Bridgerton doesn’t really seem like a Shonda Rhimes show at first. The inaugural title in Rhimes’ multi-series deal with Netflix, the uber popular period drama is a considerable change of pace from Shondland shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder.
With nary a sexy lawyer or dreamy doctor in sight, Bridgerton forgoes a high-stakes workplace setting to instead adapt a historical romance series from author Julia Quinn into eight episodes of decked-out, horned-up spectacle — landing somewhere between Dangerous Liaisons and Gossip Girl.
It’s a stellar showing from creator Chris Van Dusen (Mashable’s Alexis Nedd said as much in our official review), but with a spiritual flourish from executive producer Rhimes that does wonders for the show’s binge-worthiness. Truly, nothing screams “Watch more of me right this instant!” like a Shonda-style flashback: one of those bizarrely filtered, but still iconic cutaways revealing juicy secrets at just the