Recommended Korean Variety Programs that cannot be missed

For anyone who is sick of K-drama and would like to find something new to watch, ACU PAY will recommend you funny variety programs of every genre for you to choose from. If you like any of these recommended programs, keep them on your list and watch them later while having a meal.

The Devil's Plan (Netflix)

Anyone who seeks for a survival variety program to watch while eating may have to drop a spoon and concentrate on the programs. The Devil’s Plan is a Korean variety show that brings 12 players who are Korea’s top intelligence from many fields such as actors, idols, reporters, lawyers, YouTubers and so on.

They have to play and sleep in a studio model for a competition venue to win the prize of more than 500 million won. Apart from the intelligence and genius of each contestant, they need to rely on other factors as well such as building trust in a team or psychology to persuade people. Being smart is not enough, they must know how to play the game and do everything to win. 

About the games in each checkpoint in The Devil’s Plan, they are quite hard and challenging for the player’s abilities. There’s logic, calculation, memory and intelligence in games. Survival variety program’s greatest fun is the use of emotional psychology, the division of parties, persuasion, and ‘the drama’ is created. This is where both players and viewers can easily get into each game.

There are 12 episodes on Netflix with a Thai dubbing.

Unexpected Business (Viu / Disney+ Hotstar)

What if one day, you walk around the neighborhood to buy something at a mini-mart instead of meeting Aunty, the owner, but turns out to be a celebrity arranging up things on shelves and standing at a cash register in front of the cashier? Welcome to the heartwarming variety show, watching and smiling in every episode with Unexpected Business.

A new variety show that brings celebrities to work part-time in quiet upcountry mini-marts led by Korean entertainment kings such as Cha Tae-Hyun and Jo In-sung, who will serve as owners of the mini-marts for 10 days.

Unexpected Business has now arrived in season 3 with PD Yoo Ho-jin from 2 Days 1 Night Season 3, This season will bring the owners such as Cha Tae-Hyun and Jo In-sung to take over the main duties as usual, but added specialty by changing the location of Korean filming site to the United States instead.

Along with a team of actors, whether Park Bo Young, Nam Joo-Hyuk in season 1 or famous stars such as Kim Hye Soo, Han Hyo Joo, Kim Woo Bin, Lee Kwang Soo, Kim Joo Hwan, and a lot of others who joined as special part-timers in season 2. Prepared to be warmed hearts with the Unexpected Business together.

There are 3 seasons on Viu and Disney+ Hotstar

Zombieverse (Netflix)

Get ready to run with a variety of zombies that bring all kinds of zombies in all universes in one place, Zombievers (2023), the thrill-variety show to survive zombies.

A comedy, thrill, and adventurous reality show that runs the program with a total of 10 participants in the show amid the meticulous set-up to look as if it were in a zombie outbreak all over the city. Each of them is faced with a series of runs to escape death, in which they have to do various missions to find a way to survive, such as stocking up on food, how to get away from the zombies and avoiding being bitten by them.

It’s a fresh concept show that allows the audience to look forward to how each person can use their intuition to make decisions and solve problems, especially when a teammate is injured. It is also full of pressure and suspicion that if bitten, they must turn into a zombie immediately, but still interfere with funny jokes and warm moments to relax.

Who will be the survivors at the end? You can watch a total of 8 episodes on Netflix with Thai dubbing.

Single's Inferno (Netflix)

Another famous variety program both at home and abroad and is ranked on Top 10 worldwide on Netflix’s Non-English Shows.

This variety show brings all 9 young singles, which will divide 4 women and 5 men into Hell Island for 9 days and 8 nights, where they live without facilities and also find food to cook on their own. These difficulties are driving everyone to do everything they can to pair with each other and get out of Hell Island to sleep in a luxurious hotel called Paradise Island. 

In Hell Island, each person manages their charms and builds relationships in any way, but there will be no disclosure of each other’s status, occupation, and age because disclosing personal information can only be done if the pair goes to Paradise Island successfully. Anyone who’s not chosen to be paired up for Paradise Island fails. Let’s see who each hot boy and girl chooses to pair up with.

There are 2 seasons, 10 episodes on Netflix

The Zone: Survival Mission (Disney+ Hotstar)

A Variety Game Show with the concept Survives Threats and Natural Disasters at the Apocalypse by 3 representatives of mankind: Yoo Jae Seok, Lee Kwang Soo, and Kwon Yuri from Girls’ Generation, who will come to create the fun without script. The concept is a mix of game and variety with PDs such as Jo Hyo-jin and Kim Dong-jin from Running Man, X-Men, and Family Out in charge.

Three of them have to survive in 8 situations, such as in the first season, there are missions to survive sticky ponds, escape zombies, and not let your heart beat hard in haunted houses. Moreover, they have to solve puzzles, paintball games in the village, and a lot of other winning missions within 4 hours which can be both cruel and pitiful.

In Season 2, we will see more fun and hardship in each situation along with the comedy chemistry of the three. Whether it’s a quest to find water in a haunted hospital, surviving an island, and a mobile bed seized by AI, which will drive all three through university classrooms, hit walls, and into lakes and many other braveries.

There are 2 seasons with 8 episodes each on Disney+ Hotstar

โดยทั้งสามคนต้องทำภารกิจเอาตัวรอดจาก 8 สถานการณ์สุดหิน อย่างในซีซั่นแรก มีทั้งภารกิจเอาตัวรอดจากบ่อกาวเหนียว ๆ หนีซอมบี้ ห้ามให้หัวใจเต้นแรงในบ้านผีสิง แถมยังต้องแก้เกมปริศนา เกมเพ้นท์บอลในเขตหมู่บ้าน และภารกิจสุดลุ้นอื่น ๆ อีกเพียบ ภายในระยะเวลา 4 ชั่วโมง ที่เรียกได้ว่าทั้งโหดทั้งสงสารกันเลยทีเดียว

Earth Arcade (Viu)

If you want to watch some relaxing programs or want to laugh out loud, you must watch this variety show. Earth Arcade, a funny Korean variety show mixed adventure with a mission to find ‘Toronggi’ the Moon Rabbit who suffers from work escaping to the human world. The first launch location was in Thailand.

The four girls are Lee Eun-ji, a Y2K dancer, Mimi, a main rapper and dancer from Oh My Girl, Lee Young-ji, a dashing rapper who is full of jokes, and An Yu-jin, the youngest talent sister from IVE. 

The four of them had to play mission games at various tourist destinations in Bangkok and upcountry, creating a colorful and energetic atmosphere that gave the production team a headache. Guaranteed comedy with Na PD or Na Young-seok, a producer of the Korean entertainment industry such as 1 Night 2 Days (Season 1), New Journey to the West, Three Meals a Day, and The Game Catering on YouTube which have nearly 6 million followers.

Get ready to burst out laughing. There are 2 seasons with 12 episodes each on Viu

Busted! (Netflix)

If you want to act as if you were a detective, you must watch Busted!, a mystery variety show from Netflix with 7 stars consisting of National MC Yoo Jae-seok, and Lee Kwang-soo of Running Man, along with talented actors such as Ahn Jae-wook, Kim Jong-min, and Park Min-young, followed by famous K-Pop teams such as Oh Se-hoon of EXO and Kim Se-jong of Gugudan.

The main concept of Busted! The seven must play the role of detectives with different skills and characters to solve mystery murder cases in various situations such as finding puzzles, magic shows, and chasing in the city. Each person must use wit, trickery, and a strong body to solve that secret.

There are 3 seasons with 10 episodes each on Netflix

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