Everything You Need to Know About the Variety Show ‘The Return of Superman’

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Parent-Children’s Dynamic in The Return of Superman

The Return of Superman, or also known as Superman Is Back, is a South Korean reality-variety show that airs on KBS2. The Return of Superman is one of the two segments (the other segment is 1 Night 2 Days) of the Happy Sunday series. The original 3 episodes pilot aired as a “Chuseok” holiday special from September 19th till September 21st of 2013, starring Lee Hwi-jae, Choo Sung-hoon, and Jang Hyun-sung. The show is narrated by actress Yoo Ho-jeong and also includes entertainer Lee Hyun-woo and his two sons.

On October 17th, 2013, KBS announced that The Return of Superman will officially become part of the Happy Sunday lineup, starting on November 3rd, 2013. The show replaced Star Family Show Mamma Mia, which was moved to Wednesday nights.

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Concept

Celebrity dads are left to care of their kids alone for 48 hours without the help of anyone, while their wives leave the home to enjoy some relaxing time off. The wives are shown leaving the home before the 48 hours begins and come back to greet their family once the 48 hours have ended. During the 48 hours, the dads and children are either doing a task the wives have written out for the dads to complete, or the dads are exploring new activities with their kids. Occasionally, celebrity friends of the dads will stop by to interact with the kids.

The show is filmed with set up cameras and cameramen hiding in tents and playhouses in each of the celebrities’ actual homes. Family and friends of the celebrity dads will occasionally show up in some episodes. In each episode, as the show moves from one family to the next, a brief narration by the narrator is given to introduce the next segment of the episode.

During each individual family segment, the parents (husband and wife), with the exception of Ju-nu, Jun-seo, and Ha-ru, who were old enough to answer questions when they started the show, would give a talking head interview while being asked questions by the shows PD’s (producers) about the current situation being aired.

The Creator’s

This program was created by Koen Media Corporation and produced by Kang Bong-gyu. The program also takes production locations in South Korea and Japan.

The Return Of Superman Cast Members

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Current Cast

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Dad Lee Dong-gook
Occupation Professional Football (Soccer) player
Children
  • Daughter: Lee Jae-si (August 14th, 2007 (Fraternal twin))
  • Daughter: Lee Jae-ah (August 14th, 2007 (Fraternal twin))
  • Daughter: Lee Seol-ah (July 18th, 2013 (Fraternal twin))
  • Daughter: Lee Soo-ah (July 18th, 2013 (Fraternal twin))
  • Son: Lee Si-an (Daebak-i.e.) (November 14th, 2014)
Mom Lee Soo-jin
Occupation Housewife/former Miss Korea contestant
Filming location
Songdo, Incheon, South Korea
Duration 2015 – Ep 89–Present
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Dad Sam Hammington
Occupation Television Personality (Comedian)
Children
  • Son: William Hammington (Jung Tae-oh)
    DOB: July 12th, 2016
  • Son: Bentley Hammington (Jung Woo-sung)
    DOB: November 8th, 2017
Mom Jung Yu-mi
Occupation Housewife
Filming location
Eunpyung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Duration 2016 – Ep 154–Present
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Dad Ko Ji-yong
Occupation Businessman/Former Idol-Singer
Children Son: Ko Seung-jae
DOB: October 6th, 2014
Mom Heo Yang-lim
Occupation Professor/Doctor
Filming location
Bangbae-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Duration 2017 – Ep 163–Present
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Dad Park Joo-ho
Occupation Professional Football (Soccer) player
Children
  • Daughter: Park Na-eun (Eden)
    DOB: May 11th, 2015
  • Son: Park Geon-hoo (Aciel)
    DOB: August 21st, 2017
Mom Anna Park
Occupation Housewife
Filming location
Ulsan, South Korea
Duration 2018 Ep 239 – Present
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Dad Jang Beom-june
Occupation Singer/songwriter
Children
  • Daughter: Jang Jo-ah
    DOB: July 26th, 2014
  • Son: Jang Ha-da
    DOB: September 19th, 2017
Mom Song Seung-ah
Occupation Actress
Filming location
Seoul, South Korea
Duration 2019 Ep 268 – Present

