If you like your TV shows packed with romance and Southern charm, you've probably already been won over by Sweet Magnolias. The soothing Netflix series stars Joanna Garcia Swisher as Maddie, a soon-to-be divorced mom of three who's left to pick up the pieces after her husband (Chris Klein) leaves her for a younger woman (Jamie Lynn Spears). While dealing with the fallout from her husband's very public affair, she also has to juggle raising her kids and managing a new business with her best friends, Helen (Heather Headley) and Dana Sue (Brooke Elliott). Things finally start to look up for Maddie when she embarks on a relationship with her son's new baseball coach, former Major Leaguer Cal Maddox (Justin Bruening).
The premiere date for Sweet Magnolias Season 2 hasn't been announced, but Deadline reported in May that the show is aiming for a 2022 premiere. The series is also promoting Jamie Lynn Spears, Dion Johnstone, and Brandon Quinn to series regulars for the second season, meaning Dana Sue is going to have her hands full with Ronnie (Quinn) back full time.
While we wait for the next season, the good news is that there are plenty of shows like Sweet Magnolias to keep you entertained. Our list of similar shows features other small-town stories and sweeping romances that will leave you wanting more. If you're a Sweet Magnolias fan, these are the shows you should watch next.
Sweet Magnolias has a healthy helping of romance, but that's not all the show has in common with Virgin River. Also based on a book series, the Netflix drama follows Mel (Alexandra Breckenridge), a nurse practitioner who leaves Los Angeles for a remote but picturesque small town in Northern California to start over after a series of traumatic heartbreaks. Although she struggles to fit in at first -- her new boss (Tim Matheson) doesn't make it too easy -- a fast friendship with the rugged local bartender/restaurant owner (Martin Henderson) soon turns romantic, opening up a new chapter and a chance to move on. [Watch on Netflix]
Sweet Magnolias is a Netflix series in the vein of a Hallmark series, so why not watch an actual Hallmark series? When Calls the Heart, which was inspired by a series of novels by Janette Oke, has the same small town charm of Sweet Magnolias, only it's set in a small town on the Canadian frontier. The romantic period drama stars Erin Krakow as a young teacher from a privileged upbringing who receives a teaching position in Coal Valley, a small mining town in Western Canada. We don't want to spoil it, but she might just fall in love with a hot Mountie. [Watch on Amazon Prime Video (for purchase), Hallmark Movies Now (Season 7)]
Like Sweet Magnolias, Hallmark Channel's drama series Chesapeake Shores is also based on a series of novels by author Sherryl Woods. The show stars Meghan Ory as Abby, a divorced mother of two daughters who returns to her hometown of Chesapeake Shores, Maryland, to help save her younger sister's inn from foreclosure. But there's more waiting for her, including a second chance with her first love, Trace (Jesse Metcalfe), whom she'd left years ago to move to New York. [Watch on Amazon Prime Video (for purchase), Hallmark Movies Now]
Southern charm and hospitality oozes from every corner of Sweet Magnolias, and you'll find something similar in The CW dramedy Hart of Dixie, starring Rachel Bilson as Zoe Hart, a New York City doctor who moves to the small town of Bluebell, Alabama, to take over her father's medical practice after he passes away. A fish-out-of-water story fueled by wacky traditions, small town drama, and a swoon-worthy love triangle involving the town lawyer (Scott Porter) and the hunky local bartender (Wilson Bethel), Hart of Dixie will make you want to pack up and embark on your own adventure to the South in hopes of finding even a little bit of what Zoe has. [Watch on: IMDb TV (free with ads)]
Hulu's adaptation of Sally Rooney's Normal Peopleisn't your typical love story. Detailing the tender but complicated relationship between Irish teens Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and Connell (Paul Mescal) from the end of high school through college, the series is surprisingly honest and frequently heartbreaking as periods of close friendship and intimacy between the two give way to months of little to no communication as fluctuating power dynamics put a strain on the relationship. Easily one of the best new shows of 2020, Normal People is well worth your time, and at just 12 30-minute episodes, you'll breeze through it. [Watch on Hulu]
It doesn't get more sweepingly romantic than Poldark, the British historical drama based on a series of books by Winston Graham. Aidan Turner stars as the dashing Ross Poldark, who returns home after the American War for Independence and finds not only that his father has died and his estate is in ruins, but that his first love, Elizabeth (Heida Reed) is now engaged to his cousin. He soon falls in love with his scullery maid, Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson), a development that shocks his friends and neighbors but will make viewers swoon. But while the series is unapologetic when it comes to romance and will give you plenty of instances to drool over Turner, it's possible that the real sight to behold here is Cornwall, which looks stunning on-screen. [Watch on Amazon Prime Video]
If you're dying to visit another small town after Serenity, make it Everwood. Renowned New York surgeon but absent father Andy Brown (Treat Williams) packs up his son, Ephram (Gregory Smith), and daughter, Delia (Vivien Cardone), and moves to the small town after the sudden death of his wife (Brenda Strong) and attempts to rebuild his life in this heartfelt WB series. Created by Greg Berlanti, the sudsy series is infused with small town charm, loads of family drama, and the constant ups and downs of love, both young and old. You'll cry when they cry, and you'll celebrate when they triumph. If you haven't watched Everwood yet, now is the time to start. [Watch on HBO Max]
With a similar focus on strong female relationships and a healthy dose of small town atmosphere, Gilmore Girls is a great show to watch after Sweet Magnolias. The WB-turned-CW dramedy tells the complex story of three generations of women, played by Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, and Kelly Bishop. While the snappy, pop-culture referencing dialogue moves at a rapid pace and everyone in the small Connecticut town of Stars Hollow is eccentric (and possibly crazy), there is still a lovely sense of community and charm about it all. [Watch on Netflix]