Running Man (TV series)
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||409 (as of July 15, 2018) (list of episodes)|
|Location(s)||South Korea, Thailand, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Vietnam, Australia, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Japan, Mongolia, Russia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Switzerland|
|Camera setup||Multi-camera setup|
|Running time||80–95 minutes per episode|
|Production company(s)||Urban Works Media|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Original release||July 11, 2010 – Present|
|Revised Romanization||Reonning maen|
Running Man was classified as an "urban action variety"; a genre of variety shows in an urban environment. The MCs and guests were to complete missions at a landmark to win the race. The show has since shifted to a more familiar reality-variety show concept focused on games. It has garnered attention as being the comeback program for Yoo Jae-suk, the main MC of the program, after leaving Good Sunday's Family Outing in February 2010.
The show has become popular in other parts of Asia, and has gained online popularity among Hallyu fans, having been fansubbed into various languages, such as English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Malay, Indonesian, Burmese, Arabic, Russian, and Turkish.
Since April 2017, Running Man is airing as the first part of Good Sunday at 4:50 pm KST and competing against KBS2's The Return of Superman and MBC's King of Mask Singer. Running Man previously aired at 6:25 pm KST on Sundays, as the second part of Good Sunday, competing against KBS2's 1 Night 2 Days.
- 1 Format
- 2 Personnel
- 3 List of episodes
- 4 List of guests
- 5 Reception
- 6 Ratings
- 7 Tours
- 8 Other works
- 9 Controversy
- 10 Awards and nominations
- 11 References
- 12 External links
As of episode 48, the members have taken part in a series of missions to become the winner(s) at the end of the race. Missions form the basis of Running Man as members try to avoid punishment in earlier episodes or to win prizes. Multiple missions are presented in each episode, with the highlight of Running Man being race missions. The format of the show has veered away from the "race mission + others" to "one continuous race + missions"
|1||July 11, 2010||The MCs and guests were locked in a landmark during closed hours and were required to leave before opening hours. In the first episode, they were divided into two teams and raced to find the codes hidden within the landmark that were required to unlock the main doors.
With a total of 5 numbers, after one was found, a game was played to determine which team would start first in the next race, and the losing team received a punishment while the other team was given a head start. After all the numbers had been found by either of the teams, they approached the main door and entered the code which they believed was correct. The exact team was allowed to leave the landmark while the losing team was required to complete a punishment inside the landmark.
|2–5||July 18, 2010 – August 8, 2010||The second episode to the fifth episode, both teams competed to find golden pigs filled with money that was hidden within the landmark and participated in games in the attempt to win more money. At the end of each episode, the team with the most money was declared the winner and was allowed to leave the landmark while the losing team received a punishment. The money collected by the teams was donated in the winning team's honor. Viewers could vote on the official Running Man homepage on who they believed would be the winning team, and a lucky audience who guessed correctly was allowed to have his/her name included in the donation.|
|6–10||August 15, 2010 – September 12, 2010||Episodes 6 to 10, a consistent game format was used where both teams competed to obtain the most Running Man Balls (shortened to Running Balls in future episodes). Running Balls were awarded to the team that found a ball, and were also given to individuals who won a game, who received a Running Ball of their team's color (blue or red). Each of the games and races was referred to as missions, and were as follows:
At the end of each episode, the Running Man Balls collected throughout the night were placed into a lottery machine, and the color of the first ball ejected determined the winning team for the evening. The losing team was required to commute home using public transportation while undertaking an embarrassing punishment.
|11–25||September 19, 2010 – January 9, 2011||As of the eleventh episode, the Running Man members and guests were no longer split into two main teams except for during the race mission, with smaller teams or individual game-play being used during the other missions. Everyone individually earned Running Balls throughout the missions and the balls selected during the lottery machine segment represented the individuals who were the winners for the night. The format of missions was also changed:
As of the eighteenth episode, only those who had earned no Running Balls at all throughout the night were the ones to be punished.
|26–43||January 16, 2011 – May 15, 2011||Beginning with the twenty-sixth episode, the race mission, Bells Hide and Seek, was replaced with a Find the Guests mission. The MCs and guests were locked inside a landmark and were required to earn Running Balls for a chance to escape punishment. Through a series of missions, the Running Man members were divided into teams and/or individually earned Running Balls. The format for the missions in episodes 26 to 43 were:
If there were many members with no Running Balls, they were automatically punished and no lottery was conducted. Additionally, if the members succeeded in the One Chance mission, they were all relieved of the punishment regardless of how many Running Balls each of them possessed. As of episode 38 and onwards, there were some episodes which included spy/spies. These spies could either be part of the cast, guest, or both.
