From ‘I Live Alone’ To ‘Running Man’, Here Are The Top 10 Variety Shows You Must Watch!

The Return Of Superman

슈퍼맨이 돌아왔다-The Return of Superman
KBS

The Return of Superman‘, also known as ‘Superman is Back‘, is a South Korean reality-variety show, in which 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 coming back to greet their family once the 48 hours have ended. During those 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 cameraman hiding in tents and playhouses in each of the celebrities’ actual homes. Family and friends of the celebrity dads will occasionally show up in 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.

Current cast

Duration Dad Children
2016–
Ep 154–Present
Sam Hammington
Television Personality
Son: William Hammington (Jung Tae-oh)
DOB: July 12, 2016 (age 3)
Son: Bentley Hammington (Jung Woo-sung)
DOB: November 8, 2017 (age 2)
2018
Ep 239–Present
Park Joo-ho
Professional Football (Soccer) player
Daughter: Park Na-eun (Eden)
DOB: May 11, 2015 (age 4)
Son: Park Geon-hoo (Aciel)
DOB: August 21, 2017 (age 2)
2019–
Ep 289–present
Moon Hee-joon
Television Personality/Former Idol-Singer
Daughter: Moon Hee-yul (Jam-jam)
DOB: May 12, 2017 (age 2)
2017, 2019–
Ep 195, 273–274, 279, 283 (special appearances)
286–present (regular)
Hong Kyung-min
Singer/Actor
Daughter: Hong Ra-won
DOB: April 21, 2016 (age 3)
Daughter: Hong Ra-im
DOB: January 1, 2019 (age 10 months)
Duration Narrator
2018
Episode 253–255, 258–present
Do Kyung-wan
2019
Episode 273–present
Han Chae-ah

Former cast

Duration Dad Children
2013
Chuseok Special Part 1–3
Lee Hyun-woo
Singer/Actor
Son: Lee Dong-ha
DOB: September 2009
Son: Lee Ju-ha
DOB: April 2011
2014
Ep 25–31
Kim Jung-tae
Actor
Son: Kim Ji-hoo (Yakkung)
DOB: February 2011
2013–2014
Chuseok Special Part 1–3
Ep 1–33
Jang Hyun-sung
Actor
Son: Jang Jun-woo (Junu)
DOB: July 17, 2003 (age 16)
Son: Jang Jun-seo
DOB: July 29, 2007 (age 12)
2014
Ep 32–39
Do Kyung-wan
News Anchor
Son: Do Yeon-woo (Kkom-kkomyi)
DOB: June 13, 2014 (age 5)
2013–2015
Ep 1–58
Tablo
Rapper/Songwriter
Daughter: Lee Ha-ru
DOB: May 2, 2010 (age 9)
2015
Ep 59–103
Uhm Tae-woong
Actor
Daughter: Uhm Ji-on
DOB: June 18, 2013 (age 6)
2014–2016
Ep 34–116, 156
Song Il-gook
Actor
Son: Song Dae-han
DOB: March 16, 2012 (age 7) (Fraternal triplet)
Son: Song Min-guk
DOB: March 16, 2012 (age 7) (Fraternal triplet)
Son: Song Man-se
DOB: March 16, 2012 (age 7) (Fraternal triplet)
2013–2017
Chuseok Special Part 1–3
Ep 1–122, 155–160, 205-206
Choo Sung-hoon
MMA Fighter
Daughter: Choo Sa-rang
DOB: October 24, 2011 (age 8)
2016
Ep 127–Ep 162
Yang Dong-geun
Actor/Hip-hop artist
Son: Yang Joon-seo
DOB: March 28, 2013 (age 6)
Daughter: Yang Joy
DOB: October 11, 2015 (age 4)
2016
Ep 129–Ep 162
Oh Ji-ho
Actor
Daughter: Oh Seo-heun (Jibong-i.e.)
DOB: December 30, 2015 (age 3)
2016–2017Ep 117–182 Lee Beom-soo
Actor
Daughter: Lee So-eul
DOB: March 1, 2011 (age 8)
Son: Lee Da-eul
DOB: February 21, 2014 (age 5)
2016, 2017
Ep 130-162 (regular)
Ep 193 (special appearances)
In Gyo-jin
Actor
Daughter: In Ha-eun
DOB: December 4, 2015 (age 3)
2016–2018
Ep 114–210
Ki Tae-young
Actor
Daughter: Kim Ro-hee
DOB: April 12, 2015 (age 4)
2013–2018
Chuseok Special Part 1–3
Ep 1–220
Lee Hwi-jae
Comedian/Host
Son: Lee Seo-eon
DOB: March 15, 2013 (age 6) (Fraternal twin)
Son: Lee Seo-jun
DOB: March 15, 2013 (age 6) (Fraternal twin)
2018–2019
Ep. 221–259
Bong Tae-gyu
Actor
Son: Bong Si-ha
DOB: December 1, 2015 (age 3)
Daughter: Bong Bon-bi (Bonvie)
DOB: May 21, 2018 (age 17 months)
2019
Ep 268–278
Jang Beom-june
Singer/songwriter
Daughter: Jang Jo-ah
DOB: July 26, 2014 (age 5)
Son: Jang Ha-da
DOB: September 19, 2017 (age 2)
2017–2019
Ep 163–280
Ko Ji-yong
Businessman/Former Idol-Singer
Son: Ko Seung-jae
DOB: October 6, 2014 (age 5)
2015–2019
Ep 89–298
Lee Dong-gook 
Professional Football (Soccer) player
Daughter: Lee Jae-si
DOB: August 14, 2007 (age 12) (Fraternal twin)
Daughter: Lee Jae-ah
DOB: August 14, 2007 (age 12) (Fraternal twin)
Daughter: Lee Seol-ah
DOB: July 18, 2013 (age 6) (Fraternal twin)
Daughter: Lee Soo-ah
DOB: July 18, 2013 (age 6) (Fraternal twin)
Son: Lee Si-an (Daebak-i.e.)
DOB: November 14, 2014 (age 5)

