‘Bridgerton’ falls from Netflix UK top spot
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'Bridgerton' falls from Netflix UK top spot

While Bridgerton has been sitting at the top of spot ever since the release of its most recent season earlier this year, it has finally fallen to the second spot in Netflix UK.

The highly-acclaimed series had previously been released in different pieces, with the first half of the season debuting in May and the remaining episodes appearing on the streaming platform on 13 June. Now after months of holding the top spot, the surrealist sci-fi animated series Rick and Morty has gained the number one position on Netflix.

Based on the Julia Quinn novels, the series had been known to follow the trials and tribulations of the Bridgerton family dynasty as they make their way through the Regency era of England. Centred around the lives of the family’s high siblings, the show depicts each of them juggling their struggles with love in high society while also trying to work against their various rivals.

Alternatively, the sci-fi animated series was previously known for its intricate plotlines and surreal take on humour. While its premiere has sparked a surge of viewership, it has come after some controversy surrounding one of its main cast members.

Ahead of the upcoming seventh season of the show, voice actor Justin Roiland had been fired due to accusations surrounding domestic battery and false imprisonment. Roiland, known for playing the voices of both lead actors, has been replaced with Ian Cardoni and Harry Belden, who play Rick and Morty, respectively.

Despite losing the top spot, that hasn’t stopped Bridgerton from expanding its world across multiple formats. Outside of the standalone movie, Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, the series also got the green light for a fourth season back in April of 2021.

With the latest series out, showrunner Jess Brownell has since said that fans will have to wait over a year for the upcoming season, telling The Hollywood Reporter, “We are working to try and put the seasons out more quickly, but they do take eight months to film and then they have to be edited, and the writing takes a very long time as well, so we’re kind of on a two-year pace, we’re trying to speed up, but somewhere in that range.”

Outside of the long wait, Bridgerton has seen a massive surge in the economy as well, with the series adding £275m to the UK economy since its debut.