Netflix's Popular Series Fails to Impress: "Even Sex Scenes Are Boring"

Netflix's steamy and popular series Bridgerton has returned with its long-awaited third season. However, television critics are warning that the show's explicit sex scenes, which have made it so popular, may not be enough to satisfy viewers this time around.

The Critics' Verdict

The Independent's Nick Hilton gave the new season only two stars, stating that Netflix's period drama has "lost its charm." Hilton also praised 37-year-old actress Nicola Coughlan, saying her on-screen presence is "excellent" and has been one of Bridgerton's strong points for a long time.

The Telegraph also gave the new season two stars, suggesting that Coughlan and Luke Newton's real-life close relationship does not translate to chemistry on screen. Telegraph's critic Anita Sign wrote: "The writers seem to have given up. The first four episodes feature Penelope crying in three of them, with almost identical scenes. Even the sex scenes feel like they're just ticking a box, as if they're trying to fill a quota."

Evening Standard's Vicky Jessop also gave the new season two stars, stating that Bridgerton's formula is "wearing thin." Jessop wrote: "The plot is predictable (someone says something wrong and then walks into a room quickly), the romance feels like a copy-paste job, and everyone lives happily ever after."

Hollywood Reporter's Angie Han also criticized the show, saying: "Overall, this outing lacks the show's previous spark. Technically, there's still plenty of nudity, but Bridgerton's signature sensual longing is significantly diminished because there's not much actually happening between the leads."

"The writers seem to have given up. The first four episodes feature Penelope crying in three of them, with almost identical scenes. Even the sex scenes feel like they're just ticking a box, as if they're trying to fill a quota."

A Few Positive Reviews

Not all critics were disappointed with the new season. The Guardian's Rachel Aroesti gave the show 4 stars, stating that despite having fewer sex scenes, it's still "genuinely steamy."

Bridgerton, based on Julia Quinn's bestselling novels, follows the lives of the eight Bridgerton siblings as they navigate love and happiness in London's high society.


The third season of Bridgerton is now available to stream on Netflix.

While some critics have praised the show's performances, others have expressed disappointment with the new season's lack of chemistry between the leads and its predictable plot.

  • The Independent: 2 stars
  • The Telegraph: 2 stars
  • Evening Standard: 2 stars
  • Hollywood Reporter: negative review
  • The Guardian: 4 stars