Once again Netflix brings us a view of Europe from the warm climes of California. If Emily In Paris was an LA showrunner’s wistful view of the French capital, then Bridgerton is very much Regency London seen through that same sunny lens: Daphne Does Debutanting if you will. And what’s not to like about a George III’s London (mostly Bath in reality) cleaned up, smartened up and blissfully racially blind? It’s Pride and Prejudice without the angst or Gossip Girl with corsets, and here at Must we think it’s just the tonic for the grimmest December in living memory.
In The Telegraph, Sarah Hughes wants something “fun, frivolous and frothy” for Christmas and feels that Bridgerton is the “sort of series that slips down as easily as a glass of pre-dinner champagne.” In The New York Times James Poniewozik notes that the key difference between this series and the acres of previous period dramas is that it comes from superstar producer Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal). He says one hallmark of Rhimes’s shows is that “characters of color should get to have just as much fun, have just as much agency and range of possibility — and be just as bad — as anyone else.” Overall, he says that Bridgerton “adds up to a reliable story in fancy modern packaging.” In Rolling Stone Maria Fontoura says the eight episodes are “laced with feminist undertones and light but surprisingly sharp humor” and that that the show’s “young cast of mostly unknowns brings zip and depth of feeling to material that could otherwise feel slight. There’s a charming wink to it all — this is a show that knows exactly what it is, and wears (or removes) its corset proudly.”
First shown December 2020. You can watch the trailer by pressing play on the show image, or by clicking here: