Running Man (TV series)
|Running Man (런닝맨)|
Don't walk, run!
|Genre||Game-reality-variety show, Comedy|
|Created by||Jo Hyo-jin
|Directed by||Kim Joo-hyung|
Kim Jong-kook (Turbo)
Song Joong-ki (Former)
Lizzy (After School) (Former)
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||312 (as of August 14, 2016) (list of episodes)|
|Location(s)||South Korea, Thailand, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Vietnam, Indonesia, Australia, Europe, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates|
|Camera setup||Multi-camera setup|
|Running time||60-80 minutes per episode|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original release||July 11, 2010 – Present|
|Preceded by||Family Outing 2|
|Related shows||Good Sunday
Hurry Up, Brother
|Revised Romanization||Reon ning maen|
|McCune–Reischauer||Rŏn ning man|
Running Man (Korean: 런닝맨) is a South Korean variety show; forming part of SBS's Good Sunday lineup. It first aired on July 11, 2010, and as of 2016, it is one of the longest-running variety programs in South Korean history, currently at six years, surpassing the channel's previous variety show, X-Man (at three and a half years), and behind MBC's Infinite Challenge (11 years), and KBS2's 1 Night 2 Days (9 years).
Running Man was originally 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, even reaching its popularity outside Asia, has gained massive online popularity among Hallyu fans, and having been fansubbed into a number of languages by international audiences, such as English, Spanish, French, Thai, Malay, Vietnamese, Chinese, Indonesian, Burmese (Myanmar), Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian and Turkish.
- 1 Format
- 1.1 Current
- 1.2 Previous
- 1.3 Special series
- 2 Missions
- 3 Personnel
- 4 List of episodes and guests
- 5 Reception
- 6 Ratings
- 7 International
- 8 Merchandising
- 9 Controversy
- 10 Awards and nominations
- 11 References
- 12 External links
As of episode 48, the members take part in a series of missions (see Missions below for details) to become the winner(s) at the end of the race. The format of the show moves away from the "race mission + other missions" format into strictly one long race with continuous missions during the race.
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 were found by either of the teams, they approached the main door and entered the code which they believed was correct. The correct team was allowed to leave the landmark while the losing team was required to complete a punishment inside the landmark.
From the second episode to the fifth episode, both teams competed to find golden pigs filled with money that were hidden within the landmark, and participated in games in 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 honour. Viewers could vote on the official Running Man homepage on who they believed would be the winning team, and a lucky viewer who guessed correctly was allowed to have his/her name included in the donation.
From 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 colour (blue or red). Each of the games and races were referred to as missions, and were as follows:
- Mission 1 featured games related to the landmark. Previously, the Photo Zone Game was played at every landmark.
- Mission 2 was the race mission.
- Mission 3 was Leisure Time for a Cup of Tea. This mission was discontinued after episode ten due to controversies.
- Mission 4 was Morning Team Sports. This mission aired in full only in episode six, and only highlights were shown in episode seven due to time constraints.
At the end of each episode, the Running Man Balls collected throughout the night were placed into a lottery machine, and the colour of the first ball ejected determined the winning team for the night. The losing team was required to commute home using public transportation while undertaking an embarrassing punishment.
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:
- Mission 1 was Challenge 1 vs. X.
- Mission 2 was Find the Thief. From episode 15 this was changed to different games related to the landmark.
- Mission 3 was the race mission, Bells Hide and Seek.
As of the eighteenth episode, only those who had earned no Running Balls at all throughout the night were the ones to be punished.
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 divide into teams and/or individually earned Running Balls. The format for the missions in episodes 26 to 43 were:
- Mission 1 was the race mission, Find the Guests. From episode 39-41, it was Catch the Running Man.
- Mission 2 featured games related to the landmark.
- Mission 3 was the One Chance challenge, which was played in episodes 27 to 31.
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.
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:
- Mission 1 was the race mission, Find the Guests.
- Mission 2 featured missions related to the staff of the landmark.
- Mission 3 was a second race mission.
- Mission 4 featured missions related to the landmark.
The team with the most Running Balls was declared the winner and their supporters received a bonus from their boss.
Episodes 119, 131, 144
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:
- Mission 1 was the opening mission: Nametag Elimination
- Mission 2 onwards would follow the usual format of the show: one long race with continuous missions during the race.
Throughout the history of Running Man, special series have progressed with storytelling and movie-like episodes. Many of these series have been praised for their thrill and excitement, and are considered some of the more higher quality episodes of Running Man.
- Episodes 38, 91, 140, 231
The Yoo-ames Bond series is famous for its protagonist, Yoo Jae-suk as Yoo-ames Bond, who is known to use a water gun to eliminate his foes to complete his mission. This series features Yoo Jae-suk against the other Running Man members, who do not know that Yoo Jae-suk is against them. In episode 38, during the Find The Guests mission, there was no guest and Yoo Jae-suk was given the mission to secretly eliminate the other members by spraying their name tag with a water gun. This was the first time Yoo-ames Bond appeared as a character. A year later, Yoo-ames Bond returned for his first anniversary in episode 91, where once again he is against the members. All members were arrested for various crimes they have committed. Yoo Jae-suk was given the opportunity of a pardon, where he must re-imprison the rest of the escaped members by spraying their name tags before they can escape the building. If he is successful in re-imprisoning the other members, he will be free to leave while the other members continue to serve time. In Episode 140, it marked the second anniversary of Yoo-ames Bond, where he was framed for spreading the "anger virus" and infecting his fellow members. He must find that person impersonating him and eliminate them to retrieve the vaccine. At the end of both episodes (91 & 140), the words "Yoo-ames Bond Never Die" appeared, hinting at future episodes in the series. The later two episodes have been praised for being like a movie instead of a variety show. In episode 196, the members "travelled back in time" to the second Yoo-ames Bond episode (Jail Breakers), giving the members a second chance at changing the results with a new protagonist. In episode 231, Yoo-mes Bond made a comeback but with a Successor this time. Yoo-ames Bond must work together with The Successor to take the members out, but with the rule of being together and to hand over the water gun to The Successor and order him to eliminate everyone. All members were barely eliminated, and with one final step to pass the test of becoming the 2nd Yoo-ames Bond's successor either by shooting Yoo Jae-suk's nametag and it will be the end for Yoo-ames Bond, or cease the shot and continue working together in the future as partners. But it predictably turned out that he failed as The Successor shoots and it backfires. It proved that the failed successor was a traitor and full of betrayal. In the end, Yoo-ames Bond wins the entire race. At the end of this episode, Yoo-ames Bond (Yoo Jae-suk) promised that the Yoo-mes Bond will "keep going"
