The logo of Family Outing
|Genre||Reality, Variety, Comedy|
|Starring||Yoo Jae-suk (2008-2010)
Lee Hyo-ri (2008-2010)
Kim Su-ro (2008-2010)
Yoon Jong-shin (2008-2010)
Kim Jong-kook (2008-2010)
Park Ye-jin (2008-2009)
Lee Chun-hee (2008-2009)
Park Hae-jin (2009-2010)
Park Si-yeon (2009)
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||85 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Jang Hyuk-jae|
|Camera setup||Multi-camera setup|
|Running time||70-80 minutes|
|Original release||June 15, 2008 – February 14, 2010|
|Preceded by||Mission Impossible|
|Followed by||Family Outing 2|
|Related shows||Family Outing 2
Family Outing (Korean: 패밀리가 떴다; literally Family's Here; also known as Family Outing Season 1) was a South Korean comedy-variety show; a part of SBS's Good Sunday lineup, along with Gold Miss is Coming (골드미스가 간다). It first aired on June 15, 2008, and was one of the top rated programs on Sunday Korean television. The format of the show called for the "Family" to travel to different parts of South Korea, taking care of the house of an elderly family, who go on a vacation. The "Family" then accomplishes the tasks left for them by the homeowners.
Much of the game-variety show format of Family Outing is considered to be influenced by its predecessor on SBS, X-Man, with several shared production and cast members. The show sought humor from interactions between its cast of complementary of characters and its series of physical and mental competitions. Trademarks of the production included sound effects, pop-up text and background music in accordance with the on-screen narrative. Music included personal theme songs for various cast members, frequently coordinated with moments of lament or foolishness for comedic effect, or schadenfreude.
The show typically followed a format comprising a series of two-episode arcs. These comprised a two-day shoot, including an overnight stay for the cast and crew, that was later edited for broadcast over two weekly episodes. Generally, the events transpiring on the first day of filming would be shown in the first of the two-episode arc, with the second day's events broadcast in the second episode. These two days of filming were generally filmed biweekly, with the cast and crew regathering every two weeks. Guest cast members frequently joined the permanent members for the two-episode arc, appearing in two successive episodes before departing.
The first of two episodes typically starts with a phone call from Yoo Jae-suk, the MC of the show, notifying the Family members where and when to gather for the next location of filming, which was frequently a remote, rural region. Each member arrives along with any guests, as they greet each other and the viewing audience. The guest is usually then given a map to lead the Family to the house in which they will be staying for their two-day stay. Upon reaching the house, the Family greet and send the homeowners off on a vacation. At this point, the Family reviews the list of chores that the homeowners have assigned before setting upon the first task. While completing the list of chores, the Family compete in various mental and physical challenges. After completing the first chore, the Family may proceed to the next assigned or return home to prepare dinner. For the latter, the Family usually divides into teams to gather ingredients, clean, prepare, and cook.
After eating dinner, the Family typically play another game before preparing for bedtime. This competition oftentimes determine sleep positioning or assignment of late-night/early-morning chores. Sleeping arrangement allowed the Family to determine where each member would be positioned overnight, with this ranking of particular importance if sleeping locations included particularly undesirable (such as cold or cramped) quarters. The ranking process involved the female cast members numerically ranking the men in the Family, oftentimes based on their performance either in the preceding game or over the course of the day. The male members then repeat the ranking process for the female Family members. In addition to bedding location, the ranking system or game was used to determine which Family members would be assigned the undesirable task of late-night/early-morning chores. These chores were typically menial tasks such as delivery, collection, or preparation of food.
The second of two episodes typically begins with the continuation of the previous night's activities. Frequently this involved some late-night conversation before the Family dozed off. The next morning, Jaesuk is oftentimes the first waken and assigned the task of waking the other Family members. The reluctant waking process is usually presented for comedic effect. After the Family rise, Jaesuk initiates a "Wake Up Mission", where the losing member would be tasked with breakfast preparation, alongside other members s/he selects. While they make breakfast, the rest of the Family either return to bed, or completes another chore. The Family members that are assigned breakfast duty are frequently filmed gathering ingredients from around the community before commencing preparation and cooking. After the Family re-waken to eat breakfast, they typically perform the last chores assigned by the homeowners. While completing these final tasks, the Family will often participate in another competition before returning to the house. The homeowners are then shown returning from vacation and bidding the Family farewell. The episode concludes with a sneak peek of the following episode, including the next guest/s.
Cast and characters
Much of the humor and entertainment value of the show was derived from the interactions of the Family members. The diverse set of characters, as described in detail in the table below, played off each's personality traits and tendencies. As the characters evolved and became more familiar to audiences, a context for their relationships formed, oftentimes furthering their humorous interactions.
