A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The game show sends the message that people will put themselves through anything to win a cash prize. The series is based on a concept that wasn't intended to be fun.
Positive Role Models
Alliances are made and broken, and folks will do whatever's necessary to get to the next round. Some take being a team leader very seriously.
Participants are from various genders, racial/ethnic backgrounds, ages, professions, etc.
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Violence & Scariness
The game is adapted from a violent series; some challenges simulate and normalize murder. References are occasionally made to being "killed," and eliminated players drop as if dead. Challengers talk about being nervous or scared, and sometimes break down in tears after winning, losing, or when forced to compete against someone they like.
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Words like "damn," "hell," and "s--t" are frequently used.
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Products & Purchases
It's a game show inspired by the Korean series Squid Game. Some challenges are variations of kids' games featured on the original TV show; others look like Western-themed children's games, like Battleship.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A reference is made to "acid trips."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Squid Game: The Challenge is a game show inspired by Squid Game, and recreates a dystopian and cut-throat universe for which the popular Korean TV series is known. No one gets hurt, but there's some simulated violence and sometimes references are made to getting "killed." There's lots of competitive scheming, frequent cursing, and a very occasional drug reference. Challenges are adaptations of children's games similar to those in the original series, including tug o' war and Battleship. It's meant for older viewers, and younger or more sensitive viewers may find some of what's featured here creepy.
Is It Any Good?
The macabre game show features contestants performing in a strange sort of cosplay, but with much higher stakes. The overall production attempts to recreate the ominous Squid Game universe by using similar music, sounds, set designs, and costumes while requiring players to compete in children's games where losing means immediate elimination. Not surprisingly, trying to be the only survivor in a simulated life-or-death game creates a lot of tension. But despite taking the loss of fellow contestants very hard, each player remains committed to sacrificing their friends, family members, and allies if it brings them one step closer to winning. Some folks may find watching players navigate Squid Game: The Challenge's weird and cut-throat reality dystopia entertaining, but the fact that it's a live-action game inspired by the morbidity and violence portrayed in a fictional series is disturbing.
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