• http://twitter.com/M_Wys Michaela Wylie

    I need someone to give me a list of “Running Man” episodes to watch. >_<

    • Jasper_SB

      All of them!

      lol, jk (not really, it’s kinda worth watching from the very start, but it’s understandable if you won’t want to. 125+ episodes does sound pretty intimidating.) 

      Honestly, as a general recommendation, all the episodes without a guest or pretty much all of Yonghwa’s episodes are pretty quality episodes. They’re great for getting a general understanding on the cast’s characters, and Yonghwa just makes things so much more tense and epic. 
      But here are my personal favorites:
      Episode 25 w/ Park Bo-young 
      Episode 27 w/ DBSK (a great first episode and c’mon it’s DBSK too)
      Episode 38 (RM Classic, introduction of Yoo-ruce Willis and spy concept)
      Episodes 50-51 w/ Nichkhun and Kim Min-jung (Thailand special)
      Episode 52-53, 69, 118 (Choi Min-soo = badass)
      Episode 91 (sequel to 38, epic mission and and some amazing editing)
      Episodes 96-97 w/ Park Ji-sung and IU (Park Ji-sung, AMAZING episodes)
      Episode 108 w/ Gong Hyo-jin and Lee Joon
      Episode 120-121 w/ Lee Seung-gi and Park Shin-hye
      Episode 123-124 w. Go Soo and Han Hyo-jin
      Episode 125 (Christmas special, absolutely hilarious)

      … wow that turned out a lot longer than I thought. Sorry about that ^^;;

      • David McCready

        My friend and I contemplated over Go Soo & Han Hyo-jin episodes.  While Han Hyo-jin was humorously treated, the majority of the show was substandard in our opinion and really belonged on an entirely different type of variety show.  It was a lot of sitting around talking (the kimchi episode).

        If I am not mistaken, while Yoo-ruce Willis the concept may not have evolved into the form we see today until episode 38, I have seen “Yoo-ruce Willis” in Hangul from the very early episodes.

        • Jasper_SB

          That’s probably why I loved the Go Soo/Han Hyo-joo episodes so much. Even the cast themselves noted the episode’s similarity to Family Outing. And before Running Man, I was a Family Outing fan, after all.

          While I’m definitely a fan of the huge, extravagant missions Running Man throws at us, the casualness of the episode was a refreshing and nostalgic callback to the original Family Outing that I really enjoyed.
          I feel Running Man and its cast is versatile enough to handle these types of episodes as well, and while too much of these could certainly get tiring, watching the cast interact is always my favorite thing about the show. I felt the Easy Brothers and Jihyo chemistry was stronger than ever especially considering they’re almost always edited out when paired together, and the quick wit and adaptability of the guests certainly added to the watching experience. 

          I definitely agree that the episode isn’t for everyone and may seem boring to certain fans of Running Man. But seeing how my other favorite variety shows are Invincible Youth and Family Outing, the episodes are still some of my favorites. The format would have probably better suited the previous two shows or even 1N2D, but seeing the cast film under a more casual environment was still a treat.

          • David McCready

            That makes sense.  I guess I expect Running Man to follow a certain format (of.. well.. running) and when it deviates from this format it feels weird.

            I imagine had it been an episode on another variety show I would have felt it was a pretty fun episode.

      • http://twitter.com/M_Wys Michaela Wylie

        No, don’t be sorry! Thanks so much for all the recommendations! Hopefully now I’ll be able to enjoy the good without the bad. xD

    • David McCready

      Start with the Episodes 96-97 with IU and Park Ji-sung.  Those episodes pretty much cover all aspects of Running Man and in my opinion together they are the best guests.

      Avoid anything with Jessica, please.  I haven’t managed to see many episodes with SNSD but at least avoid Jessica.  She doesn’t even exist on the show, she just stands or sits there and lets everyone else do the work… unless she has to speak English.

      Or you can begin at the beginning.  :)

      • Gaya_SB

        thanks for the recs!

