Will Daphne come out of this year's social season married to the man she loves? This classic will they, won't they love story based on Julia Quinn's original Bridgerton novel is surely something you don't want to miss out on.
This new period drama has gotten the entire world head-over-heels because of its plotline and cast. Bridgerton was originally a novel written by Julia Quinn and was taken up by Netflix to be produced as a television series. Given that the novel itself is a series that consists of 8 books, Netflix might just take upon the entire storyline because of the first season’s successful launch.
The historical romance drama follows the Bridgerton family that consists of 8 siblings and their mother, Violet, Dowager Viscountess Bridgerton. With 4 sons named Anthony, Benedict, Colin and Gregory, as well as 4 daughters, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca and Hyacinth, each book from the original Bridgerton novel series follows the love story of each sibling. Narrated by the impeccable Julie Andrews who voiced the scandalous newsletter writer, Lady Wistledown, the first season of Bridgerton focuses on Daphne, the first daughter’s struggle in finding herself a husband. After being favored by Queen Charlotte, everyone believed that she was the belle of the ball. But with an overprotective brother and a potential love interest that doesn’t share the same views she has, will Daphne come out of the social season married to a man that she truly loves?
Created by Chris Van Dusen and produced by Shonda Rhimes, this regency romance, period drama has a percentage rating of 89% by the critics behind Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 7.3 over 10 from IMDb. Google users have also showed their love for the television series as 96% shared their approval for the Bridgerton drama. The critics on Rotten Tomatoes stated that the series was a “sumptuous design, soapy drama and a sterling cast (that made) Bridgerton a delightful treat.” Richard Roeper, an American columnist and film critic, from Chicago Sun-Times gave the show an excellent review that said, “A show that will give you that unmistakable binge twinge and have you activating that ‘Next Episode’ time and again, until there are no more ‘Next Episodes.’”
Genre: Regency romance, Historical period drama
Created By: Chris Van Dusen
Based On: Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
Produced By: Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, Chris Van Dusen, Julie Anne Robinson, Sarada McDermontt, Holden Chang, Sarah Dollard
Composer: Kris Bowers
Country of Origin: United States
Available Platforms: Netflix
Total Seasons: 1
Total Episodes: 8
Running Period: 57 – 72 minutes
Original Release Date: December 25, 2020 – present
Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bridgerton
Regé-Jean Page as Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings
Jonathan Bailey as Anthony, Viscount Bridgerton
Ruth Gemmell as Violet, Dowager Viscountess Bridgerton
Claudia Jessie as Eloise Bridgerton
Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton
Florence Hunt as Hyacinth Bridgerton
Luke Thompson as Benedict Bridgerton
Will Tilston as Gregory Bridgerton
Ruby Stokes as Francesca Bridgerton
Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte
Adjoa Andoh as Lady Danbury
Ruby Barker as Marina Thompson
Sabrina Bartlett as Siena Rosso
Polly Walker as Portia, Baroness Featherington
Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington
Bessie Carter as Prudence Featherington
Harriet Cains as Philippa Featherington
Ben Miller as Archibald, Baron Featherington
Julie Andrews as the voice of Lady Whistledown
Jamie Beamish as Nigel Berbrooke
Freddie Stroma as Prince Frederick of Prussia
Kathryn Drysdale as Genevieve Delacroix
Martins Imhangbe as Will Mondrich
Set in 1813, every household was seen preparing their daughter for this year’s social season. This so-called season was done every year for every daughter of every family that was of the right age to attend different balls in order to meet potential matches for marriage. As every debutant was presented to the Queen, Daphne, the eldest daughter of the Bridgerton household, was favored by the Queen. Because of this, Daphne became the season’s “incomparable” and was looked at by every man as the one to marry.
The day after, a scandalous newsletter circulated the streets of London written by a mysterious Lady Whistledown. This never before seen paper was noticed by everyone, even the Queen. The newspaper wrote about Daphne’s status as the season’s incomparable. As the episode progresses, the Featherington family receive news that a distant cousin of Lord Featherington will be staying with them for the season. To their surprise, Miss Marina Thompson, the Lord’s distant cousin, was more of a competition than a family member. Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings, has also returned to London to finalize affairs that his late father had had before he died. With Lady Danbury, his close confidant, pressuring him to join this year’s season, Simon was persistent to finish any matters he had in London in order to avoid the Lady’s wishes.
