With a viewership of 82 million households, Netflix’s trendy period drama series made its debut on the streaming website on December 25, 2020.
The show incircles the lives of the Bridgerton siblings named Anthony, Benedict, Colin, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca, Gregory, and Hyacinth. It is set against the backdrop of Regency-era London. The show is narrated by Julie Andrews, the anonymous voice of Lady Whistledown, the ever-scandalous newsletter columnist.
The show is written upon the best-selling novel set written by Julia Quinn. Still, unlike the books, the series is set in an alternate history with a racially integrated London where people of color are the members of the town, some of which are granted titles by the sovereign.
According to the director, Chris Van Dusen, he received inspiration from the historical debate over the 1940s African ancestry claims of Queen Charlotte. Hence, the show is based on an alternative history in which Queen Charlotte’s mixed-race heritage was well-established and transformative for Black people and other people of color in England.
The show offers Regency London high society’s beautiful and competitive world, where fans are given a glimpse of everything provided. From the sparkling ballrooms of Mayfair to the noble palaces of Park Lane, the show unveils a desirable, sumptuous world replete with intricate rules and dramatic power struggles, where no one is genuinely ever on steady ground.
The official overview for season two reads: ‘Driven by his duty to uphold the family name, Anthony’s search for a debutante who meets his difficult standards seems ill-fated until Kate (Simone Ashley) and her younger sister Edwina (Charithra Chandran) Sharma arrive from India.