Hart of Dixie VS Virgin River

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Hart of Dixie 

  • Genre: Comedy Drama
  • Channel: The CW
  • Main Female Character: Dr. Zoe Hart played by Rachel Bilson
  • Main Male Character: Wade Kinsella, played by Wilson Bethel
  • Antagonist of Dr. Zoe: Dr. Bertram “Brick” (played by Tim Matheson)
  • Location: the fictional town Bluebell in Alabama
  • Seasons: 4 . The series ended in 2015


Dr. Zoe Hart decides to accept an offer to work as a general practitioner in the little town of Bluebell, Alabama, leaving her dreams of becoming a heart surgeon after 4 years in a New York hospital. 

In Bluebell she finds a new family and discovers more about her past. Also, Zoe finds herself involved in a love triangle between George Tucker (played by Scott Porter) and Wade Kinsella (played by Wilson Bethel). Who is going to steal her heart?!

You have to watch the whole series to discover the real love of Dr. Hart! Why not binge-watch it?! 

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Virgin River

  • Genre: Romance drama 
  • Channel: Netflix
  • Main Female Character: Nurse Melinda Monroe, played by Alexandra Breckenridge 
  • Main Male Character: Jack Sheridan, played by Martin Henderson
  • Antagonist of Nurse Mel: Doc Mullins (played by Tim Matheson)
  • Location: the fictional town Virgin River in California
  • Seasons: the series has been renewed for season 2


The first season of the show talks about Melinda Monroe, who goes to work as a nurse in the remote California town of Virgin River where she has the chance to start a new life and leave her painful memories behind. She soon discovers that small-town living isn’t quite as she expected, and that she must be patient, before she can truly make Virgin River her home.

Martin Henderson co-stars with A. Breckenridge playing Jack Sheridan, a sharp-witted ex-Marine commander who moved to the small town after his service was over in search of a peaceful life. They soon became friends and not only….He builds a house for Mel, persuading her not to leave. 

We cannot wait for season 2 to see if their love story will survive!

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What’s new ? What’s old?

A new title, a new town, different characters, but… same story?!

When the first pics about Virgin River came out, it reminded us immediately something about Everwood, didn’t it? The landscape, the river, the mountain…

It seems like something we have already watched. Also, inside the plot there is not only a little bit of Everwood, but also we can find a lot of similarities with Hart of Dixie, and the receipt is really well done.  

Just from the beginning it is evident the character of Tim Matheson, who changed his name from Dr. Bertram “Brick” in H.o.D. to Doctor Mullins in V. River. What a coincidence! His role is more or less the same in both TV Series. He is the official Doctor in town who doesn’t want to be substituted by “the new entry”. So he tries everything not to be removed from his role. 

Looking at the main character we can see nurse Mel, who arrives in the little town of V.R. just like Dr. Hart arrived in Bluebell. Both are disoriented, have something that want to forget and both lost someone (Mel lost her husband, while Zoe lost her dad). They would like to restart their own life, meet someone to fell in love with and grow up their career. Will they succeed? 

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Nothing but a man, who seduce the female character! There he is, the knight we were waiting for, who arrives to mess all up! Both Zoe and Mel, at the beginning of the show meet the man who they will fall in love with in season 1. 

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Hart of Dixie – Wade and Zoe

Virgin River – Jack and Mel

Watching Virgin River you would like to know more and more about Mel, her past and if her new relationship will go somewhere. The episodes guides you across her past and her present day life, looking at her future and increasing your interest about the events, even if the plot is more or less the same you have already watched in Hart of Dixie.

So, is Virgin River worth watching? Or will it just be a mix of ingredients well cooked? The last word to you… leave a comment below! 

2020-06-17T18:06:38+02:00Drama, Romance|17 Comments


  1. Sarah 19/04/2020 at 6:54 AM - Reply

    I just watched the first episode of V.R. I have watched the entire H.O.D series twice. I definitely noticed the similarities, but some differences, V.R. Seems to be more “mature” and lacks the humor H.O.D had. H.O.D could often be cheesy with their characters and plot but definitely had me laughing out loud, (the good kind of cheese). I hope VR has some comic aspects to it.

    Thank you for time in writing this article.

    • Aseriesaday 19/04/2020 at 2:44 PM - Reply

      Hi Sarah,
      thank you for your kind comment. Really appreciated.
      We hope that the second season of V.R. will delight us with some humor, too!
      Also, I cannot wait to learn more about the past of each characters.

