Movie Reviews

Why Netflix’s “Sweet Magnolias” (2020) is Worth the Watch

Sweet Magnolias Review

Season 1 of Sweet Magnolias premiered on Netflix in 2020. At a time filled with fear and uncertainty, this Netflix original was a breath of fresh air. Based on a successful book series of the same name by author Sherryl Woods, it was bound to be a success. Now the show has two successful seasons under its belt with a renewal for a third on the way. Starring JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Brooke Elliott, and Heather Headley, this show pulls viewers in with its wholesome southern feel. 

Season 1:

Without giving away any spoilers, the first season is my favorite thus far. With a large cast of characters, it can be difficult to introduce everyone without it feeling overwhelming. Between the natural acting, chemistry between the leads, and the beautifully written script, viewers get to know the families and feel connected to their stories immediately. There is something for everyone from romance, to friendships, theater, and even sports storylines. My favorite part about this show is that it is family friendly. All age ranges can find something to enjoy about Sweet Magnolias and a character to relate to. Though there are a couple of storylines from the first episodes that get dropped / resolved quicker than expected, it does not alter the story in the long run. 

Season 2:

The second season was still entertaining and engaging. The cinematography is beautiful, giving viewers the urge to pack up and move to a small town in South Carolina. They had me gripped with the realistic highs and lows life has to offer. This season included a few scenes that felt out of place, taking viewers out of the immersive world. In particular, there is an impromptu singing scene that takes place in a hospital that felt random and did not match the tone of the rest of the scene. As a whole, season two followed the same formula as the original season and was filled with its fair share of wholesome moments and well done plot twists. 

Final Thoughts: 

All in all, I enjoyed both seasons and am looking forward to the upcoming third season. This is a show that you can watch again and again to decompress after a long day. 

Have you watched Sweet Magnolias yet? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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