We initially wished for Netflix to produce a beautiful, wealthy, twisting series in the manner of the historical romance novels we adored. But now, it’s gone ahead and created one.
Shonda Rimes’ first collaboration with Netflix, Bridgerton, promises a narrative about upper-crust debutantes with secrets and their struggle to marry well in Regency London. But rather than infusing that sumptuous, 19th-century setting with actual emotion and heart, the production comes across as lifeless and vacuous, like many of the aristocracies it mocks.
The answer is a resounding yes to the former, as most of Bridgerton’s cast is British, from Julie Andrews narrating as Lady Whistledown to Regé-Jean Page and Phoebe Dynevor, who play the Duke of Hastings and Daphne Bridgerton, respectively.
That’s not to say we didn’t devour the entire first season in the first place. The eight episodes of Bridgerton, written by Shondaland veteran Chris Van Dusen, speed by, and the Regency-era setting is easy to get lost in. It even incorporates two of romance’s most enticing plots: fake dating and a marriage of convenience.
Bridgerton Series: The Plot
Lady Bridgerton and her four sons, Anthony, Benedict, Colin, and Gregory, and her four daughters, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca, and Hyacinth, are central to the drama. Portia, Lady Featherington, her husband, the Baron, and their three daughters, Philippa, Prudence, and Penelope, are also included. While the Regency era in England is in full swing, eight close-knit siblings of the Bridgerton family seek love.
The story of two London households who are neighbors and the growing passion between a debutante and a mysterious duke in Bridgerton is ultimately more window dressing than substance. It revolves around shallow characters, devious matchmakers, and tedious sex scenes — and even features a disturbing onscreen rape that is never addressed. It all adds up to a binge-worthy marathon, but it’s not easy to digest.
Bridgerton Series Review
The Bridgerton Series has a Pride & Prejudice atmosphere mixed with a Gossip Girl vibe. Julia Quinn’s Historical Romance Novels Series is the inspiration for this. Eight siblings and their widowed mother make up the Bridgerton family.
The Bridgertons are well-liked and respected in British society in the novels. The Bridgertons are a devoted and close-knit family. All eight books in the series feature true love for each sibling.
Each book is set in Regency England and against the backdrop of high English society. Edmund’s older sister, Billie, took the Bridgertons back to an earlier generation in 2016. Julie Andrews, who later appears as Lady Whistledown, is the show’s narrator.
Also, because there are so many characters to follow, it may initially seem a little complicated. Still, as new families are introduced, the program will eventually make sense to you because as you watch, you will come to discover all the individuals in it. Overall, these actors have done a great job; the cast and crew are all beautiful and talented, and you’ll enjoy the series if you’ve read the books.
The Movie Culture Synopsis
Wilton House’s grounds were utilized for Hyde Park, while Somerley’s grounds were used for Hampstead Heath. The façade of Bridgerton House was inspired by Ranger’s House in Greenwich, southeast London, and RAF Halton House inspired the inside in Buckinghamshire.
The Single Cube Room of Wilton House in Salisbury was used to film the throne scenes. St. James’s Palace was a hybrid of Hampton Court Palace and Lancaster House in the series. The Bridgerton series is a must-read.
The Bridgerton series is now available to watch on Netflix.