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Infinite Challenge (Hangul무한도전; Hanja無限挑戰; RRMuhan Dojeon; abbreviated as 무도 Mudo) is a South Korean television entertainment program, distributed and syndicated by MBC.

Infinite Challenge
Infinite Challenge Logo.jpg
Promotional logo
Also known as Infinity Challenge
Muhan Dojeon
Hangul 무한도전
Genre Reality television
Created by Kim Tae-ho[1] (de facto)
Directed by Kim Tae-ho (Head dir.)[2]
Park Chang-hoon[2]
Cho Wook-hyung[2]
Kang Sung-ah[2]
Creative director(s) Kim Gu-san
Starring
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 563 + 3 specials (list of episodes)
Production
Producer(s) Kim Tae-ho
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 75-80 minutes
Production company(s) MBC Entertainment Production Division
Distributor MBC
Release
Original network MBC TV, MBC+ Drama, MBC every1
Picture format 1080i(HDTV) Since February 19, 2011 (episode 237); NTSC; ATSC for 2008 Infinite Challenge concert
Audio format Monophonic
Original release April 23, 2005 (2005-04-23) – March 31, 2018 (2018-03-31)
Chronology
Followed by Unexpected Q
Related shows Infinite Girls (spin-off), The Great Challenge
External links
Website

As of January 2013, it had the largest market share for its timeslot; with between 13 and 17 percent of Korean television viewers watching Infinite Challenge every Saturday night.[3] making it the most-watched free-to-air television program on Saturday evenings, and the most viewed non-drama program in South Korea every week (excluding special sporting events, since November 2006, with the exception of January 2009,[4] April and May 2010[5]).[6]

Infinite Challenge has kept the same scheduled time, since first airing in 2005. Since 2009, it lasts for roughly 75 minutes, excluding ten minutes of advertising. Episodes are also frequently rerun on several Korean cable broadcasting channels.[7] Since February 19, 2011 (episode 237), the program has been aired in high-definition.[8] Infinite Challenge has been called "the nation's variety show" and "Korea's real first variety" for having been successful for over ten years.[9]

In March 2018, it has been announced that, following the departure of lead producer Kim Tae-ho,[10] all current members have stepped down from the show,[11] bringing the program to an end. The last episode was aired on March 31, 2018, but the program has continued for 3 more weeks with recap special that looks back at the program over the years.[12][13]

Contents

ContentsEdit

Infinite Challenge is recognized as the first "Real-Variety" show in Korean television history. The program is largely unscripted, filmed in almost-secrecy and followed a similar format of challenge-based reality television programs. The challenges are often absurd or impossible to achieve, so the program takes on the satirical comedy aspect of a variety show rather than a standard reality or competition program. In earlier episodes, the show's six hosts and staff would continuously proclaim that, in order to achieve its comedic purposes, the program had to be "3-D": Dirty, Dangerous, and Difficult.[14]

Recurring segmentsEdit

These segments were featured in multiple episodes over the years due to their popularity.

  • "Infinite News" – a parody on news broadcast in which most of the reported stories happened to some or all of the cast members. Those stories revolve around their personal life and tend to balance between facts and the comedic side of them.
  • "Infinite Company" – an unscripted skit that parodied on the lives of office employees, similar to The Office. Initially, the skit was a reproduction of the late comedian Kim Hyung-gon work, called President, President, Our President, portraying a situational comedy around a board of directors of a company before it was changed to be about a group of employees in a small department.
  • "Ha & Su" – an unscripted situational comedy around the petty quarrels between Jeong Jun-ha and Park Myeong-su, where the latter is aggressive and hot-tempered while the former is timid and simple-minded. In 2011, they were awarded a "Best Couple" award for their performance.[15]
  • "Jimotmi" – it stands for 지켜주지 못해서 미안해 (jikyeojuji motaeseo mianhae), which means "Sorry I could not look out for you" In this segment, the members play hidden-camera pranks on each other to see how they react to certain contrived situations.
  • "Introducing My Ugly Friends Festival" – A segment where the members invited their acquaintances which they considered visually unappealing. Afterwards, the members organize a party where they celebrate with various games.
  • "Saturday, Saturday's, I Am A Singer" – Suggested by Park Myeoung-Su and Jeong Jun-ha where the program arranges a stage where old artists were given chances to return and perform their hit songs. Sechs Kies and H.O.T. were able to reunite and came out of retirement through this segment.
  • "Please, be..." – a segment which was introduced to instill common principles to all of the members. '"Please, come early"' forces the members to be punctual during filming day as the staff will not inform them when they would filmed the segment. '"Please, be friendly"', featuring Haha and Jeong Hyeong-don, were created to encourage both members to be more comfortable around each other.
  • "Ah-Ha" – a Korean word game in which one member says a word, and the next person must then say that word backwards. Members who failed or made mistakes would be hit over the head. This segment premiered in the 2nd season (Infinite Challenge – The Master of Quiz) and was played occasionally in following seasons.
  • "One-flash Telepathy" – after hearing a word which was given from the production booth, each member presented a gesture that would best represented that word. A round is cleared if all six members perform the same gesture and punishments were given when theu failed. The original alleged purpose of this segment was to unite the minds of the members; however, they have yet to succeed. Voice narration for this segment was provided by Na Gyeong-eun, an announcer and Yoo Jae-suk's wife.
  • Calendar-making Project – the members created a series of unique calendars and donated all profits from these sales to charity. This project has succeeded every seasons.[16]

National eventsEdit

Some of the segments of Infinite Challenge also grew and become a national event where it also actively involved the audiences as well.

  • 2008 Host-in-Chief Elections – after a humorous request by Park Myeong-su to have a new leader in 2008, all Infinite Challenge members and staff held a vote for a new 'host-in-chief' on December 31, 2007, at the nation's own natural gas field near Ulsan.[17] Prior to the election, each member created campaign pledges to encourage voters to vote for them. All entertainment managers, coordinators, MBC staff and the members voted at the South gate of the MBC Headquarters and the votes were counted on the morning of New Year's Day. Afterwards, Park Myeong-su was declared the new host-in-chief, but evidences accused him of tempering the voting box. The new host-in-chief was given 3 weeks to prove his leadership skills. Howeve, after poor performances for 3 whole weeks, Park Myeong-su announced at an Infinite Challenge press conference that he would step down and wait for the new election to take place. In the aftermath, Yoo Jae-suk was appointed as interim host-in-chief on February 2, 2008. The second host-in-chief election was held on February 4, 2008 at the MBC Dream Center in Ilsan and Yoo Jae-suk won the majority of the votes and was once again reinstated as the host-in-chief.
  • WM7 – the "Wrestling Muhan 7" project is an attempt by the members to perform at a professional wrestling event. From July 2009, the members started training by inviting Sonstar, junior-professional wrestler and the drummer of Cherry Filter, as their coach and Park Myeong-su as their club leader. After numerous injuries, including a concussion suffered by Jeong Hyeong-don, setbacks and delays, the members finally put on a performance in front of a live audience on August 19, 2010 at Jangchung Gymnasium. It was broadcast over 11 episodes and MBC also released a DVD edition of this challenge, featuring several unaired segments, stories and the full uncut performance.
  • 2014 Decision – the show held another host-in-chief election in 2014 where the show elected a host-in-chief with 10 years tenure. A nationwide election were held, which also promoted the citizen's participation on South Korea's 2014 local elections.[18] Similarly, the members created campaign pledges to attract viewers to vote for them in the preliminary internet polls. The second internet poll was held after the special's first episode was aired. In the aftermath of the second poll, Haha and Jeong Jun-ha decided to support Jeong Hyeong-don while Park Myeong-su forfeited to support Yoo Jae-suk. About 50,000 people, including the members of Infinite Challenge, casted their votes on May 22, 2014 on the polling stations at ten major cities on South Korea (Seoul, Incheon, Daejeon, Daegu, Ulsan, Gwangju, Busan, Jeju, Chuncheon, and Jeonju). Another 34,000 people casted their votes earlier on the preliminary voting on May 17–18, 2014. Internet voting also held at the same time of actual poll for the people who were not able to cast their votes on the polling stations and 363,047 people participated on it. Combining the live polls and the internet votes, Yoo Jae-suk won the election by defeating Noh Hong-chul with 45,310 marginal votes or 8.29% of the combined votes.
  • Infinite Challenge Song Festival – started in 2007, the members randomly collaborate with real musicians in order to compete for the "Infinite Challenge Song Festival" that is held every two years. The first festival was won by Haha with "The Story of a Short Kid" (키작은 꼬마 이야기).
Year Festival Team Song Result
2009 Olympic Expressway Duet Song Festival
(올림픽대로 듀엣가요제)
Future Liger (Yoo Jae-suk with Tiger JK & Yoon Mi-rae) "Let's Dance" LIVE Won
Charisma (Jun Jin & Lee Jung Hyun) "Senorita" LIVE Gold prize
Three People Pig Face (Hyung Don & Epik High) "Barbeque" LIVE Silver Prize
Dol Brain (Noh Hong-chul & No Brain) "Heat-Stroke Sea Gull" LIVE Bronze prize
Myung-ca Drive (Park Myeong-su & Girls' Generation's Jessica) "Naengmyun" LIVELIVE M-CORELIVE MBC AWARD Nominated
After Shaving (Jeong Jun-ha & After School) "Youngkye Baeksook" LIVE Nominated
Comfortable people (Gil & YB) "I'm Cool" LIVE Nominated
2011 West Coast Expressway Song Festival
(서해안고속도로 가요제)
Sagging Snail (Yoo Jae-suk & Lee Juck) "Apgujeong Nallari" (압구정 날라리) LIVE Won
"As I Say" LIVE
GG (Park Myeong-su & G-Dragon) feat. Park Bom "I Cheated" LIVE Won
Sweet Nasal Sorrow (Jeong Jun-ha & Sweet Sorrow) "Will You Give Your Affection?" LIVE Won
Cheolssa (Noh Hong-chul & Psy) "Shake It" LIVE Won
Sentimental Haha (Haha & 10cm) "Do You Wanna Die or Date Me?" LIVE Won
Sea Route (Gil & Bada) "The Song That Only I can Sing" LIVE Won
Parasian (Jeong Hyeong-don & Jung Jae-hyung) "The Innocent Macho" LIVE Won
2013 Freeway Song Festival
(자유로 가요제)
Double Play (Jeong Jun-ha & Kim C) feat. Lee So Ra & Beenzino "Things That Will Float Away" LIVE 5th Place
Hyung Yong Don Jyeong (Jeong Hyeong-don & G-Dragon) feat. Defconn "Trying To Do It" LIVE 2nd Place
How Do Yoo Dul (Yoo Jae-suk & Yoo Hee-yeol) feat. Kim Jo-han "Please Don't Go My Girl" LIVE 3rd Place
Leech (Park Myeong-su & Primary) feat. Dynamic Duo's Gaeko "I got C" LIVE Won
Rose Chin (Noh Hong-chul & Rose Motel) "Call Me Your Oppa" LIVE 4th Place
Seventy Finger (Haha with Kiha & The Faces) "Super Jab-Cho Man (Grassman)" LIVE 8th Place
G.A.B (Gil & BoA) "G.A.B" LIVE 7th Place
All Infinite Challenge members "Here We Are" LIVE 6th Place
2015 Yeongdong Expressway Song Festival
(영동고속도로 가요제)
Hwangtaeji (Hwang Kwanghee with G-Dragon & Taeyang) "Mapsosa" LIVE 2nd Place
EU God-G isn't EU (Park Myeong-su & IU) "Leon" LIVE 1st Place
Eutteugeottasi (Haha & Zion.T) "$ponsor" LIVE 3rd Place
GG (Park Myeong-su & G-Dragon) feat. IU "I Cheated" LIVE
Haha "Story of a Short Kid" LIVE
Sagging Snail (Yoo Jae-suk & Lee Juck) "As I Say"(말하는 대로) LIVE
Sangjuna (Jeong Jun-ha & OnePiece's Yoon Sang) "My Life" LIVE 6th Place
Dancing Genome (Yoo Jae-suk & Park Jin-young) "I’m So Sexy" LIVE 5th Place
The 5 Emperors (Jeong Hyeong-don & Hyukoh) "Wonderful Barn" LIVE 4th Place

HistoryEdit

Season 1Edit

The title of Season 1 was Rash Challenge (무모한 도전). Led by Yoo Jae-suk, six or more Korean entertainers (with Noh Hong-chul and Jeong Hyeong-don as a regular members) tried to complete a 'sporting' mission in an outdoor studio, which was based on a viewer's suggestion submitted through the show's homepage. Some of the absurd challenges included racing in a foot-powered swan-shaped paddle boat against a motor boat, playing a tennis match against Maria Sharapova, appearing live on stage at a public fashion show, and playing football against Thierry Henry. A large part of the humor comes from the fact that the cast is generally not well-suited to the challenges they attempt. This program can be compared to the filmed-in-studio Wetten, dass..? of Germany, as the program mainly focuses on the process and progress of the challenges, rather than focusing on the accomplishment of a mission.[19] This format lasted only from April 23, 2005 to October 22, 2005. Despite having a strong following, its average ratings were very low (roughly 5 percent). Due to its sports-related theme, reruns of Season 1 and sports-related episodes of Season 4 (i.e. WM7) episodes are frequently aired on MBC Sportsplus, MBC's satellite and cable network for sports-casting.

Season 2 and 3Edit

From October 29, 2005 to April 30, 2006, Season 2 was titled Excessive Challenge (무리한 도전). For the first few episodes, the program was fairly similar to the first season. However, because the cast members wanted to redefine their characters, they decided to change the whole program concept, calling it Infinite Challenge - Master of Quiz in the third season. Since then, six hosts (with Yoo Jae-suk as 'host-in-chief') played a Korean-letter game called 'Ah-ha' (see below); competed in their knowledge and mental power; participated in on-line popularity polls about specific themes; and explored other comic features.[20] Although the average ratings were low, the unity and dynamics of the members significantly improved. A panelist from Season 1, Park Myeong-su, came back as a co-host, and Haha and Jeong Jun-ha also became co-hosts of the program.

Season 4Edit

On May 6, 2006, the fourth and final season (format) of the program that now simply known as Infinite Challenge (무한도전), went on air. Special coverage of 2006 World Cup Germany was featured for the entire month of June 2006, along with some 'Ah-ha' specials (with Shinhwa, for example) at the beginning of each episode. However, in July 8, 2006, the program took its memorable first step as the first 'Real-Variety' television program in Korean television history, with the airing of a segment called 'Please, come early': The six members were asked to come to the recording session on time or experience some form of punishment (일찍 와주길 바래, a part of the 'Please, be...' series see below), combining elements of both Reality TV and Variety programming, including comic characters from each of the Infinite Challenge members, see 'hosts'). Thereafter, the program has created challenges with regard to anything related to real life (excluding some critical issues such as religions and sexual preferences), in outdoor studios, with little use of acting or heavily based plotting. Since December 2, 2006, the program has received the highest ratings of prime-time lineups for Saturday evening.[21]

In January 2012, the program took a 6-month hiatus due to a labor strike conducted by MBC's reporters and producers. During this period, new episodes were not produced and MBC, instead, aired reruns of previous episodes.[22] In November 2015, Infinite Challenge arranged special exhibition and expo titled "Infinite Challenge Expo", in KINTEX.[23] The program took a 7-week hiatus from broadcast in early 2017, which Kim Tae-ho, the main PD, signified as a period to normalize the production process which has been shorten considerably where the production team had less time and always rushed to meet the deadline. The PD also reveals that the program still continues their regular shooting schedules while being off the air.[24]

The program took another 10-week hiatus from September 9, 2017 due to a labor strike by MBC's reporters and producers. During the strike, new episodes were not aired and reruns of previous episodes were broadcast.[25] The strike ended on November 13, and Infinite Challenge returned to regular broadcasting on November 25.[26][27][28] In March 2018, the program came to an end marked by the departure of Kim Tae-ho, the lead producer, which was followed by the members. However, after the last episode was aired, the program returned for 3 more weeks where it aired recap specials that pays tribute to the achievements of the program called "13 Years of Saturdays".[10][11][12][13]

HostsEdit

TimelineEdit

 

CurrentEdit

Name Joined Nickname Character Description and Notes
Yoo Jae-suk
(유재석, Host-in-chief)
April 2005 - March 2018

Captain Yoo (유반장)[29]
The First-in-command (1인자)
Nation's MC (국민 MC)
The grasshopper (메뚜기)
Playboy Yoo/Nal Yoo (날유)
The Sun (해님)
God Yoo(유느님)
Mr. My-Nipples-Below (저쪼아래)

Park Myeong-su
(박명수)
May - July 2005[30]
Oct. 2005 - March 2018
Giant Star/Geo-seong (거성)[31]
Father (아버지)
The Second-in-command (2인자)
The Son of the Devil (악마의 아들)
NYSD(뉴욕쇠독)
Rash Man(깨방정)
Sancho Park (산초박)
Alien (외계인)
The leafhopper/Rice insect (벼멸구)
Worthless older brother (하찮은 형)
Unique Myeong-su (고유명수)
(A play on 고유명사/"Proper noun")
CEO Park/Park sajang (박사장)
Point five (쩜오)
Great Park (그레이트 박)
Flag Park(박깃발)
The odd one out (쭈구리)
Peter(피터)
Reversal Park (박번복)
Ten Jobs (십잡스)
Mr. Tricky Park
Winner Park (박대상)
One head, Two smell (한 머리 두 냄새)
Waiter Park (웨이터 박)
Senior Park (박선배)
Boy Park (소년명수)
Laughter Hunter (웃음 사냥꾼)
Three Meals Myeong-su (명수세끼)
DJ Park(DJ 박)
Laughter dead (웃음 사망꾼)
Park has continuously proclaimed his nickname (Geo-seong, or Giant Star). He is often referred to as "Father" by the rest of the members due to his elderly look and his position as the oldest member of the program. This is especially prevalent when Myeong-su's receding hair is flattened or his make-up is removed. See his page for more details. His (on-air) persona is that of a veteran grumpy "upperclassman" of the other members. He often shouts or reprimands his "underclassmen," usually about humorously trivial matters. Thanks to his current work as the co-host of Infinite Challenge, Park Myeong-su gained more than 250 nicknames throughout his appearances on the program as listed by the netizens.[32]
Jeong Jun-ha
(정준하)
March 2006 - March 2018
The Helmet (헬멧),[33]
The Lord of Eating (식신)
Monster (괴물)
The Third-in-command (3인자)
Stupid brother (바보형)
Mr. Jeong Joong-ang (정중앙씨)
Fat-fatso (뚱뚱보)
Jjeori Jjang (쩌리짱)
Global Moron[34]
Cool Guy(쿨가이)
Manager Jeong (정총무)
Jeong Jun-yeon-a(정준연아)
(Kim Yuna Parody)
Somewhat lacking but a good friend
(약간 모자라지만 착한 친구)
Jonathan(조나단)
The Lovester(사랑 전도사, 사랑꾼)
Wax drippings Jeong (정촛농)
Grandfather (할아버지)
Icon of Aging (노화의 아이콘)
Variety Show Zombie
Jung Jun Grandfather (정준 할아버지)
The man that shook the world through dieting
Funeral Photo Jun Ha (영정 준하)
The Creation Myth of The Dieting World (다이어트계의 신화창조)
Ndotto's Father (도토 아빠)
MC Minzy (MC 민지)
His character is mainly defined by 3 things: his size (often referred to as being 0.1 tons, or 100 kilograms), appetite, and a degree of slowness in judgment. His extraordinarily large head (supposedly 8 kg) has gotten him, on a few occasions, called "Chivas Degal" (Degal = is a shortened word for "Degari", a vernacular word for "head"). In the 50th episode special of season 3, he was challenged to eat 50 plates of noodles in five minutes. The plates altogether weighed about 10–30 kg. (He succeeded, but had to go straight to the lavatory and subsequently slept in the back of the studio). On episode 61 of season 3, he went to a hair salon with Hong-chul to curl Hong-chul's hair. He asked a woman who was working there if she knew Jun-ha's name, but she said Joong-ang by mistake. Since that time, the members, including the creator Yoo Jae-suk, have frequently teased him as Mr. Jeong Joong-ang (정중앙씨), which means 'Mr. Square-in-the-middle'.
Haha (하하)
(Ha Dong-hoon, 하동훈)
December 2005 - March 2008

March 2010 - March 2018
Shorty (단신)
Childhood friend(with Noh Hong-chul)
(죽마고우)
Little one (꼬마)
The M.A. Ha (석사 하하)
The Top Little one(상꼬맹이)
The Friend Who Lacking If Compared With the One At the Same Age
(또래에 비해 떨어지는 친구)
Hybrid Sammy Sosa Rio Levy (하이브리드 샘이솟아 리오레이비)
Haha is long considered the cutest and best-looking member of the cast. He is also the most-educated member, having obtained a Master of Arts in Theatre & Film at Daejin University; however, during the episode of the 50th special, he only got 20 points on a 100-point elementary-level spelling test. In episode 62 of season 3, he sang a song called 'A Little Boy's Story' (키작은 꼬마 이야기) as a tribute to his short height, which is a constant target of ridicule among the cast. It was a huge sensation with viewers. Haha temporarily left the show from March 2008 through March 2010 in order to fulfill his mandatory military service. In his final episode before entering the service, Haha performed at a guerrilla concert that was secretly organized by his fellow co-hosts.
Yang Se-hyung
(양세형)
March 2017 - March 2018
Yang Se Bari (양세바리)
Similar to Gil's early appearances on the show, Yang Se-hyung first appeared on the show regularly as a de facto member. He made his first appearance in the 'Perfect Sense' segment of episodes 474 and 475 in April 2016. After appearing regularly for almost a year, Yang Se-hyung was added to the show intro when Infinite Challenge returned from their 7-week break on March 18, 2017.
Jo Se-ho
(조세호)
January 2018 - March 2018 Jo Se-ho began as a recurring guest when the show returned from a 10-week break due to MBC's labor strike. His first appearance was during an 'Infinite News' segment of episode 546 in November 2017. At the beginning of 2018, Infinite Challenge officially released a statement which recognized him as a member of the show.

FormerEdit

Name Joined Nickname Character Description and Notes
Jun Jin (전진)
(Park Chung-Jae, 박충재)
July 2008 - November 2009
Junstin Jinberlake (전스틴)
The roll-in kid (굴러들어온 놈)
Jan Jin (잔진)
The Million Dollar Boy (백만돌이)
In June 2008, Shinhwa member Jun Jin appeared on the show to replace Haha. Jin showed his extraordinary physical talent and was a target for all the other members of Infinite Challenge, who envied his looks and abilities during many challenges.
Gil (길)
(Gil Seong-joon, 길성준)
April 2009 - April 2014
Baldy/Bbaak-Bbaak-ei (빡빡이)
Come between-Gil(이간길)
Honey jar(꿀단지)
Fat-fat-fatso (뚱뚱뚱보)
Ip-sae (입새)
(as he only brushes his teeth once a day)
Gilmeo (길메오)
(as a 'cameo' proclaimed by Yoo Jae-suk)
Overreacting (무리수)
The friend who born unfunny
(태생적으로 재미없는 친구)
Icon of Betrayal (배신의 아이콘)
Gil made his first appearance on an episode which featured Korean figure skater Kim Yuna in April 2009, ostensibly substituting for Jeong Jun-ha, who had to leave the episode recording early. He remained a de facto member of Infinite Challenge until he became a full member later that year. During the Boxing episodes in January 2010, Gil showed off his 9-year-long training in the sport. Gil is often called the Unfunny Friend due to his inability to ad-lib as quickly as the other co-hosts.

On April 23, 2014, Gil was caught by the police due to drunk-driving. Fans of the variety show have been flooding the board with requests for Gil to leave the show for his inappropriate actions. Eventually, the MBC executives announced his leave on the same day.[35]

Noh Hong-chul
(노홍철)
April 2005 - November 2014
Stone Kid/Psychopath/Crazykid/Dol+I
('돌+아이'),[36]
Childhood friend(with Haha)
(죽마고우)
Quickmouth (퀵마우스)[37]
Noh Jji-rong (노찌롱)
Global Fraudster(글로벌 사기꾼)
Noh big-jaw(노하관)
Fraudster (사기꾼)
Affirmation Noh (노긍정)
Anal Fistula Patient(치루치루)
Dekopon (한라봉)
Ppakku (빡구)
'돌+아이/Dol+I' was created by Yoo Jae-suk during episode 22 of season 3. Quickmouth was his original character, due to his ability to speak very rapidly. 돌+아이 (when written without the plus sign) is a Korean curse word meaning psychopath, or an extremely crazy person. Since this is a show watched by families, the staff humorously put a plus (+) sign in the middle to separate the word so its literal meaning becomes 'Stone+Kid' when in actuality it means 'psycho'. On-screen graphics often depict this nickname by displaying a large capital 'I' that looks to be made of stone ('아이' is pronounced like the letter 'I').

Similarly to former member Gil, Noh Hong-chul was caught driving under influence of alcohol on November 7, 2014. Following the incident, Noh Hong-chul released an official apology to the public through MBC.[38] On the afternoon of November 8, MBC announced that Noh Hong-chul would be leaving the show and Infinite Challenge would continue on with the five remaining cast members.[39]

Jeong Hyeong-don
(정형돈)
April 2005 - November 2015
Fatso (뚱보)
Awkward fatso (어색한 뚱보)[40]
Jinsang (진상, nuisance)
Jeong Hang-don (정항돈)
The Moon (달님)
Doni (도니)
Crazy Existence (미친존재감)
Gaehwadong Orange-Tribe
(개화동 오렌지족)
Top Four MC (4대천왕)
A comedian by profession before joining the team, Jeong Hyeong-don used to appear in the Korean comedy show Gag Concert (where Do-Re-Mi Trio being one of his many skits). However, over many episodes, he has demonstrated remarkable talent in everything imaginable (for example, catching grapes with his mouth or playing a Korean jump-rope game) except being funny. He is teased by the other members for this. His character is also defined by the ability to make anyone around him feel awkward (as seen in the earlier episode)

In November 2015, Jung Hyeong-don had suspended all broadcasting activities due to health reasons.

On July 29, 2016, Jeong Hyeong-don's label, FNC Entertainment, officially announced that Jeong Hyeong-don would permanently leave the show after a nine-month hiatus from the broadcast due to poor health condition.[41][42]

Hwang Kwanghee
(황광희)
April 2015 - March 2017
Paper Doll (종이인형)
Incarnation Of Envy (질투의 화신)
Bad Actor (발연기)
Amberjack Kwanghee
Music Industry AlphaGo.
Hwang Kwanghee was the youngest member among the cast of Infinite Challenge while he was on the show. A member of ZE:A idol group, Hwang Kwanghee joined the Infinite Challenge cast in April 2015. He was selected through the Sixth Man project which was held in order to fill the empty position after Noh Hong-chul left the program following a drunk driving incident.

Kwanghee left the program in March 2017 in order to fulfill his military duty.[43]

Occasional appearancesEdit

  • There are a number of people who both individually work for this program and irregularly appear with Infinite Challenge members (hosts). They are frequently referred to as 'the 8th member' (제8의 멤버).
Name Nickname Occupation Character Description and Notes
Defconn
(데프콘)
Daepho-phone(대포폰)
Peh-conn-ie(프콘이)
Singer
Long-time buddy of Jeong Hyeong-don
Since MuDo's 'Rowing challenge' during the Spring-Summer season of 2011, he is the frequent pinch-hitter of this programme, while one or more cast members in absence. Together with Jung Hyung-don, he formed a hip-hop duo "Hyeongdon and Daejoon" (형돈이와 대준이). Defconn currently is the cast member of KBS2 Sunday variety show, 2 Days & 1 Night.
Jeong Seok-kwon
(정석권)
Manager Jeong
(Jeong Sil-jang 정실장) Narrow-mouth Frog Brother (Mangkongei Hyong 맹꽁이형)
Long-time buddy &
Entertainment Manager of Park Myeong-su
While serving as a manager, Jeong Sil-jang had aspirations to be a comedian in his own right. Whenever he was given a chance to appear on-screen, he was often ridiculed by other cast members for attempting to constantly outperform others and for overacting in order to gain attention. As such, many of his parts were usually edited out of the final broadcast. To restrain his growing popularity, Park Myeong-su often teasingly ordered that his manager not appear on the show again.
Choi Jong-hun[permanent dead link]
(최종훈)
Choi Co-ordi. (최코디)
Almighty Co-ord. Choi
(Man-neung Choi-codi
/만능 최코디)
Entertainment Manager of Jeong Jun-ha As Jeong Jun-ha's coordinator, Choi also hoped to become a rising star as a professional actor his common hope of rising stardom (as a professional actor), with a lot of help from Jeong Jun-ha himself.[44] He prepared a bunch of radishes for the members on 'Kimchi Preparation' (S03E30) and 'Jun(Semi-) Hines Ward'(S03E77) episodes well, and he presented his professional agricultural skills on the episodes 'MD Goes to country' (S03E25) and 'Rice-planting' (S03E56).
Kim Oak-jeong
(김옥정)
Mrs. Kim (김옥정 여사)
Oak-jeong Kim (옥정 킴)
Jung d'Oak-jeong (융드옥정, named after her favourite outfit, the Jung Dress)
Mother of Haha As has been regularly reported by the hosts, Kim has minimal cooking skills and is often humorously featured on the show to feed the cast members. She appeared for the first time in episode 83 of the third season; her closing comment of 'Hit that jackpot!' (Dae-bak Teo-ji-se-yo! 대박 터지세요) became an enormously popular new-year greeting.
TEO
Kim Tae-ho (김태호)
Bro. TEO (태호 형)
TEO PD (태호 PD)
Executive Producer of Infinite Challenge A pioneer of Korean entertainment, Kim Tae-ho produces and directs the show. Besides helping to create the unique Real-Variety format, Kim also innovated Korean television by adding unique captions to the show. Although captions are commonplace on Korean variety shows, Kim's captions went beyond simple descriptions or commentary, adding information on cast members' emotions and expressing reactions to the show, giving the captions an interactive feel that aligned with the viewing audience's thoughts. With high sensitivity for fashion, he gained extraordinary popularity when he officially opened his 'Cyworld' webpage. Although his presence is mostly felt through his captioning and occasional off-screen soundbites, he appeared as a witness of the Moot court challenge, which aired on February 20, 2010.
Kim Tae-hee
(김태희)
Writer Kim (김태희 작가)
Writer of Infinite Challenge As a high-profiled co-writer of Infinite Challenge and a Korean actress-namesake, she enjoys her huge popularity from dedicated viewers. During the 'Making a song for X-mas challenge'(S03E33) episode, she became very popular when Noh Hong-chul said that she 'has the posterior of (actress) Kim Tae-hee, but the front of Infinite Challenge.'
Shin Mi-so
(신미소)
Miso Co-ordi. (미소코디)
Fashion Co-ordinator of Yoo Jae-suk A Busan-native who helped assemble Yoo Jae-suk's wardrobe, Shin was also a popular 'guest' on the show. She debuted during a '100-minute Debate' (episode 42 of season 3), in which she was caught falling asleep in the audience. This incident made her name the top online keyword of March 2007. She was also featured when she accidentally broke a set of illuminators when Lee Young-ae appeared on Infinite Challenge (episode 52 of season 3). She eventually appeared as a co-host of 'Madness Couples' (episode 75 of season 3) with the Host-in-chief Yoo Jae-suk. She was known to be able to argue with all six members of the show, earning her the nickname 'Aegis ship.'

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Recipients Result
2006 6th MBC Entertainment Awards Daesang (Grand Prize) Yoo Jae-suk Won
Best Programme; Voted By Netizen TEO PD with entire directing crew of Infinite Challenge Won
Distinguished Male Award Haha Won
Excellence Award in a Variety Show Park Myeong-su Won
2007 MBC Programme Creating Award Outstanding Entertainment Programme TEO PD Won
Best Programme Won
Meritorious Service Medal Won
7th MBC Entertainment Awards Best Programme; Voted By Viewers Infinite Challenge Won
Congeniality Award Park Myeong-su Won
2008 8th MBC Entertainment Awards Best Variety Show Infinite Challenge Won
Outstanding Male Entertainer Jeong Hyeong-don Won
Special Award - Best Star Jun Jin Won
89th National Athletic Competition Aerobic Amateur Club 6-People 2nd place Park Myeong-su Won
44th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Entertainment Program Infinite Challenge Won
20th Korean Broadcasting Awards Best TV Entertainment Programme TEO PD Won
2009 9th MBC Entertainment Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Yoo Jae-suk Won
Excellence Award in a Variety Show Noh Hong-chul Won
Best New Male Entertainer Gil Seong-joon Won
PD Award Yoo Jae-suk Won
Producer of the Year Infinite Challenge Won
People's Choice - Best Entertainment Program Won
36th Korean Broadcasting Awards Best TV (Programme) Director TEO PD Won
Best TV Entertainment Programme Won
2010 10th MBC Entertainment Awards Daesang (Grand Prize) Yoo Jae-suk Won
Top Excellence Award in a Variety Show Park Myeong-su Won
Bizarre Award Park Myeong-su Won
11th Korean National Assembly Awards Best TV Program of the Year TEO PD with entire directing crew of Infinite Challenge Won
22nd Korean Producers Awards Best TV Entertainment Program Won
2011 11th MBC Entertainment Awards Top Excellence Award in a Variety Show Yoo Jae-suk Won
"Best Couple" Award Park Myeong-su & Jeong Jun-ha Won[a]
Popularity Award Jung Jae-hyung Won
53rd Annual National Rowing Championships 2000m Novice Inn (Special Award) Infinite Challenge Won
MelOn Music Awards Hot Trend Award Infinite Challenge West Coast Highway Song Festival Won
Korea Women Link blue media Family Award (The Butterfly Effect Feature) Infinite Challenge Won
2012 12th MBC Entertainment Awards Daesang (Grand Prize)[45] Park Myeong-su Won
PD Award Yoo Jae-suk Won
"Best Couple" Award Kim C & Jo Jung Chi Won
2013 13th MBC Entertainment Awards[46] Programme of the Year Award Infinite Challenge Won
Popularity Award Noh Hong-chul Won
"Best Couple" Award Jeong Hyeong-don & G-Dragon Won
Top Excellence Award in a Variety Show Jeong Hyeong-don Won
49th Baeksang Arts Awards Daesang (Grand Prize) for Television Yoo Jae-suk Won
2014 14th MBC Entertainment Awards Daesang (Grand Prize) Yoo Jae-suk Won
People's Choice - Entertainment Program of the Year Infinite Challenge Won
PD Award Haha Won
Top Excellence Award in a Variety Show Jeong Jun-ha Won
MBC PD's Association PD of the Year TEO PD Won
2015 42nd Korea Broadcasting Awards Daesang (Grand Prize)[47] Infinite Challenge Won[b]
Amnesty International Korean Media Awards 2015 Media Award of the Year Infinite Challenge Won
15th MBC Entertainment Awards Best Writer Award Lee Eun-ju Won
Special Contribution Award Infinite Challenge Won
High Excellence for Variety Show Male Haha Won
People's Choice - Best Entertainment Program Infinite Challenge Won
51st Baeksang Arts Awards Best Male Variety Performer Jeong Hyeong-don Nominated
2016 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards Jeong Jun-ha Nominated
16th MBC Entertainment Awards Daesang (Grand Prize) Yoo Jae-suk Won
Jeong Jun-ha Nominated
Top Male Excellence Award in Variety Show Won
Yoo Jae-suk Nominated
Male Excellence Award in Variety Show Hwang Kwanghee Nominated
People's Choice - Entertainment Program of the Year Infinite Challenge Won
Popularity Award Yang Se-hyung Won
2017 17th MBC Entertainment Awards[48][49] Daesang (Grand Prize) Yoo Jae-suk Nominated
Park Myeong-su Nominated
People's Choice - Entertainment Program of the Year Infinite Challenge Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Variety Category Yoo Jae-suk Nominated
Park Myeong-su Won
Excellence Award, Variety Category Yang Se-hyung Won

GuestsEdit

InternationalEdit

Name Appeared Occupation Notes
Esper Itō (エスパー伊東) Season 1, Episode 22 Japanese comedian Appeared one episode (Season 1)
Maria Sharapova Season 1, Episode 23 and 24 Russian tennis player Appeared two episodes (Season 1)
Michelle Wie Season 4, Episode 1 and 2 American golfer Appeared two episodes (Season 4)
Fedor Emelianenko Season 4 Episode 18 and 19 Russian PRIDE heavyweight champion Appeared two episodes; he taught each member submission holds - Season 4
Thierry Henry Season 4, Episode 57 and 58 French soccer player Appeared two episodes (Season 4)[50]
Paris Hilton Season 4, Episode 81 American socialite Appeared one episode (Season 4)
Tenku Tsubasa (前田睦美) Season 4, Episode 189 and 190 Japanese boxer Appeared two episodes (Season 4)
MC Hammer Season 4, Episode 312 American singer, rapper Appeared one episode (Season 4), while featuring PSY for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2013[51]
Ryan Seacrest Season 4, Episode 312 American TV show presenter, broadcaster Appeared one episode (Season 4), while preparing Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2013, with PSY, Yoo Jae-suk, Noh Hong-chul, and Haha[52]
Daisy Donovan Season 4, Episode 326 British TV show presenter, broadcaster Appeared one episode (Season 4), to introduce this programme as one of South Korea's 'traditional television show', to the viewers in the United Kingdom. Her report was eventually shown on Channel 4 television show called "The Greatest Shows on Earth", on July 8, 2013.[53]
Usain Bolt Season 4, Episode 371 Jamaican sprinter Appeared one episode (Season 4), among Jamaica special episodes(369~371).[54]
Ali Bongo Ondimba Season 4, Episode 445 President of Gabon After meeting and delivering food to the president's long-time chief security officer, Park Sang-chul, Jeong Jun-ha did an interview with the President.
Jack Black Season 4, Episode 465 and 542 American actor, musician Appeared two episodes (Season 4)[55]
Stephen Curry Season 4, Episode 541 American basketball players Appeared one episode (Season 4)[56]
Seth Curry
Manny Pacquiao Season 4, Episode 551 Filipino boxer, senator Appeared one episode (Season 4)

KoreanEdit

Numerous Korean celebrities have appeared on the show due to its popularity. Many of the guests have some relationships with the co-hosts of the show, including:

Korean guests

RatingsEdit

List of 2007 ratings (episodes 35–85)
Episode
Original airdate AGB Nielsen

Nationwide ratings

35 January 6, 2007 16.0%
36 January 13, 2007 18.5%
37 January 20, 2007 18.5%
38 January 27, 2007 17.8%
39 February 3, 2007 17.5%
40 February 10, 2007 17.2%
41 February 17, 2007 15.6%
42 February 24, 2007 14.9%
43 March 3, 2007 17.7%
44 March 10, 2007 15.1%
45 March 17, 2007 15.2%
46 March 24, 2007 16.6%
47 March 31, 2007 14.2%
48 April 7, 2007 15.4%
49 April 14, 2007 14.7%
50 April 21, 2007 13.4%
51 April 28, 2007 13.0%
52 May 5, 2007 17.2%
53 May 12, 2007 16.0%
54 May 19, 2007 15.3%
55 May 26, 2007 13.1%
56 June 2, 2007 14.0%
57 June 9, 2007 16.1%
58 June 16, 2007 16.0%
59 June 23, 2007 18.6%
60 June 30, 2007 18.8%
61 July 7, 2007 15.8%
62 July 14, 2007 16.4%
63 July 21, 2007 17.7%
64 July 28, 2007 17.6%
65 August 4, 2007 15.6%
66 August 11, 2007 19.9%
67 August 18, 2007 24.1%
68 August 25, 2007 21.9%
69 September 1, 2007 20.0%
70 September 8, 2007 19.3%
71 September 15, 2007 20.7%
72 September 22, 2007 22.4%
73 September 29, 2007 23.5%
74 October 6, 2007 20.5%
75 October 13, 2007 20.4%
76 October 20, 2007 23.1%
77 October 27, 2007 19.5%
78 November 3, 2007 21.2%
79 November 10, 2007 21.9%
80 November 24, 2007 22.4%
81 December 1, 2007 17.6%
82 December 8, 2007 26.1%
83 December 15, 2007 21.3%
84 December 22, 2007 21.3%
85 December 29, 2007 22.3%
List of 2008 ratings (episodes 86–136)
Episode
Original airdate AGB Nielsen

