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Knowing Bros
Ask Us Anything poster.jpg
Knowing Bros poster (prior to episode 6)
Also known as Ask Us Anything
Men on a Mission
Brother That I Know
Genre Reality television
Written by
  • Jeong Yun-hui
  • Yoo Ji-hui
  • Hwang Seon-yeong
  • Choi Ji-yeong
  • Lee Ji-yeong
  • Jeon Min-hee
  • Kim Yeo-won[1]
Directed by
  • Kim Soo-ah
  • Jeong Seung-il
  • Yun Yeo-jun
  • Mun Min-jeong
  • Go Hye-jin
  • Heo Seo-mun[1]
Creative director(s) Jo Seung-wook [1]
Starring
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 141 (as of August 18, 2018) (list of episodes)
Production
Running time 60-110 minutes
Production company(s) SM C&C
Distributor JTBC
Release
Original network JTBC
Original release December 5, 2015 (2015-12-05) – present
External links
Website
Korean name
Hangul 아는 형님
Hanja 아는
Revised Romanization Aneun Hyeongnim
McCune–Reischauer Anŭn Hyŏngnim

Knowing Bros (Hangul아는 형님; RRAneun Hyeongnim), also known as Men on a Mission or Ask Us Anything ,[2][3] is a South Korean television entertainment program distributed by JTBC.


Format[edit]

Brother School[edit]

The current format (from episode 17) explores the high school concept where the cast members act as students in a classroom while the guests would come as newly transferred students. Most of the segments for this format portrays activities that every student would do with their classmates. Subsequently, the program would sometimes diversify at the end with a segment outside of the school concept. This format has received praise from the viewers which led to significant increase in ratings and popularity of the program after several episodes have aired.

There are at least two permanent segments, which has defined the Brother School format:

  • Entrance Application – a segment where the guests filled an application form beforehand in which one of the cast members would read and the others would comment on them. A highlight of this segment is the guests preference on which cast members they would like or would not like to sit next to them.
  • Guess About Me – a segment where the guests had prepared several questions related to themselves. Some of the questions are vague or extremely private in which the guests had never revealed to the public.

The episodes may also feature either of the following segments, usually within, in between, or following the above permanent segments:

  • Second Period – a segment which usually comes after the permanent segments and varies between guests. In most cases, the guests made suggestions on the activities for this segment. It varies from counselling sessions, art class and physical education class.
  • Let's Play – a short segment when the guests would challenge the cast members on a game, which the former are confident in winning, usually by unorthodox means such as on-the-spot rules. The guests usually end it in a challenge where they need to defeat every cast members consecutively.
  • Three No's (No Concept, No Basis, No Script) – a segment which revolves around an ad-libbed skit where the cast members and guests were not given any dialogue or definite story line. They can only rely on the overall theme of the particular week's skit and their own comedic timing.
  • Music Class (Songstagram) – a segment where the guests had created a list of songs with a specific theme of their preference. The segment focused on the cast members' effort in guessing all of them in the correct order. Hints, such as date of release, characteristics, or "Jonghyun's game" as it was introduced in ep. 29 by the late Jonghyun (Shinee), wherein the beginning syllable/note of a verse is given with its rhythm) are used to help the members.
  • Lee Sang-min Time – formally introduced in ep. 56 and formerly called Choose Your Type, it is a short segment wherein the guests (usually the females) are briefed by Lee Sang-min to choose any of the cast members (plus any accompanying male guest) as their ideal partner. The specifications are that all members are "equal" in terms of legal, socioeconomic, & civil statuses; and that the choice is based only on their physical appearances and personalities.
  • Dancestagram – formally introduced in ep. 57 by Chanmi (AOA), but in an episode with Psy it became a segment where PD play the beginning syllable/note of a song and they have to guess the title, lyrics and dance move.
  • 99 Seconds Teamwork Competition – a segment which often used when a large group of people were guests on the program, such as idol groups. The segment varies each episode in terms of missions, but the members team and the guests must complete them within 99 seconds. If a team managed to complete them, the other team is given a chance to produce a better time record.
  • Classical Culture Class - a segment is all about pop culture references to forgotten decades.
  • Imagination Time - a segment which starts with a warm up, like drawing something from shapes, and guessing lip-synced words. The highlight of "Imagination Time" (Hangul: 상상력 시간) is Guess the Drama Line, the members and guests have to guess what is the next line of the scene from a drama shown to them.

