If there’s one Netflix show viewers across the globe can’t get enough of, it’s the critically acclaimed period drama miniseries The Queen’s Gambit. Based on Walter Tevis’ 1983 novel of the same name, the series focuses on the rise and rise of chess prodigy, Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy) during the 1960s. It’s a classic rags-to-riches tale of a young orphan who battles her addiction to drugs and alcohol as she ascends the heights of competitive chess.
The miniseries, which holds an 8.8/10 score on IMDB and was released on October 23 is still topic du jour among people who’ve watched it, are re-watching it, or have just discovered it. Thanks to this, it has emerged as Netflix’s most-watched scripted limited series with over 62 million member accounts tuning in to watch what The Guardian called “Netflix’s gorgeous Walter Tevis adaptation.”
The numbers don’t end there. The Queen’s Gambit (read our review here) has had such an impressive run that:
It’s made it to the top ten most-watched web series on Netflix in 92 countries.
Ranked #one as the most-watched web series on Netflix in 63 countries.
Landed Tevis’ novel on The New York Times bestseller list, 37 years after its release.
Google searches for ‘how to play chess’ hit a nine-year peak.
Online market portals have seen the sales of chess boards increase in triple digits.