      Keep following us Sarah! Thank you!

  2. Kazia 08/05/2020 at 7:10 AM - Reply

    Ugh yes I noticed this too! Not sure I want to continue watching VR

    • Aseriesaday 09/05/2020 at 4:49 PM - Reply

      Hi Kazia,
      thank you for your comment.
      Let’s try and go on with V.R. too, then we will see if it’s worth it or not! 🙂

  3. Stella Mitzen 19/05/2020 at 4:16 AM - Reply

    i also noticed that the doctors office is eerily similar, dare I say the same. I never saw Hart of Dixie. I did see Virgin River and will watch more if more comes, I was looking form something on Netflix and saw HOD, and as soon as i saw the office i thought that is exaclly the same as VR, then Tim Matheson, who I love came on and more and more I saw the similarities. Will be binge watching HOD now.

    • Aseriesaday 19/05/2020 at 11:26 PM - Reply

      Hi Stella,
      thanks for your comment! Nice to read that you just started HOD and loved it.
      I made the opposite, watched whole HOD then started VR on Netflix last year and noted the similarities, above all about doc’s office 🙂

  4. reagan 29/05/2020 at 10:46 PM - Reply

    so virgin river copied hod

    • Aseriesaday 31/05/2020 at 3:29 PM - Reply

      Most probably just inspired or something, but there are a lot of similarities, aren’t there!?
      Have you watched VR too?

  5. Emilee 19/07/2020 at 4:03 AM - Reply

    Just watched first two episodes of hod. It is eerily similar to VR. I think VR is better.

  6. Jenny K 12/08/2020 at 4:18 PM - Reply

    I think the writers must be the same. Both shows include an episode where characters are discovered to be suffering from organophosphate poisoning. Coincidence? I think not. I watched Virgin River before H o D and enjoy VR more only because it is marginally more realistic from a medical perspective. I couldn’t believe it when watching H.O.D. and saw that the doctor was the same actor. I’m currently Watching the episode where Zoe is desperately trying to drum up patients before Thanksgiving. It’s such an absurd premise that I turned it off. I’ll turn it back on again when I can suppress my BS meter again.

    • Aseriesaday 16/08/2020 at 11:25 PM - Reply

      Hi Jenny, I can understand your point of view. I had the same reaction watching VR and thinking about HOD.
      Creators are different, even if there are lots of similarities!

  7. Earl 15/08/2020 at 2:21 PM - Reply

    Interesting story. My wife and I aren’t much of cable watchers…never had the time. We’re house sitting on weekends for the summer and they don’t have regular tv, just Netflix. We stumbled on Virgin River and were hooked! We binged the entire first season in 2 days and can’t wait for season 2. Well, here we are again this weekend and up pops Hart of Dixie and we start watching and it’s eerily similar and then Tim Matheson enters as the doctor and our jaws drop.

    Yes, we kept watching and probably will continue. I’ll say that my wife LOVES Hallmark movies and I thought VR was Hallmarkesque, but not as cheesy. HoD is closer to that mark, plus she likes it better because she’s from the South.

    • Aseriesaday 16/08/2020 at 10:59 PM - Reply

      Hi Earl! Happy to read you liked Virgin River; it’s based on Robyn Carr’s novels, so waiting for season 2 you could read the books!
      There are lots of similarities between VR and HOD, but I suggest you to go on and watch the whole series of Hart of Dixie. It’s funny, romantic, and lively. Also, it’s been released years before VR ( in 2011), so I think it deserves a chance!

  8. Jennifer C Boren 25/08/2020 at 6:27 AM - Reply

    So Virgin River stole the doctor and copied H of D?

  9. Elisa weaver 31/08/2020 at 11:24 AM - Reply

    also Wade and Jack, both bartenders. Just started VR, have wstched HOD twice. HoD definately more comical and fun, but can’t wait to see where VR goes

  10. Sue Dubow 13/09/2020 at 9:56 AM - Reply

    Did Tim Mathison realize he is playing the same character in both series .. They are exact parallels… the hot guy who has a girlfriend really goes for the new girl in Town with the medical career. This can not be coincidence.. Too many similarities with young medical single woman moving to a small town… sounds like someone stole the story and the other story just did their version of it because the other one copied it. They question is who copied it.

    • Aseriesaday 17/09/2020 at 3:55 PM - Reply

      good question! you are right!

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