A notable aspect of the show is the usage of the banmal (Hangul: 반말; "informal language") manner of speech used by everyone regardless of their age or seniority, thus disregarding the Korean language's strict seniority rules with spoken language and the sunbaehoobae hierarchy in the Korean entertainment industry. The informal speech and casual setting also encourages the guests and cast to interact with each other as schoolmates often do, leading them to be comfortable enough to tease one another.

Special Episodes[edit]

These episodes do not follow the Brother School format.

Episode(s) Name Guest(s)
23 Never-ending audition – Knowing Girls I.O.I
34 Brothers Club VS Sisters Club Lovelyz
44 Girl Group Laboratory DIA
51 Duet Project – Universe Cowards Momo (Twice)
59 Ultimate high school matchup Cosmic Girls
71 Promise fulfillment for achieved 5% ratings -
107, 108 Question Solving Picnic Oh My Girl
114, 115 Knowing Bros Music Video Battle Song Eun-yi, Yoo Se-yoon, Hong Jin-young

Previous[edit]

Name Episode(s) Notes
Ask Us Anything 1 - 13, 107 - 108 It was a concept where viewers were able to solve the questions posted on the bulletin board in a way that the cast members could use through the contest.
Mental Victory Battle 14 - 16 It was a Talk/Game Show. It seemed to have emerged under the judgment that stable format was needed by calling two entertainers candidates who need mental victory and to play a logical confrontation and to select a winner. Because of this, it was impossible to escape the criticism that the old freshness disappeared and became a cliché. In one of the segments, they would begin with the "esteem up and down", PD show picture and guest should thumbs up or down then they explain their reason. After listening, host press the button for the person who has a better psych.

Presenters[edit]

Cast[edit]

The program's original cast consisted of Kang Ho-dong, Lee Soo-geun, Seo Jang-hoon, Kim Young-chul, Kim Hee-chul, Hwang Chi-yeul and Kim Se-hwang.[4][5] Min Kyung-hoon was added to the cast formation on the second episode aired on December 12, 2015. Hwang Chi-yeul and Kim Se-hwang left the program after the seventh episode aired on January 16, 2016. Lee Sang-min joined the program as the newest addition to the cast on March 5, 2016.

Current cast[edit]

Name Nickname(s) Duration Notes
Kang Ho-dong
강호동
Brother School Captain (아형고 통)
Oldest Brother (옛날 형님, 큰형님)
Bat (박쥐)
Fat Bat (뚱박)
Harley Dong (할리동)
Tom (톰)
Face Genius (얼굴천재)
Crockery (장독대)
Vocal Genius (음악천재, 음천)
Pig (돼지)
Okja (옥자)
Ep. 1 – present The oldest and strongest member of the cast, who is known for his outdated comedic sense.[6][7] He is a highly decorated former Ssireum athlete, who managed to receive many awards throughout his professional career. The cast members often tease his friendly rivalry as an MC with Yoo Jae-suk, the "Nation's MC", and has the highest appearance fee out of the members due to his seniority in the industry.[8][9][10] After defeated Seo Jang-hoon in the battle of looks, he acquired a nickname “Face Genius” (얼굴천재) from Oh My Girl member, Seunghee[11]

His main theme song is "Love Theme from the Godfather" by Nino Rota from the film The Godfather; and occasionally a variation of "The Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme)", usually by Japanese group Kuricorder Quartet.

Lee Soo-geun
이수근
Dwarf Village Chief (소인마을 이장)
Smurf (스머프)
Ace (에이스)
God of Improvisation (콩트의 신)
Kang Ho-dong's right-hand man (강호동의 오른팔)
True Embodiment of Knowing Bros (사실상 아는 형님의 전신)
Recreation Manager (오락 부장)
Ep. 1 – present He is known as the right-hand man of Kang Ho-dong and the class clown of the program. He is responsible for reading the Entrance Application on new students. The cast members often tease his previous gambling scandal that caused him to resign from any TV activities for a couple of years.[12][13]

His main theme song is "All In Theme (Orchestra Version)" from the 2003 South Korean drama All In; and occasionally "Public Enemy" (공공의 적) by Jo Yeong-wook from the 2002 South Korean film of the same name, "You Be Illin'" by hip hop group Run-DMC, and "La La Song" by Hoyt Curtin from the animated television series The Smurfs.

