Favorite Korean Variety Shows from 2012 You May Have Missed

2 Days 1 Night

2 Days 1 Night, or also known as 1 Night 2 Days (Hangul: 1 박 2 일), is a variety-reality show aired on the KBS2 network. Until today, 2 Days 1 Night has undergone several member changes and is now undergoing its fourth season and has cast members, such as VIXX’s Ravi, Kim Jong-min, Moon Se-yoon, Kim Seon-ho, and DinDin. The concept of this event is Real wild road variety where members explore South Korea to recommend viewers to a number of interesting places in the country.


During the 2 Days 1 Night program, many members experienced changes and had 580 episodes until the end of their broadcast on December 15th, 2019. 2 Days 1 Night Season 1 with a total of 232 episodes for 5 years began airing on August 5th, 2007 and ended on February 26th, 2012.

In 2 Days 1 Night Season 2 which started airing on March 4th, 2012, in episode 233 to episode 321 which aired on November 24th, 2013, it had a total of 89 episodes for 2 years. 2 Days 1 Night Season 3 began airing on December 1st, 2013 in episode 467 to episode 731 which aired on March 10th, 2019 and had a total of 265 episodes for almost 6 years.


One of the cast members of 2 Days 1 Night, Jung Joon-young, was involved in an illegal sex video scandal and officially received a sentence as a suspect in mid-2019. The scandal embarrassed Jung Joon-young to make the agency fire him. In addition, he was also expelled from the variety show 2 Days 1 Night.

But apparently that does not necessarily make the public calm. Some viewers even demanded that the program stop airing. In response to this petition, the production finally released an official statement on March 15th, 2019. In its announcement, the KBS program stated that they would stop airing for a while.

“KBS’ 2 Days 1 Night will stop broadcasting and production,” the production crew said. “KBS has banned singer Jung Joon-young, who is being investigated for illegal video recording and distribution, from all programs.”

“Furthermore, it has been decided that 2 Days 1 Night will stop broadcasting and production for a while,” explained the production. “With this, another program will take up the slot of 2 Days 1 Night starting this week.”

“Considering (viewers) who have been waiting for 2 Days 1 Night every Sunday night, we are reviewing the option to edit singer Jung Joon-young’s part of all the episodes that have been aired,” the production said. “However, considering the severity of the problem, a decision was made to reorganize the program as a whole.”

“KBS apologizes sincerely for not managing the cast as a whole,” they said. “And we will prepare steps to avoid a repeat (of this incident). Especially for singer Jung Joon-young who had a similar controversy three years ago,” they explained. “We feel very responsible for accepting the investigation’s decision to release him (from the program) And do not verify thoroughly before deciding to cast him,” added the production. “KBS will prepare basic steps including intensive attacks on casting members so that similar incidents do not occur again.”

The program has stopped broadcasting because of the scandal that befell some members in season 3, finally, at the end of 2019 2 Days 1 Night made a comeback for season 4. The variety show that aired on KBS returned with the formation of almost entirely new members.

On October 23rd, 2019, local media was busy reporting that 2 Days 1 Night would return with season 4. It was even mentioned that 3 comedians starting from Kim Jong-min, Yeon Jung-hoon, and Moon Se-yoon would join the new season. According to a TV report, Kim Jong-min will be the only member of the initial line-up to join Season 2. 2 Days 1 Night is even rumored to have determined the showtimes and shooting.

“2 Days 1 Night Season 4 is set to start airing in December. There are many options discussed regarding the slot. The shooting process will start no later than November,” said a source. This report was immediately responded to by 2 Days 1 Night. But they confirmed that Kim Jong-min, Yeon Jung-hoon, and Moon Se-yoon were not certain that they would join the KBS program.

“It is true that Yeon Jung-hoon and Moon Se-yoon are currently in the discussion stage to join. But nothing has been confirmed,” the 2 Days 1 Night representative told Newsen media.

In early November 2019, PD of 2 Days 1 Night itself was so proud when announcing the new member of 2 Days 1 Night. “The new season of 2 Days 1 Night, which has never been seen before, was born with a combination of variety show veterans and fresh members who have not joined many variety shows,” said PD Bang Geul-yi.

“Along with the special quality of 2 Days 1 Night which previously received a lot of love, this season 4 will be an increase in a new quality,” concluded PD Bang Geul-yi.

The confirmation of the new 2 Days 1 Night member was immediately highlighted by South Korean netizens, especially for Ravi. Many who welcomed could not wait to see the hilarious idol chemistry born in 1993 with the other members.


In 2 Days 1 Night Season 4, there are 6 cast members where 1 member is an old cast member and 5 other members are new cast members. Kim Jong-min is the longest member of 2 Days 1 Night who will continue his appearance in Season 4. Another new member is Yeo Jung-hoon, an actor who is the husband of actress Han Ga-in and he has also starred in the drama Man to Man (2017).

In addition to these 2 male celebrities, there is a famous comedian through the gag concert, Moon Se-yoon. The famous actor Kim Seon-ho from the drama Welcome to Waikiki 2 (2019) and acting as Cha Woo-sik is also confirmed as one of the newest cast members of 2 Days 1 Night Season 4.

VIXX’s Ravi who was first confirmed as a new cast member of 2 Days 1 Night Season 4 followed by DinDin who was a rapper born in 1991 was also chosen as a new cast member for the 2 Days 1 Night Season 4 program which will start airing on December 8th, 2019.

PD Bang Geul-yi said, “The new season of 1 Night 2 Days will be born with a combination of variety show veterans and new members who don’t appear much on variety shows. Together with the special quality of 1 Night 2 Days which has received a lot of love, the 4th season will be enhanced with a new quality.”

In his interview, PD Bang Geul-yi said, “Since most of the members have changed, I feel that the program will change quite a lot without having to make drastic changes to the format.”

Various missions and games that have been carried out in previous seasons will be held again in this 4th season. Games and quizzes made and very popular in the series 2 Days 1 Night will be made in a better format for this fourth season. The opening segment in the first episode of season 4 is ready to bring laughter by presenting 100 Kkanari-cano and the production team staff claimed to work hard to make this game fun but full of missions with the new members.

On December 9th, 2019, the inaugural episode of 2 Days 1 Night Season 4 received a pretty high rating. Based on the Nielsen Korea report, this variety show received an average rating of 12.5% ​​and 15.7% for each part that aired.

Well, it’s all about variety shows that are popular in South Korea that have been aired since the beginning of the 2010s. There are many variety shows that have unique concepts and get a lot of attention from the audience. Even though some of them have stopped airing, let’s continue to support the production team for variety shows and cast members so we can be entertained by them in the future as well!