When you’re an American K-Pop fan, you might feel like you’re living among two very distinctly different cultures – American and Korean. So when that gap is bridged and K-Pop makes it way to U.S. TV, it’s always pretty iconic. However, ‘K-Pop on TV’ doesn’t always mean BLACKPINK on ‘James Corden’ or BTS at the Grammys. K-Pop has made its way onto American TV is a number of different forms – and some of them honestly had us going “How did K-Pop get HERE?!” We’ve collected 10 of the most ‘WTF?!’ moments of K-Pop on U.S. TV. You might be surprised to see where your favorite acts ended up!


SISTAR & HyunA on ‘Family Guy’ (2016)

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Candy, Quahog Marshmallow‘ Season 14, Episode 10 Original air date: January 3, 2016 In this Hallyu-packed episode of ‘Family Guy,’ Quagmire reveals his past as a Korean drama actor and moves back to Seoul to be with his former flame. When Peter and the other guys try to understand what’s so great about Korea, the answer quickly becomes apparent: K-Pop girl groups. Bonus: If you haven’t listened to the episode’s parody of HyunA’s ‘Bubble Pop’ (entitled ‘Candy, Quahog Marshmallow’), you HAVE to hunt it down!


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NCT Dream on ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ (2018)

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Close To Home‘ Season 5, Episode 8 Original air date: November 20, 2018 NCTzens got quite a surprise when an NCT Dream mention made it into an episode of crime show ‘NCIS: New Orleans.’ In the episode, the NCIS special agents have trouble appealing to a teenage possible witness until they figure out exactly what makes her tick – not Chenle, not Renjun, but Mark. (“Obviously,” she says.)

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2NE1 on ‘The Bachelor’ (2014)

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Week 4: Seoul, South Korea‘ Season 18, Episode 4 Original air date: January 27, 2014 In this episode of ‘The Bachelor,’ the season’s hunk Juan Pablo takes his bevy of babes on a trip to Seoul to get private dance lessons from 2NE1 at YG Entertainment. Once they’ve gotten the moves down, they all get a fun K-Pop makeover and the opportunity to be 2NE1’s back-up dancers in a live performance! (Warning: This 2NE1 clip might hit unsuspecting BlackJacks right in the feels.)

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PSY & BIGBANG on ‘Glee’ (2012)

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Thanksgiving‘ Season 4, Episode 8 Original air date: November 20, 2012 Back in 2012, PSY’s ‘Gangnam Style’ was at the height of its popularity – as was the musical-comedy sitcom ‘Glee,’ so it’s really no surprise that the song was given the full New Directions treatment on their Thanksgiving episode that year. Not only did they perform ‘Gangnam Style,’ but also did a K-Pop themed dance warm-up to BIGBANG’s ‘Fantastic Baby.’


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MONSTA X on ‘We Bare Bears’ (2019)

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Panda’s Birthday‘ Season 4, Episode 44 Original air date: May 27, 2019 The combination of Cartoon Network’s beloved bear trio and Starship Entertainment’s legend-status boyband was a match made in heaven! In the episode, where the MONSTA X members actually voiced and played themselves, the group gives the show’s biggest ‘Monbebe’ Panda a birthday to remember! The episode also includes the boys and bears coming together for a fun animated music video for the song “Beautiful.”

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SHINee on ‘Lucifer’ (2018)

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Til Death Do Us Part‘ Season 3, Episode 13 Original air date: January 29, 2018 Perhaps one of the most unusual (and unusually most fitting?) K-Pop references on U.S. TV was when Fox drama ‘Lucifer’ used none other than SHINee’s ‘Lucifer’ as background music when Lucifer went to go take down some Korean-American drug dealers. (Fun fact: But ‘Lucifer’ is not the only TV show that has used their K-Pop song ‘match’ as background music. HBO’s ‘Euphoria’ also used BTS member Jungkook’s solo track as background music before!)

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2NE1, BTOB, & Jay Park on ‘America’s Next Top Model’ (2014)

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The Guy Who Parties Too Hard,’ ‘The Girl Who Gets Caught On A Lie‘ & ‘Finale Part Two: America’s Next Top Model is…‘ Season 21, Episode 12, 13 & 16 Original air dates: November 7, November 14 & December 5, 2014 If you’re a fan of 2nd generation K-Pop, you’ve got to go back and watch season 21 of ‘America’s Next Top Model’! Several episodes take place in Seoul, and not only are there appearances from BTOB, 2NE1, Jay Park, but other famous Korean faces like model/actress Clara, drama actor Yoon Jonghoon, and supermodel Lee Sunjung.

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2NE1 & Wonder Girls on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ (2014)

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Week 7‘ & ‘Week 8‘ Season 6, Episode 7 & Season 10, Episode 8 Original air date: December 9, 2009 & August 20, 2013 ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ has been around for a long time, and K-Pop has seemingly grown up along with it! Back in 2009, Wonder Girls promoted their iconic single ‘Nobody But You’ on the program as part of JYP Entertainment’s attempt to expand the group’s activities to the U.S. market, and only a few years later in 2013, dancers Jenna Johnson and Mark Kanemura combined voguing and jazz choreography for their impressive performance of 2NE1’s ‘I Am The Best.’

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AOA & Block B on ‘Space Force’ (2020)

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Conjugal Visit‘ Season 1, Episode 8 Original air date: May 29, 2020 Whether they’re your internet friends or you’re IRLs, you probably know how easy it is to form friendships around K-Pop – and that’s exactly what happened between scientist Chan and the Space Force’s helicopter pilot Angela when they bond over their love for AOA’s ‘Elvis’ and Block B’s ‘Her’ on a long road trip.


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Crayon Pop on ‘Selfie’ (2014)

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“You think because I’m Korean I automatically like K-Pop?,” John Cho’s character Henry asks when the DJ dedicates the Crayon Pop hit ‘Bar Bar Bar’ to him. Well, while the stereotype might be wrong in many other cases, Henry gives up the truth pretty fast when he begins fully rocking out to the song with main character and love interest Eliza Dooley, played by ‘Dr. Who’s Karen Gillan. (‘Selfie’ may have been a short-lived series, but this scene? Well, it lives FOREVER!)

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