      • toshimon

        agreed.AVOID JESSICA.

      • gage

        The episodes with many SNSD members are good, I forget which. But the really early episodes featuring Jessica are indeed duds. I think they were like episodes 4-5 or 5-6 but I forget.

        The ones with many of the members was really good though. Also the episode with Taeyeon by herself was one of my favorites. They play an awesome hide and seek-ish game in a paper facotry and it’s amazing.

    • Aoren1703

      First i’ll start off with some of my favorites with idols in it (or ex idols) ep1 – Lee Hoyri is hilarious, ep14, ep20 (they do a lie detector to Yu Jae-suk), ep 22, ep27 (DBSK were fuuny here), ep 35+36 (35 is funnier to me but it’s a two part episode with the same guest) ep39 SNSD (this episode is fun for the first half but kinda drags a lil in the second) ep40 (here the 2pm boys are super competitive), ep55 is a girl group special it’s pretty good has its boring moments, ep59 is a hip hop special you are guaranteed to laugh a few times here imo, ep63+64 are an snsd special (boring at times), ep80 fun for about 80% of it but 2 out of 3 of the guest get a little boring in the end, ep84+85 are a big bang special (personally i don’t love these 2 episodes just mentioned them in case your a Big Bang fan), 104 is an idol special (pretty good episode all the idols tried pretty hard), ep108 has really fun moments, 120+121 (dunno if Lee Seung-gi is considered an idol but he’s funny in this one).

      The Best episodes imo are the super power specials: ep74, ep 96, ep119. ep 1 (Lee Hyori is hilarious here). Also episodes with Choi Min-soo are good – ep52(drags in the beginning but very good in the last half), ep 69 is also a lil draggy in the beginning but once Choi Min-soo comes it’s awsome, ep118 sames as the other two i mentioned. Also Park Ji-sung episodes are great which include ep96 that i mentioned before and ep97.

      Honourable mentions to: ep 12, ep 16, ep 17, ep 28, ep 37, ep 41, ep 44, ep46+47, ep60 is really funny, ep 70, ep82, ep 86 (Ha Ji-won is in this episodes. she’s one of my favorite actresses so i may be a lil biased), ep95 and ep125.

      They’re more good episodes other than the ones listed I am just tired of typing lol so check out Runningmanclub(dot)blogspot(dot)com. For all the episodes along with the list of guest for each episode.

      • http://twitter.com/M_Wys Michaela Wylie

        Oh, wow, thanks! :D

        The only ones I’ve seen are Ep 1 and Ep 27, so I guess I had a good start. Thank you so much for the recs! ^_^

      • Gaya_SB

        omg thank you!

      • Gaya_SB

        omg thank you!

      • http://twitter.com/mrshobbes Alexis Aragona

        Thank you so much for your picks! I’ve been wanting to start watching this but just looking at all the episodes had me flailing in fear. :p 

      • http://twitter.com/mrshobbes Alexis Aragona

        Thank you so much for your picks! I’ve been wanting to start watching this but just looking at all the episodes had me flailing in fear. :p 

      • http://twitter.com/mrshobbes Alexis Aragona

        Thank you so much for your picks! I’ve been wanting to start watching this but just looking at all the episodes had me flailing in fear. :p 

  • cqn0

    I feel they should have the more successful guests in the past participate more often (but perhaps their schedules don’t permit that?). They’ve done this to an extent, but I also feel like they haven’t vetted potential new guests as good as they could.

    Also, why not bring some experienced variety personas from other variety shows onto Running Man? They would probably do quite well. Why hasn’t Hyori returned after the first episode? I’d like to see Kim Soo-ro guest again as well. The “Game Devil” is well-known for trying his best at whatever game they’re playing.

