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What do we love about the k-variety show RUNNING MAN?

Hello everyone!
So, i taught a long while about what i should write next and the Korean variety show Running man came to mind.I love this show,not saying it for the sake of just saying it but seriously this show is awesome.
Members: Song jihyo , Gary, Haha (ha dong hoon), Yoo jae suk, Kim jong kook,Lee kwang soo, Ji suk jin.


So, i decided to write about this show and what i find awesome about it.

This show is so hilarious. I cannot watch an episode without laughing, it is impossible. I’d either laugh at the most random comments Ji suk jin makes or the cheesiest lines coming out of the mouth of Kang Gary.

Thrilling episodes
This show is not only funny, but it can also makes your heart pounds fast in the most thrilling episodes E.g; Hide/seek games/ Choi min soo episodes/ Zombie episodes and so on.

The relationship between the members
I believe one of the reasons why this show is so successful it’s because of the relationships between the members themselves. How would a show work if the members don’t get on well themselves? It just wouldn’t.
Running man members have something like family bond. They’re very comfortable with each other, the only female member Song Jihyo is no way left out, she is like family and also “is like one of them”, it does not bother her at all the fact that she’s the only female as they’re all like a family. No wonder the non guest episodes are as pleasing to the viewers if not even more pleasing than the guests episodes, the members interaction is enough.
But the only two people that have no real platonic relationship on the show though would be…..

Monday couple

WHO in this world does not like a bit of Monday couple on Running man? They’re so cute.
No they’re not dating, don’t let that picture fool you haha.
The story behind their relationship and the name “Monday couple” all started from episode 8 when Gary hinted having a crush on Jihyo by his reaction when Ji suk jin asked him if he likes Jihyo, all Gary did in response to this question was to turn red and change the topic. After that we all knew. Hehe. Anyway,so many things happened after that episode until episode 16 that shows Gary’s little crush on jihyo as he always show attention to heranytime they were filming,so did Jihyo: Why would a girl like ACE JIHYO beg Jaesuk to not leave her alone with Gary in the arts exhibition room, and then said “it is okay if we lose” (in episode 10) the Jihyo we know would do anything to win, but on that day she would have given Β£10 000 if possible to not be left alone with Gary.LOL.
In episode 14, Ha dong hoon (haha) and the other members started realizing that Jihyo & Gary are always close during filming (which were on Mondays) as if they were dating so they were first dubbed Monday couple then by the captions. Later on. On ep 16, Song jihyo said “On Mondays i have a man” which confirmed their Monday couple status on the show and that they were a couple for the show.
So, no wonder so many people like them together on the show, not only were (ARE) their interactions hilarious for the fun of variety but also very cute and realistic (holding hands etc)

On February it was confirmed that Song Jihyo was in a relationship, which shattered the heart of many Monday couple fans, the comfirmation to Jihyo’s relationship actually let the former Monday couple‘s relationship to turn to slight awkwardness. Therefore after Jihyo’s relationship announcement any simple interaction shared by them would be replayed 10 x times and be much more cherished by Monday couple fans and viewers.
In recent episodes, we’ve seen Monday couple interactions becoming more and more seen and them becoming almost like before which gives a hint about them “getting back together”?.
What for me makes Monday couple awesome is the fact that Gary had a real crush on her which makes it even more realistic and that Monday couple was not made by PD’S but was 100% natural coming from their own willing. Monday couple jjang!

Here’s my post on Monday couple’s popularity among Running man fans: https://myriamonliine.wordpress.com/2013/03/21/why-is-monday-couple-so-popular-among-running-man-fans/

The members and what i love about each one of them

LEE KWANG SOO- This guy is pure genius, he was made for Running man and variety, he is extremely funny, he contributes a whole lot in making my tummy looks like Jong kook’s abs at the end of each episode. From his “Framer kwangsoo” personality in the beginning to “kwangvatar” to “throwing things when angry” to his hilarious comeback lines, he is just amazing. Not forgetting that he’s extremely tall which i think some male members might be a bit jealous of but don’t mention it hehe I love kwangsoo, am sure he never taught he’d do as well in Running man as he did and i think he surprised himself with his variety skills. Who don’t love it when he says “EYYYY” when he find things to be unfair, i find it so funny and cute. All and all Kwangsoo is made for variety.

Here’s my post on Lee kwang soo’s popularity on Running man. https://myriamonliine.wordpress.com/2013/02/27/why-is-lee-kwangsoo-so-popular-among-running-man-fans/

Song Jihyo

She’s the ACE of Running man. Let me just say I’m one of those viewers that scream of joy anytime she wins. Being the only female on Running man i always want her to show female power and she does it perfectly. She is the female version of Kim jong kook. I like her “blank” look too, it’s too funny.


