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|Also known as||소사이어티 게임|
|Created by||Dan Cazzola |
|Developed by||CJ E&M & |
Endemol Shine Group
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||12|
|Running time||140 minutes (Episode 1) |
95 - 105 minutes (Episodes 2 - 12)
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original release||October 16, 2016 –|
January 1, 2017
|Followed by||Society Game 2|
|Related shows||The Genius|
The Society Game (소사이어티 게임) is a South Korean reality TV series, and it was marketed as one of tvN's 10th Anniversary Special Global Project shows. Society Game is a mock society game show in a controlled village environment. 22 contestants compete against each other by staying in the village for a period of 14 days. If the contestants successfully complete the challenges given to them and survive until the end, the reward of a 150 million won (approximately US$150,000) would be given to them.
|Network||Episode||Broadcasting Dates||Broadcasting Time|
|tvN||Ep 1||October 16, 2016||Sun 9:00 - 11:20 PM (KST).|
|Ep 2 - 12||October 23, 2016 - January 1, 2017||Every Sun 9:15 - 11:00 PM (KST).|
- Chae Ji-won (student, 21, POSTECH Industrial & Management Systems Engineering student)
- Choi Seol-hwa (ballet teacher and trainer, 24, Kyung Hee University Dance graduate)
- Hong Sa-hyuk (doctor and rapper, 30, Seoul National University Medical School PhD student)
- Hwang In-sun (singer, 30, Sungkyunkwan University Dance graduate / Sungkyunkwan University Dance Masters graduate)
- Hyun Kyung-ryul (startup director, 32, Seoul National University Computer Science PhD)
- Jang Han-byul (singer, 27, University of Queensland Dentistry dropout)
- Jung In-jik (student, 26, Seoul National University Physical Education student)
- Kim Hee-jun (English lecturer, 30, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign Sports Management graduate / Seoul University Sports Management Masters graduate)
- Kwon A-sol (mixed martial artist, 31, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University Management dropout)
- Lee Byung-kwan (Steven Lee, businessman, 29, University of California, Riverside Management Graduate / Yonsei University Management Masters Graduate)
- Lee Hae-sung (student, 25, Seoul National University Management student)
- Lim Dong-hwan (phone developer, 30, Yonsei University Mechanical Engineering graduate)
- MJ Kim (mixed martial artist, 26)
- Oliver Jang (model, 26, Johns Hopkins University Public Health Studies graduate)
- Park Ha-el (student, 24, Korea University International Affairs student)
- Park Seo-hyun (student, 22, Yonsei University Music Composition student)
- Pharoh (rapper, 32, Kyonggi University Sports Management graduate)
- Shin Jae-hyuk (model, 23, Taking time off Seoul Culture Arts University Modeling Degree)
- Yang Ji-an (party planner, 29, Yonsei University Clothing & Textiles / Journalism graduate)
- Yang Sang-guk (comedian, 34)
- Yoon Macho (magazine editor, 30, Seoul Mode Fashion Institute Business graduate)
- Yoon Tae-jin (announcer, 30, Ewha Womans University Dance graduate)
Society Game is a game show in which 22 contestants live in a custom-built "house" (an outdoor set) under constant video surveillance for 14 days. While in the house, the contestants are isolated from the outside world. Before the game begins, the contestants are first divided equally into two societies: Nop-dong (Green Team) and Ma-dong (Red Team). The two societies then live apart in two different areas in the house and are isolated from each other at all times besides the Team Challenge and Eviction Ceremony.
The "house" is circular in shape and is divided into three equal sections: Nop-Dong, Ma-Dong, and Neutral Zone. Neutral Zone is the connecting space between the two societies and the main entrance. This is also where Team Challenges and Eviction Ceremonies are held. The two living spaces for both teams are almost identical. Both have a Leader's bedroom, Storage, Cooking Area, Jail, and Bedroom. The Leader's Bedroom is the only air-conditioned room and the air-condition will be deactivated if anyone other the Leader enters the room. The only difference in both spaces is that in Ma-dong, there is a "Rebellion Room" and in Nop-dong, there is a "Voting Room". The "Rebellion Room" contains a gong in which a rebellion can be started and the "Voting Room" is where the contestants conduct a private vote.
