Squid Game: The Challenge

British reality competition television series

  • Nicola Brown
  • Tim Harcourt
  • John Hay
  • Toni Ireland
  • Anna Kidd
  • Stephen Lambert
  • Louise Peet
  • Nia Yemoh
  • Stephen Yemoh
Running time40–57 minutesProduction companies
  • Studio Lambert
  • The Garden
Original releaseNetworkNetflixRelease22 November 2023 (2023-11-22) –
present

Squid Game: The Challenge is a ten-episode British reality competition television series based on Squid Game, the South Korean drama. The show features 456 players (the largest cast in reality TV history) competing for US$4.56 million, the largest single cash prize in reality television history.

The Netflix original was produced as a collaboration between independent television production companies Studio Lambert and the Garden, with Studio Lambert leading physical production in the UK.[1] The first 5 episodes of the show were released internationally on 22 November 2023 on Netflix.[2][3] Episodes 6–9 were released on 29 November, while episode 10, the finale, was released on 6 December.[4]

The show was No. 1 on Netflix’s list of Top 10 English-language show for the first two weeks after its release. It had 20.5 million views in its first week, 11.4 million in its second, and 6.6 million in its third, with a total of over 224 million hours watched within the first 21 days.[5][6][7]

On 6 December 2023, prior to the release of the season one finale, Netflix announced a second season order.[8]

Premise

456 players compete to win US$4.56 million (about £3.6 million), the largest cast and second largest cash prize in reality competition history. Through a series of games, each player is pushed to their limits and forced to ask themselves how far they will go to win.[9]

Gameplay

Players were eliminated in the first two rounds by getting "shot" (dye packs in their uniforms). Players listed below were eliminated in that particular round.[10]

Red Light, Green Light

In Red Light, Green Light, players had what seems to be five minutes[11] to cross the arena without getting caught by the robotic girl.

Eliminated players (259)

Some notable players were eliminated in this round.

  • 060 Leva
  • 172 Mike
  • 263 Cathy

Decision test

While peeling carrots in between games, players 101 and 134 were given the option to give a player an advantage or eliminate a player. They opted to eliminate.

Eliminated players (1)
  • 200 Mothi

Dalgona

Prior to the game, players were asked to stand in four lines. One player from each line was asked to agree on which groups (including themselves) would be assigned the four dalgona shapes (circle, triangle, star, and umbrella). When the four players could not come to an agreement in two minutes, they were eliminated. Ultimately, after three rounds of decisions, players 299, 344, 432, and 452 were able to come to a decision.

Eliminated players (8)
  • 98 Zach
  • 166 Louisa
  • 170 Alexander
  • 288 D'Andre
  • 321 Laverne
  • 328 Louise
  • 378 Hikmat
  • 454 Kevin

Players were then tasked to etch the shape in the Dalgona Candy with a needle.

69 players were eliminated. Some notable players eliminated in this round were:

  • 101 Kyle
  • 134 Dani
  • 299 Spencer

Phone test

Between games, a phone was provided in the dormitory. Player 198 picked up the phone and received a McDonald's meal. The second time the phone rang, Player 198 picked up the phone again and was told that, to avoid elimination, he would need to convince another player to pick up the phone as well. He was unsuccessful.

Eliminated players (1)
  • 198 Husnain

Warship

Players were tasked to create eight evenly split teams. The teams then were faced off against another team to play the next game, a variant on Battleship. After identifying a captain and lieutenant, teams had to place boats on a game board and seat players in the boats. When all boats were placed, teams shot "rockets" at the other team's game board to sink the ships. The first team to sink two ships won the round. All players in sunk ships and the Captain and Lieutenant of the losing team were eliminated, while all other players (including players on the losing team in surviving boats) moved on.

45 players were eliminated. Some notable players eliminated in this round were:

  • 033 Figgy
  • 107 Tayo
  • 142 Anna
  • 270 Adrian
  • 432 Bryton

Vote test

Players were told that they each would place a vote for one person to be eliminated. Once a vote was cast against a player, they would be displayed on the screen. The top three receivers of votes were eliminated.

