Hart of Dixie on The CW, which ended in 2015, is still a nostalgic favorite in the important genre of shows about people moving to small towns for a new start in life. Rachel Bilson played Zoe Hart, a doctor from New York City who moves to Bluebell, Alabama, to take over her father’s medical practice after he dies, in this hilarious and occasionally bizarre series.
Small-town drama and a swoon-worthy love triangle involving the handsome town lawyer (Scott Porter) and the equally handsome bartender fueled the fish-out-of-water story (Wilson Bethel). Because the show had the ability to make you laugh and cry at the same time, even if it seemed like the audience was living in a collective nightmare, it left many happy memories in its wake.
The following list of shows, all similar to Hart of Dixie, will satisfy your cravings. Shows with quirky small towns, lots of romance, and doctors who’ve relocated and started over can be heartwarming. Who knew that plot line was so popular? These are the shows to watch after Hart of Dixie if you enjoyed it.
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1. Ginny & Georgia
Ginny & Georgia is a good choice if you’re looking for a show about moving to a small town with plenty of conflict.
With her two young children, Ginny (Antonia Gentry) and Austin (Diesel La Torraca), Brianne (Brianne Howey), moves to a small Massachusetts town for a fresh start. The series on Netflix is highly addictive. Her secrets, of course, follow her. Ginny & Georgia is a mystery, a crime drama, a comedy, and a YA series that alternates between Ginny’s life in a new high school and the unraveling of Georgia’s past. It’s endlessly watchable. To top it off, Hart of Dixie alum Scott Porter will be in attendance. “It’s all about the money” The following video can be seen on Netflix:
2. Gilmore Girls
If you look closely, you’ll see that both Gilmore Girls and Hart of Dixie were shot on the Warner Bros. backlot in Burbank, California. However, the two shows don’t share much else in common besides their use of the same town square. Their stories take place in charming small towns, where there are annual festivals and strange customs to be found. To summarize, Gilmore Girls will make you want to pack up your life and move to a town with long-standing feuds with neighboring communities, eccentric residents, and pets named after famous people. The following video can be seen on Netflix:
After you’ve finished Gilmore Girls, you should watch Amy Sherman-Bunheads, Palladino’s a charming and quirky series set in a small town with Kelly Bishop as the main character. Show follows Michelle (Tony Award winner Sutton Foster), a former ballerina turned Las Vegas showgirl who marries her admirer on the spur of the moment only to have him die shortly after she moves to his small coastal town. When Michelle moves in with her new husband’s family, she faces similar challenges as Zoe did on Hart of Dixie, but she finds meaning in teaching ballet to young teenagers with her new mother-in-law (Bishop). Even though the show only lasted one season before it was canceled, it was a great one if you like dance. It’s possible to see it on Hulu or Freeform.
4. Virgin River
In comparison to Hart of Dixie, Netflix’s Virgin River is more somber. However, the two shows have a lot in common, including a main character who is in the medical field, a hot bartender as love interest, a small-town setting, and plenty of romance. They also both feature Tim Matheson as a physician. Even if you tried, you couldn’t think of a show that was more similar. As a result of a string of heartbreaks, Mel, a nurse practitioner from L.A., decides to uproot her life and start over in a small town in Northern California. In the same way that Zoe does, Mel has a hard time fitting in at first, and her new boss (Matheson) doesn’t help matters. After meeting a hot local bartender/restaurant owner (Martin Henderson), Mel forms a fast friendship that blossoms into romance, giving her a fresh start and the opportunity to move on. The following video can be seen on Netflix:
5. Playing House
Those who enjoyed Hart of Dixie’s hilarity, hijinks, and heartfelt emotion will enjoy Playing House, which also features strong female friendships without the catty drama of Hart. Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham, who created the show, play longtime friends Emma and Maggie in Playing House. Even though she is pregnant with his child, Emma returns to her small hometown to help Maggie get ready for the baby’s arrival and care for it once it arrives. In this three-season run on USA, the show seamlessly blends the two leads’ hilarious antics with heart-stopping romance while never losing sight of the importance of the show’s central friendship. Check it out on Amazon (to buy it):
