“Squid Game” Is Netflix’s Most Popular Show In History – The American River Current

“Squid Game” has become the most popular TV show in 90 countries around the world

Netflix’s recent show “Squid Game” became the most popular show on Netflix, ranking # 1 in 90 countries around the world. (Photo courtesy of Netflix)

Spoilers ahead. Netflix’s latest drama series “Squid Game” not only became Netflix’s most popular show, but it also perhaps helped save the platform by bringing the ratings back to the top.

“Squid Game” was written and produced by Hwang Dong-hyuk. Hwang wrote the script in 2008 as a movie, but no production company wanted to do it due to the violent nature of the movie. In September 2019, Netflix agreed to produce the show in nine episodes, where the show would air a year later. This opportunity that Netflix seized continued to show the world Korean culture, and it became the greatest show Netflix has ever released.

The show follows Seong Gi-hun (Lee Jung-jae), a gambling addict who is on the verge of losing custody of his daughter because she moves to America with her mother. One night, Gi-hun is waiting in a subway when a man walks up to him and asks him to play a gambling game.

When Gi-hun finally wins, the man offers Gi-hun a chance to join another game to earn even more money. Considering that he has little money to support his daughter and pay off her debts, Gi-hun agrees to play.

Gi-hun and 455 other contestants living in similar situations are brought to a private island to play six Korean children’s games and the winner receives a big cash prize. However, the contestants are not informed that if they fail to complete the games, they are killed.

Throughout the show, we see moral conflicts within the show’s competitors. For characters like Gi-hun, he struggles to decide whether to betray his ally, Oh Il-nam (O Yeong-su), during one of the games, which leaves him in tears. For other characters like Cho Sang-woo (Park Hae-soo) and Kang Sae-byeok (HoYeon Jung), they won’t hesitate to go out of their way to earn money for their families.

Since its release on September 17, “Squid Game” has quickly achieved rapid international success. The show has become the most popular show in more than 90 countries around the world, according to writer Shawn Lim.

“The show became the first Korean drama to top Netflix’s top 10 most watched weekly TV shows worldwide and reached number 1 in 90 countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom.” , Lim said in a Tumble item.

Netflix has started to see its rating decline due to other streaming services such as Disney +, HBO and Apple TV according to a Market Place item. However, with the release of “Squid Game,” Netflix returned to the top as the most popular streaming platform, with the show becoming the biggest release in streaming service history, according to writer Indiewire. Tyler Hersko.

Netflix claimed on October 12 that “Squid Game” reached 111 million viewers, making it the biggest series launch in the history of the streaming service, “Hersko said in an Indiewire. item.

One of the reasons for the success of “Squid Game” is the way it has been viewed around the world. Although it is a Korean-language series, the show is also subtitled in 31 different languages ​​and dubbed in 13 different languages, allowing the show to reach a multilingual audience.

For a South Korean show to receive such universal praise is something special for the international film industry. “Squid Game” also introduced many Korean cultural references, including children’s games of Dalgona candy and Squid Game. These references make it possible to open the public a little more to Korean culture.

The soundtrack throughout the show is something that can be overlooked because of what’s on screen. But it does create a sense of suspense and anxiety during the more action-packed parts of the show while also using darker music during times of sadness or betrayal.

As someone who enjoys film horror, action, and psychology, this is a show that I fell in love with. Netflix took a chance on airing a show that had been overlooked for eight years, and it ended up being the greatest show in their history.

A year after winning the match, Gi-hun decides to fly to America to see his daughter. While at the airport, he sees the same man who made him join the game a year before playing the same game with another man.

Gi-hun takes the card from the man and calls the number on the card and calls the number to stop the game. At the end of the phone call, Gi-hun decides not to get on the plane for the America, appearing determined to prevent games from happening again and potentially set up a follow-up season for Netflix’s most popular show.

“Squid Game” is not for the faint of heart. It’s a show that deals with violence and betrayal. But it’s a great look at what happens to people who are in desperate need of money. It is a concept that is similar to the “Hunger Games” but they are poorly informed about the stakes of the game.

Javier E. Swan