Nationwide ratings

86 January 5, 2008 23.6%
87 January 12, 2008 25.8%
88 January 19, 2008 27.9%
89 January 26, 2008 25.0%
90 February 2, 2008 26.4%
91 February 9, 2008 28.9%
92 February 16, 2008 27.4%
93 February 23, 2008 22.0%
94 March 1, 2008 19.7%
95 March 8, 2008 21.6%
96 March 15, 2008 20.1%
97 March 22, 2008 20.9%
98 March 29, 2008 20.6%
99 April 5, 2008 17.2%
100 April 12, 2008 19.5%
101 April 19, 2008 17.9%
102 April 26, 2008 21.2%
103 May 3, 2008 17.1%
104 May 10, 2008 16.3%
105 May 17, 2008 15.4%
106 May 24, 2008 14.9%
107 May 31, 2008 13.9%
108 June 7, 2008 15.4%
109 June 14, 2008 15.4%
110 June 21, 2008 17.0%
111 June 28, 2008 16.9%
112 July 5, 2008 16.0%
113 July 12, 2008 16.8%
114 July 19, 2008 16.6%
115 July 26, 2008 16.7%
116 August 2, 2008 14.7%
117 August 16, 2008 13.6%
118 August 23, 2008 15.6%
119 August 30, 2008 14.9%
120 September 6, 2008 15.8%
121 September 13, 2008 15.4%
122 September 20, 2008 20.1%
123 September 27, 2008 14.6%
124 October 4, 2008 14.0%
125 October 11, 2008 17.7%
126 October 18, 2008 15.4%
127 October 25, 2008 17.0%
128 November 1, 2008 17.9%
129 November 8, 2008 15.8%
130 November 15, 2008 16.4%
131 November 22, 2008 17.2%
132 November 29, 2008 17.1%
133 December 6, 2008 14.8%
134 December 13, 2008 12.6%
135 December 20, 2008 15.4%
136 December 27, 2008 15.3%
List of 2009 ratings (episodes 137–185)
Episode
Original airdate AGB Nielsen

Nationwide ratings

137 January 17, 2009 12.4%
138 January 24, 2009 15.9%
139 January 31, 2009 15.2%
140 February 7, 2009 17.6%
141 February 14, 2009 14.4%
142 February 21, 2009 16.1%
143 February 28, 2009 16.4%
144 March 7, 2009 16.7%
145 March 14, 2009 13.6%
146 March 21, 2009 14.0%
147 March 28, 2009 14.9%
148 April 4, 2009 13.7%
149 April 11, 2009 14.2%
150 April 18, 2009 16.9%
151 April 25, 2009 19.7%
152 May 2, 2009 15.7%
153 May 9, 2009 12.8%
154 May 16, 2009 16.6%
155 May 30, 2009 13.2%
156 June 6, 2009 13.1%
157 June 13, 2009 12.9%
158 June 20, 2009 17.5%
159 June 27, 2009 14.1%
160 July 4, 2009 15.8%
161 July 11, 2009 17.9%
162 July 18, 2009 15.3%
163 July 25, 2009 14.7%
164 August 1, 2009 12.8%
165 August 8, 2009 16.8%
166 August 15, 2009 16.7%
167 August 22, 2009 15.3%
168 August 29, 2009 14.5%
169 September 5, 2009 16.2%
170 September 12, 2009 15.3%
171 September 19, 2009 15.7%
172 September 26, 2009 17.2%
173 October 3, 2009 14.1%
174 October 10, 2009 14.3%
175 October 17, 2009 14.4%
176 October 24, 2009 16.8%
177 October 31, 2009 18.1%
178 November 7, 2009 18.0%
179 November 14, 2009 18.6%
180 November 21, 2009 15.8%
181 November 28, 2009 17.1%
182 December 5, 2009 15.9%
183 December 12, 2009 15.3%
184 December 19, 2009 13.6%
185 December 26, 2009 13.4%
List of 2010 ratings (episodes 186–209)
Episode
Original airdate AGB Nielsen

Nationwide ratings

186 January 2, 2010 16.5%
187 January 9, 2010 19.5%
188 January 16, 2010 17.4%
189 January 23, 2010 17.1%
190 January 30, 2010 16.3%
191 February 6, 2010 15.2%
192 February 13, 2010 16.2%
193 February 20, 2010 17.5%
194 February 27, 2010 16.8%
195 March 6, 2010 19.3%
196 March 13, 2010 15.6%
197 March 20, 2010 19.0%
198 March 27, 2010 17.2%
199 May 22, 2010 17.2%
200 May 29, 2010 13.9%
201 June 5, 2010 15.6%
202 June 12, 2010 16.1%
203 June 19, 2010 16.0%
204 June 26, 2010 16.5%
205 July 3, 2010 14.4%
206 July 10, 2010 12.9%
207 July 17, 2010 16.8%
208 July 24, 2010 14.3%
209 July 31, 2010 13.6%
210 August 7, 2010 13.5%
211 August 14, 2010 15.7%
212 August 21, 2010 16.3%
213 August 28, 2010 13.5%
214 September 4, 2010 16.2%
215 September 11, 2010 17.5%
216 September 18, 2010 13.8%
217 September 25, 2010 15.8%
218 October 2, 2010 16.0%
219 October 9, 2010 14.0%
220 October 16, 2010 15.4%
221 October 23, 2010 16.3%
222 October 30, 2010 13.3%
223 November 6, 2010 14.4%
224 November 20, 2010 13.2%
225 November 27, 2010 15.0%
226 December 4, 2010 15.1%
227 December 11, 2010 14.5%
228 December 18, 2010 15.2%
229 December 25, 2010 13.5%
List of 2011 ratings (episodes 230–282)
Episode
Original airdate AGB Nielsen

Nationwide ratings

230 January 1, 2011 15.8%
231 January 8, 2011 17.8%
232 January 15, 2011 18.4%
233 January 22, 2011 18.9%
234 January 29, 2011 17.9%
235 February 5, 2011 19.4%
236 February 12, 2011 17.1%
237 February 19, 2011 17.3%
238 February 26, 2011 15.2%
239 March 5, 2011 16.6%
240 March 12, 2011 13.7%
241 March 19, 2011 14.8%
242 March 26, 2011 16.4%
243 April 2, 2011 14.8%
244 April 9, 2011 16.2%
245 April 16, 2011 13.4%
246 April 23, 2011 14.4%
247 April 30, 2011 18.7%
248 May 7, 2011 15.1%
249 May 14, 2011 14.4%
250 May 21, 2011 15.3%
251 May 28, 2011 13.3%
252 June 4, 2011 13.8%
253 June 11, 2011 15.4%
254 June 18, 2011 14.1%
255 June 25, 2011 17.4%
256 July 2, 2011 18.5%
257 July 9, 2011 17.5%
258 July 16, 2011 17.2%
259 July 23, 2011 14.4%
260 July 30, 2011 16.1%
261 August 6, 2011 18.0%
262 August 13, 2011 18.0%
263 August 20, 2011 17.1%
264 August 27, 2011 17.5%
265 September 3, 2011 16.8%
266 September 10, 2011 18.1%
267 September 17, 2011 18.0%
268 September 24, 2011 17.4%
269 October 1, 2011 16.4%
270 October 8, 2011 18.6%
271 October 15, 2011 19.2%
272 October 22, 2011 18.0%
273 October 29, 2011 17.4%
274 November 5, 2011 18.6%
275 November 12, 2011 17.1%
276 November 19, 2011 17.0%
277 November 26, 2011 17.0%
278 December 3, 2011 16.1%
279 December 10, 2011 15.6%
280 December 17, 2011 17.9%
281 December 24, 2011 17.5%
282 December 31, 2011 18.2%
List of 2012 ratings (episodes 283–310)
Episode
Original airdate AGB Nielsen

