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[Updated] Running Man: Highest Rated Episodes Over the Years

First aired on 11 July 2010, Running Man has been a household name when it comes to variety shows. It has undergone a number of format changes over the years but the show mainly focuses on the members having a race on a certain landmark through different types of games.

Now on its 11th year, the show already has over 500 episodes. One might be overwhelmed by this number should you decide to watch the show. In this regard, we’ve listed the highest rated Running Man episodes for each year since its pilot episode.

12 December 2010 – Episode 21 (11.2%)

Guest: Kim Je Dong (comedian)
Landmark: Gwangmyeong Station (Gyeonggi-do, Gwangmyeong)

  • Members play different games to earn Running Balls to raise their chance of being exempted from punishment.
  • Bells Hide and Seek: the seeking team, having bells attached to their shoes, must rip the name tags of the hiding team in a designated amount of time
  • Kim Jong Kook and Song Ji Hyo also first teamed up as the SpartAce couple in this episode.
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18 December 2011 – Episode 73 (19.2%)

Guests: Jung Yong Hwa (CNBLUE), Lee Min Jung
Landmark: Ngong Ping Village (Hong Kong)

  • 2nd part of the Hong Kong Special (24 hours)
  • Solve the Legend of the Nine Dragons
  • Special appearance: Jackie Chan gave missions through videos

11 November 2012 – Episode 119 (20.9%)

Guests: Choo Shin Soo (athlete), Jin Se Yeon (actress), Ryu Hyun Jin (athlete)
Landmark: Gongrung Youth Baseball Park (Nowon-gu, Seoul)

  • Name tag elimination
  • Superpowers Baseball (Choo Team vs Ryu Team)
  • Special appearance by announcer Kim Hwan as referee during Superpowers Baseball

17 February 2013 – Episode 133 (21.0%)

Guests: Han Hye Jin, Lee Dong Wook
Landmark: Macau (China)

  • Part 1 of the Asia Race Special
  • Features Macau International Airport, Fisherman’s Wharf, Macau Tower and Senado Square
  • Members are divided into teams.

26 January 2014 – Episode 182 (15.5%)

Guests: Do Hee (Tiny-G), Si-wan (ZE:A), Yeo Jin Goo
Landmark: SBS Tanhyeon-dong Production Center (Ilsanseo-gu, Goyang, Gyeonggi-do)

  • Special appearance by actor Yoon Seo Hyun and actress Wang Bit Na
  • Defeat the other teams
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4 January 2015 – Episode 228 (17.8%)

Guests: Lee Seung Gi, Moon Chae Won, Lee Seo Jin
Landmark: SBS Broadcasting Center (Mok-dong, Yangcheon-gu, Seoul)

  • Part 1 of New Year Special
  • Special appearance by Road FC fighter Kim Ji Hoon as monster
  • Mission: Identify the safest place from extreme weather events

1 May 2016 – Episode 297 (9.1%)

Guests: Eunseo (WJSN), Jin Goo, Kim Ji Won
Landmark: Wolmi Theme Park (Wolmimunhwa-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon)

  • Special appearance by David Lee McInnis
  • Rank higher than the “Red Sun” (Jin Goo) to avoid the penalty

15 May 2016 – Episode 299 (9.1%)

Guests: Hong Jin Young, Jo Bo Ah, Kyung Soo Jin, Stephanie Lee, Uhm Hyun Kyung, Yoo In Young, Zico
Landmark: Rolling Hills Hotel (Hwalcho-dong, Hwaeseong-si, Gyeonggi-do)

  • Couple race
  • Aim for the center position

3 December 2017 – Episode 379 (10.3%)

Landmark: Crocosaurus Cove (Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia) & Nevis Highwire Platform (Southern Alps, Queenstown, New Zealand)

  • Part 2 of 1% People’s Recommendation Special
  • Part 2 of Half and Half Special
  • Teams were divided into Australia and New Zealand team
  • Complete missions to be able to accept or refuse a chance card
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28 January 2018 – Episode 387 (9.6%)

Landmark: Iksan Prison Filming Site (Seongdang-myeon, Iksan, Jeollabuk-do)

  • Complete missions or make a block of tofu to reduce your prison time
  • Avoid becoming the last person to be released

17 March 2019 – Episode 443 (8.5%)

  • Special appearance of Choi Sung Min, Moon Se Yoon, Oh Chang Seok, Lee Sang Yeob, and SF9
  • Search for cellphones in auctioned cardboard boxes to obtain hints on how to win the race

1 March 2020 – Episode 492 (8.1%)

Guests: Bae Jong Ok, Shin Hye Sun
Landmark: Seokyeong University (Jeongneung-dong, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul)

  • Race title: Decision! One Hundred (Bag)
  • Be in the Top 2 with the most money while without placing the bottom two with the least money

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