Eliminated players (3)
  • 161 Lorenzo
  • 330 Kien
  • 374 Andy

Jack-in-the-box test

Five volunteers were provided with jack-in-the-boxes which included tasks for them to complete. Player 130 was given an advantage in the next game (although he was eliminated before he was able to utilize it). Player 375 was eliminated. Player 087 was told to eliminate one player (Player 176). Player 183 was told to eliminate two players (Players 026 and 141). Player 229 was told to eliminate three players (Players 130, 232, and 243).

Eliminated players (7)
  • 026 Amber
  • 130 Jakoben
  • 141 Dash
  • 176 Darius
  • 232 Rick
  • 243 Stephen
  • 375 Joel

Marbles

For completing a chore successfully in the designated time, players were treated with a picnic where they sat in pairs. Hidden in the baskets were marbles, and players were told that their opponents for the Marbles game would be the person with whom they had their picnic. Player 222 who had no partner was selected to be safe through the round.

32 players were eliminated, 31 remained.

Notable players eliminated in this round are:

  • Jada 097
  • Chaney 179
  • Phalisia 229
  • LeAnn 302
  • Brad 337

Allegiance test

The remaining players are tasked to decide on a captain, Player 182: TJ was eventually selected. Player 182: TJ is then informed that he alongside only 19 others will move on to play in Game 5, and that the next test will be an Allegiance Test. The captain must select one ally from the group to advance alongside him. This selection sets off a domino effect, where each chosen player picks another, creating a chain of allegiances. At the end of the test, the 11 players not selected are eliminated.

Selection sequence
  1. 182 TJ is chosen as the captain
  2. 182 TJ chooses 287 Mai
  3. 287 Mai chooses 286 Chad
  4. 286 Chad chooses 254 Mike
  5. 254 Mike chooses 077 Marina
  6. 077 Marina chooses 018 Bee
  7. 018 Bee chooses 019 Amanda
  8. 019 Amanda chooses 393 Jackie
  9. 393 Jackie chooses 451 Phill
  10. 451 Phill chooses 278 Ashley
  11. 278 Ashley chooses 016 Sam
  12. 016 Sam chooses 023 Siobhan
  13. 023 Siobhan chooses 051 Rose Mary Kah
  14. 051 Rose Mary Kah chooses 221 Charles
  15. 221 Charles chooses 355 Hallie
  16. 355 Hallie chooses 429 Elliott
  17. 429 Elliott chooses 418 Roland
  18. 418 Roland chooses 301 Trey
  19. 301 Trey chooses 269 James
  20. 269 James chooses 031 Purna as Final Pick
Eliminated players (11)
  • 002 Favour
  • 030 Jinwoo
  • 090 Ankur
  • 120 Clayton
  • 149 Justin
  • 158 Preston
  • 178 Chaz
  • 204 Dan
  • 215 Eric
  • 222 Jordan
  • 323 Ed
Remaining players (20)
  • 016 Sam
  • 018 Bee
  • 019 Amanda
  • 023 Siobhan
  • 031 Purna
  • 051 Rose Mary Kah
  • 077 Marina
  • 182 TJ
  • 221 Charles
  • 254 Mike
  • 269 James
  • 278 Ashley
  • 286 Chad
  • 287 Mai
  • 301 Trey
  • 355 Hallie
  • 393 Jackie
  • 418 Roland
  • 429 Elliott
  • 451 Phill

Glass Bridge

The game featured a glass bridge containing 17 pairs of glass tiles. Each set of tiles represents two types of glass: one type was safe to stand on, the other was not. Each player had to wear a vest assigned a unique number ranging from 1 to 20 and cross the bridge in sequential order within 30 minutes. Wrong choices on the bridge led to elimination.

Order assignment

To add a layer of unpredictability to the game, players were instructed to select a teddy bear from a claw machine. Each bear was associated with a hidden specific number, which they then needed to assign to another player, establishing the sequence in which the contestants would participate in the game.