|44–47||May 22, 2011 – June 12, 2011||From episodes 44 to 47, staff (of the landmark location involved in the game) voted for who they believed would be the overall winner of the games and became supporters of that member/team. Teams were decided by the winner of the race mission, who received the first Running Ball, and the two teams then competed for more Running Balls throughout missions spread over two days (two episodes). The format for the missions was as follows:
The team with the most Running Balls was declared the winner and their supporters received a bonus from their boss.
|119, 131, 144||November 11, 2012; February 3, 2013; May 5, 2013||In these episodes, the members would arrive at the starting venue separately. An announcer would announce that "The XX Running Man is entering the arena". This announcement would include the guests for the day. After all the guest were introduced, the announcer would immediately announce their first mission. The race would officially begin after the first mission ends. The winner of the first mission would be given an advantage to his/her team in the race. The format for the missions are as follows:
The staff run the games, often showing up on cameras either by actively participating in the game or influencing the outcome of various missions. This includes the personal cameramen (VJs), production directors (PDs), floor directors (FDs), stylists, boom operators, etc.
Chief producer, Nam Seung-yong, is responsible for the production of the program, with PD Jo Hyo-jin, Im Hyung-taek, and Kim Joo-hyung mainly responsible for the directing and production of the recordings of the program since inception. Other PDs have joined the program to assist as the program shifts from a single landmark to multiple locations for recording, notably Hwang Seon-man and Lee Hwan-jin. FD Go Dong-wan assists in the recordings of the program and is known to be shown on camera many times, as well as delivering and assisting the members in missions. Producer Kim Joo-hyung has left the show as of episode 182 as he was reassigned to Inkigayo.
Each member has their own personal cameramen who follow them around exclusively during recordings. Notable cameramen include Ryu Kwon-ryeol (Yoo Jae-suk's primary VJ), Kim Yoo-seok (Ji Suk-jin's primary VJ), Choi Yoon-sang (Lee Kwang-soo's primary VJ), Yoon Sung-yong (Haha's primary VJ), Sung Gyu (Song Ji-hyo's primary VJ), Jo Seong-Oh (Gary's primary VJ, now Yang Se-chan's primary VJ), Kim Ki-jin (Kim Jong-kook's primary VJ), and Kim Si-yeon (Jeon So-min's primary VJ)
On November 19, 2014, the show's head director, Jo Hyo-jin, announced his departure from the show after working with the members for four years.
On March 20, 2016, the show's main PD, Im Hyung-taek left the show (as of episode 291) as he became the producer of Hurry Up, Brother, resulting in new generation PDs to take over, notably PD Lee Hwan-jin, PD Jung Chul-min, and PD Park Yong-woo. FD Go Dong-wan also announced his leave via his Instagram.
On July 3, 2016, SBS confirmed the return of producer Kim Joo-hyung to the show. That same month, it is confirmed that he will be the new main PD of the show. However, it didn't last long as PD Kim Joo-hyung announced that he is leaving the show shortly after. Subsequently, PD Lee Hwan-jin has taken over as the main PD of Running Man until March 2017. As of April 2017, Running Man main PD is Jung Chul-min.
Guests with the most appearances
During its run, some of the guests were occasionally featured or invited to the show. These guests were notable for their constant appearances and were often considered to be the "8th/9th/10th Running Man". The following list is the list of the guests who appeared the most often as of 8 July 2018.