Kim Hee-chul
김희철
Psycho (돌I, 돌+아이; the actual spelling being an insult as well as a swear word)
Psycho Brother (돌I 형)
Universe Big Star (우주대스타)
TV Maniac (TV 덕후)
Mr. Kim Stop-It (김 그만 하라고 씨)
Kim Hee-mi (김희미)
King of Seriousness (정색왕)
Human Jukebox (인간 주크박스)
Music Master (가요박사)
Music Search Engine (음악 검색기)
Impersonation Machine (모창 머신)
Kangwon-do Representative (강원도 대표)
Knowing Bros/Brother School's Anti-Smoking Honorary Ambassador (아는형님/아형고의 금연 홍보대사)
Ace of Jokes (드립 에이스)
Zoruzima Master (조르지마 전도사)
Ep. 1 – present The craziest member of the cast, who is known for his blunt and straightforward comments, which he would try to tamp down when long-time acquaintances are guests of the program.[14][15] He is teased for entering the classroom while rubbing his hands and having "magnets" in his leg due to his car accident in 2006. He is also known as the anti-smoking ambassador, who used to smoke during his youth but quit to let others know the harmful effects of smoking, and was the first of the group to do so (He and Kang Ho Dong have quit smoking and Kim Young-Chul is a non-smoker). He becomes a transfer student (guest) when he is promoting with Super Junior.

His main theme songs are "Sorry, Sorry" and "Mr. Simple", both by his group Super Junior.

Seo Jang-hoon
서장훈
207 centimeter Giant (207CM 거인)
Giant/Titan (거인)
Symbol of Break-ups (이별의 상징/아이콘, 헤어짐의 아이콘)
Epitome of Legal Separation (법적 이별계의 독보저 존재)
Seo Ph.D, Break-up Expert (이별 전문 서박사, 이별 서장훈 선생)
Honorary Ambassador on Divorce (이혼 홍보대사)
Ssamja's Father (쌈자 아비)
Landlord (건물주)
Worth $600 million (6천억)
Fact Bomber (팩트 폭격기)
Big Bat (장박)
Class President Seo (반장님, 서 반장)
Dream Breaker (드림 브레이커)
Ex-son-in-law (훈 서방)
Chatterbox (수다쟁이)
Genius (천재)
Seogolas (서골라스)
Gold spoon class (금수저)
Settlement Expert (합의 전문가)
Pillar (기동)
Utility Pole (전봇대)
Acting Genius (연기천재)
Leonardo SeoCaprio (리오나르도 서카프리오)
Ep. 1 – present A former center of the Korean Basketball League, he is the tallest member of the cast. Often teased about his height (at 207 cm, roughly 6 feet 9 inches), wealth, high-profile divorce and bad physical health; having close guesses in "Guess About Me", only to be robbed at the last minute, but when he gets it right, he would walk from the corner to the high-boom camera on the other corner of the room, often with a baseball bat, then switching partners.

His main theme song is "The Last Match" (마지막 승부) by South Korean singer Kim Min-gyo, theme song of the 1994 South Korean drama of the same name; and occasionally "Scars" (상처만) by South Korean singer BOIS from the 2010 South Korean drama Secret Garden, and "Rainism" by South Korean singer Rain.

Kim Young-chul
김영철
The one whose seat is always taken away (맨날 자리 뺏기는 애)
Noisy Brother (시끄러운 형)
D.a.n.g Boss (당갑, DANG甲)
Least-Funny Icon (노잼의 아이콘)
The unfunny one (재미없는 애, 안 웃기는 애)
Talent Breaker (개인기 브레이커)
Comrade Kim Yong-chol (김영철 동무)
Invisible Man (투명인간)
Wallflower (병풍)
Comedian, Not Canadian
Ep. 1 – present The least funny member of the cast, who is known for his promise to leave the program once it passed the 5% viewership ratings.[16][17] He is also the most fluent English speaker, touted as the most fluent English-speaking Korean comedian, but his English jokes are also considered unfunny only because nobody else can fully understand him.

