‘Bridgerton’ gains big fan base with opulent sets, stunning gowns, and a multiracial cast

Regé-Jean Page as Simon Basset and Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bridgerton in episode 102 of “Bridgerton.” Photo by Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2020

Netflix’s “Bridgerton” is one of the most popular shows right now. In less than a month, more than 60 million homes streamed it. A second season is in the works. 

“Bridgerton” is a Shonda Rhimes production. Set in London during the early 1800s, it follows the Bridgerton family during the social season, in which well-to-do young ladies are presented for marriage. 

This type of drama appears in countless Jane Austen dramas. But this show is different in some key ways. Namely, it is multi-racial.