Anyone who reads through the Bridgerton reviews will come across mostly positive reviews. The premise for the Netflix production is provided by the eight historical romance novels by the author Julia Quinn, which revolve around the "Bridgerton" family.
Shonda Rhimes (50) and Chris Van Dusen are the producers and scriptwriters behind the series. The two had previously worked together on the well-received series Scandal and of course, Grey's Anatomy. Bridgerton is about the lives of two noble families: the "Bridgertons" and the "Featheringtons". The series is set in England in 1813.
Bridgerton reviews praise the modernity of the historical plot
Nevertheless, the series looks modern, which, according to a Bridgerton review from the Berliner Zeitung, the show depicts the noblest characters with darker skin than the servants and the female characters portray feminist traits.
This diversity is also praised by many other outlets, noting that the historical setting is also being modernized by playing current pop songs like Ariana Grande and Billie Eilish, among others.
According to the New York Times, this modernity ensures that the viewer is reminded that perhaps our "great-great-great-grandparents" had to contend with similar problems as we do today.
The plot is told by a narrator's voice who is none other than "Mary Poppins" star Julie Andrews (85). She speaks the role of "Lady Whistledown", a gossip reporter of the time who exposes the secrets and scandals of the respected families.
Bridgerton reviews speak of a spell that draws you into the series
The Bridgerton reviews agree that this element is reminiscent of Gossip Girl - because the identity of "Lady Whistedown" is not known for the time being. The international reviews are also in favor of the series.
The New York Times also takes up the issue of female sexuality, which is openly dealt with in the series. While women were kept in the dark about this issue at the time, the female characters in Bridgerton explore their own desires.
Bridgerton review: Shallow yet entertaining
Although the Bridgerton reviews also address the often shallow plot, it does not damage the entertainment value. A review by The Guardian speaks of this inescapable train that pulls you from episode to episode until the viewer has finally seen all eight episodes.
The Bridgerton actress Nicola Coughlan (34) also defends herself against critics who speak out against diversity in historical dramas. "You know the way some people were like ‘Diversity in period drama doesn’t work’....63 million households thought it did tho so," tweeted the actress, drawing attention to the high streaming numbers.
Bridgerton can also assert itself on the film platform IMDb with 7.4/10 star rating. The same applies to the "Rotten Tomatoes" website, where the show received around 7/10 points as a rating.
A second season of Bridgerton has already been confirmed.