Happy Sunday (Korean: 해피 선데이) is a Korean reality-variety show shown on the KBS2 network, which competes directly against MBC's Sunday Night and SBS's Good Sunday line-up. Although it has been broadcast since 2003, its line-up of shows has frequently changed, with a complete revamp occurring in Spring of 2007. At that time, three new shows were introduced – Are You Ready, High-Five, and Immortal Songs. Due to its poor reception, Are You Ready quickly evolved into 1 Night 2 Days, with most of its cast intact. In late November 2008, Happy Sunday had a revamp of its shows keeping 1 Night 2 Days as the second segment and bringing back Immortal Songs which was previously liked by viewers. However, in late March, Immortal Songs ended once again and was replaced with Qualifications of Men, making Happy Sunday an all-male cast, with a total of 14 members. In 2013, Qualifications of Men was cancelled and replaced with Star Family Show Mamma Mia. On November 3, 2013 Star Family Show Mamma Mia was moved to Wednesday nights and replaced with The Return of Superman.
|Happy Sunday -The Return of Superman|
|Written by||Shin Yeo-jin|
|Creative director(s)||KBS Art Vision|
Digital Arts Center for Visual Arts
|Narrated by||Lee Won-joon (2004-11-07 - 2008-03-23) |
Byun Young-hee (2007-04-22 - 2008-09-09)
Lee Chul-yong (2008-09-18 - 2008-11-16)
Kim Shi-hyang (2008-11-23 - ?)
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||702 (as of 12 August 2018)|
|Executive producer(s)||Lee Min-ho|
|Camera setup||Multicamera setup|
|Running time||approx. 1 hours 35 minutes (95 minutes)|
|Production company(s)||Koen Media Corporation|
|Picture format||NTSC (August 5, 2007 – May 16, 2010)|
HDTV (ATSC, ISDB) (May 23, 2010 – present)
|Original release||November 7, 2004|
|Preceded by||101% Sunday (일요일은 101%)|
|Related shows||다녀오겠습니다 (KBS Joy)|
Out of the three Sunday night shows, KBS's Happy Sunday, MBC's Sunday Sunday Night and SBS's Good Sunday, only KBS has kept its program as a "whole program." Both MBC and SBS has divided their Sunday night show into two parts, the first segment as one program and the second as another. Both MBC and SBS have done this to record better TV ratings, which is important in South Korea media to prove the show's popularity. The key variety programs which garner Sunday night ratings and are usually compared to one another are KBS Happy Sunday's 1 Night 2 Days, MBC Sunday Sunday Night's Real Men, and SBS Good Sunday's Running Man.
During the 1990s KBS2's Sunday program was called Super Sunday (슈퍼선데이). But in February 1998, the name was changed to Joyful Super Sunday TV (슈퍼 TV 일요일은 즐거워). In November 2003, the name was changed again to 101% Sunday (일요일은 101%). On September 13, 2004, voice (dubbing) artist and 2003 KBS Entertainment Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) winner, Jang Jeong-jin (장정진), was recording for The Lord of the Alley (골목의 제왕) segment where he had to eat rice cakes during a game and was later hospitalized. Because of this incident, Jang died a month later (October 11, 2004) due to necrosis ("brain death") and loss of oxygenation to the brain. The segment was abolished and since November 2004, the program has been renamed Happy Sunday.
- 2004-2006: 5:55 p.m. - 7:55 p.m.
- 2006-2007: 5:45 p.m. - 7:55 p.m.
- 2007-2008: 5:30 p.m. - 7:55 p.m.
- 2008-2009: 5:25 p.m. - 7:55 p.m.
- 2009–2012: 5:20 p.m. - 7:55 p.m.
- 2012–2019: 4:55 p.m. - 7:55 p.m.
- 2019–present: 6:20 p.m. - 7:55 p.m.
