Bridgerton Cheat Sheet

Bridgerton Cheat Sheet

This is a one-stop shop for those with questions about the Regency romance coming to Netflix December 2020.


What is Bridgerton?

Bridgerton is a Netflix series that is based on a Regency romance book series of the same name by Julia Quinn. It follows a family (Yes, their name is Bridgerton) as they navigate high society and love.

You can also watch the fun Netflix video below to get a primer.

When is Bridgerton coming out?

The release date for Bridgerton is December 25, 2020. Yes, Christmas Day.

Where can I watch Bridgerton? Is Bridgerton on Netflix?

Bridgerton will be streaming on Netflix starting December 25.

If you want to watch the first episode with others, I’m hosting a livetweet December 25 at 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. EST on Twitter. Just use #BridgertonBrunch to join!

Is Bridgerton posted at once? Is it a TV show or a movie?

Bridgerton is a show on Netflix, with the first season coming in at 8 episodes. The episodes will all drop on December 25.

Relatedly, a second season has not been confirmed but some cast have hinted at wanting more.

Is Shonda Rhimes involved in Bridgerton?

Shonda Rhimes is an executive producer on the show and you can read more about how Shondaland was involved with this production here.

Who is in Bridgerton?

Quick answer: You can find the Bridgerton IMDB page here. It has lots of info on the cast and crew.

Here’s a brief rundown of the cast:

  • Who: Regé-Jean Page
  • Bridgerton character: Simon Basset
  • You might know from: breakout role was Roots (2016), Mortal Engines (2018), For the People (2018)
  • Who: Phoebe Dynevor
  • Bridgerton character: Daphne Bridgerton
  • You might know from: Younger, Dickensian
  • Who: Golda Rosheuvel
  • Bridgerton character: Queen Charlotte
  • You might know from: Lady Macbeth (2016), Torchwood (2008)
  • Who: Jonathan Bailey
  • Bridgerton character: Anthony Bridgerton
  • You might know from: Doctor Who (2005), Broadchurch (2013-2015)
  • Who: Claudia Jessie
  • Bridgerton character: Eloise Bridgerton
  • You might know from: Vanity Fair (2018), Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2015)
  • Who: Nicola Coughlan
  • Bridgerton character: Penelope Featherington
  • You might know from: Derry Girls (2018), Harlots (2018)
  • Who: Ruby Barker
  • Bridgerton character: Marina Thompson
  • You might know from: Wolfblood (2017), How to Stop a Recurring Dream
  • Who: Adjoa Andoh
  • Bridgerton character: Lady Danbury
  • You might know from: Doctor Who (2006-2008), Invictus (2009)
  • Who: Ruth Gemmell
  • Bridgerton character: Lady Violet Bridgerton
  • You might know from: Fever Pitch (1997), Penny Dreadful (2015)
  • Who: Julie Andrews
  • Bridgerton character: voice of Lady Whistledown
  • You might know from: Princess Diaries 2 (2001), Sound of Music (1965), Mary Poppins (1964)

Where is the Bridgerton trailer?

You can watch it right here:

Is Bridgerton based on a book?

Yes. It’s based on a series of the same name that follows the fictional Bridgerton family in Regency London.

Here are the titles in the main Bridgerton series:

  • The Duke and I (2000)
  • The Viscount Who Loved Me (2000)
  • An Offer From A Gentleman (2001)
  • Romancing Mister Bridgerton (2002)
  • To Sir Phillip, With Love (2003)
  • When He Was Wicked (2004)
  • It’s In His Kiss (2005)
  • On the Way to the Wedding (2006)
  • The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After (2013)

You can order copies of the books here.

Who is the author of Bridgerton?

Julia Quinn is the author of Bridgerton.

Do I need to read the books before watching Bridgerton?

No. You’ll be fine. If you enjoy the series you can read the books after you watch.

Below is a Bridgerton family tree from Julia Quinn’s website if you want some reference point.

How many books are in the Bridgerton book series?

It depends on how you see it. There are 8 books in the main series, one collection of the extra epilogues and two novellas.

Here are the titles in the main Bridgerton series:

  • The Duke and I (2000)
  • The Viscount Who Loved Me (2000)
  • An Offer From A Gentleman (2001)
  • Romancing Mister Bridgerton (2002)
  • To Sir Phillip, With Love (2003)
  • When He Was Wicked (2004)
  • It’s In His Kiss (2005)
  • On the Way to the Wedding (2006)

You can read the second epilogues in The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After. There are two Lady Whistledown novellas.

You can order copies of the books here.

What should I read to prepare for Bridgerton?

Here are some helpful pieces:

Is Bridgerton based on a real historical event?

This is… history adjacent. The characters we follow are made up, and they are existing in a Regency world, just a made up one for this book.

What year is Bridgerton set?

1813.

Why is the Queen in Bridgerton wearing different clothes than other people?

It’s a nod to the fact that the monarchy was still trying to embrace the earlier fashion at court. I personally don’t blame a production for not wanting to have to dress people in that… unique style.

You can read more about the costume design in Bridgerton here.

Is Bridgerton a Regency Gossip Girl?

That’s been the tagline for this, and with Lady Whistledown being at the held of society gossip, I’d say it seems an apt comparison.

Why should I watch Bridgerton?

Do you like romance? Historical costume drama? Diverse productions?

There are tons of reasons to watch this, including the buzz that this could signal a trend in adapting beloved romance novels.

What’s with the bees?

Bridgerton Bees is a nickname for parts of the fandom. And bees get a mention in the books.

Are there trigger warnings I should know about?

*minor spoilers* From early reviews it looks like the problematic scene from the book as been changed to be less awful, but that plot point still exists. So be aware there are consent issues and maybe rape.

How can I be cast as a Season 2 extra?

I wish I knew! If anyone at Netflix or Shondaland is reading this, please let us know how we can be extra in future Bridgerton eps!

Who designed the costumes in Bridgerton?

That would be Emmy Award-winning costume designer Ellen Mirojnick! You can read more about her vision here.


I’ll be monitoring the comments here and adding major questions as I see them coming in. So please leave your questions in the comments!

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