A new Korean drama could become Netflix's biggest show ever

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A scene in Squid Game.
A scene in Squid Game.
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Netflix's period drama Bridgerton might be dethroned as the streamers biggest show ever.

A new Korean drama, Squid Game, has risen to popularity since its release on Friday, 17 September.

Variety reports that the thriller ranks as the number 1 show worldwide. Two days after it premiered, it made the top 10 shows globally; on 20 September, it was number two, and on 21 September, it took the number 1 spot.

In South Africa, the show is currently in the number 2 spot in the top 10.

Netflix's co-CEO and chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, told the publication, "We did not see that coming, in terms of its global popularity."

The 9-episode series written and directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk follows contestants who compete in deadly games for a billion won prize money.

"A mysterious invitation to join the game is sent to people at risk who are in dire need of money. 456 participants from all walks of life are locked into a secret location where they play games to win 45.6 billion won. Every game is a Korean traditional children's game such as Red Light and Green Light, but losing is death. Who will be the winner, and what is the purpose behind this game," reads the official synopsis.


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