Selection sequence
  1. 287 Mai grabs vest 04 and chooses 077 Marina
  2. 278 Ashley grabs vest 06 and chooses 031 Purna
  3. 451 Phill grabs vest 08 and chooses 418 Roland
  4. 393 Jackie grabs vest 01 and chooses 182 TJ
  5. 221 Charles grabs vest 03 and chooses 301 Trey
  6. 016 Sam grabs vest 09 and chooses 429 Elliott
  7. 031 Purna grabs vest 05 and chooses 278 Ashley
  8. 269 James grabs vest 12 and chooses 051 Rose Mary Kah
  9. 429 Elliott grabs vest 18 and chooses 355 Hallie
  10. 254 Mike grabs vest 07 and chooses 393 Jackie
  11. 182 TJ grabs vest 20 and chooses 287 Mai
  12. 019 Amanda grabs vest 02 and chooses 221 Charles
  13. 077 Marina grabs vest 13 and chooses 023 Siobhan
  14. 418 Roland grabs vest 10 and chooses 451 Phill
  15. 301 Trey grabs vest 15 and chooses 269 James
  16. 355 Hallie grabs vest 14 and chooses 254 Mike
  17. 286 Chad grabs vest 17 and chooses 016 Sam
  18. 051 Rose Mary Kah grabs vest 16 and chooses 018 Bee
  19. 023 Siobhan grabs vest 19 and chooses 019 Amanda
  20. 018 Bee grabs the final vest, 11, it goes to 286 Chad by default
Player sequences
#1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10
182 TJ 221 Charles 301 Trey 077 Marina 278 Ashley 031 Purna 393 Jackie 418 Roland 429 Elliott 451 Phill
#11 #12 #13 #14 #15 #16 #17 #18 #19 #20
286 Chad 051 Rose Mary Kah 023 Siobhan 254 Mike 269 James 018 Bee 016 Sam 355 Hallie 019 Amanda 287 Mai
Eliminated players (8)
  • 023 Siobhan
  • 077 Marina
  • 182 TJ
  • 221 Charles
  • 254 Mike
  • 269 James
  • 301 Trey
  • 393 Jackie
Remaining players (12)
  • 016 Sam
  • 018 Bee
  • 019 Amanda
  • 031 Purna
  • 051 Rose Mary Kah
  • 278 Ashley
  • 286 Chad
  • 287 Mai
  • 355 Hallie
  • 418 Roland
  • 429 Elliott
  • 451 Phill

Die test

Players need to take turns and roll the dice. Before rolling, they must decide whether to nominate their own name or another player's name. If a player rolls a '6', the nominated person will be eliminated. The game stops when 3 players are eliminated. The players selected Player 287 as the Leader, and consequently, 287 Mai was designated to be the first to roll the dice.

  1. 287 Mai nominates 278 Ashley and rolls a 4
  2. 418 Roland nominates himself and rolls a 3
  3. 016 Sam nominates himself and rolls a 4
  4. 355 Hallie nominates herself and rolls a 2
  5. 018 Bee nominates herself and rolls a 6, eliminating herself
  6. 278 Ashley nominates 287 Mai and rolls a 5
  7. 429 Elliot nominates himself and rolls a 3
  8. 031 Purna nominates himself and rolls a 6, eliminating himself
  9. 451 Phill nominates himself and rolls a 2
  10. 019 Amanda nominates herself and rolls a 3
  11. 286 Chad nominates himself and rolls a 6, eliminating himself and ending the game
Eliminated players (3)
  • 018 Bee
  • 031 Purna
  • 286 Chad
Remaining players (9)
  • 016 Sam
  • 019 Amanda
  • 051 Rose Mary Kah
  • 278 Ashley
  • 287 Mai
  • 355 Hallie
  • 418 Roland
  • 429 Elliott
  • 451 Phill

Circle of Trust

Players are seated at desks in a circle with a podium in the middle with a gift box, and then blindfolded. When tapped on the shoulder, the player secretly removes their blindfold, picks up the gift box, places it on another player's desk which they wish to be eliminated, then returns to their desk and replaces their blindfold. They all then remove their blindfolds and the player gets to guess who placed the box on their desk. If they guess correctly, the gifter is eliminated; if they guess incorrectly, they are eliminated. This game is an altered version of Heads up, seven up.

