Qualifications of Men

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Qualifications of Men
Also known as Man's Qualification
Qualifying Men
The Qualities of a Man
To Be a Man
Who Is the Man
What Makes a Man
Genre Reality television
Written by Lee Woo-jung[1]
Directed by Lee Hwang-seok
Starring Lee Kyung-kyu
Kim Gook-jin
Kim Tae-won
Lee Yoon-seok
Kim Jun-ho
Joo Sang-wook
Yoon Hyung-bin
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 205
Producer(s) Han Kyung-cheon
Running time approx. 60-70 minutes
Production company(s) Hoon Media Corporation[2]
Vision Productions
Original network KBS2
Picture format HD (beginning May 23, 2010)
Audio format Stereo
Original release March 29, 2009 (2009-03-29) – April 7, 2013 (2013-04-07)
Related shows Happy Sunday
External links
Website www.kbs.co.kr/2tv/enter/happysunday/

Qualifications of Men (Hangul남자의 자격; abbreviated as 남격) was a Korean reality-variety show that aired on KBS2 from March 29, 2009 to April 7, 2013 as one of two segments in Happy Sunday.

Subtitled "101 Things a Man Must Do Before He Dies," the show involved a group of male celebrities of different ages and personalities who take on missions that would make them a "real man." The missions range from physical to emotional, and they meet and learn skills from many mentors in different areas.[3]





  • Episode 1 ~ 3 (Marry twice, Anti-smoking education) : Lee Oi-soo
  • Episode 4 ~ 5, 10 (Going to an army twice, Tears) : Nam Jin
  • Episode 6 ~ 7 (Nursing a child) : Park Sa-rang
  • Episode 12 (Debating) : Kim Sung-soo
  • Episode 13 ~ 14 (Knowledge) : Park Jee-seon
  • Episode 15 (Paragliding) : Kwon Chang-jin
  • Episode 17 ~ 18 (Creating an UCC) : Yoo Se-yoon, 2PM
  • Episode 18 ~ 19 (Bicycle trip) : Yoo Se-yoon
  • Episode 22 (Wakeboarding) : Lee Kyung-kyu
  • Episode 47, 56, 67 ~ 68 (Making a band) : Kim Tae-won
  • Episode 63 ~ 65, 70 ~ 74 (Choir) : Kolleen Park[6]
  • Episode 93, 121, 135 (Tap dance) : Tap trainer Lee Jung-kwon

5 major plans[edit]


  • Hiking Jirisan (completed)
  • Get licenses (completed)
  • Backpacking (Delayed to 2011)
  • Forming a Band (completed)
  • Watching the World Cup (completed)


  • Backpacking (May 16 ~ 26, West Australia, completed)
  • Having a new hobby (Tap Dancing completed)
  • Creating a short film (completed)
  • Samul nori (completed)
  • Becoming a CEO (completed)


As part of Happy Sunday, Qualifications of Men replaced the second season of Immortal Music Classics in late March 2009. In the early episodes, the cast joked that their primary aim was not to disturb the ratings of sister segment 2 Days & 1 Night.

The original cast included the main MC Lee Kyung-kyu, who made his comeback into the Korean TV industry with this show; Kim Gook-jin, a comedian who previously attempted to become a professional golfer; Kim Tae-won, leader of the legendary rock-ballad band Boohwal; Lee Yoon-seok, a comedian known for his doctor's degree and conversely his ridiculously weak strength (though since joining the show, Kim Tae-won took over his title of "Weakling of the nation"); Yoon Hyung-bin, a comedian from the show Gag Concert; and actors Lee Jung-jin and Kim Sung-min.

The cast went through a variety of physically and emotionally taxing missions, usually spanning over 24 hours, performing the likes of serving mandatory military service again, crying, becoming employees of random companies, not smoking for a day, wake-boarding, singing in a choir, participating in an amusement park parade show, and forming an amateur band. The most memorable moment for the program was when 2 of the members (Kim Gook-jin and Kim Sung-min) was selected as a guest for the United States Air Force Thunderbirds Acrobatic Team, during their 2009 Far East Tour at Osan Air Base, in South Korea. For the Choir episodes, both of the Choir teams won awards (with guest Kolleen Park and Kim Tae-won as conductors).

In late 2010, Kim Sung-min was dropped from the program after being arrested for drug use. He was sentenced to 2 years and 6 months in prison for meth use and smuggling, suspended for 4 years.[7]

On April 10, 2011, Korean baseball legend Yang Joon-hyuk (he currently holds the records for home runs, RBI, and best batting average) made his debut as a member of the show.

On May 8, 2011, Lee Jung-jin appeared in his final episode and Jun Hyun-moo became the newest and 7th member of the show. Jun is a KBS news announcer and reporter known for his variety and comedic skills (particularly for his parody of SHINee's "Lucifer" dance).

On July 31, 2012, Yang Joon-hyuk and Jun Hyun-moo left the show, and 2 new members—actor Joo Sang-wook and Gag Concert comedian Kim Jun-ho—joined the crew.[8]

Qualifications of Men initially maintained good ratings; in 2009, it placed second among the most viewed Sunday night programs for 16 weeks with more than 30% viewership ratings.[9] But after four years on air, ratings dropped, until it was overtaken in popularity by MBC's Dad! Where Are We Going?, which premiered in 2013.[10] KBS cancelled the show, and it aired its last episode on April 7, 2013.[11] With its cancellation, the show's raison d'être was unfinished, with the program coming to a close before the cast members were able to finish filling out the list of 101 things, only getting up to #94.[12]

Broadcasting times[edit]


Year Award Category Recipient Ref
2009 8th KBS Entertainment Awards Top Entertainer Award Kim Sung-min
Kim Tae-won
Viewer's Choice Program Happy Sunday
2010 1st Company Band Festival Bronze (4th place) Qualifications of Men
7th Geoje National Choir Competition Participation Award
47th Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union General Assembly Entertainment Award
17th Korean Entertainment Art Awards Top Excellence Award for Variety Show
Korea Communications Standards Commission Program of the Month (September)
Korea Content Awards Minister's Award, Arts category
방송인상 Special Award
9th KBS Entertainment Awards Special Merit Award Kolleen Park [14]
Viewer's Choice Program Happy Sunday
Grand Prize (Daesang) Lee Kyung-kyu
2011 Korean PD Awards Best Program, TV Variety Show category Qualifications of Men
1st KBS National Choir Festival: The Harmony Silver
Korean Advertisers Association Awards Good Program, Variety Show category
Korea Tap Festival Popularity Award
Korea Communications Standards Commission Program of the Month (October)
10th KBS Entertainment Awards Special Merit Award Kim Tae-won [15][16]
Best Newcomer in a Variety Show Yang Joon-hyuk
Top Entertainer Award Jun Hyun-moo
KBS 감동대상 Grand Prize (Daesang) Qualifications of Men
2012 17th Busan Choral Festival & Competition Silver, Pop category
11th KBS Entertainment Awards Best Teamwork
Best Newcomer in a Variety Show Joo Sang-wook


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  2. ^ "SM Entertainment’s broadcast sector, SM C&C (Culture and Contents), has acquired another company, Hoon Media. Hoon Media is led by Producer Lee Hoon Hee and is the production company behind popular KBS shows such as “1 vs 100“, “Heroines 6“, “Qualifications of Men“, and “Music Bank”.(Soompi: SM Expands Company Through Joint Ventures and Mergers)
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