1 Night 2 Days Season 4Edit
- Originally aired: August 5, 2007 – March 10, 2019 and since December 2019
- Members: Kim Jong-min, Yeon Jung-hoon, Moon Se-yoon, DinDin, Ravi (VIXX), Kim Seon-ho,
- Former members: Kim Joo-hyuk, Kang Ho-dong, Lee Soo-geun, Eun Ji-won, Lee Seung-gi, Uhm Tae-woong, MC Mong, Kim C, Ji Sang-ryul, Noh Hong-chul,
Kim Seung-woo, Joo Won, Sung Si-kyung, Yoo Hae-jin, Jung Joon-young, Cha Tae-hyun, Kim Joon-ho, Defconn, Yoon Shi-yoon, Lee Yong-jin
In the segment 1 Night 2 Days (Korean: 1박2일), the members go on an overnight trip to various places of interest in Korea. The aim of the segment is to recommend holiday destinations to its viewers. Throughout the show, there are several mini-games played to see who will eat dinner (as opposed to a simple snack), who will do the chores or work that needs to be done, and who will sleep comfortably.
The show is enormously popular, that even its re-runs (which airs on the same night) has viewership ratings within the Top 20 Sunday night programs.
The Return of SupermanEdit
- Originally aired: November 3, 2013 – present
- Cast: Lee Dong-gook, Sam Hammington, Ko Ji-yong, Park Joo-ho, Moon Hee Joon 
- Non-regular cast: Yang Dong-geun, In Gyo-jin, Oh Ji-ho
- Former cast: Jang Hyun-sung, Kim Jung-tae, Tablo, Song Il-gook, Uhm Tae-woong, Choo Sung-hoon, Lee Beom-soo, Ki Tae-young, Lee Hwi-jae, Bong Tae-gyu
In the segment The Return of Superman (Korean: 슈퍼맨이 돌아왔다), celebrity fathers spend 48 hours with their children without their mothers.
I'm Going To SeeEdit
- Originally aired: 2005
Perfect Attendance! Let's Go To SchoolEdit
- Originally aired: 2007
Cool Times, Game SongEdit
- Originally aired: ? - April 29, 2007
- MC: Kim Je-dong, Kang Soo-jung
- Cast: Noh Joo-hyun, Lee Kye-in, Tae Jin-ah, Park Chul, Noh Hong-chul, Yoon Jung-soo
- Originally aired:
- Coach: Jun Jin
- Assistant coach: Kim Jong-min
- Former/honorary coach: Kim Jong-kook
- Honorary Shootdori: Lee Hyun-joon
- Guest assistant coaches: Shin Jung-hwan, Tak Jae-hoon, Jo Hye-ryun, Lee Hae-young
- Supporters: Cha Tae-hyun, Lee Hyori, So Yi-hyun
- Soccer team: Ji Seung-joon, Jo Min-ho, Kim Tae-hoon, Oh Ji-woo, Lee Seung-kwon, Choi Sung-woo, Kim Tae-soo, Jin Hyun-woo
Shoot-dori (means shooting kid, ko:날아라 슛돌이 / Nal Ah Ra Shoot-dori) is a variety show where a group of kids train and practice their football skills to compete with other mini-leagues. It is still airing, however at a different time slot and is no longer a part of Happy Sunday. This program now airs on the KBS N Sports channel. It is into its fourth season with a different cast.
Choi Hong-man and Strong FriendsEdit
- Originally aired: August 13, 2006 - April 29, 2007
- MC: Lee Hwi-jae
- Cast: Choi Hong-man, Lee Soo-geun, Kim Jong-min, Chun Myung-hoon, Lee Jung, Sung Dong-il
K-1 fighter Choi Hong-man and celebrities participate in various physical challenges and games.
Heroine 6/Heroine 5Edit
- Originally aired: August 13, 2004 - October 29, 2006
- MC: Ji Suk-jin
- Cast: Hyun Young, Jo Hye-ryun, Jung Sun-hee, Jung Sun-kyung, Jeon Hye-bin, Lee So-yeon, Kim Jong-min, Lee Jung, Shin Jung-hwan
- Former members: Kyung-shil, Ock Joo-hyun, Kang Soo-jung, Choi Yeo-jin, Lee Hye-young
- Production Company: Hoon Media
This variety show has a school theme, where male celebrity guests come and firstly try to partner with the heroines of their choice, through dance (usually) or special performances. Should more than one male choose the same heroine, then they battle it out to win their girl. They will have to do the most bizarre things, like role playing, singing, etc. Afterward, they play two very original games – "Catch the Mouse" and "Dibidibidip."
Are You ReadyEdit
- Originally aired: May 6, 2007 - July 29, 2007
- MC: Kang Ho-dong
- Cast: Eun Ji-won, Lee Soo-geun, Ji Sang-ryul, Noh Hong-chul, Kim Jong-min
Are You Ready was a variety show where its cast and special guests played games. The first three episodes were games that were related to the Chinese language, while the following episodes leading to its last episodes were physical and logic-based games. Due to low ratings, Are You Ready was replaced by 1 Night 2 Days with its original cast still in place.
- Originally aired: May 6, 2007 - May 18, 2008
- MC: Ji Suk-jin
- Cast: Jo Hye-ryun, Hyun Young, Park Kyung-lim, Chae Yeon, Lee Jung-min
- Former member: Kim Min-sun
Hosted by Ji Suk-jin, High-Five focuses on having its five female stars try out different jobs; over the course of the show, they have become flight attendants, farmer, stuntwomen, and police officers. Because of the stars' backgrounds, comic twists and events are often added in during training. At the show's start, comedian Jo Hye-ryun, entertainer Hyun Young, singer Chae Yeon, MC Park Kyung-lim, and actress Kim Min-sun were the High-Five stars. Due to filming commitments, Kim had to leave the show on its November 4, 2007 broadcast. She was replaced by news anchor Lee Jung-min. This show was replaced by Delicious Quiz.
Delicious Quiz!/A Taste Of LifeEdit
- Originally aired: June 1, 2008 - September 7, 2008
- MC: Hyun Young, Jo Hye-ryun, Jung Ji-young, Kim Shin-young, Boom, Lee Moo-song, Kim Soo-hyun
- Judges: Lee Byung-jin, Han Joon-hee
The first episode aired June 1, 2008 replacing High-Five, while retaining Hyun Young and Jo Hye-ryun as part of the cast. Delicious Quiz was a food-based variety show where they traveled around Korea visiting famous restaurants or places related to food. The MCs must answer quizzes related to food and get a certain number of questions correct before they are able to eat the food. The show aimed to introduce viewers to the variety of great foods available in Korea. This show was last aired on September 7, 2008 and was replaced by Schoolympic.
- Originally aired: September 14, 2008 - October 26, 2008
- MC: Kang Byung-kyu, Jun Jin, Hyun Young, Boom, Yoo Chae-yeong, Lee Jong-soo, Nichkhun
- Commentators: Lee Byung-jin, Han Joon-hee
The first episode aired September 14, 2008 replacing Delicious Quiz (only Hyun Young was retained). Olympic stars compete in simple yet nostalgic games and activities on a set created to look like a classroom with celebrities as their competitors. The games will require the "athletes" to use simple school necessities like chairs, desks, mops and even buckets. Aiming to bring a more interesting and fun school environment, the show combined elements of sport and school activities with the help of sports stars and celebrities. This show was short lived and it was not replaced; instead, the 2 segments Kko Kko Tours Single♥Single and 1 Night 2 Days both extended their airtime.
Kko Kko Tours Single♥SingleEdit
The first episode was aired on September 21, 2008, replacing Immortal Songs. It was co-hosted by former Country Kko Kko band members Shin Jung-hwan and Tak Jae-hoon. Celebrities invite someone they're interested in and get to know them during a trip. Audiences will get to see the true, sensitive side of celebrities as they open their hearts on air. Only 2 trips was aired over a span of 10 episodes. This segment was cancelled due to high production costs and low ratings. The show was replaced with a new season of Immortal Songs which had been previously cancelled.
- Season 1 originally aired: May 6, 2008 - September 14, 2008
- Season 2 originally aired: November 30, 2008 - March 22, 2009
- MC: Tak Jae-hoon, Shin Jung-hwan, Kim Sung-eun
Immortal Songs (Korean: 불후의 명곡; Hanja: 不朽의 明曲; RR: Bulhu-ui Myeong-gok) was co-hosted by former Country Kko Kko partners Shin Jung-hwan and Tak Jae-hoon. Although the show initially had various co-hosts, Kim Sung-eun became the final permanent host alongside Shin and Tak. The special guest for the week is their "vocal coach," usually a famous Korean singer, although sometimes record producers and composers have appeared as the special guest. During the course of the show, the special guest's top singles (as voted by netizens) are revealed and the "students" must sing karaoke-style. At the end of the show, the best singer/student is chosen by the special guest and receives a special prize. This segment started from Kim Won-joon's episode where he brought in presents on his own accord. The show has typically showcased older singers from the past who may or may not be still active in the entertainment industry, including Lee Seung-chul and Kim Heung-gook. However they have also had episodes featuring more recent artists, including S.E.S., in recognition of their 10th anniversary since debut, as well as Sung Si-kyung just before he left for military service in July 2008. This show aired its final episode on September 14, 2008 and was replaced by Kko Kko Tours Single♥Single.
Happy Sunday brought back Immortal Songs with the same hosts, Shin Jung-hwan, Tak Jae-hoon and Kim Sung-eun. Its first returning episode began airing November 30, 2008, replacing Kko Kko Tours Single♥Single. Kicking off the second season, Patti Kim was the special guest. Patti Kim was the first Korean artist to be invited and perform on Japan's NHK network as well as The Johnny Carson Show in Las Vegas, United States. In season 1, Patti Kim was one of the guests that they wanted to invite on the show but was unable to. This segment was cancelled in late March 2009 and has since been replaced with Qualifications of Men.
Qualifications of MenEdit
- Originally aired: March 29, 2009 - April 7, 2013
- Cast: Lee Kyung-kyu, Kim Gook-jin, Kim Tae-won, Lee Yoon-seok, Yoon Hyung-bin, Joo Sang-wook, Kim Jun-ho
- Former members: Kim Sung-min, Lee Jung-jin, Yang Joon-hyuk, Jun Hyun-moo
Qualifications of Men (Korean: 남자의 자격; Hanja: 男子의 資格; also known as Qualifying Men or The Qualities of a Man), replaced the second season of Immortal Songs in late March 2009. It is a show where a group of mostly middle-aged male celebrities try to complete missions (deemed to be of a quality required of a "qualifying man") given by the producer or sometimes thought of by the members.
In the first episodes, the cast joked that their primary aim was not to disturb the ratings of 1 Night 2 Days. However, the show was an unexpected success and rivaled their sister corner 1N2D in the 2009 KBS Entertainment Awards. The cast includes the main MC Lee Kyung-kyu, who made his comeback into the Korean TV industry with this show; Kim Gook-jin, a famous comedian who recently came back from attempting to become a professional golfer; Kim Tae-won, leader of the legendary rock-ballad band Boohwal; Lee Yoon-seok, a comedian known for his doctor's degree and conversely his ridiculously weak strength (though since joining the show, Kim Tae-won has virtually taken over his title of "Weakling of the nation"); Yoon Hyung-bin, a famous comedian from the show Gag Concert who frequently compares himself to Lee Jung-jin, although often to no avail; Yang Joon-hyuk, one of the greatest players in Korean baseball history and currently holds the records for home runs, RBI, and best batting average; and Jun Hyun-moo, a KBS news announcer and reporter known for his variety and comedic skills, who is rising in the entertainment world (also known for his parody of SHINee's "Lucifer" dance).
The cast has been through a variety of physically and emotionally taxing missions, usually spanning over 24 hours, performing the likes of serving mandatory military service again, crying, becoming employees of random companies, not smoking for a day, wake-boarding, singing in a choir, participating in an amusement park parade show, and forming an amateur band. The most memorable moment for the program was when 2 of the members (Kim Gook-jin and former member Kim Sung-min) was selected as a guest for the United States Air Force Thunderbirds Acrobatic Team, during their 2009 Far East Tour at Osan Air Base, in South Korea. For the Choir episodes, both of the Choir team won awards (the most recent was the 2nd Place during the KBS National Choir Contest "The Harmony", with Kim Tae-won as a conductor).
On April 10, 2011, Korean baseball legend Yang Joon-hyuk made his debut as a member of the show.
Qualifications of Men initially maintained good ratings; in 2009, it placed second among the most viewed Sunday night programs for 16 weeks with more than 30% viewership ratings. But after four years on air, ratings dropped, until it was overtaken in popularity by MBC's Dad! Where Are We Going?, which premiered in 2013. KBS cancelled the show, and it aired its last episode on April 7, 2013. The show had begun in 2010 under the catchphrase, "101 things to do before you die," but with its cancellation four years later, the show's raison d'être was unfinished, with the program coming to a close before the cast members were able to finish filling out the list of 101 things, only getting up to #94.
Star Family Show Mamma MiaEdit
- Originally aired: April 14, 2013 - October 27, 2013
- MC: Lee Young-ja, Park Mi-sun, Cho Kyuhyun
- Former MC: Choi Minho
Star Family Show Mamma Mia (Korean: 스타 패밀리쇼 맘마미아; also known simply as Mamma Mia) is a talk show in which Korean celebrities and popular figures bring their mothers. One of the hosts, Choi Minho left the show after five episodes; he was replaced by Cho Kyuhyun beginning May 19, 2013. This segment was moved to Wednesday nights. Mamma Mia was replaced with Superman Return on November 3, 2013 . Then, on 18 October, 2013 KyuHyun had announced to leave the show because of the overlap schedule with 'Radio Star' on MBC. The regular on the show and comedian, Heo GyeongHwan will replace KyuHyun's place as the MC of the show.
|2004||3rd KBS Entertainment Awards||Excellence Award, Male MC in a Variety Show||Ji Suk-jin||Happy Sunday|
|2005||4th KBS Entertainment Awards||Best Entertainer Award||Kim Jong-kook||Shooting Kid|||
|Excellence Idea Corner Award||I'm Going to See|
|Excellence Award, Male MC in a Variety Show||Kim Je-dong|
|2006||5th KBS Entertainment Awards||Excellence Award, Female MC in a Variety Show||Hyun Young||Heroine 6|
|Best Entertainer Award||Kim Jong-min|
|Top Excellence Idea Corner Award||Shooting Kid|
|2007||6th KBS Entertainment Awards||Best Entertainer Award||Lee Soo-geun||1 Night 2 Days, |
Gag Concert "We Need Conversations"
|Kim Sung-eun||Immortal Songs|
|Excellence Idea Corner Award|
|Top Excellence Idea Corner Award||1 Night 2 Days|
|Excellence Award, Male MC in a Variety Show||Ji Suk-jin||High-Five|
|Top Excellence Award, Female MC in a Variety Show||Hyun Young||Heroine 6|
|Grand Prize (Daesang)||Tak Jae-hoon||Immortal Songs|
|2008||20th Korean PD Awards||Best Show Host||Kang Ho-dong||1 Night 2 Days|||
|44th Baeksang Arts Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang) - TV category||Kang Ho-dong||Happy Sunday|||
|15th Korea Entertainment Art Awards||Best Comedian||Lee Soo-geun||1 Night 2 Days|||
|7th KBS Entertainment Awards||Best Variety Show Writer||Lee Woo-jung|||
|Best Newcomer in a Variety Show||Lee Soo-geun|
|Top Popularity Award||Lee Seung-gi|
|Viewer's Choice Program||Happy Sunday|
|Grand Prize (Daesang)||Kang Ho-dong||1 Night 2 Days|||
|2009||21st Korean PD Awards||Best Variety Show|||
|8th KBS Entertainment Awards||Top Entertainer Award||Kim Sung-min
|Qualifications of Men|||