# Chosen player Player with box Guessed Eliminated
1. 287 Mai 418 Roland 051 Rose Mary Kah 418 Roland
2. 355 Hallie 019 Amanda 451 Phill 019 Amanda
3. 429 Elliott 287 Mai 429 Elliott
4. 051 Rose Mary Kah 451 Phill 051 Rose Mary Kah
5. 278 Ashley 451 Phill 278 Ashley
6. 451 Phill 355 Hallie 287 Mai 355 Hallie
Eliminated players (6)
  • 019 Amanda
  • 051 Rose Mary Kah
  • 278 Ashley
  • 355 Hallie
  • 418 Roland
  • 429 Elliott
Remaining players (3)
  • 016 Sam
  • 287 Mai
  • 451 Phill

Button test

All 3 players were treated to a feast at a triangle-shaped dinner table. In the middle of the table, there was a podium at the middle displaying three buttons and each player must press a button. When a button is pressed, it will glow a different colour. If it glows green, that player moves on and chooses one player to go with them. If it glows gray, no consequence will happen. If it glows red, the player is eliminated.

287 Mai pressed the centre button which glowed gray.

016 Sam pressed the right button which glowed red, resulting in his elimination.

451 Phill did not have to press a button due to 016 Sam's elimination.

Eliminated players (1)
  • 016 Sam

Rock Paper Scissors

In a squid-shaped grid, both players must stand on the eyes of the squid. At the top and bottom of the grid, there is a safe and a box of keys respectively. Both players must draw a move in a game of Rock Paper Scissors. The winning player must go select a key from the box and try to open the safe. If they are unsuccessful, the game continues. Whoever picks a key and unlocks the safe wins Squid Game.

Eliminated players (1)
  • 451 Phill

Winner of Squid Game

  • 287 Mai

Episodes

No.Title [12]Original release date
1"Red Light, Green Light"22 November 2023 (2023-11-22)
2"The Man with the Umbrella"22 November 2023 (2023-11-22)
3"War"22 November 2023 (2023-11-22)
4"Nowhere to Hide"22 November 2023 (2023-11-22)
5"Trick or Treat"22 November 2023 (2023-11-22)
6"Goodbye"29 November 2023 (2023-11-29)
7"Friend and Foe"29 November 2023 (2023-11-29)
8"One Step Closer"29 November 2023 (2023-11-29)
9"Circle of Trust"29 November 2023 (2023-11-29)
10"One Lucky Day"6 December 2023 (2023-12-06)

Production

In June 2022, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a series order.[13]

Casting

Applications for the series opened in June 2022 with an announcement video released on YouTube.[14] Netflix sought contestants from around the world but mandated that they must be English-speaking.[13] The streaming service put out a final casting call in September 2022.[15] Approximately 81,000 applied to be contestants.[9]

With 456 real players, the series claims to have the largest cast in reality TV history.[16] The most number of players are: from the United States; in their 20s; men.[9]

Filming

Filming began in January 2023 across two studios in the UK, Cardington Studios in Bedford and on six giant sound stages in Barking, London.[17][18]

Reports emerged that ambulances had been called to treat real-life injuries sustained while filming the show. Several players claimed in an interview that "Red Light, Green Light" had actually lasted for 7 hours, where players had to hold poses for up to 30 minutes. Netflix denied the severity of the reports, stating that the injuries were mild medical conditions and that they care about the health and safety of the cast and crew.[19] The local ambulance service also stated it had not been called out to the studios. Britain's Health and Safety Executive evaluated the production after these complaints and found no actionable issues.[20] Two unnamed players from the show threatened to sue Netflix after claiming that they had hypothermia during filming.[21]

Release

The first five episodes of Squid Game: The Challenge were released on 22 November 2023.[3] Episodes 6–9 were released on 29 November, while episode 10, the finale, was released on 6 December.[4]

Game summary

Due to size constraints, this table only includes the 119 contestants that succeeded in Games 1 & 2, and appear in Episode 3: War.

Please note that 337 contestants were eliminated between the first two episodes and are not included in the game summary table.