    • Jasper_SB

      Honestly, other than scheduling, for the other notable variety personalities, it could be station loyalty too. Like in the Lee Seung-gi episode, he said how he couldn’t appear on the show while he was a part of 1N2D since they were from rival stations. While I doubt they were outright banned from appearing on Running Man (Cha Tae-hyun mentions it a lot, but that’s just him being him, lol), I think they’re highly discouraged from appearing on other shows since it could appear as disrespectful. I think it’s the same case for Jung Hyung-don (and by extension, Noh Hong-chul and the other Infinity Challenge members) who hasn’t appeared on the show until quite recently.

      But otherwise, I definitely agree. Getting those with some established variety history would definitely help the show in my opinion. I’d definitely love to see Hyori on the show again (I’m fairly sure she’s been invited more than once, but I’m guessing Hyori’s taking a break from variety for a while, which is pretty understandable. We may get to see her when she starts promotions again), and I’m DEFINITELY waiting to see Yoon Eun-hye on the show. Yoo In-na, Lee Jin, or someone else of the like who’s proven they can handle variety before would also be a treat to see on Running Man.

      Re-inviting more successful guests sounds like a good idea also (I’d surely love to see Gong Hyo-jin again), but again, we’d be missing out on those new personalities that would manage to surprise us.

    • Jasper_SB

      Honestly, other than scheduling, for the other notable variety personalities, it could be station loyalty too. Like in the Lee Seung-gi episode, he said how he couldn’t appear on the show while he was a part of 1N2D since they were from rival stations. While I doubt they were outright banned from appearing on Running Man (Cha Tae-hyun mentions it a lot, but that’s just him being him, lol), I think they’re highly discouraged from appearing on other shows since it could appear as disrespectful. I think it’s the same case for Jung Hyung-don (and by extension, Noh Hong-chul and the other Infinity Challenge members) who hasn’t appeared on the show until quite recently.

      But otherwise, I definitely agree. Getting those with some established variety history would definitely help the show in my opinion. I’d definitely love to see Hyori on the show again (I’m fairly sure she’s been invited more than once, but I’m guessing Hyori’s taking a break from variety for a while, which is pretty understandable. We may get to see her when she starts promotions again), and I’m DEFINITELY waiting to see Yoon Eun-hye on the show. Yoo In-na, Lee Jin, or someone else of the like who’s proven they can handle variety before would also be a treat to see on Running Man.

      Re-inviting more successful guests sounds like a good idea also (I’d surely love to see Gong Hyo-jin again), but again, we’d be missing out on those new personalities that would manage to surprise us.

    • Jasper_SB

      Honestly, other than scheduling, for the other notable variety personalities, it could be station loyalty too. Like in the Lee Seung-gi episode, he said how he couldn’t appear on the show while he was a part of 1N2D since they were from rival stations. While I doubt they were outright banned from appearing on Running Man (Cha Tae-hyun mentions it a lot, but that’s just him being him, lol), I think they’re highly discouraged from appearing on other shows since it could appear as disrespectful. I think it’s the same case for Jung Hyung-don (and by extension, Noh Hong-chul and the other Infinity Challenge members) who hasn’t appeared on the show until quite recently.

      But otherwise, I definitely agree. Getting those with some established variety history would definitely help the show in my opinion. I’d definitely love to see Hyori on the show again (I’m fairly sure she’s been invited more than once, but I’m guessing Hyori’s taking a break from variety for a while, which is pretty understandable. We may get to see her when she starts promotions again), and I’m DEFINITELY waiting to see Yoon Eun-hye on the show. Yoo In-na, Lee Jin, or someone else of the like who’s proven they can handle variety before would also be a treat to see on Running Man.

      Re-inviting more successful guests sounds like a good idea also (I’d surely love to see Gong Hyo-jin again), but again, we’d be missing out on those new personalities that would manage to surprise us.

