Available on Netflix
Based on Julia Quinn's series of romance novels, BRIDGERTON is set in England in 1813, where reigning Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel) is a dark-skinned woman whose multiracial heritage paved the way for other people of color in the "ton" (think of it as the Regency-era's one-percenters). Our story picks up as Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor), the eldest daughter of a powerful, rich, and connected clan, is set to make her society debut. Her family has high hopes that she'll attract a prestigious (and rich!) husband. But a series of missteps -- as well as the overzealous chaperoning of her older brother Anthony (Jonathan Bailey) -- cause her popularity to plummet. First, a distant cousin of the "tasteless, tactless" Featherington family arrives to steal her thunder: It seems that the beautiful Marina Thompson (Ruby Barker) is the most sought-after debutante of the season. Next, Daphne rubs the most eligible bachelor, the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page), the wrong way at a party, causing a stir. But when the Duke and Daphne formulate a secret plan that solves both of their biggest problems, they embark on a path that will lead both of them into complications they never intended. And it's all chronicled by Lady Whistledown (the voice of Julie Andrews), the all-seeing, all-knowing Gossip Girl of Bridgerton's world.