Review: Don’t watch Bridgerton with your parents

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By Olivia Martin | Social Media Editor

In honor of it being syllabus week, last week my roommates and I decided it was time to binge-watch the No. 1 show on Netflix right now. That’s right, “Bridgerton.”

I will admit, though not what I expected, I was thoroughly captivated by this drama filled eight-episode season. If you are anything like me and enjoyed shows like “Downton Abby” and “The Crown,” “Bridgerton” should be next on your list.

Based on Julia Quinn’s book series, this Netflix original takes place in 19th century London and follows the life of the prominent and aristocratic Bridgerton family. Daphne Bridgerton, played by Phoebe Dynevor, is the eldest daughter and essentially whom the entire show revolves around.

Daphne is the perfect example of a traditional English debutant living her life in preparation to find a man to receive her dowry and take care of her (most importantly, financially). Though young and naive, she stands out amongst the rest of the eligible young women as she is quick-witted, bold and easily liked by all (including this viewer). Even with the mischief and scandal of her brothers, she works hard to keep the Bridgerton name pure.

This first season focuses on Daphne’s entrance into society and her eventual provocative romance with Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings. Without giving away too many spoilers, Daphne and Simon find themselves in an unusual situation caused by a secret vow the Duke made years ago to his dying father.

Simon Basset, played by Regé-Jean Page, is a complex character who is seemingly stand-offish and rude for the majority of the first few episodes. Daphne, however, isn’t phased by the Duke’s behavior and after a friendship is formed, the urge to stay strictly platonic doesn’t last very long.

The eventual romance between the two young lovers is everything but conservative and modest, and the viewer gets a very detailed look into the intimate moments between the couple. Do yourself a favor and don’t watch this with your parents—I guarantee you will thank me later. Be careful around episode six, because things get very steamy.

Extravagant balls, dangerous duels and passionate love affairs are just a few of the many elements that give this riveting series its box office number and makes the viewer want to watch the next episode (no matter how spicy and uncomfortable the last one was). The cinematography of this show is incredibly fun, as the costumes, colors, soundtrack and all other visuals make the show that much more entertaining. My knowledge on videography is pretty basic, but I can confidently say producer Shonda Rhimes did an excellent job of keeping the audience engaged through the strong imagery and creative film style.

Daphne is not the only Bridgerton to be featured in this series, however. Following the structure of Julia Quinn’s book series, the next season to premiere on Netflix will feature a different Bridgerton family member and undoubtedly be just as exciting and drama filled.