Happy Together (talk show)

Happy Together (Korean해피투게더; RRHaepitugedeo) is a South Korean talk show which first ran on November 8, 2001 on KBS2. It was the most popular show on KBS from 2002–2003, and further continued its success in two more seasons. Currently, Happy Together is still placed as one of the most popular shows on Korean free-to-air networks which airs every Thursday at 23:05 (KST) regularly. The program celebrated its 200th episode during its third season on July 7, 2011.[1]

Happy Together
Happy Together (2001 TV series).jpg
Poster for Season 4
GenreTalk show
Written by
  • Lee Min-jeong
  • Kim Min-ji
  • Shin Jae-kyung
  • Yang Gyu-ok
  • Noh Ji-yeon
  • Kim Do-eun
  • Jung Mi-rae
Directed by
  • Park Min-jeong
  • Kim Hyung-seok
  • Shim Jae-hyun
Presented by
StarringList of guests
Country of originSouth Korea
Original languageKorean
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes
  • Special: 4
  • Season 1: 179
  • Season 2: 112 + 1 (Pilot)
  • Season 3: 557
  • Season 4: 77
(list of episodes)
Executive producerLee Se-hee
Running time95 minutes (normal)
90 minutes (special)
Production companyKBS Entertainment Production
DistributorKBS World
Original networkKBS2
Picture format1080i (HDTV) ATSC, ISDB
Audio format2 channels Dolby Digital
First shown inSouth Korea
Original releaseNovember 8, 2001 (2001-11-08) –
April 2, 2020 (2020-04-02)
External links


Season 1Edit

Season 1 of Happy Together lasted for 4 years from November 8, 2001 to April 28, 2005. It was the most popular season of the Happy Together series, the most popular variety show on KBS from 2002–2004, and the most watched show on Thursday nights. Season 1 had several different "corners", the most famous being the Metal Tray Karaoke Room, and several other "corners" like Metal Tray Drama, and Do Re Mi "Kong Kong Kong". The early Happy Together was a talk show, and a quiz where the MC's face students for scholarships. Later that was scrapped and the Classroom Talk (책가방토크) and the Metal Tray Karaoke Room were implemented as permanent corners. During the season, the Metal Tray Karaoke Room corner didn't fill up the whole episode, so other games were added to fill the hour. A highlight episode was shown on April 28, 2005 as the finale to Season 1, where ratings were slightly lower than usual.[2]

Slogan: "목요일 밤의 행복한 만남, 해피투게더!" (Thursday nights happy meeting, Happy Together!)

Metal Tray Karaoke Room

In the Metal Tray Karaoke Room (쟁반노래방), the guests would sing a song (usually a children's carol) in 10 turns, during which they have to sing every line correctly. 3 chance cards are available to ease the singing, and as soon as someone makes a mistake, the metal trays suspended above their heads will drop on them.[3]

Metal Tray Drama

The Metal Tray Drama (쟁반극장) featured the two MCs (Shin Dong-yup, Lee Hyori) and two other guests, where they would be divided into two teams (1 MC, 1 guest) and act out a scene from a movie or drama. Usually involving funny antics, anyone who laughs or forgets what to do (known as NG) will be hit by a metal tray.

Do Re Mi Kong Kong Kong

Do Re Mi Kong Kong Kong (도레미 콩콩콩) was a corner which featured the Do Re Mi 7 Siblings (도레미칠남메) which contained the two MCs (Yoo Jae-suk, Kim Je-dong) and five other guests. They would participate in reciting a children's song using a human-sized keyboard hanging from the ceiling. They are each assigned a note (Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, Ti, Do) and would have four chances to correctly play the song by hitting the corresponding key on the keyboard with their heads. If they are wrong, a group of punishers will hit them with a plastic mallet.

Season 2Edit

Season 2 was commonly known as Happy Together Friends (해피투게더 프렌즈), where celebrities find their former schoolmates. The program originally began as a pilot which aired in February 2005 titled Friends, hosted by Yoo Jae-suk, Eugene, and Tak Jae-hoon. It eventually combined with Happy Together to become Happy Together Friends. This season wasn't as humorous as the previous season, because most celebrities and schoolmates would usually be crying or cherishing their time together, greatly reducing the level of laughs. Season 2 ran from May 5, 2005 to June 21, 2007. Season 2 was not as popular as Season 1 but still gained the usual range of ratings (10–18%). In Happy Together Friends, 2 celebrities are to find 5 of their schoolmates from a group of 25–40 people. Celebrities had 2 rounds to find their friends, their friends would speak about past events and their interesting stories, where the celebrities would try to clue in on the person. However, the celebrities only see the screen of the MC's and not the audience of schoolmates.

Slogan: "친구가 있어, 행복한 목요일, 해피투게더 프렌즈!" (Because friends are here, Thursday is happy, Happy Together Friends!)

Study Quick, If Incorrect, Metal Trays Will Hit!

In this game, Study Quick, If Incorrect, Metal Trays Will Hit! (벼락치기, 달달 외워~ 못 외우면 쟁반 맞아!) or in the pilot Study Quick, If Incorrect, Raise Your Hands! (벼락치기, 달달 외워~ 못 외우면 손들어!), the two celebrities and their friends will compete for a free dinner after the show so they can catch-up with each other. The object of the game is to correctly identify certain objects/people after studying for 30 minutes. A picture of the object/person is put on to a conveyor belt and it passes through each participant while they are wearing headphones, they must correctly identify what it is or be hit by the Metal Trays (or be forced to raise their hands in the pilot). The team with the most points will win the free dinner. This game was only played 4 times (including the pilot).

