I’m one of those running man fans that can claim to have watched all episodes of the variety show.
Bukan Running Man namanya kalau tidak ada mission. Walaupun perut lapar karena baru bangun pagi member Running Man tetap harus menjalankan misinya agar bisa makan, tidak terkecuali ajushhi - ajusshi guest running man episode 77 dan penyanyi mungil IU pun harus berhasil dulu biar tidak kelaparan. 10-Year Anniversary Special Live Broadcasting: The Blame Running Man's Provocation (10주년 특집 생방송－괴도 런닝맨의 도발) No guests SBS Tanhyeon-dong Production Center (Ilsanseo-gu, Goyang, Gyeonggi-do) Running Man (Yoo Jae-suk, Haha, Ji Suk-jin, Kim Jong-kook, Song Ji-hyo, Jeon So-min) Thieves (Lee Kwang-soo, Yang Se-chan).
Every week, I make it a point to catch the latest broadcast as soon as I can. The show guarantees at least a segment or 2 where I will laugh till my tummy hurts.
These days, I think most fans find the show funnier than it actually is partly because we know all the context created in previous episodes… and that we have grown to know the characters in the show.
I remember the first time I caught show by chance at home. It was a name-tag ripping session. And I was totally gripped by the suspense, tension, and comedy in that few minutes. After which, I went looking for previous episodes and found a lot of them even more entertaining. Then I proceeded to gulp down all the episodes in about a month or 2.
I was lucky in the sense that by the time I was hook on the show, there were already over a hundred episodes broadcasted in the past since it started in 2010. That gave me a good library to go through without needing to wait for 1 episode a week.
In this sense, you are even luckier if you have just started watching it as there are over 200 episodes available at the time of writing this.
There is a huge list of most recommended ones to start your watching marathon with.
One of those things that I did to start the watching journey was to search what are the best running man episodes to watch first. If you have landed on this page, you are probably where I was those years ago.
So here are 9 top running man episodes that makes you love the Korean variety show so much. I try not to make this a spoiler article as much as possible. This list is ordered from the earliest to the latest.
Episode 74 – Super Powers
If every running fan has to choose 1 favorite episode, this one would probably get the most votes.
It’s a fierce free-for-all contest to find out who is the strongest member in the cast for this last show for 2011. Each member is given a special power to battle it out, outwit, and outlast each other. Some nail-biting stuff in this episode… and some forever memorable scenes.
Just when you thought you could guess who would win, everything is thrown into complete pandemonium. It’s almost a sin that sequels to this “Battle of the Strongest – Survival Series” contest never reach the heights of this one.
Many following episodes of running man made references to events that happened in this episode.
You simply have to watch this one.
Episode 79 – Sherlock Holmes
Guests: Kim Je-dong, Dohyun
If there ever was an episode that left you guessing who the culprit is until the very end, this is it.
On board a cruise ship is the scene. The running man detectives have to find a hidden treasure.
One by one, the detectives started to get mysteriously eliminated. The atmosphere gets tensed. Nobody can be trusted. The clues to the killer are more confusing than enlightening…
You have to watch it to find out what happens.
Episode 87 – First Love
Guests: Han Ga-in
The audience gets a glimpse of how the running men grew up. Flashback segments of when they were kids are shown to reveal clues to the riddle.
Ga-in fell in love with a member when they were kids… but they have now lost their memories… like the many Korean drama series that are scripted…
The members have to find clues hidden in pictorial diaries to learn who the childhood sweetheart is. As usual, each clue starts to write off certain members, or point out a specific group of members. Betrayals ensues…
The whole show was building up to the climax where the sweethearts “regained” their memories. It was a touching moment even though all viewers will obviously know that it’s just a game (not even a drama).
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Episode 100 – War of the Gods
Guests: Kim Hee-sun
This is a celebratory episode to usher in the 100th episode of running man in 2012. When the show first started, I guess even the most optimistic cast wouldn’t have thought that the show would reach this milestone.
All but 2 members become Greek gods. And they start to slug it out with each other to claim the title God of the Gods. And in the process, they created some of the funniest scenes ever.
Each god has a weakness which is a weird and unique method to get eliminated. And the weaknesses are unknown to all other players. Even the 2 “humans” have a chance to win.
The pace of the show was slow until all hell broke lose when the Gods started to figure out the rules of engagement.
Episode 106 – True Love
Guests: Han Ji-min, Kim Je-dong
Can you believe?