    • Jasper_SB

      Honestly, other than scheduling, for the other notable variety personalities, it could be station loyalty too. Like in the Lee Seung-gi episode, he said how he couldn’t appear on the show while he was a part of 1N2D since they were from rival stations. While I doubt they were outright banned from appearing on Running Man (Cha Tae-hyun mentions it a lot, but that’s just him being him, lol), I think they’re highly discouraged from appearing on other shows since it could appear as disrespectful. I think it’s the same case for Jung Hyung-don (and by extension, Noh Hong-chul and the other Infinity Challenge members) who hasn’t appeared on the show until quite recently.

      But otherwise, I definitely agree. Getting those with some established variety history would definitely help the show in my opinion. I’d definitely love to see Hyori on the show again (I’m fairly sure she’s been invited more than once, but I’m guessing Hyori’s taking a break from variety for a while, which is pretty understandable. We may get to see her when she starts promotions again), and I’m DEFINITELY waiting to see Yoon Eun-hye on the show. Yoo In-na, Lee Jin, or someone else of the like who’s proven they can handle variety before would also be a treat to see on Running Man.

      Re-inviting more successful guests sounds like a good idea also (I’d surely love to see Gong Hyo-jin again), but again, we’d be missing out on those new personalities that would manage to surprise us.

    • Jasper_SB

      Honestly, other than scheduling, for the other notable variety personalities, it could be station loyalty too. Like in the Lee Seung-gi episode, he said how he couldn’t appear on the show while he was a part of 1N2D since they were from rival stations. While I doubt they were outright banned from appearing on Running Man (Cha Tae-hyun mentions it a lot, but that’s just him being him, lol), I think they’re highly discouraged from appearing on other shows since it could appear as disrespectful. I think it’s the same case for Jung Hyung-don (and by extension, Noh Hong-chul and the other Infinity Challenge members) who hasn’t appeared on the show until quite recently.

      But otherwise, I definitely agree. Getting those with some established variety history would definitely help the show in my opinion. I’d definitely love to see Hyori on the show again (I’m fairly sure she’s been invited more than once, but I’m guessing Hyori’s taking a break from variety for a while, which is pretty understandable. We may get to see her when she starts promotions again), and I’m DEFINITELY waiting to see Yoon Eun-hye on the show. Yoo In-na, Lee Jin, or someone else of the like who’s proven they can handle variety before would also be a treat to see on Running Man.

      Re-inviting more successful guests sounds like a good idea also (I’d surely love to see Gong Hyo-jin again), but again, we’d be missing out on those new personalities that would manage to surprise us.

    • Jasper_SB

      Honestly, other than scheduling, for the other notable variety personalities, it could be station loyalty too. Like in the Lee Seung-gi episode, he said how he couldn’t appear on the show while he was a part of 1N2D since they were from rival stations. While I doubt they were outright banned from appearing on Running Man (Cha Tae-hyun mentions it a lot, but that’s just him being him, lol), I think they’re highly discouraged from appearing on other shows since it could appear as disrespectful. I think it’s the same case for Jung Hyung-don (and by extension, Noh Hong-chul and the other Infinity Challenge members) who hasn’t appeared on the show until quite recently.

      But otherwise, I definitely agree. Getting those with some established variety history would definitely help the show in my opinion. I’d definitely love to see Hyori on the show again (I’m fairly sure she’s been invited more than once, but I’m guessing Hyori’s taking a break from variety for a while, which is pretty understandable. We may get to see her when she starts promotions again), and I’m DEFINITELY waiting to see Yoon Eun-hye on the show. Yoo In-na, Lee Jin, or someone else of the like who’s proven they can handle variety before would also be a treat to see on Running Man.

      Re-inviting more successful guests sounds like a good idea also (I’d surely love to see Gong Hyo-jin again), but again, we’d be missing out on those new personalities that would manage to surprise us.

      • idontknoe

        It’s not about rival stations, because as free agents they can appear on any station. It’s just that Seungi gi had a show at the same exact time on a competing station as now Tae-hyun. Infinity Challenge members can come any time if they don’t have a show airing at the same time. It’s not disrespectful, it’s just stupid. You’re appearing on your competitions show.

  • http://twitter.com/Helda1812 Helda

    Please send this article to the Running Man PD so that they know about this. 

