Orphaned at the tender age of nine, prodigious introvert Beth Harmon discovers and masters the game of chess in 1960s USA. But child stardom comes at a price.
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Top Rated TV #169 | Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 27 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Anya Taylor-Joy ...  Beth Harmon 7 episodes, 2020
Chloe Pirrie ...  Alice Harmon 6 episodes, 2020
Bill Camp ...  Mr. Shaibel 5 episodes, 2020
Marcin Dorocinski ...  Vasily Borgov 5 episodes, 2020
Marielle Heller ...  Alma Wheatley 5 episodes, 2020
Thomas Brodie-Sangster ...  Benny Watts 4 episodes, 2020
Moses Ingram ...  Jolene 4 episodes, 2020
Harry Melling ...  Harry Beltik 4 episodes, 2020
Isla Johnston ...  Young Beth Harmon 4 episodes, 2020
Janina Elkin ...  Borgov's Wife 4 episodes, 2020
Matthew Dennis Lewis ...  Matt 4 episodes, 2020
Russell Dennis Lewis ...  Mike 4 episodes, 2020
Patrick Kennedy ...  Allston Wheatley 3 episodes, 2020
Christiane Seidel ...  Helen Deardorff 3 episodes, 2020
Jacob Fortune-Lloyd ...  D.L. Townes 4 episodes, 2020
Akemnji Ndifornyen ...  Mr. Fergusson 3 episodes, 2020
Annabeth Kelly ...  Five-Year-Old Beth 3 episodes, 2020
Dolores Carbonari Dolores Carbonari ...  Margaret 4 episodes, 2020
Zoé Höche Zoé Höche ...  Girl #1 3 episodes, 2020
Andruscha Hilscher Andruscha Hilscher ...  Russian / ... 3 episodes, 2020
Iskander Madjitov Iskander Madjitov ...  Another Russian 3 episodes, 2020
Rebecca Root ...  Miss Lonsdale 2 episodes, 2020
Clement Guyot Clement Guyot ...  Tournament Director 2 episodes, 2020
Frederic Stromenger Frederic Stromenger ...  Man In Elevator / ... 2 episodes, 2020
Sophie McShera ...  Miss Graham 2 episodes, 2020
Katherine Towe Katherine Towe ...  Girl #2 2 episodes, 2020
Mia-Luisa Schrader Mia-Luisa Schrader ...  Girl in Elevator 2 episodes, 2020
Laura Danne Laura Danne ...  Jolene's Friend 2 episodes, 2020
Nina Herzberg Nina Herzberg ...  Margaret's Friend 2 episodes, 2020
Richard Waugh ...  Mr. Bradley 2 episodes, 2020
Marian Meder Marian Meder ...  Mr. Espero 2 episodes, 2020
Frieda Raab Frieda Raab ...  Apple Pi Girl #1 2 episodes, 2020
Sergio Di Zio ...  Beth's Father 3 episodes, 2020
Emma Henker Emma Henker ...  Giggling Girl #1 2 episodes, 2020
William Horberg ...  Toby 2 episodes, 2020
Lucy Ella von Scheele Lucy Ella von Scheele ...  Apple Pi Girl #2 2 episodes, 2020
Alva Schäfer Alva Schäfer ...  Apple Pi Girl #3 2 episodes, 2020
Marlene Leinemann Marlene Leinemann ...  Apple Pi Girl #4 2 episodes, 2020
Matteo Vinogradov Matteo Vinogradov ...  Borgov's Child 2 episodes, 2020
Max Krause Max Krause ...  Levertov 2 episodes, 2020
Ryan Wichert ...  Hilton Wexler 2 episodes, 2020
Eloise Webb ...  Annette Packer 2 episodes, 2020
Millie Brady ...  Cleo 1 episode, 2020
Rebecca Dyson-Smith ...  Stewardess 1 episode, 2020
Felice ...  Marceno / ... 1 episode, 2020
Frederik Schmid Frederik Schmid ...  Laev 1 episode, 2020
Philipp Droste Philipp Droste ...  Tournament Director 1 episode, 2020
Nikolai Jegorow Nikolai Jegorow ...  Russian Teacher 1 episode, 2020
Daniel Brunet ...  Man at Sign in Table 1 episode, 2020
Maximilian Frisch Maximilian Frisch ...  Young Borgov 1 episode, 2020
Sam Gilroy ...  Tim 1 episode, 2020
Sophia Frank Sophia Frank ...  Barbara 1 episode, 2020
Raphael Keric ...  Someone 1 episode, 2020
Adrian Hagenguth Adrian Hagenguth ...  Middle Aged Man 1 episode, 2020
Salber Lee Williams ...  Eileen 1 episode, 2020
Alexander Albrecht ...  Manfredi 1 episode, 2020
Ilja Roßbander Ilja Roßbander ...  Rudolph 1 episode, 2020
Simon Jensen Simon Jensen ...  Alec Bergland 1 episode, 2020
Jeremy Mockridge ...  Friedman 1 episode, 2020
Frederik Funke Frederik Funke ...  Third Opponent 1 episode, 2020
Alec Dahmer ...  Teenage Reporter 1 episode, 2020
Simon Jansen Simon Jansen ...  Alec Bergland 1 episode, 2020
Samantha Soule ...  Miss Jean Blake 1 episode, 2020
Uke Bosse ...  Another Reporter 1 episode, 2020
Ben Gageik Ben Gageik ...  Weiss 1 episode, 2020
Pia Schlipphak Pia Schlipphak ...  Mrs. Macarthur 1 episode, 2020
Drew Doyle ...  Cop #1 1 episode, 2020
Dmitriy Frid Dmitriy Frid ...  Russian Reporter 1 episode, 2020
David Gorelik David Gorelik ...  Boy 1 episode, 2020
Pablo Scola ...  Manuel 1 episode, 2020
Peter Gilbert Cotton ...  Lutheran Minister 1 episode, 2020
Paul Johnston ...  Cop #2 1 episode, 2020
Frédéric Vonhof Frédéric Vonhof ...  Paris Waiter 1 episode, 2020
Jenny Galloway ...  Matron 1 episode, 2020
Lily Lesser Lily Lesser ...  Girl in Lunchroom 1 episode, 2020
Charlotte Lucas Charlotte Lucas ...  Mrs. Dodge 1 episode, 2020
Rahul Chakraborty Rahul Chakraborty ...  Vendor 1 episode, 2020
Nicky Goldie ...  Mrs. Blocker 1 episode, 2020
Maximilian Diehle Maximilian Diehle ...  French Guy #1 1 episode, 2020
Maria Heinsch Maria Heinsch ...  Giggling Girl #2 1 episode, 2020
John Schwab ...  Mr. Booth 1 episode, 2020
Paul Walther Paul Walther ...  Vendor #2 1 episode, 2020
Lukas Huber Lukas Huber ...  French Guy #2 1 episode, 2020
Juri Padel Juri Padel ...  Russian Limo Driver 1 episode, 2020
Evgenij Verenin Evgenij Verenin ...  Russian Radio Announcer 1 episode, 2020
Konstantin Frank ...  Russian Tournament Director 1 episode, 2020
Jennifer Haas Jennifer Haas ...  Mary-Sue 1 episode, 2020
Marja Haensch Marja Haensch ...  Giggling Girl #2 1 episode, 2020
Marcus Loges Marcus Loges ...  Luchenko 1 episode, 2020
Rosalie Craig Rosalie Craig ...  Librarian 1 episode, 2020
Tim Kalkhof ...  Roger 1 episode, 2020
Ben Moor ...  Mr. Hume 1 episode, 2020
Alberto Ruano ...  Director 1 episode, 2020
Colin Stinton ...  Chennault 1 episode, 2020
Michel Diercks ...  Duhamel 1 episode, 2020
Jan Nahuel Häfliger Jan Nahuel Häfliger ...  Alberto Diaz 1 episode, 2020
Elvis Nowatzki Elvis Nowatzki ...  Margaret's Boyfriend 2 episodes, 2020
Ben Posener ...  Guy 1 episode, 2020
Matthew Rowsell ...  Mowing Boy 1 episode, 2020
Dora Zygouri Dora Zygouri ...  Girl in Line 1 episode, 2020
Hugo Grimm ...  Hellstrom 1 episode, 2020
William von Tagen ...  Other Player 1 episode, 2020
Adrian Zwicker Adrian Zwicker ...  Diedrich 1 episode, 2020
Louis Ashbourne Serkis ...  Girev 1 episode, 2020
Vlad Chiriac Vlad Chiriac ...  Shapkin 1 episode, 2020
Anna Hauss Anna Hauss ...  Singer at Piano 1 episode, 2020
Jonjo O'Neill ...  Mr. Ganz 1 episode, 2020
Till Trenkel Till Trenkel ...  Flento 1 episode, 2020
Josepha Walter Josepha Walter ...  Local Makeout Girl 2 episodes, 2020
Ricky Watson ...  Paul Tix / ... 1 episode, 2020
Marc Bergemann Marc Bergemann ...  Local Makeout Boy 2 episodes, 2020
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Nine year-old orphan Beth Harmon is quiet, sullen, and by all appearances unremarkable. That is, until she plays her first game of chess. Her senses grow sharper, her thinking clearer, and for the first time in her life she feels herself fully in control. By the age of sixteen, she's competing for the U.S. Open championship. But as Beth hones her skills on the professional circuit, the stakes get higher, her isolation grows more frightening, and the thought of escape becomes all the more tempting. Based on the book by Walter Tevis.

