Bridgerton is probably one of the most popular Netflix series during the holidays, so of course, I had to put on my comfy binge-watching pants and see why it reached Netflix’s top 10 charts in such a short amount of time.
Bridgerton was, indeed, your typical historical romance but with a few new elements and themes, that kept my eyes drawn to the screen. The popular series is based in the 19th century Regency London, revolving around the lives of the wealthy and the season of marriage. All the girls who have approached the appropriate age, including our main lead, Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor), are all eager to join parties and events in the hopes to find the perfect man. On the other hand, Simon Basset (Regé-Jean Page) is a young duke who persists on never getting married or have any children.
Stereotypically speaking, two people with very different goals can never be together, but not when fate mingles into their lives. The rich plot is easy to follow with abundant side stories that keep you on your toes. The mise-en-scene, props, and costume were spot on for the period. With all the lavish gowns, fancy parties, glamorous interior design, and terrific looking folks. I especially enjoyed the soundtrack of this series as they turn modern hits into ‘classics’, such as Ariana Grande’s ‘thank u, next’ and Billie Eilish’s ‘bad guy’.
Another tasteful element in Bridgerton is the mysterious Lady Whisteldown. Whistledown is an author and writes about everything going on during this annual marriage season. She reveals the cold hard truths that even the Queen shows awe in Lady Whisteldown’s words.
Whistledown also narrates the story yet we never know what she looks like, or who she was until the big reveal in the last episode.
If you love a beautiful historical backdrop, a colourful plot or just some good ol’ gossip, I would strongly recommend giving Bridgerton a go! And once you’ve successful binged Season 1 in three days (not speaking from experience…) rumour has it, that there is a possible second season in the works!
Our Rating: 4/5