Hart of Dixie

For the similarly named 1989 film, see Heart of Dixie.
Hart of Dixie
Created by Leila Gerstein
Composer(s) Jeremy Adelman
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 76 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Sarah Kucserka
  • Kelly Van Horn
  • Veronica Becker
  • David Paymer
  • Ari Posner
  • Jeffrey Jur
  • Buzz Feitshans IV
  • Robert Gantz
  • Brad Lipson
  • Larry Reibman
  • Brandi Bradburn
  • Barbara Gerard
  • Les Bulter
  • Jeff Granzow
  • Benjamin James Bumgartner
  • Luke Pebler
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original network The CW
Original release September 26, 2011 (2011-09-26) – March 27, 2015 (2015-03-27)
External links

Hart of Dixie is an American comedy-drama television series that aired on The CW from September 26, 2011 to March 27, 2015. The series, created by Leila Gerstein, stars Rachel Bilson as Dr. Zoe Hart, a New Yorker who, after her dreams of becoming a heart surgeon fall apart, accepts an offer to work as a general practitioner in the fictional Gulf Coast town of Bluebell, Alabama.

On September 26, 2011, Hart of Dixie premiered, and on April 26, 2013, it was renewed for a third season.[1] The show was scheduled to move back to Mondays in the fall for its third season having been paired with Beauty & the Beast.[2] The show's third season premiered on October 7, 2013.[3]

On May 8, 2014, the CW renewed the show for its fourth season.[4] On July 18, 2014, CW president Mark Pedowitz announced that Hart of Dixie would have ten episodes for its fourth season, which premiered on December 15, 2014.[5] On March 14, 2015, Leila Gerstein revealed that season four of Hart of Dixie would be its last.[6][7] On May 7, 2015, the CW officially cancelled the show.[8]


Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 22 September 26, 2011 (2011-09-26) May 14, 2012 (2012-05-14)
2 22 October 2, 2012 (2012-10-02) May 7, 2013 (2013-05-07)
3 22 October 7, 2013 (2013-10-07) May 16, 2014 (2014-05-16)
4 10 December 15, 2014 (2014-12-15) March 27, 2015 (2015-03-27)

Season 1

Fast-talking New Yorker and brand new doctor Zoe Hart has it all figured out—after graduating top of her class from medical school, she'll follow in her father's footsteps and become a cardio-thoracic surgeon. But when her dreams fall apart, Zoe decides to accept an offer from a stranger, Dr. Harley Wilkes, to work with him at his small practice in Bluebell, Alabama. Zoe arrives in this small Gulf Coast town only to find that Harley has died and left his half of the medical practice to her in his will.

She quickly finds that Southern hospitality isn't always so hospitable—the other doctor in town, Brick Breeland, is less than pleased to be sharing the practice with this young outsider, and his daughter, Lemon, is a Southern belle whose sweet disposition turns sour when she meets Zoe. Zoe's only allies are the mayor, former football star Lavon Hayes, her bad-boy neighbor Wade Kinsella, and handsome lawyer George Tucker – who just happens to be Lemon's fiancé. Zoe is out of her element and ready to pack her bags, but a surprise visit by her snobby New York mother leads to Zoe's decision to stay in Bluebell for a while; she soon discovers the charm of small-town life and a side of herself she didn't know was there.[9][10]

Season 2

The second season opens with Zoe confused over her conflicting feelings for both George and Wade. Having just slept with Wade, Zoe decides that George is not ready for a relationship and tells him to date other people as she doesn't want to be his rebound. Following this, Zoe starts a casual relationship with Wade before they both agree to become an official couple. Later on in the season Wade has a drunken one night stand causing Zoe to end their relationship. After spending time mourning this, Zoe realises she still has feelings for George who turns her away as he is now happily in a relationship with Tansy. In the finale Zoe has a one night stand with Wade, after which Wade declares his love for her, but she decides to spend the summer in New York to get some distance from her life. George decides to leave Bluebell and goes on the road with Lily Anne and her band.

Other storylines include Lemon re-entering the dating world and trying to prove herself as an independent woman without George or her father, Brick's relationship with the much younger Shelby, Lavon's election battle against Ruby and their subsequent relationship and George's unexpected relationship with Wade's ex-wife Tansy. In the final part of the season Lemon and Wade become the co-owners of the Rammer Jammer and constantly collide over decisions and how to run the bar.

