Three nights—that’s all it took for me to fly through season one of Bridgerton. As the final episode closed with a lovely dose of redemption and scandal I immediately put the book that inspired the show on hold at the library. After all, I needed more Daphne. I craved more from the Duke.
But why exactly are moms in love with this Regency era series? Here are just a few of the reasons why moms are head over heels for Bridgerton’s storyline and cast of characters.
The Women Run the Ton
In London’s Regency era, the men might seem to be society’s leaders, but in truth, it’s the women who run the ton—a French quip referring to the upper echelon of society. Mothers facilitate matches, young girls woo, and then, once married, they carry on the family name through birthing children. So, yes, it is Lady Danbury, Daphne Bridgerton, and the like who carry Bridgerton’s storyline, and thus, its future.
The Costumes Will Make You Swoon
I have no qualms saying that my obsession with Bridgerton has led to some post-episode research. For one, the costumes that will make you swoon episode after episode number close to 7,500 pieces. Daphne alone wore 104 in season one, which is an average of 13 each episode! Take me to the Modiste, I’m ready for my fitting!
The Drama is Real
From conversations about the inevitable wedding night between mother and daughter, to protecting one’s honor, to the ebb and flow of a marriage’s realities, Bridgerton dives deep into the purity and passion of the era. Now, keep in mind, Netflix has given Bridgerton the MA rating for mature, so expect the drama to err on the side … vibrant. especially behind closed doors. See also: this is a show to watch only after the kids have gone to bed.
The Men Are Dashing
Did you know Jonathan Bailey, who was later cast as Anthony Bridgerton, read for the part of Simon Basset? I can’t imagine it any other way – Regé-Jean Page was born to play the Duke, but he isn’t the only one who was perfectly cast. Bridgerton brothers Anthony, Benedict, and Colin are dashing as well. And we can’t forget the the scenes featuring boxer Will Mondrich played by the stunning Martins Imhangbe.
The Chatter is Cheeky
Smart witted and cheeky, Bridgerton could be a mere audio scale and I am pretty sure it would still have a hefty fan base. Each character exudes such personality and charm, especially that Eloise. It’s not just the Bridgerton family though—the auxiliary cast fulfill such a thorough landscape of quips and candor. One of my personal favorites is the monologue from opera singer Siena because no one puts baby in a corner.
It’s History with a Modern Twist
Three cheers for Bridgerton’s casting directors! Despite the historical setting, they elevated Bridgerton to portray a racially diverse cast offering a modern twist on what would have been. Prominent families throughout the show defy stereotypes and offer a modern spin that makes the show all the more engaging.
We Can’t Get Enough of the Relationships
From steamy honeymoon sex to the kind of disagreements that will make you say “been there, done that” you’ll witness elements of a real relationship through the leading couple. Plus, there’s the cheerful banter between the Bridgerton siblings and the daunting mystery of Lady Whistledown … we all know a good-natured gossip like her, don’t we?
There is More To Come
Last week, thank the good queen, Bridgerton was renewed for a second season. Production is set to begin in spring 2021, so, perhaps by the end of the year we will have some new Bridgerton fonder. Which, will feature none other than Anthony Bridgerton and his forthcoming love story, if the book to season trajectory proves true. If you are desperate for a sneak peek, it is time to get reading. Julia Quinn’s book, The Viscount Who Loved Me, should offer some insight into what may appear in season two.
Lest you be on round two of watching Bridgerton soon, like myself, you can still get your fix while you wait: you can spend your time learning your Bridgerton name or stalking the cast members Instagrams while studying the Bridgerton family tree.
Because this obsession will hopefully last many a season and I no doubt want Lady Whistledown to name me a worthy heir of true Bridgerton fandom.
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Reviewed by Chaunie Brusie, RN, BSN…