Each day, the two societies compete against each other in the Team Challenge. The winning team will be awarded 10,000,000 won (approximately US$10,000) along with other rewards while the losing team will eliminate one member from their team and from the game during the Eviction Ceremony. At Eviction Ceremony, the winning team's Leader has the power to name a Blacklist Candidate. If one member's name is written twice, they are automatically evicted from the game.
At the end of two weeks, only three members from each society will remain and they will compete in the Final Challenge. If only 3 members remain in a society before the end of two weeks, there will be no more evictions from the team even if they lose the Team Challenge. However, if 4 or more members remain in a society by the end of two weeks, the final Leader will have to choose 2 members to join him/her to the Final Challenge while the unselected members will be evicted. The 3 members on the winning team of the Final Challenge will be crowned the winners.
Each society will also choose a Leader. The Leaders will enjoy luxuries including a personal air-conditioned bedroom and access to a personal safe. They also have the power to evict and the power to distribute monetary awards (i.e. prize money won in team challenges).
In Nop-dong (Green Team), the society is modeled as a democracy with all members having the right to vote and the right to be elected. At the beginning of each day, the members will elect a Leader through a secret ballot and the person with the most votes will become the Leader for the day. A maximum of three members can run for candidacy each election and the sitting Leader will automatically become a candidate for the next election. In the case of a tie in the votes, the sitting Leader will break the tie.
In Ma-dong (Red Team), the society is modeled as a totalitarian state with the Leader reigning indefinitely until he/she is "overthrown" in a "rebellion". The initial Leader is chosen through a challenge. However, subsequent Leaders are chosen after a successful "rebellion". At the beginning of their tenures as Leader, the Ma-dong leader must hand out 2 "Keys of Rebellion" to 2 members. Only the keyholders have the power to initiate a rebellion by sounding the gong in the Rebellion Room. If a majority of the members hits the gong within 30 minutes of the initial gong, the "rebellion" is successful. The current Leader will then be "overthrown" and replaced by the person who initiated the "rebellion".
Rule Changes in Season 2
The following rule changes were made in season 2.
- Nop-dong Evictions would now be determined by a vote among all members of Nop-dong. In the event of a tie, the leader would cast a tie-breaker vote. The leader will have immunity from eviction.
- In the event of an unsuccessful rebellion in Ma-dong, the initiator will be blacklisted. This means that if their name has already been put on the blacklist, they will be evicted.
Episode One - Human Janggi (Human Chess)
Team Prize: 10,000,000 Korean won + additional 5 kg of personal belongings for team
Episode Two - Round Table of Suffering
Team Prize: 10,000,000 Korean won + Ice Cream
Episode Three - Five-Legged Race
Team Prize: 10,000,000 Korean won + Fresh Fruits (Peaches and Grapes)
Episode Four - Floor Removal
Team Prize: 10,000,000 Korean won + Ice Coffee & Ice Cream Cake
Episode Five - Number Climbing
Team Prize: 10,000,000 Korean won + Kimchi
Episode Six - PowerBall
Team Prize: 10,000,000 Korean won + Ramen
|Day Number||Challenge||Original Air Date|
|Day 1||none||October 16, 2016|
The 22 contestants entered the House. They were told that they will divide into two equal teams, Ma-dong and Nop-dong, and a Preliminary Test will determine the order in which they will choose their teams. The better ranking they achieved, the earlier they can choose their team. There were 3 types of challenges available: Mental, Physical, or Dexterity. Mental Test involved memorizing a sequence of colours. Physical Test involved a timed trial for transporting 5 kg bags from the start point back to a platform. Dexterity Test involved a ring toss game. After determining the teams, they were told that they can only keep 5 kg of personal belongings (extra 3 kg for the 3 Preliminary Test winners) and bring it with them into their quarters. Each team must stay in their respective quarters at all times unless otherwise stated. The 22 players are sorted into two societies. As the residents start to settle in, members start to conspire and set sight on their targets.
