Netflix reality show Squid Game: The Challenge has received glowing reviews from critics who say it is the “most gripping reality TV show since The Traitors”. The reality show was confirmed following the success of Korean fictional drama Squid Game – which was released on Netflix in 2021.
The Squid Game drama series featured hundreds of real-life players who all compete in a range of dangerous children’s games in a bid to win a massive cash prize. In 2022, after the success of the series, Netflix announced a Squid Game reality TV show was in the works.
The spin-off will see 456 contestants compete in challenges, based on those featured in the show, for a chance to win a $4.56 million cash prize. Squid Game: The Challenge is set to drop on Netflix on Wednesday, November 22 and comprise of 10 episodes. Filming for the show took place in two UK studios in Bedford and London.
Ahead of the release, critics have shared their thoughts on the new reality TV show. Writing in her four star review, The Guardian’s Rebecca Nicholson praised the series, describing it as the “most gripping reality TV since BBC’s The Traitors.”
She added she found it “very hard to look away”. Jasper Rees commented in another four star review for The Telegraph that the reality show “loses none of the tension or intrigue.”
However, despite the generally positive reviews of the reality show, some critics did have some doubts. Writing for The Independent, Nick Hilton told readers “get ready to be amazed” but awarded the show three stars.
He wrote that the show is “little more than a combination of The Traitors and Takeshi’s Castle”. Hilton added that Squid Game: The Challenge “like most epics, it’s overlong, overblown, and thinks it’s much smarter than it really is.”
In a review for Esquire, Henry Wong urged viewers not to think too hard about the reality show and explored its contribution to the reality TV genre. He added that the show reveals a “substantial, uncomfortable truth about this genre: why do we like watching people turn on each other?
“This show does not have an answer, but you’ll likely binge it anyway”. Wong continued that Squid Game: The Challenge “does make for good television.”
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