Occasionally "Gone Not Around Any Longer" (있다 없으니까) by South Korean duo SISTAR19 is his theme song, as well as his own song "Ring Ring" (따르릉); his North Korean theme songs include "Greetings" (반갑습니다) by North Korean singer Ri Kyong-suk (리경숙), & "Whistle" (휘파람) by North Korean singer Jon Hye-yong (전혜영).

Min Kyung-hoon
민경훈
Ssamja (쌈자)
Min Ssamja (민쌈자)
Ssamgu (쌈구)
Youngest Brother (막내)
4D Brother (4차원 동생)
Pervert (음란, 음란마귀)
Trash (쓰레기, 쓰레기통)
Jerry (제리)
Slug (민달팽이)
Kang Ho-dong Sniper (강호동 저격수)
Homebody (집순이)
Limbo King (림경훈)
Bad Acting Boss (발연기甲)
Ep. 2 – present The youngest member of the cast, sometimes being called Janghoon's son, who is known for his mature comments and risqué thoughts and rebellious attitudes toward Kang Ho-dong, the oldest member of the show.[18] He is the vocalist of rock band Buzz, but was often teased for his head voice and exaggerated amount of vibrato. Known to be the worst dancer among the brothers for his lack of bodily rhythm and the least knowledgeable when it comes to names in the entertainment business, it’s been made a joke that one is only really famous if Kyung Hoon knows that person. Many celebrities, specifically idols, therefore ask him if he knows who they are. He is also the most agile of the members because he was trained in martial arts since elementary school.

His main theme songs are from his group Buzz, usually "Thorn" (가시), "Coward" (겁쟁이), & "Reds Go Together"; and occasionally "Careless Whisper" by George Michael, and "Sweet Dream" (나비잠) by both Kyung-hoon and Hee-chul.

Lee Sang-min
이상민
The sad one (안쓰러운 애)
God of Music (음악의 신)
Debtor (채무자, 빚쟁이)
Good Wife, Wise Mother (현모양처)
Kang Ho-dong's left-hand man (강호동의 왼팔)
Roo'ra's Honorary Ambassador (룰라 홍보대사)
Bachelor (총각)
Ep. 14 – present He is often teased for his divorced status and infamously huge financial debt.[12][13] Due to this, he frequently gives honest advice towards young idol singers. He was a successful songwriter and record producer, specializing mostly in hip-hop and dance music, and he did have a muscular body because he managed to lose 22kg.[19] His nickname was given by Lee Soo-geun, which is an abbreviation of "his current situation is miserable", a reference to him being in debt (Hangul모양량하다; RRhyeonjae moyang'i cheoryanghada).[20] In 2018, after he has finally paid off his debts, he was able to apply for a low-limit credit card for the first time in 13 years, and bought Iced Americano for the other members, as his credit rating went from Grade 10 (the worst) to Grade 6.[21]

His main theme song is the ending song of the South Korean documentary program Screening Humanity; and occasionally "1997 Spring" from the 2001 Japanese film Calmi Cuori Appassionati, as well as "Cries and Whispers" from the 2003 South Korean film Oldboy.

Former cast[edit]

Name Nickname(s) Duration Notes
Hwang Chi-yeul Kang Ho-dong's rising right-hand man (강호동의 신흥 오른팔) Ep. 1 – 6 (regular)
Ep. 32, 80 (guest)
Kim Se-hwang Folding screen (병풍) Ep. 1 – 7 He is the lead guitarist of rock band N.EX.T, and is known as the one of the top three guitarists of South Korea.

Timeline[edit]

Guests with the most appearances[edit]

The program sometimes invited a guest over multiple episodes due to their popularity or memorable performance in an episode. For idol groups, a member could appear in an episode by themselves and appear in another episode as part of their respective group.

