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Hart of Dixie



Quirky medical drama has heart -- and mature themes.
Popular with kids
  • Network: CW
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2011

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show underscores the importance of doctors treating patients like people rather than medical puzzles to be solved. It also highlights the importance of community. Occasional stereotypical references about the Deep South.

Positive role models

She doesn't always have the best bedside manner or the strongest social skills, but Zoe Hart is a talented doctor who helps patients. Some secondary characters are racist.


During occasional arguments people are threatened with cross bows, rifles, and other hunting gear. Some injuries. Blood is sometimes visible during medical procedures.


Infidelity is a theme in the show. Contains scenes of people hugging, kissing, and pulling off their shirts (occasionally undergarments are visible). Unprotected sex and unexpected pregnancy are occasional discussed in a medical context. One episode features a baby delivery.


Words like "damn" and "hell" are occasionally audible.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking (wine, beer) visible. Occasionally an adult character gets drunk.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this medical drama is pretty mild compared to other primetime doctor/hospital shows, but it still contains some strong themes (unexpected pregnancy, infidelity, racism). Drinking and intimate scenes of adults making out are occasionally visible. The series contains cultural stereotypes of the South and some of the people who live there. 

What's the story?

HART OF DIXIE is a quirky medical drama about a talented surgical resident who's learning how to relate to her patients. Zoe Hart (Rachel Bilson) is an aspiring heart surgeon who wants to follow in her father's medical footsteps. But after failing to secure an elite training fellowship in New York, she moves to Bluebell, Alabama, to take over a general medical practice that she unexpectedly inherited. The Gulf town is full of some interesting people, including its mayor, former NFL champ Lavon Hayes (Cress Williams), and Wade Kinsella (Wilson Bethel), her rowdy and flirtatious neighbor. She finds some common ground with New York-trained lawyer George Tucker (Scott Porter), who happens to be engaged to local Southern belle Lemon Breeland (Jaime King). Also making life interesting is Wade Kinsella (Wilson Bethel), Zoe's rowdy and flirtatious neighbor. It's hard to convince the locals that she belongs, but little by little she begins to feel at home in her new community...and begins to uncover their secrets.

Is it any good?


The series combines drama and humor in order to tell the story of a young woman who is rediscovering who she is while learning to become a better doctor. It contains some interesting plot lines about her patients, but most of the show's focus is on the romantic tensions and illicit relationships between various members of the community.

It's pretty mild compared to other doctor-centered shows, but it contains themes -- like unexpected pregnancies, infidelity, and racism -- that may not be appropriate for younger viewers. It definitely has some heart, and teens who like this kind of drama will find it very entertaining.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the cultural differences between the North and the South in the United States. Do you think the media portrays these cultures realistically, or do they rely on stereotypes to highlight their distinctions?

  • How is this show different from other TV medical dramas? How is it similar?

TV details

Premiere date:September 26, 2011
Cast:Cress Williams, Rachel Bilson, Scott Porter
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 16 years old Written byhazelkitten December 17, 2013

Awesome- but for older tweens/teens

Me and my sister started watching this show and we LOVE it. The characters are so lovable and real. And each episode has a great story line. However it does contain mature content that is better for older Tweens and teens. It has more sexual themes than the CSM review lets on, in the first episode alone Zoe had sex with Wade and talks with a young girl who had unprotected sex with her boyfriend and got pregnant. And there are many other similar instances in later episodes. There is also mild cussing. also wade is a bartender so alcohol is often portrayed in most episodes. Overall I like this show and will continue to watch it because it is enjoyable to watch after a long day and I am not constantly concerned with watching a movie/show that portrays perfect morals 24/7. I still would suggest that this show be watched by teens despite its tv-pg rating.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written byScout_Finch February 23, 2013

A show about casual sex masquerading as a quaint fish-out-of-water drama.

The second season of this show is almost exclusively about sex, and features numerous sex scenes between various characters, especially Zoe and Wade. Their relationship is based on casual sex, and there is a lot of discussion about it, and no moral judgment whatsoever. The people of the town trade sexual partners pretty frequently, and the storylines in each episode revolve around sex. I don't consider it "mild" compared to other medical dramas. I certainly wouldn't recommend it for children or teenagers, unless you're comfortable with them viewing casual sex as healthy.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Parent Written byBritishMumof3 May 3, 2013

No morals

The main character has no moral values at all. It encourages affairs which all seems to be acceptable. I would not like my daughter to watch this and feel that it was acceptable to try and break up relationships. Its a shame because other than that the lead is a good role model for young women.
What other families should know
Too much sex


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