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Knowing Bros
KnowingBros.jpg
Knowing Bros Poster
Also known asAsk Us Anything
Men on a Mission
Brother That I Know
GenreReality television
Talk show
Written by
  • Jeong Yun-hui
  • Yoo Ji-hui
  • Hwang Seon-yeong
  • Choi Ji-yeong
  • Lee Ji-yeong
  • Jeon Min-hee
  • Kim Yeo-won[1]
Directed by
  • Kim Soo-ah
  • Jeong Seung-il
  • Yun Yeo-jun
  • Mun Min-jeong
  • Go Hye-jin
  • Heo Seo-mun[1]
Creative directorJo Seung-wook[1]
Starring
Country of originSouth Korea
Original languageKorean
No. of episodes303 (as of October 23, 2021 (2021-10-23)) (list of episodes)
Production
Running time120 minutes
Production companySM C&C[2]
Distributor
Release
Original networkJTBC
Original releaseDecember 5, 2015 (2015-12-05) –
present
External links
Website
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
아는
Revised RomanizationAneun Hyeongnim
McCune–ReischauerAnŭn Hyŏngnim

Knowing Bros (Korean아는 형님; RRAneun Hyeongnim), also known as Men on a Mission or Ask Us Anything,[3][4] is a South Korean television entertainment program that premiered on December 5, 2015, and currently airs on Satudays at JTBC. Although the show has taken on different formats in some episodes, the program features a high school classroom setting with the fixed cast - the titular "brothers" - acting as same-aged students. Guests arrive posing as visiting students from another school and are interviewed by the cast in a talk show segment; the program's second half usually features a variety segment, with the cast and guests taking of activities such as games, talent show, or improvisational acting.

Knowing Bros' primary fixed cast includes Kang Ho-dong, Lee Soo-geun, Kim Young-chul, Seo Jang-hoon, Kim Heechul, Min Kyunghoon, and Lee Sangmin; Hwang Chi-yeul and Kim Se-hwang were initial cast members in the program's first few episodes. Jang Sung-kyu and Shindong have appeared as recurring special guests by hosting the show's game segments. The show received several accolades during its run.

Format[edit]

The current format (from episode 17) explores the high school concept where the cast members act like students in a classroom while guests come as newly transferred students. Most of the segments for this format portray activities that every student would do with their classmates. Subsequently, the program sometimes diversifies at the end with a segment outside of the school concept. This format has received praise from the viewers and led to a significant increase in ratings and popularity of the program.

A notable aspect of the show is the usage of the banmal (Hangul: 반말; "informal language") manner of speech used by everyone regardless of their age or seniority, thus disregarding the Korean language's strict seniority rules with spoken language and the sunbaehoobae hierarchy in the Korean entertainment industry. The informal speech and casual setting also encourages the guests and cast to interact with each other as schoolmates often do, leading them to be comfortable enough to tease one another.

There are at least two permanent segments, which have defined the Brother School format:

  • Entrance Application – a segment where a cast member (typically Lee Soo-Geun) reads the application forms the guests filled beforehand and other cast members comment on them. A highlight of this segment is the guests' preference for which cast members they would like or would not like to sit next to. The guests typically show their strengths and/or weaknesses through this segment.
  • Guess About Me – a segment where the guests have prepared several questions related to themselves. Some of the questions are vague or extremely private and concern something the guests have never revealed to the public. In another format, idol groups with more than 5 members that are visiting for the first time will have their names covered, and as Heechul reveals a fact about the member, the group members would try to confuse the cast.

Segments[edit]

The episodes may also feature any of the following segments, usually within, in between, or following the above permanent segments:

  • Second Period – a segment that usually comes after the permanent segments and varies between guests. In most cases, the guests have made suggestions on the activities for this segment. Examples include counseling sessions, art class, and physical education class.
  • Let's Play – a short segment where the guests challenge the cast members to a game which the former is confident in winning, usually by unorthodox means such as on-the-spot rules. The segment usually ends with a challenge where the guest needs to defeat every cast member consecutively.
  • Three No's (No Concept, No Basis, No Script) – a segment that revolves around an ad-libbed skit where the cast members and guests are not given any dialogue or definite storyline. They can only rely on the overall theme of the particular week's skit and their own comedic timing.
  • Music Class (Songstagram) – a segment where the guests have created a list of songs with a specific theme of their preference. The segment focuses on the cast members' effort in guessing all of them in the correct order. There are often hints such as release date, characteristics, or "Jonghyun's game" as it was introduced in ep. 29 by the late Jonghyun (Shinee), wherein the beginning syllable/note of a verse is given with its rhythm to help the members guess the song name.
  • Lee Sang-min Time – formally introduced in ep. 56 and formerly called Choose Your Type, is a short segment wherein the guests (usually the females) are briefed by Lee Sang-min to choose any of the cast members (plus any accompanying male guest) as their ideal partner. The specifications are that all members are "equal" in terms of legal, socioeconomic, & civil statuses; and that the choice is based only on their physical appearances and personalities.
  • Dancestagram – formally introduced in ep. 57 by Chanmi (AOA). In Psy's episode it became a segment where the PD plays the beginning syllable/note of a song and they have to guess the title, lyrics, and dance move.
  • 99 Seconds Teamwork Competition – a segment that is often used when a large group of people are guests on the program, such as idol groups. The segment varies each episode in terms of missions, but the members and guests must complete them within 99 seconds. If a team manages to complete them in time, the other team is given a chance to produce a better time record.
  • Classical Culture Class - a segment all about pop culture references to forgotten decades.
  • Imagination Time - a segment which starts with a warm-up, like drawing something from shapes, and guessing lip-synced words. The highlight of "Imagination Time" (Hangul: 상상력 시간) is Guess the Drama Line. The members and guests have to guess what the next line of the scene from a drama shown to them is.
  • Knowing Lunch - a segment that comes in between the Entrance Application segment and the Guess About Me segment. The members and guests answer questions (either in an individual battle or as a team) given by the production team and if they are guessed correctly they can eat one of the numerous side dishes selected, other than white rice and light soy sauce that was already provided beforehand.
    • A variation of this is that each member must ask a question of their choice, but only the specified number of people can guess correctly. For example: Only 4 people can answer this question correctly: What is the name of the famous picture painted by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch? In ep. 183, since Jeon So-mi answered with a transliteration of its English name (The Scream), and only 3 others answered by its Korean name, it was still deemed as a pass after review.
    • There is also one question where a specially requested item is covered under a cloche. The way to gain the food item varies in each episode.
  • XXX Scholarship Quiz - a second half segment in Brother School, where Shindong (Super Junior) enters the classroom and hosts the quiz. The members and guests form pairs and play the games to enjoy the food. Typically this consists of two segments:
    • Consonants Charades: When two consonants are given, whichever pair hits the buzzer first gets to answer. To answer, one of the pair has to express the word without saying what the word is, and the other has to guess the word.
    • Mix Music Quiz: Shindong sings the lyrics to song "B" in the melody of song "A". One of the pair has to answer song "A" and its singer, and the other of the pair has to answer song "B" and its singer.
  • Job Consultation Room - an official corner of the show after the Brother School segment for the episode has ended. Jang Sung-kyu, Shindong and Jeong Se-woon would let guests (different from in Brother School), as Variety Job Lookers, to prove their variety skills to the three.
  • After School Activities - the cast members each learn something unique that is not done during the "lesson" in Brother School. This segment is shown on both TV and YouTube, after the end of a Knowing Bros episode.
    • Dong Dong Shin Ki: Kang Ho-dong, together with Shindong (Super Junior), visits various idols and learn idol songs choreographs. Several other guests will then watch the final dancing videos and comment on them. This activity lasted from July 11 to October 24, 2020.
    • Universe Hipsters: Universe Cowards (Kim Hee-chul, Min Kyung-hoon) visit rappers and learn hip hop and rapping from them. This activity began from October 31, 2020, to January 2, 2021.
    • Lots of Advice: Seo Jang-hoon and Lee Soo-geun, a duo in Brother School that is well known for their chemistry, get advices on various games, alongside Shindong (Super Junior). This activity began from January 16 to April 17, 2021.

Special[edit]

  • Special segment: Knowing Bros Award, An annual year-closing episode, Knowing Bros Awards, started on December 29, 2018. In the episode, the hosts review the corners and the appearances from the guests that were featured in the latest year. Hosts and some special guests are also provided with distinctive awards.
Episode(s) Name Guest(s)
160 End of the Year Special Norazo
211 End of School Term Ceremony: 2019 Knowing Bros Awards Oh Na-ra
261 End of School Term Ceremony: 2020 Knowing Bros Awards Weki Meki, Bibi, Kim Tae-woo, Park Jin-joo, Pengsoo
  • Special episodes: These episodes do not follow the Brother School format.
Episode(s) Name Guest(s)
23 Never-ending audition – Knowing Girls I.O.I
34 Brothers Club VS Sisters Club Lovelyz
44 Girl Group Laboratory DIA
51 Duet Project – Universe Cowards Momo (Twice)
59 Ultimate High School Matchup Cosmic Girls
71 Promise Fulfillment for achieving 5% ratings -
107, 108 Question Solving Picnic Oh My Girl
114, 115 Knowing Bros Music Video Battle Song Eun-yi, Yoo Se-yoon, Hong Jin-young
187, 188 Brother School First Field Trip ITZY
253 1st Brother School Girl Group Battle Lovelyz (Jisoo, Mijoo), GFriend (Eunha, Umji), April (Yoon Chae-kyung, Lee Na-eun),
Cosmic Girls (Soobin, Dayoung), Momoland (JooE, Nancy),
Weki Meki (Choi Yoo-jung, Kim Do-yeon), (G)I-DLE (Miyeon, Yuqi)
278 Knowing Bros Children's Song Project for Children's Day Yeo Esther, Highlight
282, 283 Bros High School Dormitory Defconn, Lee Hye-jung, Aespa

Previous[edit]

Name Episode(s) Notes
Ask Us Anything 1 - 13
107 - 108
In this concept, viewers were able to submit questions, which the cast members would try to answer through any means necessary. The concept briefly returned on episodes 107 & 108 to commemorate the 2nd anniversary of the show.
Mental Victory Battle 14 - 16 It was a Talk/Game Show. It seemed to have emerged under the judgment that stable format was needed by calling two entertainers candidates who need mental victory and to play a logical confrontation and to select a winner. In one of the segments, they would begin with the "esteem up and down", PD show picture and guest should thumbs up or down then they explain their reason. After listening, host press the button for the person who has a better psych.

