Limited Series Review: Queen’s Gambit (Netflix)

Series Blurb:

Orphaned at 9, prodigious introvert Beth Harmon discovers and masters the game of chess in 1960s USA. But, child stardom comes at a price.

My Review:

This limited series was amazing! I watched it at the suggestion of my great friend Stacy, and true to form, her recommendation was well-made.

This series follows the life of Beth Harmon, an orphan who discovers she has an incredible knack for playing chess. Throughout the years she rises to the top of the world, but not without personal struggles.

The character of Beth Harmon was extremely original in my eyes. Unlike the women of her era, she sets herself apart with her need for independence and no nonsense. Her journey was intriguing and always entertaining, and it was easy to root for her when she ran into obstacles of life. I especially liked viewing her struggle with tranquilizers. It really gave some food for thought.

I also really enjoyed the characters of Jolene, her adoptive mother, and Mr. Shaibel. They were a strong supporting cast.

I don’t know much about chess, but it was fun to learn little bits here and there while I watched, even though it’s not necessary to enjoy this. Even if this isn’t your typical cup of tea, I highly recommend checking out this limited series. It’s easily one of my favorite from Netflix for this year.

Happy watching!


Final Score



That’s it for this series review. How about you? Have you seen this one?

Did you enjoy it? Love it, hate it? Feel free to comment, and have a great day!


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  1. Both Dear Husband and I liked this series too! So did Peter Germany (author over in Wales who mentioned the show on his blog). I was holding my breath at the end . . . who knew chess could be so exciting?:-)

    • Yay! I think the general reception of this show shows that everyone is cuckoo over it. I know pretty much nothing about chess but it was riveting. I agree with you. Those last battles I was gritting my teeth.

    • Yeah, I think you have to be in the right mindset to watch this one. I’m used to watching horror and fantasy stuff, but it was a refreshing change of pace. Promise it’s worth it!

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