14 Episodes We Want to See On Running Man
“Running Man” has been host to some of the most entertaining moments in the variety show world of Korea. With the lovable weekly cast and super famous guests, fans of all ages are crazy for “Running Man.” However, there are still a lot of Hallyu stars who have yet to be a guest on the show. So whether it includes a first-time guest or a returning guest, we’ve put together some themes that would make “14 Episodes We Want to See On Running Man!”
The Divas Episode – Key, Kevin, Jo Kwon & Kwanghee
What is it about the initial “K?” Whatever it is, it makes for some sassy, fun-loving divas in the K-pop world. Imagine Ji Hyo taking out one of these guys in name tag elimination. It would definitely make for a hilarious episode (not to mention a beautiful one). When can we get this episode scheduled?
Week after week, we see the insanely ripped (yet impossibly adorable) Kim Jong Kook be the muscles and strength of the show. Imagine how much fun it would be to invite 6 exercise addicts to each team up with one of the other “Running Man” cast members. Every team would compete in a series of games against the unbeatable Mr. Capable. That would be a whole lot of sexiness in one show!
All four of these guests are not only English speakers but super fun and adorable people. Including them together on one episode would make for a lot of laughs and funny scenes. In addition, it would be hysterical seeing Kwangsoo and Haha use their limited English phrases to communicate with these idols. I can already imagine our Giraffe thinking of the idols’ homelands and then telling each one, “I love America! I love Hong Kong!”
The Bangtan Boys Episode
For some time now, fans of “Running Man” have been asking for the BTS boys to appear as guests. Each of the members have funny, mischievous personalities that would mix really well with the cast of the show. I personally think a Haha and J-Hope pairing would be hilarious. As for the rest, I would pair Jimin with Song Ji Hyo, Rap Monster with Yoo Jae Suk, V with Kwangsoo, Suga with Gary, Jung Kook with Jong Kook and Jin with Ji Suk Jin.
The Super Junior Episode – Kangin, Sungmin, Donghae & Yesung
So far, these guys are the only members of Super Junior who have yet to appear on the show. When Heechul (the ultimate diva) and Ryeowook (who doesn’t like to sweat) have even been on the show, then you know it’s past time for these members to be guests as well. All four of these guys also really enjoy sports and being active, so they would be a perfect (and entertaining) addition to “Running Man.”
The TVXQ vs JYJ Episode – Junsu, Yoochun, Jaejoong, Max & Yunho
Once upon a time, these five talented guys were the ultimate boy band in Korea. Even years after three of the members left and formed JYJ, people still talk about the original TVXQ 5 and hope for the day when they will be reunited again. Since we know the likelihood of that happening is slim to none, what better way to finally reunite them than on a variety show? Every one of the guys are extremely athletic and would be able to take on the challenges of the show. In addition, these former best friends might work out their differences with a little healthy competition.
The Battle of the Group Leaders Episode – Onew, Yong Guk, C.A.P, Jong Hoon, Zico, N & JR
Some fans spend countless hours online arguing and trying to convince others that their group is the best boy band in the world. However, most of the groups in question are really friendly and on good terms with each other. For the benefit of fans though, wouldn’t it be fun to see some of your favorite boy band leaders teaming up with a member of “Running Man” to battle it out for the title of “Ultimate Group Leader?” In addition, it would be great to see some of these idols on a variety show again.
The Big Three Episode – G-Dragon, CL, Leeteuk, Taeyeon, Suzy & Junho
Although there are a lot of up and coming entertainment companies in Korea, YG, SM and JYP are still the three that remain the biggest and most powerful ones in Korea. It would be really entertaining to feature a guy and girl from each company on a “Running Man” episode, bringing out their competitive side in order for their label to win. Although each of these artists have appeared on the show before, appearing in this format would make for a fun and fresh episode.
The Return of EXO Episode
EXO appeared on “Running Man” once before for a short segment featuring the popular name tag elimination. Knowing the immense popularity of the boy band world wide though, the show would do well to invite the fun-loving members back for an entire episode. Not only would it be fun to watch, but the appearance on the show would be a good way for EXO to ease their way back into the variety world as a ten member group.
The Dance Crew Episode – Hyoyeon, Min, Kahi, Minzy, Taemin, Eunhyuk & Kai
With all of these dancers in one episode, you know a dance battle would break out somewhere! Keeping that in mind, just imagine how happy Jae Suk would be since he’s the ultimate dance addict. In addition, each of these artists have charming and funny personalities, so it would be great to see them mixing it up with the “Running Man” cast members.
The Kyu-Line Episode – Kyuhyun, Minho, Changmin, Jonghyun & Suho
When the Kyu-line becomes so famous that they get their own TV show, you know it’s past time for them to appear together on “Running Man.” Ryeowook was one of the original Kyu-line members and Infinite‘s Sunggyu is a newer friend of the group. However, the five members listed above are the closest of the clique and would be a funny addition to “Running Man.” I’m sure Kwangsoo would also try to join Kyu-line, with Jae Suk steadily blocking his advances!
The Girl Power Episode – HyunA, UEE, Ji Eun, LE & Hyomin
When there is only one female guest, Song Ji Hyo tends to take it pretty easy on them. That’s why it would be awesome to see these five female performers each join a member of the “Running Man” cast to battle it out against Ji Hyo and her partner. Coming from some of the most popular girl groups in Korea, these artists could let their competitive side shine during the funny and challenging games, while the male cast members would be delighted to have so many beautiful guests at one time.
In the world of K-dramas, these two Hallyu stars generally reign supreme at the top of the A-list actors. Inviting them both on the same episode would mean a whole lot of handsome and talent gathered in one place. Fans have been hoping that each of these gorgeous guys would appear on “Running Man,” but in our opinion, it would be a lot more fun to have them appear together on the same episode. The leader of the winning team could be crowned “Running Man’s King of Dramas.”
It seems like “Running Man” fans never get tired of these stars appearing on the show. Lee Joon and Yonghwa have appeared numerous times, with Woo Bin not too far behind on the number of “Running Man” appearances. In addition, Park Shin Hye has been a popular guest in the past by showing off her down to earth side and competitive streak. All of these stars would be a welcome sight to fans of the show, but it would be extra fun to have them appear together. Other fan favorites include Nichkhun, Jonghyun of CNBLUE, Lee Jong Suk, Kim Soo Hyun and Lee Seung Gi.
BONUS: The Running Man Fans Episode
No matter how many stars appear of the show, it is still fun to see the cast members interact with their fans as well. Imagine how much fun it would be if the producers choose fans of the show to team up with their bias for an entire episode! If you were chosen for this episode, who would be your dream partner? Let us know in the comment section below!
lee1086 is a Soompi writer who lives for music, playing the piano, Super Junior, and Eunsihae. She is totally addicted to “Running Man” and is Kwangsoo-Haha biased. She is also a fan of 3rd Wave Music, BIGBANG, EXO and more. When she is not watching the latest K-Drama or obsessing over the perfection of Lee Donghae, she is busy at church or hanging out with her family and friends.