Color key:

  WINNER The winner of Squid Game
  RUNNER-UP The runner-up of Squid Game
  WIN Successfully passed the game
  RISK At risk of getting eliminated
  OUT Eliminated from Squid Game via failing a game or test
  OUT Eliminated from Squid Game via being voted out
  LOSE Failed Game 3: Warships, but continued on in the competition
   Successfully selected a shape for their group in Game 2: Dalgona
   Elected Captain of their group in Game 3: Warships, or in the Allegiance test
   Elected Lieutenant of their group in Game 3: Warships
Squid Game: The Challenge Contestant Episode Progress
Contestants Episodes
Number Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1. Red Light,
Green Light
2. Dalgona 3. Warships Group
Vote
Jack-in-
the-Box Test
4. Marbles Allegiance Test 5. Glass Bridge Die Test 6. Circle
of Trust
Button Test 7. Rock Paper
Scissors
287 Mai WIN Star WIN Group 2 LOSE 097: Jada WIN 286: Chad 20 (by 182) WIN 278 4 RISK 418, 429 WIN Triangle WINNER
451 Phill Star Group 7 LOSE 337: Bradford WIN 278: Ashley 10 (by 418) WIN 451 2 051, 278, 355 WIN RUNNER-UP
016 Sam Star Group 5 RISK 344: Charlie WIN 023: Siobhan 17 (by 286) WIN 016 4 WIN OUT
355 Hallie Circle Group 8 LOSE 410: Demi WIN 429: Elliott 18 (by 429) WIN 355 2 019, 287 OUT
278 Ashley Circle Group 3 WIN 229: Phalisia WIN 016: Sam 05 (by 031) WIN RISK 287 5 451 OUT
051 Rose Mary Kah Triangle Group 3 RISK 080: Rachelle WIN 221: Charles 12 (by 269) WIN 451 OUT
429 Elliott Circle Group 8 LOSE 427: Trudy WIN 418: Roland 09 (by 016) WIN 429 3 287 OUT
019 Amanda Circle Group 6 WIN 336: Brian WIN 393: Jackie 19 (by 023) WIN 019 3 451 OUT
418 Roland Umbrella Group 8 LOSE 202: Elliott WIN 301: Trey 08 (by 451) WIN 418 3 287 OUT
286 Chad Circle Group 7 LOSE 334: Robert WIN 254: Mikie 11 WIN 286 6 OUT
031 Purna Circle Group 4 WIN 339: Rob WIN SAFE 06 (by 278) WIN 031 6 OUT
018 Bee Circle Group 6 WIN 361: Melissa WIN 019: Amanda 16 (by 051) WIN 018 6 OUT
269 James Circle Group 4 WIN 312: Alexis WIN 031: Purna 15 (by 301) OUT
254 Mikie Triangle Group 2 LOSE 087: Kyle WIN 077: Marina 14 (by 355) OUT
023 Siobhan Triangle Group 5 RISK 054: Lucia WIN 051: Rose Mary Kah 13 (by 077) OUT
393 Jackie Star Group 6 WIN 382: Tim WIN 451: Phill 07 (by 254) OUT
301 Trey Circle Group 5 WIN 302: LeAnn WIN 269: James 03 (by 221) OUT
077 Marina Circle Group 5 WIN 083: Christian WIN 018: Bee 04 (by 287) OUT
221 Charles Star Group 5 WIN 179: Chaney WIN 355: Hallie 02 (by 019) OUT
182 TJ Star Group 5 WIN 183: Jesse WIN 287: Mai 01 (by 393) OUT
002 Favour Circle Group 3 WIN 319: Yu Hannah WIN OUT
030 Jinwoo Triangle Group 7 LOSE 445: Chapman WIN OUT
090 Ankur Triangle Group 7 LOSE 043: Eddie WIN OUT
120 Clayton Star Group 6 WIN 453: Rachel WIN OUT
149 Justin Triangle Group 6 RISK 404: Ned WIN OUT
158 Preston Triangle Group 3 WIN 359: Malyk WIN OUT
178 Chaz Star Group 3 WIN 442: Phillip WIN OUT
204 Dan Star Group 4 WIN 209: Marcus WIN OUT
215 Eric Umbrella Group 1 LOSE 210: Chad WIN OUT
222 Jordan Triangle Group 1 LOSE SAFE OUT
323 Ed Star Group 1 LOSE 326: Melissa WIN OUT
302 LeAnn Circle Group 5 RISK RISK 301: Trey OUT
336 Brian Triangle Group 4 WIN 019: Amanda OUT