In Ma-dong, Yang Sang-guk quickly gathers the first 4 residents to form a secret majority alliance in hopes to control the society. As the day progresses, the society slows divides into two major alliances as they try to become the majority.
|Day 2||Human Janggi (Human Chess)||October 16, 2016|
In Ma-dong, Lee Hae-sung became the first Leader after successfully completing the Leader's Challenge. He handed out one of the two Keys of Rebellion to his ally, Jang In-jik, and the other to Yang Sang-guk against his allies’ wishes. Later that day, Yang Sang-guk discovers Lee Hae-sung's plan to target his alliance from Hyun Kyung-ryul. He then initiates a rebellion, which was further supported by 5 other members. Gaining majority support, his rebellion is successful and he becomes the new Leader. The society is now split between those who supported the rebellion and those who did not. However, distrust starts to build within the majority alliance. In the Eviction Ceremony, Kang Sang-guk decides to divide the prize money equally to all the members besides himself and decides not to nominate a blacklist candidate.
In Nop-dong, Pharoh, Kim Hee-jun, and Yoon Macho ran for leadership with Pharoh receiving the majority of votes (6 votes) and becomes the first Leader (against Kim Hee-jun's 4 votes and Yoon Macho's 1 vote). It is then revealed that Oliver Jang rallied for Pharoh's election to create an excuse to justify eliminating Pharoh in the future. By allowing Pharoh to become leader, Oliver sees it as an opportunity to expose Pharoh as an ineffective and expendable member. Following their defeat in the Team Challenge, Oliver Jang and Shin Jae-hyuk plots to vote Hong Sa-hyuk as leader tomorrow in order to eliminate Pharoh. Pharoh decides to hold private sessions with each member to seek out public opinion on who they would like to see evicted. In the meantime, Oliver Jang cites Pharoh's lacklustre performance and attempts to convince the group to eliminate Pharoh tomorrow. His speech is overheard by Yoon Ma-cho, Pharoh's secret ally, who delivers the news to Pharoh. Ultimately, at the Eviction Ceremony, Pharoh decides to eliminate Yoon Tae-jin, who was the majority's choice to evict.
"If a group you belonged to needed a scapegoat, who would you choose? If it was me, I would choose neither friend nor foe, but the person whose sacrifice would make no one angry or sad."
|Day 3||Round Table of Suffering||October 23, 2016|
In Ma-dong, Yang Sang-guk checks his safe and discovers a bottle of sparkling water and a letter with a piece of paper that has "12/13" printed on it. It is then revealed that on Day 2, Lee Hae-sung and Yang Sang-guk had a secret agreement to not evict each other. Lee Hae-sung also forms a Final 3 alliance with Yang Sang-guk and Kwon A-sol. In order to gain absolute control of the society, they plan to get Choi Seol-hwa (a Key of Rebellion holder) to start a rebellion so Yang Sang-guk can reassign the Key to Lee Hae-sung when it fails. However, Lee Hae-sung reveals to his ally Jang In-jik of his ultimate plan to allow Choi Seol-hwa's rebellion to be successful, get the Key from her and start a rebellion immediately after to regain leadership.
Park Ha-el, Lee Hae-sung's ally, attempts to persuade Choi Seol-hwa to use the Key of Rebellion by lying that Yang Sang-guk wants to evict all the female players first. She cites that the society is currently split 6 to 5 and if Seol-hwa decides to rebel, she has enough support to be successful. However, in the event that they lose the Team Challenge, the one member of the minority alliance will be evicted and Seol-hwa will lose the chance to rebel.
In the Eviction Ceremony, it is revealed that Yang Sang-guk split the prize money equally with all members except Kwon A-sol, who received $0. He also does not nominate a blacklist candidate.
