Darlings, if it’s escapism you’re looking for – And who isn’t these days? – it looks like Netflix will have you covered come Christmas day.
The more we look at Bridgerton, the more it doesn’t quite look like something that’ll grab our interest. Granted, we love juicy costume dramas, but we get the sense from this one that it’s going to work overtime trying to make Regency England look like a hotbed of scandal and sex, which might just get on our nerves sooner rather than later. Of course the diversity of the cast is a selling point, since you rarely see any but the absolute palest of faces in any English period drama, but the sort of high-energy soap opera feel of this teaser trailer is putting us off just a little. We’ve never really gotten into any of superstar showrunner Shonda Rhimes’ other series, which may be a big reason why we haven’t quite worked up the proper excitement for this.
It’s loaded with eye-popping costumes, gorgeous sets and pretty people, so we can’t imagine we won’t at least check it out, but this looks far more like something the fans of the book series it’s based on to get excited about.
From Shondaland and Creator Chris Van Dusen, Bridgerton follows Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor), the eldest daughter of the powerful Bridgerton family as she makes her debut onto Regency London’s competitive marriage market. Hoping to follow in her parent’s footsteps and find a match sparked by true love, Daphne’s prospects initially seem to be unrivaled. But as her older brother begins to rule out her potential suitors, the high society scandal sheet written by the mysterious Lady Whistledown (voiced by Julie Andrews) casts aspersions on Daphne. Enter the highly desirable and rebellious Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page), committed bachelor and the catch of the season for the debutantes’ mamas. Despite proclaiming that they want nothing the other has to offer, their attraction is undeniable and sparks fly as they find themselves engaged in an increasing battle of wits while navigating society’s expectations for their future.
Bridgerton is a romantic, scandalous, and quick-witted series that celebrates the timelessness of enduring friendships, families finding their way, and the search for a love that conquers all. The series also stars Jonathan Bailey (Anthony Bridgerton”), Nicola Coughlan (“Penelope Featherington”), Claudia Jessie (“Eloise Bridgerton”), Ruby Barker (“Marina Thompson”),Adjoa Andoh (“Lady Danbury”), Golda Rosheuvel (“Queen Charlotte”), Luke Thompson (“Benedict Bridgerton”), Luke Newton (“Colin Bridgerton”), Ruby Stokes (“Francesca Bridgerton”), Will Tilston (“Gregory Bridgerton”), Florence Hunt (“Hyacinth Bridgerton”), Ruth Gemmell (“Lady Violet Bridgerton”), Bessie Carter (“Prudence Featherington”), Harriet Cains (“Philipa Featherington”), Polly Walker (“Lady Portia Featherington”), Ben Miller (“Lord Featherington”), Sabrina Bartlett (“Siena Rosso”), Martins Imhangbe (“Will Mondrich”), and Lorraine Ashbourne (“Mrs. Varley”).
Escape into with this fun, seductive and scandalous series December 25th only on Netflix.
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