GFriend Variety Shows and Essential Content: “Apple” Era

IMPORTANT!!! I have moved to Korea since I created this blog, and I since have discovered that many videos – especially ones that are uploaded by fans with English subs have been blocked on Korean YouTube and other websites. This also means I cannot add as many full videos as before, because they simply are not available in my region.  All of the videos on the list are the ones I can access easily in Korea, or they are subbed clips I can find on Korean YouTube.  I apologize for the inconvenience!  – Katherine

Approximate Promotion Period: July 2020
NOTE: The second installment of GFriend’s Memoria did air while GFriend was promoting “Apple,” but I’m including it on their Reality Shows page instead.

K-밥 STAR

K- STAR
(케이밥스타)
케이밥스타 [K-밥 STAR]
2020
Episode 9
A new online variety show hosted by well known comedians Lee Youngja and Kim Sook.  It is a “mukbang” or eating style show for K-pop idols (“밥” is the Korean word for “rice” or “meal”). The hosts and guests talk about their favorite foods and eat a meal together.

Part One

Part Three

Part Two

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 game involves GFriend trying to find their song titles among a bunch of fakes.

Weekly Idol
(주간 아이돌)
MBC Every1
2020
Episode 468
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.

RELAY DANCE

Relay Dance
(릴레이댄스)
MNET/M2
2020
A popular series of dance videos where an idol group performs their latest track standing in a line, with one member dancing at a time.

BOATTA

BOATTA
(보았다)
Studio K / KBS
2020
Episode 19
KBS’s latest variety segment for idols who are performing on Music Bank, often with a story theme or following a certain script style. In a play on GFriend’s previous album, the girls are stuck in a “labyrinth” and have to make choices to escape.

JACKPOT LIVE

Jackpot Live
(몰빵라이브)
Dingo Music
2020
An idol group dances through their latest single, but each member wears a headband on their head with a different action (fashion pose, take a selfie, etc.) When a member does his or her part, the group has to follow what the headband says. 

They also did a Dingo live stream that you can watch here.

LIFE CORP

Life Corp
(인생주식회사)
Lifetime Korea (라이프타임)
2020
Episode 6
A sketch comedy that has idol groups pretending to be office workers at a big company.

MMTG CIVILIZATION EXPRESS

MMTG Civilization Express
(문명특급)
문명특급 – MMTG

2020
Episodes 132 and 133
A web series with comedian Jae Jae.  The first episode usually involves some kind of sketch or event – in this case, Jae Jae competes against SinB to be a member of GFriend because they both have red hair. The second episode is more of a comeback interview. 

Episode One

Episode Two

SPECIAL DANCE VIDEO

The members dance “Apple” relay style while wearing costumes of famous “witch” characters or villains.

IDOL ON THE QUIZ

Idol on the Quiz(퀴즈 위의 아이돌)
KBS2
2020
Episode 4
Members: Yerin, Eunha, Yuju, and Umji (vs. Oh My Girl members)
An idol variety show hosted by Jung Hyungdon and Jang Sungkyu, where teams of idols compete against each other in different quizzes based on the Korean language (speed quiz on words and proverbs, consonant quiz, etc.).  The winning team’s points get converted into donations made to an organization that helps people studying Korean language and culture outside of South Korea.

SONG ASSOCIATION (ELLE)

“GFRIEND Sings ‘Sunrise,’ Maroon 5, and Avril Lavigne in a Game of Song Association”

NOTE: Though this is an American online segment, GFriend mostly speaks in Korean. So the video has English subtitles if you click the CC option.


SOURCES: YouTube*, Dailymotion**, 여자친구 GFRIEND OFFICIAL, 딩고 뮤직 / dingo music, ELLE, 케이밥스타 [K-밥 STAR], KBS, KBS2, Lifetime Korea (라이프타임), MBC Every1, 문명특급 – MMTG, MNET/M2
*Weekly Idol clip uploaded and subbed by ALL THE K-POP
**Idol on the Quiz episode uploaded and subbed by user 1stonkpop.

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