“Squid Game” officially broke records, becoming Netflix’s biggest series launch reaching over 111 million viewers.
The subscription streaming service broke the news in a Tweeter Tuesday.
The nine-part Korean thriller was released on September 17. It follows Seong Gi-Hun, played by Lee Jung-jae, as he and hundreds of other desperate and deeply in debt contestants face off in a fierce and often grotesque competition for around $ 38 million. . Only one person can win the prize, and those who lose the children’s game series pay with their lives.
“Hundreds of cash-strapped gamers accept a strange invitation to participate in children’s games,” the description reads on Netflix. “Inside, a tempting prize awaits – with deadly stakes.”
Other stars of the show include Park Hae-soo, HoYeon Jung, Heo Sung-tae, Kim Joo-ryoung, Anupam Tripathi, and Lee Yoo-mi.
Jung-jae told Variety he didn’t expect such a massive response to “Squid Game” when he first signed up for the show.
“But when I read the script, I understood that it had elements in it that could resonate with everyone and work outside of Korea,” he said.
The show is a hot topic on social media, where the hashtag “#SquidGame” on TikTok has been viewed more than 22.8 billion times.
According to Flix Patrol, a website that tracks streaming stats for the world’s top platforms, the show is # 1 in dozens of countries, including the US and UK. The series was the best show in South Korea, but recently moved to number two, according to the website.