Embark on an Epic BTS Adventure: Binge-watch All the TV and Web Series From Chapter One
The K-pop group BTS has made a major announcement today regarding their future music endeavors. After nine years of working and living together, the group is transitioning into a new chapter, where the members will devote their time to their solo music projects. Even though we won't be getting any new music or performances from the group as a whole, we will still get to enjoy new content from each member, occasional episodes of "Run BTS" and life updates via social media.
Although the news may have left some fans feeling sad, it has been received with understanding and support from most members of the diverse fandom. As we all wait for the next chapter in BTS history to unfold, there is an expansive backlog of BTS content to watch or rewatch, including a plethora of web series, TV shows, and DVD box sets.
BTS' first proper series, "Rookie King," debuted in 2013 and consists of eight episodes, which can be watched on Viki. The variety show features the members attempting different Korean TV program formats, where they take on different roles, including news anchors, bowlers, and basketball players. Early variety show BTS is truly a place where anything can happen. "Rookie King" would also give us our first proper example of BTS taking on cooking challenges, which continues to be a running (and hilarious) theme in BTS' variety show presence today.
Another BTS reality show, "American Hustle Life," consists of eight episodes, where the members travel to L.A. for two weeks to learn from "hip-hop tutors" like Coolio and Warren G. Although the series can be tough to watch, as it fails to fully engage with K-pop's history (and present) of cultural appropriation, it can still be a good jumping off point for fans to engage with the topic of K-pop cultural appropriation. It is recommended to watch "American Hustle Life" in conjunction with analysis and insight from Black BTS fans, such as journalist Stitch of Stitch's Media Mix, who has written extensively about BTS and cultural appropriation in the age of K-pop.
Number of Episodes: 1
It is somewhat of an overstatement to refer to this as a series, as there is only one episode. However, if you're seeking additional BTS content from their earlier years, then Go! BTS is a great option. The 45-minute episode follows BTS on their excursion to KCON 2014 in L.A. In addition to featuring some performance footage, the special supplies us with a taste of variety program energy by sending the members on three missions throughout Laguna Beach.
Number of Seasons: 6
The terms "Summer Package" and "Winter Package" refer to entire content bundles, which include photobooks and other merch. However, every package edition since 2015 also includes a "Making of" DVD featuring BTS members on photoshoots in various locations around the world. BTS has filmed behind-the-scenes featurettes in Malaysia, Dubai, the Philippines, Saipan, and Korea for their "Summer Packages," while their 2020 "Winter Package" was shot in a very rainy Finland. If you enjoyed BTS Bon Voyage but have already watched all of its seasons, then you should definitely check these out.
As with other DVD content on this list, the "Winter Package" and "Summer Package" content bundles are not easily available, as they sold out quickly when they first became available on Weverse. However, the DVDs can be found on secondary markets like eBay, and you can also locate the "Making Of" content through secondary sites.
Number of Episodes: 15 Where to Watch: VLive
BTS Gayo is another BTS variety show, in which the members play games specifically related to K-pop. For instance, in the first episode, they must guess iconic K-pop girl group songs solely based on dance clues from other members. BTS has not released an episode of Gayo in a while, primarily because the broader umbrella of Run BTS (see the next entry on the list) includes the sort of K-pop-centric challenges emphasized in BTS Gayo.
Number of Episodes: 154 Where to Watch: VLive
The ultimate BTS variety show, Run BTS, has been ongoing since 2015. The program features the members competing in various games, ranging from zombie escape room challenges to foot volleyball to traditional games of mafia. If they win, they get a prize. If they lose, they get a penalty. Variety show games like this are only effective if the competitors take them seriously, and trust us, BTS is all in. These global pop stars may be millionaires, but they will go all-out for a coupon as if their lives depend on it. In the early episodes of Run BTS, the members visited many amusement parks, while later episodes have taken on more contained and creative challenges. Rest assured, there is something for everyone here—just watch out for the spies and plot twists.