 

China’s Zhejiang Television (ZJTV) began airing a Chinese version of ‘The Return of Superman’, called ‘Dad is Back’, in April 2014. It starring former Taiwanese boy-band Fahrenheit member Wu Chun, film producer Zhong Lei Wang, actor Jia Nailiang, and former gymnast Li Xiapeng. The show is in collaboration with the producers of the Korean KBS version, and follows the same concept as the Korean version with the exception of a narrator. The title of the Chinese version was renamed in order to clear up plagiarism rumors. In March 2017, Thailand Channel 7 began airing a Thai version of The Return of Superman called ‘The Return of Superman Thailand’.

슈퍼맨이 돌아왔다-The Return of Superman-Superman is Back-Triplets
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In June 2014, an article was published voicing netizens complaints that the show was overly promoting YG Entertainment artistes, since there were too many guest stars under YG’s management for Jang Hyun-sung and Tablo’s segments, who were both also under YG’s management.

In July 2015, the announcement of Lee Dong-gook and his family joining the show was met with negativity and complaints from fans of Song Il-kook and his triplet sons. Fans of Song and his sons saw it as a sign that Song and his family would be leaving the show and complained on KBS’s forum about adding the new family, and KBS offering Song an upcoming drama role as a reason for Song to leave the variety show. KBS assured Song’s fans that the decision for him and his family to leave the show was made entirely of their own accord.

on Oct 17, 2013, KBS announced that ‘The Return of Superman’ would officially become part of the Happy Sunday lineup starting on November 3, 2013. The show replaces Star Family Show Mamma Mia, which was moved to Wednesday nights. Being very popular both in and outside Korea, this show was inevitable from controversy. the show aired every Sunday at 16:25 (KST), with a total of 304 episodes so far.

Camping Club

캠핑 클럽-Camping Club-JTBC
NAVER
Camping Club‘ is a South Korean reality traveling program to celebrate the 21st anniversary of first-generation idol Fin.K.L. After their debut in 1998, Fin.K.L had been active for four years. The group took 14 years of rest, without disassembly (based on digital singles in 2005), Many things have changed in the meantime. Three members are married and live in Seoul, Jeju, and the USA, as idols, singers, and actresses in their respective places. It was not really easy to unite with a will.
Now, Fin.K.L. is going to gather the meaning with four members. They will drive a special “camping van” directly, wandering around the country and enjoying the time that they couldn’t, before.  Feeling the beauty that we have not seen before, we will come to various experiences and challenges. the cast of this show is all of the Fin.K.L. members (Lee Hyo-ri, Ock Joo-hyun, Lee Jin, Sung Yu-ri)
Lee Hyo-ri The passionate leader who wakes up and starts the day first and does nothing bad.
Ock Joo-hyun The main chef of the camping club. Being responsible for the camper’s homeowner,
the icon of deep consideration that takes care of everything the members forget and pass!
Lee Jin She is responsible for the fun of the camping club.
Sung Yu-ri The youngest of the group, she is responsible for expanding and folding. Aka Erning Fairy. Very good at handling.

This show aired on JTBC every Sunday at 09:00 p.m. (KST), from July 14, 2019 until September 29, 2019.

Radio Star

라디오스타-Radio Star
imbc.com

Radio Star‘ is a South Korean talk show since 2007. Currently, this show is hosted by Kim Gook-jin, Kim Gura, and Ahn Young-mi. Shin Jung-hwan, Yoo Se-yoon, Cha Tae-hyun, Yoon Jong-sin, Super Junior’s Shindong, Heechul, and Kyuhyun are the former members of this show. It airs on MBC on Wednesdays at 23:10 (KST), with a total of 594 episodes so far. ‘Radio Star‘ is directed by Jeon Sung-ho, Hwang Ji-young, Hang Yong-rong, and Choi Haeng-ho (Episode 562-TBA).