Squid Game: The Challenge

November 22, 2023
40–57 minutes
Season: 1
Episodes: 10
Status: released

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Squid Game: The Challenge Reality Show Details:

Based onSquid Game by Hwang Dong-hyuk
Country United Kingdom
Language English
GenreReality competition
Release date22 November 2023
Running time40–57 minutes
Age ratingTV-MA
WinnerMai Whelan (player no. 287)
AnnouncerJennie Kwan
Directed by Liz Oakes
Ruaridh Connellan
Gareth Birkett
Executive producersNicola Brown
Tim Harcourt
John Hay
Toni Ireland
Anna Kidd
Stephen Lambert
Louise Peet
Nia Yemoh
Stephen Yemoh
Edited by Benn Wyldeck
Music byPaddy Fletcher
Production Design byBen Norman
Mathieu Weekes
Production CompanyStudio Lambert
The Garden
Distributor Netflix


456 players compete to win US$4.56 million (about £3.6 million), the largest cast and second largest cash prize in reality competition history. Through a series of games, each player is pushed to their limits and forced to ask themselves how far they will go to win.


Players were eliminated in the first two rounds by getting “shot” (dye packs in their uniforms). Players listed below were eliminated in that particular round.

  1. Red Light, Green Light
    • Decision test
  2. Dalgona
    • Phone test
  3. Warships
    • Group Vote
    • Jack-in-the-Box Test
  4. Marbles
    • Allegiance Test
  5. Glass Bridge
    • Die Test
  6. Circle of Trust
    • Button Test
  7. Rock Paper Scissors

Squid Game: The Challenge Winner:

Mai Whelan (player no. 287), winner of Squid Game: The Challenge, receives her prize of $4.56 million.

About Squid Game: The Challenge Reality Show:

Squid Game: The Challenge is a ten-episode British reality competition television reality show based on Squid Game, the South Korean drama. The show features 456 players (the largest cast in reality TV history) competing for US$4.56 million, the largest single cash prize in reality television history.

In June 2022, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a series order.

Applications for the series opened in June 2022 with an announcement video released on YouTube. Netflix sought contestants from around the world but mandated that they must be English-speaking. The streaming service put out a final casting call in September 2022. Approximately 81,000 applied to be contestants.

The Netflix original was produced as a collaboration between independent television production companies Studio Lambert and the Garden, with Studio Lambert leading physical production in the UK.

Filming began in January 2023 across two studios in the UK, Cardington Studios in Bedford, and six giant sound stages in Barking, London.

Reports emerged that ambulances had been called to treat real-life injuries sustained while filming the show. Several players claimed in an interview that “Red Light, Green Light” had actually lasted for 7 hours, where players had to hold poses for up to 30 minutes. Netflix denied the severity of the reports, stating that the injuries were mild medical conditions and that they cared about the health and safety of the cast and crew. The local ambulance service also stated it had not been called out to the studios. Britain’s Health and Safety Executive evaluated the production after these complaints and found no actionable issues. Two unnamed players from the show threatened to sue Netflix after claiming that they had hypothermia during filming.

The first five episodes of Squid Game: The Challenge were released on 22 November 2023. Episodes 6–9 were released on 29 November, while episode 10, the finale, was released on 6 December.

The show was No. 1 on Netflix’s list of Top 10 English-language shows for the first two weeks after its release. It had 20.5 million views in its first week, 11.4 million in its second, and 6.6 million in its third, with a total of over 224 million hours watched within the first 21 days.

On 6 December 2023, prior to the release of the season one finale, Netflix announced a second season order.

Squid Game: The Challenge Episodes

Squid Game: The Challenge S1, Episode 1. Red Light, Green Light

Kicking off this reality competition, hundreds of hopefuls in tracksuits set out to cross the finish line during a game of "Red Light, Green Light."

Squid Game: The Challenge S1, Episode 2. The Man With The Umbrella

Cracks in the competition begin to show during "Dalgona," a game that shapes up to be a daunting endeavor amid sweet victories and painful extractions.

Squid Game: The Challenge S1, Episode 3. War

After a player desperately tries to coax another to pick up a phone, the rest prepare for the next challenge and form teams based on brawn and bonds.

Squid Game: The Challenge S1, Episode 4. Nowhere To Hide

Dorm elimination tests rattle the remaining players, who rush to find solutions — and avoid becoming targets. A chores session puts two allies on edge.

Squid Game: The Challenge S1, Episode 5. Trick Or Treat

A tempting treat motivates the group to chip in with a chore. But a pleasant picnic in the dorm takes a devastating turn when the next game is revealed.

Squid Game: The Challenge S1, Episode 6. Goodbye

With marbles in hand, players are forced to face off against friends and bid tearful farewells. As the money piles up, another elimination test looms.

Squid Game: The Challenge S1, Episode 7. Friend And Foe

After drawing numbers to determine the order in which they will cross the glass bridge, the players consider their options before taking a leap of faith.

Squid Game: The Challenge S1, Episode 8. One Step Closer

As the clock ticks, the players move quickly to get to the other side of the bridge. Back in the dormitory, evading elimination becomes a dicey mission.

Squid Game: The Challenge S1, Episode 9. Circle Of Trust

A nomination from the previous game puts players at odds. Emotions run high in a guessing game centered on trust. Who will make it to the final round?

Squid Game: The Challenge S1, Episode 10. One Lucky Day

As the end draws near, the finalists suit up for a lavish feast — and a surprising test. One last game stands between a player and the ultimate prize.