"Squid Game" is a South Korean fictional drama in which contestants who are deeply in debt play children's games in order to win a ton of cash.
The downside is that losers will be killed.
Oh, and once you are in the game, quitting also has deadly consequences.
To say the horror series is causing a buzz would be an understatement.
It's a bit of a phenomenon much like the South Korean film "Parasite" turned out to be.
That movie became the first foreign film to ever win a best picture Academy Award at the 92nd Oscars in 2020.
Squid Game is Netflix's latest sensation — and could soon top Bridgerton as the streamer's most popular series ever. The Korean drama was released on September 17 and hit No. 1 on the Netflix Top 10 list in the U.S. and many other countries. The show has held that spot ever since.
The show is a grim, violent survival thriller that is part Hunger Games, part Battle Royale. A mysterious game recruits 456 people to risk their lives for a ₩45.6 billion prize (or $38.7 million in U.S. dollars).
The show's intriguing premise, striking visuals and strong performances all contribute to its success. But how Squid Game really stands out is as a psychological study of the depths of human nature and as a provocative indictment of capitalism. Squid Game season 2 seems like a foregone conclusion, though there is one big obstacle to making it.
If you've seen Squid Game trending in your social media feeds and want to understand what this show is all about, we've got a Squid Game FAQ. But be warned: Squid Game is the most addictive show in years and we can't stop watching it.