A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What 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.
Talk to your kids 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?
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