After multiple hit shows including Grey’s Anatomy and How To Get Away With Murder, putting ABC Thursdays on the map with an entire evening dedicated to said shows, only to then be final straw disrespected by ABC Shonda Rhimes said, “Goodbye, ABC” and “Hello, Netflix” inking a $100 million deal to creating exciting, new content for the streaming service.

First up on the release schedule is Bridgerton. A highly anticipated series, created by Chris Van Dusen, based on the romance novel series by Julia Quinn. Bridgerton is a British period drama set in the competitive world of Regency London high society bringing all the drama of Downton Abbey with a Gossip Girl twist.

BRIDGERTON (L to R) FLORENCE HUNT as HYACINTH BRIDGERTON, LUKE NEWTON as COLIN BRIDGERTON, RUTH GEMMELL as LADY VIOLET BRIDGERTON, PHOEBE DYNEVOR as DAPHNE BRIDGERTON, CLAUDIA JESSIE as ELOISE BRIDGERTON, JONATHAN BAILEY as ANTHONY BRIDGERTON, WILL TILSTON as GREGORY BRIDGERTON and LUKE THOMPSON as BENEDICT BRIDGERTON in episode 105 of BRIDGERTON Cr. LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX © 2020

All The Prim And Proper With A Naughty Side

If you’re looking for romance, mystery, lies, scandal, stolen glances, forbidden moments, drama, and sometimes super awkward sex scenes set in the Jane Austen era then this series is for you. Bridgerton follows the large high society family of the same name as we enter into the competitive marriage market of London Season; a time where young women are presented and on the prowl for suitable husbands.

However, at the forefront of this event is the ever-elusive Lady Whistledown (voice by Julie Andrews). Lady Whistle down knows all and tells all with her gossip newsletter rag stirring up chaos wherever she chooses. The series does a fantastic job of introducing and juggling a multitude of interesting characters (whom of which I’m sure will be very important in seasons to come), releasing bomb-dropping scandals, all while holding true to the whimsy and romance of the genre.

The Cast Continued

Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor), the eldest Bridgerton daughter, steps out in hopes of finding the ever rumored “love match”. Phoebe (Younger) is absolutely charming as the pure as snow daughter who learns love isn’t as easy as it seems. Simon Bassett – The Duke of Hastings (Rege-Jean Page) as the ultimate rake, the unattainable love interest, who strolls in town looking like the delicious snack, puts on all the Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams) charm, cockiness, and wit you would want. The chemistry between Dynevor and Page is palpable.

Eloise (Claudia Jessie), Daphne’s sister and next in line to step out, is the Jo March of the crew. I thought Claudia was delightful. Last but not least, another character I loved and relate to is Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan), Eloise’s best friend from a neighboring family. Nicola brought so much heart and soul to Penelope and any girl who has been in love with the boy next door can absolutely relate and will be heartbroken along with her.

BRIDGERTON JONATHAN BAILEY as ANTHONY BRIDGERTON in episode 101 of BRIDGERTON Cr. LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX © 2020

The Bridgerton Family Takes Over

If the series is to follow suit with the books, we will be seeing Anthony Bridgerton (Johnathan Bailey), Daphne’s eldest brother, change his rake ways leaving behind his love of a beautifully talented Opera singer only to find a match all his own. Bailey does a great job as the eldest son who has the responsibility that he’s never wanted thrust upon him. I found myself angry with him on multiple occasions. And actually clapping for his mother, Lady Bridgerton, after dragging him through the coals. I personally feel invested enough to want to see what happens to him next.

Something else I absolutely loved that you never see in period pieces like these is the diversity of the cast and interracial relations. Now, purists might say::grumble:: “that isn’t historically accurate.” To that I say, so what?! If that’s the reason you will not watch nor enjoy this show then it was never for you. However, there is a quick explanation given during the series – the King married Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel), a Black woman, allowing POC to be seen as equals. That’s good enough for me.

Bridgerton premieres on Netflix on December 25, 2020. I found it to be the perfect series to binge during the days that don’t exist between Christmas and New Years’. Get comfy, become one with your couch, and enjoy the show,