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Bridgerton: How to watch Netflix's hit historical romance as Lady Whistledown would

With Netflix' Bridgerton returning for a two-part new season, we stroll along the Ton and tell you a ton

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Prepare yourself, mentally and physically (and with proper attire), to return to the world the Ton. We're talking Bridgerton.

Shonda Rhimes' hit revisionist period piece Bridgerton is set to return in just a few weeks with a two-part season premiere, and as we count down the days we want to help you figure out the ways on which to watch it.

We'll dispense with any Lady Whistledown cliches and leave those characters to the TV shows and the books they're based, and get right to it.

How to watch all of Bridgerton in release order

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Bridgerton might seem like a surprise hit that came out of nowhere, but it is based on a series of prose novels and the track record of mega-successful TV producer/writer/director Shonda Rhimes (Grey's Anatomy). But like the world of Bridgerton itself, the show has created a unique bubble for itself that most all of us want to visit (and in some cases stay).

For the ideal method of watching Bridgerton, we recommend taking in the series as Shonda Rhimes and the other creators of the show intended - in the order of release, even if that means waiting to watch the prequel until after seasons 1 and 2.

Here's how to watch Bridgerton:

  • Bridgerton, season 1 (2020)
  • Bridgerton, season 2 (2022)
  • Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, season 1 (2023)
  • Briderton, season 3 part 1 (May 16, 2024)
  • Bridgerton, season 3 part 2 (June 13, 2024)
  • Bridgerton, season 4 (To be announced)

How to watch the best of Bridgerton

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Never let it be said that watching the best isn't the best way to watch. Be it due to time constraints or attention span, or heaven forbid you're prepping to rewatch the whole thing but want to stick to the highlights, we've chosen the essentials for you to hop, skip, and jump your way across the Ton to catch the essential story bits as well as the best moments of the series.

  • 'Diamond of the First Water' Bridgerton, season 1 episode 1
  • 'Art of the Swoon' Bridgerton, season 1 episode 3
  • 'The Duke and I' Bridgerton season 1, episode 5
  • 'A Bee In Your Bonnet' Bridgerton, season 2 episode 3
  • 'The Choice' Bridgerton, season 2 episode 6
  • 'The Viscount Who Loved Me' Bridgerton, season 2 episode 8
  • 'Queen To Be' Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, season 1 episode 1
  • 'Gardens in Bloom' Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, season 1 episode 5
  • 'Crown Jewels' Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, season 1 episode 6

Where is Bridgerton streaming?

As a true Netflix original, Bridgerton is exclusively available on Netflix. Netflix has treated this show like a crown jewel, preventing it from being on any other streaming service or even allowing a home video release as a DVD or Blu-Ray.

Do I need to watch the Bridgerton prequel Queen Charlotte before the main series?

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Heavens forbid, no. You do not need to watch Queen Charlotte before Bridgerton, nor should you. Because while Queen Charlotte is set roughly 30 years before the main series - it contains key scenes set in the main show's timelinethat would spoil some of the events of the main series - including when certain key individuals find out the mystery of who Lady Whistledown is.

It is best, unless you are fully prepared with a mental corset to rein in your spoiler radar, to finish Bridgerton seasons 1 and 2 before Queen Charlotte.

When is Bridgerton season 3 coming out?

Good news! Bridgerton season 2 will be released in two parts: the first on May 16, 2024, with the second following on June 13, 2024.

Will there be a Bridgerton season 4?

Yes. Netflix loved Bridgerton season 2 so much they simultaneously ordered both a third and fourth season of Bridgerton, although the latter has no release date as of yet.

What is the storyline of Bridgerton?

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Broadly speaking, the Bridgerton series follows the Bridgerton family as they engage in Regency era London amidst the social mores, romances, scandals, and other significant (and not so significant) trifles of that time - buoyed by the accoutrements of modern-day sensibilities when it comes to the music, personalities, and frankly less racist modern sensibilities.

What is the difference between Bridgerton and Queen Charlotte?

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The main Bridgerton show primarily follows the Bridgerton family while in the royal court of a mature Queen Charlotte, while the matriach's prequel series primarily follows her origin about how she married into the British Royal family - while still contining some flashfoward scenes involving the older Charlotte and other characters from the Bridgerton series itself.

What couple will Bridgerton Season 3 be about?

The third season of Bridgerton will focus on Penelope Featherington (played by Nicole Coughlan) and follow her forever-budding-but-never-yet-blooming relationship with young Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton) of the titular family.


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