This new period drama has taken Netflix up by storm! Everyone loves a sweet romance and what adds to the magic is the era it is set in. The elaborate costumes and beautiful sets in this series are just a few staples of the start producer Shonda Rhimes. From the sounds of it, she was a lot of effort for Netflix who had to lure her away from her home at Disney. The creator of hit shows like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” came at a price higher than $100 million, but all’s well that ends well.  And end well it did…Bridgeton’s numbers are off the charts. 

The Numbers 

Bridgeton will be seen by 63 million households within its first four weeks, making this the fifth-largest debut of any show on the service. It was also a part of the Top 10 in ALL countries except Japan. Only “Money Heist” and “Tiger King” have been able to beat these numbers. 

Shonda took three years to make her Netflix debut, but she did a great job at it. She also chose to work within her comfort zone and roped in Chris Van Dusen as the show’s creator. 

Netflix’s System 

Netflix counts anyone who watches two minutes of a program as a viewer. While this depicts rather favourable figures, the approach has been preferred to what most other streaming services provide. 

However, based on this method, Bridgeton experienced record-breaking viewership through December and the week of Christmas, both in total hours of viewership and the average time spent watching by each subscriber.

A review 

Bridgeton is set in the regency era and has a fresh cast. The multi-racial storyline and strong female characters make it a highly enjoyable watch. According to me, the appeal lies in the believability of the era. The costumes, dialogues, and make-up – all add to its authenticity as the watcher is transported to simpler times. 

Every Jane Austen fan will love watching the series and relish in its subtle plot points. It deals with many serious issues that existed back in those days but presents a fresh perspective about them. Plus, the season feels complete and all the questions are answered. 

Bridgeton has a certain binge-ability to it and many have finished the entire season within 48 hours. It has it all – romance, mystery and drama – an all-inclusive genre to keep the audiences hooked. 

The story follows two families (The Bridgertons and The Featheringtons) and their trials and tribulations through the courting season in which they try to get their respective daughters married off. The primary objective that the main character Daphne, revolves around is wanting to marry for love like her parents did. But as circumstances would have it, her dreams seem to be doomed since the very start. Nonetheless, her knight in shining armour arrives as the handsome duke. This has a very “Pride and Prejudice” feel to it but when you add the Lady Whistledown arc to it, it becomes a tantalizing drama and mystery. 

The side characters have a meaty arc and it is assumed that the next season will focus predominantly on the younger siblings. Lady Whilstledown’s identity being revealed makes this series – with Julie Andrews giving a Georgian Gossip Girl touch – a recipe for big numbers. And even if rumours and gossip are the bane of the characters lives, the audience cannot help but agree with certain ideas expressed. The articles provide a contemporary narrative to the show’s take on 19th-century London.  

It is based on the books written by Julia Quinn. The picturised series has kept most of the dialogues as in from the books and it does give the show a very wordy vibe, but it surely goes with the times and diction of 19th-century London. 

The primary focus of the Bridgeton is women being presented in certain pre-decided ways with some side-characters bringing in the all-important liberal perspectives. Many believe that this is Netflix’s answer to Downtown Abbey, though I personally wouldn’t go as far as that. What Bridgeton does show is that if done well, period dramas still attract millions of viewers and have the power to pack a punch when it comes to numbers.

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