Haha-shi. What to say about him? He’s extremely clever. Not that i didn’t know but he really is actually. In episode 126, when Ji hyo had to come up with a way of completing her very difficult mission of adding an “A”in the guest’s name tag without them noticing, Haha is the one who came up with the amazing plot telling the guest that by Jihyo adding a stroke on her nametag it’d be like a code between them all to show they’re alliances annd the guest agreed and turn around for jihyo to actually complete her “secret mission” that guest didn’t know of. After that i taught “WOAH ha dong hoon you’re amazing, man!!”.
And plus he’s so funny and is one of the 3 best spies in Running man for me.

Yoo Jaesuk

WHAT is Running man without YOO JAE SUK” Can’t imagine it. For me, he’s one of the reasons why the members are how they are now, in the beginning “running man” was just Yoo jae suk’s show but he’s the one who created the family bond by making everyone feel comfortable in the beginning. Yoo jae suk makes the simplest action of RM members funnier by commenting on them even when no one has seen it. Running man couldn’t have had a better MC to be honest. And this man is so humble too, no wonder he’s called “National MC” in Korea.

Ji suk jin


When i look at him, i think “OUT!”, because he’s often the first to get eliminated in the games. This man in my opinion is the one that doesn’t even have to try hard to be funny. Even one/two sentences or an action from him will make me laugh rolling on the floor, he’s the one that doesn’t really bother about winning the game, i see him MORE crossing his arms together looking ahead than anything. Hah and that’s why i like about him. Running man would be boring if we only saw 7 people on fire to win all the time but Ji suk jin is the one always wondering around struggling to even understand a simple rule ..ah. Gotta love Ji suk jin. And hey, let’s not forget, in episode 8, if not for him asking Gary if he likes Jihyo we would have not being able to know how Gary feels until now? heh? πŸ˜€
Ji suk jin add that little “relaxed atmosphere” in Running man .Never leave, ji suk jin.

Kang Gary

So much to say about this man. He is…garymazing, okay that won’t make sense. He is amazing. Which man can make you laugh just by watching their face when they tell lies? Gary can. He’s the antonym of a liar LOL . He’s the only one Running man member that i would say cannot be a spy without being noticed, you may ask me, how can you be a RM member when you can’t trick the other members or “betray”? Hah..well KANG GARY can and he has done so for two years. The guy doesn’t need to use tactics, just by his ability and skills he can win. He has won in many occasions when the games were particularly difficult.
More you get to know about his personality, more you can’t help but like him, his personality is what makes him “likable”. A RM viewer saying they don’t like him in the show are either very new in watching running man or has no clue how he comes across or they either have a heart as hard as rock or all along they have watched Running Man without subtitles (if non-Korean speaker). Lol, I can’t find any other reason.
Gary is peaceful gary, photogenic Gary, Monday Boyfriend, innocent Gary, lover Gary, not-able-to -feel-pain Gary(ep 8) and many more and am sure there are other talents he has we’d discover in 2013 in Running man ha, the list is endless. And of course,let’s not forget he is rapper Gary.

Kim Jong kook

KIM JONG KOOK. The strongest out of all the members that Kwangsoo tries to challenge day in and day out.
At first glance, you wouldn’t imagine in a million years that this guy likes doing “Aegyo” =acting cute. But yes, he does. YES, he does.This is why it is so amazing to watch Running man, you get to know things about members’ personalities you wouldn’t have known anywhere else. I like Kim Jong kook, he’s the king of bromance whether it’s with Haha “Nae dongaseng” that he takes as a little brother whether it’s with Jae suk.
Kim Jong kook has got so many aspects of his personality. He can be the shyest when he’s in front of a female guest, he can be the scariest when he’s dubbed “SPARTA” or when he’s got to eliminate the members. And he can be the shyest when it comes to showing his talents too, many people may not know but Jong kook is a good English speaker. Kim jong kook is one member, many guests want to pair up with aside Jae suk and he’s secretly Jae Suk’s competition on Running man too.
PS:i hope Jong kook finds his “last love” one day, she’d be one lucky lady πŸ™‚

I could write so much more about Running man But I’d leave it here. Congratulations on Running man for winning “Viewer’s Most Popular Program” on SBS entertainment 2012. YAY!!! It surely deserves it.

My 5 wishes for Running man in 2013 are
1- For RM members to do a race mission outside of Asia
2- For Ji suk jin to win an individual game at least 5 times this year
3-For CNBLUE’s Yonghwa to come as a guest much more often this year/For Park Ji sung to come back as a guest.
4- For SNSD’s Yuri to come as a guest many times, just so that i see the smile on Lee kwangsoo’face
5- For Running Man to go as strong even when arrived at the end of 2013.

So what are your 5 wishes for Running man for this year? Leave comments.
And tell me what you love about Running man too πŸ˜€
Hope you enjoyed reading my post!

Have a great 2013 ^^


3 thoughts on “What do we love about the k-variety show RUNNING MAN?

  1. Oh dude… i gotta tell many things that we ‘re in same idea about them… i love this show n all family’s members as well..nice post anyway πŸ™‚

  2. I wish Eun Hye will visit running man this year *pray*. And I wish Kookie-Oppa getting married soon :’)

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