Presenters[edit]

Cast[edit]

The program's original cast consisted of Kang Ho-dong, Lee Soo-geun, Seo Jang-hoon, Kim Young-chul, Kim Hee-chul, Hwang Chi-yeul and Kim Se-hwang.[5][6] Min Kyung-hoon was added to the cast formation on the second episode aired on December 12, 2015. Hwang Chi-yeul and Kim Se-hwang left the program after the seventh episode, which aired on January 16, 2016. Lee Sang-min joined the cast on March 5, 2016.

Current cast[edit]

Name Nickname(s) Duration Notes
Kang Ho-dong
강호동
Brother School Captain (아형고 통)
Oldest Brother (옛날 형님, 큰형님)
Bat (박쥐)
Fat Bat (뚱박)
Harley Dong (할리동)
Tom (톰)
Face Genius (얼굴천재)
Crockery (장독대)
Vocal Genius (음악천재, 음천)
Pig (돼지)
Okja (옥자)
Ep. 1 – present The oldest and strongest member of the cast, who is known for his outdated comedic sense.[7][8] He is a highly decorated former Ssireum athlete, who managed to receive many awards throughout his professional career. The cast members often tease him for his friendly rivalry as the Nation's MC with Yoo Jae-suk, and the fact that he has the highest appearance fee out of the members due to his seniority in the industry.[9][10][11] He is often called out for his poor treatment of guests when he was the MC of Star King. He is also the 'center' of the class because he often sits misaligned to the table, giving the illusion of him being the center from the point of view of the guests and teachers standing at the front. He is also teased for not fixing his Southeastern dialect although Heechul had to fix his Gangwon-do dialect. After he defeated Seo Jang-hoon in the battle of looks in episodes 107–108, he acquired the nickname “Face Genius” (얼굴천재) from Oh My Girl member, Seunghee[12]

His main theme song is "The Godfather Waltz" by Nino Rota from the film The Godfather; and occasionally a variation of "The Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme)", usually by Japanese group Kuricorder Quartet.

Lee Soo-geun
이수근
Dwarf Village Chief (소인마을 이장)
Smurf (스머프)
Ace (에이스)
God of Improvisation (콩트의 신)
Kang Ho-dong's right-hand man (강호동의 오른팔)
True Embodiment of Knowing Bros (사실상 아는 형님의 전신)
Recreation Manager (오락 부장)
Ep. 1 – present He is known as the right-hand man of Kang Ho-dong and the class clown of the program. He is responsible for reading the Entrance Application of new students. The cast members often tease his previous gambling scandal that caused him to resign from all TV activities for a couple of years.[13][14] He has also been teased for being cold and distant towards people who had been in other shows with him, a stark contrast to Hodong. he is considered the funniest member due to his blunt and straightfoward jokes, and is known for his farting in class.

His main theme song is "All In Theme (Orchestra Version)" from the 2003 South Korean drama All In; and occasionally "Public Enemy" (공공의 적) by Jo Yeong-wook from the 2002 South Korean film of the same name, "You Be Illin'" by hip hop group Run-DMC, and "La La Song" by Hoyt Curtin from the animated television series The Smurfs.

Kim Young-chul
김영철
The one whose seat is always taken away (맨날 자리 뺏기는 애)
Noisy Brother (시끄러운 형)
D.a.n.g Boss (당갑, DANG甲)
Least-Funny Icon (노잼의 아이콘)
The unfunny one (재미없는 애, 안 웃기는 애)
Talent Breaker (개인기 브레이커)
Comrade Kim Yong-chol (김영철 동무)
Invisible Man (투명인간)
Wallflower (병풍)
Comedian, Not Canadian
Ep. 1 – present On this show, Kim is in charge of being the awkward and unfunny person in everybody's high school class (despite him being very entertaining in real life). He is also known for his promise to leave the program once it passed the 5% viewership rating (Ep. 68, when he was absent when Hyeri came with Girl's Day).[15][16] This became a return joke in 2021 because Hyeri never returned to the show for 4 years when she appeared with Rosé of BlackPink in Ep 272. He is the most fluent English speaker, touted as the most fluent English-speaking Korean comedian. His English jokes are considered unfunny however, only because nobody else can fully understand him. Also, he is known as the ugly one, and most of the guests usually pick him as a seat mate they never want to have (Except for twice's Tzuyu, who sat next to him too much)

"Gone Not Around Any Longer" (있다 없으니까) by South Korean duo SISTAR19 is occasionally his theme song, in addition to his own songs "Ring Ring" (따르릉) & "Andenayon" (안되나용); his North Korean theme songs include "Greetings" (반갑습니다) by North Korean singer Ri Kyong-suk (리경숙), & "Whistle" (휘파람) by North Korean singer Jon Hye-yong (전혜영).

