Top 10 Best Korean Variety Shows

The Top Ten
1 Running Man

400+ episodes of roller coaster ride of laughters, screams, tears (gary hyung TT), and just everything makes this show complete from its casts, PDs, VJs, even FD dong wan at the first 100 of the show haha. OG fan here, been with them from the start 2010, and hoping for another years of laughter til we can see sukjin hyung in his 80s and jongkook hyung's biceps dropping lol :PP

You never get bored with their every episode. It's a good show to relieve stress because its just make you laugh even though you only understood the subtitle. I love this show very much

It is absolutely the funniest show! : ) Have you watch the earlier episodes where everyone fear JongKookie? See them tremble in fear at the sound of the bell! Recognise the familiar faces of those who appear in the jail the most often! Be stun at the superpowers of the members or share the fear when they do bungee jumps! You will never get bored with running man!. Hweiting!

No show can ever compare to running man. This is the best show ever!
I love all the members, they are capable of making you laugh wihout even speaking anything..

2 Knowing Bros

knowing bros is literally the ONLY show I watch bc it's the only show that is entertaining enough for me. tried watching other shows too but couldn't bring myself to finish one episode. at first I watch knowing bros for certain idols only but has now become a huge fan of the show, even stanning one of the cast members - min kyung hoon; he's so adorable and his charms really stand out the more I watch the show. love him and love the chemistry between the casts (especially kyungchul ^^)

The chemistry between the members is so amazing, and I love how they don't go easy on the guests and aren't afraid to win! They have quick, sharp retorts and remarks and it's easily my favourite show ever.

Super chill, but guests always shine on the show and we get to see unexpected sides of them! The regular cast is SO FUNNY especially Hee Chul & Su Geun! :D One of my favourite!

Their dis at each other and to their guests are the funniest part... They also have different characters that people can relate with!
The show, cast and the staff are really unannounced, unanticipated, unexpected, unforeseen.
awesome, awful, breathtaking, fabulous, heart-stopping, marvelous (or marvellous), miraculous, portentous, prodigious, staggering, stupendous, sublime, wonderful, wondrous.
extraordinary, phenomenal, rare, sensational, and spectacular.

3 1 Night 2 Days

One of the rare variety shows out there that does a mix of variety & actual contribution to society/raising issues/celebrating past heroes which is amazing! Never fails to make me laugh :) New season is great too!

This is the best show, like, for real! I'm a Filipina and it feels like I've been exploring the entire South Korea just by watching this show. It showcases their amazing culture, places, traits, history, people, etc. Casts and the staffs are closely tied. Guests are cool. Jokes and games are fresh and natural. Laughter, care and concern shown by them (either within them or to their guests) are sincere. Got no boring scenes at all. Junho is indeed a natural comedian, a certified cheater in games and foods (LOL). Tae Hyun's laughter alone can drive the viewers crazy, and for him to show his family (son and daughters) is such a great BONUS to us!. Dong Gu is just so cute, and seems so sweet, caring, thoughtful, smart as well. Joon Young is literally the youngest among the casts, yet, so charming and lovable, very fast in games, too. Jong Min seems so innocent, but cheater at some point (just like Junho, LOL). Defconn has a monster look, but definitely has a soft heart.

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I'm surprised the variety show with the highest rating out of all of these isn't number 1 on this list. This show was able to become a legend without the focus on guests or celebrities at all (although some of our casts are drop dead gorgeous; ex: Kim Junho) and I love the fact that it was the chemistry between the casts and pure comedy that they produce that enabled the show to do so well. This is honestly the most hilarious variety show, no doubt. So, if you're looking to laugh until your stomach hurts, this is honestly the show for you

So funny. I love watching them every week. There jokes are always fresh and their chemistry is amazing. When they’re teasing each other, competing against each other, or simply just talking you can feel it. The games aren’t repetitive and are fun. They know how to switch things up and guests are good to have every once in awhile. I love the members and their relationship with the production team. I really love this show.

