Netflix‘s The Queen’s Gambit has left its mark on the streaming giant. The new TV show from creator/showrunner Scott Frank starring Anya Taylor-Joy has set a viewership record at Netflix, making it the biggest scripted limited series to date. Adapted from Walter Tevis‘ 1983 New York Times bestseller of the same name, The Queen’s Gambit uses its seven-episode runtime to tell the story of Beth Harmon (Taylor-Joy), a chess prodigy who grapples with the pressures of a rising star in the world of chess with the personal demons arising out of a fraught childhood in the mid-20th century.
Frank shared a statement with The Hollywood Reporter on The Queen’s Gambit‘s reported success at Netflix. The limited series creator commented, “I am both delighted and dazed by the response. It’s just all way beyond what any of us could have imagined. But speaking for my fellow producers and the entire cast and crew of the show, every one of whom made me look better than I actually am, we are most grateful that so many took the time to watch our show,” before going on to joke, “And we all look forward to bringing you our Yahtzee limited series next.”