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‘Squid Game’ Is Netflix’s Biggest Ever Series Launch, Overtakes Bridgerton


South Korean drama ‘Squid Game’ has officially broken the record as Netflix’s most-watched television series of all time. The show topped ultra-popular Netflix show, “Bridgerton,” which was projected to have streamed in 63 million households within its first four weeks on the streaming platform. According to the movie streaming giant in a tweet on Tuesday, the series had hit 111 million worldwide views knocking off 2020 series ‘Bridgerton’ with its record of N82 million views. Earlier this month, it was announced that “Squid Game” which premiered in September, was the top show in 90 countries and was on track to be the No. 1 show in Netfilx history, Entertainment Tonight reports. Not only has it reached that No. 1 spot, it also is expected to be among the most popular Halloween costumes this year, and recipes for the show’s infamous honeycomb candy are all over social media.

"Squid Games" is nail-biting show about financially struggling contestants hoping to win billions of dollars competing against each other in typical South Korean children's games. The only catch is, if you lose a game you are "eliminated" – literally. In the first game, "red light, green light," contestants who accidentally move after a giant doll-like moderator says "red light" are shot by snipers.

The series was so popular that South Korean Internet service provider SK Broadband sued Netflix to pay for costs from increased network traffic and maintenance work because of the surge in viewers.

And a South Korean woman was communicating with the US firm about compensation after she was deluged with thousands of prank calls and text messages when her phone number was inadvertently highlighted as a key plot point in the series.

Netflix said it would spend more than $US500 million ($681 million) on content produced in South Korea this year.