|Position||Name||No. of episodes||Episodes||Occupation|
|1||Hong Jin-young||15||205, 221, 266, 299, 357, 392–396, 399–400, 406–408||Singer|
|2||Lee Sang-yeob||13||381, 390-396, 399-400, 406–408||Actor|
|3||Jung Yong-hwa||12||7, 11, 17, 35-36, 72-73, 104, 127, 129, 186, 242||Member of CNBlue|
|Kang Han-na||12||343, 380, 392–396, 399–400, 406–408||Actress|
|Lee Da-hee||12||388–389, 392–396, 399–400, 406–408||Actress|
|6||Nichkhun||11||4-5, 19, 40, 50-51, 104, 195, 248, 256, 306||Member of 2PM|
|7||Park Ji-sung||9||96–97, 152–154, 199–200, 283–284||Former Soccer Player|
|8||Suzy||8||55, 93–94, 117, 155, 172–173, 208||Former member of miss A|
List of episodes
|First aired||Last aired|
|2010||23||July 11, 2010||December 26, 2010|
|2011||51||January 2, 2011||December 25, 2011|
|2012||52||January 1, 2012||December 30, 2012|
|2013||52||January 6, 2013||December 29, 2013|
|2014||49||January 5, 2014||December 28, 2014|
|2015||52||January 4, 2015||December 27, 2015|
|2016||52||January 3, 2016||December 25, 2016|
|2017||52||January 1, 2017||December 31, 2017|
|2018||TBA||January 7, 2018||TBA|
List of guests
Many guests have taken part in Running Man. The following is a compilation of guests and the number of times they have been on the show. With regards to guest-turned-members (Song Ji-hyo, Jeon So-min, Yang Se-chan) or former members of the show (Lizzy, Song Joong-ki, Gary), only the times they were a guest are counted. The guests were sorted according to their appearances and the number of episodes appeared.
|Hong Jin-young||205, 221, 266, 299, 356–357, 392–396, 399–400, 406–408||15||10|
|Lee Sang-yeob||381, 390–396, 399–400, 406–408||13||7|
|Jung Yong-hwa (CNBLUE)||7, 11, 17, 35–36, 72–73, 104, 127, 129, 186, 242||12||10|
|Kang Han-na||343, 380, 392–396, 399–400, 406–408||12||7|
|Lee Da-hee||388–389, 392–396, 399–400, 406–408||12||6|
|Nichkhun (2PM)||4–5, 19, 40, 50-51, 104, 195, 248, 256, 306||11||9|
|Park Ji-sung||96–97, 152–154, 199–200, 283–284||9||4|
|Suzy (Miss A)||55, 93–94, 117, 155, 172–173, 208||8||6|
|Lee Joon||8, 95, 104, 108, 129, 162, 320||7||7|
|Kim Kwang-kyu||15, 32, 159, 176, 271–272, 274||7||6|
|Kim Woo-bin||138, 166, 188–189, 191, 225, 240||7||6|
|Lee Chun-hee||2–3, 76–77, 226, 269, 339||7||5|
|Son Na-eun (Apink)||162, 202–203, 356–357, 360–361||7||4|
|Jo Se-ho||305, 360–361, 367–368, 374–375||7||4|
|Park Seo-joon||184, 198, 246, 263, 295, 362||6||6|
|Goo Ha-ra||2–3, 49, 122, 388-389||6||5|
|Seungri (Big Bang)||30, 84–85, 163, 190, 250||6||5|
|Noh Sa-yeon||49, 103, 137, 313, 374–375||6||5|
|Park Soo-hong||179–180, 207, 220, 274, 321||6||5|
|Dae-sung (Big Bang)||35–36, 84–85, 163, 250||6||4|
|Sulli||55, 75, 129, 152–154||6||4|
|Lee Dong-wook||133–134, 136, 179–180, 263||6||3|
|Lim Ju-hwan||192–194, 266, 271–272||6||3|
|Heo Kyung-hwan||202–203, 339, 390-392||6||3|
|Kim Je-dong||11, 21, 79, 106, 207||5||5|