Season 3Edit

Season 3 which was known as Happy Together: Let's Go To School (해피투게더 학교가자), where the 4 MCs dressed as females (except for Shin Bong-sun, who is female), and participated in school-themed games. Season 3 included a corner from Season 1, where the MCs would play against students in a quiz for a scholarship. This began on July 5, 2007. These proved to be unpopular and were all scrapped in 3 weeks. Now, the show is simply known as Happy Together Season 3 which the corners are Challenge! Memorize Song, and That's You! (그건 너!). These 2 corners proved to be popular, and ratings have gone back to normal. That's You! has been replaced by What is that! (이건 뭐!), where guests bring an item they cherish, and Don't Laugh in the Sauna!, joined the 2 remaining corners that take place in a sauna. In early 2009, Challenge! Memorize Song was removed to save time. Only Don't Laugh in the Sauna! remains, and follows Star Quiz How is that Possible! (스타퀴즈 세상에이럴수가!) which is a quiz about the guests for daily products. On April 25, 2017, the show will undergo a revamp, one significant change is the show will be in the form of a 2-part series because most recordings go overtime.

Slogan: "함께하면 더욱 행복한 목요일 밤, 해피투게더!" (A Thursday night that will be happier if spent together, Happy Together!)

Challenge! Memorize Song

Challenge! Memorize Song (도전! 암기송) took place inside a sauna, where the MCs and guests would need to correctly sing a song (related to your well-being) to escape the sauna. Those who escape the sauna can enjoy food and drinks while watching the rest of the challengers suffer. The last person in the sauna is the loser and receives a painful massage.

Don't Laugh In The Sauna!

In Don't Laugh In The Sauna! (웃지마! 사우나), the hosts "chat" with the guests in a dialect trying to make them laugh. These conversations usually surround what a typical "Korean mother" (아줌마) will talk about, those who laugh will be sprayed by a water gun. Everyone has a plastic clear bowl they can use to protect themselves from the water. This corner takes place in the locker room of the sauna.

Season 4Edit



This programme has received the highest ratings of Thursday night prime-time lineups since its beginning. Every week, between 10 and 25 percent of viewers enjoy its episodes. Due to its popularity, programs on SBS and MBC at the 11:05 pm timeslot have suffered from Happy Together over the years.

SBS's People Searching for Laughter (웃찾사) once dominated Thursday nights in 2005, but ratings went down and it moved to different time slots (Sundays at 6:40 pm and Fridays at 9:55 pm). It later moved back to Thursdays at 11:05 pm in 2008 but ratings were still low, so it moved to Saturdays at 4:10 pm in 2010. Hey Hey Hey Season 2 (헤이헤이헤이 시즌2) began airing in 2006 but was cancelled after 9 months due to low ratings. Mystery Hunters (미스터리 특공대) and Love Generation (연애시대) began airing in 2008 and both were cancelled after 3 months due to low ratings. Entertainment Tonight (한밤의 TV연예) moved to that timeslot on SBS but is suffering from low ratings as well. Over on MBC, Dissatisfaction Zero (불만제로) aired for several years with low ratings and later moved to a new timeslot (Wednesdays at 6:30 pm) in an effort to boost ratings. It was replaced by cheaper news programming, Who Plus (후플러스) and continues to air with low ratings as well.

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2002 1st KBS Entertainment Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Shin Dong-yup Won [34]
Best Program Award Happy Together Won
Rookie of the Year Award Lee Hyori Won
2003 2nd KBS Entertainment Awards Most Outstanding Award in Entertainment Category Yoo Jae-suk Won
Most Outstanding Idea Award Happy Together – Metal Tray Karaoke Room Won
Rookie of the Year Award Kim Je-dong Won
2005 4th KBS Entertainment Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Yoo Jae-suk Won
Most Outstanding Award in Entertainment Category Tak Jae-hoon Won
2007 6th KBS Entertainment Awards Viewer's Choice Best Program Award Happy Together Season 3 Won
2008 7th KBS Entertainment Awards Outstanding Award in Entertainment Category Shin Bong-sun Won
2009 8th KBS Entertainment Awards Won
Park Mi-sun Won
2010 9th KBS Entertainment Awards Best Entertainer Award Park Myeong-su Won [35]
Best Teamwork Award Happy Together Season 3 team Won
2011 10th KBS Entertainment Awards Outstanding Writer Award in Entertainment Category Jo Ki-bum Won [36]
2013 49th Baeksang Arts Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) for Television Yoo Jae-suk Won [37]
2014 13th KBS Entertainment Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Won [38]
Excellence Award in Entertainment Category Kim Shin-young Won
2015 14th KBS Entertainment Awards Top Excellence Award in Variety Show Park Myeong-su Won [39]
2016 15th KBS Entertainment Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Yoo Jae-suk Nominated [40]
Viewers' Choice Best Program Happy Together Season 3 Nominated
Top Excellence Award in Talk Show Park Myeong-su Nominated
Excellence Award in Talk Show Jo Se-ho Nominated
Jun Hyun-moo Won
Rookie Award in Talk Show Uhm Hyun-kyung Won
Best Teamwork Award Happy Together Season 3 team Won
2018 16th KBS Entertainment Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Yoo Jae-suk Nominated [41][42]
Viewers' Choice Best Program Award Happy Together Season 4 Nominated
Top Excellence Award in Talk/Show Category Jun Hyun-moo Nominated
Excellence Award in Talk/Show Category Jo Se-ho Won
2019 17th KBS Entertainment Awards Best Teamwork Award Happy Together Season 4 team Won [43]
Top Excellence Award in Entertainment Jo Se-ho Nominated


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