I have written many articles about some of my favorite shows over the years such as Friends, How I met your mother, Sex in the City, and Psych. However, my go-to shows are always about small town living. Three examples are Gilmore Girls, Hart of Dixie, and the newly released Sweet Magnolias on Netflix.
I am a city girl at heart but watching these shows about small towns really have taught me many lessons. All of these three shows take place in different place such as Stars Hollows, Connecticut, Bluebell Alabama, and Serenity, South Carolina. They are all focused on different types of people. Gilmore girls is focused on a mother-daughter duo while Hart of Dixie is about a young doctor who relocates from New York City to start a private practice. Sweet Magnolias is my current obsession. It came out on Netflix a few weeks ago and it is only 10 episodes long. It is about three best friends who decide to start a spa together. It also features storylines about their family and relationships. These three shows share many characteristics:
No matter who the main character is of the show, there is a very large focus on family. All of these shows that as long as your family has your back, there are no obstacles that cannot be overcome. What I love about these shows is that they highlight both the good and bad moments about family. They portray familial relationships very accurately and realistically especially those between child and parent. It shows how each are striving to the best that they can be and how parents and children do fight. However, in the end, they will always be there to support each other.
These shows also emphasize friendship. In Gilmore Girls, I love the friendships between Lorelai and Sookie and Rory and Lane. In Hart of Dixie, it focuses on the friendship between Zoe and Lavon. Meanwhile in Sweet Magnolias, I love the friendships between the main characters Maddie, Helen, and Dana Sue. I love how these friendships withstand time and show how they always have each others backs. These shows make me appreciate how lucky I am to have such a supportive group of friends.
3. Feel-Good Mentality
I love watching these shows especially when I am stressed. They really help me destress and remain calm. The fictional storylines of these small towns provide an escape. These shows always help me feel good and are very happy.