4 New Journey to the West

My absolute favorite variety show and I'm always super sad when it ends! The new games are often creative, and the old ones are classic and never fails to make me laugh! The best part of the show however, is definitely the fantastic editing skills! :D

I also agree that NJTTW deserves more popularity. The chemistry between cast members, despite their age gaps, and the chemistry between the production staff member and the cast are extremely likeable. The editing, CGs, Background music, games and missions, costumes and themes, everything is so fresh and funny ( unlike some other famous variety shows that are popular but getting dull and stale). This is the show you will never get bored watching it and also the show that will make you want to keep watching more and more. Can't wait to see the upcoming Kang's Kitchen and their new season with Kyuhyun.

Ok but this show needs so much more popularity it's extremely funny and I find myself choking with laughter! I would greatly recommend this show cause not only are the case member amazing, but the production crew is equally as funny, they always pull entertaining tricks on the case which are hilarious, not to mention the flawless editing they add to the show, it makes it 10x funnier and I guarantee the funny games and sensational cast will leave you struggling for breath cause you laugh too hard, please do watch it and dare the show

The best indeed, the only variety show that makes me lose my insanity because of how funny the casts, staffs, games, plot, etc. Indeed the funniest.

5 Master in the House/All the Butlers

Fantastic show where cast gets to learn from the masters! Although the masters are often very senior, or really amazing, there hasn't been a single episode where I felt awkward :) Always laugh a lot and cry a lot in the show :') Cast is amazing!

the only Korean show I am following every week and I didn't miss any episode. Smart, makes you think and you learn things, funny, it makes you feel good, I really love the 4 guys, it's all balanced and perfect

I love this show! I learn so much about the Korean culture and there is such a good variety of masters. Plus the 4 guys are cute and entertaining. Live their personalities and how they interact

when you’re curious about the lifestyle of idols, you must watch it! it’s nice to see Sang Yun become expert in variety showHAHAH

6 Infinite Challenge

Best of the best in its time, perfect concept for a variety show which makes them basically can try and do anything they want

Dae bak

great challenges carried out

Nation-Variety Show

7 Strong Heart
8 Busted!

I hope there will be season 3! This show got me solving along with the cast. I get thrilled whenever I solve the cases haha! I love the diverse genres in this show. How it's mysterious, action-filled, thrilling, and funny at the same time makes you tune in for more. by the way I also kinda observe Se-Se couple (Sehun & Sejeong) because I really lowkey ship them

It's like an outdoor Crime Scene, although the comedy feels forced and out of place sometimes, it's still funny and manages to create an engaging story (you can't have both I guess) BRING BACK KWANGSOO FOR S3!

This is the best variety show I have ever watched... I appreciate the plot and the thrilling part every ending of the episode will make you to crave for more episode.. it is a must watch and recommended for beginners and the casts are hilarious.. thriller, horror, some romance beacause of shipping the members, action, mystery, comedy and almost all sorts of genres.. the story, challenges and some parts are scripted but the solving part depends on the celebrities..

10/10 ( it's a bit scary)

9 Return of Superman

Super cute and super funny. Have had me crying with laughter.

Kids their are so cute and it's a great show

I like how the kids are shining in this show

Best variety show I've ever seen

10 We Got Married

It was super cute to watch couples dating and having fun. I truly miss the show. My favorite couples were Taemin and Naeun, Sunjae and Joy.

This variety show shows cuteness and gives you "feels" while watching your favorite celebrities swoon over one another.

It's so cute and entertaining. I love the chemistry between the celebrities

Watched several couples and mostly are fun

The Contenders
11 Weekly Idol

Love it more now especially as Kwang Hee & Eun Hyuk are the hosts :) Guests are made welcomed, and can often showcase their skills in a lighthearted manner!

I got hooked on some of the kpop groups because of this show. The episodes featuring Big Bang were the reason why I became a VIP. *insert heart emoji* The Doni-Coni duo is iconic because both of them bring out the fun and embarrassing sides of the guests. Haha. The various funny segments also make this show a must-watch.

