If your teens have been using troubling slang of late like “Pawn to E5,” “Castling,” and “Ponziani Opening,” we now have some evidence as to why. Netflix announced today that The Queen’s Gambit, its chess drama starring Anya Taylor-Joy, has become the most-watched Netflix original miniseries ever, with over 62 million households having taken in all the chess action.
Per Netflix, those 62 million households watched The Queen’s Gambit in its first 28 days of release. The show made Netflix’s curated “Top Ten” list in 92 different countries and topped out at number 1 in 63 countries, including the U.S. and U.K.
The Queen’s Gambit is a seven-episode miniseries produced by Scott Frank (Godless) and based on Walter Tevis’s 1983 novel of the same name. It follows Beth Harmon (Taylor-Joy), a young Kentucky orphan who is thrust into a larger world of competition and intrigue when she is revealed to be a chess prodigy. All seven episodes of the series premiered on Oct. 23 and have been quickly picking up word-of-mouth steam over the past month.
“Three years ago when Scott Frank first approached us about adapting The Queen’s Gambit – Walter Tevis’ 1983 book about a young chess prodigy – we felt it was a compelling tale,” Peter Friedlander, Netflix VP of Original Series, wrote in a blog post. “Beth is an underdog who faces addiction, loss, and abandonment. Her success – against the odds – speaks to the importance of perseverance, family, and finding, and staying true to, yourself.”