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Trivia

Not only was Bruce Pandolfini a consultant for this TV series; almost forty years earlier, he had also served as a chess consultant and proofreader for the original source novel. Author Walter Tevis thanks Pandolfini for this contribution in the novel's acknowledgments. In a 2020 article in Chess Life Magazine, Pandolfini also says that he was the one who suggested the title "The Queen's Gambit" for the book. See more »

Goofs

Characters throughout the series mistake Beth's age. According to time stamps given throughout the series her age should be 15 at the time of adoption and winning her first and second chess tournaments in 1963. In 1966 she would 18, and by series end 20 years old. See more »

Quotes

Harry Beltik: Anger's a potent spice. A pinch wakes you up. Too much dulls your senses.
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Beautiful. Just Beautiful.
24 October 2020 | by ccrisssSee all my reviews

Watched it all in one night. I didn't think a story about chess would keep me interested. But this one got me deeply invested. Because this is not just about the game of chess, it's so much more.

Ultimately, what I cared about wasn't just the game anymore, it was the person. I was rooting for her. I really cared what would happen to her and that's probably the most essential thing for me when watching any tv series.

What made me attached to this character was how I saw her grow up from a little orphan girl, witnessing her from the first chess game all the way to the end and everything in between. I was enthralled, inspired, moved, proud. Had me in tears too. Excellent cast, story, cinematography, writing, everything. Thank you for this. Thank you.


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Release Date:

23 October 2020 (USA) See more »

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