GFriend Variety Shows and Essential Content: “Navillera” Era

(Updated August 2020)

IMPORTANT!!! I have moved to Korea since I created this blog, and I have discovered that many videos – especially ones that are uploaded by fans with English subs – have been blocked on Korean YouTube and other websites.  So unfortunately, I cannot watch most of these videos or verify the links anymore.  This also means I cannot add as many videos as before because they simply are not available in my region.  I’m sorry if you click on something and it’s no longer there, but there’s not really any way for me to check! – Katherine

Approximate Promotion Period: July and August 2016

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

Entertainment Weekly
(연예가중계)
KBS
2016
A show structured like a news broadcast where the presenters discuss the week’s pop culture news. 

WEEKLY IDOL

Weekly Idol
(주간 아이돌)
MBC Every1
2016
Episode 259 (special appearance)
A popular variety show that shines the spotlight on one or more idol groups every episode.  There are well-known corners that often involve dance challenges or aegyo, but the guests always play games or complete missions to earn prizes.

Weekly Idol fansubbed episodes are blocked in Korea, so I can only link whatever subbed clips I can find on YouTube at this point. GFriend briefly appeared to dance all of their songs at double speed, like “Navillera” (embedded above).

LET’S DANCE

Let’s Dance
1theK
2015
K-pop groups come and teach the key points of their latest song’s choreography.  They play games to decide which members will be the dance instructors.

IDOL ARCADE

Idol Arcade
(대기실 옆 오락실)
1theK
2016
Idol groups play classic arcade games. 

MV COMMENTARY

MV Commentary
(MV 코멘터리)
MNET
2016
Idol groups watch their music video and talk about behind the scenes stories and parts they like.

WEEKLY IDOL (SUMMER SPECIAL)

Weekly Idol
(주간 아이돌)
MBC Every1
2016
Episodes 261 and 262
GFriend appeared on a summer special with BTOB, GOT7, and TWICE – all groups who were considered to have a close relationship with the show (especially because they each had a member who was a special MC).

Navillera 2X Dance (2nd version)

Limbo Challenge (All Groups)

AFTER SCHOOL CLUB

After School Club
Arirang
2015
Episode 222 
A Korean and English-speaking talk show for international fans and the overseas audience.  While K-pop groups and idols discuss their latest releases and participate in various segments and games, a major corner involves “meeting” fans through a video chat and fulfilling their requests.

POPS IN SEOUL

Pops in Seoul
Arirang
2015
Q&A

Pops in Seoul
Arirang
2015
Q&A

INFINITE CHALLENGE

Infinite Challenge
(무한도전)
MBC
2016
Episode 493
Once one of South Korea’s most famous variety shows, if not the most famous (it ended in 2018). It featured a cast of well-known comedians, and each episode had special themes and challenges. In this episode, GFriend joined the cast on their trip to Los Angeles – I think they were already there for KCON LA. The clips feature a different member riding a rollercoaster with an Infinite Challenge cast member and attempting to either sing a song or eat during the ride. They’re not subbed, but the videos are easy to understand without them. (I can’t find any clips for Yuju or SinB.)

Sowon with Park Myungsoo

Eunha with Jeong Junha

Yerin with Kwanghee

Umji with Yoo Jaesuk

KNOWING BROTHERS

Knowing Brothers
Also known as Ask Us Anything and Men on a Mission
(아는 형님)
JTBC
Year
Episode 38
A popular variety show featuring a fixed cast of well-known comedians and variety stars. It’s known for its “high school” classroom setting and promoted use of informal language.  Celebrity guests come as “transfer students” and tell stories about themselves to get to know the cast better.  Sometimes there are also other segments that feature missions or games. 

YOO HEE YEOL’S SKETCHBOOK

Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook
(유희열의 스케치북)
KBS
2016
A talk show hosted by well known MC Yoo Hee Yeol.  Invited artists chat with him and then perform their latest song; they’ll also occasionally perform other songs or covers.

MAMAMOO X GFRIEND SHOWTIME

MAMAMOO X GFriend Showtime
Season 7 (of Showtime)
MBC Every1
2016
A reality show that follows a group and gives them missions for their fans to get to know them better. (Previous seasons include EXO, Apink, SISTAR, etc.)  They shared this season with fellow girl group MAMAMOO, as both were considered to be trending rookie groups at the time.

Episode 1

Episode 3

Episode 5

Episode 7

Episode 2

Episode 4

Episode 6

Episode 8


SOURCES: YouTube*, 1theK, Arirang, JTBC, KBS, MBC, MBC Every1, MNET/M2
*Weekly Idol clips uploaded and subbed by ALL THE K-POPMAMAMOO X GFriend Showtime episodes uploaded and subbed by user Mamamoo X Gfriend Showtime Subs.

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