Netflix’s ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ Is A Must-Watch Ode To Female Empowerment And Vintage Fashion

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This year, we’ve seen a plethora of TV shows that made us laugh, made us cry or even scared us half to death—thank you, spooky season.

But if there’s anything that we’ve learned, it’s that TV shows and films about women defying the odds are all we want to watch right now.

And thanks to Netflix, we have a new series to add to our rotation.

Introducing The Queen’s Gambit.

Having dropped in late October, the series follows an orphaned chess prodigy struggling with drug addiction who must prove herself in an industry riddled with men. Set in the late 1950s, The Queen’s Gambit is not only a lesson in female empowerment, but shows that conquering the patriarchy while looking chic is entirely possible.

Fascinated? Keep reading for everything you need to know about the series from the plot and cast members to where you can stream it in Australia.

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What Is The Plot Of The Queen’s Gambit?

A limited-series, The Queen’s Gambit is a seven-episode series adaptation of a novel by Walter Trevis. Based in the late 1950s to early ’60s, the series follows the adolescent life of Beth Harmon starting with her time in an orphanage, where she developed a drug addiction and is taught chess by a janitor who helps unlock her genius and hidden talent.

Over time, Beth must control her addiction while pursuing her dream of becoming a chess grandmaster. She enters tournament after tournament, befuddling the chess community—almost completely made up of men—as she fights her way to the top.

Alongside the impressive chess matches, Beth builds a tender relationship with her adoptive mother, Mrs. Alma Wheatley, which is both heartening and heartbreaking over the course of seven episodes.

But don’t take our word for it, check out the trailer below to see for yourself.

WATCH BELOW: The Queen’s Gambit Trailer

Who Is Cast In The Queen’s Gambit?

As per every Netflix creation, the cast list is riddled with star power. Leading the cast is Anya Taylor-Joy (Emma) as chess prodigy Beth Harmon and Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Love Actually) as Benny Watts.

Joining the two are Harry Melling (Harry Potter) as Harry Beltik, Jacob Fortune-Lloyd (Star Wars) as Townes, Moses Ingram (Macbeth) as Jolene and Marielle Heller (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) as Mrs. Alma Wheatley.

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Where Can We Watch The Queen’s Gambit In Australia?

Looking for your next binge-watch? The Queen’s Gambit is available to stream on Netflix.

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