Season 3

After spending the summer in New York, Zoe makes the decision to return to Bluebell with her new boyfriend Joel (Josh Cooke) although it's clear she still has unresolved feelings for Wade, a situation which is made more uncomfortable as Wade and Joel become good friends. Brick refuses to give Zoe half of the practice back so she must settle for being his employee. Zoe also reaches out to the family of her late father, Harley Wilkes. Although initially turned away she becomes close to her cousin Vivian who, in turn, starts a relationship with Wade. By the end of the season both Zoe and Joel's and Wade and Vivian's relationships have broken down and Zoe declares her love for Wade. Wade is cautious to get involved with Zoe again, believing they do not have a future together after all they've been through. Zoe vows to prove Wade wrong.

Lemon starts to realize that she wants more from her life than just the Rammer Jammer, so she decides to leave the business and look for something else. After tension between herself and Cricket she also decides to leave the Belles and re-assess her life. She has several short term flings during this time and before becoming the owner of Fancie's.

Lavon and Annabeth's relationship is tested as Annabeth longs for a stronger commitment. They must also deal with a house guest in shape of Lavon's cousin, Lynly. Lynly begins a relationship with George but after realising there is still a spark between him and his ex Tansy she leaves Bluebell.

Annabeth begins to want more commitment from Lavon but when he is unable to give it to her they break up. During their separation Annabeth begins dating a new man but turns down his proposal when she realises she still has feelings for Lavon; however, at the same time both Lavon and George race to declare their reignited feelings for Lemon.

Lavon must also deal with rising pressure as a neighboring town tries to force a merger with Bluebell in order to take over and re-build over the area.

Season 4

The season starts off with Zoe trying to win Wade back. George and Lavon find out they are both in love with Lemon, who is on a single's cruise. Zoe and Wade sleep together, but Wade decides he doesn't want to be with Zoe. When they finally go on a date, Zoe runs away then later tells Wade she is pregnant with Wade's baby. Past the initial shock, Wade finally tells Zoe that she's the love of his life. After Crickett came out as a lesbian and get the divorce, she starts dating Jaysene a firewoman. George and Annabeth find themselves developing feelings for each other after moving on from their past loves. Lavon and Lemon finally come back together. The series ends with Zoe and Wade getting married just minutes before their baby boy is born. George and Annabeth confess their love and moving in together in Nashville; Lavon and Lemon also get married.

Cast and characters

Main cast and characters

Recurring cast and characters

Other characters

Development and production

On February 1, 2011, it was announced that The CW had ordered a pilot for Hart of Dixie.[12][13] On May 17, 2011, the network officially picked up Hart of Dixie to series, set to air in fall 2011.[14] The series marks the second time executive producer, Josh Schwartz, and series star, Rachel Bilson, have worked together on television.[14] The first time the duo worked together was on the Fox teen drama The O.C., created by Schwartz.[10] The show's executive producer, Josh Schwartz, compared the show to The WB classics such as Felicity, Everwood, and Gilmore Girls.[15]

With the reveal of The CW's fall 2011 schedule, it was announced that Hart of Dixie would air on Monday at 9:00 pm Eastern/8:00 pm Central, following Gossip Girl.[16] It premiered on Monday, September 26, 2011.[17] On October 12, 2011 the series was picked up for a full season, which will consist of twenty-two episodes. Along with pick-up for all other CW dramas, Mark Pedowitz said "We believe in the creative strength of these dramas, and by giving them back nine orders we can give our audience the chance to enjoy complete seasons of all three of them."[18] On May 11, 2012, The CW renewed the show for a second season,[19] which premiered on October 2, 2012. The CW renewed the show for a third season on April 26, 2013.[20]


On February 8, 2011, TVLine reported that Rachel Bilson was nearing a deal to star in the series.[21] Her role was later confirmed by The CW in a press release.[22] Soon after, Wilson Bethel joined the cast as Wade Kinsella, Zoe's "gorgeous bad-boy" neighbor.[23] Scott Porter was later cast as good-looking lawyer George Tucker, a potential love-interest for Bilson's character.[24]