Seo Jang-hoon
서장훈
207 centimeter Giant (207CM 거인)
Giant/Titan (거인)
Symbol of Break-ups (이별의 상징/아이콘, 헤어짐의 아이콘)
Epitome of Legal Separation (법적 이별계의 독보저 존재)
Seo Ph.D, Break-up Expert (이별 전문 서박사, 이별 서장훈 선생)
Honorary Ambassador on Divorce (이혼 홍보대사)
Ssamja's Father (쌈자 아비)
Landlord (건물주)
Worth $600 million (6천억)
Fact Bomber (팩트 폭격기)
Big Bat (장박)
Class President Seo (반장님, 서 반장)
Dream Breaker (드림 브레이커)
Ex-son-in-law (훈 서방)
Chatterbox (수다쟁이)
Genius (천재)
Seogolas (서골라스)
Gold spoon class (금수저)
Settlement Expert (합의 전문가)
Pillar (기동)
Utility Pole (전봇대)
Acting Genius (연기천재)
Leonardo SeoCaprio (리오나르도 서카프리오)
Ep. 1 – present A former center of the Korean Basketball League, he is the tallest member of the cast. Often teased about his height (207 cm, roughly 6 feet 9 inches), wealth (to the point of him being a landlord), high-profile divorce and bad physical health. He was later teased about his germaphobia, in a much more serious case than Heechul, hence nobody else has actually seen any of his properties. He is also known for having close guesses in "Guess About Me", only to be robbed at the last minute. However, when he does get it right, he sometimes walks from the corner to the high-boom camera in the other corner of the room, often performing some sort of celebratory action. he's often teased about his high class lifestyle and the fact he owns many buildings. When he cosplays as a female character, her name is Rose (Ep.4).

His main theme song is "The Last Match" (마지막 승부) by South Korean singer Kim Min-gyo, the theme song of the 1994 South Korean drama of the same name; and occasionally "Scars" (상처만) by South Korean singer BOIS from the 2010 South Korean drama Secret Garden, and "Rainism" by South Korean singer Rain.

Kim Hee-chul
김희철
Psycho (돌I, 돌+아이; the actual spelling being an insult as well as a swear word)
Psycho Brother (돌I 형)
Universe Big Star (우주대스타)
TV Maniac (TV 덕후)
Mr. Kim Stop-It (김 그만 하라고 씨)
Kim Hee-mi (김희미)
King of Seriousness (정색왕)
Human Jukebox (인간 주크박스)
Music Master (가요박사)
Music Search Engine (음악 검색기)
Impersonation Machine (모창 머신)
Kangwon-do Representative (강원도 대표)
Knowing Bros/Brother School's Anti-Smoking Honorary Ambassador (아는형님/아형고의 금연 홍보대사)
Ace of Jokes (드립 에이스)
Zoruzima Master (조르지마 전도사)
Ep. 1 – present The craziest member of the cast, who is known for his blunt and straightforward comments, which he tries to damp down when long-time acquaintances are guests of the program.[17][18] He is teased for entering the classroom while rubbing his hands and having "magnets" in his leg due to a car accident in 2006. In episode 272 in 2021, his left hip weakness still hasn't improved on a blind marching test. He is also known as the anti-smoking ambassador, who used to smoke during his youth but quit to let others know the harmful effects of smoking, and was the first of the group to do so (He and Kang Ho Dong have quit smoking and Kim Young-Chul is a non-smoker). He becomes a transfer student (guest) when he is promoting with Super Junior.

His main theme songs are "Sorry, Sorry" and "Mr. Simple", both by his group Super Junior.

Min Kyung-hoon
민경훈
Ssamja (쌈자)
Min Ssamja (민쌈자)
Ssamgu (쌈구)
Youngest Brother (막내)
4D Brother (4차원 동생)
Pervert (음란, 음란마귀)
Trash (쓰레기, 쓰레기통)
Jerry (제리)
Slug (민달팽이)
Kang Ho-dong Sniper (강호동 저격수)
Homebody (집순이)
Limbo King (림경훈)
Bad Acting Boss (발연기甲)
Ep. 2 – present The youngest member of the cast. He is sometimes referred to as Janghoon's son and is known for his mature comments and risqué thoughts. His rebellious attitude toward Kang Ho-dong, the oldest member of the show, has garnered much public interest.[19] He is the vocalist of rock band Buzz and is often teased for his head voice and exaggerated use of vibrato. Known to be both the worst dancer among the brothers for his lack of bodily rhythm and the least knowledgeable when it comes to names in the entertainment business. It is an ongoing joke that a celebrity is only really famous if Kyung-hoon knows who he/she is. Many celebrities, specifically idols, therefore ask him if he knows who they are. He is also the most agile of the members because he has trained in martial arts since elementary school. Another running gag in the show is when Kyung-hoon sees an actress or idol he loves, his facial hairs begin to show, or his ears turn red, as well as a dimple. Another running gag is his use of poop jokes, which he uses when he runs out of answers to a question.

His main theme songs are from his group Buzz, usually "Thorn" (가시), "Coward" (겁쟁이), & "Reds Go Together"; and occasionally "Careless Whisper" by George Michael, and "Sweet Dream" (나비잠) by both Kyung-hoon and Hee-chul.

Lee Sang-min
이상민
The sad one (안쓰러운 애)
God of Music (음악의 신)
Debtor (채무자, 빚쟁이)
Good Wife, Wise Mother (현모양처)
Kang Ho-dong's left-hand man (강호동의 왼팔)
Roo'ra's Honorary Ambassador (룰라 홍보대사)
Bachelor (총각)
Ep. 15 – present (regular)
Ep. 14 (guest)
He is often teased for his divorced status and infamously huge financial debt.[13][14] Due to this, he frequently gives honest advice towards young idol singers. He was a successful songwriter and record producer, specializing mostly in hip-hop and dance music, and he did have a muscular body because he managed to lose 22 kg.[20] His nickname was given by Lee Soo-geun, which is an abbreviation of "his current situation is miserable", a reference to him being in debt (Korean모양량하다; RRhyeonjae moyang'i cheoryanghada).[21] In 2018, after he finally paid off his most of his debts, he was able to apply for a low-limit credit card for the first time in 13 years, and bought Iced Americano for the other members, as his credit rating went from Grade 10 (the worst) to Grade 6.[22] He usually asks rich idols for money to pay off his debt. In 2021, he became a hip health ambassador, after discovering that Heechul's left hip is still weak after the car accident in 2006, and Min kyung-hoon's right hip is poor due to his tendency to use his left leg as a plant leg when performing martial arts kicks.

