First aired on July 2010 as part of SBS’s Good Sunday line up, Running Man has been my favorite Korean show. Many thanks to my friend, Lisette, who has been my supplier of what we call epektos. Running Man is classified as a reality-variety show, which focuses on games and completion of missions and most of the time ends up with Tearing Of Name Tags. It is composed of 7 casts (previously 8) including emcees, singers and actors with different personalities. Diversity of guests garnered a lot of attention especially when it comes to Hallyu stars. It gained its popularity throughout Asia with the help of online sites offering english-subtitled videos.
Now on its 5th year, Running Man sustained its high rating among contending shows. The fame is due to the combined result of its unpredictability, the comedy involved, the celebrity guests and the chemistry between the regular cast members. It was awarded as the Netizen Most Popular Program (2010 and 2013), Most Outstanding Program (2011), Best TV Show (2012), Viewer’s Most Popular Program (2012) and Best Variety Show (2013 and 2014).