Squid Game Makes Emmys History With Outstanding Drama Series Nomination

By Rebecca Theodore-Vachon 

The 74th Annual Emmy Awards nominations were announced on Tuesday, and Squid Game made history as the first non-English series to be nominated for Outstanding Drama Series. The show received 14 Emmy nominations.

The South Korean survival series, created by Hwang Dong-hyuk, which premiered on Netflix in September 2021, stars Lee Jung-Jae as a divorced father with massive gambling debt who enters a competition with a series of deadly children’s games to win the equivalent of $38 million. Squid Game became a global phenomenon, pulling in over 1.65 billion viewing hours within its first four weeks. Netflix recently confirmed a Season 2 renewal and a reality competition show based on the series.

Stranger Things garnered 13 Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series, but no acting, writing or directing nods. Its 12 other nominations were in the technical categories like makeup, production design, editing and stunt work.


The Apple TV+ comedy Ted Lasso received 20 Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Comedy Series and acting nominations for lead actor Jason Sudeikis; Hannah Waddingham and Juno Temple for Outstanding Supporting Actress; and Brett Goldstein for Outstanding Supporting Actor.

Hulu also landed a whopping 58 nominations, including 17 for the murder mystery comedy Only Murders In The Building and 14 for the limited series Dopesick, starring Michael Keaton and Rosario Dawson.