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Is The Queen’s Gambit Kid Friendly? Parents Guide

Wondering if The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix is ok for kids? Rated TV-MA for language, smoking, drug use, and sexual content, The Queen’s Gambit is not recommended for kids under 16. Here’s what parents need to know in The Queen’s Gambit Parents Guide. 

Is The Queen's Gambit kid friendly?

The Queen’s Gambit Parents Guide

Not only is The Queen’s Gambit a movie about chess, it’s also about addiction, obsession, and really the journey into Beth Harmon’s (Anya Taylor-Joy) mind.

After the death of her mother, Elizabeth is sent to an orphanage, and there she is introduced to chess by a janitor and realizes she’s good. Beth is eventually adopted and begins to play chess tournaments to win money. Amidst personal tragedy and inner demons, she spirals into addiction and must figure out how she will becomes the World’s Chess Champion.

Here’s what parents need to know.

The Queen's Gambit Parents Guide

Language

There is a lot of language in The Queen’s Gambit including many f-words, a–, a–hole, g-ddammit, damn, sh–, and c-cksucker all throughout the series.

Mature Content

The Queen’s Gambit is rated TV-MA for many reasons. While there isn’t explicit nudity, there are several sex scenes and implied sexual encounters. You see characters without clothes and bare backs or chests, perhaps a little side boob, but nothing full-on. There’s heavy breathing, thrusting, moaning, etc. You also see characters in bra and underwear.

Two characters are making out and one gropes the other under her shirt. An older girl describes to a younger girl the meaning of c-cksucker.

The series is also heavy on addiction and there are many scenes of alcohol and substance abuse. This could be hard for teens going through a similar situation or those with friends or family going through it. Children are given pills to tranquilize them.

There is a car accident that results in a death.

Is The Queen’s Gambit Appropriate for Kids Under 16?

Ultimately, The Queen’s Gambit can be very dark, and I would recommend it for adults. Anya Taylor-Joy is remarkable as Beth Harmon and her story is sad, yet fascinating. She is often overlooked as a woman in a man’s competitive chess world. Her struggles eventually make her stronger, but she is fueled by addiction.

Beth is honest, vulnerable, lonely, and witty. While this one may not be for kids, The Queen’s Gambit will have you rooting for Beth to get her life together and get the wins she needs. 

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Lily

Wednesday 7th of April 2021

Hi Mrs. Tania! I had a few questions if that is okay… So i am 14 year old but i am really picky about my shows… My parents do think I can handle shows like Cobra Kai and Agents of shield which does have similar stuff as this show… hearing that would you recommend this to a mature 14 year old?

Lily

Thursday 8th of April 2021

@tanialamb, Thank you for replying :) I love your reviews about the shows and movies. It really sums up everything and it helps me see all the content :)

tanialamb

Wednesday 7th of April 2021

Well Agents of SHIELD is different than this and even more tame than Cobra Kai in my opinion. The Queen's Gambit is a really good show, but it does have drug use and mental illness, so if you think that's something you can handle, then maybe.

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Yogi

Monday 23rd of November 2020

Hi there, fantastic guide! I find commonsensemedia.com doesn't help me much because it's user-review driven and so many parents are prudes, so every show that has sh*t and a kissing scene is canned. Your style and the consistency very helpful. Please keep it up! Will keep checking back. Do you take requests/suggestions of what to review? You should start a rival site to commonsense - you could become the default :)

tanialamb

Tuesday 24th of November 2020

Thank you! I do take suggestions on what to review. I don't have a team, only a couple of helpers, so sometimes I can't get to everything, but I'm happy to take recommendations!

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