Hart of Dixie: Season 1 (2011 - 2012)


Season 1
Hart of Dixie

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It's got a solid cast, but Hart of Dixie is unfortunately rife with paper-thin characters and illogical plotting.



Critic Ratings: 36


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User Ratings: 94

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Air date: Sep 26, 2011

Everything had been going according to plan for fast-talking New Yorker Zoe Hart (series star RACHEL BILSON). Beautiful, privileged and talented, she was on her way to becoming a heart surgeon, just like her father. But when she's told she doesn't have the requisite bedside manner to get an important fellowship she was counting on getting that she doesn't have the heart to be a heart surgeon Zoe's devastated. Desperate, she decides to finally accept the offer of a kindly stranger, Dr. Harley Wilkes (guest star NICHOLAS PRYOR Beverly Hills, 90210), whom she met at her medical school graduation, and who had proposed she join his small medical practice in Bluebell, Alabama.

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Air date: Oct 3, 2011

Hoping it might help the residents of BlueBell accept her as one of their own, Zoe Hart agrees to join Mayor Lavon Hayes on his float during the Founder's Day parade, but, unfortunately, accidentally crashing the float doesn't exactly help Zoe win over Lemon Breeland and the residents of BlueBell. To make matters worse, the town's golden boy, George Tucker, informs Zoe that contractually she needs to bring in 30 percent of the business or Dr. Brick Breeland (recurring guest star TIM MATHESON) will have the option to buy out her half of the medical practice.

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Air date: Oct 10, 2011

Zoe is determined to win BlueBell's gumbo contest and prove to everyone that she is a part of the community and hopefully land some patients. Lavon develops a crush on Brick (recurring guest star TIM MATHESON) and Zoe's new receptionist, Didi (recurring guest star NADINE VELAZQUEZ My Name Is Earl), but things get a little messy after Lemon catches wind of the news. Zoe and Brick find themselves having to work together to perform a life-saving surgery.

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Air date: Oct 17, 2011

As BlueBell is hit by an intense heat wave, Zoe discovers that the hot weather makes everyone act differently and with a lot less inhibition. In fact, it takes all of Zoe's strength to ignore her heat-induced attraction to Wade until it gets the best of her. Meanwhile, Lemon prepares for the arrival of George's family, determined to win them over, but her emotions get the best of her when Lavon shows up to the same restaurant with his date, Didi (recurring guest star NADINE VELAZQUEZ).

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Air date: Oct 24, 2011

Zoe discovers something shocking about the local minister (guest star PETER MacKENZIE It's Complicated, The Mentalist) and his wife (guest star KERRY O'MALLEY Brotherhood), causing quite a stir amongst the residents of BlueBell. Lemon is determined to find the funds to renovate the town's historic bridge that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, but first she is put in the extremely awkward position of having to convince Lavon to choose her proposal over so many other worthwhile submissions.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2011

Driving home late one night from a house call, Zoe accidentally hits a man but can't find any signs of him when she gets out of her car. Later, she sees the man's photo hanging in the Rammer Jammer, and George has to break the news to her that the man in the picture died over a year ago. Meanwhile, Lemon and George are ready to buy their dream home until Lavon steps in and refuses to authorize the purchase because it is one of Bluebell's historic properties. Zoe's mom (recurring guest star JoBETH WILLIAMS The Big Year, Private Practice, Frasier) shows up in BlueBell hoping to reconcile with her daughter after keeping the identity of Zoe's real father a secret Zoe's entire life.

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Air date: Nov 14, 2011

When Nascar's BRIAN VICKERS (appearing as himself) has to drop out of hosting BlueBell Junior League's annual turtle race, Lemon is reluctantly convinced that the mayor is the perfect replacement as her co-host. Meanwhile, Zoe is asked out on a date by a handsome local veterinarian, Dr. Judson Lyons (guest star WES BROWN True Blood), and Wade has an unexpected visitor who stirs up all kinds of trouble for him.

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Air date: Nov 21, 2011

Noticing that Zoe is feeling homesick, Lavon suggests that she host his annual pre-game Homecoming party to help her feel more connected to BlueBell. Zoe jumps at the opportunity and decides to enlist the help of her friend Gigi (guest star MEGAN STEVENSON Californication) from New York, but, as it turns out, New York and BlueBell have very different ideas of what makes a good party. Meanwhile, George and Wade hatch a plan to get even with their high school nemesis, Jimmy (guest star SEAN CARRIGAN The Event); when Lemon catches wind of their scheme she wants in on the action, too.

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Air date: Nov 28, 2011

While the residents of BlueBell prepare for their annual Planksgiving celebration, Zoe anxiously counts the days until her return home to New York for Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, getting out of town may be a bit trickier than Zoe anticipated due to the fact that she has to meet her 30 percent quota of patients by midnight or lose her share of the practice to Brick (recurring guest star TIM MATHESON). Meanwhile, Lavon encourages Wade to be honest about his feelings for Zoe, and George's father (guest star ERIC PIERPOINT Parks and Recreation) offers him an opportunity to join his law firm in Montgomery, which isn't exactly music to Lemon's ears.

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Air date: Dec 5, 2011

Zoe encourages Rose (recurring guest star McKALEY MILLER) to enter the annual Miss Cinnamon Cider Pageant even though Lemon's younger sister, Magnolia Breeland (recurring guest star CLAUDIA LEE), is a shoo-in to win. Of course, with Zoe coaching Rose and Lemon coaching Magnolia, rivalry takes on a whole new meaning. Meanwhile, George and Wade go on a road trip to pick up a Christmas tree for BlueBell's town square. Also, in flashbacks, we learn some of the history of Lemon's relationship with her mother, as well as the details of when Lemon and Lavon first realized they had a connection.