His main theme song is the ending song of the South Korean documentary program Screening Humanity; and occasionally "1997 Spring" from the 2001 Japanese film Calmi Cuori Appassionati, as well as "The Last Waltz" from the 2003 South Korean film Oldboy.

Former cast[edit]

Name Nickname(s) Duration Notes
Hwang Chi-yeul Kang Ho-dong's rising right-hand man (강호동의 신흥 오른팔) Ep. 1 – 6 (regular)
Ep. 32, 80 (guest)
He is a solo Singer and TV host. Originally Ho-dong's favorite and right man who never got scolded by Ho-dong, he leaves to study abroad in China, but returns for a cameo in episode 6, appearing as the 8th member. He appears again as a guest in episodes 32 and 80, passing the mantle of right-hand man to Soo-geun
Kim Se-hwang Folding screen (병풍) Ep. 1 – 7 He is the lead guitarist of rock band N.EX.T. The show's production team referred to him as "one of the three biggest guitarists in Asia" during one episode.[23] It was his debut performance in an entertainment show.[24]

Special Cast[edit]

Name No. of episodes Episodes Occupation
Shindong (Super Junior) 75 62, 100, 114–115, 118, 132, 134, 137, 139, 159–160, 200, 203–228, 230-274 Singer, MC and Radio Personality
Jang Sung-kyu 66 11, 23, 33, 42, 44, 46, 53, 57, 59, 61, 66, 73, 74
76, 77, 81, 82, 85, 90, 94–96, 98, 100, 106, 110–112, 114, 128, 130, 136, 138, 141–142, 144–145, 147, 149, 152–153, 155–156, 160, 162–163, 165, 167, 169–171, 173, 180, 193, 198, 208–219, 261
Television personality and host[a]
Jeong Se-woon 11 208–210, 212-219 Singer

Timeline[edit]

List of episodes[edit]

Series overview
Year Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
2015 4 December 5, 2015 (December 5, 2015) December 26, 2015 (December 26, 2015)
2016 52 January 2, 2016 (January 2, 2016) December 24, 2016 (December 24, 2016)
2017 52 January 7, 2017 (January 7, 2017) December 30, 2017 (December 30, 2017)
2018 52 January 6, 2018 (January 6, 2018) December 29, 2018 (December 29, 2018)
2019 51 January 5, 2019 (January 5, 2019) December 28, 2019 (December 28, 2019)
2020 50 January 4, 2020 (January 4, 2020) December 26, 2020 (December 26, 2020)
2021 TBA January 2, 2021 (January 2, 2021) TBA

Ratings[edit]

  • Note that the show airs on a cable channel (pay TV), which plays part in its slower uptake and relatively small audience share when compared to programs broadcast (FTA) on public networks such as KBS, SBS, MBC or EBS.
  • NR rating means "not reported". The rating is low.
  • TNmS have stopped publishing their rating report from June 2018.
  • In the ratings below, the highest rating for the show will be in red, and the lowest rating for the show will be in blue each year.
List of ratings in 2015 (episode 1–4)
Ep. # Broadcast date Average audience share
AGB Nielsen[25] TNmS Ratings[26]
Nationwide Seoul Capital Area Nationwide
1 December 5 1.809% NR 1.7%
2 December 12 1.140% 1.0%
3 December 19 1.548% 1.2%
4 December 26 1.405% 1.1%
List of ratings in 2016 (episode 5–56)
Ep. # Broadcast date Average audience share
AGB Nielsen[25] TNmS Ratings[26]
Nationwide Seoul Capital Area Nationwide
5 January 2 1.169% NR 0.7%
6 January 9 1.149% 0.9%
7 January 16 1.359% 1.2%
8 January 23 1.915% 1.6%
9 January 30 1.344% 1.2%
10 February 6 1.708% 1.2%
11 February 13 1.855% 1.4%
12 February 20 1.601% 1.6%
13 February 27 1.717% 1.7%
14 March 5 1.432% 1.2%
15 March 12 1.477% 1.1%
16 March 19 1.542% 1.4%
17 March 26 1.679% 1.6%
18 April 2 1.518% 1.3%
19 April 9 1.474% 1.3%
20 April 16 1.155% 1.6%
21 April 23 1.327% 2.2