Nationwide ratings

283 January 7, 2012 20.6%
284 January 14, 2012 17.9%
285 January 21, 2012 17.3%
286 January 28, 2012 19.5%
287 Aired online Unknown
288 July 28, 2012 10.5%
289 August 4, 2012 13.6%
290 August 11, 2012 12.4%
291 August 18, 2012 14.2%
292 August 25, 2012 14.4%
293 September 1, 2012 12.8%
294 September 8, 2012 14.4%
295 September 15, 2012 14.0%
296 September 22, 2012 14.6%
297 September 29, 2012 14.7%
298 October 6, 2012 15.1%
299 October 13, 2012 13.7%
300 October 20, 2012 15.1%
301 October 27, 2012 14.4%
302 November 3, 2012 13.2%
303 November 10, 2012 12.7%
304 November 17, 2012 16.3%
305 November 24, 2012 15.6%
306 December 1, 2012 15.8%
307 December 8, 2012 15.8%
308 December 15, 2012 14.5%
309 December 22, 2012 15.7%
310 December 29, 2012 14.5%
List of 2013 ratings (episodes 311–362)
Episode
Original airdate AGB Nielsen

Nationwide ratings

311 January 5, 2013 15.5%
312 January 12, 2013 17.3%
313 January 19, 2013 16.4%
314 January 26, 2013 14.7%
315 February 2, 2013 14.6%
316 February 9, 2013 12.8%
317 February 16, 2013 13.7%
318 February 23, 2013 10.9%
319 March 2, 2013 14.2%
320 March 9, 2013 14.9%
321 March 16, 2013 14.7%
322 March 23, 2013 14.4%
323 March 30, 2013 15.3%
324 April 6, 2013 15.0%
325 April 13, 2013 12.5%
326 April 20, 2013 14.1%
327 April 27, 2013 12.0%
328 May 4, 2013 10.6%
329 May 11, 2013 13.4%
330 May 18, 2013 14.3%
331 May 25, 2013 11.6%
332 June 1, 2013 11.4%
333 June 8, 2013 12.5%
334 June 15, 2013 13.5%
335 June 22, 2013 13.3%
336 June 29, 2013 11.9%
337 July 6, 2013 13.2%
338 July 13, 2013 11.9%
339 July 20, 2013 13.1%
340 July 27, 2013 11.3%
341 August 3, 2013 11.7%
342 August 10, 2013 12.2%
343 August 17, 2013 12.7%
344 August 24, 2013 11.7%
345 August 31, 2013 12.0%
346 September 7, 2013 13.7%
347 September 14, 2013 11.5%
348 September 21, 2013 12.3%
349 September 28, 2013 14.4%
350 October 5, 2013 12.3%
351 October 12, 2013 14.4%
352 October 19, 2013 16.1%
353 October 26, 2013 15.0%
354 November 2, 2013 16.8%
355 November 9, 2013 15.0%
356 November 16, 2013 13.5%
357 November 23, 2013 14.3%
358 November 30, 2013 13.7%
359 December 7, 2013 12.7%
360 December 14, 2013 14.7%
361 December 21, 2013 15.8%
362 December 28, 2013 15.6%
List of 2014 ratings (episodes 363–410)
Episode
Original airdate AGB Nielsen

Nationwide ratings

363 January 4, 2014 14.5%
364 January 11, 2014 15.7%
365 January 18, 2014 13.4%
366 January 25, 2014 13.2%
367 February 1, 2014 13.4%
368 February 8, 2014 12.8%
369 February 22, 2014 13.0%
370 March 1, 2014 13.7%
371 March 8, 2014 11.1%
372 March 15, 2014 11.8%
373 March 22, 2014 11.5%
374 March 29, 2014 10.7%
375 April 5, 2014 10.0%
376 April 12, 2014 10.9%
377 May 3, 2014 10.1%
378 May 10, 2014 11.8%
379 May 17, 2014 11.6%
380 May 24, 2014 13.4%
381 May 31, 2014 12.6%
382 June 7, 2014 12.2%
383 June 14, 2014 11.4%
384 June 21, 2014 12.7%
385 June 28, 2014 9.1%
386 July 5, 2014 9.9%
387 July 12, 2014 10.0%
388 July 19, 2014 10.2%
389 July 26, 2014 11.8%
390 August 2, 2014 12.6%
391 August 9, 2014 11.6%
392 August 16, 2014 12.3%
393 August 23, 2014 11.1%
394 August 30, 2014 13.1%
395 September 6, 2014 12.3%
396 September 13, 2014 11.8%
397 September 20, 2014 12.7%
398 October 4, 2014 10.3%
399 October 11, 2014 12.5%
400 October 18, 2014 12.4%
401 October 25, 2014 10.9%
402 November 1, 2014 12.5%
403 November 8, 2014 14.2%
404 November 15, 2014 13.3%
405 November 22, 2014 14.0%
406 November 29, 2014 13.8%
407 December 6, 2014 13.5%
408 December 13, 2014 14.6%
409 December 20, 2014 15.3%
410 December 27, 2014 19.8%
List of 2015 ratings (episodes 411–460)
Episode
Original airdate AGB Nielsen

Nationwide ratings

411 January 3, 2015 22.2%
412 January 10, 2015 14.1%
413 January 24, 2015 13.9%
414 February 7, 2015 12.7%
415 February 14, 2015 13.7%
416 February 21, 2015 13.0%
417 February 28, 2015 13.2%
418 March 7, 2015 13.3%
419 March 14, 2015 12.2%
420 March 21, 2015 13.5%
421 March 28, 2015 13.2%
422 April 4, 2015 15.0%
423 April 11, 2015 12.6%
424 April 18, 2015 12.9%
425 April 25, 2015 12.2%
426 May 2, 2015 11.3%
427 May 9, 2015 11.3%
428 May 16, 2015 11.7%
429 May 23, 2015 10.6%
430 May 30, 2015 13.1%
431 June 6, 2015 13.0%
432 June 13, 2015 12.1%
433 June 20, 2015 16.5%
434 June 27, 2015 13.4%
435 July 4, 2015 15.6%
436 July 11, 2015 14.9%
437 July 18, 2015 16.1%
438 July 25, 2015 15.2%
439 August 1, 2015 14.1%
440 August 8, 2015 14.5%
441 August 15, 2015 15.2%
442 August 22, 2015 21.1%
443 August 29, 2015 15.1%
444 September 5, 2015 16.9%
445 September 12, 2015 14.8%
446 September 19, 2015 14.9%
447 September 26, 2015 16.0%
448 October 3, 2015 13.4%
449 October 10, 2015 14.8%
450 October 17, 2015 13.7%
451 October 24, 2015 14.0%
452 October 31, 2015 14.4%
453 November 7, 2015 14.6%
454 November 14, 2015 11.6%
455 November 21, 2015 14.1%
456 November 28, 2015 13.2%
457 December 5, 2015 13.8%
458 December 12, 2015 12.4%
459 December 19, 2015 12.6%
460 December 26, 2015 14.8%
List of 2016 ratings (episodes 461–513)
Episode Original airdate AGB Nielsen