The first "Family" was composed of comedian/MC Yoo Jae-suk, singer/songwriter/MC Yoon Jong-shin, singer Kang Dae-sung, singer Lee Hyo-ri, actor Kim Su-ro, singer Kim Jong-kook, actor Park Hae-jin, actress Park Si-yeon, actress Park Ye-jin and actor Lee Chun-hee. "Family" members Park Ye-jin and Lee Chun-hee left the show after their one-year contract ended, after 53 episodes, citing a desire to focus on their acting careers. Near the end of the series, Park Si-yeon could not continue filming the show because of a physical injury.
On November 26, 2009, it was announced that Yoo Jae-suk and Park Si-yeon would be leaving the show. It was later reported that Family Outing Season 1 will end, due to the conflicting schedules and solo activities of the members. Their last episodes aired in February, 2010 with the show returning for a second season, with a new concept, production team and cast. All the original Family members reunited for the last three episodes, including a special reunion awards episode.
|Name||Joined the show / Left the show||Character|
|Yoo Jae-suk||June 2008 / February 2010||
The main host or MC of the show, plays a major role for the "Wake-Up Mission" on the second day morning, as well as during games. He is also called the Grasshopper, the 'Dumb' brother from the Dumb and Dumber pairing with Daesung and as part of the Nation Siblings with Hyori. Jaesuk is oftentimes talkative, relying on his quick wit for observational humor, and excels at articulating emotions and situational context, such as game rules to audiences. Jaesuk, along with Daesung, is easily scared in uncertain or foreign circumstances. Jaesuk oftentimes submits to stronger characters such as Hyori or Jongkook during conflict with self-deprecating humor, while occasionally exerting himself against weaker opponents such as Jongshin.
|Lee Hyo-ri||June 2008 / February 2010||
The "female master" of the show and occasional MC. The Nation's Fairy plays the role of the person who typically admonishes the other male Family members, particularly during cooking mishaps; a sound effect of cats screeching is frequently used during such situations. At the same time, Hyori often exhibits willingness to open herself to humiliation, whether being teased (for tendencies like alcohol or facial bloating) and during physical games. Hyori describes her nonchalance as "cool like that." She is called the 'mom' or 'madam', Former Fairy, and Nation Siblings with Yoo Jae-suk. She also has a cat-dog relationship with Kim Jong-kook, while also frequently paired together with him for love lines (fictional romance).
|Yoon Jong-shin||June 2008 / February 2010||
The old man of the show, he always needs the care and attention of the rest of the family members. He is viewed as the best at "making the seasoning" for cooking on the show with the addition ramen noodle powder to soups. He is often called sickly, old man, and Forty Brothers with Kim Su-ro. Yongshin is usually seen as the least physically gifted and thus last chosen for physical competitions, but exists as a strong competitor for oral battles involving wit. When failing at games or exhibiting foolish, an "old man" accordion musical piece (Dream Of Youth - A Dirty Carnival OST) is often played.
|Kim Su-ro||June 2008 / February 2010||
The Game Devil of the show for his strong physical performances. He is very mentally sharp, relying on his wit to pick on Chunhee, acquiring the title Stepmother Kim for constantly tasking Chunhee with chores. Due to his occasional childish and playful antics, he gained the title Little Boy Su-ro. He is occasionally known as "Fortune Teller Su-ro", especially when he wears a hanbok. Sooro is one of the more strong and athletic family members when participating in games, leading to the use of the Imperial March theme song.
|Kang Dae-sung||June 2008 / February 2010||
Far from his national-idol-Big Bang image, the youngest of the family members assists Yoo Jae-suk in gags and is seen as a younger brother to him. He's called the 'Dumber' brother with Yoo Jae-suk's Dumb and Dumber, as his IQ is revealed to be among the lowest in the family. He is also called Small Eye Brothers with Kim Jong-kook. Daesung is shown to be easily intimidated and shy, particularly by group member guests. Daesung is one of the more physically gifted of the Family, being selected quickly for games and easily dancing along the newest songs discussed by the Family.
|Kim Jong-kook||November 2008 / February 2010||
Initially portrayed as a strong physical competitor, Jongkook is revealed to have poor luck and is in a perpetual "game slump". Frequently called "Kim Kook-jong" on the show when being teased by Jaesuk and Hyori. Jongkook's character evolves over the course of the series as he becomes more talkative, allowing him to exert himself over Jaesuk and Jongshin with wit and strength, particularly during chores and cooking activities. Originally having an awkward relationship with Hyori and Yejin, they later develop into "romance scandals"; Jaesuk would also frequently tease Jongkook further by including Yoon Eun-hye in the scandals. He and Daesung demonstrate a fondness for girl groups, performing several dances over the course of the series. Jongkook's close friends Cha Tae-hyun and Jang Hyuk appear multiple times on the show, sharing intimate and embarrassing stories along the way.