319 Yu Hannah Umbrella Group 3 WIN 002: Favour OUT
229 Phalisia Star Group 5 RISK 130, 243, 232 278: Ashley OUT
087 Kyle Triangle Group 2 LOSE 176 254: Mikie OUT
399 Aurora Circle Group 2 LOSE 065: Dylan OUT
065 Dylan Triangle Group 4 WIN 399: Aurora OUT
179 Chaney Star Group 5 WIN RISK 221: Charles OUT
344 Charlie Star Group 3 WIN 016: Sam OUT
183 Jesse Star Group 5 WIN 026, 141 182: TJ OUT
334 Robert Star Group 4 WIN 286: Chad OUT
097 Jada Triangle Group 5 WIN 287: Mai OUT
209 Marcus Star Group 4 WIN 204: Daniel OUT
382 Tim Triangle Group 6 WIN 393: Jackie OUT
083 Christian Triangle Group 6 RISK 077: Marina OUT
361 Melissa Triangle Group 5 WIN 018: Bee OUT
404 Ned Circle Group 2 LOSE 149: Justin OUT
339 Rob Triangle Group 3 WIN 031: Purna OUT
337 Brad Star Group 3 WIN 451: Phill OUT
453 Rachel Circle Group 6 WIN 120: Clayton OUT
054 Lucia Triangle Group 5 WIN 023: Siobhan OUT
312 Alexis Star Group 4 WIN 269: James OUT
326 Melissa Circle Group 1 LOSE 323: Ed OUT
445 Chapman Triangle Group 6 WIN 030: Jinwoo OUT
043 Eddie Triangle Group 6 WIN 090: Ankur OUT
359 Malyk Triangle Group 3 RISK 158: Preston OUT
442 Phillip Triangle Group 6 RISK 178: Chaz OUT
210 Chad Triangle Group 1 LOSE 215: Eric OUT
427 Trudy Circle Group 8 LOSE 429: Elliott OUT
080 Rachelle Star Group 6 WIN 051: Rose Mary Kah OUT
410 Demi Triangle Group 8 LOSE 355: Hallie OUT
202 Elliott Circle Group 4 WIN 418: Roland OUT
232 Rick Circle Group 4 WIN OUT
243 Stephen Star Group 4 RISK OUT
130 Jakoben Circle Group 6 WIN OUT
176 Darius Star Group 5 WIN OUT
375 Joel Circle Group 4 WIN OUT
141 Dash Circle Group 2 LOSE OUT
026 Amber Circle Group 1 LOSE OUT
161 Lorenzo Triangle Group 5 WIN OUT
330 Kien Umbrella Group 7 LOSE OUT
374 Andy Circle Group 4 RISK OUT
258 Brownie Circle Group 7 OUT
273 Darylle Circle Group 7 OUT
367 Camilla Umbrella Group 7 OUT
107 Tayo Umbrella Group 7 OUT
194 Saïd Umbrella Group 7 OUT
035 Megan Circle Group 7 OUT
103 Stephanie Triangle Group 7 OUT
248 Chaun Circle Group 7 OUT
033 Figgy Circle Group 7 OUT
297 Kwame Star Group 7 OUT
414 Rebecca Triangle Group 4 OUT
218 Michael Triangle Group 4 OUT
057 Madison Triangle Group 8 OUT
434 Joe Circle Group 8 OUT
362 Kiara Triangle Group 8 OUT
226 Aiyanna Star Group 8 OUT
357 Nayo Triangle Group 8 OUT
446 Tom Star Group 6 OUT
106 Jessica Circle Group 6 OUT
034 Hannah Circle Group 8 OUT
350 Lindsey Circle Group 8 OUT
267 Amanda Circle Group 8 OUT
435 Catherine Circle Group 8 OUT
438 Shelby Circle Group 8 OUT
396 Scott Star Group 2 OUT
264 Tyler Triangle Group 2 OUT
386 MiMi Triangle Group 2 OUT
135 Vanessa Star Group 2 OUT
136 Carlos Star Group 2 OUT
187 Kevin Star Group 2 OUT
186 Onur Circle Group 2 OUT
433 Alex Circle Group 2 OUT
220 Jessi Circle Group 1 OUT
352 Radhika Star Group 1 OUT
270 Adrian Umbrella Group 1 OUT
432 Bryton Triangle Group 1 OUT
343 Brianna Circle Group 3 OUT
142 Anna Triangle Group 3 OUT
188 Sam Circle Group 3 OUT
389 Taylor Circle Group 3 OUT
452 Mark Circle Group 1 OUT
447 Yongjun Circle Group 1 OUT
422 Riley Triangle Group 1 OUT
041 Jastin Star Group 1 OUT
068 Abdulla Triangle Group 1 OUT
198 Husnain Star OUT
200 Mothi OUT