Run BTS went on hiatus at the end of last year after six years and more than 154 episodes, but it will return during BTS' hiatus. While it presumably will not have the same weekly episode schedule as previous seasons, new episodes will be released!
Seasons? Six! Where to Watch? Head to Weverse!
Since 2015, BTS has launched a series of "BTS Memories" DVD sets that allow fans to go behind the scenes and catch up on all of their year's activities. These box sets are a perfect match for those who tune into the "Bangtan Bomb" series to peek into the members' schedules. Editions 2019 and 2020 of "BTS Memories" are available on DVD through the Weverse shop, but you'll need to get a little inventive to access past years' material.
Episodes? A whopping 32 episodes split over four seasons, catch it all on VLive and Weverse.
"Bon Voyage" is a travel-based reality show that follows BTS as they explore different parts of the world. From Northern Europe in Season One to New Zealand in Season Four, the show offers fans a unique glimpse into the members having fun together while on relatively relaxed time off. Over the course of this fun-filled series, you'll get to experience various camper van adventures, competitive rock-paper-scissors games, and, of course, witness just how central Yoongi is to keeping everyone fed when they're fending for themselves!
Episode count? Eight! Get watching on YouTube Premium.
"Burn the Stage" is an eight-part series that chronicles the ins and outs of BTS' The Wings Tour - an extended, 300-day tour that dominated the majority of their lives in 2017. Whether it's via interviews or show footage, "Burn the Stage" delivers exceptional insight into the group's first-ever world tour.
Episodes? Six! Catch "Bring the Soul" on Weverse.
"Bring the Soul" provides viewers with yet another look into BTS' tour life. This time around, the six-part series tracks the Love Yourself World Tour and concludes with BTS' third European leg, which ended in October 2019. For a more condensed version of events, you can always check out "Bring the Soul: The Movie."
Episode count? Seven! Head on over to the BangtanTV channel on YouTube.
Known for his exquisite vocal and dancing skills on stage, Jungkook's talents extend behind the camera too. In 2019 the "Golden Maknae" revealed a series of short films, or GCF (Golden Closet Films). The films provide fans with a unique perspective into BTS' life on the road and were all shot and edited by the talented star himself! One year later, Jungkook lent his directing skills to the "Life Goes On" BTS music video.
Explore the universe of BT21, a collaboration between Line Friends and BTS, through 8 main story shorts and a range of additional mini-stories available on YouTube. The adorable BT21 characters were brought to life by animators who followed the story of Prince Tata from Planet BT and guardian robot Van on a mission to spread love across the galaxy. Joined by Koya, RJ, Shooky, Mang, Chimmy, and Cooky, this group ambitiously seeks to become the most influential pop culture sensation in the galaxy. Discover the member's reactions to the initial storyline of shorts here.
Find 7 episodes of the Break the Silence docu-series on Weverse, which takes you on the final Asian leg of the Love Yourself World Tour and into the Love Yourself: Speak Yourself extension of the tour, which ran through October 2019. A movie format version of the series is also available for BTS fans.
Discover In the Soop, a series offering valuable insight into BTS members off-duty antics, hobbies and routines, as they take a break from their busy schedules and retire to the titular "soop," or "forest" in Korean. Unlike other BTS variety series, this show is more relaxing, and each member is free to pursue whatever activity interests them, be it building Legos or racing remote control boats. A spin-off season of In the Soop will be available this summer, featuring V hanging out with his famous friend group, the "Wooga squad," which includes actors Choi Woo-shik, Park Seo-joon, Park Hyung-sik and musician Peakboy.
Watch a fan-made documentary series called The Rise of Bangtan on YouTube for an in-depth exploration of the first years of Bangtan's journey as a group. This comprehensive, well-made series, made by professional editor and longtime ARMY Aneesa, immerses viewers in what makes BTS special. With 21 episodes (and counting), plus bonus clips and deleted scenes, it's definitely worth a watch. Let us know in the comments below which of these series is your favorite.
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