Best of the Best Match
- Episodes 42, 74, 130, 196, 257, 285
The Best of the Best Matches take place once in a while as the opportunity to decide who the best Running Man is. The first Best of the Best Match took place in episode 42 as a race to complete missions first then eliminate each other, with the last standing member declared as the first generation best Running Man. The second Best of the Best Match took place in episode 74 with a special twist. Each member was granted a superpower, which can be used to aid their efforts to eliminate the other members. Two times in a row, Gary emerged victorious becoming the best Running Man. The third Best of the Best Match took place in episode 130 with a special story, where half of the race takes place in the year 1938 and the other half in 2013. The members are reincarnated in the process, and must find who the final surviving member was in 1938, and who they have been reincarnated as the present time, to solve the mystery and win the race. Haha became the third generation best Running Man. In episode 196 (though unofficial 'Best of the Best' match), the members "travelled back in the time" to the second Best of the Best Match, giving the members a second chance at changing the results. The missions are : the 2nd Yoo-mes Bond, Sherlock Holmes, and Psychic Power. The Yoo-mes Bond and Sherlock Holmes mission are to determine the size of the nametag, while the Psychic Power mission is the name tag elimination game. This time Song Ji-hyo reigned as the Best 'Running Man'. The fourth (official) Best of the Best Match took place in episode 257 with a twist. Instead of being alone, now the Running Man members are accompanied by heroes with special powers. However, the heroes do not know of their superpowers so they must go to somewhere else and complete a mission to obtain their superpowers. Later, the Running Man members with their own heroes face-to-face in a nametag elimination match, with the heroes being invincible, acting as helpers in the match. This time, Yoo Jae-suk received the title as the Best 'Running Man'.The 5th official match took place in episode 285, where the staff came up with missions created specifically for the cast using data from the past 6 years they have been together on Running Man involving strength, nerve, and agility. The first mission decided which member was cautious in keeping their name tag on at all times at several locations, whereas the second mission tested the nerves of each of the members while trying to pick up beads inside covered fish tanks containing various objects. The third mission, which was based on strength, features the members trying to grab things while their arms stuck in a rubber band. The final mission, which was the combination of all three, was a simple "Standardized Name Tag Elimination" race. With Haha and Suk-jin noted for their disadvantages in the past, the members were equipped with name tags of various sizes based on ranking with additional gear (example: Kim Jong Kook wearing a giant name-tag with wings since he was the strongest, as well as wearing wristbands containing sandbags for extra weight, Gary wearing bells on his shoes). The final survivor of the race eventually turned out to be Haha.
Running Man/Grasshopper Hunting
- Episodes 52, 53, 69, 118
The Running Man Hunter series originated from episode 52, where Choi Min-soo was featured as a guest and was tasked to eliminate all the members. He was later betrayed by Yoo Jae-suk in episode 53. During that race, Yoo Jae-suk agreed to work together with Choi Min-soo to place name tags on the other team's back first, before turning on each other. However, Yoo Jae-suk quickly placed Choi Min-soo's name tag on his back, eliminating him from the race. Choi Min-soo announced that he will return in a few months for revenge with what he calls, Grasshopper Hunting. He eventually returned in episode 69 as the Running Man Hunter, where the other members are tied up to a chair and confined in rooms in the landmark. Yoo Jae-suk was given four name tags and must save the six members and to find the way to escape together before Choi Min-soo eliminates him four times. However, the way Choi Min-soo approached this was to great fear for Yoo Jae-suk. Choi Min-soo succeeded and Yoo Jae-suk proclaimed that the score was 1:1, one for eliminating him in episode 53 and one for being eliminated in episode 69. Choi Min-soo returned a year later in episode 118 to finish off his rivalry with the grasshopper. Once again with a scary theme, he eliminates the other six members and provides Yoo Jae-suk a chance to face off with him for the final time, if he manages to find all 6 pieces of his nametag placed in the location where the members were eliminated. Although Yoo Jae-suk nearly eliminate him twice, the Hunter once again succeeds, marking an end to the Running Man Hunter series. At the end of the episode when Yoo Jae-suk complained once again by the way he eliminated him, Choi Min-soo hinted at a possible return to the Running Man Hunter series in the future.
Running Man Football Special
- Episodes 95-97, 153, 154, 199, 200, 283
The Running Man members first participated in the 2012 Asian Dream Cup held in Thailand. Kim Jong-kook and Gary were selected after completing missions by Park Ji-sung. Since then, Park Ji-sung has invited the members to participate in future Asian Dream Cup games. The 2013 match was held in China and Indonesia in 2014. In China, Yoo Jae-suk, Ha-ha, Kim Jong-kook, and Lee Kwang-soo were selected to play. In Indonesia, all members played except Song Ji-hyo. Each year, the members would participate in training missions with Park Ji-sung to prepare for the Asian Dream Cup prior to the actual match. After a year absence, the series returned in 2016, this time in the 2016 Smile Cup, a charity event in which Park Ji-sung was invited. This time, All members played in the game. Many of these episodes have featured past and current football stars that would otherwise be hard to see on television.
- Episodes 60, 265
Tru-Gary Show began at episode 60, where Gary being assigned as a spy and was tasked to eliminate the members. Unbeknownst to him, his entire actions and plans were watched by the rest of the members, knowing that Gary is the spy. The members were later tasked to fool Gary until the end of recording. The hidden camera was a success and the members were awarded with prizes, much larger than Gary's. The series returned 4 years later, now set on the island. In this episode, the members and the guests were trapped on an island and must find and complete their nametags to escape. Gary was desperate at that time, as he needed to be present the next day to finish recording his new album. This eventually prompted the producers of the game to resurrect Tru-Gary Show, where the members and the guests must escape the island, leaving Gary alone in the island. The mission was eventually a success, with Gary completely tricked. At the end of the episode, it was revealed that Gary was allowed to go home with the rest of the members.
