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.[1]

Premise

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

Main

Recurring

Episodes

Image Episode Information
S1 ep 1.jpeg      "Pour It Out"
  • Airdate: May 19, 2020
  • Episode / Series Number: 01 / 01
  • Book by: Sherryl Woods
  • Directed by: Norman Buckley
  • Written by: Sheryl J. Anderson
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.
S1 ep 2.jpeg      "A United Front"
  • Airdate: May 19, 2020
  • Episode / Series Number: 02 / 02
  • Book by: Sherryl Woods
  • Directed by: Norman Buckley
  • Written by: Shelley Meals
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.
425AD698-2592-4455-990B-701F569A13C4.jpeg      "Give Drink to the Thirsty"
  • Airdate: May 19, 2020
  • Episode / Series Number: 03 / 03
  • Book by: Sherryl Woods
  • Directed by: Kelli Williams
  • Written by: Anthony Epling
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.
357FEFC3-80A6-4D90-9B67-CED3C6F336B9.jpeg      "Lay It All Down"
  • Airdate: May 19, 2020
  • Episode / Series Number: 04 / 04
  • Book by: Sherryl Woods
  • Directed by: Kelli Williams
  • Written by: Francesca Butler
The town's tongues start wagging over Maddie's new friend, Dana Sue suffers a health scare, and Helen takes a legal threat personally.
S1 ep5.jpeg      "Dance First, Think Later"
  • Airdate: May 19, 2020
  • Episode / Series Number: 05 / 05
  • Book by: Sherryl Woods
  • Directed by: Norman Buckley
  • Written by: Caron Tschampion
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.
S1 ep 6.jpeg      "All Best Intentions"
  • Airdate: May 19, 2020
  • Episode / Series Number: 06 / 06
  • Book by: Sherryl Woods
  • Directed by: Norman Buckley
  • Written by: Shelley Meals
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.
S1 ep 7.jpeg      "Hold My Hand"
  • Airdate: May 19, 2020
  • Episode / Series Number: 07 / 07
  • Book by: Sherryl Woods
  • Directed by: Laura Nisbet
  • Written by: Anthony Epling
Maddie's coziness with Cal causes complications, Helen fights for a mock trial student, Noreen receives a welcome visitor, and Erik bonds with Isaac.
S1 ep 8.jpeg      "What Fools These Mortals Be"
  • Airdate: May 19, 2020
  • Episode / Series Number: 08 / 08
  • Book by: Sherryl Woods
  • Directed by: Laura Nisbet
  • Written by: Francesca Butler
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.
S1 ep 9.jpeg      "Where You Find Me"
  • Airdate: May 19, 2020
  • Episode / Series Number: 09 / 09
  • Book by: Sherryl Woods
  • Directed by: Norman Buckley
  • Written by: Caron Tschampion
On the morning of the mock trial, Kyle's behavior worries everyone. Meanwhile, Dana Sue sparks a connection with a handsome farmer.
Maddie-Dana Sue.jpeg      "Storms and Rainbows"
  • Airdate: May 19, 2020
  • Episode / Series Number: 10 / 10
  • Book by: Sherryl Woods
  • Directed by: Norman Buckley
  • Written by: Sheryl J. Anderson
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.

Reception

Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 75% based on 8 reviews, with an average rating of 6/10.

Review and discussion on #206 Sweet Magnolias Get Broadwaysted! including some of the cast and contributors to the show. [2]

Notes

  1. Jamie Lynn Spears is credited as "Special Guest Star" but is a Series Regular.
  2. The show got picked up for a second season on July 23, 2020.

References

External links

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