Hart of Dixie, which currently airs on Monday nights on The CW, is appointment television.
Yes. I’m serious. And now I’m going to tell you why I love it.
Rachel Bilson. Scott Porter. Josh Schwartz. I was a fan of The OC and especially loved Summer Roberts, the character played by Rachel Bilson. She was a little firecracker and had all the best one-liners. I’m interested in watching just about anything that Rachel Bilson is in, and a lot of that is due to the fact that she and I have the same shoe size (5.5). Scott Porter is another actor whom I would watch in just about anything. I, of course, became a fan after watching his portrayal of Jason Street on the much missed Friday Night Lights. And then there’s Josh Schwartz, who isn’t a cast member but a producer of Hart of Dixie. Along with The O.C., Schwartz created Chuck (one of my absolute favorites). I tend to give any project of his a shot as well.
Bluebell. Hart of Dixie takes place in the small town of Bluebell, Alabama, This is one of those shows where the town is a character all its own and the townspeople are seriously quirky and delightful. In Bluebell, there are flash mobs, one man four hour plays, Planksgiving instead of Thanksgiving, and an alligator named Burt Reynolds. Because it takes place in the South, there’s that added charm as well as a lot of diversity. Bluebell fills the void left by absence of Stars Hollow, the town that the Gilmore Girls lived in. I’ll go as far as to say that Bluebell is a lot more charming and fun than Stars Hollow (read: diversity).
Hot People. Just about everyone on this show is super attractive. Example #1 (Wilson Bethel):
Example #2 (Jaime King):
Ugh! They’re so hot and pretty that I can’t stand it. So, let’s move on.
The Fashion. I love, love, love the fashion on this show. It’s so deliberate and well done and true to each character. Zoe Hart, played by Rachel Bilson, hails from NYC, so her fashion sense is very contemporary, sometimes risky, and classy. Colors tend to be dark or neutral. Furthermore, Bilson is petite — this rocks my world. It’s kind of inspiring to see great clothes worn well on someone whose height and frame resemble mine (if only I could lose like 20 pounds). Then, you have the character of Lemon, played by Jaime King. Lemon is very bright, feminine, classic Southern, while also being very sexy and flattering. I’d love to have any of the clothes worn by any of the women on this show. I find myself Googling “zoe hart wardrobe” or “lemon breeland fashion” every once in awhile. Want visual aids? Watch the show!
The Premise. I probably should have written about this first, but I obviously just love what the show is about. The characters are around the same age as I am. They’re trying to figure things out. They’re dealing with relationships and growing up. None of them are on the path that they expected to be on, and they’re learning how to deal with that change. So, I can relate. I mean, I didn’t move to a small town from NYC, I’m not a doctor, I was never engaged, I have a nice job and a supportive family… but I’ve grown to care about these characters and their successes and failures. I definitely find myself rooting for them.
It’s not complicated, it’s not twisted, it’s not exactly Emmy-worthy material.. but Hart of Dixie is damn entertaining. I actually look forward to spending my Monday nights watching it. Give it a shot!
Hart of Dixie airs Monday nights at 9/8c on The CW.