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‘Queen’s Gambit’ Is Netflix’s Biggest Hit. Would Disney Make It?

The show is in so many ways the quintessential hit of Netflix’s first decade streaming. But maybe not the next one.

Anya Taylor-Joy stars in “The Queen’s Gambit.”
Anya Taylor-Joy stars in “The Queen’s Gambit.”Source: Netflix

Netflix says “The Queen’s Gambit” is the most-watched limited series in its history. Some 62 million households saw the show about a chess prodigy in its first four weeks of release. 

"The Queen's Gambit" is the quintessential Netflix hit, a scripted drama created by an award-winning filmmaker about a flawed protagonist that explores a very specific corner of the world. It’s the type of hit Netflix excelled at in its earliest days, and had struggled to find at times in the past year or two.