You’re not the only one who misses Virgin River. There were many unanswered questions following the release of the third season of Netflix’s romance series in July. Despite the fact that the show has been renewed for at least two more seasons, little is known about what to expect in Season 4 (aside from some recent casting news). While you’re waiting, you could start another rewatch or watch a comfort show to pass the time more comfortably.
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In Virgin River, Alexandra Breckenridge plays Mel, a Los Angeles-based midwife and nurse practitioner who, after a string of heartbreaks, decides to uproot her life and move to a picturesque but isolated town in Northern California. Doc Mullins (Tim Matheson), who refuses Mel’s help despite her medical expertise, and Jack (Martin Henderson), a friendly (and handsome) local bartender, both challenge Mel to open her heart once more to love as she attempts to settle into her new life and move on from the past.
For now, we’ve compiled a list of shows like Virgin River that capture the same spirit to help you pass the time until Season 4.
Interested in seeing what else we recommend you check out? They’re in abundance here! More hand-picked recommendations based on your favorite shows are available if needed.
1. Sweet Magnolias
Bruening and Garcia Swisher, Justin and Joanna, Sweet Magnolias,
Fans of Virgin River will want to check out Netflix’s Sweet Magnolias, which is an adaptation of Sherryl Woods’ romance novel series of the same name. When Maddie (Joanna Garcia Swisher) discovers that her cheating husband (Chris Klein) has moved on to the younger woman (Jamie Lynn Spears) with whom he became pregnant, she begins to question everything she thought she knew about marriage and motherhood.
Meanwhile, Maddie is juggling motherhood and running a new business with her best friends, Helen (Heather Headley) and Dana Sue, while dealing with the consequences of her actions in a small town (Brooke Elliott). It’s Maddie’s fling with her son’s hot new baseball coach, a former Major Leaguer, that’s the real draw — and what Virgin River fans will go crazy over it (Justin Bruening). You can see it on Netflix.
2. This Is Us
To be honest, we’re including this heartbreaking family drama because Virgin River’s own Mel, Alexandra Breckenridge, has a recurring role in it, but the two shows actually share a lot in common as a result of this.
A major focus of This Is Us is the Pearson family, as the show follows them through various stages of life. The show covers a wide range of subjects, such as addiction, grief, and growing up as a Black child adopted by white parents. A box of tissues is required, but there are many great romance subplots in this film: Breckenridge, a romantic comedy legend, even appears in at least one. When she’s not playing Kevin’s ex-wife, she’s playing his childhood sweetheart, and the two have a lot of fun together. This one has a lot of melodrama, but it’s done in a way that fans of Virgin River will enjoy. -Megan Picurro You can see this on Hulu.
Starz’s Outlander has it all when it comes to heart-stopping romance and all that goes along with it. the actress Caitriona Balfe plays Claire Randall, a married former WWII nurse who goes back in time with her husband (Tobias Menzies) to the year 1743 while on vacation and falls in love with Jamie Fraser, a rugged Highlander from the time period (Sam Heughan). This historical drama’s main draw is the enduring love story between Claire and Jamie, who both use their medical training and knowledge to help those in need. There are a variety of places to watch this movie: Netflix, Showtime, Hulu (with Starz add-on), Amazon Prime Video (with Starz add-on).
4. Hart of Dixie
It’s safe to say that Hart of Dixie, the CBS dramedy, is Virgin River’s goofier, funnier brother. It’s amazing how many similarities there are between the two shows. For one, the main character (Rachel Bilson) is a doctor who (2) moves to a small town where (3) the local doctor has no use for her — and (4) the doctor is even played by the same person (Tim Matheson) in both shows! A hot bartender (Wilson Bethel) serves as the show’s love interest, making it eerily similar to Virgin River in tone.
Apart from a pet alligator named Burt Reynolds, Hart of Dixie also has an interesting love triangle with the town’s lawyer (Scott Porter) and a complicated relationship between the show’s leading lady and a Southern Belle (Jamie King). It goes without saying, however, that if you enjoy the Virgin River series, you’ll also enjoy Hart of Dixie and its setting in the town of Bluebell, Alabama. Amazon Prime Video (free via IMDb TV) and IMDb TV (free via Amazon Prime Video) both offer streaming options for this film.
5. Chesapeake Shores
Hallmark Channel’s dramaChesapeake Shores, like Netflix’sSweet Magnolias, is based on a series of novels by Sheryl Woods. On the show, Meghan Oryas Abby plays an estranged mother of two returning to her hometown of Chesapeake Shores to save her younger sister’s bed-and-breakfast from being foreclosed upon by the bank. Trace (Jesse Metcalfe), her first love, who she left behind when she moved to New York, is also waiting for her, as is a second chance. If you like Virgin River, you’re going to love this one. Amazon Prime Video (to rent or buy) or Hallmark Movies Now (to stream)
6. Call the Midwife
Aside from the show’s romantic elements, the medical plotlines and Mel’s experience as a midwife add significant drama and heartbreak to the story. In other words, if you’re looking for a medical drama that isn’t a carbon copy of Grey’s Anatomy, we suggest the BBC’s historical drama Call the Midwife. During the 1950s and 1960s, the long-running series follows the day-to-day lives of London’s midwives as they deal with social, cultural, and economic issues, with each episode focusing on a different aspect of love. You can see it on Netflix.
7. Northern Rescue
A Canadian family drama called Northern Rescue, starring Billy Baldwin as a search and rescue commander who moves his family from Boston to his small hometown of Turtle Island Bay after the unexpected death of his wife, might be of interest if you like Virgin River’s atmosphere and the theme of starting over. While the family is looking forward to a slower pace of life and a fresh start in a small town, they quickly discover that their problems only grow as secrets are revealed about the family’s past. As of right now, the show has only aired one season, and it’s unclear when or if it will return. However, Northern Rescue is a good option if you just want something to pass the time. You can see it on Netflix.
Even though I have no idea what it is about doctors starting over in small towns that appeals to some people (as evidenced by the numerous shows based on the same basic idea), this is the premise for the heartwarming family drama Everwood. Trey Williams plays renowned surgeon Andy Brown, an absent father who moves his teenage son Ephram (Gregory Smith) and pre-teen daughter Delia (Vivien Cardone) from New York City to Everwood, Colorado, after the death of his wife (Brenda Strong). Brown is trying to rebuild his life and reconnect with his children after the sudden death of his wife.
There’s a warning: Greg Berlanti’s emotional WB series will make you cry, but you’ll love the small-town ambiance of Everwood, the family drama of the Browns as they try to pick themselves up and reconnect, and of course, the romantic adventures that go along with it all. [HBO Max] Watch this.
Heartland, which is based on a book series of the same name, is a great choice for fans of Virgin River who want something to lose themselves in. In total, there have been 13 seasons of this Canadian drama about a young woman named Amy (Amber Marshall) who has the ability to heal injured horses.
A storm in the series premiere knocks out Amy’s mother’s truck and horse trailer, and the heartfelt family drama, like others on this list, begins with the death of a parent. Her older sister Lou (Michelle Morgan), who lives in the city, returns home to help Amy and their grandfather (Shaun Johnston) after they both sustain serious injuries. Since a fourteenth season has already been ordered, you can rest assured that this will keep you entertained for the foreseeable future.