By Kaitlyn Bell
Spin-offs of popular shows are sometimes controversial in the entertainment industry. Series such as “That ‘90s Show” and “Fuller House” are some examples, but recently, newer spin-offs such as “Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story” and “XO, Kitty” have aired.
“Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story” tells the tale of the marriage and life of Queen Charlotte and King George of England, taking place during the late 18th century. The series is a prequel to Netflix’s “Bridgerton” and it is intended to help the audience better understand how the queen and king came to be. The viewers see Queen Charlotte’s rise to power and King George slip in and out of illness while still working to keep up a public image.
The main acting cast includes India Amarteifio, who plays young Charlotte, Corey Mylchreest, young George and Sam Clemmett as Brimsley, Charlotte’s right hand man. The cast is widely regarded as accurate and liked by fans, becoming popular on TikTok through interviews, behind the scenes footage and on set work.
“Queen Charlotte is a close second to my favorite of all the Bridgeton seasons. The actors in the show are very talented and accurate to their characters. The show overall gives me a great background into the characters and answers many questions I would’ve had watching Bridgerton,” junior Rosie Zehnter said.
“The show was really well developed with the plot and characters. It really gave us more to learn about the characters we’ve never learned much about in Bridgerton such as Queen Charlotte,” junior Joyce Cordero said. “It gave her character more justice as we learn why she reacts the way she does in certain moments.”
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Spin-off series have been taking Netflix by storm with new plot lines, characters and romances.
“XO, Kitty,” a spin-off of the popular series of books turned movies, “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” has taken a new approach to the series. The series tells the story of Kitty Song Covey, who is the youngest sister, as she moves to Korea which reconnects her with her long-distance boyfriend, Dae. She faces the challenges of love and eventual self-discovery.
Many have stated their liking and preference of “XO, Kitty” over the “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” movies. The show takes place in South Korea while the previous movies mention the Covey sisters' Korean heritage through their mom. Many believe that the series mixes a good amount of American and Korean culture storytelling without being untraditional.
“I definitely think it developed Kitty’s character in that in the ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ movies; the sisters’ relationships with their mom has always been a strong part of their characters and the way they live their lives,” junior Safiya Hamdani said. “So, to explore the importance of Kitty’s mom with her I think was super important to develop her character, along with the understanding of the other girls. I also liked the show because it was a great connection between two types of TV: American and K-Drama, which now has piqued a new interest for me in different types of shows.”