The Queen's Gambit: Season 1

The Queen's Gambit: Season 1

The Queen's Gambit: Season 1

Anya Taylor-Joy (Emma.) leads this mini-series adaptation of Walter Tevis' 1950s-set novel as teenage chess genius Beth Harmon. Turning to the game after being orphaned, young Beth also takes a liking to the tranquilisers handed out at the orphanage where she learns her way around the board. As Beth's abilities attract attention she begins to rise up the ranks of the chess world, but her struggles with addiction and loneliness will prove every bit as challenging as the human opponents she seeks to vanquish.

2020USANetflix
DramaSportHistorical

Streaming (1 Provider)

EPISODE 1.1
23 October 2020

Openings

Sent to an orphanage at age 9, Beth develops an uncanny knack for chess — and a growing dependence on the green tranquilizers given to the children.

EPISODE 1.2
23 October 2020

Exchanges

Suddenly plunged into a confusing new life in suburbia, teenage Beth studies her high school classmates and hatches a plan to enter a chess tournament.

EPISODE 1.3
23 October 2020

Doubled Pawns

The trip to Cincinnati launches Beth and her mother into a whirlwind of travel and press coverage. Beth sets her sights on the U.S. Open in Las Vegas.

EPISODE 1.4
23 October 2020

Middle Game

Russian class opens the door to a new social scene. In Mexico City, Beth meets the intimidating Borgov, while her mother cozies up to a pen pal.

EPISODE 1.5
23 October 2020

Fork

Back home in Kentucky, a shaken Beth reconnects with a former opponent who offers to help sharpen her game ahead of the U.S. Championship.

EPISODE 1.6
23 October 2020

Adjournment

After training with Benny in New York, Beth heads to Paris for her rematch with Borgov. But a wild night sends her into a self-destructive spiral.

EPISODE 1.7
23 October 2020

End Game

A visit from an old friend forces Beth to reckon with her past and rethink her priorities — just in time for the biggest match of her life.

The Queen's Gambit: Season 1 / Reviews

Radio New Zealand

Radio New Zealand

Great entertainment and absolutely flies by.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

As with Godless, a lot of this story’s flaws and superficiality only become obvious because of how long it lingers, while the parts that are excellent (Taylor-Joy’s performance, the technical mastery) wouldn’t be diminished in a more abridged version of the tale.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

“Gambit” never quite gets back to the charm of its Dickensian opening chapter, though, and it gets thinner as it goes along. Frank pulls off his combination of themes with a lot of old-Hollywood-style skill, but in the mix, neither the sports nor the personal-demons story line hits the levels of visceral excitement or emotional payoff that you might want. In the end, it was an admirable package that I wanted to love more than I did.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

It's a stylish period piece with the rambling-years momentum of a John Irving novel. Luscious production design and a darkly fascinating lead performance duel against mawkish sentiment and a messy final act. It's always fun to watch, even when it's playing emotional checkers.

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Variety

Variety

“The Queen’s Gambit” becomes very shrewd about its choices and keeps the narrative going at an impressively fast clip — making it a sharp, welcome contrast to the all too many lethargic streaming dramas out there.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Taylor-Joy's tour de force performance — one that deserves awards recognition over the months to come — is integral to the success of The Queen's Gambit, but it's far from the seven-episode saga's only asset.

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Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

It absorbs the viewer into the rarefied realm of world-class competition and acquaints the nonplayer with enough of the mechanics to make the outcomes accessible and meaningful. ... If there are awards to be had, Ms. Heller and Ms. Taylor-Joy should get them. ... Ms. Taylor-Joy is really the beginning and endgame of “The Queen’s Gambit,” and gives a performance that is as precisely physical as it is emotional.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

At this point, any hour-long drama that forsakes intellectual property, narrative histrionics and expensive special effects in favor of psychological realism represents a welcome change of pace. And one as excellent as The Queen’s Gambit feels very rare indeed. ... A transcendent performance by Anya Taylor-Joy. ... One of the year’s most fascinating TV characters.

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