‘Bridgerton’: Everything You Need to Know About Shonda Rhimes’ First Netflix Show
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Oct 28, 2019
“The Bridgerton series focuses on the romantic entanglements of the eight — yep, you get it now — Bridgerton children: Anthony, Benedict, Colin, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca, Gregory, and Hyacinth. They are an immense, well-off, smart-mouthed, profoundly well-intentioned family with residences in London and others scattered around the English countryside. They also share an unerring sense of falling in love with people who are…complex, like Duke Simon Basset, played by Reg-Jean Page, above. Their antics are overseen and judged by the straitlaced ton, the social circle of debutantes and desperate mothers looking to make good (read: wealthy) matches for their offspring. The whole mix of honorable and catty in the milieu is very, very Shonda.
“Good news: Shondaland has aggregated every actor you’ve ever liked in a small role and elevated them to a lead, put them in glorious costumes and filmed them in some of the most scenic parts of England, like Bath. If there is one show next year that is going to push costume drama glam to the max and make stars out of its cast, it is this one.”