Former Cast

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Dad Lee Hyun-woo
Occupation Singer/Actor
Children
  • Son: Lee Dong-ha
    DOB: September 2009
  • Son: Lee Ju-ha
    DOB: April 2011
Mom Yi Je-ni
Occupation Museum Curator
Filming location
Seoul, South Korea
Duration 2013 Chuseok Special Part 1–3
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Dad Kim Jung-tae
Occupation Actor
Children Son: Kim Ji-hoo (Yakkung)
DOB: February 2011
Mom Jeon Yeo-jin
Occupation University Professor
Filming location
Busan, South Korea
Duration 2014 Ep 25–31
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Dad Jang Hyun-sung
Occupation Actor
Children
  • Son: Jang Jun-woo
    DOB: July 17th, 2003 
  • Son: Jang Jun-seo
    DOB: July 29th, 2007
Mom Yang Hui-jeong
Occupation Bakery Owner
Filming location
Seoul, South Korea
Duration 2013–2014 Chuseok Special Part 1–3
Ep 1–33
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Dad Do Kyung-wan
Occupation News Anchor
Children Son: Do Yeon-woo (Kkom-kkomyi)
DOB: June 13th, 2014
Mom Jang Yoon-jung
Occupation Trot Singer
Filming location
Seoul, South Korea
Duration 2014 Ep 32–39
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Dad Tablo
Occupation Rapper/Songwriter
Children Daughter: Lee Ha-ru
DOB: May 2nd, 2010
Mom Kang Hye-jung
Occupation Actress
Filming location
Seoul, South Korea
Duration 2013–2015 Ep 1–58
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Dad Uhm Tae-woong
Occupation Actor
Children Daughter: Uhm Ji-on
DOB: June 18th, 2013
Mom Yoon Hye-jin
Occupation Ballerina
Filming location
Opo-eup, Gwangju, Gyeonggi, South Korea
Duration 2015 Ep 59–103
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Dad Song Il-gook
Occupation Actor
Children
  • Son: Song Dae-han
    DOB: March 16th, 2012 (Fraternal triplet)
  • Son: Song Min-guk
    DOB: March 16th, 2012 (Fraternal triplet)
  • Son: Song Man-se
    DOB: March 16th, 2012 (Fraternal triplet)
Mom Jung Seung-yeon
Occupation High Court Judge
Filming location
Songdo, Incheon, South Korea
Duration 2014–2016 Ep 34–116, 156
Koreaboo
Dad Choo Sung-hoon
Occupation MMA Fighter
Children Daughter: Choo Sa-rang
DOB: October 24th, 2011
Mom Shiho Yano
Occupation Model
Filming location
Minato, Tokyo, Japan
Duration 2013–2017 Chuseok Special Part 1–3
Ep 1–122, 155–160, 203-205
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Dad Yang Dong-geun
Occupation Actor/Hip-Hop artist
Children
  • Son: Yang Joon-seo
    DOB: March 28th, 2013
  • Daughter: Yang Joy
    DOB: October 11th, 2015
Mom Park Ga-ram
Occupation Office Worker/Former Music Video Model
Filming location
Samseong-dong, Gangnam, Seoul, South Korea
Duration 2016 Ep 127–Ep 162
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Dad Oh Ji-ho
Occupation Actor
Children Daughter: Oh Seo-heun (Jibong-i.e.)
DOB: December 30th, 2015
Mom Eun Bo-ah
Occupation Fashion Designer
Filming location
Seongsu-dong, Seongdong, Seoul, South Korea
Duration 2016 Ep 129–Ep 162
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Dad Lee Beom-soo
Occupation Actor
Children
  • Daughter: Lee So-eul
    DOB: March 1st, 2011
  • Son: Lee Da-eul
    DOB: February 21st, 2014
Mom Lee Yoon-jin
Occupation English interpreter
Filming location
Gangnam, Seoul, South Korea
Duration 2016-2017 Ep 117-182
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Dad In Gyo-jin
Occupation Actor
Children Daughter: In Ha-eun
DOB: December 4th, 2015
Mom So Yi-hyun
Occupation Actress
Filming location
Namyang-ju, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Duration 2016, 2017
Ep 130-162 (regular)
Ep 194 (special appearances)
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Dad Ki Tae-young
Occupation Actor
Children Daughter: Kim Ro-hee
DOB: April 12th, 2015
Mom Eugene
Occupation Singer/Actress
Filming location
Seoul, South Korea
Duration 2016–2018 Ep 114–210
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Dad Lee Hwi-jae
Occupation Comedian/Host
Children
  • Son: Lee Seo-eon
    DOB: March 15th, 2013 (Fraternal twin)
  • Son: Lee Seo-jun
    DOB: March 15th, 2013 (Fraternal twin)
Mom Moon Jeong-won
Occupation Florist
Filming location
  • Dongcheon-dong, South Korea (Episode 1 – 176)
  • Gangnam, Seoul, South Korea (Episode 176 – 220)
Duration 2013–2018 Chuseok Special Part 1–3
Ep 1–220
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Dad Bong Tae-gyu
Occupation Actor
Children
  • Son: Bong Si-ha
    DOB: December 1st, 2015
  • Daughter: Bong Bon-bi (Bonvie)
    DOB: May 21st, 2018
Mom Hasisi Park
Occupation Photographer
Filming location
Seoul, South Korea
Duration 2018–2019 Ep. 221–259