509%

22 April 30 1.632% 1.7%
23 May 7 2.209% 2.579% 1.9%
24 May 14 1.899% 2.172% 2.4%
25 May 21 1.917% NR 2.500%
26 May 28 1.927% 2.0%
27 June 4 2.656% 2.788% 2.3%
28 June 11 1.952% NR 2.1%
29 June 18 2.152% 5.3%
30 June 25 2.909% 3.366% 2.6%
31 July 2 3.064% 3.425% 2.5%
32 July 9 3.090% 3.353% 2.6%
33 July 16 3.728% 4.605% 3.2%
34 July 23 2.368% 2.725% 2.2%
35 July 30 3.399% 3.807% 3.1%
36 August 6 2.830% 2.989% 3.5%
37 August 13 3.099% 3.226% 3.5%
38 August 20 2.991% 3.599% 2.8%
39 August 27 2.434% NR 3.0%
40 September 3 2.890% 3.265% 3.5%
41 September 10 2.971% 3.315% 3.4%
42 September 17 2.375% NR 2.8%
43 September 24 2.597% 2.758% 3.1%
44 October 1 2.249% 2.201% 2.7%
45 October 8 3.879% 4.085% 4.3%
46 October 15 2.967% 2.956% 3.7%
47 October 22 3.107% 3.243% 3.6%
48 October 29 3.509% 3.298% 3.5%
49 November 5 3.338% 3.864% 4.5%
50 November 12 3.624% NR 4.3%
51 November 19 2.178% 2.6%
52 November 26 2.960% 4.2%
53 December 3 3.453% 3.598% 4.3%
54 December 10 3.242% 3.311% 3.7%
55 December 17 3.779% 4.004% 4.0%
56 December 24 2.870% NR 3.6%
List of ratings in 2017 (episode 57–108)
Ep. # Broadcast date Average audience share
AGB Nielsen[25] TNmS Ratings[26]
Nationwide Seoul Capital Area Nationwide
57 January 7 4.153% 4.341% 3.9%
58 January 14 4.800% 4.931% 6.1%
59 January 21 3.034% 2.824% 4.0%
60 January 28 3.349% 3.151% 3.5%
61 February 4 3.877% 4.114% 3.8%
62 February 11 4.246% 4.095% 4.4%
63 February 18 4.172% 3.805% 4.2%
64 February 25 3.921% 4.359% 4.1%
65 March 4 4.195% 3.956% 4.7%
66 March 11 5.333% 5.289% 5.6%
67 March 18 4.102% 3.585% 5.7%
68 March 25 4.435% 4.322% 5.8%
69 April 1 5.609% 5.597% 6.1%
70 April 8 4.328% 3.981% 5.2%
71 April 15 4.453% 3.495% 5.7%
72 April 22 5.915% 5.557% 6.1%
73 April 29 5.280% 5.442% 5.6%
74 May 6 5.307% 5.247% 6.1%
75 May 13 6.990% 7.659% 7.6%
76 May 20 4.832% 4.564% 5.4%
77 May 27 4.901% 5.331% 5.0%
78 June 3 4.303% 4.051% 5.9%
79 June 10 5.188% 5.238% 5.1%
80 June 17 4.150% 3.774% 4.9%
81 June 24 5.449% 5.456% 5.6%
82 July 1 4.618% 5.065% 5.4%
83 July 8 4.605% 4.511% 5.7%
84 July 15 4.414% 4.851% 5.6%
85 July 22 4.466% 4.399% 6.0%
86 July 29 5.218% 4.879% 5.5%
87 August 5 4.693% 4.285% 5.8%
88 August 12 6.071% 5.832% 6.7%
89 August 19 4.905% 4.567% 5.2%
90 August 26 5.065% 4.949% 5.9%
91 September 2 5.282% 5.438% 5.9%
92 September 9 4.654% 4.831% 5.4%
93 September 16 4.040% 4.089% 4.3%
94 September 23 1.414% 1.001% 0.1%
95 September 30 5.088% 4.924% 5.2%
96 October 7 4.824% 4.600% 4.7%
97 October 14 4.456% 4.608% 4.8%
98 October 21 5.688% 5.370% 6.6%
99 October 28 5.573% 6.009% 6.4%
100 November 4 5.383% 5.438% 6.4%
101 November 11 6.106% 5.935% 7.7%
102 November 18 6.498% 6.359% 6.7%
103 November 25 5.259% 5.392% 7.1%
104 December 2 5.933% 6.244% 6.8%
105 December 9 6.059% 6.059% 5.7%
106 December 16 5.689% 5.351% 6.7%
107 December 23 5.379% 5.289% 4.7%
108 December 30 4.082% 4.251% 4.3%
List of ratings in 2018 (episode 109–160)
Ep. # Broadcast date Average audience share
AGB Nielsen[25] TNmS Ratings[26]
Nationwide Seoul Capital Area Nationwide
109 January 6 6.278% 6.490% 6.1%
110 January 13 5.572% 5.333% 6.1%
111 January 20 5.510% 5.922% 5.4%
112 January 27 5.822% 5.832% 6.8%
113 February 3 4.909% 5.159% 5.5%
114 February 10 3.670% 3.819% 3.6%
115 February 17 2.851% 2.570% 3.5%
116 February 24 2.711% 2.911% 2.5%
117 March 3 4.630% 4.748% 6.2%
118 March 10 5.658% 6.078% 5.8%
119 March 17 4.246% 4.266% 4.7%
120 March 24 5.566% 5.942% 6.3%
121 March 31 5.354% 5.648% 6.4%
122 April 7 5.306% 5.330% 5.6%
123 April 14 6.105% 6.794% 7.2%
124 April 21 6.224% 6.653% 6.5%
125 April 28 4.619% 4.939% 5.8%
126 May 5 4.981% 5.090% 5.9%
127 May 12 5.434% 5.866% 6.1%
128 May 19 5.449% 6.117% 5.9%
129 May 26 6.158% 6.747% 6.0%
130 June 2 5.204% 4.712% NR
131 June 9 5.648% 5.858%
132 June 16 4.571% 5.217%
133 June 23 5.961% 6.170%
134 June 30 5.710% 5.097%
135 July 7 5.145% 5.649%
136 July 14 4.496% 4.758%
137 July 21 4.237% 4.107%
138 July 28 4.670% 4.545%
139 August 4 4.602% 4.415%
140 August 11 5.135% 5.373%
141 August 18 4.527% 4.719%
142 August 25 4.995% 5.163%
143 September 1 2.092% 1.892%
144 September 8 4.179% 4.150%
145 September 15 3.620% 3.559%
146 September 22 5.786% 5.212%
147 September 29 4.703% 4.352%
148 October 6 5.510% 5.594%
149 October 13 5.499% 5.896%
150 October 20 6.376% 6.860%
151 October 27 5.934% 6.444%
152 November 3 5.928% 6.315%
153 November 10 5.614% 6.420%
154 November 17 6.473% 6.920%
155 November 24 5.974% 5.968%
156 December 1 4.381% 4.124%