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 original members of Running Man are Yoo Jae-suk, Ji Suk-jin, Kim Jong-kook, Haha, Lee Kwang-soo, Song Joong-ki, and Gary. Song Ji-hyo was originally a guest for the second (episode 2-3) and third landmark (episode 4-5). She officially joined the program in the fourth landmark (episode 6) but was unable to attend until the fifth landmark (episode 7). In April 2011, Song Joong-ki recorded his last episode (episode 41) in May, and has left the program to focus on his acting career but returned on episode 66 as a guest after leaving for almost half a year, and later made cameo appearances in several episodes. Lizzy was initially a guest for episode 13 and episode 14, but later officially joined the program, starting episode 18. However, she has left the crew since episode 26 due to schedule conflicts with After School, the K-pop group she joined. She later makes a comeback as a guest in episode 292, after 5 years not appearing on the show.
|Yoo Jae-suk||Yoo-ruce Willis (유르스 윌리스)
Yoo Hyuk (유혁)
Yoo-mes Bond (유임스 본드)
Ddakji King (딱지왕)
|Episode 1 – present||The main host of the show and known during the race missions for his escaping abilities and quick thinking. As a main host, he has been featured as a protagonist in many special episodes, which presented him with a nickname of Yoo-mes Bond. He is shown to have a closer relationship with a lot of the guests on the show, which he often boasts about to the other members. He is also often referenced to the color green throughout the show and is also known for his nickname "Grasshopper" from his first television appearances. He started off as a weak player during the race missions, but later becomes one of the strongest players in the series, and is, along with Kim Jong-kook, considered to be one of the two main powers in the race missions. His theme songs are "Step by Step" by New Kids on the Block and "Extreme Ways" by Moby.|
|Gary||Peaceful Gary (평온개리)
Straight-Going Gary (직진개리)
Monday Boyfriend (월요남친)
Mr. Gary (개리 쒸)
Wild Gary (야생개리)
Sudden Commander (뜬금 능력자)
Random Mr. Capable (임의 씨 가능)
|Episode 1 – present||Introduced alongside Lee Kwang-soo and Song Joong-ki as one of the "variety rookies" due to his lack of experience on variety shows prior to Running Man. He is shown as the most gullible but honest member. Throughout the series, he has been involved in the official loveline of the show alongside Song Ji-hyo, as well known to be rivals with Haha. Although shown to be quite clueless at times, he is known as "The man full of surprises" and the "dark horse" of Running Man during race missions, highlighted when the show held the Best of the Best Match with him winning the match twice in a row. He is also known to be easily irritated whenever the members, particularly Haha called him a "squid" (as the byword for being ugly), which often leave him depressed. His theme songs are his various Leessang songs.|
Ha-Rad Pitt (하래드 피트)
|Episode 1 – present||The primary joker of the cast and is usually picked on by other members because of his height and his similar appearance to Pororo the Little Penguin. He also has a tendency to feel as though he is the main lead in a movie created by his imagination. When things don't go his way, he lashes out verbally, causing great laughter among the cast. He is also the playboy of the cast, as he always confesses his love to female guests. However, this ended when he became engaged to singer Byul, changing to a "married man" and becoming very rough to female guests. He was initially a weak player during the race missions, occasionally being picked on even while on the chasing team, however he has improved over the course of the show, highlighted when he won the Best of the Best Match 2 times, along with Gary, who also held the same title. He is currently involved in the rivalry of the show alongside Gary. His theme song is "Perfect Love" by Lutricia McNeal and the theme song of Pororo the Little Penguin.|
|Ji Suk-jin||Big Nose (왕코)
Race Starter (레이스 스타터)
Yoo Jae Suk's Sunflower (유재석 의 해바라기)
Celebrity Paparazzi (연예인파파라치)
|Episode 1 – present||The oldest member of the show and one of Yoo Jae-suk's closest friends, knowing each other for more than 20 years. He is shown to be jealous of the good relationship between Yoo Jae-suk and Kim Jong-kook. He is also sometimes shown to be smart, particularly towards Korean history. Dubbed the " Race Starter" during the race missions, he is shown to be one of the weakest members and is the easiest and most frequently eliminated out of the cast, so easily that the other members would declare that the race has officially started after his elimination. He is also the most gullible among the cast, as he get easily tricked, particularly towards business investments. His theme song is "House You Live In" by Park Jin-young.|
|Kim Jong-kook||Sparta-kook (스파르타국)
Coach Kook (꾹코치)
Mr. Capable (능력 씨)
|Episode 1 – present||The strongest member of the cast, Kim Jong-kook is known for his strength and skill during the race missions. During the missions, he is known for his sudden appearances that are often accompanied by the soundbite "This is Sparta!" taken from the movie, 300. His smart tactics are often successful to eliminate the other members and as a result, he is known for having both brains and brawn. He is also shown at times to act cute and show off his aegyo. His only apparent weakness is women and he is often teased for having a particular fondness towards Yoon Eun-hye. His theme song is "What We Need Is A Hero" by Alan Silvestri and his own song, "One Man".|
|Lee Kwang-soo||Framer Kwang-soo (모함광수)
Giraffe's Tricks (꼼수 기린)
Betrayer Kwang-soo (배신광수)
Icon of Betrayal (배신의 아이콘)
Icon of Bad Luck (불운의 아이콘)
Prince of Asia (아시아 의 왕자)
God of Variety (예능신)
|Episode 1 – present||The tallest and currently the youngest member of the cast and initially introduced alongside Gary and Song Joong-ki as one of the "variety rookies" due to his lack of experience on variety shows prior to Running Man. During the earlier episodes he was known for framing his fellow members with embarrassing and often absurd rumours. He is often picked on by the rest of the cast, particularly Kim Jong-kook, due to his timid nature. He is one of the weakest players, often the first to be eliminated during race missions. However, he has grown to easily betray his fellow members without hesitation. He is also known to be one of the most unluckiest member, having earned the worst results in nearly every luck-based missions. His theme song is "Saint Agnes and the Burning Train" by Sting. It was revealed that he is one of the most popular member and earned a great reputation in various regions of Asia through the series, which left the others in shock.|
|Song Ji-hyo||Blank Ji (멍지)
Bad Ji-hyo (불량지효)
Monday Girlfriend (월요여친)
Song Ji-yok (송지욕)
Beardy Ji-hyo (수염지효)
Gold Ji-hyo (금지효)
Goddess of Luck (행운의 여신)
Goddess of Sleep (잠의 여신)
Hell Ji-hyo (헬지효)