Reception

Viewership

In its release week (20–26 November 2023), Squid Game: The Challenge was the most-watched show globally on Netflix, with 85.7 million hours. It reached number one in 74 countries that same week, including the US and UK – and was Top 10 in a further 19 countries.[5]

The series stayed at number one globally on Netflix into a second week (27 November – 3 December 2023), with 11.4 million views and 85 million hours watched. It was Top 10 in TV in 91 different countries that week.[6] The reality competition series also boosted the original drama series Squid Game to number seven on the Non-English TV list with 1.5 million views that week.[22]

In its third week post-release, Squid Game: The Challenge came in third place globally. It added 6.6 million views and 54.1 million hours viewed.[7]

Critical response

The show received a mixed reception from critics and audiences. On Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 45% based on 44 reviews, with an average score of 5.8/10. The website's critics consensus reads: "The Challenge can be an addictive binge thanks to the sheer ingenuity of Squid Games' set pieces, but playing the original series' barbed satire completely straight gives this spinoff a soulless aftertaste."[23] Metacritic gave a weighted average score of 51 out of 100 based on 22 critics reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[24]

Ryan Smith wrote in Newsweek, "Netflix's new spin-off of the thrilling Korean drama not only succeeds but triumphs in bringing to screens one of the most compelling TV competitions of the decade".[25] In the Financial Times, Dan Einav proclaimed the "Netflix megahit becomes an irresistible reality show",[26] while the Radio Times stated that Squid Game: The Challenge "not only lives up to the original, but with the new twists, challenges, and the real-life prize fund at stake, it's even more intense than the hit show".[27] In Vulture, Nicholas Quah said "not only does Squid Game: The Challenge qualify as damn good reality television, it even serves as an unexpectedly effective adaptation of the original K-drama. The game show uses the language of modern reality television to realize, in its own strange way, the themes in Dong-hyuk's parable of capitalism grinding human beings into dust". Quah concluded "Squid Game: The Challenge isn't just a good reality show. It's a morally righteous one".[28] Writing in The Guardian, critic Rebecca Nicholson said, "The real-life version of the Netflix drama is a grandiose, addictive spectacle that will have you shouting at your TV before the end of episode one."[29]

Some critics have suggested the unscripted version misses the point of the drama. The Hollywood Reporter called it "a brand extension that fundamentally misunderstands what the brand was meant to represent in the first place", continuing "you can take the anti-capitalism out of Squid Game – but capitalism will always find a way to rear its ugly head".[30] In The Telegraph, Jasper Rees said "the reality remake loses none of the tension or intrigue" of the drama, continuing "I…am agog to discover how ruthless the last dollar-driven survivors can be".[31] Chase Hutchinson for Collider found it "shameless and opportunistic" and concluded "if the corrupt forces of capitalism could be made into a shambling corpse of television, it would look like Squid Game: The Challenge".[32]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2024
Art Directors Guild Awards Excellence in Production Design for a Variety, Reality, or Competition Series Mathieu Weekes and Benjamin Norman (for "War") Won [33]
People's Choice Awards The Competition Show of the Year Squid Game: The Challenge Pending [34]
Producers Guild of America Awards Outstanding Producer of Game & Competition Television Pending [35]

See also

  • $456,000 Squid Game in Real Life! – 2021 video by MrBeast

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  • Squid Game: The Challenge on Netflix Edit this at Wikidata
  • Squid Game: The Challenge at IMDb Edit this at Wikidata
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