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Bridgeton, A Netflix Series Worth the Watch?

January 11, 2021

Netflix comes out with new TV shows and movies quite often and most of the time the series or film is a hit or miss. If one doesn’t have Netflix, one could get a plan which ranges from $8.99 to $17.99 a month. Being the cinematic lover I am while also having a Netflix account, I’m always interested to see if the streaming service will surprise me with an interesting plot that hooks me to watch and binge the episodes. With that said, when Netflix came out with the new TV series “Bridgerton” on December 25 of 2020, I knew I had to take a look at it. Going into watching the series I already knew that I was interested in dramatic TV shows that involve some sort of romance and Bridgerton did not fall short of that. Produced by Shonda Rhimes, “Bridgerton” seemed almost guaranteed to be good considering how popular the other series she produced, “Greys Anatomy,” was. 

Set in the early 1800s in London, “Bridgerton” revolves around a high class society during a highly anticipated time involving courtship. Through balls, luncheons, and other sophisticated events, the eligible women from each family in the city search out to try woo and mingle their way into finding their future husband from another wealthy family. They call this time the “Courting Season” and it is a long-standing tradition that the town looks forward to every year. The plot centers on a family named the Bridgertons who are a very high-class, rich family, blessed with good looks and many eligible bachelors and bachelorettes to participate in the season. One of the main characters, Daphne Bridgerton, is labeled as the “Diamond of the Season” due to her charm and beauty and the storyline mainly focuses on her luck in finding a husband. However, even though she seemed as though almost any man would want her, the plot takes a different route and displays the struggles she faces after a great deal of men show little interest in her compared to the vast amount of other girls like her in the town. 

Along with following Daphne Bridgerton’s love story and struggles within it, the TV show also sheds light to a plethora of other characters in Daphne’s life displaying their experience in finding a fitting partner and securing a future during this time as well. “Bridgerton” may seem like it is just another show that revolves around a romantic connection between two characters, however it goes more into depth of how society was in the 1800s emphasizing social norms, feminism, love, hardship, and mystery throughout the eight episodes.

I, personally, am very intrigued by any society that was before my time because it gives me a greater view of how things used to be and “Bridgerton” being set 200 years ago, does a great job of displaying the culture of the 19th century despite being filmed and produced during modern times. It represents a modern love story that many can relate to as it wasn’t just a search for a perfect sophisticated love but also a search for identity and healing of one’s past. 

After binge watching all eight hour long episodes in a whopping two days, one could say I was extremely hooked. Being a person who gets distracted very easily in lengthy episodes, I was glued to the screen for every minute of  “Bridgerton”. The acting was great, the tension between characters was palpable, and the setting was beautiful and unique. “Bridgerton” earned a high and well-deserved 93% critic score and 86% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. Additionally, it was featured on the top spot in the top 10 list on Netflix in over 76 countries, sweeping the world and creating massive streaming numbers.

I would highly recommend this show to anyone but specifically the drama and romance lovers who are interested in finding a plot quite different and extremely interstresting incomparable to other shows on Netflix or other streaming services. Investing time into this series is something you wont regret and will leave you anxiously waiting for a season two to come out in the near future. 

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