Televised entertainment is more in demand than ever during these unprecedented times, in which we’re barely able to socialize with our loved ones. With that in mind, Netflix continues to deliver with a never-ending stream of classic sitcoms, hit specials, and viral content.
Most recently, The Queen’s Gambit, caught the attention of viewers all over the world. The series is based on Walter Tevis’ 1983 novel, which tells the story of fictional chess prodigy Beth Harmon (portrayed in the series by Annabeth Kelly, Isla Johnston, and Anya Taylor-Joy).
“A record-setting 62 million households chose to watch The Queen’s Gambit in its first 28 days, making it Netflix’s biggest scripted limited series to date,” Netflix announced this morning, Nov. 23. “More fun facts related to The Queen’s Gambit: ♕ The series made the Top 10 in 92 countries & ranked #1 in 63 countries ♕ The novel has entered The New York Times bestseller list, 37 years after its release ♕ Google searches for ‘How To Play Chess’ have hit a nine-year peak,” the streaming giant adds.
Earlier this month, Anya thanked her fans for all the love, writing via Instagram “I cannot begin to express how deeply moved I am by the reaction to The Queen’s Gambit. THANK YOU for the love you have shown Beth. We went on such an unbelievable journey together and I’m glad you folks buckled in for the ride 🤗 Sending love and healing to everyone out there, stay safe🐞🖤.”
Have you tuned in yet? Check out a few reactions from fans of the show below.
love Anya so much on Queen's Gambit (and peaky!) I wonder how much the sales have gone up on chess boards.
— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) November 23, 2020
*watches one episode of The Queen’s Gambit*
— QT 🦇 (@joelisalright) November 21, 2020
Just finished The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix. That was a phenomenal show from start to finish.
I’ve played chess since I was 8 years old when my grandpa taught me. I need to start playing again more consistently.
— Jack “CouRage” Dunlop (@CouRageJD) November 22, 2020