Parents' Guide to

Sweet Magnolias

By Lynnette Nicholas, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Sweet, endearing friendship drama has mild language.

TV Netflix Drama 2020
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 18+

Warning for teens

This show started out seeming very sweet and appropriate for teens. However, by about the 7th episode the main character is shown having sex with another main character on the second date. She is still married (divorce is pending) and the scene is more graphic than I would ever want my teens watching or thinking is appropriate. There is also conversation among friends about her having sex, not being afraid to just "go for it" and not to think about it too much, just to have fun. They also show what lingerie she will be wearing on the date she plans to have sex on. Very disappointed that the show went this route and we will not be watching anymore.

This title has:

Too much sex
8 people found this helpful.
age 12+


It's clean entertainment that tries and fails to be the new Gilmore Girls. Acting is unbelievable and the show is predictable. Mild Language including use of son of a b****h . Suitable for kids 12+ but not recommended.
2 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14 ):
Kids say (17 ):

This is as endearing as it sounds, and it highlights the positive impact that friendships and nurturing relationships can have on a person's life. Life in the southern town of Serenity is charming and neat, and the characters are flawed, beautiful, and complex. Helen, a strong and compassionate lawyer, is good at helping others, but hasn't quite figured out how to create a family of her own. Dana Sue is a chef who runs a successful restaurant, but her health, emotions, and personal relationships are hanging by a thread -- especially with her perceptive, artistic teenage daughter, Annie, played with great ease by newcomer Anneliese Judge. Maddie Townsend, a newly single mom of three, is grappling with resentment toward her cheating husband Bill (Chris Klein) and exploring a budding relationship with an attractive, kind new man. Together, these friends navigate the murky waters of life, and the drama that ensues makes this series a must-see.

Women uplifting and holding each other up when they need it most never gets old, and Headley, Swisher, and Elliott have good chemistry. Jamie Lynn Spears is really sweet as Bill's pregnant fiancée, Noreen, and the overall casting seems just right. The men in this series are complex and intriguing to watch too. Dion Johnstone as Chef Erik Whitley and Justin Bruening as Coach Maddox are both socially and emotionally mature, and they shine bright in their respective roles. While some of the scenarios are just too good to be true, there's a sweetness and overall positive tone that makes up for the overly manicured scenes. The series tugs at the heart without being too moralistic or prudish. The themes in Sweet Magnolias are relatable, and the scenes are well-written and succinct, though at times a little cheesy. Yet, it works. Sweet Magnolias sheds a beautiful light on Southern culture while keeping it real about the fact that just because a community looks perfect doesn't mean it actually is.

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