In Nop-dong, Oliver Jang continues to rally members to vote for Hong Sa-Hyuk in his attempt to evict Pharoh. Kim Hee-jun, Pharoh, and Hong Sa-Hyuk decides to run for candidacy. However, when the votes are revealed, Kim Hee-jun wins the majority with 6 votes (compared to Hong's 4 votes and Pharoh's 0 vote). Oliver Jang and Hong Sa-Hyuk's alliance is shocked at the results but is now convinced that there is another alliance. It is revealed that a majority of the members were wary of Oliver's schemes and decided to keep him in check by voting against his wishes.
After losing the Team Challenge, the society is focused on finding out who is responsible for their loss. All fingers are pointing at Yoon Macho, but he deflects the blame from himself by saying that he only made a few mistakes. However, some members see through his lies. Pharoh and Yoon Macho schemes to keep them both safe for the eviction by pushing the eviction of Oliver Jang, another popular candidate for eviction. Kim Hee-jun asks each member to write down their choice for eviction anonymously and the majority votes in favour of evicting Yoon Macho. However, in the Eviction Ceremony, Kim Hee-jun surprises his society by eliminating Shin Jae-hyuk...
"A leader created by the people's votes, ignored the votes of his people and made his own decision for the elimination. Disregarding whether that decision was right or wrong. I think a question mark has been raised over how long the leader's authority will last."
|Day 4||Five-Legged Race||October 30, 2016|
With Ji-an's elimination, the 5-person alliance led by Hae-sung has become a 4-person alliance. The hopes of four bright and lively youths are fading. As these hopes fade, Ma-dong's troubles and the leader's troubles grow..."
|Day 5||Floor Removal||November 6, 2016|
Oliver always said to others about eliminating someone together, but the people that have a conversation with Oliver will think that one day Oliver will turn his back against them, and that's make Oliver a dangerous player..."
|Day 6||Number Climbing||November 13, 2016|
Happiness of victory, make people not having a clear vision on some conflicts and arguments. They will show up along with failure at any time, and just like a war, everything will turn upside down..."
Prize money was distributed in units of one million won (₩1M). Team challenges initially earned the winning team ₩10M, distributed by the team leader per their wishes. Later challenges increased the prize to ₩15M (as on Day 10), ₩20M (as on Days 12 and 13).
- Color key
- – Nop-dong
- – Ma-dong
|Team challenge winner||Ma-dong||Ma-dong||Nop-dong||Nop-dong||Nop-dong||Nop-dong||Nop-dong||Ma-dong||Nop-dong||Ma-dong||Ma-dong||Nop-dong||Ma-dong||Ma-dong|
|Evicted||Tae-jin||Jae-hyuk||Ji-an||Oliver||Seol-hwa||Sang-guk||Ha-el||Ji-won||Seo-hyun||Hanbyul||Macho||In-sun, Hae-sung||MJ, Pharoh, A-sol|
- For winning the mini-game, Nop-dong members were able to buy lottery tickets for ₩1M. Yoon Macho won the top prize of a ₩6M payout while Pharoh did not win any money; all other participating members received ₩1M.
- For winning the mini-game, Ma-dong was given the mission to place a member in jail, collectively earning ₩1M for every hour they were imprisoned. Ha-el lasted eight hours, earning the team ₩8M, which was distributed amongst the team on Day 8.
- Pharoh used the leader nameplate to automatically win that day's election.
- Yoon Macho spent ₩2M at an auction to win a special meal.
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.
|1||October 16, 2016||1.263%||1.2%|
|2||October 23, 2016||1.144%||1.1%|
|3||October 30, 2016||0.831%||0.8%|
|4||November 6, 2016||0.714%||0.7%|
|5||November 13, 2016||0.848%||0.8%|
|6||November 20, 2016||0.736%||0.8%|
|7||November 27, 2016||0.613%||0.6%|
|8||December 4, 2016||0.660%||1.2%|
|9||December 11, 2016||0.926%||0.9%|
|10||December 18, 2016||1.017%||0.9%|
|11||December 25, 2016||0.575%||0.8%|
|12||January 1, 2017||0.745%||0.8%|
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