e148. Sex, Love, & Bridgerton

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Surprisingly, Netflix’s latest original programming sensation is Bridgerton, a regency period romance chronicling the sexual exploits, politics and scandals of 19th century London. Or perhaps this isn’t surprising at all. After all, romance has been a primary genre of fiction since… before the time period depicted in the show. Of course, people have often derided it as cheap and paltry garbage compared to “real literature.” It is often considered populist drivel that only exists to placate the masses. But that’s where this show comes in! If shows like Bridgerton aren’t good, how did it immediately jump to being one of Netflix’s most popular programs ever? And if it’s one of their most popular shows? Doesn’t that make it good?

On today’s episode Hannah, Katya and Mav are joined by returning guest Nicole Freim and new guest Sarah Presogna to discuss Bridgerton, both the show, and the novels that it is based on. What makes it popular, why are people surprised and what does its… let’s say complicated… look at sexual, gender, racial, and class politics say about the world we live in today. It’s a really fun supersized show, so even if you haven’t seen the series, listen and let us know what you think in the comments.

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