Nationwide Ratings

461 January 2, 2016 17.0%
462 January 9, 2016 13.4%
463 January 16, 2016 12.8%
464 January 23, 2016 17.4%
465 January 30, 2016 15.6%
466 February 6, 2016 16.5%
467 February 13, 2016 16.2%
468 February 20, 2016 14.6%
469 February 27, 2016 12.7%
470 March 5, 2016 13.0%
471 March 12, 2016 12.0%
472 March 19, 2016 11.3%
473 March 26, 2016 11.5%
474 April 2, 2016 10.8%
475 April 9, 2016 13.6%
476 April 16, 2016 15.0%
477 April 23, 2016 14.3%
478 April 30, 2016 16.4%
479 May 7, 2016 11.4%
480 May 14, 2016 12.0%
481 May 21, 2016 13.5%
482 May 28, 2016 13.8%
483 June 4, 2016 14.2%
484 June 11, 2016 13.3%
485 June 18, 2016 13.1%
486 June 25, 2016 12.1%
487 July 2, 2016 13.0%
488 July 9, 2016 12.1%
489 July 16, 2016 15.0%
490 July 23, 2016 12.3%
491 July 30, 2016 11.8%
492 August 6, 2016 11.8%
493 August 13, 2016 13.0%
494 August 20, 2016 13.9%
495 August 27, 2016 14.7%
496 September 3, 2016 15.7%
497 September 10, 2016 13.3%
498 September 17, 2016 14.1%
499 September 24, 2016 13.8%
500 October 1, 2016 14.0%
501 October 8, 2016 12.6%
502 October 15, 2016 12.5%
503 October 22, 2016 12.4%
504 October 29, 2016 11.8%
505 November 5, 2016 13.1%
506 November 12, 2016 12.3%
507 November 19, 2016 14.9%
508 November 26, 2016 14.0%
509 December 3, 2016 11.7%
510 December 10, 2016 12.8%
511 December 17, 2016 12.9%
512 December 24, 2016 10.8%
513 December 31, 2016 11.9%
List of 2017 ratings (episodes 514–551)
Episode Original airdate AGB Nielsen

Nationwide Ratings

514 January 7, 2017 12.5%
515 January 14, 2017 15.4%
516 January 21, 2017 12.6%
517 February 18, 2017 8.9%
518 February 25, 2017 8.0%
519 March 4, 2017 9.0%
520 March 11, 2017 9.1%
521 March 18, 2017 10.8%
522 March 25, 2017 11.2%
523 April 1, 2017 11.4%
524 April 8, 2017 8.9%
525 April 15, 2017 10.2%
526 April 22, 2017 9.8%
527 April 29, 2017 10.8%
528 May 6, 2017 9.6%
529 May 13, 2017 12.0%
530 May 20, 2017 9.8%
531 May 27, 2017 10.2%
532 June 3, 2017 10.0%
533 June 10, 2017 10.9%
534 June 17, 2017 12.5%
535 June 24, 2017 10.1%
536 July 1, 2017 11.7%
537 July 8, 2017 14.5%
538 July 15, 2017 14.9%
539 July 22, 2017 12.1%
540 July 29, 2017 11.1%
541 August 5, 2017 9.8%
542 August 12, 2017 9.6%
543 August 19, 2017 10.8%
544 August 26, 2017 8.8%
545 September 2, 2017 9.2%
546 November 25, 2017 9.8%
547 December 2, 2017 9.6%
548 December 9, 2017 11.9%
549 December 16, 2017 9.8%
550 December 23, 2017 11.2%
551 December 30, 2017 10.4%
List of 2018 ratings (episodes 552–563 + 3 specials)
Episode Original airdate AGB Nielsen
Nationwide Ratings
552 January 6, 2018 11.4%
553 January 13, 2018 11.7%
554 January 20, 2018 12.7%
555 January 27, 2018 14.3%
556 February 3, 2018 12.5%
557 February 17, 2018 8.3%
13.6%
558 February 24, 2018 12.5%
13.0%
559 March 3, 2018 10.8%
560 March 10, 2018 11.3%
561 March 17, 2018 11.0%
14.3%
562 March 24, 2018 9.6%
12.8%
563
(End)
March 31, 2018 9.3%
11.1%
Special
1 April 7, 2018 5.3%
6.4%
2 April 14, 2018 5.6%
7.0%
3 April 21, 2018 3.9%
5.2%

The show in popular cultureEdit

  • During the 12th episode (aired on August 16, 2007) of MBC's Monday-night variety programme 'Jippijiggi'(지피지기), comedian Park Su-hong urged Noh Hong-chul, Jeong Hyeong-don, and Ha Ha (members of Infinite Challenge) to create a new comic-variety program called 'Yuhan Dojeon'(유한도전, 有限挑戰, Finite Challenge). However, this was a joke when he attended this program as a guest.[57]
  • MBC Drama, MBC's Drama and Entertainment channel on Skylife and Cable TV, has decided to launch a brand-new comic variety show called Infinite Girls (무한걸스), the female edition of Infinite Challenge. Six Korean entertainers including Song Eun-i, Shin Bong-sun, Kim Shin-young, Hwangbo, Baek Bo-ram and Jung Ga-eun serve as the co-hosts of this program. Previous hosts who have already left the show include Ahn Hye-kyung (안혜경, who is former Haha's girlfriend), Kim Hyun-sook (김현숙), Bin-woo (빈우), Kim Ga-yeon and Jung Shi-ah.[58] It aired on September 23, 2007, as a pilot (special) program for Hangawi holidays. Since October 15, 2007, This format went a regular-scheduled programme at the MBC Every1, MBC's Cable and Satellite network for comedy and variety shows, eventually.
  • On December 27, 2007, the SERI, a well-known economic research institute of South Korea, picked this program as the 6th most-influential product and service of the year 2007, due to its strong public popularity and its own productive characters.[59]
  • Infinite Challenge is often mentioned on other similar programs, when guests asking if the staff of the show in question copied the idea for a segment from Infinite Challenge.
  • In the first quarter of 2008, the Global Marketing Department of MBC reported that MBC had attempted to sell the format of Infinite Challenge to a European agency in Sweden. This was the first time in Korean television history that such a deal had been made. However, the contract was not finalized, as there were too many characters on the program for the Swedish company to reproduce. Even so, rights to the show were eventually sold to Air France and Qatar Airways' in-flight broadcast.[60]
  • The creators of Infinite Challenge filmed an advertisement about Bibimbap which has been shown in Times Square since November 26, 2010.[61] Due to this involvement, the Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries had been put up a Plaque of Honour, to acknowledge MuDo's dedication.[62]
  • In 2011, Infinite Challenge held the West Coast Highway Music Festival. At this festival 7 teams participated and everyone got a trophy.[63]
  • The show is also famous for its loyal fans, especially from the youth demographic. Despite the show’s hiatus of 22 weeks due to MBC’s Union Labor Strike in 2012, the show was able to keep its strong popularity with television audiences. It was acclaimed as "the most favorite program in South Korea" numerous times.[64][65]
  • Members of Infinite Challenge cast (Yoo Jae-suk, Park Myeong-su, Jeong Jun-ha, Jeong Hyeong-don, Noh Hong-chul, Haha, Gil) are featured on "Gentleman" music video by Psy.[66]

InternationalEdit

  • On June 30, 2015, the rights to air the show was sold to one of the big channels in China; “CCTV-1” proving Infinite Challenge’s rise in popularity as a Korean Variety Show Program.[67][68]. The Chinese version of the show started airing in China on December 6, 2015.
  • Before the export publication rights to China, the program was already popular throughout Asia. People of the world watched this program by YouTube and the highest hit is 3,202,248 (Infinite Challenge Yeongdong Expressway Song Festival, Hwangtaeji's "Mapsosa".)
  • The program went to Japan, China, Thailand, America, Africa, German, and etc. for filming. Lots of international celebrities participated in one of episodes.
  • In April 2013, a British TV program called The Greatest Shows on Earth came to Korea to showcase Korean TV, and visited Infinite Challenge on set.[69] The episode aired on Channel 4 on July 8th, 2013. While visiting the recording session for Infinite Challegne, presenter Daisy Donovan also went in front of the cameras and guested a sketch segment which was shown on both shows.

PlagiarismEdit

It has been alleged that the show was copied without permission by a Chinese variety program called Go Fighting.[70]

According to production company MBC: "Currently in China, multiple broadcasting and production companies are saying they are personally producing 'Infinite Challenge' or a similar program, causing a disturbance in the market and damaging MBC Contents' image. From hereon, excepting the broadcasting of 'Infinite Challenge' on CCTV1, we will take firm legal action against any behavior that has nothing to do with MBC while making people confused and misunderstand [that program] as MBC's 'Infinite Challenge."[71]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The first male-male couple to have ever won the title.
  2. ^ The first variety show to win the award after 16 years.[9]

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