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Also known asThe Culprit is You
Hangul범인은 바로 너
GenreWeb television
Mystery fiction
Variety show
StarringYoo Jae-suk
Ahn Jae-wook
Kim Jong-min
Lee Seung-gi
Park Min-young
Oh Se-hun
Kim Se-jeong
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of seasons1 (as of June 1, 2018)
No. of episodes10 (as of June 1, 2018)
Executive producer(s)Jang Hyuk-jae
Cho Hyo-jin
Kim Ju-hyung
Production company(s)Company SangSang
Netflix Services Korea Ltd.
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseMay 4, 2018 (2018-05-04) – present
External links

Busted! (Hangul범인은 바로 너; RRbeomineun baro neo; lit. The Criminal Is You) is a South Korean web television program on Netflix starring Yoo Jae-suk, Ahn Jae-wook, Kim Jong-min, Lee Kwang-soo, Park Min-young, Oh Se-hun and Kim Se-jeong.[1] The first season consists of 10 episodes and premiered with two episodes on May 4, 2018.[2][1][3]

Busted! is a Netflix Original that was co-produced with SangSang, a Korean production company that was responsible for X-Man, Running Man, and Family Outing.[4] The show is Netflix's first original program to showcase an all-Korean cast. During a press briefing, producer Cho Hyo-jin mentioned that Netflix's goal for Busted! was to create a hit show for South Korea, which can then be "consumed on the global stage."[5]

On May 30, 2018 Netflix published a press release announcing it had renewed Busted! for a second season.[6]


Seven celebrity sleuths discover that they are a part of an operation called Project D, in which they are implanted with a chip containing the DNA of famous detectives throughout history. Led by a man only known as "K" (Ahn Nae-sang), they are recruited as private detectives and are given a new case in each episode, all the while figuring out the mystery behind Project D and its inception.


Season 1[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Season 2[edit]

Main cast[edit]

  • Yoo Jae-suk
  • Ahn Jae-wook
  • Kim Jong-min
  • Park Min-young
  • Lee Seung-gi
  • Oh Se-hun
  • Kim Se-jeong


Each episode features guest celebrities. Unlike other Korean variety show formats, guests for Busted! play characters many of whom have the same names as the celebrities themselves. The characters are somehow involved in the murder mystery in each episode and/or lead the cast to clues for solving the murder mystery.

Season 1[edit]

No.TitleOriginal release date
1"Forewarned Murder"May 4, 2018 (2018-05-04)

A man named M invites seven people to a murder game party hosted by his boss, known as K. As soon as the game begins, M is shot by an unknown perpetrator, which turns the game into a real crime scene. They soon realize that the murder is related to an operation called "Project D", in which they are also involved in. Using the tarot cards given by a gypsy as their clues, the seven witnesses must attempt to find the culprit before it reaches the next victim.

Guests: Yoo Yeon-seok, Kangnam, Kim Jung-tae,[8] Lee Jae-young, Park Na-rae, Ye Ji-won[9]

Note: Kim Se-jeong did not appear in this episode
2"Treasure Island"May 4, 2018 (2018-05-04)

After being recruited by K, the amateur detectives travel to Jeju Island in order to help a museum director retrieve an artifact that belonged to his deceased friend. With the help of a local news reporter and a tourist from Seoul, they embark on a treasure hunt around the island. Meanwhile, K reveals that, in the past, an error in the chip that was implanted in the detectives had caused them to slowly lose their memories, which led him to abandon Project D.

Guests: Ahn Nae-sang, Woo Hyun, Kim Su-ro, Hong Jong-hyun
3"Kwang Soo, a Murderer"May 11, 2018 (2018-05-11)

While on a vacation in Jeju Island, Kwang-soo wakes up with a hangover and finds a dead woman in his room. Fearing that the police will brand him as a suspect, he flees the scene and decides to find the murderer himself. The six other detectives receive a call from K, saying that Kwang-soo has become a murder suspect. This leads them to investigate the case in an effort to prove his innocence, or else they would have to arrest him.

Guests: Ahn Nae-sang, Lee Ki-woo, Lee Chang-min, Lee Guk-joo, Lee Myung-hoon, Jo Yoon-ho, Moon Kyu-park, Choi Min-jae
4"Messages From the Dead"May 11, 2018 (2018-05-11)

Jong-min encounters a child who gives him the diary of a teen girl. He finds out that the girl had recently died at Songdo Central Park under mysterious circumstances and receives a call from K, who tells him to gather the detectives at the high school where she attended to look into her death. During the investigation, the detectives discover that her friends have been receiving text messages from her even after she died.

