Outing.” The show was simple in its premise. Various celebrities would join the cast in the rural parts of South Korea, partaking in cooking, harvesting, and playing games with minimal help. It was hilarious seeing the dynamics of the celebrities in such an uncomfortable situation. With the added entertainment factor of Yoo Jae Suk and Lee Hyori, it was an enjoyable watch.  It would be so fun to see some big celebrities today in this type of setting, roughing it out in the countryside.


SBS’s show “Roommate” aired in May of 2014 and went on for two seasons. The show involved various stars living together under one roof. Various celebrities included Jo Se Ho, Lee Dong Wook, and Seo Kang Joon – all from various backgrounds. As the seasons went on, there were other stars who would move in as well. A lot of these celebrities developed strong friendships which have even continued on after the show. This kind of premise would be delightful to watch today. Seeing how various stars would befriend each other and getting to see them cook, clean, and do everyday tasks together is a side that fans are not used to seeing. We need “Roommate” back!

Hey Soompiers, which of these variety shows would you like to see back on air? Let me know in the comments below!

binahearts is a Soompi writer whose ultimate biases are Song Joong Ki and BIGBANG but has lately been seen obsessing over Hwang In Yeop. Make sure you follow binahearts on Instagram as she journeys through her latest Korean crazes!

Currently watching: “Extraordinary Attorney Woo”
All-time favorite dramas:Secret Garden” and “Star In My Heart.”
Looking forward to: Won Bin’s return to the small screen.

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