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Hart of Dixie: Is the New CW TV Show Worth Watching?

Hart of Dixie TV seriesThe CW rolls out their last new original TV series of the fall season tonight, Hart of Dixie. Have they saved the best for last? The critics don’t think so.

In Hart of Dixie, Rachel Bilson returns to television as a New York cardio-thoracic surgeon named Zoe Hart. She moves to a small town in Alabama to work as a general practitioner after her fellowship falls through. She arrives to find that the doctor has died and left half of his practice to her. Zoe falls for a handsome local (Scott Porter) who’s already got a girlfriend, the daughter of her adversary, the town’s other doctor (Tim Matheson).

Is it worth your time to tune in? Here’s what the critics are saying:

Boston Globe: “In Hart of Dixie, Rachel Bilson stars as a brilliant young doctor who – oh, I should just stop there. This new CW series, which premieres tonight, is just a mess of bad choices, from casting Bilson as a New York doctor to the lazy way the writers get her to move to a tiny Alabama town against her will. There is very little to like in this hourlong dramedy pilot, as it lunges from silly to cloying to preposterous to insulting.”

Salt Lake Tribune: “Actually, Hart of Dixie is pretty much a total rip-off of Northern Exposure, with a change of gender in a change of direction. Exposure was about an arrogant young male doctor who headed north to Alaska, where he encountered a small town full of quirky characters and struggled to fit in.”

“Change ‘male’ to ‘female’ and ‘north to Alaska’ to ‘south to Alabama,’ and it’s the same show. Only without the charm, the smarts and the humor. Bilson could be a big TV star. She could carry a show. But not Hart of Dixie. Nobody could carry this show.”

LA Times: “The only mildly interesting character (and apparently the only person of color in Bluebell) is the mayor, former football star Lavon Hayes (Cress Williams), but his part, in the pilot anyway, is small. JoBeth Williams also makes a couple of appearances as Zoe’s nightmare mother who is, one assumes, the person to blame for all of Zoe’s blind ambition. Which will be softened by a small Southern town that is lovely to look at but, like the show itself, is more about moving pieces around a set than telling a new or interesting story.”

USA Today: “From the earliest days of film and TV, some of our most cherished moments have always involved unintentional, incongruous hilarity. Think Zsa Zsa Gabor as a Venusian scientist in Queen of Outer Space. Think Matthew McConaughey as a famous theologian in Contact. Now think The OC’s Rachel Bilson as a top-of-her-class new doctor eager to become a cardio-thoracic surgeon, just like dear old dad, in Dixie.”

NY Daily News: “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.”

What do you think? Will you watch Hart of Dixie? If you’ve seen it, do you think it should continue or just be cancelled?

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

IRR May 21, 2012 at 10:33 am

I love this Series!!!! Please do not cancel!!!


Sue Breyel February 27, 2012 at 9:55 pm

I think every one should just stop and smell the rises. Give Hart of Dixie a chance. What so critics know! I love it for the passive show that it is


Me November 20, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Yep i would definately continue watching it!!


Nicole November 8, 2011 at 8:59 am

I absolutely love this show! It’s cute, quirky, and hilarious! It definitley gives me a much needed break from reality on Monday nights. I really hope they do not cancel this show.


Ellen October 25, 2011 at 8:08 am

This show is as cliché as it can get, but then again I am tired of watching series like CSI or filthy rich, whiny brats on Gossip girl. It is a fun, light show with fabulous actors and worth watching. It is definitely different and does not need to disguise itself as an in depth satire of society to impress. The storyline may lack creativity, but those who critizize this show, secretly watch ‘The Real Housewives’ religiously and think they know what good entertainment is.


Sue Breyel February 27, 2012 at 9:57 pm

You are so right on!


Jame October 12, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Love, love this show! Great characters and storyline!!


bre October 11, 2011 at 10:48 am

I love this show so please keep it on.


fredfrog October 6, 2011 at 8:54 am

i like it,hope it stays on wish it had a repeat night maybe it will


donna October 2, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Very much like the Michael J. Fox movie DOC HOLLYWOOD. Very cute — I liked it.


Monique Jones September 27, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Yes. I thought it was a sweet show and I’m really intersted in Lavon’s character. It seems like it’s going to be some serious twists and I like it that it’s set in the South. You don’t see that often. The cast seems strong and likeable. I understand Nancy Travis won’t be on future episodes, which suck because I liked her. But looking forward to seeing future episodes.


Eric Hartley September 27, 2011 at 8:01 am

Hart of Dixie is worth watching because I love Rachel Bilson and the show is set in Alabama because that’s the state where my biological father is from so the show is right up my alley.


Anonymous September 27, 2011 at 1:05 am

Yes-I’ll watch. It is very ‘sugary’ but I need that — given what’s happening right now.


guest September 26, 2011 at 10:01 pm

I have to agree with some of the critics who didn’t like it. It was flat out awful. I mean, just really bad. Rachel Bilson was not good in the role. She didn’t have any depth whatsoever, and all of the choices made in the series were way too cliche and unbearable. Frankly, the show was like pulling teeth to watch. Too bad, I was hoping it would be good. I guess it’s not up to par with past shows like Everwood.


DavidH September 26, 2011 at 7:21 pm

If Rachel Bilson is in it of course that is worth watching :)


Ross September 26, 2011 at 6:56 pm

I’ll have to skip this one because I like Dancing with the Stars too much.


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