  • tkke

    I really miss the classic hide-and-seek games with the death bells. It’s an institution already and has been gone for too long from the show. I hope the PDs bring it back!

    • http://twitter.com/untill_when_eva love dust

      me too, me too. That is what got me interested in the show tbh. it should be the main thing with twists every time and maybe a special every couple episodes. 

      • tkke

        Not sure if it should be the main thing though, especially when guests can’t keep up and become liabilities. Then again the PDs are infinitely more creative than I am, so one can hope! :D

      • tkke

        Not sure if it should be the main thing though, especially when guests can’t keep up and become liabilities. Then again the PDs are infinitely more creative than I am, so one can hope! :D

  • secretkeeperzee

    What I think needs to happen is 2PM, as a group, appear on running man and watch teh absolute chaos. Oh, how I wish. 

    • gage

      They had some 2PM members on the show before, and it was pretty good. Could have been better, but 2PM definitely delivered what I expected from them.

  • http://twitter.com/untill_when_eva love dust

    In summery, drop your image (to some extent) and let loose. Watching people hold back to keep their image in  place upsets me because I want to take their place and have fun.

  • http://twitter.com/untill_when_eva love dust

    In summery, drop your image (to some extent) and let loose. Watching people hold back to keep their image in  place upsets me because I want to take their place and have fun.

  • Stella Jay

    I love it that Running Man always has such a diverse range of guests! You have your typical young idols, semi-retired ahjussi veterans, famous actresses/actors, Olympic athletes, professional gagmen etc. Through the show, viewers really get to know different Korean celebrities whom they may not have heard of before or paid any attention to. It also shows us another side to well-known stars who usually have to maintain a certain image, be it on screen or on stage.

    It’s true that the show is really inconsistent; some episodes leave you in tears of laughter while others can get pretty boring or even awkward to watch. But I think it would be unrealistic to expect a variety program to be funny or mind-blowing all the time; there are bound to be guests who contribute little to the episode’s entertainment aspect, just as there will be charismatic guests who fit in with the cast incredibly well. It is precisely this inconsistency that makes the spectacular episodes and guests truly stand out.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OCDH5YKVEZ2UXAPUTY3SVDPURI Alexander

    Yeah, Running Man’s inconsistency is why I don’t love it much as I used to; the show was all over the place for 2012. The guest really is that X factor who can either make or break an episode, but it’s also reliant on the actual competition the crew comes up with for the cast. They’ve relied on a stock formula for too long I feel, so a lot of the excitement that the show had in its first year isn’t really there anymore. 1N2D and – especially – Shinhwa Broadcast were my favourite variety shows of the last year as they’re more consistent and don’t rely on the guest factor.

  • http://twitter.com/rfrasur Ruth Frasur

    Great article.  Thanks.  Running Man is a favorite in our family.  It was the first Korean show that I could watch with my three teenage sons and know we were all enjoying it (they’re not big on melodrama or romantic comedy).  As you can imagine, their favorite episodes involved athletes and Choi Min Soo.  While there has been some inconsistency in the past six months, I agree that it generally falls to how involved the guest is.  Whether tearing name tags or making kimchi (or floating in a wave pool?), if the guest is really engaged and interacting with the regular cast, it makes for a good time.  

  • Jaclyn

    The Sunny and Yoona episode was one of the worst RM episodes. I like the girls, but that episode was a huge dud.

  • Jaclyn

    The Sunny and Yoona episode was one of the worst RM episodes. I like the girls, but that episode was a huge dud.

  • Jaclyn

    The Sunny and Yoona episode was one of the worst RM episodes. I like the girls, but that episode was a huge dud.

  • Jaclyn

    The Sunny and Yoona episode was one of the worst RM episodes. I like the girls, but that episode was a huge dud.

  • Jaclyn

    The Sunny and Yoona episode was one of the worst RM episodes. I like the girls, but that episode was a huge dud.