If one had to choose a star who caused the biggest sensation in a recent reality TV show, it will be hard to leave out Dr. Oh Eun-young, a famous psychiatrist. The phenomenon, which was sparked by cable TV’s “My Golden Kids” and “Oh Eun-young’s Golden Clinic,” has also long dominated national TV channels. In an interview with The Dong-A Ilbo, Dr Oh said, “There are a lot of people who find comfort in talking to me and confiding in me.”
Recently, the so-called “advice show” has become a trend in the sea of content on TV and YouTube. Those who appear on Dr. Oh’s show shake off the worries of what gnawed at them when they were left alone on camera, while talking to Dr. Oh, and they find solace in doing so. Viewers are also energized by advice shows by expressing sympathy for those with similar concerns or encouraging those who are struggling.
Above all, the appeal of counseling reality TV programs is that counselors can get clues to solve problems. It is said that “Oh Eun-young’s Golden Clinic” often records more than four hours per guest. “Viewers’ confidence has grown in Dr. Oh’s advice, which has dramatically and clearly solved the problems of children as well as adults, especially couples,” said culture critic Ha Jae-geun. popular. “It becomes a kind of reality show in its own right.”
This trend is growing even more on YouTube. One example is actor-turned-shaman Jeong Ho-geun. The YouTube channel “Jeong Ho-geun’s Bizarre Life Counseling Center – Late Night Shrine” has several episodes with over 1 million views. In this show, Jeong maintains a calm voice in a neat suit and has a quiet conversation in a studio designed like a cafe. He does some divination, but the way he listens to the concerns of the other and communicates with them is impressive.
The YouTube channel “Golden Love”, which appears to have parodied the relevant Channel A show, is also attracting attention. Many viewers applaud the way comedian Lee Yong-jin and Mirage speak in a comedic and open manner, using the format of the consultation about dating ordinary people or YouTubers. KBS Joy Channel’s “Ask Us Anything,” which launched in 2019, has also established itself as a long-running program thanks to the strong collaboration of Lee Soo-geun and Seo Jang-hoon.
For the counseling program to consistently elicit positive responses, it is important to approach the subject with sincerity rather than using stimulating materials. “There are a lot of reactions from viewers to guests. The number of people who want to address issues and resolve them completely has increased,” said producer Jeong Jae-guk, who runs ‘Oh Eun-young’s Golden Clinic. ‘. “As the world has become a place that requires mental health consultations and screenings, much like receiving a health check, we try to include content that many people can relate to.”