157 December 8 5.207% 4.966%
158 December 15 4.952% 5.326%
159 December 22 5.086% 5.295%
160 December 29 4.202% 4.047%
List of ratings in 2019 (episode 161–211)
Ep. # Broadcast date Average audience share
AGB Nielsen[25]
Nationwide Seoul Capital Area
161 January 5 6.679% 6.908%
162 January 12 6.441% 6.196%
163 January 19 6.257% 6.498%
164 January 26 6.767% 7.009%
165 February 2 6.127% 5.991%
166 February 9 9.585% 10.551%
167 February 16 6.047% 6.322%
168 February 23 6.541% 6.776%
169 March 2 5.399% 5.745%
170 March 9 5.096% 5.258%
171 March 16 5.688% 6.049%
172 March 23 5.756% 6.395%
173 March 30 4.903% 5.179%
174 April 6 4.151% 4.302%
175 April 13 5.056% 5.222%
176 April 20 3.924% 4.163%
177 April 27 4.428% 4.883%
178 May 4 4.405% 4.108%
179 May 11 5.846% 6.624%
180 May 18 4.676% 4.735%
181 May 25 5.224% 5.520%
182 June 1 5.532% 6.051%
183 June 8 5.972% 6.445%
184 June 15 5.279% 5.308%
185 June 22 6.675% 6.608%
186 June 29 7.231% 7.599%
187 July 6 5.804% 5.750%
188 July 13 4.308% 4.742%
189 July 20 5.735% 5.791%
190 July 27 5.696% 6.064%
191 August 3 4.580% 4.888%
192 August 10 3.726% 3.727%
193 August 17 4.332% 4.390%
194 August 24 5.072% 5.525%
195 August 31 3.973% 3.962%
196 September 7 4.413% 5.084%
197 September 21 5.517% 5.611%
198 September 28 4.942% 4.775%
199 October 5 4.770% 4.579%
200 October 12 5.115% 5.034%
201 October 19 5.399% 5.750%
202 October 26 4.824% 5.149%
203 November 2 6.349% 6.835%
204 November 9 4.135% 4.099%
205 November 16 5.729% 5.601%
206 November 23 3.533% 3.383%
207 November 30 6.929% 6.962%
208 December 7 4.994% 5.318%
209 December 14 4.556% 4.277%
210 December 21 4.992% 5.146%
211 December 28 4.068% 3.856%
List of ratings in 2020 (episode 212-261)
Ep. # Broadcast date Average audience share
AGB Nielsen[25]
Nationwide Seoul Capital Area
212 January 4 5.866% 5.695%
213 January 11 4.536% 4.558%
214 January 18 4.251% 3.732%
215 February 1 3.266% 2.984%
216 February 8 3.721% 3.705%
217 February 15 3.910% 3.314%
218 February 22 5.015% 4.873%
219 February 29 6.817% 6.793%
220 March 7 6.252% 6.120%
221 March 14 5.555% 5.670%
222 March 21 6.167% 6.324%
223 March 28 5.905% 5.555%
224 April 4 5.982% 6.152%
225 April 11 8.371% 7.753%
226 April 18 6.064% 5.766%
227 April 25 5.008% 4.919%
228 May 2 7.925% 7.355%
229 May 9 15.523% 14.005%
230 May 16 15.267% 14.392%
231 May 23 14.711% 13.309%
232 May 30 6.082% 6.175%
233 June 6 6.509% 6.928%
234 June 13 6.415% 6.403%
235 June 20 5.019% 4.917%
236 June 27 4.992% 4.927%
237 July 4 5.225% 5.499%
238 July 11 3.934% 3.915%
239 July 18 6.453% 6.184%
240 July 25 5.287% 5.335%
241 August 1 6.537% 6.419%
242 August 8 5.521% 5.234%
243 August 15 4.800% 4.637%
244 August 22 7.200% 7.402%
245 August 29 4.042% 4.065%
246 September 5 5.197% 5.362%
247 September 12 4.656% 4.173%
248 September 19 6.218% 6.473%
249 September 26 5.597% 5.745%
250 October 10 5.534% 5.164%
251 October 17 4.769% 5.154%
252 October 24 3.119% 3.315%
253 October 31 3.696% 3.571%
254 November 7 5.244% 5.424%
255 November 14 4.974% 5.304%
256 November 21 4.506% 4.544%
257 November 28 4.519% 4.611%
258 December 5 4.718% 5.178%
259 December 12 4.624% 4.543%
260 December 19 4.173% 4.054%
261 December 26 4.219% 4.422%
List of ratings in 2021 (episode 262-present)
Ep. # Broadcast date Average audience share
AGB Nielsen[25]
Nationwide Seoul Capital Area
262 January 2 7.175% 7.442%
263 January 9 5.668% 5.862%
264 January 16 4.199% 4.294%
265 January 23 4.058% 4.335%
266 January 30 4.481% 5.125%
267 February 6 4.513% 4.642%
268 February 20 3.008% 3.055%
269 February 27 4.609% 5.265%
270 March 6 4.389% 4.146%
271 March 13 3.664% 3.691%
272 March 20 3.661% 3.594%
273 March 27 5.322% 4.635%
274 April 3 3.772% 3.319%
275 April 10 4.880% 4.453%
276 April 17 4.108% 4.250%
277 April 24 2.966% 2.869%
278 May 1 2.411% NR
279 May 8 3.283% 3.056%
280 May 15 3.691% 3.477%
281 May 22 3.925% 4.292%
282 May 29 3.006% 3.288%
283 June 5 2.497% 2.423%
284 June 12 3.702% 4.183%
285 June 19 3.399% 3.567%
286 June 26 3.448% 3.140%
287 July 3 4.338% 4.473%
288 July 10 3.915% 3.664%
289 July 17 4.175% 4.295%
290 July 24 3.593% 3.672%
291 July 31 3.586% 3.428%
292 August 7 3.661% 3.971%
293 August 14 6.578% 7.086%
294 August 21 5.644% 6.306%
295 August 28 3.990% 3.964%
296 September 4 3.589% 3.348%
297 September 11 1.949% NR
298 September 18 2.046% 2.235%
299 September 25 2.647% 2.767%
300 October 2 2.976% 2.519%
301 October 9 2.586% 2.677%
302 October 16 2.531% 2.588%
303 October 23 % %