Someone has made a love confession to the beautiful guest Han Ji-min. And he did it by setting up an elaborate entrance and passing her a love note right behind her. He now has to survive till the very end in order to win. While she has to find out who that person is.
The mission of the other members is to trick her into thinking they are the ones who passed her the note. Their motivation is the prize of a gold ring.
It’s a tough challenge indeed for the guy. The moment he reveals his status, the rest will undoubtedly gang up on him like a pack of wolves to eliminate him. So how does he keep a low profile while stealthily convince her that he is indeed her true love?
This episode is a total mind game where every member made huge attempts to convince and confuse. The clues that are found also send you in a merry-go-round of detective work. Unlike a typical couple race, you will be left flipping and turning on who is the actual true love.
I have admit. Even until the final closing scene, I was nowhere close to figuring this one out.
Here’s a preview video I found about the episode made to the haunting yet mesmerizing tune of the episode’s main song. What an awesome track this is.
Warning: Don’t watch past 3:30 of this video if you don’t want spoilers.
Episode 130 – Reincarnation
The cast is sent back to 1938 as couriers to find keys that lead to a treasure chest filled with gold bars. The winner finds that the treasure is no where to be found.
Another mysterious episode that leaves you guessing till the very end.
The couriers are then reincarnated in the present time, and start piecing together the clues on where the treasure might be. They start attacking each other in an effort to find out the truth of what really happened in the past.
This is probably one of the most creatively scripted story lines in running man… at least for 2013. A little bit of history, a little bit of intense tag ripping, a huge dose of suspense, and a whole lot of anticipation.
Episode 155 – Partners of Fate
The show starts in a typical fun school setting. If not for the opening preview of what was to come, you wouldn’t have expected it to become a horror show.
It then took a sudden turn into a scenario where 2 members are “dead” but didn’t know it. They have to find each other and eliminate all other running man casts to win the game. You are left guessing who the culprits are till the end.
Some parts of the show gives you goose bump. The theme of the show partly originate from Jay Chou’s movie, Secret.
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Episode 165 – Find the Fan
Guests: Hyemi (fan)
A student fan made a scrapebook of her favorite show and gave it to the producers of running man. No prizes for guessing what the favorite show is. The members will have to find the fan, take a selfie together and paste it into the only empty slot left in the scrapebook.
The fan supposedly wasn’t aware of the show being filmed and centered on finding her.
The cast then went on a wild goose chase to win games for clues to find her.
The high point of the show was the scene where she was finally spotted by the very member she was a big fan of. This scene alone captures the whole spirit of what it’s all about. It just gives you the chills of making the dreams of a kid come true. The background music probably played a big part in achieving that effect.
The member then went bonkers trying to “protect” her from being discovered by the other members. She even ran as fast as she could to get away from the others. Chaos ensues.
Episode 173 – Super Power Baseball
Guests: Ryu HyunJin, Suzy, and some well know names in the world of Korean baseball
I’m not a baseball fan. Yet I was rolling on the floor laughing until my eyes became wet. And it didn’t just happened once in this episode.
Just for your information, this is not the only super power baseball episode. It’s the sequel to the first one which was episode 119. But 173 is much more funnier and enjoyable than the first.
All those console gaming with power sports is brought to real life as all players here have unique super powers which they can use to gain an advantage.
And some powers are absolutely hilarious. The reactions from players to the super powers were priceless as well.
There are many great episodes of running man. And I really had to crank my brain to pull out only 9 out of so many memorable shows.
Taking into account that running man is close to it’s 300th episode at the time of writing this, I realized that most of the memorable episodes I listed here have been aired some time ago. And none in 2014 and 2015. Here’s wishing the producers produce many more great shows for 2016 and beyond.
Agree with my selection? Tell me your favorite episode in the comments section.
KMazing – Entering the year 2017 Running Man faced many problems. Such that, it was notified that the year 2017 will be the last year Running Man. Because of the issue of the dismissal of Song Jihyo and Kim Jongkook at the end of 2016 is horrendous and unacceptable. Finally, the PD and Member of Running Man agreed to end the program, Then before the end, the concept is built around a special episode where each member is given their own episode to be planned.
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But in the end, Running Man continues on air after the dismissal of the “troublemaker PD”, the famous variety show even add 2 new members, namely Yang Sechan and Jeon Somin which turn out to be a huge improvement. Still, like in 2016 where Running Man’s rating is still not as good as in its heyday. Slowly but surely Running Man’s Rating improved once again, at the end of the year the program achieved 2 digit rating. Well, which episode is the best in 2017 and 2018 so far? Here are the 20 best Episodes, exclaimed as the funniest from Running Man of 2017-2018. Enjoy!