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Rachel Bilson (The O.C.) leads a stellar ensemble cast in this fish-out-of-water comedic drama about small-town living, big-city attitudes and complicated love triangles.

Critic Reviews for Hart of Dixie Season 1

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (21)

Homey charms aside, the Dixie tale is sillier than an electric banjo!

Sep 14, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

What demotes it from a C to a D is some of the laziest plot setups ever, as well as the dumbing down of Friday Night Lights alums Porter and Cress Williams.

Sep 26, 2011 | Rating: D | Full Review…

Rachel Bilson (The OC) plays a would-be cardiothoracic surgeon. Yeah, I know, right?

Sep 26, 2011 | Rating: C | Full Review…

So we've got a medical drama, a small-town soap opera, a romantic comedy with two attractive and capable leads, plus bits and pieces of all those Reese Witherspoon movies. There just might be enough here to fly.

Sep 26, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's an inviting first hour, with plenty of room to grow via a cast of solidly drawn central characters.

Sep 26, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Surprisingly, cast and crew succeed in making the sugary sweet illogic palatable, if not a gourmet delight.

Sep 26, 2011 | Full Review…

Oh, "Hart of Dixie" isn't awful... But it's totally derivative and lacks the kind of heart that made shows like "Gilmore Girls" and "Everwood" so great.

Mar 24, 2020 | Full Review…

The cast, meanwhile, is simply phenomenal. It's my favorite of any new show this fall.

Mar 24, 2020 | Rating: 45 | Full Review…

It's basically a warm blanket in the form of a TV series.

Nov 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Hart of Dixie -- despite the cheese and clunkiness -- was an enjoyable way to spend 40 minutes. It's comfort food on television.

Oct 16, 2018 | Full Review…

The jokes manage the wit and cultural references that are trendy in network comedies, while the writers cultivate their own distinct culture and landscapes onscreen. Hart of Dixie is delightful.

Oct 16, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Dixie also has an endearing premise, and it's a refreshing take on the stagnant doctor genre.

Oct 16, 2018 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hart of Dixie: Season 1

  • Nov 26, 2020
    It is good enough to watch. But rewatching it after finishing the series, it is much, much better. One must have patience to get throught "the hard parts" and into the second season.
  • Jul 31, 2020
    The cast is surprisingly strong but the story is not especially interesting and it's southern propaganda is a bit much.
  • Apr 09, 2020
    I had to watch 2 or 3 episodes before I fell in love with this series. It was like a good book that you didn't want to end. Not too deep, light, funny, quirky, with drama. A 4-season Hallmark movie, only better. I liked the character development and was sad when it ended. I was thinking, "Aww, I won't know what is going on in their lives anymore." They got me through a few weeks of the Covid-19 virus quarantine. It was just what I needed during a time when things everyone I heard and everything I saw was about a virus and depressing news. A nice little escape. :)
  • Jan 18, 2020
    It started out kind of ok and went down hill from there. Initially, I tried to forgive the fact that Zoe is too immature to be a doctor (no one would trust her in real life) and her shorts are way to short for any doctor, but especially a cardio thoracic surgeon. She's also literally too young, unless she is a genius and her mannerisms and verbiage deny that. I rooted for her to get with George and then Wade. After Wade, it went south. It's as if the writers also got bored with the drivel. None of the characters have any chemistry with their romantic partners. Who could see George with Tansy or Linley. Who would match Wade with Viviene or match Lemon with Meatloaf, holy cow! Sure opposites attract, even in real life, but there is a basic line not to cross and and Meatloaf wouldn't have registered in a Lemon kind of world. The episodes also change dramatically in style. One episode, it will be sort of a drama, the next week it's straight up comedy and the episode after that its some sort of lame musical. The characters have no basic personality. Sure, a good show has characters evolve, but this show has them completely change personality and then back again. Also, is it me or, did Zoe start out speaking like a grown up (maybe not quite a doctor) and now she speaks more like a quirky teen to 20 something cashier! She is devolving and I'm not talking about getting a southern twang. I watched it for 2 seasons, got bored beginning of season 2, but was still kind of waiting for her to get back with Wade, or even George, but I was done somewhere in season 3 after every couple that even came close to having chemistry broke up and they started turning it into a really, really bad musical and Zoe's voice started to get so cutsey I couldn't even mildly like her any more. Wade and George also got boring. Waste of my time. Thumbs down!!
  • Dec 27, 2019
    I really really liked this show. It definitely has a "feel good" vibe and makes me want to move to a small town down south. The characters can be humorous at times as well. The storyline of each character is pretty well written also. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
  • Mar 20, 2019
    Worst TV show ever. My dog wouldn't even watch this shit.
  • Jul 06, 2018
    The show could be good, it could be really good. But, I can’t. The writing is terrible, the plots are contrived and nonsensical. Talented actors can’t save this terrible show from oblivion. The romance is boring, the medical cases barely register-they take up only ten minutes per episode. Nothing about this show carries. I really like the cast, which makes it all the more painful to say that I can’t stand this show. So disappointed, it could have been so much better.
  • Feb 20, 2018
    I love rachel bilson and the rest of the entire cast. The series wishes you were part of the gang.
  • Dec 14, 2016
    Whiney, screeching voices and thin overdone plots leave nothing but the same unbearable drek week after week.
  • Apr 12, 2016
    Too many improv Town shows and gatherings that make you wonder if these people died and are living out a fantasy in the afterlife.

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