Sweet Magnolias is an American romantic drama web television series, developed by Sheryl J. Anderson and based on the Sweet Magnolias novels by Sherryl Woods. It stars JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Brooke Elliott and Heather Headley. The series premiered on Netflix on May 19, 2020.
Sweet Magnolias follows three South Carolina women, best friends since childhood, as they shepherd each other through the complexities of romance, career, and family.
Cast and characters
- JoAnna Garcia Swisher as Maddie Townsend, a recently divorced woman in Serenity, South Carolina who is trying get back in the workforce. She is part of a friend group who called themselves Sweet Magnolias.
- Heather Headley as Helen Decatur, an accomplished attorney. She is Dana Sue's and Maddie's best friend, and one of the Sweet Magnolias. She bought a mansion to build a spa called The Corner Spa with Maddie and Dana Sue.
- Brooke Elliott as Dana Sue Sullivan, a chef and owner of a restaurant called Sullivan's. She is Helen’s and Maddie's best friend and part of the Sweet Magnolias
- Logan Allen as Kyle Townsend, Maddie and Bill's younger son who is a freshman at Serenity High School. He has a crush on Annie.
- Anneliese Judge as Annie Sullivan, Dana Sue's daughter. She is friends with the Townsend brothers and an avid photographer.
- Carson Rowland as Tyler "Ty" Townsend, Maddie and Bill's eldest son who is a junior at Serenity High School and a pitcher of his high school baseball team
- Justin Bruening as Cal Maddox, Ty's baseball coach and Maddie's love interest. He was a former professional baseball player.
- Chris Klein as Bill Townsend, Maddie's ex-husband and a family doctor at Serenity Family Physicians
- Jamie Lynn Spears as Noreen Fitzgibbons, Bill's pregnant fiancée who was his mistress
- Dion Johnstone as Erik Whitley, the sous chef at Sullivan's and a mentor to Issac
- Chris Medlin as Isaac Downey, a member of the kitchen staff at Sullivan's. He moved to Serenity to find his birth father.
- Bianca Berry Tarantino as Katie Townsend, Maddie and Bill's youngest daughter
- Frank Oakley III as Harlan Bixby, the assistant coach of Serenity High School baseball team
- Allison Gabriel as Mary Vaughn Lewis, the wife of the mayor of Serenity
- Brittany L. Smith as Peggy Martin
- Tracey Bonner as Pastor June Wilkes
- Charles Lawlor as Collins Littlefield
- Harlan Drum as CeCe Matney, Ty's love interest
- Sam Ashby as Jackson Lewis, Ty's baseball rival teammate and Mary Vaugh's son
- Hunter Burke as Trotter Vidhyarkorn, Cal's best friend who works at The Corner Spa as a masseuse
- Al-Jaleel Knox as Gabe Weatherspoon, Ty's best friend and baseball teammate
- Michael Shenefelt as Ryan Wingate, Helen's on-and-off boyfriend
- Michael May as Simon Spry, Annie's friend
| "Pour It Out"
|Amid prying eyes, Maddie tries to move on from Bill's fall from grace. Dana Sue deals with problems in her kitchen. Helen makes a life-altering purchase.|
| "A United Front"
|Maddie confers with Coach Cal about Tyler's struggles on and off the baseball field, and Helen works to put a devastated family back together.|
| "Give Drink to the Thirsty"
|While delays plague the trio's renovation plans, Maddie strikes a deal with Bill, Dana Sue stresses out over work and home, and Kyle opens up to Noreen.|
| "Lay It All Down"
|The town's tongues start wagging over Maddie's new friend, Dana Sue suffers a health scare, and Helen takes a legal threat personally.|
| "Dance First, Think Later"
|Mother Nature, a clumsy contractor and Maddie's longtime rival conspire to throw the spa's big opening into chaos. Tyler helps Annie out of a jam.|
| "All Best Intentions"
|Maddie worries about prying eyes when she's with Cal, a humiliated Annie feels betrayed by Tyler, and Bill surprises the kids with a special request.|
| "Hold My Hand"
|Maddie's coziness with Cal causes complications, Helen fights for a mock trial student, Noreen receives a welcome visitor, and Erik bonds with Isaac.|
| "What Fools These Mortals Be"
|As Bill makes a series of bad decisions that impact those closest to him, Noreen attends Kyle's play and Maddie takes a big step forward with Cal.|
| "Where You Find Me"
|On the morning of the mock trial, Kyle's behavior worries everyone. Meanwhile, Dana Sue sparks a connection with a handsome farmer.|
| "Storms and Rainbows"
|As prom night approaches, Maddie comes to a decision about Cal, Dana Sue scrambles to secure her future, and Helen calls an emergency margarita session.|
Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 75% based on 8 reviews, with an average rating of 6/10.
- Jamie Lynn Spears is credited as "Special Guest Star" but is a Series Regular.
- The show got picked up for a second season on July 23, 2020.
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