Sweet Magnolias came out of nowhere to make binge-watchers ask “is that Amy Adams?” and “what do I watch next?”
No, that’s not Amy Adams. It’s not Isla Fischer or Bryce Dallas Howard either. It’s JoAnna Garcia Swisher, another button-nosed redhead here to charm the pants off you in Netflix’s sleeper hit Sweet Magnolias that premiered to instant binge-watch
Is Sweet Magnolias a guilty pleasure? If you believe in such designations, then it certainly counts. It’s the treacly sweet tale of three women living, laughing and loving in a town called Serenity in South Carolina, based on the novels by Sherryl Woods.
If you’re one of the many who have flew through Sweet Magnolias breezy first 10-episodes season, then you know that a recommendation inspo mood board must feature small towns, lifelong friendships, swoon-y romance and an abundance of sweet sentimentality. Here’s what we’ve got for ya.
5. When Calls the Heart
Length: 5 seasons
Short sell: Don’t let the utterly bleak show description get ya down, this period drama comes around to hits Sweet Magnolia’s most Hallmark mood notes. (Because it is a Hallmark show.)
Elizabeth Thatcher is a young teacher accustomed to high society, so she experiences culture shock when she gets her first classroom assignment in Coal Valley. Life in the small mining town is filled with challenges. A recent explosion has killed more than a dozen of the town’s miners, compelling the widows of those men to work in the mines to earn money. One of them – Abigail Stanton, whose husband was foreman at the site of the tragedy – welcomes Thatcher and tries to help her adjust to frontier customs. Constable Jack Thornton is not as welcoming, though, because he believes Thatcher’s wealthy father doomed his career by assigning him to Coal Valley so he could protect Elizabeth.