Position Name No. of episodes Episodes Occupation
1 Jang Sung-kyu 33 11, 23, 33, 42, 44, 46, 53, 57, 59, 61, 66, 73, 74
76, 77, 81, 82, 85, 90, 94–96, 100, 106, 110-112, 114, 128, 130, 136, 138, 141
JTBC news anchor[22]
2 Shindong (Super Junior) 9 62, 100, 114-115, 118, 132, 134, 137, 139 Singer
3 Hong Jin-young 8 17, 41-42, 60, 95-96, 114-115
4 Park Mi-sun 7 10, 41-42, 60, 95-96, 115 Comedian
Jo Hye-ryun

List of episodes[edit]

Series overview
Year Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
2015 4 December 5, 2015 (December 5, 2015) December 26, 2015 (December 26, 2015)
2016 52 January 2, 2016 (January 2, 2016) December 24, 2016 (December 24, 2016)
2017 52 January 7, 2017 (January 7, 2017) December 30, 2017 (December 30, 2017)
2018 TBA January 6, 2018 (January 6, 2018) TBA

List of guests[edit]

Many guests have taken part in Knowing Bros. The following is a compilation of guests and the number of times they have been on the show.

Ratings[edit]

In the ratings below, the highest rating for the show will be in red, and the lowest rating for the show will be in blue each year.

2015[edit]

List of ratings (episode 1–4)
Ep. # Broadcast date Average audience share
AGB Nielsen [23] TNmS Ratings [24]
Nationwide Seoul Capital Area Nationwide
1 December 5 1.809% NR 1.7%
2 December 12 1.140% 1.0%
3 December 19 1.548% 1.2%
4 December 26 1.405% 1.1%

2016[edit]

List of ratings (episode 5–56)
Ep. # Broadcast date Average audience share
AGB Nielsen[23] TNmS Ratings[24]
Nationwide Seoul Capital Area Nationwide
5 January 2 1.169% NR 0.7%
6 January 9 1.149% 0.9%
7 January 16 1.359% 1.2%
8 January 23 1.915% 1.6%
9 January 30 1.344% 1.2%
10 February 6 1.708% 1.2%
11 February 13 1.855% 1.4%
12 February 20 1.601% 1.6%
13 February 27 1.717% 1.7%
14 March 5 1.432% 1.2%
15 March 12 1.477% 1.1%
16 March 19 1.542% 1.4%
17 March 26 1.679% 1.6%
18 April 2 1.518% 1.3%
19 April 9 1.474% 1.3%
20 April 16 1.155% 1.6%
21 April 23 1.327% 1.8%
22 April 30 1.632% 1.7%
23 May 7 2.209% 2.579% 1.9%
24 May 14 1.899% 2.172% 2.4%
25 May 21 1.917% NR 2.0%
26 May 28 1.927% 2.0%
27 June 4 2.656% 2.788% 2.3%
28 June 11 1.952% NR 2.1%
29 June 18 2.152% 2.3%
30 June 25 2.909% 3.366% 2.6%
31 July 2 3.064% 3.425% 2.5%
32 July 9 3.090% 3.353% 2.6%
33 July 16 3.728% 4.605% 3.2%
34 July 23 2.368% 2.725% 2.2%
35 July 30 3.399% 3.807% 3.1%
36 August 6 2.830% 2.989% 3.5%
37 August 13 3.099% 3.226% 3.5%
38 August 20 2.991% 3.599% 2.8%
39 August 27 2.434% NR 3.0%
40 September 3 2.890% 3.265% 3.5%
41 September 10 2.971% 3.315% 3.4%
42 September 17 2.375% NR 2.8%
43 September 24 2.597% 2.758% 3.1%
44 October 1 2.249% 2.201% 2.7%
45 October 8 3.879% 4.085% 4.3%
46 October 15 2.967% 2.956% 3.7%
47 October 22 3.107% 3.243% 3.6%
48 October 29 3.509% 3.298% 3.5%
49 November 5 3.338% 3.864% 4.5%
50 November 12 3.624% NR 4.3%
51 November 19 2.178% 2.6%
52 November 26 2.960% 4.2%
53 December 3 3.453% 3.598% 4.3%
54 December 10 3.242% 3.311% 3.7%
55 December 17 3.779% 4.004% 4.0%
56 December 24 2.870% NR 3.6%

2017[edit]

