The Genius: Rules of the Game Season 1
As know as: 더 지니어스 Season 1
Cast: Hong Jin-ho, Kim Kyung-ran, Lee Sang-min, Kim Sung-kyu, Park Eun-ji
Broadcast Network: tVN
The Genius brings together 13 contestants from various areas to compete for the top spot in rounds involving various games. Every episode, a contestant is eliminated following a main match and a death match. The winner of the main match will gain a token of life as assurance to proceed to the next round, and in some cases, receives an additional token of life to give to another player. The worst performer in the main match is automatically sent to the death match, and is allowed to choose their opponent. However, they cannot choose a person with a token of life.
Beside the token of life, the winner of the main match will also gain a quantity of red garnets. Each garnet is worth 1,000,000 won (approximately US$1,000). In the final episode, only the champion's total garnets are exchanged for real money. Garnets are transferable and may be gained within the game. However, all forms of theft and violence are disallowed. Because the show requires sharp thinking to win, every game is expected to be riddled with thrill and shock. Each contestant must figure out how the game works and how they can win as quickly as possible, and they may join forces with others, betray them or simply eliminate their competitors.
Contestants are encouraged to use every means to survive. The 13 geniuses continue to get to the end of the game in order to grab the great prize money, and in the process, build their own characters