|Choi Min-ho (Shinee)||75, 129, 201, 254, 323||5||5|
|Eun Ji-won (Sechs Kies)||141, 209, 252, 326, 383||5||5|
|Chansung (2PM)||150, 162, 195, 201, 256||5||5|
|Bo-ra (Sistar)||174, 201, 255, 307, 409||5||5|
|So-you (Sistar)||209, 255, 307, 366, 383||5||5|
|Kim Su-ro||9, 67–68, 138, 262||5||4|
|Uee (After School)||34, 137, 249, 271–272||5||4|
|Taecyeon (2PM)||40, 150, 234–235, 256||5||4|
|IU||43, 77, 96–97, 168||5||4|
|Hyo-rin (Sistar)||75, 162, 307, 348–349||5||4|
|Junho (2PM)||151–152, 195, 240, 256||5||4|
|Kim Jun-hyun||249, 271–272, 305, 323||5||4|
|Yuri (Girls' Generation)||16, 63–64, 254, 363||5||4|
|Yoona (Girls' Generation)||39, 63–64, 254, 363||5||4|
|Taeyeon (Girls' Generation)||63–64, 112, 254, 363||5||4|
|Yoon Bo-mi (Apink)||202–203, 255, 344, 372||5||4|
|Seolhyun (AOA)||210, 255, 278–279, 402||5||4|
|Jessica||4–5, 63–64, 141||5||3|
|Ji Sung||54, 116–117, 202–203||5||3|
|Ji Jin-hee||76–77, 116–117, 308||5||3|
|Lee Seung-gi||120–121, 174, 228–229||5||3|
|Han Hye-jin||133–134, 136, 174, 317||5||3|
|Andy (Shinhwa)||160–161, 236, 278–279||5||3|
|Yoo Byung-jae||243, 312, 390-392||5||3|
|Go Ara||80, 139, 298, 329||4||4|
|Lee Jong-hyun (CNBLUE)||127, 129, 138, 186||4||4|
|Jo Jung-chi (Shinchireem)||159, 195, 274, 312||4||4|
|Wooyoung (2PM)||162, 195, 210, 256||4||4|
|Kang Ha-neul||190, 240, 314, 362||4||4|
|Song Eun-yi||24, 149, 211–212||4||3|
|Park Ye-jin||37, 67–68, 241||4||3|
|Choi Min-soo||52–53, 69, 118||4||3|
|Shin Se-kyung||57–58, 103, 241||4||3|
|Hyoyeon (Girls' Generation)||63–64, 254, 363||4||3|
|Joo Sang-wook||76–77, 169, 219||4||3|
|G-Dragon (Big Bang)||84–85, 163, 250||4||3|
|T.O.P (Big Bang)||84–85, 170, 250||4||3|
|Ryu Hyun-jin||119, 172–173, 227||4||3|
|Park Shin-hye||120–121, 166, 304||4||3|
|John Park||159, 179–180, 265||4||3|
|Sung-kyu (Infinite)||162, 179–180, 201||4||3|
|Kim Kyung-ho||179–180, 221, 312||4||3|
|Jung Il-woo||242, 283, 289–290||4||3|
|Jang Do-yeon||244, 323, 347–348||4||3|
|Park Joon-hyung (g.o.d)||248, 260–261, 272||4||3|
|Lee Ha-neul (DJ Doc)||260–261, 272, 319||4||3|
|Yoon Park||268, 271–272, 345||4||3|
|Chae-young (Twice)||302, 328, 398-399||4||3|
|Da-hyun (Twice)||302, 328, 398-399||4||3|
|Jeong-yeon (Twice)||302, 328, 398-399||4||3|
|Ji-hyo (Twice)||302, 328, 398-399||4||3|
|Mina (Twice)||302, 328, 398-399||4||3|
|Momo (Twice)||302, 328, 398-399||4||3|
|Na-yeon (Twice)||302, 328, 398-399||4||3|
|Sana (Twice)||302, 328, 398-399||4||3|
|Tzuyu (Twice)||302, 328, 398-399||4||3|
|Song Ji-hyo||2–3, 4–5||4||2|
|Kim Min-jong||22, 192–194||4||2|
|Lee Da-hae||82–83, 289–290||4||2|
|Han Hyo-joo||123–124, 151–152||4||2|
|Rain||188–189, 191, 214||4||2|
|Ryu Seung-soo||192–194, 204||4||2|
|Kim Dong-jun (ZE:A)||192–194, 236||4||2|
|Im Seulong||211–212, 271–272||4||2|
|Kim Soo-young||271–272, 360–361||4||2|
|Park Geun-sik||271–272, 360–361||4||2|
|Park Jun-gyu||8, 34, 90||3||3|
|Shin Bong-sun||9, 43, 56||3||3|
|Lizzy (After School)||13, 14, 292||3||3|