List of ratings (episode 57–108)
Ep. # Broadcast date Average audience share
AGB Nielsen[23] TNmS Ratings[24]
Nationwide Seoul Capital Area Nationwide
57 January 7 4.153% 4.341% 3.9%
58 January 14 4.800% 4.931% 6.1%
59 January 21 3.034% 2.824% 4.0%
60 January 28 3.349% 3.151% 3.5%
61 February 4 3.877% 4.114% 3.8%
62 February 11 4.246% 4.095% 4.4%
63 February 18 4.172% 3.805% 4.2%
64 February 25 3.921% 4.359% 4.1%
65 March 4 4.195% 3.956% 4.7%
66 March 11 5.333% 5.289% 5.6%
67 March 18 4.102% 3.585% 5.7%
68 March 25 4.435% 4.322% 5.8%
69 April 1 5.609% 5.597% 6.1%
70 April 8 4.328% 3.981% 5.2%
71 April 15 4.453% 3.495% 5.7%
72 April 22 5.915% 5.557% 6.1%
73 April 29 5.280% 5.442% 5.6%
74 May 6 5.307% 5.247% 6.1%
75 May 13 6.990% 7.659% 7.6%
76 May 20 4.832% 4.564% 5.4%
77 May 27 4.901% 5.331% 5.0%
78 June 3 4.303% 4.051% 5.9%
79 June 10 5.188% 5.238% 5.1%
80 June 17 4.150% 3.774% 4.9%
81 June 24 5.449% 5.456% 5.6%
82 July 1 4.618% 5.065% 5.4%
83 July 8 4.605% 4.511% 5.7%
84 July 15 4.414% 4.851% 5.6%
85 July 22 4.466% 4.399% 6.0%
86 July 29 5.218% 4.879% 5.5%
87 August 5 4.693% 4.285% 5.8%
88 August 12 6.071% 5.832% 6.7%
89 August 19 4.905% 4.567% 5.2%
90 August 26 5.065% 4.949% 5.9%
91 September 2 5.282% 5.438% 5.9%
92 September 9 4.654% 4.831% 5.4%
93 September 16 4.040% 4.089% 4.3%
94 September 23 4.414% 4.041% 5.2%
95 September 30 5.088% 4.924% 5.2%
96 October 7 4.824% 4.600% 4.7%
97 October 14 4.456% 4.608% 4.8%
98 October 21 5.688% 5.370% 6.6%
99 October 28 5.573% 6.009% 6.4%
100 November 4 5.383% 5.438% 6.4%
101 November 11 6.106% 5.935% 7.7%
102 November 18 6.498% 6.359% 6.7%
103 November 25 5.259% 5.392% 7.1%
104 December 2 5.933% 6.244% 6.8%
105 December 9 6.059% 6.059% 5.7%
106 December 16 5.689% 5.351% 6.7%
107 December 23 5.379% 5.289% 4.7%
108 December 30 4.082% 4.251% 4.3%

2018[edit]

List of ratings (episode 109– )
Ep. # Broadcast date Average audience share
AGB Nielsen[23] TNmS Ratings[24]
Nationwide Seoul Capital Area Nationwide
109 January 6 6.278% 6.490% 6.1%
110 January 13 5.572% 5.333% 6.1%
111 January 20 5.510% 5.922% 5.4%
112 January 27 5.822% 5.832% 6.8%
113 February 3 4.909% 5.159% 5.5%
114 February 10 3.670% 3.819% 3.6%
115 February 17 2.851% 2.570% 3.5%
116 February 24 2.711% 2.911% 2.5%
117 March 3 4.630% 4.748% 6.2%
118 March 10 5.658% 6.078% 5.8%
119 March 17 4.246% 4.266% 4.7%
120 March 24 5.566% 5.942% 6.3%
121 March 31 5.354% 5.648% 6.4%
122 April 7 5.306% 5.330% 5.6%
123 April 14 6.105% 6.794% 7.2%
124 April 21 6.224% 6.653% 6.5%
125 April 28 4.619% 4.939% 5.8%
126 May 5 4.981% 5.090% 5.9%
127 May 12 5.434% 5.866% 6.1%
128 May 19 5.449% 6.117% 5.9%
129 May 26 6.158% 6.747% 6.0%
130 June 2 5.204% 4.712% NR
131 June 9 5.648% 5.858%
132 June 16 4.571% 5.217%
133 June 23 5.961% 6.170%
134 June 30 5.710% 5.097%
135 July 7 5.145% 5.649%
136 July 14 4.496% 4.758%
137 July 21 4.237% 4.107%
138 July 28 4.670% 4.545%
139 August 4 4.602% 4.415%
140 August 11 5.135% 5.373%
141 August 18 4.527% 4.719%
142 August 25 % %

  • Note that the show airs on a cable channel (pay TV), which plays part in its slower uptake and relatively small audience share when compared to programs broadcast (FTA) on public networks such as KBS, SBS, MBC or EBS.
  • NR rating means "not reported". The rating is low.
  • TNmS have stopped publishing their rating report from June 2018.