|Episode 2 – 5 (guest)
Episode 7 – present (regular)
|The only current female member of the show and initially only appeared as a guest but was added to the main cast in episode 6. During the earlier episodes, Song Ji-hyo was often known to swear during broadcasts especially towards Haha and Lee Kwang-soo. She is also known to be often seen with confused or blank facial expressions a lot of the time. Throughout the series, she has been involved in the official loveline of the show alongside Gary. She is one of the strongest players during race missions with similar running and catching capabilities as well as comparable intelligence to Yoo Jae-suk and Kim Jong-kook. Her theme song is the Angry Birds theme song.|
|Lizzy||Busan Girl (부산 소녀)
Cowardly Girl (겁 많은 소녀)
19 Years Old Girl (19 살 소녀)
|Episode 13 – 14, 292 (guest)
Episode 18 – 25 (regular)
|She originally appeared as a guest in episodes 13 and 14, but later joined the main cast in episode 18. Formerly known as the youngest member of the show (at 19 years old), Lizzy is known for her cute looks and her "aegyo". She also proved to have a unique Korean accent when speaking since she's from Busan, where they have a slight change in speaking Korean. Lizzy has left Running Man since episode 26. Her reason to leave was never mentioned in the show, but possibly due to scheduling conflicts between the show and After School activities. After 5 years of not appearing in the show, she makes a comeback as a guest in episode 292. Her theme song is "A-ing", by After School sub-unit Orange Caramel|
|Song Joong-ki||Flower Joong-ki (꽃중기)
Pretty Boy Joong-ki (꽃미남중기)
Brain Joong-ki (브레인 중기)
Active Young Man (적극청년)
Detective Joong-ki (형사 중기)
|Episode 1 – 41 (regular)
Episode 66 (guest)
Episode 71, 97, 251, 283 (cameo)
|Introduced alongside Gary and Lee Kwang-soo as one of the "variety rookies" due to his lack of experience on variety shows prior to Running Man. He was shown as being the smartest and also having the best looks out of the cast. He was known for being able to figure out puzzles and strategize during the race missions. He was also shown to be very optimistic and is often seen attempting new things but ultimately failing. As of episode 41, he left the main cast to focus on his acting career. However, he reappeared in episode 66 as a guest and also in episode 71 in a short cameo as part of his promotion for the drama, Deep Rooted Tree. He had a cameo on episode 97 as a soccer player for the 2012 Asian Dream Cup. He also had a cameo on episode 251 to meet the members. He was initially set as a guest for episode 283 for the 2016 Smile Cup, but later appeared in that episode as a special appearance only due to his injury to his knee, preventing him from taking part in the missions. His theme song is "Pretty Boy", by M2M|
|Kim Jong-kook, Gary, Haha||Kim Jong-kook and the Two Kids (김종국과 아이 둘)||A twist on the name of the former Korean band Seo Taiji and Boys (서태지와 아이들). In earlier episodes, Gary and Haha were often found in the same team, and were usually under the control of the domineering Kim Jong-kook. Thus, they are often shown as being afraid of Kim Jong-kook.|
|Gary, Song Ji-hyo||Monday Couple (월요커플)
Business Couple (비즈니스 커플)
|The primary loveline of the show, they show interest in each other on Mondays, which is the day the show was filmed. The first mention of the term "Monday Couple" was in episode 12, although the relationship had been developing a few episodes prior. The relationship seemed one-sided until episode 16 when Ji Hyo told the cast that on Mondays she has a man, referring to Gary. Song Joong-ki would attempt to come between them on several occasions and many jokes were made from other cast members about Gary's appearance (the fact that compared to Joong-ki, he was far inferior). It became a major loveline after Song Joong-ki left the program. (Later, the show was filmed on both Mondays and Tuesdays, leading to jokes about the couple not being in effect on Tuesdays.)|
|Yoo Jae-suk, Kim Jong-kook||Eternal Rivals (영원한 숙적)
Running Man's Two Pillars of Power (런닝맨 권력 양대산맥)
|These two are often arguing, joking and fighting with each other when they meet. Usually Kim Jong-kook wins the battle. They have been known as rivals since the 1st episode. They are considered as two of the strongest players in the series.|
|Song Joong-ki, Song Ji-hyo||Song-Song Couple (송송커플)
Song-Song Siblings (송송남매)
|Another popular loveline, it first attracted attention from episode 15 when Song Joong-ki kissed Song Ji-hyo on the cheek. They later evolved into a siblings relationship as the Song-Song Siblings.|
|Kim Jong-kook, Song Ji-hyo||Commander and Ace (능력자&에이스)
|The two are considered to be one of the strongest teams in Running Man since they first worked together from episode 21.|
|Lee Kwang-soo, Song Joong-ki||Same-Aged Friends (동갑내기)||Lee Kwang-soo claims to be close friends with Song Joong-ki due to their same age (both born in 1985), but Song Joong-ki would often deny their close friendship, leaving Kwang-soo appearing depressed. Song Joong-ki finally admitted to their close friendship in his leaving speech during the filming of his last episode (Episode 41).|
|Yoo Jae-suk, Song Ji-hyo||Candy Alliance (사탕동맹)
|In episode 42, Song Ji-hyo gives Yoo Jae-suk a candy to make alliance with him. In the end, Song Ji-hyo betrays Yoo Jae-suk by ripping off his name tag.|
|Lee Kwang-soo, Ji Suk-jin||New Dumb and Dumber (신형 덤앤더머)
Easy Brothers (이지 브라더스)
Feel, Touch, Cross! (필촉 크로스)
|The New Dumb and Dumber relation was first depicted in episode 65, when they became a duo, acting similarly to the Dumb and Dumber couple of Family Outing. Later, they were known as the Easy Brothers when they were designated spies for episode 68, and a clue was offered to the other members that threatened to reveal their identities. The clue was "Easy", a combination of their surnames 이(Lee, pronounced ee) and 지(Ji). Whenever they are paired up, they are also known for performing their "Feel, Touch, Cross!" (필, 촉, 크로스!) cheer before each mission.|
|Kim Jong-kook, Lee Kwang-soo, Ji Suk-jin||Serengeti (세렝게티)
Animal Kingdom (동물의 왕국)
Kook-Easy Brothers (국이지 브라더스)
|This group has a set of animal nicknames. Kim Jong-kook is the tiger, Ji Suk-jin is the Impala and Lee Kwang-soo is the giraffe. When they are grouped, they always have an serengeti atmosphere as Kim Jong-kook says in episode 87.|
|Haha, Lee Kwang-soo||Betrayal Masters (배신 마스터)
||In the series, these two are known for betraying other members. In episode 99, they've given a spy mission to oust their kings respectively but they fail the mission.|
|Yoo Jae-suk, Lee Kwang-soo||Yoo-Lee (유이)
Yoo-Lee, I miss you! (유이 보고 싶다)
Dumb and Dumber (덤앤더머)
