NETFLIX’s BUSTED! Korean Variety Show Review

Hello all! I hope you all are doing well! Are safe and are staying healthy!

Anyways, this show I am about to present to you is one of the shows that love to re-watch and have currently been binge-watching! Not only that, this show is the first variety show I am ever going to talk to you guys about which was released back in May 2018 to June 2018 for this first season.

I honestly did not watch this show till mid 2019 when I happened to come across it during my Netflix scrolling. And since then, I had been re-watching this show every two to three months! I was ecstatic when I heard that a season two would be released on November 2019 it took me a while to get to it since I already had a lot on my personal watch list!

But since now I have some time to watch it and talk to you all about it despite the circumstances…

Anyways…

I highly recommend this show because it is awesome and will be my first Variety show review!

It’s been a long time coming and finally presenting…

NETFLIX’s BUSTED! Korean Variety Show Review

Disclaimer: Pictures of the show, cast are not mine. And just add, info on the cast I got from Wikipedia, MyDramaList and Asian wiki.✌️  By the way, just to sneak in, you can find this Korean variety show on Netflix

First off… please don’t take what I say seriously… just with a grain of salt, like with music. I do not have a professional degree in film, literature and television… Not at all…nada zilch degree. But I love movies books and tv shows, most especially if they capture my interest somehow. Despite the lack of degree on this area, I will still do this review as a Tv show lover and a TV drama lover and a book lover…. And just to clarify too, sorry if at some points I might run on with my words or have any grammatical errors… but I will definitely be honest about my thoughts and feelings in this review.

Moving on… I will first talk about the cast  Yoo Jae-suk,  Ahn Jae-wook, Kim Jong-min, Lee Kwang-soo,  Park Min-young, Oh Se-hun, Kim Se-jeong and Lee Seung-gi…

Yoo Jae-suk is a popular South Korean comedian, host and television. He has hosted several popular variety television shows in South Korea, including Infinite ChallengeRunning Man, and Happy Together.  He is known for his quick wit and appeal across a wide range of demographics. He is recognized as one of Korea’s top comedians and TV personalities, arguably the most well-known and popular celebrity in South Korea. He is also known as Korea’s national MC.

Ahn Jae-wook is a South Korean actor and singer.  In 1997 he and costar Choi Jin-sil rose to fame in the highly popular drama Star in My Heart, which made them Korean Wave star. Thus, spreading his popularity to China, Japan and Southeast Asian countries. It also kick-started his music career. He composed and sing music over the years, holding numerous concerts in Japan and China, and released albums such as Memories and Reds in Ahn Jae-wook. He then focused on the small screen, appearing in over 10 television series from the late 1990s and throughout the 2000s. As he entered his forties and his matinee idol status gave way to younger actors, he returned to his stage roots. In September 2017, It was confirmed that Ahn will be a fixed cast member in Netflix’s variety show Busted!

Kim Jong-min is a South Korean dancer, singer, and television personality. He has been a member of the K-pop group Koyote since 2000 and a cast member of the variety show 2 Days & 1 Night since 2007.  Kim has won numerous prizes including the Grand Prize called Daesang at the 2016 KBS Entertainment Awards for his work on 2 Days & 1 Night.

Lee Kwang-soo is a popular South Korean actor, entertainer, and model. He made his acting debut in the sitcom 2008’s Here He Comes and received further recognition for his roles in medical melodrama 2014’s It’s Okay, That’s Love, neo-noir film 2014’s  Confession, 2015’s black comedy film Collective Invention, 2016 sitcom The Sound of Your Heart, 2018 drama Live and 2019 human comedy film Inseparable Bros. Besides acting, Lee is also known for being one of the regular cast members of the South Korean variety show Running Man since 2010.

Park Min-young is a popular South Korean actress who rose to fame in 2010 coming-of-age historical drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal. Which was then followed by many projects since…such as 2011 City Hunter, Glory Jane, 2012 Dr. Jin, 2014 A New Leaf, 2015’s Healer which propelled her popularity and recognition for her even more, 2016 Remember: War of the Son, 2017 Queen for Seven Days, 2017’s  What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim which also increase her popularity, and her latest project which I am doing this review for 2019’s Her Private Life.

Oh Se-hun is better known as Sehun, is a popular South Korean rapper, singer-songwriter, dancer, model and actor. He is a member of a popular South Korean-Chinese boy group Exo, its sub-group Exo-K and sub-unit Exo-SC. Besides his group’s activities, Sehun has also starred in various television dramas and films such as 2018’s Secret Queen Makers and Dokgo Rewind. He has been a cast member of Busted! since 2018.

Kim Se-jeong is better known as  Sejeong, is a popular South Korean singer and actress signed under Jellyfish Entertainment. She is best known as the runner-up contestant in Produce 101, a former member of the girl group I.O.I, and as a member of Gugudan and its subgroup Gugudan Semina. She was a co-host of the variety show Talents for Sale in 2016 and played the leading role in the teen drama, School 2017.

