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From Finding Love to Fighting Zombies — Netflix Brings Korean Unscripted Shows to the World

by Talia M.
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Reality and variety shows are among the most beloved entertainment in Korea, and with Netflix’s growing unscripted lineup, we’re seeing global audiences and K-Content fans discover these unique and wildly innovative titles.

This year, Netflix will release at least eight Korean unscripted titles, double that of last year. Our commitment to production and creativity puts Netflix at the forefront of sharing unscripted Korean shows with audiences around the world.

Today, we’re excited to provide a sneak peek into our growing unscripted slate. The lineup includes a rich variety of themes such as dating, physical endurance, mind games, and zombies, and members will be able to enjoy a new unscripted show either monthly or bimonthly.

New rules, new setting, new ‘Inferno’

To start, we’re bringing back the hot dating reality show Single’s Inferno for a third season, with changes in rules and location to further spice up the romantic roulettes.

When we received the proposal for Single’s Inferno at the end of 2020, there weren’t many dating programs in Korea. We set out to close the gap locally and ended up winning fans globally. The first season became the first Korean unscripted show to debut on the Global Top 10 Non-English TV list. Following suit this year, Season 2 featured in the Global Top 10 for four weeks and pulled in even higher viewing hours.

One of the unique characteristics of our unscripted shows is that, unlike TV broadcasters that air an episode each week, the production of our entire season is complete before the drop. This enables us to deliver higher quality and provide localized subtitles, as well as dubbing in some countries so that viewers in over 190 countries can enjoy the show at the same time

Fresh spin on the familiar

Dating and survival reality TV shows are well-loved formats around the world, and we have put our inimitable stamp on them. For a new take on young love, Nineteen to Twenty is a never-before-seen style of a reality show that will evoke romantic memories of your youth.

The extremely grueling Physical: 100 is currently #2 in our Global Top 10 Non-English TV series, and is featured in the Top 10 in 62 countries worldwide. We are just two weeks from finding out the winner.

Following that, we’ll have Siren: Survive the Island, where teams of Korea’s fittest women with different backgrounds (occupations) fight to survive on an uninhabited island.

Because of our commitment to preserving the creator’s vision, we have had the opportunity to work with some of Korea’s top unscripted showrunners and creatives. Jeong Jong-yeon, who pioneered Korea’s survival shows based on mind games, is the mastermind behind our upcoming series The Devil’s Plan.

And since Korea is famous for our zombies, we decided to take the genre to the next level with Zombieverse, where contestants are fighting for survival as Seoul comes under a zombie attack. To make the set more realistic, we involved the art team from All of Us Are Dead while the zombies were trained by the choreographers of Kingdom.

We’ll also be launching our first unscripted mid-form show. With a short running time of half an hour, as well as an incredibly short production time of three months, we will be able to present timely and relevant topics to our members.

We’re committed to creating must-watch entertainment for a variety of audiences in Korea and around the world, and we’re thrilled to see our growing lineup of unscripted titles find new fans everywhere. 

Get more details on all the reality and variety shows coming in 2023 here.


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