The hit show “Bridgeton” is officially the most watched Netflix original series in the company’s history.
Deadline reported on Wednesday that the show is based on a book of the same name by Julia Quinn, which surpassed the streaming service’s own illuminating estimates by grossing 82 million views in its first season.
Bridgerton The Regency portrays upper-class life in England, giving a subversive look with color-blind casting and a story that focuses a lot on women’s lives.
The series was released on Netflix on December 25 and was described by GQ Magazine as a combination of “Gossip Girl” and “Doughton Abbey”.
“I think the show really provides an incredible getaway for viewers at a time where it’s really needed,” director Chris Van Dusen said.
“‘Bridgeton’ is a lively, lively, steamy regency love story; it’s about romance, love and joy; I think all those things are really universal themes that people are responding to.”
Netflix Tweeted out A message of appreciation from fans of the show on Wednesday, thanking them for making “Bridgeton” a hit.
Regu-Jean Page, who plays The Duke of Hastings, also posted a picture with the entire cast and crew thanking fans for their love and support.
Last week Netflix announced that Bridgerton would return for a second season, and focus on the older Bridgerton child, Anthony, portrayed by Jonathan Bailey.
It is unclear how many actors will return for a season of the show.