15 most overrated Netflix shows of 2020

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Best Netflix shows of 2021 - The Queen's Gambit season 2 must-watch shows on Netflix
THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT (L to R) ANYA TAYLOR-JOY as BETH HARMON in episode 106 of THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT Cr. PHIL BRAY/NETFLIX © 2020 /

Overrated Netflix shows: The Queen’s Gambit

Seasons: 1

Created By: Scott Frank and Allan Scott

Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Bill Camp, Moses Ingram, Christiane Seidel, Rebecca Root, Chloe Pirrie, Akemnji Ndifornyen, Marielle Heller, Harry Melling, Patrick Kennedy, Jacob Fortune-Lloyd, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Marcin Dorociński

Why It’s Overrated: When a new Netflix show explodes into widespread popularity, we’re prone to one of two responses: Avoid watching it because of its overexposure in the online discourse or jump on the bandwagon. There’s no judgment for whichever camp you happen to fall into, but if you identify with the former, then you probably feel as though The Queen’s Gambit, the latest hit Netflix limited series, is overhyped and overrated.

Based on the novel of the same name by Walter Tevis, The Queen’s Gambit stars Anya Taylor-Joy as Beth Harmon, an orphan and chess prodigy battling personal issues and working to become the world’s best chess player. Beth develops relationships with fellow players and opponents, such as Benny (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) and D.L. Townes (Jacob Fortune-Lloyd). Taking place in the 1950s and 1960s, The Queen’s Gambit tracks Beth’s struggles with drug and alcohol addiction, which only seem to grow as she becomes more and more financially successful as a chess player.

The Queen’s Gambit debuted on Netflix in October 2020 and rose in ubiquity through positive word of mouth. It doesn’t hurt that the miniseries holds a perfect 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. After one month of streaming, the series had been watched by 62 million households, rising through the ranks as an unlikely sensation. While The Queen’s Gambit will clearly be an front-runner at next year’s Emmy Awards, time will truly tell if the series is still regarded as one of the best of 2020, or if it will be an overrated guilty pleasure.