Hulu's The Artful Dodger Comes To Steal All Bridgerton Fans
A new wave of period dramas takes over.
Bridgerton's release in December 2020 was not only a gift to a world exhausted by COVID and seemingly endless lockdowns, but also the beginning of a new wave in the romantic period TV series genre. The show had the same beautiful Regency look, but was shot from a very modern perspective.
Instead of being familiarly slow, cautious, and innocent, Bridgerton turned out to be an 8-episode celebration of the same human emotions and desires that people experienced then as they do now. Characters were allowed to be witty, daring, ambitious, and energetic, though still constrained by social rules.
This fresh perspective, provided by the author of the original book series, Julia Quinn, as well as the show's executive producer, Shonda Rhimes, and her team, unleashed a whole new wave of period content. Slightly infuriating for those seeking historical accuracy, but enchanting for just about everyone else.
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Is The Artful Dodger Worth Watching?
The Artful Dodger premiered for U.S. viewers on Hulu on November 29 and has already taken the Internet by storm thanks to the blossoming romance and impeccable on-screen chemistry between the leads. The Australian production stars Thomas Brodie-Sangster as the Artful Dodger, Jack Dawkins and Maia Mitchell as Lady Belle Fox.
The events of the show take place in Australia, in the bustling colony of Port Victory, while keeping the audience in the 1800s. The main character, Jack Dawkins, known as a respectable young surgeon, is haunted by the ghosts of his past. He is revealed to be the famous London pickpocket, the Artful Dodger, and is forced to return to crime.
The show is rich in adventure, but the romantic side is not lost on viewers. Throughout the 8 episodes of the first season, Jack and Belle go through several stages of their relationship, exploring the most delicious romantic tropes without ever getting boring or repetitive.
The entire first season has been released on Hulu in one fell swoop, so it's already available for viewers to enjoy without any additional waiting. The fate of season 2 is yet to be decided, but if you find the premise interesting, you can go ahead and show your support.