I’m not sure how western celebrities would feel about being on a show like this, or if it would work in a culture where there is less expectation for our idols to be pure and innocent.
Original broadcast channel
Original broadcast date
16 March 2008
Number of episodes
Still airing after four seasons plus one global season!
Too many to mention!
‘We Got Married’ pairs celebrities up into fake married couples. Each week, the couples are set tasks that relate to married life, e.g. making a meal on a budget, meeting your partner’s parents.
The show has led to a number of fan bases ‘shipping’ some of the partnerships shown. ‘Shipping’ jut refers to imagining or wishing the pair was a couple, although some fans have taken it too far, sometimes threatening other people who date one or other of the pair.
One of the most famously ‘shipped’ couples is Nikhyun (2pm) and Victoria (F(x)), often dubbed Khuntoria.
We Got Married certainly isn’t for me I’m afraid, but for the celebrity gossip followers and fans of people who have appeared on the show it has a good appeal.
The show is generally well done and it is helped by Korean celebrities (and those who are famous in Korea) being very willing to take on the show’s concept. I can’t imagine western celebrities being so keen to follow the concept. It is generally safe publicity although a few celebrities (especially female ones) have found themselves being painted in a negative light, for example being too needy or controlling.
All in all, if you like variety shows, but aren’t really a fan of chat shows I’d say this is a definite watch for you!