GFriend Variety Shows and Essential Content: “Rough” 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: January and February 2016

LET’S DANCE

Let’s Dance
1theK
2016
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.

POPS IN SEOUL

Pops in Seoul
Arirang
2016
Showcase for “Rough”

WEEKLY IDOL

Weekly Idol fansubbed episodes are blocked in Korea, so I can only link whatever subbed clips I can find on YouTube at this point. This clip is of GFriend performing “Rough” at double speed. If I remember correctly, they were the first group to do so on the show. Because they did so well and the clip went viral, Weekly Idol made it into a regular segment for a couple of years.

Weekly Idol
(주간 아이돌)
MBC Every1
2016
Episode 236
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.

MY LITTLE TELEVISION

My Little Television
(마이 리틀 텔레비전)
MBC
2016
Members: Sowon and Yerin

AFTER SCHOOL CLUB

After School Club
Arirang
Year
Episode 199 
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.

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.

IMMORTAL SONGS 2

Gfriend sang “The Thorn Birds” by Park Chunseok.

Immortal Songs 2
(불후의 명곡: 전설을 노래하다)
KBS
2016
Episodes 242 and 243
A popular singing variety show.  Each episode features a famous singer as the theme of the episode.  Guest singers perform their own versions of the special guest’s songs, and the audience votes for their favorite at the end of the episode. 

GFRIEND WHERE R U GOING?!

GFriend Where R U Going?!
(여자친구, 어디 감수광?!)
MBC/V-Live
2016
7 episodes
A reality show that followed GFriend as they traveled to Jeju Island.

Episode 1

Episode 3

Episode 5

Episode 7

Episode 2

Episode 4

Episode 6


SOURCES: YouTube*, Vimeo**, 1theK, Arirang, KBS, MBC, MBC Every1, V-Live
*Weekly Idol clip uploaded and subbed by ALL THE K-POP
**My Little Television clip uploaded and subbed by user dt990.

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