|Excellence Award, Male MC in a Variety Show||Lee Soo-geun||1 Night 2 Days, |
Sang Sang Plus Season 2
|Viewer's Choice Program||Happy Sunday|
|Grand Prize (Daesang)||Kang Ho-dong||1 Night 2 Days|
|2010||9th KBS Entertainment Awards||Special Merit Award||Kolleen Park||Qualifications of Men|||
|Top Entertainer Award||Eun Ji-won||1 Night 2 Days, Crisis No. 1|
|Excellence Award, Male MC in a Variety Show||Lee Soo-geun||1 Night 2 Days|
|Top Excellence Award, Male MC in a Variety Show||Lee Seung-gi|
|Viewer's Choice Program||Happy Sunday|
|Grand Prize (Daesang)||Lee Kyung-kyu||Qualifications of Men|
|2011||38th Korea Broadcasting Awards||Best Entertainment TV Program||1 Night 2 Days|
|10th KBS Entertainment Awards||Achievement Award||Kang Chan-hee
|Special Merit Award||Kim Tae-won||Qualifications of Men|
|Best Newcomer in a Variety Show||Yang Joon-Hyuk|
|Top Entertainer Award||Uhm Tae-woong||1 Night 2 Days|
|Jun Hyun-moo||Qualifications of Men|
|Top Excellence Award, Male MC in a Variety Show||Lee Soo-geun|
|Grand Prize (Daesang)||Lee Seung-gi
|1 Night 2 Days|||
|2012||11th KBS Entertainment Awards||Best Teamwork||Qualifications of Men|
|Best Variety Show Writer||Choi Jae-hyung||1 Night 2 Days|
|Best Newcomer in a Variety Show||Joo Won|
|Joo Sang-wook||Qualifications of Men|
|Top Entertainer Award||Cha Tae-hyun||1 Night 2 Days|
|Top Excellence Award, Male MC in a Variety Show||Kim Seung-woo||1 Night 2 Days, Win Win|
|2013||12th KBS Entertainment Awards||Producers' Special Award||Lee Hwi-jae||The Return of Superman|||
|Top Entertainer Award (Variety)||Choo Sunghoon|
|Mobile TV Popularity Award||The children of The Return of Superman|
|Top Excellence Award (Male, Variety)||Cha Tae-hyun||2 Days & 1 Night|
|Grand Prize (Daesang)||Kim Jun-ho||Gag Concert, 2 Days & 1 Night, The Human Condition|
|2014||13th KBS Entertainment Awards||Viewer's Choice Program of the Year||The Return of Superman|||
|Top Excellence Award (Male, Variety)||Choo Sunghoon|
|Producers' Special Award||Lee Hwi-jae|
|Best Scriptwriter Award||Kim Jung-sun|
|Excellence Award (Variety)||Defconn||2 Days & 1 Night|
|Best Newcomer Award (Variety)||Kim Joo-hyuk|
|Top Entertainer Award (Variety)||Jung Joon-young|
|2015||14th KBS Entertainment Awards||Viewer's Choice Program of the Year|||
|Top Excellence Award (Variety)||Kim Jong-min|
|Excellence Award (Variety)||Song Il-gook||The Return of Superman|
|Hot Issue (Variety) Award||Choo Sunghoon|
|Top Entertainer Award (Entertainment)||Lee Dong-gook|
|Kim Joo-hyuk||2 Days & 1 Night|
|Grand Prize (Daesang)||Lee Hwi-jae||The Return of Superman, Vitamin|
|2016||43rd Korean Broadcasting Grand Prize Awards||Best Variety Show||2 Days & 1 Night|||
|15th KBS Entertainment Awards||Viewer's Choice Program of the Year|||
|Top Excellence Award (Variety)||Lee Dong-gook||The Return of Superman|
|Excellence Award (Variety)||Lee Beom-soo|
|Best Newcomer Award||Yoon Shi-yoon||2 Days & 1 Night|
|Writer Award||Jung Sun-young|
|Popularity Award||The children of The Return of Superman||The Return of Superman|
|Grand Prize (Daesang)||Kim Jong-min||2 Days & 1 Night|
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|Awards and achievements|
| KBS Entertainment Awards for Best Program Award