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(L, R) Martin Henderson arsenic Jack Sheridan, Alexandra Breckenridge arsenic Mel Monroe successful Virgin River play 4
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"We for illustration to support things arsenic analyzable arsenic humanly possible,” Virgin River's starring man Jack erstwhile said. And he wasn’t wholly joking. 

Now successful its 5th season, nan deed Netflix play astir widow and caregiver practitioner Mel (Alexandra Breckenridge) starting complete successful nan titular bluish California municipality pinch nan thief of nan marine turned barroom proprietor (Martin Henderson) whitethorn look for illustration a Hallmark movie, but it’s crippled is acold messier. 

There’s been romance successful nan forest-fresh air, but besides fertility issues and astonishment pregnancies, concealed illnesses and tragic losses, PTSD and alcoholism — not to mention a convulsive supplier kingpin (and queen), an abusive ex pinch a copy brother, and a wildfire. 

As we hold to spot what nan show, based connected Robyn Carr’s prolific book series, has successful shop for its vacation episodes arriving Nov. 30 (hopefully nan uncover of Mel’s father!), present are 7 likewise sudsy yet earnest shows for illustration Virgin River to watch successful nan meantime.

Sweet Magnolias

Heather Headley arsenic Helen Decatur, Joanna Garcia Swisher arsenic Maddie Townsend, Brooke Elliott arsenic Dana Sue connected Sweet Magnolias

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It tin beryllium conscionable arsenic difficult to commencement complete successful a municipality you grew up in, arsenic Maddie (expert crier JoAnna Garcia Swisher) learns successful this Netflix series, based connected different of Woods’ book series. As Season 1 opens successful nan deceptively named Serenity, South Carolina, nan mother of 3 is finalizing her divorcement to Dr. Bill Townsend (Chris Klein) —  who’s expecting a babe pinch his caregiver Noreen (Jamie Lynn Spears). 

In Maddie’s area are her champion friends, lawyer Helen Decatur (Heather Headley) and cook Dana Sue Sullivan (Brooke Elliott), and, soon, retired pro turned precocious schoolhouse shot coach Cal Maddox (Justin Bruening). The ladies opportunity there’s nary problem that their margarita nights can’t solve, but that mentation is tested erstwhile they determine to unfastened a spa together, Dana Sue’s estranged hubby Ronnie (Brandon Quinn) returns, and azygous Helen realizes she’d for illustration to person children. 

Throw successful immoderate teen play (Maddie’s youngest boy has a crush connected Dana Sue’s daughter, who has a crush connected Maddie’s eldest boy!), on pinch immoderate big emotion triangles, a vindictive sister-in-law, and a blowout fight, and you person much than capable occasions for nan pals to “pour it out.” Fans are still awaiting connection connected whether they’ll beryllium replenishing their glasses for a 4th season.

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This is Us

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If you were personification who missed nan affectional rollercoaster that was this 2016-22 NBC drama, past you besides missed 1 of nan astir satisfying TV rides successful caller memory. Over six carefully-crafted and exquisitely acted seasons, we travel nan lives of nan Pearson family successful nan past, arsenic mates Jack and Rebecca (Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore) are raising “The Big 3” successful Pittsburgh; nan present, arsenic their twins Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Kevin (Justin Hartley) and adopted son, Randall (Emmy victor Sterling K. Brown), woody pinch big issues for illustration divorce, addiction, anxiety, and long-simmering resentments; and nan future, arsenic Rebecca’s Alzheimer’s illness runs its people and her children hole to opportunity goodbye. 

The bid is 1 of nan champion examples of what makes tv special, which is nan magnitude of clip you get to walk pinch characters. In this case, 106 episodes screen decades of nan astir pivotal moments successful their lives — including Jack’s decease erstwhile nan Big 3 were teens (a enigma large capable to beryllium revealed successful a post-Super Bowl episode) — and show really events large and mini informed who they are today.

The viewer’s finance successful powerful and rewarding, peculiarly arsenic celebrated character Kevin’s puerility sweetheart Sophie (Virgin River’s Breckenridge) keeps reentering nan image to people his growth, and Randall forms a narration pinch his biologic father, William (the precocious Ron Cephas Jones, who won 2 Emmys for his soulful performance). The two-part bid finale will break your bosom and capable it up again. Anyone who’s said goodbye to a genitor successful hospice will consciousness arsenic if their last moments were captured connected movie and dream that Rebecca’s last travel is 1 that awaits america all. 

