Oops! ‘Bridgerton’ Fans Spotted a Couple Modern Mistakes in the Show
One of the noticeable flubs appears just a few minutes into the first episode.
Bridgerton is not supposed to be a historically accurate retelling of real events in any way, shape, or form. The racially diverse cast, neon floral-printed dresses, and characters breaking etiquette protocol all points to a fantastical "what if?" story. However, some who watched the show couldn't help but point out a few modern faux pas that pulled them out of the Regency-era fantasy—and both were details that appeared within the first two episodes.
"Oh dear, modern yellow no parking lines on the street in the tv drama 'Bridgerton,'" one Twitter user, who noted they've worked as a historical consultant on a few television shows and films, called out on January 24th. "I remember our lot painting over modern white lines on a street or covering the whole street with earth."
The yellow street lines appear just a few minutes into the pilot episode, making their debut next to horse-drawn carriages and ladies in empire-waist gowns.
Oh dear, modern yellow no parking lines on the street in the tv drama 'Bridgerton'.
I've worked on a few films/tv shows as historical consultant and art department, I remember our lot painting over modern white lines on a street or covering the whole street with earth ;) pic.twitter.com/AN4v6kqhCB
— Fake History Hunter (@fakehistoryhunt) January 24, 2021
Another Twitter user also spotted a very modern manhole cover on the street in the second episode, while Penelope and Eloise debrief on the drama happening within the ton.
"I didn't realise the 19th Century Brits were such pioneers..." they tweeted.
Another person noted that they "still get the vapors" from the fake flowers used to decorate the Bridgerton sets.
You could have a whole account based solely upon anachronisms in Bridgerton.
I still get the vapors from the cheesy fake flowers.
— our lady of the cow parsley (@ladycowparsley) January 24, 2021
Though these modern-world flubs can take a viewer out of the moment when they're spotted (we're getting flashbacks to that Game of Thrones Starbucks cup/water bottles), people in the replies backed up Bridgerton. The series is not meant to be a snapshot of life in Regency England. It's a modernized fictional story set in an alternate reality of sorts.
As this Twitter user points out, a Maroon 5 song makes an early appearance in the pilot—"It's a show, not a documentary."
I mean honestly! Clearly you don’t know Shonda’s work. Maroon 5 plays in the first episode, for crying out loud the King is married to a Sista! It’s a show, not a documentary!
— Melba James (@jelbamames27) January 25, 2021
As long as we all go into Season 2 realizing that we are watching a fantasy (a very sexy, dramatic, and over-the-top fantasy), then minor "inaccuracies" such as road lines and manhole covers shouldn't bother us.
Who's to say road paint wasn't invented by the Regency era in this alternate reality?