Even though deemed as incomparable, Anthony Bridgerton, Daphne’s brother, was quick to excuse every potential suitor Daphne had except for the abhorrent Lord Berbrooke. As the Queen and everyone in London notice that Daphne has still not picked a potential suitor, Lady Whistledown expresses her support for Marina Thompson and questions the Queen’s decision in picking Daphne as the season’s belle of the ball. As Lady Danbury and Lady Bridgerton were worried for Simon and Daphne, they both decided to secretly pair them together. While this was happening, Lady Featherington was caught by surprise when Maria was found pregnant with another man’s child. The episode ends with Simon and Daphne agreeing to see each other in order for other suitors to get eager and court Daphne as well, and for Simon to get Lady Danbury off his back.
Starting with flashbacks of Simon’s childhood, it was very much understood why he didn’t care to participate in any social season. After his mother died from giving birth to him, he was left to his father who couldn’t care less about his existence. As his father couldn’t accept that Simon was nowhere near perfect, Lady Danbury took Simon away to care for him instead and helped him overcome his stutter. Coming back to his father’s deathbed, Simon expressed his hatred towards him and vowed that their familyline will end with him as Simon chose to never have children.
Going back to the present, Lady Whistledown’s newsletters start to aggravate the Queen. As Marina stays locked in her room because of her undisclosed pregnancy, Eloise and Penelope start to wonder as to how one becomes with child. Simon and Daphne’s plan works well as other suitors show their interest in her.
Given that Anthony is aware of Simon’s “wild” personality, he doubts Simon’s true intentions towards his sister. As Lord Berbrooke continues to step over his boundaries, Daphne gives him a black eye as self-defense. Not going down with a fight, Lord Berbrooke blackmails and irritates Simon which ended in a fight for Daphne’s honor. Berbrooke still remains ever so persistent as he acquires a special license for his and Daphne’s marriage and blackmails her entire family. After Lady Bridgerton’s afternoon tea with the Queen, a scandal was made known throughout London about Berbrooke’s past thanks to Lady Whistledown’s paper.
As Daphne and Simon continue their ruse, Daphne finds herself falling for the Duke of Hastings and turns down a number of proposals. Simon soon meets Siena who invites him to meet after her opera performance. Trying to deceive anyone she can, Lady Featherington announces that Marina has been sick over the past few days which is why she couldn’t attend any gatherings. The Queen, who believes she is never wrong, decides to pair-up Daphne with her nephew, Prince Friedtick of Prussia. Daphne gets overwhelmed as she is not sure if Simon feels the same way about her. Not soon after, Simon calls off their ploy and says she should accept the Prince’s engagement. Anthony follows Siena, his lover, and pleads to get back together. Siena refuses as she does not want to only be loved behind the shadows. The father of Marina’s baby, Sir George, writes a letter to Marina implying that she should move on as there is nothing between them. Marina is seen brokenhearted and in disbelief as it is revealed to the audience that it was a forged letter by Lady Featherington.
As Simon denies his feelings towards Daphne, he decides to leave London earlier than expected to avoid the matter.
Daphne continues to get to know Prince Friedrich as he invites her to the palace. Admitting his feelings and intentions for her, the Prince gifts Daphne a beautiful necklace. Lady Featherington continues to search for a man that can marry Marina as Eloise starts getting suspicious about who Lady Whistledown is. As Marina is paired up with a much older suitor, Colin, one of Daphne’s brothers, saves her. With much disappointment and heartbreak, Penelope silently disapproves of the two.
Prince Friedrich prepares to propose to Daphne on the night of the ball but Daphne ends up running to the garden to collect her thoughts and feelings. Simon meets her there and tells her that he is leaving London that night. Wanting to apologize, Daphne flees into the hedge maze followed by Simon. The two end up passionately kissing only to be interrupted by Anthony declaring that Simon should marry his sister. Remembering his personal vow to his father, Simon refuses. Anthony and Simon agree to a duel first thing in the morning because of this.
Lady Featherington finds out about her husband’s gambling problem and realizes how deep his debt is. Penelope and Eloise end up fighting because of Penelope’s secret crush on her brother. Daphne discovers that Cressida Cowper, a fellow debutant, saw Simon and her in the gardens. Daphne goes to the duel and explains what she has realized. Simon says he can’t give her children which is why he can’t marry her. Given that Daphne has always wanted a big family, she was torn at the options she had to pick. Soon enough, she firmly declares that she and Simon will marry.
Not wanting the news of them kissing in the gardens to reach the public, Daphne and Simon petition an immediate marriage but is denied by the Queen. Prince Friedrich meets Daphne and the two have their closure regarding what happened. Penelope continues to watch Colin and Marina fall in love as her jealousy grows day by day. In a dress fitting, Cressida and Daphne confront each other about what had happened in the gardens while Benedict attends an unusual party. With much worry that the public will find out about Marina’s pregnancy, Lady Featherington orders Marina to take Lord Rutledge’s hand in marriage and let go of Colin. Simon and Daphne plead to the Queen’s face to face for an early wedding. Because of Simon’s touching speech, the Queen was moved and blessed their wedding.