|Park Hae-jin||July 2009 / February 2010||
Seen as a Delicate Boy because of his poor performances in games and "Wake-Up Missions", though his first participation as a guest (in episodes 5-6) promised a good physical condition. He often retorts Jaesuk and shows both gullibility and ingenuity. He is sometimes called the unlucky man because of his constant failures during games, which he always explains otherwise, having a substantial stock of justifications. Soo-Ro confirmed that Hae-Jin may be even more clumsy than Chun-Hee. He is occasionally coached by Jong-Kook to develop strength.
|The following were also cast but left the show earlier because of personal reasons.|
|Lee Chun-hee||June 2008 / June 2009||
Inhabiting the image of Chunderella and Clumsy Chun-hee, he originally appeared to be a strong player, but was later determined to be naive and clumsy. Consequently, his theme music was frequently played during his moments of incompetence (Childhood Memories, Once Upon a Time in America theme). He is constantly picked on by Sooro, his senior from acting school, despite his futile attempts to "rebel" from time to time. (See: Stepmother Kim and Chunderella). He follows stepmother Kim Soo-ro's footsteps upon the arrival of guest Lee Jun-ki, a junior from university, by bossing him around. Chunhee is revealed to have a high IQ and to have been contacted by Mensa. He is also the only member who possesses a scuba-diving license. Chunhee expresses his adoration for multiple female guests who join the show such as Taeyeon and Son Dam-bi, without reciprocation.
|Park Ye-jin||June 2008 / June 2009||
Originally seeming as a pleasant, demure ladylike figure, she later showed her true colors as the Sweet and Vicious or Sweet and Savage Miss Ye-jin through her no-nonsense and tenacious ways in preparing fish and chickens for meals, as well as her bravery towards capturing them. Yejin maintained a strong rapport with Hyori as they ranked the Family men for sleep positioning; when female guests appeared, they banded together as the two were cast off as the undesirable "older sisters". She was known for expressing joy and excitement with her high pitch nasal screeching. . Yejin demonstrated her mental fortitude when admonishing Jaesuk during food preparation and her physical acumen in battling and hair-pulling against the strongest of competitors. The love scandal between Yejin and Jongkook was further heightened when they filmed a music video together.
|Park Si-yeon||July 2009 / December 2009||
Giving the image of a City Girl, she has become close with Hyori on the show. She is referred to as of the Park Siblings with Park Haejin. She left the show after 6 months due to health issues/injuries to her back that took place during a drama shoot in 2007. Siyeon did not develop a strong presence over the course of her tenure on the show.
|Relationship[nb 1]||Members||Details||First Seen|
||Yoo Jae-suk, Lee Hyo-ri||
Nation's MC Yoo Jae-suk, and Nation's Female Idol or Nation's Fairy Lee Hyo-ri, when together give the image of brother and sister. They eventually won the Daesang at the 2009 SBS Entertainment Awards for their work as a dynamic duo.
||Yoon Jong-shin, Kim Su-ro, Yoo Jae-suk||
As oldest members of the family, they are seen as the The Elders. Yoon Jong-shin was the oldest at 41, Kim Su-ro was 40, Yoo Jae-suk was 37.
|Episode 18 - The Elders Breakfast Preparation|
||Yoo Jae-suk, Kang Dae-sung||
As the very first breakfast pair, Dae-sung and Yoo Jae-suk had trouble with measuring the water for cooking ramen. As said in the episode, you can't help but call them "dumb and dumber". Yoo Jae-suk is referred to as "Dumb" and Dae Sung as "Dumber". It was later shown in one of the nighttime games that Yoo Jae-suk has an IQ of 114 and Dae-sung has an IQ of 110.
|Episode 2 - Dumb and Dumber Breakfast Preparation|
||Yoon Jong-shin, Lee Hyo-ri||
The pair plays the role as a rich couple Madam Lee and Chairman Yoon. Yoon Jong-shin seems to act naturally but Lee Hyo-ri seems to dislike her role.
|Episode 11 - Making of Raspberry Wine|
||Kim Su-ro, Lee Chun-hee||
During the 7 Step Running Game, Lee Chun-hee lost in a bet against Kim Su-ro. The bet was if Lee Chun-hee wins Kim Su-ro will stop with the ordering around but if Kim Su-ro wins Lee Chun-hee must immediately follow his orders. Kim Su-ro is the senior of Lee Chun-hee from university, as well as in acting. When Lee Chun-hee is asked to perform a task, he naturally does so. Lee Chun-hee attempts slight revenges but usually fails.
|Episode 3 - 7 Step Running Game|
||Lee Hyo-ri, Park Ye-jin||
As the only two female cast members at the time, the two needed to stick together against the men. Generally they treat each other well, but during games or voting for where to sleep, they "fight till death".