Even if you don't know the singer, doni coni hyung will never cease to amuse you

I love their creativity

12 Roommate

You really feel really close to all these people. Really funny and fun that makes your day. Everyone have their own different personality

Roomate jjang! Season 2 was deabak! I am glad that I watched this variety show because it have variety of feeling in it. They are just like one big happy family.. I miss them!

Hilarious with a twist, its home-like ambiance and amazing regulars are awesomely funny.

I love the chemistry of all these celebrity-strangers and hoped for a real love-line

13 Sister's Slam Dunk

I love the goal of this show because its empowering us to achieve our goals even if its absurd

Best variety show that I've ever seen, I wish sisters slam dunk still can going till season 20

It's the best variety show I've ever seen
Recommended 100%

It's just silly seeing old gagwomen being a girl group and actually serious about it, hahaa

14 Law of the Jungle

Always great to see guests struggle/excel on the show, great show to see the true/unknown sides of the guests & their teamwork! Byung Man is superb and I really admire him ~

Felt like watching Bear Grylls show but with asian touch. love how Byung-man shared all his survival skills and how these celebrities experience the jungle and survival life. keep it up guys!

If u love adventure n nature this is just right for u. N law of the jungle also makes me want to be more eco friendly. I know using less plastic materials. Also chief byung man is the best!

It's really funny seeing the idols try to survive in the jungles.

15 Family Outing

I enjoyed watching games and how they have to wake up in the morning to get for breakfast. I missed this show badly

This is the dumbest list I have ever seen

Best place their show in this show

Lee Hyori is fun

16 Happy Together

Just being happy together

This is one of ny favorite shows.

17 I Live Alone

The Rainbow Club has amazing chemistry between them. Every member they currently have fits in perfectly.

I really like the way hoster handle situations. And I live 3 idiots. Especially the crazy Henry

It's a good show because it depicts the real life of a celebrity

the chemistry of the case is amazing 💝💝💝

18 I Can See Your Voice

The greatest singing show. it's like the combination of the voice and king of mask if u get my point. sometimes I could shed tears when it comes to the old songs that' I haven't heard for such a long time

What's better than a battle of guessing who can really sing just by looking at their appearance. A lot of twist

They are showcasing the singing abilities of many idols who are not able to shine

voice that are amazing and inspiring

19 Ask Us Anything

Amazing variety show. It always make my day. Ps super funny

20 Great Escape

It's a really fun and engaging show. The cast are awesome and have their own uniqueness that complements each other. The scale is so big and well thought. And each episode has it's own stories that's related to the next one. They have like a multiverse of great escape through all the seasons. For those who likes zombies, ghosts, etc. They should like this one.

Although this is a very new show, it has potential to reached great heights. It is about how people try to escape a building. May not sound that interesting, but add a bunch of comedians and idols, it becomes very interesting. This is no ordinary escape room, the scale is extremely large, very well thought out ideas and very challenging puzzles make it very entertaining to watch these grown men solve the problem. Definitely reckoned watching this sensational show

I absolutely love this show! A good mix of comedy & actual solving of escape rooms, and the scale of the sets never fail to impress me!

The product is superb, the casts are hillarious and the problems are awesome

21 Village Survival, the Eight

So underrated! Chemistry between cast is great! Perfect blend of humour and suspense. So funny because you never expect what the members will say. Hopefully there’s a season 3!

Reminds me of family outing. I guess that's why I love this show. hope this show still running and continue with the new seasons.

Season 3 please

Extremely funny and hoping for season 3:))

22 Lipstick Prince

They are so talented especially Rowoon from SF9

23 Mafia Game in Prison

Hilarious to watch them try and figure out who the mafia is, the games they play are funny, and it just gets better because they get better at being the Mafia.

The interactions between the casts are so funny

Lots of laughter and twisted events.

Hillarious and funny though

24 King of Mask Singer
25 Come to Play
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