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'Bridgerton' and 'The Gilded Age' present uneasy marriage of escapist fantasy and social commentary

Simone Ashley as Kate Sharma and Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton in "Bridgerton." (Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2022)
Simone Ashley as Kate Sharma and Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton in "Bridgerton." (Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2022)

Netflix returned with season 2 of hit show “Bridgerton,” which began streaming as HBO’s ‘The Gilded Age’ wrapped up. Both shows have diverse casts, sumptuous depictions of the 1800s and an obsession with wealth.

We discuss this with NPR TV critic Eric Deggans.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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