Daphne and Simon get married in a simple church and held the reception at the Bridgerton residence. Colin proposes to Marina during the reception but requests for a long engagement as this time was supposed to be focused on Daphne’s wedding. The Queen gets interested in Eloise’s investigation about Lady Whistledown and supports her search for the mysterious writer. Lady Bridgerton and Daphne have an awkward conversation about what would happen on her wedding night. Still unsure of what her mother is trying to say, Daphne leaves with Simon for Clyvedon.
As it gets dark, the two stay at an inn to avoid traveling at night for their safety. Daphne confronts Simon about the whole situation and they both realize their love for each other.
The new Duke and Duchess arrive at Clyvedon and spend their honeymoon there. Soon after, Colin announces his engagement to Marina Thompson to his suprised family. Penelope tries to stop the engagement by telling Colin that Marina is in love with a different man. Daphne and Simon continue the traditions in Clyvedon with the fair and mingle and realize the tenants’ rents have gone up. Wanting to do something about it, Simon spends most of his time in the library researching about what he can do. Lady Colson, Daphne’s maid, opens up about the Duke’s untold childhood to Daphne. Finally discovering that the letter from Sir Geroge, Marina’s lover, was fake, Marina decides to still marry Colin. With the help of her maid, Daphne realizes that Simon is capable of having children but chooses not to. She soon comes up with a plan to confront the Duke about his secret as Lady Whistedown writes about Marina’s pregnancy.
As Daphne uncovers Simon’s secret, she decides to head back to London to be with her family. After the publication of Marina’s pregnancy, Colin felt betrayed and heartbroken as he is directly linked to Marina. Eloise wants to restore the name of her family so she continues to investigate the woman behind Lady Whistledown. Daphne gets invited to a party by Lady Danbury along with the other married women around London. During the party, Daphne uses her status and charm to find Sir Geroge Crane, Marina’s past lover. In order to settle his debts, Archibald Featherington conspires with Will, a well known and excellent boxer, to lose his next fight so he can win the bets he has made. Daphne soon finds out why Simon is persistent about not having children and discovers that she isn’t pregnant as well. Maria tries to abort her baby while Eloise believes that Madame Delacroix, a dressmaker, is Lady Whistledown.
Even after the scandal of Marina, Daphne invites the Featheringtons to a ball she is hosting. Phillip Crane, Sir George’s brother, presents the news that George died in battle as he was a soldier. Phillip explained that his brother did love Marina and wanted to come to see her and his child as soon as he can. Wanting to continue the wishes of his brother, Phillip offers to take Marina’s hand in marriage but she denies his request. As Eloise believed that Madame Delacroix was Lady Whistledown, Eloise asked her to write about the Featherington’s on a much more positive note. Daphne and Simon slowly make amends as the Duke of Hastings was reconsidering his vow after spending time with Daphne’s family and younger siblings. Anthony and Siena reunite as he asks her to accompany him to the ball. Will purposefully loses his fight as he and Archibald Featherington win their money. Soon after, Archibald was killed by his “associates” because of what he had done. Marina finds out that her abortion was unsuccessful and decides to marry Phillip Crane instead. Wanting to explore the world, Colin tells Penelope that he is leaving for a tour and won’t be coming back for quite some time. A heartbroken Penelope chooses to remain silent about her feelings. As the ball hosted by Simon and Daphne started, pouring rain filled the venue. The lovers remembered their first kiss in the maze and felt drawn to reconcile. Not long after, Lady Whisteldown was revealed to be Penelope as the first social season ended with Daphne and Simon welcoming their first child.
Netflix has officially announced that Bridgerton has been renewed for another season. Because of the first season’s huge success, it is no surprise that this historical romance series is coming back for more. The cast is said to return together by the Spring of 2021 as this upcoming season focuses on Anthony’s journey in finding love. After what he has gone through with Siena, Anthony believes that marriage should be one of his duties and should not be done just for love. As he chooses a potential wife, her sister Kate steps in to protect her younger sister from Anthony unconsciously falling for the Viscount herself.
Phoebe Dynevor, also known as Daphne Bridgerton, is excited to be working on the series again although she believes that things may be put on hold because of the Coronavirus pandemic. “I can’t imagine how it would be possible to film under these circumstances. There are so many extras and so many crew members, and it’s a very intimate show. It just baffles me how we would film it under Covid rules unless there was a vaccine beforehand.” she said in an interview with Deadline.
Aside from this, it is also rumored that Lady Whistledown, who is secretly played by Penelope Featherington, might reveal herself to one of the characters during the next season. Maybe to her best friend Eloise? I guess we’ll have to find out!
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