Virgin River: Season 1 (2018)

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Episodes

Air date: Dec 6, 2019

Mel, a nurse practitioner, relocates to a rural northern California town seeking a fresh start. The welcoming committee, however, quickly surprises her.

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After finding an abandoned baby on Doc Mullins's doorstep, Mel and her boss argue over whether to call Social Services or find the newborn's mother.

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Mel considers being a temporary foster parent to Chloe while grappling with her own grief. Jack works to convince her to stay in Virgin River.

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Hope's health scare prompts a difficult conversation with Doc. Charmaine asks Mel uncomfortable questions. Paige keeps secrets.

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Under pressure, Mel and Jack respond to a medical emergency on a remote illegal pot farm. Charmaine and Hope exchange words.

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Mel gets a surprise visitor just in time for the town's big dance party. Jack continues to suffer flashbacks from his time in the military.

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Preacher happens upon a secret. Mel's memories threaten to overwhelm her. Jack has a sincere talk with Charmaine about their relationship.

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A storm causes a town power outage and everybody gets together at Jack's bar. Mel grapples with her revelation. Preacher investigates Paige.

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Hope urges Jack to read Charmaine's letter. Preacher confronts Paige with his new knowledge. Mel and Doc work together on a pressing case.

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Charmaine tells a stunned Jack to make a decision while Mel is left reeling and Hope is filled with guilt. Meanwhile, Paige opens up to Preacher.

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Tv Season Info

Searching for a fresh start, a nurse practitioner moves from LA to a remote northern California town and is surprised by what -- and who -- she finds.

Cast & Crew

Martin Henderson
Jack Sheridan
Alexandra Breckenridge
Melinda Monroe
Tim Matheson
Doc Mullins
Annette O'Toole
Hope McCrea
Chris Perry
Sue Tenney
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Critic Reviews for Virgin River Season 1

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[A] charming slice of small town drama.

Jan 15, 2020 | Full Review…

Virgin River proves that drama can be emotional without being emotionally manipulative.

Dec 13, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

If you sometimes tune into feel-good Hallmark shows to just switch off and feel cozy for a little while, Virgin River will help you do that. It's well-acted and well-written for this kind of show.

Dec 10, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Virgin River: Season 1

  • Jan 10, 2021
    Loved Season 2 as much as Season 1. Season 1 was a beautiful build up of the friendship between Mel and Jack with lots of great flirtatious and ‘make you smile' kind of moments between the two characters. Season 2 didnt make things easier for Mel thanks to the annoying Charmaine but Mel is such a strong woman and that strength was on display in Season 2. She started opening her heart up and found love again which was THE moment of season 2. Ive always loved Alexandra Breckenridge but she really comes into her own as the lead character of Mel Monroe - absolutely owns the character and is just phenomenal throughout both seasons. My husband and I both love the show and cannot wait for Season 3 and many more seasons. I want to see Mel have lots of babies!
  • Jan 09, 2021
    This is relaxing fare about a Hollywood-envisioned fantasy rural small town USA called Virgin River, supposedly in Humboldt County, California. The trials and tribulations of the dedicated hero-nurse Mel Monroe attempting to bring quality big-city modern levels of healthcare to this stubbornly quirky backwater town, and her budding relationship with a damaged but still cute and studly Iraqi War Vet who manages the local tavern is the main story. But my favorite reason to watch it is the exterior shots of spectacular real-life rural British Columbia, Canada, where it is filmed. Beyond that, is lightweight romantic fare aimed, I am guessing, at folks who love the Hallmark Channel romance movies, but with better outdoor scenery. FYI, the show can't decide where it is actually set except it's the good old USA where there are mountains and virgin streams. It's not anything like the actual Humboldt County. Sure in this Humboldt County there are pot growers, but they are shown as 100% ignorant, violence-prone paranoid outlaws who live apart from all the nice people in town. And at the Virgin River's annual "mingle party", sort of a barn dance, the nice townfolks play slightly country-twinged female pop, ala the Hallmark Channel, except the DJ is an African-American man, go figure on his music choices. Whereas in the real Humboldt country it is non-stop Grateful Dead, jam band, reggae and Americana folk music on the radio because the nice people in town ARE the pot growers, and they are usually 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation back to the land hippies, except for the kids and grandkids of old loggers who had jobs that no longer exist because they were way too good at chopping down the virgin redwood forests, who now also grow pot. Virgin River features the lovely Annette O"Toole of 1980's Cat People and Superman III fame as a suitably damaged small town manager, and she's the best actor here, but only in a supporting role. Also featured is Tim Matheson who is best known as Otter the suave and handsome comic-seducer in Animal House. Now he's the crotchety old onetime big city small town Doc who butts heads with the modern and more effective ways of our nurse Mel. And Mel is adequately acted by Alexandra Breckenridge , who is beautiful in a Hallmark Channel-ey non-threatening way, though not even close to as beautiful as Annette O'Toole was in her Cat People days. Also FYI, this is show apparently based on a series of Virgin River books by Robyn Carr, an author that I expect nobody in the actual Humboldt County has ever seen or heard of. Though I'm thinking that if you are a Hallmark Movie fan, you know her well. Enjoy anyhow; we all need the brain-candy in these challenging times.
  • Jan 05, 2021
    Love this show. Seen both seasons twice already and cannot wait for the next season. I hope Netflix renews Virgin River for many more seasons. The lead characters stories are heart warming and Alexandra Breckenridge is amazing as Mel Monroe. This part was made for her ! Martin Henderson plays Jack Sheridan and shines in the role - he really brings life and lots of positive energy to the part. Both lead characters have you rooting for them since their very first season together and the writing is fantastic - lots of drama but also light hearted humor and just a great feel good show!
  • Jan 04, 2021
    Watching during the pandemic; running out of things to watch. At this point, I want COVID to take me. What an awful unrealistic show with pointless scenes, garbage writing, and horrible acting
  • Jan 01, 2021
    Mel and cast are impressive. Character Hope totally annoying, but likely supposed to be. We just finished season 2. Like this one a lot. Much better than the more expensive Bridgerton.
  • Dec 31, 2020
    Not my usual fare, but the cast is so fantastic, and the main characters so likeable, it's hard to turn it off! Recommended.
  • Dec 29, 2020
    Filled with every cliche you can imagine....for those who missed their daytime soaps during covid shutdown of production (although this has better scenery). Everything is predictable, like a Harlequin romance. You know the crusty old timer will have a soft heart, and that the handsome guy will fall for the feisty newcomer in town, that someone will have a surprise pregnancy, that the nurse will save the day by healing the bad guy and then moving on to deliver a baby, that there will be a vet suffering from PTSD and a substance abuse problem. And there is the outdated "Magic Negro" trope, savior of white people getting into trouble, and the misogynistic character of Hope who is incredibly annoying for no reason other than to have an annoying female character. This show is like comfort food if you don't expect much...not very stimulating, but a comfortable way to pass some time.
  • Dec 27, 2020
    I love the storyline. It's one that has been done before, yet somehow fresh. The actors are fantastic. The main issue I have with it is the dialogue. It's so repetitive. Sometimes it's not natural, yet I don't blame it on the acting or overall theme. I still recommend it. It's a feel-good, sit in your pjs, wind-down, kind of show. I'm always ready for the next episode.
  • Dec 22, 2020
    I love this show,, I can't get enough of it.. Can't wait for season 3
  • Dec 19, 2020
    Campy and predictable. The second you see any interaction between two or more people the subplot between them is a foregone conclusion. Having grown up in a town of 1500 I can judge this show's writing.

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