The popularity of Bridgerton cannot be understated, with obsessive fans being a natural extension of how the Netflix series has become the fifth most-streamed show in the service’s history (via Forbes). And consider Bridgerton just came out at Christmastime! But it also seems that among the 63 million viewers who watched the period drama in its first few weeks, are some who noticed at least two modern touches in scenes that are not consistent with life in 19th century Britain (via CNet).
If this “scandal” is reminding anyone of that moment in Game of Thrones where we saw a Starbucks cup, you are not alone. Obviously the iconic coffee chain didn’t have a shop on every corner back in 12,000 BC when that HBO series was set (via Time).
Flash forward to 1813 in London, and unfortunately, it seems editors also missed a few small details that aren’t sitting right with fans who are taking Bridgerton very seriously.
Fans notice many historical inaccuracies in Bridgerton
According to the Independent, the first mistake attentive viewers spotted was a painted yellow line on the road at Bath’s Royal Crescent. Oops. As one Twitter account noted, “Really enjoying Bridgerton, but with the technology available to film makers these days, a yellow line?” One response joked, “And… That’s where the CGI budget ran out.” Interestingly, another comment claimed, “Lord Featherington also users matches to light a candle 13 years before they were invented.” According to the BBC, indeed, matches were invented in 1826.
These are not the only historical inaccuracies fans have noticed in Bridgerton, with another viewer noting you can make out a manhole cover in another scene (via USA Today). Soon, more fans were jumping on the bandwagon to bring attention to other seeming faults in the show’s portrayal of the period.
For instance, one tweeted, “Anyone else watching #Bridgerton and thinking…… ‘Those are seedless grapes in that fruit bowl…..They wouldn’t have been around in the 1800’s…..They should’ve used a seeded variety for historical accuracy’…..Nope??? Anyone??? Only me???”
Well, maybe just them, but we get where you’re going!
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