Everyone has been buzzing about the new Netflix series Bridgerton, and here’s why! Set in the year 1813, Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) is on the search for a new husband in Grosvenor Square. Her hair is styled in classic victorian curls, she’s draped in the finest fabrics, and garnished with the finest jewelry. Daphne is the daughter the widowed Viscountess Bridgerton (Ruth Gemmell), an esteemed member of a prolific family. However, trouble is afoot for the future bride-to-be as she struggles to find a husband. Things are made terribly difficult by her older brother Anthony (Jonathan Bailey) and Lady Whistledown, whose actual identity remains one of the series biggest secrets.
Bridgerton spends a great deal of time exploring feminism, with Eloise Bridgerton (Claudia Jessie) at the forefront. Eloise speaks openly about her desire to indulge in life outside of marriage and pursue an education. Bridgerton also explores the female gaze, sex education, and above all racial equality. And let’s not forget the dazzling Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel), who is unapologetically Black and flaunts her afro on multiple occasions. It was the fabulous queen’s approval that landed Daphne in the eye of all male suitors with her comment “Flawless, my dear.”
The stakes are high as Lady Whistledown narrates and spills all of the dating exploits of high society. This gossipy-news is in part the reason Daphne is saved and grated the opportunity to marry Simon Basset (Regé-Jean Page).
Bridgerton will leave you on the edge of your seat wanting more. The identity of Lady Whistledown is– revealed at the end of the series. Check out the trailer to Bridgerton, produced by the talented Shonda Rhimes.