We all know that whenever a show is set in any time period before our current one, that there are a lot of details which will need to be worked out. Not only would it behoove showrunners to make sure that things like costumes, vehicles, and the language used fit the time, but they also have to be careful about removing anything that's too modern for the era. Well, some eagle-eyed Bridgerton fans have, in the month since the series debut, noticed a modern error in the hit Shonda Rhimes romance.
While no one who's peeped even just a few minutes of Bridgerton could dispute the glory of the many costumes, elaborate wigs, or set design details seen throughout Season 1 of the drama, it appears that the production did forget to scrub at least one pretty noticeable modern element from the show. And, it comes to us almost immediately, at a little over three minutes into Episode 1, with historical fact-checking fans now pointing out the mistake on Twitter. Take a look:
Wow. Do you realize how closely you have to be paying attention to the entire scene set before you to notice that thin yellow line curving along the bottom of the shot? This is not to mention the fact that the scene in question comes up after we've already been introduced to some of the main characters, and none of them are here, so it would be pretty easy to let your sight glaze over the shot and not focus on many of the details therein. So, good job on you if you caught this all by your lonesome on one of your Bridgerton viewings.
I certainly didn't notice the modern street marking when I first watched the series premiere of Bridgerton, but I'm also not someone who delights in looking for such things. Anyone who's a fan of historical shows / movies / books / what-have-you will know that there are plenty of people who enjoy pointing out anachronisms. In the case of this Bridgerton sighting, yellow road markings such as this one didn't become common until the 1950s, which is over a century beyond when the Regency-era fan favorite is set.
For the most part, I'm going to guess that, unless you are one of the many historical fact hunters who enjoy picking apart shows like Bridgerton, you probably didn't even notice the curb in this shot. If you did see it, I doubt it took away from all of the dazzling costumes, sparkling dialogue, enthusiastic sexytimes, intriguing characters, and wonderfully regal brown folks ready to be enjoyed in the show. Luckily, this was hardly a coffee-cup-on-the-olden-times-table type of mistake, which certainly would have gotten people talking even more.
The much better news is that Bridgerton will return for Season 2, with filming currently set to gear up sometime this spring. I'll take a few more, relatively subtle, Regency missteps like this as long as we get more great orchestral renditions of modern pop music any time.
We don't know when Bridgerton Season 2 will debut on Netflix, but you can see what else will be coming to TV soon with our winter / spring premiere guide!