On May 20, 2011, it was announced that Nancy Travis would not continue with the series due to her commitments with the 20th Century Fox-produced ABC sitcom Last Man Standing.[25] Travis was written out after the first two episodes.[26] Meredith Monroe appeared in one episode as Lemon's estranged mother.[27] JoBeth Williams appeared in three episodes as Candice Hart, the mother of Bilson's character. On July 26, 2013, it was announced that Kaitlyn Black was upgraded to series regular status for season three.[28]


Critical reception

Hart of Dixie's first season has received mixed reviews, scoring a 43 out of 100 on the review aggregator Metacritic.[29]

TVGuide.com described the show as "Southern Exposure"[10] and, in a later review, stated that the actors are better than the "cutesy" material, although Bilson is not convincing as a heart surgeon.[30] Both TVGuide.com and Robert Bianco of USA Today stated that the show is potentially offensive to the South.[30][31] Bianco also wrote that the show is shallow and far-fetched, with Bilson giving an unconvincing performance, such as acting surprised when calling herself a doctor.[31] Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter stated that the series is predictable and superficial, but "surprisingly touching".[32] Goodman and Brian Lowry of Variety stated that Bilson does not look like a doctor, with Goodman writing that she looked too much "like a high-priced call girl"[32] and Lowry writing that she looked like she belonged in "Barbie's medical dream house."[33]

Writing for The New York Times, critic Neil Genzlinger wrote, "...the premiere, at least, doesn’t find a convincing way to balance the clashing strands: the city-mouse disorientation, the medical emergencies, the girlfights, the daddy issues, the young-pretty-and-available stuff."[34] Los Angeles Times reviewer Mary McNamara described the show as, "a stack of familiar scenarios stitched together to form a pretty if not terribly substantial quilt."[35] TVLine described the show as "Everwood-esque".[36] TVLine later said: "Beautifully filmed with warm, cozy tones, the Southern setting utterly envelops the glowing Bilson", adding that Porter's appearance "wins us over and makes you forget that clunky intro" and despite the "rom-coms clichés, the pilot is super-efficient at introducing us to those who will be the key players in Zoe’s story, laying the framework for storytelling places to go."[37] Tv Times magazine gave Hart of Dixie its lowest score of 2011–2012: 12 out of 100.

Awards and accolades

Year Award Category Recipients and nominees Outcome
2011 E! Golden Tater Awards[38] New Fall Show You're Most Excited For Hart of Dixie Nominated
2012 People's Choice Awards[39] Favorite New TV Drama Hart of Dixie Nominated
ASCAP Award[40] Top Television Series (Composers and Songwriters) Jeremy Adelman Won
2013 ASTRA Awards[41] Favourite Program – International Drama Hart of Dixie Nominated
2014 ASTRA Awards[42] Favourite Program – International Drama Hart of Dixie Nominated
Teen Choice Awards[43] Choice TV Show: Drama Hart of Dixie Nominated
Choice TV Actress: Drama Rachel Bilson Nominated


Season Timeslot (ET) No. of
Premiered Ended TV season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Date Premiere viewers
(in millions)
Date Finale viewers
(in millions)
1 Monday 9pm 22 September 26, 2011 1.88[44] May 14, 2012 1.60[45] 2011–2012 #182 1.77[46]
2 Tuesday 8pm 22 October 2, 2012 1.53[47] May 7, 2013[48] 1.19[47] 2012–2013 #142 1.70[49]
3 Monday 8pm (2013–14)
Friday 9pm (2014)
22 October 7, 2013 1.03 [50] May 16, 2014[51] 0.88[52] 2013–2014 #166 1.37[53]
4 Monday 8pm (2014)
Friday 8pm (2015)
10 December 15, 2014 1.22 [54] March 27, 2015[55] 1.33[56] 2014–2015 #175 1.61[57]

International broadcasts

Country Network(s) Series premiere Timeslot Source(s)
 Australia Fox8 January 7, 2012 Mondays at 8:30 pm AEDT [58]
 Canada CHCH-DT September 26, 2011 Mondays at 8 pm ET [59]
 Ireland TV3 May 13, 2012 Sundays at 6:30 pm [60]
 New Zealand TV2 August 5, 2012 Sundays at 5:30 pm [61]
 Philippines 2nd Avenue September 29, 2011 Thursdays at 8 pm [62]
 United Kingdom Really April 30, 2012 Mondays at 8 pm [63]


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