Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story

NZ release: 04 May 2023

Sex scenes Rated on: 04 May 2023

Queen Charliotte a Bridgerton Story

What’s it about?

The six-episode limited series tells the fictitious story of Queen Charlotte and her marriage to King George III of England. The episodes explore their marriage, mental illness, race, women’s empowerment, and royal life.

The facts

  • Created by Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice)
  • English language
  • Six episodes, each around 60min
  • The show is a prequel spin-off of the Bridgerton series

Why did it get this rating?

The series was self-rated by Netflix. You can find out more about self-rating by streaming providers here.


There are numerous depictions of sexual activity, including oral sex. Some buttock nudity is shown.

There are several sexual references, including references to brothels and sex workers. In one scene an older woman educates a younger woman about sex, telling her that it is not enjoyable.


A doctor tortures a mentally ill character by gagging him, forcing his head under water, covering him with leeches, and burning him with a scalding iron. It is unclear if the doctor has nasty intentions or if he is genuinely trying to help. The torture is briefly shown throughout the episodes, indicating that it is occurring over a long period of time. Injuries are not shown except for some blood from the leeches.


There are several discussions around race and rights to royalty.

Offensive language

Women are sometimes referred to as “wh*res”. “b*stard” is also sometimes mentioned.

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