I really love how they started with a skit where Running Man members were high school students (with different characters such as gangster, top student, spoiled rich kid, working student, etc) going on a field trip and they have no idea on what awaits for them. It's like watching an adventure movie with suspense, mystery, action and comedy - all in one! Plus the monday couple had a good team work in this episode.
This episode is full of twists and surprises. It's not only a battle of strength but also a battle of mind and wit. Even me is puzzled in knowing who is who.
An Olympic special with RM members versus a team of competitive idols. I was rooting for the Running Man team to win, but the idol team has aces Nichkhun and Yong Hwa and also athlete Doo Joon. In the end, the RM team lost to the idol team; but it was a close match.
Here's another set of enthusiastic idols to join the Olympics versus the Running Man team. As much as I want RM team to win, they were also fired up to beat the idol team THIS TIME. And yes, they did win this time! Woohoo! Of course the idol team also did well in the games.
A very exciting name tag ripping game. There are no guests, just the members. Full of alliances and betrayals, they have to survive on their own. An individual battle of strength and strategy to determine who is the best Running Man. I was expecting Kim Jong Kook to win, but it was Kang Gary!
This is the second on their survival series. Another name tag ripping game with a TWIST! They have unique super powers abilities (some are unexpectedly useful, some are not). Still exciting like their first battle of the best, but much more hilarious this time. Again, Kang Gary won. He was really the best.
I just love every episode where they were trying to trick someone. Yeah, it is kind of unfair to the one (the guest or the member/s) being tricked, but it's just so hilarious to watch. SNSD's Yuri, Afterschool's Uee, actress Choi Ji Woo, and former member Song Joong Ki were tricked on the show. Even the main members were once tricked by Kim Jong Kook alone. But among these, the best is The TruGary Show. Gary thought that he is a spy when actually the other members know his identity and was just trying to trick him. I am dying laughing on the whole episode.
The first episode where they show team work. On the early episodes of Running Man, they always have to battle each other in order to win. But on this episode, for a one chance mission, all the members has to work as one. There have been fights and betrayal before, but this time they believed and trusted each other. By uniting and working together, they win the mission. It was actually touching when they succeed.
Another episode with the members working as a team, but on a different and higher level. It's the RM members versus RM Production Directors, where the PD gave the members level-up challenges like playing a GIANT jenga and crossing the Han River using their self-made PAPER (cardboard) BOATS. It was, again, touching when they succeed in their challenges. However in the final mission, where a lottery machine will determine the winner, the PD won and the members will get punishment. But due to some technical error, the PD got punished instead of them. Ha! Lucky! So in the end, it feels like our RM members won.
THE FIRST EPISODE OF RUNNING MAN THAT I WATCHED. I'm not even familiar to korean language, celebrities, songs and culture when I watched it, but I still enjoyed it (good thing there's iSUBS to provide english subtitles and explanation/notes). The games were simple but interesting and entertaining. The hide-and-seek with bells is very exciting. Lizzy was there and Joong Ki was still a member. And there's also a Song-Song Couple and a lot of Monday Couple moments here. This is the episode that led me to watch more of its episodes.
When our Running Man are having fun singing and dancing together, their glee and enjoyment are so contagious to viewers like me. Episode 28 karaoke in Sauna, Ep 63 karaoke with SNSD, Ep 214 musical stage performance, Ep 215 housewarming karaoke party with Shin Min Ah, Ep 162 dance intro with idols, Ep 159 dancing inside lodges, Ep 156 dancing with 2NE1, Ep 205 dancing inside a bungalow with extra dance party time, Ep 219 dancing under the rain.
•Park Ji Sung Special
Any episode with Park Ji Sung is greatly entertaining that is why he is one of my favorite male guest on Running Man.
•1st Running Man Hunting
I can say the best thriller themed episode of the show is the first running man hunting where the members are hunted and chased by Choi Min Soo! The second and the third RM hunting are also good but were too focused on ‘Grasshopper’ Yoo Jae Suk. (But of course I love Korea’s Nation MC)
As I have stated above, I love mission where they are trying to trick someone: Episode 11 Luring Kang Gary, Ep 12 Deceiving Song Joong Ki, Ep 14 Jong Kook tricking other members, Ep 16 Trick SNSD’s Yuri, Ep 22 Trick Kim Min Jong, Ep 25 Trick Park Bo Young, Ep 34 Trick UEE, Ep 60 Tru Gary Show, and Ep 126 Trick Choi Ji Woo.
Disclaimer. All images (video screenshots) used in this post are not mine. All belong to SBS Running Man.