|This was formed when Yoo Jae-suk and Lee Kwang-soo was paired up as a team in Episode 90 by combining both their surnames together, 유(Yoo) and 이(Lee, pronounced ee). Throughout episode 90, Yoo Jae-suk and Lee Kwang-soo often does the "Yoo-Lee" cross. Often at which, Lee Kwang-soo would state that it sounds like the name of After School's UEE. They would say that they miss her. They would finally meet and become one team with her in episode 137. They also do the "Lee-Yoo" cross. They are pertaining to IU which is a popular Korean singer.|
|Lee Kwang-soo, Yoo Jae-suk, Ji Suk-jin||Jail Regulars Trio (감옥 단골 3인방)
Lee-Yoo-Ji Brothers (이유지 브라더스)
The Unlucky Trio (꽝손 트리오)
The Unlucky Brothers (꽝손 브라더스)
|In earlier episodes, this trio was often eliminated the earliest during Bells Hide and Seek, and met each other at the jail. They are also known as Lee-Yoo-Ji, an evolved form of Easy Brothers. It was created when Ji Suk-jin was getting jealous of Lee Kwang-soo being close with Yoo Jae-suk, and calling themselves Lee-Yoo in episode 81. Asking whether Lee Kwang-soo was with Easy or the new Lee-Yoo, Yoo Jae-suk replies "that is the reason" ("the reason" is "Lee-Yoo-Ji" in Korean), and Ji Suk-jin reluctantly joins them to become Lee-Yoo-Ji, which is their last names put together. They are also known for being the most unlucky members in Running Man, particularly in missions.|
|Yoo Jae-suk, Ji Suk-jin||Suk-Brothers (석브라더스)
|The two MCs have been close friends for more than 20 years and that they both have "Suk" in their name. However, Ji Suk-jin is always jealous of the good relationship Jae-suk has with Kim Jong-kook. In episode 27, Ji Suk-jin was referred to as Yoo Jae-suk's "sunflower" (always facing towards him) and was officially christened as such in Episode 40.|
|Kim Jong-kook, Haha||My Big Brother and My Little Brother (우리 형, 내 동생)||These two are often on the same team and they have an endearing older brother/little brother relationship throughout the show and often address each other as such in a playful manner. The two have performed and toured together as the Running Man Brothers.|
|Haha, Yoo Jae-suk||Ha-suk (하석)||This "loveline" was formed after the announcement that Song Ji-hyo was dating the CEO of her company in episode 82. Ji Suk-jin commented that a new loveline was needed in the show. Following which, Haha commented that he was preparing for a love line and Yoo Jae-suk immediately jokingly replied, saying that he couldn't sleep because he has been thinking about Haha too much. They often argue with each other with the superpowers given on episode 74. "The one who controls time" and "The one who drives me crazy" are the top two said by Yoo Jae-suk and Haha.|
|Kim Jong-kook, Lee Kwang-soo||Commander Jong Kook and Disciple Soo (능력자종국 과 그의조수)
Tiger and Giraffe (호랑이와 기린)
|This was formed in episode 82 when Lee Kwang-soo and Kim Jong-kook were paired into a team. Since Kim Jong-kook resembles a tiger and Lee Kwang-soo resembles a giraffe, their relationship is known as Tiger and Giraffe. This happened again in episode 84 where Lee Kwang-soo and Kim Jong-kook were chosen by the opposing team to pair up together with paper handcuffs, leaving both of them stuck to each other for the rest of the episode. The two show a Tom and Jerry-esque relationship.|
|Haha, Lee Kwang-soo, Ji Suk-jin||Betrayer's Club (배신자 클럽)||After Haha and Lee Kwang-soo became betrayal masters, Ji Suk-jin was added and they became the Betrayal Team. They were known for their constant betrayals in missions. They could even betray each other, thus distrust always exist in the team. In episode 146, there was an episode featuring them, where they were listed as the Betrayer's Club who attempts to steal a treasure.|
|Lee Kwang-soo, Song Ji-hyo||Kwang-Mong Siblings (멍광남매)||These two are often seen playing with each other, sometimes they fight but if you look closer, they take care of each other just like close siblings.|
|Gary, Haha||Two Kids (아이둘)
Real Rivals (레알라이벌)
Squid and Octopus (오징어와 주꾸미)
|The rivalry between Gary and Haha had existed since way back but was just recently confirmed in episode 275 where they'd have been bickering a lot more than usual in the past few episodes. Ironically, they were often in the same team and have won in many occasions.|
The staff both run the games and often show up influencing the outcome of various missions and sometimes even actively participate or show up on camera. This includes the personal cameramen (VJs), production directors (PDs), floor directors (FDs), stylists, boom operators, and so on.
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), and Kim Ki-jin (Kim Jong-kook'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 PD's to take over, notably PD Lee Hwan-jin, PD Jung Cheol-Min, and PD Park Yong-Woo. FD Go Dong-wan also announced his leave via his Instagram.
Most Appeared Guests
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 Running Man"
|Jung Yong-hwa||12 (07, 11, 17, 35-36, 72-73, 104, 127, 129, 186, 242)||Member of CNBLUE||The most appeared guest in the show, Yong-hwa is known for his looks and strength. He is a strong guest to the point where he managed to rip Kim Jong-kook's nametag. He is also agile, fast, and skilled in nametag ripping.|
|Nichkhun||11 (04-05, 19, 40, 50-51, 104, 195, 248, 256, 306)||Member of 2PM||One of the most athletic guests in the show, Nichkhun, like Yong-hwa, is known for his looks and strength. He is good in nearly every game during his appearances, leaving the members in awe. However, it is notable that every time Nichkhun appeared in the show, the missions featured would be extremely hard.|
|Park Ji-sung||9 (96-97, 152-154, 199-200, 283-284)||Footballer (Retired)||One of the most appeared guests in the show. He is notable for his soccer skills, who was one of the main players in Manchester United. It is notable that every time Park Ji-sung appeared, a football based mission would be featured.|
|Suzy||8 (55, 93-94, 117, 155, 172-173, 208)||Member of miss A||Since her initial appearance, each of her appearances in later episodes would make the members happy and are cheering for her return. She is known for her goddess-like appearance and her cuteness.|
|Kim Kwang-kyu||7 (15, 32, 159, 176, 271-272, 274)||Actor, Comedian||In the early episodes, Kim Kwang-kyu is known for his weak appearance, having a similar age to Ji Suk-jin. Whenever he's about to be caught by the opposing team, he would kneel and surrender, making him easily to be caught by the opposing team. He, like Ji Suk-jin, is a gullible person, having been tricked to be one of the members of the show when he appeared in episode 271.|
|Kim Woo-bin||7 (138, 166, 188-189, 191, 225, 240)||Actor||One of the most appeared guests, Kim Woo-bin is quick-witted and a good looking actor. He is always enthusiastic in completing the missions and is well welcomed by the cast.|
List of episodes and guests
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||TBA||January 3, 2016||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) or former members of the show (Song Joong-ki, Lizzy), only the times they were a guest are counted. The guests were sorted according to their appearances and the number of episodes appeared.
