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.

A Photoshopped image that puts Squidward into a scene from Severance.

Photo credit: Apple TV+ (Severance) and Viacom (Squidward).

How can I watch Squid Game?

The wildly popular series Squid Game is a Netflix original series, meaning you can stream it only on . . . (Come on, you’ve got this . . . Starts with an N, ends with an x . . . )

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.

Custom streaming bundles

We love mixing and matching streaming services to create more affordability, flexibility, and relevant content than traditional TV providers. In our guide, 9 Streaming Bundles to Replace Cable, we’ve created custom streaming bundles for binge-watchers, busy parents, film fanatics, sports nerds, and more. We also show you how to create your own custom bundle.

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.

Alice in Borderland | Netflix

While hiding from the cops, three Japanese slackers are transported to an alternate, deserted version of Tokyo, where they must compete in a series of stressful timed games in which lasers ventilate the losers’ heads.

Stream Alice in Borderland on Netflix.

Spongebob Squarepants | Paramount Plus, 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!

Stream Spongebob Squarepants on Paramount+ (seasons 1–12) or Amazon Prime Video (seasons 1–6).

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