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Hart of Dixie

(L, R) Wilson Bethel and Rachel Bilson successful Hart of Dixie

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Just for illustration Mel is met by a leader (Tim Matheson) who believes he doesn’t request her and locals who see her an outsider, Dr. Zoe Hart (Rachel Bilson), the heroine of this 2011-15 CW charmer, has immoderate folks to triumph over. Zoe reluctantly trades New York City for Bluebell, Alabama, wherever she plans to walk a twelvemonth arsenic a wide practioner and get nan bedside mode needed to people her dream cardiothoracic room fellowship. She’s inherited half of a aesculapian practice, but nan remaining partner, prickly Dr. Brick Breeland (also Matheson), wants her out. Luckily she has 2 gentlemen successful her corner, retired NFL awesome turned politician Lavon Hayes (Cress Williams) and lawyer George Tucker (Scott Porter), because Brick’s belle daughter, Lemon (Jaime King), aka George’s fiancée, besides considers Zoe her sworn enemy. 

Expect plentifulness of bayou joke — Lavon has a pet alligator named Burt Reynolds — and immoderate bully ol’ fashioned emotion triangles: Zoe is torn betwixt pining for George and denying her attraction to her himbo neighbor, Wade Kinsella (Wilson Bethel), and it’s clear that Lemon has a history pinch Lavon. Bless her heart.

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Northern Exposure

Rob Morrow and Janine Turner successful Northern Exposure

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This 1990-95 CBS dramedy, from nan creators of St. Elsewhere, takes its fish-out-of-water storyline to nan extreme. Needing thief paying for med school, New York City mensch Dr. Joel Fleischman (Rob Morrow) accepted financial assistance from nan authorities of Alaska successful speech for agreeing to activity successful The Last Frontier for 4 years. He expected to astatine slightest beryllium successful Anchorage, but instead, he’s sent to distant Cicely wherever early patients see a beaver and a man who’s been shot, past later stabbed, by his wife. 

Joel’s entertaining neuroticism whitethorn beryllium somewhat predictable but here’s what’s refreshing: The locals are really happy to person him! And moreover if Joel won’t initially admit it, he finds them, their drama, and their traditions fascinating. Bush aviator Maggie O’Connell (Janine Turner) has a emotion life that whitethorn beryllium cursed. Bar proprietor Holling Vincoeur (John Cullum) and astronaut turned municipality visionary Maurice Minnifield (Barry Corbin) haven’t talked since Holling stole nan bosom of beauty queen Shelly Tambo (Cynthia Geary), a female 40 years his junior. Local disc jockey Chris Stevens (John Corbett) is an ex-con philosopher. Native Alaskans Marilyn Whirlwind (Elaine Miles), Joel’s unflappable, self-appointed agency manager, and Ed Chigliak (Darren E. Burrows), a budding filmmaker, defy stereotypes.

The series, lauded for its “magical realism” and disarming poeticism, won an Outstanding Drama Series Emmy and 2 consecutive Peabody Awards. Season 3 is peculiarly beardown pinch nan town’s moving root communicative “Cicely,” nan Christmas section “Seoul Mates,” and nan memorable “A-Hunting We Will Go” (Joel tries to prevention nan grouse he shot, Ed gives an unexpected day coming to septuagenarian shopkeeper Ruth-Anne Miller, played by Peg Phillips). 

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(L, R) Treat Williams and Gregory Smith successful Everwood

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Few things are arsenic cleanable arsenic nan casting of Treat Williams successful this heartfelt 2002-06 WB family drama. Created by Greg Berlanti, it centers connected Dr. Andy Brown, a celebrated New York City neurosurgeon, who moves his teen boy Ephram (Gregory Smith) and eight-year-old girl Delia (Vivien Cardone) to nan picturesque upland municipality of Everwood, Colorado aft their mother dies successful a car accident. His children and nan municipality deliberation he’s gone crazy, but Andy wants to beryllium nan benignant of expert and begetter his woman had ever hoped he’d be, successful nan municipality she considered “heaven.” 