|Guest||Episode(s)||# of episodes
|Jung Yong-hwa (CNBLUE)||07, 11, 17, 35-36, 72-73, 104, 127, 129, 186, 242||12||10|
|Nichkhun (2PM)||04-05, 19, 40, 50-51, 104, 195, 248, 256, 306||11||9|
|Suzy (Miss A)||55, 93-94, 117, 155, 172-173, 208||8||6|
|Kim Kwang-kyu||15, 32, 159, 176, 271-272, 274||7||6|
|Kim Woo-bin||138, 166, 188-189, 191, 225, 240||7||6|
|Seung-ri (Big Bang)||30, 84-85, 163, 190, 250||6||5|
|Lee Joon||08, 104, 108, 129, 162||5||5|
|Kim Je-dong||11, 21, 79, 106, 207||5||5|
|Chansung (2PM)||150, 162, 195, 201, 256||5||5|
|Park Ji-sung||96-97, 152-154, 199-200, 283-284||9||4|
|Sulli||55, 75, 129, 152-154||6||4|
|Lee Chun-hee||02-03, 76-77, 226, 269||6||4|
|Dae-sung (Big Bang)||35-36, 84-85, 163, 250||6||4|
|Kim Soo-ro||09, 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|
|Junho (2PM)||151-152, 195, 240, 256||5||4|
|Park Soo-hong||179-180, 207, 220, 274||5||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|
|Bo-ra (Sistar)||174, 201, 255, 307||4||4|
|Park Seo-joon||184, 198, 246, 263||4||4|
|Hong Jin-young||205, 221, 266, 299||4||4|
|Lee Dong-wook||133-134, 136, 179-180, 263||6||3|
|Lim Ju-hwan||192-194, 266, 271-272||6||3|
|Jessica Jung||04-05, 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|
|Andy (Shinhwa)||160-161, 236, 278-279||5||3|
|Goo Ha-ra||02-03, 49, 122||4||3|
|Yuri (Girls' Generation)||16, 63-64, 254||4||3|
|Song Eun-yi||24, 149, 211-212||4||3|
|Park Ye-jin||37, 67-68, 241||4||3|
|Yoona (Girls' Generation)||39, 63-64, 254||4||3|
|Choi Min-soo||52-53, 69, 118||4||3|
|Shin Se-kyung||57-58, 103, 241||4||3|
|Taeyeon (Girls' Generation)||63-64, 112, 254||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|
|Seolhyun (AOA)||210, 255, 278-279||4||3|
|Park Joon-hyung (g.o.d)||248, 260-261, 272||4||3|
|Kim Jun-hyun||249, 271-272, 305||4||3|
|Lizzy (After School)||13, 14, 292||3||3|
|Park Jun-gyu||08, 34, 90||3||3|
|Shin Bong-sun||09, 43, 56||3||3|
|Kim Hee-chul (Super Junior)||20, 207, 275||3||3|
|Choi Siwon (Super Junior)||22, 75, 135||3||3|
|Park Bo-young||25, 181, 269||3||3|
|Noh Sa-yeon||49, 103, 137||3||3|
|Kim Sook||56, 149, 272||3||3|
|Gaeko (Dynamic Duo)||59, 86, 107||3||3|
|Min-ho (SHINee)||75, 129, 201||3||3|
|Hyo-rin (Sistar)||75, 162, 307||3||3|
|Go Ara||80, 139, 298||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|
|Kwang-hee (ZE:A)||129, 236, 272||3||3|
|Eun Ji-won||141, 209, 252||3||3|
|Muzie||176, 195, 272||3||3|
|So-you (Sistar)||209, 255, 307||3||3|
|Kim Min-kyo||220, 262, 272||3||3|
|Hong Jin-ho||257, 275, 292||3||3|
|Song Ji-hyo||02-03, 04-05||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|
|Han Hye-jin||133-134, 136, 174||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|
|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|
|Hyoyeon (Girls' Generation)||63-64, 254||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|
|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|
|Son Na-eun (A Pink)||162, 202-203||3||2|
|Yoon Bo-mi (A Pink)||202-203, 255||3||2|
|Fei (Miss A)||205, 234-235||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|
|Jung Il-woo||242, 289-290||3||2|
|Hyun Joo-yup||257, 271-272||3||2|
|Lee Ha-neul (DJ DOC)||260-261, 272||3||2|
|Yoon Park||268, 271-272||3||2|
|Stephanie (The Grace)||268, 278-279||3||2|
|Eun-jung (T-ara)||07, 104||2||2|
|Lee Hong-ki (FT Island)||09, 242||2||2|
|Jang Dong-min||13, 220||2||2|
|Tony Ahn||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|
|Sunny (Girls' Generation)||39, 254||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|
|Eunhyuk (Super Junior)||104, 266||2||2|
|Jeon Mi-seon||113, 158||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|
|Lee Kyung-kyu||143, 305||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|
|Gong Minzy||156, 195||2||2|
|Park Bom (2NE1)||156, 195||2||2|
|Sandara Park (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 (A Pink)||162, 218||2||2|
|Yu-ra (Girl's Day)||162, 263||2||2|
|Da-som (Sistar)||162, 307||2||2|
|Yeo Jin-goo||182, 302||2||2|
|Son Ho-jun||184, 243||2||2|
|Kang Min-hyuk (CNBLUE)||186, 201||2||2|
|Kang Ha-neul||190, 240||2||2|
|Jun. K (2PM)||195, 256||2||2|
|Narsha (Brown Eyed Girls)||198, 221||2||2|
|Lee Guk-joo||205, 255||2||2|
|Yoo In-young||213, 299||2||2|
|Kim Sung-kyun||217, 298||2||2|
|KangNam (M.I.B)||220, 248||2||2|
|Kyuhyun (Super Junior)||221, 265||2||2|
|Leeteuk (Super Junior)||221, 275||2||2|
|Kyung Soo-jin||224, 299||2||2|
|Lee Sung-kyung||224, 304||2||2|
|Hong Jong-hyun||230, 243||2||2|
|Niel (Teen Top)||233, 274||2||2|
|Hani (EXID)||237, 275||2||2|
|Kim Dong-hyun||239, 305||2||2|
|Yoo Byung-jae||243, 312||2||2|
|Jessi (Lucky J)||244, 252||2||2|
|Jinu (Jinusean)||245, 272||2||2|
|Park Na-rae||268, 272||2||2|
|Lee Ki-woo||306, 309||2||2|
|Kim Hyun-joong (SS501)||46-47||2||1|
|Koo Jun-yup (CLON)||260-261||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|
|Kim Jung-nam (Turbo)||278-279||2||1|
|Jo Kwon (2AM)||07||1||1|
|Choiza (Dynamic Duo)||59||1||1|
|Tiger JK (Drunken Tiger)||59||1||1|
|Yubin (Wonder Girls)||117||1||1|
|Jung Won-gwan (Sobangcha)||122||1||1|
|Kim Tae-hyung (Sobangcha)||122||1||1|
|Lee Sang-won (Sobangcha)||122||1||1|
|Shindong (Super Junior)||125||1||1|