Other works[edit]

Discography[edit]

Year Title Peak chart pos. Sales
[A]
Album details
KOR
Gaon

[25]
KOR Hot
[26]
2016 "Sweet Dream"
(Kim Hee-chul, Min Kyung-hoon)
1 *
2018 "Falling Blossoms"
(Kim Hee-chul, Min Kyung-hoon)
15 14 N/A
"Andenayon"
(Kim Young-chul feat. Wheesung)
85 74
"I Kicked My Luck Off"
(Kang Ho-dong, Hong Jin-young)
100 88
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.
"*" denotes the chart did not exist at that time.
  • Notes
  1. ^ Gaon Chart no longer releases download sales figures from January 2018 onwards.

Other appearances[edit]

Years Title Network Member(s) Notes Ref
2016 Fantastic Duo SBS All Cameo (episode 16) [28]
2017 My Little Old Boy All (except Kang Ho-dong) Cameo (episode 50)

Controversy[edit]

Disciplinary action[edit]

In December 2016, the program received a disciplinary action from South Korea's Broadcast Censorship Committee for using improper remarks which include objectifying female guests in multiple occasions. The committee highlighted the use of improper language between cast members, the use of homophobic remarks and specifically Min Kyung-hoon's act of giving a handcrafted bra to a female guest in one of the episodes. Besides a warning given by the committee, it is reported that the program has also received numerous complaints from viewers regarding the matter.[29]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Knowing Bros has been nominated for 6 awards, winning 8.