Both goals beryllium much difficult than Andy anticipates: Everwood’s longtime GP, Dr. Harold Abbott (Tom Amandes), resents his beingness and Harold’s daughter, Amy (Emily VanCamp), befriends an instantly smitten Ephram because she wants Andy to put backmost connected his cape and run connected her coma-stricken boyfriend. Ephram, meanwhile, isn’t fresh to forgive his erstwhile workaholic popular for each nan life moments he missed while he was disconnected redeeming lives.

The aviator unsocial will person you welling up, arsenic you watch Williams make Andy’s condolences and desire to grant his wife’s representation consciousness real. After 4 seasons, nan bid gives some Andy and Ephram happy endings, but on nan measurement there’s a concealed pregnancy, an affair, much loss, and a slew of noteworthy recurring and impermanent stars (including Marcia Cross, Scott Wolf, Anne Heche, Betty White and an Emmy-nominated James Earl Jones). Bonus tip: For much of nan precocious Williams, cheque retired Hallmark Channel’s 2016-22 play Chesapeake Shores, based connected Sherryl Woods’ book bid astir nan analyzable O’Brien clan, of which Williams’ Mick is nan patriarch. 

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Somebody Somewhere 

Somebody Somewhere play 2 poster pinch Jeff Hiller and Bridget Everett

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You’re going to want to binge this poignant HBO gem group successful agrarian Manhattan, Kansas, truthful group speech 7 hours now. Bridget Everett stars arsenic Sam, a female stuck successful nan condolences of losing her terminally sick sister Holly, and, effectively, parts of herself. She originates to travel backmost to life erstwhile she befriends Joel (Jeff Hiller), a chap erstwhile precocious schoolhouse show choir personnel who remembers erstwhile Sam utilized to radiance and wants to spot her do it again. Their platonic relationship is nan bosom of nan Peabody Award-nominated dramedy, which whitethorn punctual you of Schitt’s Creek moreover though nan reside is somber astatine times (that said, Joel and Sam’s Season 2 nutrient poisoning is funnier than David and Stevie’s bout!). 

The show — which besides sees Sam mending a tense narration pinch her sister Tricia (Mary Catherine Garrison) and nan girls dealing pinch their mother Mary Jo’s (Jane Brody) alcoholism — is simply a beautiful reminder that you tin find like-minded group moreover successful nan smallest of towns erstwhile you unfastened yourself up capable to look. That erstwhile you consciousness joyless arsenic an big 1 lifeline could beryllium revisiting nan liking that made you happiest erstwhile you were younger. And that nan Peter Gabriel opus “Don’t Give Up” featuring Kate Bush is still amazing. A 3rd play has been ordered.

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From Scratch

Zoe Saladana and Eugenio Mastrandrea successful nan poster creation for From Scratch

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It’s amended to person loved and mislaid than ne'er to person loved astatine all. Hold connected to that thought erstwhile you watch this Netflix tearjerker inspired by character Tembi Locke’s bestselling memoir of her passionate romance pinch her precocious husband, Saro. In nan eight-episode 2022 constricted series, Zoe Saldaña plays Texan Amy Wheeler, who meets Sicilian cook Lino Ortolano (Eugenio Mastrandrea) while studying creation overseas successful Florence. As he’s already estranged from his disapproving father, and truthful nan remainder of his people, Lino yet follows her to America wherever he struggles to find a occupation worthy of his talent and to consciousness astatine location pinch her family (led by Keith David arsenic Amy’s father, Hershel, and Danielle Deadwyler arsenic her sister, Zora). 

But whether Amy and Lino are kissing successful nan rainfall successful Italy aliases slow-dancing successful a Los Angeles parking lot, their devotion is breathtaking. As Amy says, “I cognize that we person dreams, but I don’t attraction if we ne'er get to them, aliases if we ne'er spell past nan artifact from wherever we started, arsenic agelong arsenic I’m pinch you.” Saldaña and Mastrandrea make you judge successful that benignant of emotion — grounded and epic astatine nan aforesaid time. (It besides doesn’t wounded that Saldaña, who’s joined to an Italian creator successful existent life, is fluent successful nan language.)

After Lino is diagnosed pinch a uncommon cancer, some families rally astir nan mates successful ways that will enactment pinch you. Just cognize that nan last hr leaves a grieving Amy successful a hopeful place, surrounded by loved ones and Lino’s memory. Tembi and her sister, Attica Locke, who co-created nan bid pinch specified honesty and affection, wouldn’t person had it immoderate different way.

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