Guests: Ahn Nae-sang, 5urprise (Yoo Il, Seo Kang-joon, Gong Myung, Kang Tae-oh, Lee Tae-hwan),[10] Kangnam, Kang Jae-joon, Lee Eun-hyung, Ji Yoon-ha
5"The Last Vampire"May 18, 2018 (2018-05-18)

An ex-criminal, whom Jae-wook had arrested during his days as an agent, tells him that a woman was murdered in his hometown, a small island near Incheon. When the detectives go to the island, they discover that the residents believe that a vampire lives in the island and kills a woman whenever anyone tries to investigate on the murders happening in the village. Meanwhile, K tells them that one of the doctors involved in Project D was from the same island.

Guests: Ahn Nae-sang, Park Hae-jin, Lee Won-jong, Kim Shin-young, Nam Chang-hee,
6"Battle of the Detectives"May 18, 2018 (2018-05-18)

Two rival curators of an art museum enlist the help of K's detectives and the Genius Detective Team in an attempt to outshine each other. The competition between the two teams becomes fierce as they must find the self-portrait of a recently deceased artist before the painting is auctioned off on the same night.

Guests: Ahn Nae-sang, Jung Jae-hyung, Lee Juck, Lee Jang-won (Peppertones), Shin Jae-pyung (Peppertones), John Park, Wendy (Red Velvet), Kim Beom-soo, Kangnam, Min Ji-young, Choi Young-wan
7"The Vanished Magician"May 25, 2018 (2018-05-25)

The detectives attend a magic show rehearsal to support Se-hun, who would be opening the show with a dance performance. During the rehearsal, the magician mysteriously disappears while performing one of his tricks, which sends the crew in a panic as the show would be happening in a few hours. As a result, the director asks the detectives to find him before the show begins.

Guests: Ahn Nae-sang, Choi Hyun-woo, Shin Hye-jeong (AOA), Jung Hye-sung, Jo Woo-jong, Joshua Seth
8"The Mysterious Gentleman"May 25, 2018 (2018-05-25)

A man claiming to be K's old friend challenges the detectives to solve a 20-year-old case through a series of tests in order to measure their skills in criminal investigation. Each test has a different goal, and the first detective to complete a test is rewarded with a large sum of money. The man also promises to provide the passcode for the box that the detectives had obtained in Jeju Island, which contains valuable information about Project D. Outside the mission, Se-jeong is seen leaving flowers for M at a columbarium.

Guests: Ahn Nae-sang, Jang Gwang, Ahn Il-kwon, Yoon Sung-ho, Lee Moon-jae, Seo In-a, Kriesha Chu, Shin So-i, Kim Beom-joon, Yoo Yeon-seok
9"Operation: Criminal Transport"June 1, 2018 (2018-06-01)

Yeon-seok turns himself in and requests that K's detectives should be the one to transport him to prison. Although this confuses the detectives, they accept his request in exchange for information about Project D and his involvement with it. While on their way to prison, Jae-suk receives a phone call from an unknown man demanding Yeon-seok to be brought to him, or else, a bomb that he planted onto a stranger's bag will be detonated.

Guests: Yoo Yeon-seok, Jeong Jun-ha, Kang Sung-jin, Lee Jae-young
10"The Disappearance of K"June 1, 2018 (2018-06-01)

The detectives receive a scheduled message from K that was written three months ago, during the planning of the murder game party. He tells them that a final test for them is waiting at a safe house in Incheon. However, they also receive a message from a familiar voice saying that he has kidnapped K.

Guests: Cha Yu-ram, Kim Jung-tae, Yoon Hyung-bin

Development and production[edit]

Cho Hyo-jin, one of the executive producers of Busted!, stated that he and the other producers pitched a variety show to Netflix where ordinary people can become detectives and solve cases, and Netflix liked the concept.[4] The initial title for the show was "Dumb and Dumber Detective".[4]

Season 1[edit]

On September 27, 2017, it was reported that the final lineup for the show would consist of Yoo Jae-suk, Ahn Jae-wook, Kim Jong-min, Lee Kwang-soo, Park Min-young, EXO's Oh Se-hun, and Gugudan's Kim Se-jeong.[11] According to Cho, Lee Kwang-soo and Kim Jong-min were added to the cast to highlight the "dumb and dumber" aspect of the show, while Ahn Jae-wook and Park Min-young were added due to their serious personalities.[4]

Filming for Busted! began on September 27, 2017,[12] with Yoo Yeon-seok being confirmed as the show's first guest.[11][13] The show was initially set to be released in March 2018.[13] The first two episodes premiered on Netflix on May 4, 2018.

Season 2[edit]

On May 30, 2018, Netflix renewed the show for a second season.[6] On September 6, 2018, it was reported that the original cast would return for the second season, apart from Lee Kwang-soo wh would not be joining due to scheduling conflicts.[14] In a Netflix event held in November 2018, producer Jang Hyuk-jae announced that Lee Seung-gi would join the cast.[15]


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