|Heechul (Super Junior)||20, 207, 275||3||3|
|Choi Si-won (Super Junior)||22, 75, 135||3||3|
|Park Bo-young||25, 181, 269||3||3|
|Sunny (Girls' Generation)||39, 254, 363||3||3|
|Kim Sook||56, 149, 272||3||3|
|Gaeko (Dynamic Duo)||59, 86, 107||3||3|
|Park Sang-myun||90, 125, 159||3||3|
|Yoon Jong-shin||101, 195, 312||3||3|
|Si-wan (ZE:A)||104, 182, 282||3||3|
|Eunhyuk (Super Junior)||104, 266, 376||3||3|
|Kwang-hee (ZE:A)||129, 236, 272||3||3|
|Lee Kyung-kyu||143, 305, 317||3||3|
|Sandara Park (2NE1)||156, 195, 345||3||3|
|Yu-ra (Girl's Day)||162, 263, 322||3||3|
|Muzie||176, 195, 272||3||3|
|Lee Guk-joo||205, 255, 405||3||3|
|Kim Min-kyo||220, 262, 272||3||3|
|Leeteuk (Super Junior)||221, 275, 376||3||3|
|Kyung Soo-jin||224, 299, 380||3||3|
|Hong Jong-hyun||230, 243, 314||3||3|
|Kim Dong-hyun||239, 305, 317||3||3|
|Jang Su-won (Sechs Kies)||243, 326, 383||3||3|
|Hong Jin-ho||257, 275, 292||3||3|
|Park Na-rae||268, 272, 321||3||3|
|Mark (Got7)||272, 316, 318||3||3|
|Jin-young (Got7)||272, 316, 318||3||3|
|Cha Tae-hyun||10, 57–58||3||2|
|Kim Min-jung||50–51, 167||3||2|
|Kim Joo-hyuk||61–62, 65||3||2|
|Lee Yeon-hee||61–62, 139||3||2|
|Seohyun (Girls' Generation)||63–64, 254,||3||2|
|Taeyang (Big Bang)||84–85, 250||3||2|
|Hyuna (4Minute)||93–94, 132||3||2|
|Krystal (f(x))||93–94, 214||3||2|
|Son Yeon-jae||109–110, 322||3||2|
|Juvie Train (Buga Kingz)||125, 271–272||3||2|
|Jung Doo-hong||150, 271–272||3||2|
|Eric (Shinhwa)||160–161, 236||3||2|
|Jun Jin (Shinhwa)||160–161, 236||3||2|
|Lee Min-woo (Shinhwa)||160–161, 236||3||2|
|Shin Hye-sung (Shinhwa)||160–161, 236||3||2|
|Ha Yeon-soo||198, 374–375||3||2|
|Fei (Miss A)||205, 234–235||3||2|
|Baek Ji-young||205, 367–368||3||2|
|Kim Won-hyo||210, 271–272||3||2|
|Seo Woo||213, 234–235||3||2|
|Kim Ki-bang||214, 271–272||3||2|
|Jo Jin-woong||217, 303–304||3||2|
|Oh Yeon-seo||218, 310–311||3||2|
|Hwang Seung-eon||253, 367–368||3||2|
|Hyun Joo-yup||257, 271–272||3||2|
|Stephanie (The Grace)||268, 278–279||3||2|
|M. TySON||271–272, 319||3||2|
|Ma Ah-sung||271–272, 319||3||2|
|Kim Ji-min||278–279, 377||3||2|
|Ha Jae-sook||310–311, 313||3||2|
|Sung Hoon||317, 367–368||3||2|
|Cheon Sung-moon (Song Ji-hyo's brother)||360–361, 401||3||2|
|Lee Elijah||367–368, 383||3||2|
|Shorry J (Mighty Mouth)||390–392||3||1|
|Son Dam-bi||6, 405||2||2|
|Eun-jung (T-ara)||7, 104||2||2|
|Lee Hong-gi (F.T. Island)||9, 242||2||2|
|Jang Dong-min||13, 220||2||2|
|Tony An||15, 32||2||2|
|Max Changmin (TVXQ)||27, 115||2||2|
|U-Know Yunho (TVXQ)||27, 115||2||2|
|Kim Byung-man||28, 145||2||2|
|Oh Ji-ho||33, 83||2||2|
|Ahn Mun-sook||56, 313||2||2|
|Simon Dominic (Supreme Team)||59, 127||2||2|
|Yoon Do-hyun||79, 101||2||2|
|Chun Jung-myung||92, 167||2||2|
|Kim Soo-hyun||102, 147||2||2|
|Yoon Doo-joon (Beast)||104, 162||2||2|
|Jeon Mi-seon||113, 158||2||2|
|Yoo Hae-jin||113, 320||2||2|
|Jin Se-yeon||119, 198||2||2|
