The best TikTok memes about 'Bridgerton,' the steamy Netflix romance that fans can't stop watching

Palmer Haasch
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Daphne Bridgerton and Simon Basset on "Bridgerton." LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX
  • "Bridgerton," a Regency romance brought to Netflix by Shonda Rhimes, has made waves in the less than two weeks it's been available on the platform.

  • People are making memes about the romantic tension in the show, reacting to some of its most famous scenes and emulating its characters.

  • Netflix also created its own challenge asking users to compare flirting, gossip, and getting ready in the 1800s to today, although user-generated content appears to be more prevalent.

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"Bridgerton," Netflix's latest heady romance series, premiered on December 25 and is still making waves online. From string quartet covers of pop songs to chatter on video platforms like TikTok, "Bridgerton" is one of the biggest shows of the current moment.

Based on the novels by Julia Quinn and serving as TV legend Shona Rhimes' Netflix debut, the show focuses on a number of affluent families that are seeking perfect matches for their children in Regency-era London society. Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) enters the season as its most prized participant and engages in a fake courtship with Simon Basset (Regé-Jean Page), the Duke of Hastings, in order to make her a more alluring prospect for potential suitors.

On TikTok, people are posting videos about the show, frequently reacting to its overflowing sexual tension and instant meme-ability.

@booksmacked

Tell us have you watched Bridgerton. Recommend some of your fav historical romances. #booktok #bridgerton #duke

♬ original sound - annie

 

Many posts are under the #BRIDGERTON hashtag, which has approximately 4.4 billion views. It's worth noting that not every video under the hashtag is associated with the show, however, since users will frequently tag their videos with trending hashtags seeking to boost their content.

Many posted their reactions to specific moments in the show, including the famed library scene set to a string quartet cover of Taylor Swift's "Wildest Dreams."

@chrispitsicalis

This shows the rated R version of a Taylor Swift music video #fyp #bridgerton

♬ original sound - Chrispitsicalis

 

As Cosmopolitan reported, Netflix created a "Bridgerton" challenge (prior to the show's Christmas premiere) asking users to compare flirting and getting dressed in the 1800s to today, posting clips from the show of Prince Friedrich picking up Daphne's fan (the tension!) and Prudence Featherington's corset being tightened prior to her appearance before the queen.

Some users participated early on, tagging their posts as advertisements.

@shreksdumpster

##stitch with @netflix the gossip is funnier now imo😭 ##bridgerton ##ad

♬ original sound - sarah
@_ms_frost_

#stitch with @netflix I guess now isn’t all that different 😂 #bridgerton #ad

♬ original sound - Daily Ms. Frost
@stacythiru

#stitch with @netflix we really be doing the bare minimum 😭 #bridgerton #ad

♬ original sound - stacyyyyy

Still, Netflix's own challenge was only a small part of "Bridgerton" chatter on TikTok - many of the non-sponsored posts associated with the challenge have only amassed hundreds of likes. Users made more of their own jokes based on the show, with many riffing on its characters.

Netflix has yet to officially renew "Bridgerton" for a second season. The show is currently streaming on the platform.

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