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Review: ‘Bridgerton’ popular on Netflix

Review: ‘Bridgerton’ popular on Netflix
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  • On January 5, 2021

Three and a Half Stars out of Five

By Julie Newell
Associate Editor

The new period drama, “Bridgerton,” has dominated social media as of late. The first season of the series premiered on Netflix Dec. 25, 2020, and has left many of its viewers anxious for a second season.

“Bridgerton” takes place in Regency London during high-society season, during which ladies are presented into society to be matched, courted and married.

The focus of the series is on the Bridgerton family, specifically the eldest daughter, Daphne (played by Phoebe Dynevor).

The season is a very competitive race to catch a decent husband and not end up a spinster.

After her eldest brother, Anthony, scares away all “unworthy” and “decent” men, Daphne is desperate to entice more suitors and avoid the horrid man that her brother has deemed decent enough for her to marry.  

After nearly avoiding having her reputation and virtue ruined by said horrid man, Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page), enters the picture.

Already having had an unpleasant introduction with the Duke, the two come up with a plan to get Daphne more suitors, and to get the desperate mothers away from the Duke.

The Duke has no acclimation to ever marry, so he suggests they pretend he is courting Daphne to make her look more desirable. He believes that will also cause the mothers of other ladies to stop trying to set him up with their daughters.

All the while the mysterious author, Lady Whistledown, writes about every scandal and event that happens during the season in her newsletter that influences the society.

Overall I thought this was a good series. According to the internet, this series is based off a book, and for the most part remains true to book.

However, I went into this series expecting a “Pride and Prejudice” type series and was somewhat disappointed.

This series is filled with humor, as well as lots of drama and raunchy scenes.

The biggest problem I had with this series was the unnecessary amount of sexual relations that included partial nudity.

I felt that it was too much, and that the sexual intimacy was a very large theme that didn’t need to be so explicit.

There are many ways to imply or show sexual relations without the need to have partial nudity.

I was expecting this series to not be quite as crass and focused on sex, but there were many parts where I was laughing and on the edge of my seat to find out what happened next.

If partial nudity and raunchy scenes do not bother you, then I highly recommend this series.

The show can be streamed on Netflix.