Year Award Category Recipients Result Ref.
2016 5th JTBC Awards
(Determined through viewers votes)
Best Entertainer Kang Ho-dong Nominated [30]
Lee Soo-geun Nominated
Kim Hee-chul Won
Best Couple Award Kim Hee-chul & Min Kyung-hoon Won
Kang Ho-dong & Lee Soo-geun Nominated
Best PD Choi Chang-soo Won
Top 3 Program Knowing Bros 2nd
2017 Korea First Brand Awards Korea's Brand of the Year Won [31]
6th Gaon Chart Music Awards Song of the Year (November) "Sweet Dream" Nominated [32]
53rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best Entertainment Program Knowing Bros Nominated [33]
9th Melon Music Awards Best Rock Song "Sweet Dream" Won [34]
2018 54th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Variety Performer – Male Seo Jang-hoon Won [35][36]
Lee Sang-min Nominated
5th Korea China Management Awards Chinese Favorite Korean Art Program Knowing bros Won [37]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ ""Men on a Mission" on JTBC Worldwide". JTBC Worldwide. Retrieved January 4, 2018. 
  3. ^ "Ask Us Anything : Jang Seo-hee, Hong Seok-cheon". OnDemandKorea. Retrieved 2018-01-14. 
  4. ^ Kim, In-young (December 3, 2015). "'아는 형님' 공식 포스터 공개, 벌써부터 풍기는 빅재미 냄새" ['Knowing Bros' official poster is released, already has a big funny smell]. IlganSports (in Korean). Retrieved September 18, 2017. 
  5. ^ Jo, In-woo (December 4, 2015). "강호동과 서장훈이 싸우면 누가 이길까, JTBC 시시콜콜 '아는형님'" [If Kang Ho-dong and Seo Jang-hoon fight, who will win?]. Newsis (in Korean). Retrieved September 18, 2017. 
  6. ^ Choi, Bo-ran; Lee, Seung-mi (June 20, 2016). "[출장토크①] 강호동 "옛날 사람? 받아들이니 마음 편해"" [[Travel Talk] Kang Ho-dong "An old man?]. The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). Retrieved September 18, 2017. 
  7. ^ Pyo, Jae-min (December 5, 2015). "'아는 형님' 강호동, 옛날 개그 지적에 울컥 "미래 진행"" ['Knowing Bros' Kang Ho-dong, an old gag at the point of "Future Progress"]. The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). Retrieved September 18, 2017. 
  8. ^ Park, Pan-seok (May 7, 2016). "'아는형님' 강호동 "김세정, 유재석 보인다..꼴보기 싫다"". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on August 15, 2017. Retrieved September 18, 2017. 
  9. ^ "[영상] '아는형님' 민경훈, 강호동에 귓속말 "난 유재석이 좋아"" [[Video] 'Knowing Bros' Min Kyung-hoon, Kang Ho-dong whisper "I like Yu Jae-seok"]. JTBC (in Korean). May 14, 2016. Retrieved September 18, 2017. 
  10. ^ Kim, Kyeong-ju (May 14, 2016). "'아는형님' 강호동, 유재석과 멀어졌다? "가끔 통화" 진땀". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on August 15, 2017. Retrieved September 18, 2017. 
  11. ^ [MBN스타 손진아 기자] ‘아는형님’ 강호동이 각종 분야의 천재로 언급되는 멤버들 사이에서 이름이 빠지자 당황했다.. Maeil Business Newspaper (in Korean). December 30, 2017. Retrieved February 3, 2018. 
  12. ^ a b Ahn, In-yong (June 24, 2016). "이혼 얘기, 도박 얘기, 그만 하시죠" [Talk about divorce, talk about gambling, stop.]. The Hankyoreh (in Korean). Retrieved September 18, 2017. 
  13. ^ a b Ahn, In-yong (June 28, 2016). "'셀프 디스' 개그는 그런 게 아니다" [That's not self-discipline]. HuffPost (in Korean). Retrieved September 18, 2017. 
  14. ^ "'아는형님' 써니, 김희철 '조카' 발언에 "발음 조심해라" 경고" ['Knowing Bros' Sunny, Kim Hee-cheol 'Nephew' remark "Be careful of pronunciation" warning]. Kyunghyang Shinmun (in Korean). May 22, 2016. Retrieved September 18, 2017. 
  15. ^ Lee, Jong-won (July 24, 2016). "'아는형님' 김희철, 멈추지 않는 '담배 조크'…'러블리즈'의 맞담배 욕구?" [Kim Hee-chul, 'Do not stop smoking' joke ... 'Lovelies' desire for a cigarette?]. Hankook Ilbo (in Korean). Retrieved September 18, 2017. 
  16. ^ "'아는형님' 김영철, 하차 공약 번복.."5%되면 모든 프로 하차"" [Kim Young-chul promised to leave ... "if the show reaches 5%"]. Naver (in Korean). July 16, 2016. Retrieved September 18, 2017. 
  17. ^ "'아는형님' 3.7% 초고 시청률 경신... 김영철 하차 어찌되나". Insight Korea (in Korean). July 17, 2016. Retrieved September 18, 2017. 
  18. ^ "[TV톡톡] 안재현·민경훈·김희철, 강호동 잡는 3대장" [[TV Talk] Ahn Jae Hyun · Min Kyung Hoon · Kim Hee Cheol, 3 giants of Kang Ho-dong]. Korea JoongAng Daily (in Korean). June 4, 2016. Archived from the original on August 11, 2017. Retrieved September 18, 2017. 
  19. ^ Ep. 35
  20. ^ Lee, Eun-bi (July 11, 2016). "이수근이 밝힌 이상민이 '현모양처'인 이유" [Lee Soo-geun revealed Lee Sang-min to be a'welfare man']. YTN (in Korean). Retrieved September 18, 2017. 
  21. ^ Ep. 139
  22. ^ Although being named as a guest, he often wishes to become a regular member. He is often cast as a teacher with an extravagant style.
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  27. ^ Cumulative sales for "Sweet Dream":
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  29. ^ Jo, Ye-bin (December 26, 2016). ""너 게이야?" JTBC '아는형님' 중징계 결정". mediatoday.co.kr. Retrieved February 6, 2016. 
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  34. ^ "2017 Melon Music Awards". Melon. Retrieved November 13, 2017. 
  35. ^ "제54회 백상예술대상, TV·영화 각 부문별 수상 후보자 공개". JTBC (in Korean). April 6, 2018. 
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