Lee Seung-gi is a popular South Korean singer, actor, host, and entertainer. Who is known as the “Ballad King”. He has numerous hit songs such as “Because You’re My Woman”, “Will You Marry Me”, and “Return”. He got recognition as an actor and rose to international popularity around Asia with leading roles in popular dramas such as 2009’s Brilliant Legacy, 2010’s My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox, 2012’s The King 2 Hearts, 2013’s  Gu Family Book, 2014’s You’re All Surrounded, 2017–2018’s A Korean Odyssey, (I will review at one point), and 2019’s Vagabond, which I will watch and review at one point. He was a member of the first season of weekend variety show 1 Night 2 Days from November 2007 to February 2012, and the host of talk show Strong Heart from October 2009 to April 2012.  His success as a singer, actor and host earned him the title “Triple Threat” entertainer. He was first included in Forbes Korea Power Celebrity list in 2010 placing seventh, afterwards ranking fourth in 2011 and sixth in 2012 and 2015.  The success of his television dramas throughout Asia established him as a top Hallyu star.

Now…I will move on a bit about BUSTED!

BUSTED! is a Netflix Original program that is co-produced with SangSang. SangSang is a Korean production company that happens to produce popular Korean variety shows such as  X-ManRunning Man, and Family Outing!

Anyways… BUSTED! is Netflix’s first original program to showcase an all-Korean cast. During a press briefing, its producer Cho Hyo-jin stated that Netflix’s goal is to create a hit show for South Korea, which can then be “consumed on the global stage.” Another interesting tidbit is that the show mixes both scripted and unscripted lines. Scripted for the “drama” scenes when the cast acts like detectives! And  unscripted for the reacting and solving games and puzzles the cast has to solve and the adlibs they make when they tell jokes, decide to do slapstick comedy in between the “drama” scenes.

In BUSTED!, for each episode it features guest celebrities. Unlike other Korean variety show formats, guests for Busted! play characters many of whom have the same names as the celebrities themselves. The characters are somehow involved in the murder mystery in each episode and/or lead the cast to clues for solving the murder mystery.

In season one, the objective and theme of BUSTED! is seven celebrity sleuths discover that they are a part of an operation called Project D, in which they are implanted with a chip containing the DNA of famous detectives throughout history. Led by a man only known as “K” they are recruited as private detectives and are given a new case in each episode, all the while figuring out the mystery behind Project D and its inception.

In season two, the objective and theme of BUSTED! is supposedly one year after the incidents of Season 1, the detectives reunite with a new recruit to unveil the truth of K’s death. With different murder cases that are interconnected, they conclude to search for the murderer named “Flower Killer”.

Finally, I will talk about thoughts and overall review on BUSTED! Korean Variety Show…

Which I will say right of the bat I will clarify, this review with my thoughts will be kind of short but will still be well-thought honest review out to the best of my ability!

Anyways…

BUSTED! is an awesome must watch show! I found it quite fascinating especially since I happen to enjoy mystery / detective programs and/or stories! Love the twists! And how fun it is to guess along and solve the puzzles or watch them solve those puzzles and games!

The BUSTED! cast is just totally awesome! Especially the original BUSTED! cast Yoo Jae-suk,  Ahn Jae-wook, Kim Jong-min, Lee Kwang-soo,  Park Min-young, Oh Se-hun, Kim Se-jeong! Sans Lee Seung-gi since  talented, was great sharp and handsome. Anyways despite that I loved them all even though I can say one of them…particulary Ahn Jae-wook…I haven’t heard of or scene his works before, but I still thought he was interesting too. He was a mixture of serious and adorable awkwardness.  Kim Jong-min is a funny dork. Both Park Minyoung is gorgeous and really intelligent. Both Oh Se-hun and Kim Se-jeong are  funny and charismatic.  And last but definitely not the least two of my favorites cast members from Running Man who are also in the BUSTED! cast…Yoo Jae-suk and Lee Kwang-soo! Lee Kwang-soo as always is hilarious and intense. Yoo Jae-suk is as always hilarious, mixed with leveled headness and wit.  Overall, the BUSTED! cast in my opinion was really well-picked for this variety detective show!

Which leads me to the next agenda on my review…

I found the concept of a Variety Detective Show totally fascinating! Even with the idea in which the show mixes both scripted and unscripted lines. I love that the in the scripted part it is the “drama” scenes when the cast acts like detectives! And as for the unscripted parts, it is when the cast would react naturally learning of the types of games and puzzles, they must solve. Especially when they start solving games and puzzles the cast must solve and the adlibs they make when they tell jokes, decide to do slapstick comedy in between the “drama” scenes. You can tell the games and puzzle solving are unscripted when they make numerous mistakes or their reactions when they try their best to solve them.

I found it awesome too that they had many, too many to name, guest celebrities who really played their roles well in this mixed scripted and unscripted variety detective show!

The one thing I can say is the slow parts can seem to drag a bit but in all honestly I can accept that because when it drags a bit, it is usually in the beginning in every episode when they learn what case they have to solve or when need to recap something carefully… Like a slow intro and/or outro between the climax when things heat up and when you need time for yourself as the viewer to absorb all the happenings in every episode!

But overall, I totally enjoyed this program and I highly recommend it!

Can’t wait and I am so looking forward for Season three!!! 💗🤞🙏🤞💗

Anyways if you made it up to here… Thank you so much for taking the time to read my review of BUSTED! Korean Variety Show! It is such an awesome program that I highly recommend! I hope this show captures your interest and gets you into watching and giving Korean dramas and shows a chance.  And also at one point get you into other Asian dramas as well.

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Anyways…til my next post…

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