Running Man welcomes the comeback of SNSD in this episode. As the experienced girlband get involved, there are a lot of funny scenes presented here. Like when the member has to choose their partner where Yuri is the unlucky one to be the partner of Ji Sukjin. Not only that, we will also see the SNSD members show their dance skills and aegyo and you will be melted with the aegyo power by Sunny. For me, the funniest scene is where Haha is always being reprimanded by her partner Soo Young. The theme of this episode is actually looking for the Bad Girls throughout the mission. Who will be 3 girls that became the Spy?
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The episode that took the Couple Race theme welcome the arrival of many beautiful and cute guest stars. One of them is Jeon Somin who will then become the latest member of Running Man. Just as in Episode 224 where Kwangsoo and Somin became a couple, this episode both of them also became it too. But as predicted, rather than a romantic moment this couple show a lot of betrayal moment that will make us laugh our *ss off. Kwangsoo who had been known as a good traitor and schemer got betrayed by Somin, twice.
Episode 334 is Kim Jongkook Week. Where the Running Man members have to help Jongkook while he is having a romantic date with a girl. They also perform various games that will help determine the fate of Jongkook blind date trip. The concept is really touching and easy to “digest” and such romance is needed for the vivid viewer of Running Man, since the Monday Couple have separated, the romance was so lacking throughout the episodes, this particular episode at least give us a break and add more dynamic toward the concept of member’s week.
In the episode of this new year’s edition, the Running Man members are getting their prediction about their lives in 2017. Not only that, their health is also checked through the condition of their eyes. This is the usual concept that has been repeated like two or three times before, the funny part of these New Year episodes is when the members get the answer about their luck for that year which of course varied. This is also the first time Song Jihyo and Kim Jongkook is coupled in a romantic way.
What I like the most from this episode is the adaptability of the members of Super Junior which make even a simple game hugely interesting. Super Junior and Red Velvet became Guest in episode 376. Not only they did come in complete personnel. It turns out that one of the members of Suju, Eunhyuk is a friend from the same elementary school as Jeon Somin. There are also a lot of funny stories between them. The closeness of Somin and Eunhyuk make Donghae jealous and this kind spark is what keeps this episode interesting.
Running Man once again took the theme of Couple Race but this time with much more guest. There’s even an extra 2 male guest, Jo Se-ho and Sung Hoon. Meaning there are 8 pairs in total. So do not be surprised if this episode took 2 episodes. Even for its opening alone spend half the episode. The guest stars are asked to show his or her talents. Sunmi is definitely featuring with the famous dance of Ganshina. Well, Jo Seho as always gets tricked by Yoo Jaesuk. Not only that Jo Seho who is paired with Song Jihyo always get scolded and even beaten.
This is one of the episode of Global Race where Jeon Somin and Kwangsoo have to undergo their punishment in Indonesia or precisely in Gunung Kidul Jogjakarta. They have to cross toward the fishing island using a cable car made by the coastal residents of Pantai Timang which is made with Wood and several strings connected to each other. This whole episode features Somin and Kwangsoo. The members have to guess what they are doing and the result of the action. Kwangmin couple’s moments will also make us laughed and melted here.
In this episode Running Man welcome the arrival of special guest star Gary! Gary and his clone forces came into this episode to defeat the other members which come as a surprise since the member didn’t expect the appearance of their ex-member. The twist is there and presented professionally with good build up and tension. 7012!
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Where Jae Suk became MC while the other Running Man member has a match against another team of entertainers. It’ss guaranteed a lolly moment when you watch this episode. Maybe for some, this episode is a bit bland and much more like the moment of revival for some entertainer, but the game was not blatantly simple, plus there is a twist at the end.
In this episode, the members were asked to collect items to fill a house which later will become their base camp. Starting from the sofa, carpet, mattress, to the toilet. They had to borrow or ask for many items from their fellow celebrities, from Cha Taehyun, Kim Dong Wook, to Park Bo Gum. This episode is really exciting for me because each member get their airtime almost equally and all of the moments created are super funny.
Continuing the theme of Global Race, this time Running Man visit Japan to get serve the sentence in the Ghost House. Unfortunately, Kwangsoo must serve the punishment by himself. While Somin went through it with Yoo Jae Suk and Ji Suk Jin served his “adventure” with Yang Se Chan. Lots of funny and thrilling scenes we go from this episode like VJ of Ji Sukjin who fled in fear and left his camera behind.
