Regarded as Netflix’s biggest series at launch, Squid Game is a survival drama series created by Hwang Dong-hyuk. Debuting on September 17, 2021, the series revolves around a contest in which contestants who are in financial debt play children’s games with deadly consequences. The title of the series is drawn from a Korean children’s game, with Hwang having conceived the idea based off of his early economic struggles. Upon release, the series was met with critical acclaim and has since been regarded as a pop culture phenomenon. In November 2021, Hwang confirmed a second season of the series is currently in the works.