I often talk about how much I miss living in New York City, with its conveniences, fast-paced tendencies, and culture. But I have this dream of living in Northern California in a Stars Hollow-like town, where there’s one delicious diner, a community, and everyone knows each other.
Hart of Dixie has been my latest obsession. I find a certain comfort to it: Zoe Hart (Rachel Bilson) is an intense, driven doctor from New York City who moves to Bluebell, Alabama in order to take over her father’s medical practice after his death. Since she didn’t know he was her father when he was alive, she feels a certain connection to the town and feels that by living there, she’ll be able to learn more about her father.
One of the first people she meets in Bluebell is George Tucker (Scott Porter), an ex-New Yorker who returned to his
hometown because he missed his home, but also for his fiancée, Lemon Breeland (Jaime King). Wade (Wilson Bethel) is Zoe’s neighbor, and with whom she has a flirtatious yet infuriating relationship. Zoe’s main confidant is Mayor Lavon Hayes (Cress Williams), an retired NFL player who relates to Zoe’s big fish in a small town feeling. This community doesn’t welcome Zoe at first, and the audience finds comfort in seeing her open up to the idea of a different kind of life for herself, even if it’s not what she expected.
The first season is up on Netflix watch instantly, and you can catch Hart of Dixie every Tuesday night on the CW at 8:00 ET.