Squid Game Takes No. 1 Spot on Most Favorite Korean Drama in 2021

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Squid Game is not yet done in bringing home trophies and recognitions months after the series became a gamechanger.

Netflix saw a spike in its monthly views again soon after Squid Game arrived on Sep. 17, 2021. It became the streaming giant’s most-watched series at that time, scoring the top spots in 94 countries and having 1.65 billion viewing hours during its first four weeks.

The series’ storyline surely played a huge role in making it a hit, as it offered hair-raising scenes featuring 456 players who are in financial debt and desperate to win the game’s grand prize.

Before its second season arrives to explain the game’s origin, Squid Game enjoys the attention it gets from fans even after it lost the most-watched title on Netflix already.

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Squid Game is the Most Favorite Korean Drama in 2021

The Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism and the Korean Foundation for International Cultural Exchange conducted a survey to determine the Hallyu trends last year. The result saw Squid Game as the Most Popular Korean Drama, beating several award-winning TV series by A-list celebrities.

According to The Korea Times, 8,500 from 18 countries – Thailand, the US, Brazil, and France, among others – participated in the survey. Hwang Dong-Hyuk’s masterpiece left another great impression and scored 21.2 percent from the audience.

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It beat TvN’s Crash Landing on You, which previously landed first in the survey in 2020. Meanwhile, Vicenzo ranked third at 1.9 percent.

The Most Favorite Korean Drama in 2021 recognition came after the series continuously earned accolades in the past months. For this year, Squid Game was nominated by Visual Effects Society Awards for Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode and American Cinema Editors Awards for Best Edited Drama Series.

Other Korean Acts Recognized

Aside from Squid Game, other Korean acts also topped the survey’s other categories.

BTS became the most popular K-pop artist with a 26.7 percent vote. This marked their fourth year winning the award. Its current score is more than double what BLACKPINK earned, which is 10.4 percent.

Soloist IU secured the third spot with 2.8 percent.


Other categories include top actor (Lee Min Ho), top film (Parasite), top animation (Larva), and top online games (PUBG: Battlegrounds).

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