A lighthearted dramedy starring JoAnna Garcia Swisher (then JoAnna Garcia) as Megan, a fired tabloid reporter who trades New York City for Palm Beach in order to become a private tutor for two teenagers played by Lucy Hale and Ashley Newbrough, came out before Hart of Dixie. The rest of Megan’s student loans would be paid for by their wealthy grandmother (Anne Archer) if she could get the twins into Duke. There was only one season of this heartwarming show on The CW, but it may have just been ahead of its time because of the good-looking eye candy. As a result, it didn’t quite fit in with the audience that The CW had at the time — it was sweeter and more good-natured than the other shows, and it captured the warmth that was prevalent on The WB and would eventually make Hart of Dixie a success on the network. Rina Mimoun, who created Privileged, would go on to write for Hart of Dixie in the future. The show should have had more time to develop, but the first season is still worth watching for what it has to offer. You can see this on CW Seed(with advertisements):
7. Jane the Virgin
It is only because of Petra Solano’s (Yael Grobglas) frequent use of formal shorts that I suggest Hart of Dixie fans watch the critically acclaimed CW telenovela Jane the Virgin, about a young woman (Gina Rodriguez) who is accidentally artificially inseminated. None of this gets teased or mocked. In my opinion, Petra and Zoe would become fast friends. The two shows, on the other hand, successfully combine comedy and drama, and both feature love triangles that have drawn large audiences and stars who begin as rivals but end up becoming close friends. Formal shorts aren’t the only thing to appreciate here. The following video can be seen on Netflix:
8. Sweet Magnolias
Sweet Magnolias, which is based on a series of books and swept many viewers off their feet earlier this year, also has plenty of Hart of Dixie’s Southern charm and hospitality to offer. When her husband (Chris Klein) decides to leave her for a younger woman, Maddie (Joanna Garcia Swisher) is left scrambling to pick up the pieces (Jamie Lynn Spears). Helen (Heather Headley) and Dana Sue (Dana Sue Kinnear) are best friends who help Maddie deal with the fallout of her husband’s extramarital affair and the fact that the fiancée is pregnant (Brooke Elliott). Her life takes a turn for the better when she starts seeing her son’s hot new baseball coach (Justin Bruening), a former Major Leaguer. This leads to plenty more romance for Hart of Dixie fans to enjoy. The following video can be seen on Netflix:
Everwood is based on the Hart of Dixie premise of a doctor relocating to a picturesque small town. But Andy Brown (Treat Williams), a renowned surgeon, needs to learn how to be a better father before he can become a general practitioner. To begin anew in the wake of the unexpected death of his wife (Brenda Strong), Andy moves his teenage son Ephram (Gregory Smith) and his pre-teen daughter Delia (Vivien Cardone) to the small town of Everwood, Colorado. Small-town charm, family drama, and the ups and downs of young and old love all combine in this touching WB series from Greg Berlanti. Visit HBO Max to see this and other movies and TV shows.
As a medical professional outside of her comfort zone, Zoe provided plenty of drama for Hart of Dixie. However, if you’re looking for a romantic time-travel show with strong medical themes, look no further than Starz’s Outlander, which does just that. While on vacation with her married husband (Tobias Menzies), Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) goes back in time to 1743, where she meets and falls in love with Jamie Fraser (Tobias Menzies) (Sam Heughan). While on the show, Claire makes use of her medical training and knowledge to help others in various ways, and she does so in a way that is much more convincing. While Hart of Dixie’s trademark comedic antics are absent from this film, there is plenty of romance to keep you interested. You can see it on any of the following platforms: Netflix, HBO Go, Hulu, Hulu Plus, or Amazon Prime Video (with the Starz add-on).
11. Schitt’s Creek
Schitt’s Creek, like Bluebell, is a unique community full of eccentric residents, but like the show’s central characters, you’ll grow to love them and their quirks. It’s a heartwarming comedy about the Roses, a wealthy family who lose their fortune and are forced to relocate in the beginning of the show, with Johnny played by Eugene Levy, Moira by Catherine O’Hara, David by Dan Levy, and Alexis by Annie Murphy. With each passing season, the characters grow, find happiness, fall in love, embark on new adventures and learn the important lesson that what matters in life is not what you own but how you live it and who you spend it with. There is a good chance that you’ll laugh at it. You’re going to cry. You may even wonder how the hell it slipped through your fingers for so long!