|Kwon Ri-se (Ladies' Code)||149||1||1|
|Kim Ye-rim (Togeworl)||159||1||1|
|Lee Jung-shin (CNBLUE)||186||1||1|
|Danny Ahn (g.o.d)||209||1||1|
|Choi Bu-kyung (Seoul SK Knights)||210||1||1|
|Seo Kang-joon (5urprise)||230||1||1|
|Miryo (Brown Eyed Girls)||232||1||1|
|Ryeowook (Super Junior)||233||1||1|
|Sojin (Girl's Day)||233||1||1|
|Kim Dongwan (Shinhwa)||236||1||1|
|Jung Hee-cheol (ZE:A)||236||1||1|
|Kim Tae-heon (ZE:A)||236||1||1|
|Lee Hoo (ZE:A)||236||1||1|
|Park Hyung-sik (ZE:A)||236||1||1|
|Henry (Super Junior-M)||248||1||1|
|Sooyoung (Girls' Generation)||254||1||1|
|Tiffany (Girls' Generation)||254||1||1|
|Rap Monster (BTS)||265||1||1|
|Ye-eun (Wonder Girls)||265||1||1|
|Joy (Red Velvet)||268||1||1|
|Digili (Honey Family)||272||1||1|
|Cha Hun (N.Flying)||272||1||1|
|Kim Jae-hyun (N.Flying)||272||1||1|
|Kwon Kwang-jin (N.Flying)||272||1||1|
|Lee Seung-hyub (N.Flying)||272||1||1|
|Jung Chan-woo (Cultwo)||273||1||1|
|Kim Tae-gyun (Cultwo)||273||1||1|
|Hong Yoon-hwa (People Looking for a Laugh)||273||1||1|
|Kim Jung-hwan (People Looking for a Laugh)||273||1||1|
|Kim Tae-hwan (People Looking for a Laugh)||273||1||1|
|Lee Eun-hyung (People Looking for a Laugh)||273||1||1|
|Min Kyung-hoon (Buzz)||274||1||1|
|Hyeri (Girl's Day)||294||1||1|
|Nam Tae-hyun (WINNER)||294||1||1|
|Song Min-ho (WINNER)||294||1||1|
|Eun-seo (Cosmic Girls)||297||1||1|
|Zico (Block B)||299||1||1|
|Kyung-ri (Nine Muses)||306||1||1|
|Shownu (Monsta X)||307||1||1|
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 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 or Girls’ Generation or f(x) play an important part in the success, as well, although they sometimes induce criticism, too. 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 November 2011, the rights to air the show was sold to nine areas in Asia, namely Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Cambodia, and Malaysia proving Running Man's rise in popularity as a Hallyu program. In January 2013, SBS announced Running Man in Asia as one of the big projects of 2013. Producer Jo Hyo-jin, stated that the program would be touring two countries in Asia in the first half of 2013. The program has previously travelled to Thailand, China, and Hong Kong for filming. Jo Hyo-jin has also mentioned interests raised by Singaporean television stations in purchasing the Running Man format, which reiterated Running Man's popularity in Asia.
Producer Im Hyung-taek confirmed that the program would be filming in Macau, China and Hanoi, Vietnam in early February, and the respective episodes were aired on television in late February and early March. In February 2014, Jo Hyo-jin announced that the program was invited by the Australian Tourist Commission to film in Australia, and did so in mid-February which aired in March.
A spin-off of Running Man, titled Hurry Up, Brother, was announced in May 2014. The spin-off, which is the Chinese version of Running Man was scheduled to air in the fourth quarter of 2014 on Zhejiang Television. Cast from the Korean version will participate in the Chinese version as well. The spin-off was a success, and currently the show aired its fourth season. There was also an Indonesian adaptation of the show, titled Mission X, following a similar format on the show, with the exception that the members would using armbands, and the games would be played just for fun rather than playing it for winning the prize.
On February 2016, it was reported that the crew were considering an episode set in Dubai, UAE, which they eventually did filming in the end of February. The episodes were aired on March.
The popularity of Running Man throughout Asia provided the opportunity to take the show outside of South Korea. Running Man has traveled to various countries including China, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, Indonesia, Taiwan and the United Arab Emirates. International episodes are notable for their ability to draw large groups of fans to mission venues.
|50-51||July 3- July 10, 2011||Thailand||Kim Min-jung
|61-62||September 18-September 25, 2011||Beijing, China||Kang Ji-young (Kara)
|Kang Ji-young temporarily replaces Song Ji-hyo as the "Running Girl" for episode 61|
|72-73||December 11-December 18, 2011||Hong Kong, China||Jung Yong-hwa (CNBLUE)
|97||June 3, 2012||Thailand||Park Ji-sung
|Half of the episode,
IU didn't go due to schedule conflicts,
Yoo Jae-suk had to leave early due to schedule conflicts
|133||February 17, 2013||Macau, China||Han Hye-jin
|134, 136||February 24, March 10, 2013||Vietnam|
|154||July 14, 2013||Shanghai, China||Koo Ja-cheol
|188-189, 191||March 9-March 16, March 30, 2014||Australia||Rain
|200||June 15, 2014||Indonesia||Park Ji-sung|
|212||September 7, 2014||Taiwan||Lee Sung-jae
Kim Tae-woo (g.o.d)
|Half of the episode|
|234||February 15, 2015||Hong Kong, China
|Fei (Miss A)
|Certain parts of the episode|
|283-284||January 24- January 31, 2016||Shanghai, China||Ji So-yun
|289-290||March 6-March 12, 2016||Dubai, UAE||Jung Il-Woo
The popularity of Running Man throughout Asia has also provided the opportunity for the production team to organize fan meeting tours in Asia since 2013.
