Gentle reader, Bridgerton’s second season is full of wit and charm, but in all honesty, it’s downright frustrating. Fans of the popular series have been counting down to its return. Guaranteed a number one spot on Netflix, what ages is it best suited for? I’m breaking down all of the thematic elements, including its TV-MA rating, in my Bridgerton Season 2 Parents Guide and Review. Here’s what parents need to know to help YOU decide if it’s appropriate for your family. As always, no spoilers!
BRIDGERTON Season 2 Parents Guide + Review
Bridgerton season 2. Where do I even begin? The first season of Netflix’s addictive scandalous drama had me captivated from start to finish. Perhaps it was the intense chemistry between Phoebe Dynvor (Daphne Bridgerton) and Reje-Jean Page (Simon Basset). Maybe that coupled with the equally passionate storytelling led viewers to be completely entranced with this Shondaland series. It’s easy to say my standards were set high for the second season. However, Bridgerton season 2 left me frustrated, maybe even a bit underwhelmed.
Bridgerton season 2 is based off the novel, “The Viscount who Loved me,” by Julia Quinn. Although I’ve never read the series, from my understanding the second season is very different from the book. Readers might be disappointed in these changes. However, both remain the same in that this season focuses on Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey), as he sets out to find a wife.
New Characters in Bridgerton Season 2
Meet the Sharma’s. Lady Danbury (Adjoa Andoh) is hosting the Sharma sisters Kate (Simone Ashley) and Edwina (Charithra Chandran) for the season. Kate has high hopes for her younger sister to wed, having no intentions of her own to ever marry. Anthony begins courting Edwina, but it is evident it is Kate who truly has his heart.
While it might seem like this would set up for scandalous love triangle, it is more like a slow burn. Don’t get me wrong, there is clearly major chemistry between Anthony and Kate, but it’s more of an intense stare. I cannot even stress how frustrating their impending relationship is to watch. Maybe that’s the point? But when comparing it to Daphne and Simon…well there is no comparison. Their relationship was pure fire, igniting time and time again. While the passion is very much there for the Viscount and Miss Sharma, it hardly ever takes off.
Several Subplots in Bridgerton Season 2
There was a lot going on this season, maybe even too much. Perhaps if there were more than 8 episodes more focus could have been on our main characters.
Lady Whistledown’s identity was revealed as Penelope (Nicola Coughlin) at the very end of Bridgerton season one. Her character is shown struggling with keeping her secret, yet trying to protect those she loves. However, Lady Whistledown is the queen of gossip, so she still has a job to fulfill.
The Featherington’s are trying to recover from their previous scandal. Is it just me, or does this family remind you of Cinderella? Lady Tremaine being Portia and the “ugly” stepsisters being Prudence and Philippa. And then there’s Penelope who is a complete outcast, and forever wearing yellow.
One of my favorite characters this season is Eloise Bridgerton. Eloise is the definition of a feminist. She’s outspoken and is not afraid to speak her mind — something admirable and almost unheard of in this time period. I cannot wait to see where her character ends up.
Daphne Bridgerton has a very small part in the second season, but it’s very important in relation to her brother, Anthony. We all know The Duke, Simon, is regretfully not in season 2, and his presence is definitely missed.
Benedict and Colin Bridgerton also have small storylines this season. The end sets up season 3 perfectly for Benedict’s story.
IS BRIDGERTON SEASON 2 FAMILY FRIENDLY? HERE’S YOUR PARENTS GUIDE:
Netflix’s Bridgerton has an MPAA rating of TV-MA, meaning it’s generally for mature audiences and not suitable for those under 17 years old. Season 2 has eight episodes with each being about 1 hour in duration. Based on the popularity of season one, teens are going to be eager to give this a watch, but should they? That’s a hard no. Here’s what parents need to know about Bridgerton season 2.
While the language isn’t terrible in Bridgerton, there were a handful of words like: d@mn, Hell, and arse.
Viewers will see a character die and those around said character shocked with grief. There is an accident where someone is unconscious. Some of the characters go hunting with rifles. The Bridgerton brothers fight (playfully) with swords.
This is where Bridgerton earns its TV-MA rating. While there is certainly not the amount of sex as in the first season, it is still there. Nudity is shown on more than one occasion, a women’s breast and a man’s behind. But honestly, I’d consider the sex much more tame than season one.
Bridgerton is not meant for kids and teens. I very much agree with the age rating of 17 and up.
Bridgerton season 2 is a slow burn and frustrating beyond belief. It doesn’t pick up until after the fourth episode, and finally takes off in episode eight. I feel cheated with our swoonworthy screentime of Anthony and Kate. The passion was certainly there, it just wasn’t shown nearly enough. I feel like they could have done so much more…especially comparing it to the first season. Jonathan Bailey offers a stellar performance of Anthony Bridgerton. His character is very complex and he portrays that perfectly. Make haste, grab a cup of tea and stream Bridgerton season 2 on Netflix March 25, 2022.
BRIDGERTON Season 2 Synopsis
From Shondaland and Creator Chris Van Dusen, the second season of Bridgerton follows Lord Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey), the eldest Bridgerton sibling and Viscount, as he sets out to find a suitable wife. Driven by his duty to uphold the family name, Anthony’s search for a debutante who meets his impossible standards seems ill-fated until Kate (Simone Ashley) and her younger sister Edwina (Charithra Chandran) Sharma arrive from India.
When Anthony begins to court Edwina, Kate discovers the true nature of his intentions — a true love match is not high on his priority list — and decides to do everything in her power to stop the union. But in doing so, Kate and Anthony’s verbal sparring matches only bring them closer together, complicating matters on both sides. Across Grosvenor Square, the Featheringtons must welcome the newest heir to their estate while Penelope (Nicola Coughlan) continues to navigate the town whilst keeping her deepest secret from the people closest to her.
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