Bridgerton blows up Netflix and blows away audiences

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“Bridgerton” is a Netflix original series that was released back in December but is still a must watch. Take it from me – I’ve watched it three times now. I’m obsessed. They just confirmed season two, and I couldn’t be more excited. This show was a huge hit and broke records. It was viewed by over 82 million accounts on Netflix, making it the most-watched series on the platform, so if you haven’t watched it, what are you doing?

“Bridgerton” takes place in England in the Regency era of the early 19th century. It follows the story of the Bridgertons’ oldest daughter Daphne and her quest to find a husband in the marriage market. It’s based on a series of novels by Julia Quinn that revolve around the eight Bridgerton children. This season was focused on Daphne, while the next season has been confirmed to focus on Anthony, the oldest son. 

To throw a wrench in the perfect plotline, there is this gossip columnist (or the equivalent in the 1800s) named Lady Whistledown. So basically this show is an old fashioned “Gossip Girl” with huge wigs and petticoats. Lady Whistledown reports on everything and anything that happens in the lives of these rich English folk, and there’s a lot to report. Balls, concerts, scandals, promenades and everything in between. If you watched and loved “Gossip Girl,” this show is for you. 

Produced by Shonda Rhimes, an icon in the TV world, this show lives up to standards. She is well known for producing and creating, “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice,” as well as serving as the executive producer of many shows like “How to Get Away with Murder,” “The Catch,” and “Station 19.” 

She is very well-versed in creating and producing drama TV shows, so “Bridgerton” was a bit different for her. It’s labeled under the romance genre, and I would say that is very accurate. Even though it’s a little different from her usual dramas, we all know she’s the queen of romantic scenes. 

The storyline, acting, wardrobe, everything was amazing. The soundtrack was my favorite though. For balls, they turned modern music into classical music by having the Vitamin String Quartet cover popular songs like “Girls Like You” by Maroon 5 or “bad guy” by Billie Eilish, two of my favorites. I love them and frequently listen to them while doing work because it’s the perfect mix between boring classical music and songs I know. 

“Bridgerton” was made up of a cast that was fairly new. This was probably the show that will bring some of these people to fame, notably Rége-Jean Page, who just hosted “SNL” last weekend—and they don’t ask just anyone to be on “SNL.” Most of these actors are English or Irish, so they’re new to viewers here in the US; however, they make up a very talented cast. I can only imagine how hard it was to wear those corsets and uncomfortable frocks for hours while filming, so props to them. They also had to speak in proper English, get the accent right, and make sure they looked like they could have existed in the 19th century. 

They did, unfortunately, get some things wrong which, of course, eagle-eyed viewers caught very quickly. In the opening scene, there were yellow lines on the cobblestone and while doing their digging critics found that those painted lines did not show up in England until the 1950s. A minor mistake if you ask me. There were also a few manhole covers they did not cover, so a tad bit inaccurate, but the show is so good, it’s not a very big deal. 

The show also does very well in terms of diversity. The creator of the show wanted to explore the conspiracy of Queen Charlotte’s possible African ancestry, so casting the Queen as a Black woman was historic. Not only did it allow other colored royals to emerge in the show like the fan favorite Duke of Hastings Simon Bassett (Rége-Jean Page), it was also incredible to see black representation in a role that was never played by a black woman before. Not to mention, Golda Rosheuvel did an amazing job. She said in an interview after the show had been released that her wig was really heavy, so props to her for being able to execute the role very well while wearing uncomfortable clothing. 

Needless to say, this show is critically acclaimed, and rightfully so. It has eight episodes, each about 50 minutes, so it’s pretty long, but it’s never dull and worth the watch. Go check it out on Netflix!