|Episode 10 - During the "Metal Arch" Game.|
||Lee Chun-hee, Lee Hyo-ri||
The only two members of the family who were born in 1979 before Park Si-yeon's arrival. Lee Chun-hee attempted to dominate Lee Hyo-ri but proves to be difficult.
|Episode 10 - Breakfast Preparation|
||Lee Hyo-ri, Park Ye-jin, Kim Jong-kook||
For Lee Hyo-ri and Kim Jong-kook they are known as the awkward couple. For Park Ye-jin and Kim Jong-kook they are known as the Fake Scandal couple.
||Yoon Jong-shin, Kim Su-ro||
By 2009, when Kim Su-ro turned 40, he was referred to as thus. Through the role as Forty Brothers, the two finally referred each other as "brother" after 7 months of filming in an awkward stance.
|Episode 32 - Dinner Preparation|
||Kim Jong-kook, Dae-sung||
The two have similarly small eyes. Kim Jong-kook has used Dae-sung to help him improve his relationship with the women of the family.
|Episode 25 - Dinner Preparation|
||Kim Jong-kook, Yoo Jae-suk||
Yoo Jae-suk often provokes and teases Kim Jong-kook during games, resulting in Kim Jong-kook lashing out to him. This makes Yoo Jae-suk (and sometimes Yoon Jong-shin) to seek revenge and sees Kim Jong-kook as a game rival, however often ended up getting beaten up by Kim Jong-kook.
|Episode 46 - Get on top of the rice straw Game|
||Park Si-yeon, Park Hae-jin||
The two both have the last name "Park" and are coincidentally from Busan. When the two are together, they speak in the Busan dialect.
|Episode 54 - Hidden Camera Welcoming Prank|
||Lee Hyo-ri, Park Si-yeon||
After Lee Chun-hee left, Lee Hyo-ri and Park Si-yeon are the only two members in the family born in 1979. At first they were not great friends, but has created a bond throughout the show. When it comes to games, it seems that Lee Hyo-ri overpowers the timid Park Si-yeon.
||Park Hae-jin, Yoon Jong-shin||
Both Park Hae-jin and Yoon Jong-shin are seen as the "weak" members of the family with Yoon Jong-shin being the eldest and having health issues, and Park Hae-jin's image as a delicate boy.
Guest stars were featured in most Family Outing episodes, typically participating in the filming of the two-episode arc alongside the permanent cast members. In the Christmas special, the X-files (Un-aired footage) were aired, with the guest stars, Seo In-young (Jewelry) and Park Jin-young, featured over a span of three episodes.
Guests were varied and included many of South Korea's most popular music idols (Big Bang, Girls' Generation, TVXQ), actors (Cha Tae-hyun, Cha Seung-won, Ha Ji-won), athletes (Chu Sung-hoon), and comedians (Ji Sang-ryeol)
Airing as a Lunar New Year special and the finale of Season 1, awards were given in five different categories to members of the family, as well as a product distinct to one of the villages the Family visited. The awards were: Friendship Award, Strength Award, Idiot Award, Pitiful Award, and Repulsive Award. Reminiscing clips from previous shows aired as well. All members of the family were present for this special occasion.
The following are the nominees for each category (The winner is bolded):
The family recorded a song, titled 패밀리의 하루 (Family Day), on the episode of April 12, 2009. The music was written by Yoon Jong-Shin, whereas the lyrics were written by the entire family, and feature many of the events that have happened in the family. The digital single was released on June 8, 2009.
- 패밀리의 하루 (Family Day)
- Lyrics : Yoo Jae-suk, Lee Hyo-ri, Yoon Jong-shin, Kim Su-ro, Lee Chun-hee, Park Ye-jin, Kang Dae-sung, Kim Jong-kook / Music : Yoon Jong-shin / Performed by : Yoo Jae-suk, Lee Hyo-ri, Yoon Jong-shin, Kim Su-ro, Lee Chun-hee, Park Ye-jin, Kang Dae-sung, Kim Jong-kook
- 패밀리의 하루 (Family Day) (Soft Version)
- 패밀리의 하루 (Family Day) (Instrumental)
In the ratings below, the highest rating for the show will in be red, and the lowest rating for the show will be in blue.
Awards and nominations
|2008||SBS Entertainment Awards||Daesang (Grand Prize)||Yoo Jae-suk||Won|
|Excellence Award, Program||Family Outing||Won|
|Popularity Award||Lee Chun-hee||Won|
|PD Award||Kim Su-ro||Won|
|Best Writer||Lee Mi-sun||Won|
|2009||SBS Entertainment Awards||Daesang (Grand Prize)||Yoo Jae-suk||Won|
|Popularity Award||Lee Hyo-ri||Won|
|Best Teamwork||Family Outing||Won|
- These are all as-seen on-air and are considered official relationships.
- This rating is the rating of Good Sunday and therefore includes all corner programs.
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