|Race Start! Running Man Fan Meeting Asia Tour 2013|
|13 July 2013||Hong Kong||Hong Kong||AsiaWorld–Expo||Gary, Haha, Ji Suk-jin, Kim Jong-kook|
|21 September 2013||Beijing||China||Beijing Exhibition Center|
|5 October 2013||Shanghai||Shanghai Indoor Stadium|
|19 October 2013||Singapore||Singapore||Singapore Expo||Gary, Haha, Ji Suk-jin, Kim Jong-kook, Song Ji-hyo|
|Race Start! Running Man Fan Meeting Asia Tour Season 2 2014|
|27 September 2014||Bangkok||Thailand||Queen Sirikit National Convention Center||Haha, Ji Suk-jin, Kim Jong-kook, Lee Kwang-soo, Song Ji-hyo|
|4 October 2014||Hong Kong||Hong Kong||AsiaWorld–Expo|
|25 October 2014||Jakarta||Indonesia||Istora Senayan|
|1 November 2014||Kuala Lumpur||Malaysia||Stadium Negara|
|29 November 2014||Singapore||Singapore||The Star Performing Arts Centre|
|Race Start! Season 3-Running Man Special Tour 2015|
|3 July 2015||Hong Kong||Hong Kong||AsiaWorld–Expo||**All members**|
|21 August 2015||Shanghai||China||Mercedes-Benz Arena|
|18 September 2015||Chongqing||Chongqing International Expo Center||Gary, Haha, Ji Suk-jin, Kim Jong-kook, Lee Kwang-soo, Song Ji-hyo|
|23 October 2015||Beijing||Capital Indoor Stadium||**All members**|
|30 October 2015||Shenzhen||Shenzhen Bay Sports Center||Gary, Haha, Ji Suk-jin, Kim Jong-kook, Lee Kwang-soo, Song Ji-hyo|
|20 November 2015||Nanjing||Nanjing Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium|
|11 December 2015||Wuhan||Wuhan Gymnasium||Yoo Jae-suk, Haha, Ji Suk-jin, Kim Jong-kook, Lee Kwang-soo, Song Ji-hyo|
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
In 26 May 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 on June 2015, a design, made by a fan named Noh Seung-soo is 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.
Lizzy's status as a member
After her lack of appearances on Running Man, fans were divided whether Lizzy was a Running Man member or not. A producer of Running Man has stated that Lizzy is actually a "long-term" guest. However, Lizzy, in an interview told that she was, in fact, a member, further creating controversy. This issue is finally clarified when she was invited as a guest on Running Man on March 27, 2016, with the show stated that she's a former member, and one of the cast members, Kim Jong-kook, further clarifying it on Instagram.
On December 14, 2015, the producer of Running Man, Im Hyung-taek address apology after the show being alleged for plagiarizing games from a Japanese game show, VS Arashi. Regarding the issue, the PD responded that:
"I can’t say anything specific in terms of plagiarism because I have not seen that Japanese show, but it seems that as the person in charge, I was not able to check things in detail. I sincerely apologize to our viewers for this. We will be more careful in the future."  
Super 7 Incident
The Super 7 incident refers to the cancelled concert by Leessang Entertainment. The Super 7 Concert was a free concert held by Infinity Challenge, another variety show (where fellow Leessang member, Gil, was a cast member). However, the free concert suddenly changed to a paid concert because of unknown reasons. This change made many Korean enraged and put the blame on Gary and Gil. Under huge pressure, both Gary and Gil declared that they would quit Running Man and Infinity Challenge, respectively. This issue is finally settled when Leessang (Gary & Gil) announced that they will not leave their respective shows.
Awards and nominations
Due to its popularity, Running Man has won numerous awards and has been nominated many times. As of 2015, Running Man has been nominated for 52 awards, winning 39.
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- https://www.instagram.com/p/BDR4blmpr-0/?hl=en: sbs_runningman_sbs: [Shooting scene picture of RunningMan Ep.292 <RunningMan 1st Unlucky Hand Festival>] The return of #Lizzy as a guest on RM Ep.292. The question of 'Who is the most unlucky RM member?' will be verified on RM Ep.292. The most unlucky member will be winner of this festival. RM Ep.292 on Mar.27 at 4:50pm KST on #SBS [ 런닝맨 제292회 <런닝맨 제1회 꽝손 페스티벌> 촬영 현장 사진 ] 런닝맨 제292회 게스트로 돌아온 #리지. "런닝맨 중 누가 가장 운이 없나요?"라는 시청자들의 궁금증을 해소해 주기 위해 마련한 페스티벌. 가장 운 없는 런닝맨이 우승. 런닝맨 제292회 3월 27일 오후 4시50분 방송 예정. ••• #BehindTheScenes #BTS #RunningMan #RM #런닝맨 directed by #이환진 (@hwanjine)
- https://www.instagram.com/p/BDIPi3ZwRVJ/?hl=en: kjk76 (Kim Jong-kook): Reunion #Lizzy from #OrangeCaramel!! She used to b a member of RM~ Missed u ma lil sis! Hope u rejoin RM~#RunningMan #HongJinho #LeeKwangsoo #HaHa#SorryMaLilBroHaHa#Actually #IgotAnotherBetterPic #but #LoveThisPicCouseofU #Puhahaha 오랜만에 #원년멤버 #리지 가 #런닝맨 에나왔다! 다시 멤버로 들어왔음~^^ #홍진호 #이광수 #하하 #미안해내동생하하야 #사실 #더잘나온사진이있었어 #근데 #너땜에이사진올린거야 #푸하하하하하하
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- https://www.instagram.com/p/BHZhA_mjekY/?hl=en: sbs_runningman_sbs:[ Shooting scene picture of RunningMan Ep.306 'Strange Rescue Team' ] Myuk PD (@kingpdjay ) came back. [ 런닝맨 제306회 '수상한 구조대' 촬영 현장 사진 ] 돌아온 멱PD (@kingpdjay ). ••• #BehindTheScenes #RunningMan #RM #런닝맨 •••
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