If you’re a Netfilx watcher who has been passing up the trailer for the “Bridgerton” series, it’s time that you stop. The hit show, executive produced by Shonda Rhimes, is based off the romantic novel series written by Julia Quinn.
Here is a little backstory: The story takes place in the early 1800s during the Regency era in Great Britain. There are lots of fancy clothes and tons of parties. The young women are introduced to young men who will later call on their favorites and court (aka date) each other throughout the season. The families check for suitability and the pair hopefully go on to marriage and a happy life. But things don’t always work out as planned. This series is filled with hidden gems and many scandals that I plan to address, so to be fair, this is the official spoiler alert.
With that said, here are four reasons why you should watch “Bridgerton.”
The Empire silhouette was the ideal design in women’s clothing during the Regency era. They were mostly light, flowing, long, and loose dresses. The evening gowns were extravagantly trimmed and decorated with lace, ribbons, and netting and ranged from soft pale to bold bright colors. Dresses were cut low and often had short sleeves to them. The women’s bare arms were covered by long elegent gloves. Back then, young women were discouraged from displaying their bosoms beyond the boundaries of decency.
If anything, the fashion alone in this series is a good enough reason for you to tune in.
The music selection for this show was truly a mixture of 1800s originals turned modern. Although the soundtrack consisted of instrumentals of mostly classical music by Mozart and various composers, the show’s creators were able to incorporate instrumentals of pop songs. “Thank You, Next” by Ariana Grande, “Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish, “In My Blood” by Shawn Mendes are just a few songs that were flipped. This aspect of the series put a really modern spin on the typical classical music you’re used to hearing in old timely movies from way back when.
The, Um, Maturity.
This specific topic was a big storyline throughout the season. Basically, in the 1800s mothers raised their daughters to be modest, stay healthy and be polite as a good wife should. That’s it, that’s all. They weren’t allowed to think outside the box and it was a huge taboo to even be around a boy without a chaperone. That’s why the pregnancy of the character Marina was hidden as a “condition” because she was seen as damaged goods in the public’s eyes. Daphne, the main character, was very lacking in her maturity due to this culture. She didn’t know anything about sex, how babies were made or even what different body parts were. Her mother called it “a conversation between a man and his wife” and she would know when she got there. However, in an attempt to protect her from mature exploration, Daphne decided to figure matters out for herself. This hurt her more than actually protecting her because in an attempt to keep them “innocent” she made mistakes that could have easily been avoided. Let’s just say that Daphne definitely had new discoveries with the Duke once they married.
I want to point out the amazing diversity of the cast. Several main characters, supporting ones and even the extra backup dancers, were Black and it was very refreshing. Queen Charlotte was also Black making this series all the more intriguing. There have been several debates about whether the real monarch in the 1800’s was actually Black, but it sure is a wonderful thought to see our people in positions of power in early societies. Queen Charlotte always wore the most fascinating wigs and eloquent gowns that definitely made her stand out.
So, those are just four reasons why you should start watching “Bridgerton.” There are more, but I’ll stop there. Believe me when I say that once you start watching you’ll be sucked in.
By Nia Morgan, Junior, Brooks College Prep
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