|Lee Gi-kwang (Beast)||127, 162||2||2|
|L (Infinite)||129, 162||2||2|
|Choo Sung-hoon||131, 150||2||2|
|Hwang Jung-min||132, 258||2||2|
|Lee Jong-suk||138, 181||2||2|
|Lee Sang-yoon||142, 190||2||2|
|Ryu Hyun-kyung||143, 272||2||2|
|Seo Jang-hoon||144, 309||2||2|
|Uhm Jung-hwa||146, 183||2||2|
|Lee Hyun-woo||147, 225||2||2|
|CL (2NE1)||156, 195||2||2|
|Minzy (2NE1)||156, 195||2||2|
|Park Bom (2NE1)||156, 195||2||2|
|Kim Hee-won||157, 269||2||2|
|Ahn Gil-kang||157, 287||2||2|
|Son Hyun-joo||158, 246||2||2|
|Min-ah (Girl's Day)||162, 198||2||2|
|Jung Eun-ji (Apink)||162, 218||2||2|
|Da-som (Sistar)||162, 307||2||2|
|Lee Se-young||181, 343||2||2|
|Yeo Jin-goo||182, 302||2||2|
|Son Ho-jun||184, 243||2||2|
|Kang Min-hyuk (CNBLUE)||186, 201||2||2|
|Jun. K (2PM)||195, 256||2||2|
|Narsha (Brown Eyed Girls)||198, 221||2||2|
|Moon Hee-joon (H.O.T.)||209, 317||2||2|
|Yoo In-young||213, 299||2||2|
|Jo Jung-suk||215, 327||2||2|
|Kim Sung-kyun||217, 298||2||2|
|Kangnam (M.I.B)||220, 248||2||2|
|Kyuhyun (Super Junior)||221, 265||2||2|
|Lee Sung-kyung||224, 304||2||2|
|Jeon So-min||224, 343||2||2|
|Choi Tae-joon||230, 343||2||2|
|Niel (Teen Top)||233, 274||2||2|
|Hani (EXID)||237, 275||2||2|
|Ye Ji-won||238, 322||2||2|
|Jessi (Lucky J)||244, 252||2||2|
|Jinu (Jinusean)||245, 272||2||2|
|Hae-ryung (Bestie)||253, 319||2||2|
|Sooyoung (Girls' Generation)||254, 363||2||2|
|Tiffany (Girls' Generation)||254, 363||2||2|
|Joy (Red Velvet)||268, 376||2||2|
|BamBam (Got7)||272, 316||2||2|
|Jackson (Got7)||272, 316||2||2|
|JB (Got7)||272, 316||2||2|
|Youngjae (Got7)||272, 316||2||2|
|Yugyeom (Got7)||272, 316||2||2|
|Hwang Chi-yeul||272, 309||2||2|
|Hong Yoon-hwa (People Looking for a Laugh)||273, 319||2||2|
|Lee Eun-hyung (People Looking for a Laugh)||273, 319||2||2|
|Lim Ji-yeon||281, 320||2||2|
|Park Mi-sun||287, 322||2||2|
|Song Min-ho (Winner)||294, 402||2||2|
|Lee Ki-woo||306, 309||2||2|
|Kyung-ri (Nine Muses)||306, 405||2||2|
|Shownu (Monsta X)||307, 319||2||2|
|Kim Se-jeong (Gugudan)||313, 377||2||2|
|Yang Se-chan||321, 323||2||2|
|Gary (Leessang)||325, 336||2||2|
|Kang Sung-hoon (Sechs Kies)||326, 383||2||2|
|Kim Jae-duc (Sechs Kies)||326, 383||2||2|
|Lee Jai-jin (Sechs Kies)||326, 383||2||2|
|Jennie (Black Pink)||330, 409||2||2|
|Jisoo (Black Pink)||330, 409||2||2|
|Kim Hyun-joong (SS501)||46–47||2||1|
|Kim Tae-woo (g.o.d)||211–212||2||1|
|Lee Jae-hoon (Cool)||260–261||2||1|
|DJ Pumpkin (AOMG)||271–272||2||1|
|Young-jun (Brown Eyed Soul)||271–272||2||1|
|Recto Luz (Rapercussion)||271–272||2||1|
|Zion Luz (Rapercussion)||271–272||2||1|
|Mino (Free Style)||271–272||2||1|
|Go Woo-ri (Rainbow)||271–272||2||1|
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The first episode of the show received mixed reviews. According to Asiae the show concept was promising but the crew could not use the location to full potential and the pace was not fast and dynamic enough.
Despite a slow start, Running Man became increasingly popular in South Korea and throughout Asia. In its home country the show is watched by 2.1 million people on average. Due to the existence of fansubs, it is watched outside of Asia as well, being translated into English, Spanish and Arabic, among others.
According to The Straits Times, the popularity of the show is due to its unpredictability, the comedy involved, the celebrity guests and the chemistry between the regular cast members. Assistant professor Liew Kai Khiun at the Nanyang Technological University attributes the appeal of Running Man to the ability of using public space in a creative way: "Running Man is about taking audiences to the various corners of not only South Korea, but the region as well. In the rather fast-paced urban societies in Asia, the show helps to provide release from the daily tensions that such streets and buildings are associated with." Liew thinks that the cast members are not particularly good looking, thus have nothing to lose, even if they "wrestle with one another like children".
According to producer Jo Hyo-jin, the show is popular because the concept of having to choose a winner is culturally easy to understand. He also named the good relationship between the regular members as one of the reasons for the show's success. Celebrity guests like Super Junior, Girls' Generation and f(x) play an important part in the success as well, although they sometimes induce criticism. For example, after the airing of the Big Bang episodes, some viewers complained that the band won too easily. Jo Hyo-jin, however, denied any special treatment of the celebrities. Jo explained that fans are also highly critical of the games, therefore it is not possible for the crew to reuse games without changing them.
The regular members of Running Man have held several fan meetings throughout Asia. In October 2013, their Singapore fan meeting drew a crowd of 3000. When the cast arrived for shooting in Vietnam and other countries, they were greeted by thousands of fans at the airport.
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.
In order to "relay the feeling of Running Man", Running Man has made merchandises available on sale since 2015. The products ranging from stickers, socks, hats, shirts, and shoes.
On May 26, 2015, a special project called the "Running Man Challenge" was made in collaboration with a footwear co-created platform, ROOY. Its main objective is for the fans to design a shoe that "would unify and coordinate between the cast members." 777 submissions were made, and in June 2015, a design made by a fan named Noh Seung-soo was selected to be the official design for the shoes. The shoes went on sale on February 22, 2016. Currently, a second "Running Man Challenge" is held. The winner for this challenge will have his/her design to be the new shoes.
On June 14, 2017, it was announced that Running Man will be adapted into a half-hour animated show. It will features the original seven members, including former member Gary, in animal form. The show will have 24 episodes and EXO-CBX will provide the theme song for the show. Additionally, the animated show will be the first show to be broadcast in UHD in South Korea.
In March 2013, a comic book adaptation of the series was published. The series, titled Running Man: How do I Find the Kidnapped Idol?, is written by Hong Yong-hoon and illustrated by Kim Moon-shik. The comic book, which is aimed for children, was released on March 25, 2013.
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On September 2012, Gary made a surprising announcement on social media about his intention to leave the program. It is believed that his intention came from the recent criticism concerning the "Super 7 Concert" which his company, Leessang Company, was producing. Gary decided to take responsibility for its failure by resigning himself from any activities. Due to this, Running Man production staff and the members decided to postponed their filming schedule on September 24–25, 2012 to convince him to stay in the program. A week later, Gary officially apologized due to the controversy that he created and confirmed his decision to remain as a member of the program.
Season 2 proposal
On December 14, 2016, it was announced that Kim Jong-kook and Song Ji-hyo were leaving the show, as a new season with a new format starring the remaining cast members and new member Kang Ho-dong would air in January 2017. Initial reception was mixed. However, it was revealed that Song Ji-hyo and Kim Jong-kook were not given any notice about their removal, resulting in an overwhelming negative reaction. In addition, news of Kang Ho-dong refusing the offer to join the new season resulted in a possible cancellation of Season 2 of Running Man.
On December 16, 2016, an emergency meeting was held with the consensus reached that all members would leave, ending the program altogether in February 2017 with a subsequent program taking its place.
However, on January 24, 2017, SBS announced that the show will continue airing with all of the remaining cast members. The decision came after Nam Seung-yong, the new Vice President of SBS Entertainment Headquarters, who was involved in conceiving Running Man, had further conversations with every member in regards to the show's future. Subsequently, after apologizing to Kim Jong-Kook and Song Ji Hyo for all of the issues regarding the program, the former then became actively involved in convincing the other members to continue working on the program.
Awards and nominations
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