Other works[edit]

Discography[edit]

Year Title Peak chart pos. Sales Album details
KOR
Gaon

[27]
KOR Hot
[28]
2016 "Sweet Dream"
(Kim Hee-chul, Min Kyung-hoon)
1 *
2018 "Falling Blossoms"
(Kim Hee-chul, Min Kyung-hoon)
15 14 N/A
"Andenayon"
(Kim Young-chul, feat. Wheesung)
85 74
"I Kicked My Luck Off"
(Kang Ho-dong, Prod. Hong Jin-young)
100 88
2020 "Hanryang"
(Kim Hee-chul, Min Kyung-hoon, feat. BIBI, Prod. DinDin)
190 72
2021 "SsakSsakYi"
(Knowing Bros Casts)
"Don't Get Sick"
(Highlight, Kim Yu-joo, Prod. Lee Soo-geun)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.
"*" denotes the chart did not exist at that time.
Gaon Chart no longer releases download sales figures from January 2018 onwards.

Other appearances[edit]

Song Year Person
"Knowing Bros School Song" 2017 Knowing Bros Casts

Other Show appearances[edit]

Years Title Network Member(s) Notes Ref
2016 Fantastic Duo SBS TV All Season 1, special appearances via video in episode 16 [31]
2017 My Little Old Boy All (except Kang Ho-dong) Cameo in episode 50 [32]
2020 Two Yoo Project Sugar Man JTBC All Season 3, special appearances via video in episode 6 [33]

YouTube[edit]

They started their YouTube channel called "아는형님 Knowingbros" on October 10, 2020.[34]

Controversy[edit]

Disciplinary action[edit]

In December 2016, the program received a disciplinary action from South Korea's Broadcast Censorship Committee for using improper remarks which include objectifying female guests in multiple occasions. The committee highlighted the use of improper language between cast members, the use of homophobic remarks and specifically Min Kyung-hoon's act of giving a handcrafted bra to a female guest (Jeon So-min) in one of the episodes. Besides a warning given by the committee, it is reported that the program has also received numerous complaints from viewers regarding the matter.[35]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Name of the award ceremony, year presented, category, nominee(s) of the award, and the result of the nomination
Award ceremony Year Category Nominee(s)/work(s) Result Ref.
Asian Television Awards 2019 Best Comedy Program Knowing Bros Won [36]
Baeksang Arts Awards 2017 Best Entertainment Program Nominated [37]
2018 Best Variety Performer – Male Seo Jang-hoon Won [38]
Lee Sang-min Nominated [39]
2020 Kim Hee-chul Nominated [40]
Brand Customer Loyalty Awards 2020 Program – Talk Variety Knowing Bros Won [41]
Gaon Chart Music Awards 2017 Song of the Year (November) "Sweet Dream" Nominated [42]
2019 Song of the Year (February) "Falling Blossoms" Nominated [43]
JTBC Awards[b] 2016 Best Entertainer Kang Ho-dong Nominated [44]
Lee Soo-geun Nominated
Kim Hee-chul Won
Best Couple Award Kim Hee-chul & Min Kyung-hoon Won
Kang Ho-dong & Lee Soo-geun Nominated
Best Producer Award Choi Chang-soo Won
Top 3 Program Knowing Bros 2nd
Korea First Brand Awards 2017 Korea's Brand of the Year Won [45]
Melon Music Awards 2017 Best Rock Song "Sweet Dream" Won [46]
2018 "Falling Blossoms" Won [47]
Best Trot Song "Andenayon" Nominated [48]
"I Kicked My Luck Off" Nominated

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Although being named as a guest, he often wishes to become a regular member. He is often cast as a teacher with an extravagant style.
  2. ^ Determined through viewers votes

References[edit]

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  20. ^ Ep. 35
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