Shows Like Squid Game
While we endure the long wait for a second season of the hit Netflix series Squid Game, we can binge-watch these six similar shows.
Hwang Dong-hyuk’s Netflix series Squid Game is a smash, but we won’t see a second season until late 2023 or early 2024. In the meantime, here are six similar shows that should scratch your itch for dystopian death-puzzle madness.
Photo credit: Apple TV+ (Severance) and Viacom (Squidward).
Severance | Apple TV Plus
Loaded with mystery, isolation, and high stakes, Severance follows people who’ve surgically separated their work and personal lives. Their “innies” toil deep in the bowels of Lumon Industries, while their “outies” enjoy total ignorance of their 9-to-5 grind. Except Lumon’s creepy micromanagers tend to violate work/life balance, and outies won’t let innies quit.
Stream Severance on Apple TV+.
Money Heist | Netflix
Sure, this Spanish sensation is a heist story, but a heist is a zero-sum game—just like Squid Games’ challenges—that the crew, mostly isolated within the Royal Mint of Spain, must win or die trying. One big difference, though, is that the crew’s leader, The Professor, is the one playing crafty games.
Stream Money Heist on Netflix.
Money Heist: Korea—Joint Economic Area | Netflix
This just-released Money Heist adaption tells the same story as the original, but with a few tweaks and twists. And the biggest twist (this is not a spoiler) is the setting: a unified North and South Korea (that’s not as harmonious as it sounds).
Stream Money Heist: Korea—Joint Economic Area on Netflix.
Panic | Amazon Prime Video
In this one-season-and-done series, high school graduates compete in an annual series of perilous dares to be the sole winner of a $50,000 prize. Winning is also a chance to escape their small-town Texas lives, while losing could mean death. Whatever happened to garden-variety college prep courses?
Stream Panic on Amazon Prime Video.
An octopus, forced to wear a squid’s name, lives in a place called Bikini Bottom but has no pants—and he’s tortured daily by the silly games of a sponge and a starfish who do have pants. It’s dystopia under the sea!