Maybe, it is the influence of Archie comics and Riverdale, but I am enthralled with stories that happen in small towns. I feel a sense of tranquillity to see a local community where everyone knows everyone else. Of course, any such territory is not far from having petty rivalry and anger among a few of its residents. This combination creates a fertile ground for telling engaging tales and Sweet Magnolias on Netflix is one such story.
Sweet Magnolias, the TV series that has completed two seasons is a romantic drama that centres around three (almost) single women and their families & friends. The story happens in a fictional South Carolina town called Serenity.
- Maddie Townsend is a mother with three young kids and is trying to pick up the pieces of her life after an unexpected divorce from her husband of two decades. The kids are struggling to come to terms that their loving father can be unfaithful to their mom.
- Helen Decatur, a talented attorney is the go-to fixer for everyone’s legal problems in the town, she is single and unable to find her true love partner to start a family.
- Dana Sue Sullivan, a chef and successful restaurateur, mother of a young girl, is going through problems with her marriage. She trying to lean in and have it all.
Around these three main characters, a few other regular characters and their stories revolve. JoAnna Garcia Swisher as Maddie Townsend, Brooke Elliott as Dana Sue Sullivan, and Heather Headley as Helen Decatur have done a great job in bringing their characters to life. The youngsters who play the role of the kids have been great too. The series has everything to keep you engaged, whether it is affection, loss, betrayal, success, mystery, friendship, loyalty, and pain, Sheryl J. Anderson has included them all. The emotions of love and loss, especially amongst teenagers which is the toughest period in one’s life have been portrayed well – most of the dialogues were well written.
There are ten episodes in each season and each episode is fifty minutes long, so you need to commit a few days if you want to binge-watch in total, which is what I did a few weeks ago. I liked the show and can’t wait for the third season.
I learned that Magnolias are evergreen trees, characterised by their large fragrant flowers.