Bridgerton is a period drama series created by Chris Van Dusen and produced by Shonda Rhimes. The series stars Phoebe Dynevor, Ruth Gemmell, Regé-Jean Page, Adjoa Andoh and Julie Andrews, along with other cast members. It is based on Julia Quinn’s best-selling novels by the same name.
Bridgerton, Netflix’s new Victorian-era love story, is rather a delight to watch. All downsides aside, this one’s that bingeable delight that you’ve been waiting for for some time, and Shonda Rhimes, always known for her scandalous tales, does not fail to deliver. There’s something about Period stories – especially ones that are as sexy and beautiful as this one.
The first season of Bridgerton follows Daphne, the eldest of the Bridgerton daughters, as she enters the ravenous world of marriage season. I say ravenous because it’s nothing less than that. Mothers make it a time for their eligible daughters and sons to frolic in hopes of finding the right suitors, and the series does not shy away from making it known that this is more important for the women than for the men. It is absolutely necessary for Daphne to find a suitor this season, otherwise, she might just be reduced to -gasp- a spinster.
With that in mind, in comes the dashing duke called Simon, a man with a lot of baggage and who is not interested to marry. They come to a mutually beneficial decision of helping each other, but will this result in the two invariably falling in love?
The first season, as I have mentioned, is a delight for all of those gossip-hungry people who need something dazzling to latch on to (guilty!). Bridgerton delivers some social commentary about women’s place in the society but all the while keeping to extremely entertaining and salacious. I say salacious because there’s so much underlying sexual tension (and sex) in this series that it’d make you tear your hair out.
Bridgerton is narrated by Lady Whistledown, a woman whom no one knows but who knows everyone and everything. Her writings drive the story forward and are one of the most interesting things about the series. Oh, and may I say that Lady Whistledown is voiced by Julie Andrews? I don’t think anything else matters after that.
But this series is not just about Daphne and Simon. It also features several other characters, whose stories also grow and interweave the primary story, giving it more flesh and meat. It’s delightful to watch these people traverse through this complicated time and to see their pain, frustrations, happiness and sadness. It’s not just good or bad, every character has a past that gives them more dimensions and makes them interesting.
Bridgerton, with its 8 episodes, makes you want to binge-watch all of it in one sitting. Every time you near the end of an episode, you want to watch more. You need to know what is in store for the Bridgertons and the Featheringtons and everyone else. You also must know what Lady Whistledown has to say next. Shona Rhimes knows exactly how to keep her viewers hooked on her shows and she delivers that with flair with this show. The costumes, the sets and the actors are all lovely and add elegance and flair to the whole grand affair. There’s also a fair amount of gratuitous sex scenes that will, if not anything else, keep you entertained.
Summing up: Bridgerton
Bridgerton, with its good-looking cast and beautiful costumes and the most tantalising storyline hooks on to its audience’s interests. It will make you interested in what is going to come next with a lot of finesse. Because I mean, who doesn’t like a good gossip?
Bridgerton is streaming on Netflix.
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