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Hart of Dixie (Hart of Dixie)
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). Though it felt like a collective fever dream at times, the show left fans with a lot of fond memories because it could move you to tears as well as make you laugh.
The following list of shows, all similar to Hart of Dixie, will satisfy your cravings. Many of the programs feature medical professionals who’ve relocated and made a new life for themselves. Who knew that plot line was so popular? These are the shows to watch after Hart of Dixie if you enjoyed it.
Interested in seeing what else we’ve got on the list? There are a slew of them here! Also, if you want more recommendations based on your favorite shows, we’ve got those, too.
1. Ginny & Georgia
The Gentry Sisters: Antonia, Brianne, Ginny, and 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. Connolly, Kelley Check out the video below to see it for yourself.
2. Gilmore Girls
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel
The Warner Bros. backlot in Burbank, California was used for both Gilmore Girls and Hart of Dixie, but that is the only thing the two shows have in common other than the town square. In both films, the setting is a quaint small town where there are annual festivals and strange customs. 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:
Sutton Foster and the Bunheads, for example.
Check out Amy Sherman-Bunheads Palladino’s after finishing Gilmore Girls, 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. The show follows 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 shows. You can see this on Hulu or Freeform.
4. Virgin River
With its book-to-screen adaptation, Virgin River is more serious than Hart of Dixie ever was. However, the two shows share a number of similarities, such as a main character who is a medical professional, an attractive bartender love interest, a small-town setting with plenty of romance, and Tim Matheson as a doctor. Even if you tried, you couldn’t come up with 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
If you enjoyed Hart of Dixie and would like to see a show that has strong female friendships without the catty drama of Hart of Dixie, then Playing House is for you. Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham, who created the show, play lifelong friends Emma and Maggie in Playing House, which they also star in. As a result of Maggie’s decision to leave her husband while she’s pregnant, Emma returns to their small town and moves in with Maggie to assist her with pregnancy preparation and child care once the baby 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. One season of this heartwarming show on The CW featured some attractive eye candy, but it may have just been ahead of its time. Even though the show premiered right after 90210 and Gossip Girl, Hart of Dixie was more sweet and good-natured than those shows and would eventually become a hit on The WB thanks to the warmth it captured. Even Rina Mimoun, the writer behind Privileged, would go on to write for Hart of Dixie in the future. While it’s a shame the show didn’t go on to have a successful second season, the first one is still well worth checking out. You can see this on CW Seed, but it has advertisements.
7. Jane the Virgin
If I am being completely honest, the main reason I recommend that fans of Hart of Dixie check out CW’s Jane the Virgin, about a young woman (Gina Rodriguez) who is accidentally artificially inseminated, is because the show’s main character, Petra Solano (Yael Grobglas), wears a lot of formal shorts over the course of the five seasons of the show. It’s the only time she’s ever been teased about it. In my opinion, Petra and Zoe would become fast friends. There is a good mix of levity and seriousness in both shows, as well as love triangles that have drawn large audiences and leading ladies who begin as rivals but end up becoming close friends. More than just a pair of formal shorts can be enjoyed here. The following video can be seen on Netflix:
8. Sweet Magnolias
If you like Hart of Dixie’s Southern hospitality and charm, you’ll love Netflix’s Sweet Magnolias, which is based on a book series and swept many viewers off their feet earlier this year. Hart of Dixie has those qualities, too. 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). To make matters worse, her husband’s new fiancée is pregnant. Meanwhile, Maddie is juggling raising her children as well as managing a new business venture with her best friends, Helen (Heather Headley) and Dana Sue (Dana Sue Wells) (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. To be an effective general practitioner, Dr. Andy Brown (Treat Williams) needs extensive training and experience. 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. Greg Berlanti’s touching WB series is full of small-town charm, family drama, and the ups and downs of young and old love. [HBO Max subscribers: check this out]
As a medical professional outside of her comfort zone, Zoe provided plenty of drama for Hart of Dixie. For those looking for a romantic time-travel show with strong medical themes but a weak medical storyline, you might want to check out Starz’s Outlander. 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). Every episode, Claire makes use of her medical training and knowledge to help those in need in some way, and she does so in a way that is much more believable. While Hart of Dixie’s trademark comedic antics are absent from this film, there is plenty of romance to keep you interested. If you want to watch it on Netflix or Starz or Hulu or Amazon Prime (with the Starz add-on), go to www.netflix.com.
11. Schitt’s Creek
Catharine O’Hara, Dan Levy, and Annie Murphy all star in Schitt’s Creek with help from Eugene Levy and Dan Levy.
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. With Eugene Levy’s Johnny and Catherine O’Hara’s Moira, Dan Levy’s David and Annie Murphy’s Alexis as the Rose family, the comedy follows the formerly wealthy family who lost their fortune and are forced to relocate at the start of the show. With each passing season, the characters grow, find love and learn that what matters most in life is not what you own, but how you live and the people you choose to spend it with. The show spans six seasons. It’s guaranteed to make you smile. You’ll be moved to tears. You may even wonder how the hell it slipped through your fingers for so long!