Skip to Content

A Monthly Culture Matrix For the Cosmopolitan Traveler

Squid Game

Streaming on Netflix / Film & TV

Anyone who says that playground games are only for children hasn’t watched Netflix’s Squid Game. The South Korean drama (the first to ever top the weekly most-watched list globally on Netflix) is equal parts Hunger Games and Truman Show, pitting some 400 contestants against each other as they compete in a series of juvenile parlor games with a deadly twist. At stake is an ungodly sum of cash, but the road to it is paved with intrigue, chaos, and gratuitous violence. From acclaimed South Korean director Hwang Dong-hyuk, the series blends comedy with social commentary, taking a critical look at human nature, capitalism, and, of course, our obsession with reality television. —Jacob Robbins

Start a New Search
Subscribers Only

Start your free trial to access the full Arts Intel Report

Subscribe to Air Mail to access every article
and search our entire Arts Intel Report.

Subscribe Now

Already a subscriber? Sign in here.