Hey there, fellow entertainment junkies! Have you been feeling a little burnt out from all the games and social media? Fear not, because there’s always something new and exciting to discover in the world of entertainment. And if you’re a K-drama fan, you know that it has been the go-to source of entertainment for many during the pandemic. But let’s face it, trends come and go, and it’s time to spice things up a bit! That’s why we’re bringing you a list of Korean reality shows to binge-watch this 2023.
K-dramas have captivated audiences all around the world with their gripping storylines, stunning visuals, and talented actors. But why limit ourselves to scripted dramas when we can dive into the world of reality shows? South Korea is known for its innovative and unique approach to entertainment, and they’re here to offer us a glimpse of what else they have up their sleeves.
With its wide range of genres and exciting concepts, Korean reality shows are the perfect way to shake things up and keep your entertainment experience fresh. Whether you’re into survival competitions, cooking shows, or heartwarming family dramas, there’s a Korean reality show out there that’s sure to capture your heart.
So, get ready to experience a whole new level of entertainment in 2023 with these Korean reality shows that are sure to keep you hooked and wanting more!
About Korean Reality Shows
If you think you’re not familiar with Korean reality shows, have you heard of Running Man? Now, you’re familiar with it. Running Man has been one of the longest variety shows that garnered an international audience. The comedic hosts and the artists they invite make the show unpredictable and exciting to watch.
- The Return of Superman where celebrity fathers take care of their children without the help of their wives, sounds interesting, right? Another reality show that would ring a bell for Kpop fans would be We Got Married. This reality show sets up idols to pretend as married couples while they finish certain challenges along the way. Red Velvet’s JOY and BTOB’s Sungjae formed a solid chemistry here which led fans to form a cute ship for the both of them!
1) Physical: 100
If you loved Squid Game, pretty sure you’ll love this one too. One hundred contestants fight for a hefty amount of money. From that info itself, it sounds like the Netflix series, right?
- To add another similarity, you can catch Physical: 100 on Netflix as well. This intense survival show offers new obstacles in each episode it offers. The Netflix series consists of nine episodes with durations of around 53 minutes to 88 minutes.
- You have to survive and pass all obstacles ahead to reach the bell at every challenge. We need one last individual standing to take home the whopping KRW300 million, approximately $250,000.
2) Single’s Inferno
If you enjoy watching romance films, maybe you’d be fond of this reality show. Season 2 ended last December 2022, so you have all the time to binge-watch the first two seasons of Single’s Inferno. Netflix confirmed the return of Season 3, so you have time to catch up on the earlier seasons.
- This show may resemble a joined concept of Survivor and Big Brother. Twelve single individuals try to search for love on a deserted island. Unbox a lot of feelings on this island, and tell us which couple are you rooting for.
- They can only get out off the island as couples to enjoy their date nights at Paradise. The catch is: you can only be paired up once the individuals choose each other.
3) Boys’ Planet
Can’t get enough of the idol industry? Be one of the first fans of an upcoming Kpop group here on Boys’ Planet. Different individuals try their luck and test their selves if they’re worth the shot to be the next K-pop idols. Catch it on M-net Kpop YouTube Channel!
- This reality show showcases different boys and their dreams to become the next member of a boy group. 95 boys train to be one of the best among all the other trainees. If you watched Girls Planet 999 in 2021, or if you know Kep1er, this is how they started as well.
- Vote for who you think would be the cream of the crop among all the trainees. Every vote counts, so once you cast your vote, hope for the best for your pick!
4) Love Alarm Clap! Clap! Clap!
The recently concluded, and quite controversial Korean reality show is another dating theme entitled Love Alarm Clap! Clap! Clap! K-drama fans, would you believe that Love Alarm, from a Webtoon-turned-to-K-drama, and now enjoyed as a reality show? The show can only be watched in South Korea, on Wavve. However, you may check out Bilibili, as some fans upload episodes there too.
- Similar to the drama, Love Alarm Clap! Clap! Clap! uses a dating app that detects if someone within ten meters has feelings for them. The nine contestants go by their nicknames and try to find someone who’ll reach for their Love Alarm AKA the dating app.
- This reality show rose to popularity on social media platforms when a contestant, Jasmine, showed her feelings and interest in another female contestant, White Rose. We don’t want to spoil you with it, so might as well, grab your food, and binge-watch now.
Another Netflix Korean reality show to binge-watch when it arrives. Zombieverse is yet to premiere on the giant streaming platform, Netflix, this 2023. The title itself sounds interesting, what could be the setup in this show?
- Zombieverse may probably resemble somehow the series All of Us Are Dead, as the art team helped with the show’s production. Anyway, Zombieverse happens to be a survival reality show which includes, yes, zombies. Idols, actors, TV personalities, and professionals were gathered to take on this Zombieverse survival.
- The contestants must work together to survive the zombie apocalypse. Anyone who gets bitten should be left behind. Netflix released a synopsis for the reality show: In Seoul, where a zombie virus outbreak has run amok, who will outwit the undead in the face of challenging quests and come out alive?
If you’re on a break right now with your K-dramas, do help yourself and binge-watch these Korean reality shows above. We’re guessing that more variety shows are coming, so brace yourselves for that, K-media viewers!
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