Well, Haha’s special episode is the best among the others. Haha has been known as a hesitant type of personality and wishy-washy with the choices available. In this episode, Haha will always be told to choose between two members who are prepared to undergo a punishment. Like Lee Kwangsoo or Ji Sukjin who will be thrown into the air with a giant ball. Or Kim Jongkook (eating high calories food) and Song Jihyo (touch insects). And the twist was Haha didn’t plan this episode but other members did this as the gift for Haha’s second child which had made Haha want to run away due to the shameful feeling.
Episode 372 can be categorized as to be one episode with the best Twist of 2017 or perhaps one of the best Twist in Running Man history. Early on, the member saw a video of Lee Kwangsoo who was talking with two mysterious people. Kwangsoo is upset about who he has takes to undergo the punishment in Australia. Well, you will be really shocked by what happened at the end. Usually, we’ll see Jeon Somin making a loveline with Kwangsoo or any male single guest but in this episode Jeon Somin create a romantic moment with Kim Jongkook. Like when somin act as a girlfriend of Kim Jongkook.
Last part of Global Race Project last of 2017 where Running Man members are divided into 2 groups. Lee Kwangsoo’s team which consist Jeon Somin, Ji Sukjin and Yoo Jaesuk flew to Australia and Kim Jongkook’s team consist of Haha, Song Jihyo, and Yang Sechan visited New Zealand. This is the second part because it has previously aired in Episode 378. If in the previous episode 378 (Team Australia) is stealing the attention, during this episode Team New Zealand became the star. Obviously, because this team offers cuteness and tension. Where Haha and Sechan had vomited before getting on the swing and the best moments when Song Jihyo and Kim Jongkook take on the Nevis Swing with the upside position.
Running Man’s blockbuster scenes frequently have a lot of rushes, chills and enough twist on the story to keep watchers oblivious until the last minute. This scene; highlighting apparitions from Running University, took the great Running Man blockbuster scene to another level with a sudden wind that left the individuals reeling, as well as the gathering of people. You wouldn’t have any desire to miss this scene, including incredible part science and collaborations, and a splendid storyline that will keep you snared until the finish of the race.
Still a continuation of episode 346, this 347 episode has three teams, namely Osaka team, Taipei team, and Jeju-do team. They have to buy souvenirs in those places. The team that has the heaviest souvenirs will win this mission. The scale of the mission is huge and Jang Do Yeon helps create smooth episode especially during the trip to Jeju-do. Overall this episode is a good one as the new member looks fluid enough to gel with the original member of Running Man.
This episode centers around the Running Man individuals gunning to be the beneficiary to Running Airline’s affluent director. As basic as it is an idea, the scene is made more troublesome by the beneficiaries; feisty and brimming with shocks. This present scene’s quality likewise originates from the last mission, an unofficial ID tearing mission in which the individuals need to battle against each other to be the beneficiary. There’s an immense twist towards the end which you presumably won’t see it coming either.
Special Christmas episode on Running Man, for the most part, have an amazing quality of esteem, however, to keep in accordance with the current year’s Running Man subject of wanders aimlessly, the PD have thought of yet another blockbuster scene including apparitions, vindictive spirits, and people. You’d most likely never observe Christmas similarly again. A note, the main portion of the scene tends to delay somewhat more, yet the real race is where the place of fun is.
This is the best and funniest Running Man episode in 2017 but not quite fundamental. Because this episode is special to celebrate 7 years Running Man. All Running Man members come to the show with their friends and family. Like Song Jihyo and Somin who brought their younger brother and Kim Jongkook who came with his older brother. Other members choose to take their friends. But before the guests come out they tell the habits of each member. Like Haha who once vent on and wanted to gang up Kim Jongkook. All agreed that the star in this episode is Haha’s friend Park Geun-shik and Jo Seho. Geunsik with his innocence often makes Haha angry while Jo Se Ho always gets teased by Yoo Jaesuk. But Tae Hang-ho (Friends of Kwangsoo) also take much of the airtime while trying the high voice game.
On episode 346, the new member Jeon So-min and Yang Se-chan start joining permanently as a cast member. Here we will be getting stomachache because of their hilarious behavior, especially from the new member! This time there are three teams that compete to win. They must successfully undergo a mission if not, the will be given a horrible penalty. It might not be the funniest, but this episode becomes the turning point of the new era of Running Man. Thus, we see this episode as the fundamental episode of Running Man in 2017.