‘Bridgerton’: Inside the Refreshing Visual Approach to Period Storytelling

Created by Chris Van Dusen for Shondaland based on Julia Quinn’s bestselling novels, the show’s dazzling, diversely cast and notably sexy eight-episode first season feels both comfortingly familiar and refreshing, conjuring up a gleeful world that blends “Gossip Girl” and “Downton Abbey” with a droll, modern edge.

A winning fusion by all accounts: Not only did “Bridgerton” become Netflix’s most successful episodic television debut to date, but it also earned the streamer 12 Emmy nominations.Centered on the courtship of the blossoming young debutante Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) and the charismatic Simon Basset, The Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page), “Bridgerton” is equally about its rich backdrop of players navigating the busy social season of the early 1800s London.

It’s one that overflows with suitors, scandals, and extravagant balls, navigated chiefly by the prominent Bridgerton and Featherington families.

A labor of love for the series’ dedicated team of artisans and shot across York,

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