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    10 Reasons To Watch "The Queen's Gambit" Immediately

    Checkmate.

    The Queen's Gambit is one of the most-watched shows on Netflix right now, which isn't surprising at all.

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    The limited series stars Anya Taylor-Joy as a chess prodigy who overcomes substance abuse issues and a troubled past while trying to become the best player in the world.

    ANYA TAYLOR-JOY as BETH HARMON in THE QUEEN'S GAMBIT.
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    If you haven't started watching it yet, you don't know what you're missing. Here's 10 reasons why The Queen's Gambit should be your next binge-watch.

    ANYA TAYLOR-JOY as BETH HARMON in episode 102 of THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT.
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    1. Anya Taylor-Joy's amazing performance.

    ANYA TAYLOR-JOY as BETH HARMON in episode 105 of THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT.
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    From her breakout performance in 2015's The Witch and roles in M. Night Shyamalan's Split and Glass to her titular turn in this year's beautiful Emma, Taylor-Joy has already become a top acting talent — and her turn as chess prodigy Beth Harmon in The Queen's Gambit is more proof of her intimidating emotional range.

    2. The actor who portrays young Beth Harmon is great too.

    ISLA JOHNSTON as BETH (ORPHANAGE) in episode 101 of THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT.
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    The Queen's Gambit starts off by showing us Beth's early childhood years in an orphanage, and Isla Johnston does an excellent job of charismatically portraying young Beth.

    3. Bill Camp kills it as young Beth's mentor.

    ISLA JOHNSTON as BETH (ORPHANAGE) and BILL CAMP as MR. SHAIBEL in episode 101 of THE QUEEN'S GAMBIT
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    Bill Camp is one of the ultimate "Hey, I recognize that guy!" character actors, and he stars in The Queen Gambit's early episodes as the orphanage janitor who teaches young Beth the ways of the chessboard.

    4. Marielle Heller shines in a rare acting role.

    ANYA TAYLOR-JOY as BETH HARMON and MARIELLE HELLER as ALMA WHEATLEY in episode 102 of THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT.
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    Marielle Heller is known more for her directing work than her acting roles: She helmed 2018's underrated Can You Ever Forgive Me? and last year's Tom Hanks–starring Mr. Rogers biopic A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. But she's pitch-perfect as Beth's adoptive mother Alma Wheatley, turning in a funny and empathetic performance.

    5. Scott Frank's top-notch writing and direction.

    ANYA TAYLOR-JOY as BETH HARMON and JACOB FORTUNE-LLOYD as TOWNES in episode 103 of THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT.
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    As a screenwriter, Frank has two Oscar noms under his belt for 1998's Out of Sight and 2017's Logan. So, he knows what he's doing with the pen — but his second time behind the camera for a Netflix limited series (his first was Godless in 2017) is a showcase of his estimable talent helming projects, too.

    6. Dudley Dursley's an adult now.

    HARRY MELLING as HARRY BELTIK in episode 105 of THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT
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    'Memba him? He's all grown-up.

    7. Harry Melling isn't the only familiar face, either...

    THOMAS BRODIE-SANGSTER as BENNY in episode 103 of THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT.
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    Recognize this guy? That's Thomas Brodie-Sangster, who played the lovestruck kid in Love Actually as well as playing Jojen Reed in Game of Thrones.

    8. The set designs are a period piece feast for the eyes.

    ANYA TAYLOR-JOY as BETH HARMON in episode 102 of THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT.
    Ken Woroner / Netflix

    The Queen's Gambit is set during the Cold War era of the mid-1950s into the late-1960s, and the show's set design is rich with detail when it comes to evoking its temporal setting.

    9. And so are the wardrobe choices.

    ANYA TAYLOR-JOY as BETH HARMON in episode 106 of THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT
    Phil Bray / Netflix

    Similar to the beloved TV show Mad Men, The Queen's Gambit oozes style, with every costume choice expertly handled by costume designer Gabriele Binder.

    10. Above all else, it's all about the chess.

    ANYA TAYLOR-JOY as BETH HARMON in episode 106 of THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT.
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    The Queen's Gambit is about a lot of things — finding your own family in the world, struggling with addiction, the pursuit of greatness at all costs — but it's really about chess. There's so much chess, in fact, that you just might be inspired to get into chess yourself. Isn't picking up a new hobby great?

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