'Sweet Magnolias' Season 1: Fans rally for Season 2 and say show is like 'Sex and the City in a Hallmark film'
Netflix's new romance drama series 'Sweet Magnolias' dropped on the streaming platform on May 19 and has been the subject of many a conversation on social media. With just 10 episodes, the first season ended with a rather ungratifying cliffhanger, and we're likely to play the waiting game until Season 2 is in the works. The Hallmark-esque web series stars JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Brooke Elliot, Heather Headley, Chris Klein, Jamie Lynn Spears and Justin Bruening in the lead roles along with Logan Allen, Anneliese Judge, Carson Rowland, Bianca Berry Tarantino, Dion Johnstone, Chris Medline, and Michael Shenefelt.
It is heart-warming and poignant — a story of the unconditional bond of true and lifelong friendship with a healthy dose of imperfect romances on the side. Maddie Townsend, Dana Sue Sullivan and Helen Decatur have been inseparable since high-school and form the infamous trio "Sweet Magnolias", known all around Serenity for their vivacious personalities.
The three women have always had each other's back and their friendship is more of a sisterhood than anything else. The minute they know one of them is in distress, they're quick to drop their schedules on the spot to cater to their upset friend. They make sure to meet every weekend on the designated margarita "pour it out" night to bond over margaritas and talk about their week.
Netizens and fans have taken to social media to gush over the new series and many have likened 'Sweet Magnolias' to 'Sex and the City' but without all of the raunchiness. A fair warning for anyone that starts watching the series — once you start, you won't be able to stop until you've made it to Episode 10, and this fan attests to it: "Sweet Magnolias is... *chef’s kiss* watched the whole season in a day."
Another one seemed surprised at her binge-watching pace, and said: "How the f*** did I finish watching sweet magnolias in one day LOL." "I like these women so far. They seem like a fun trio and are convincing as good, life long friends", said another fan, who was definitely taken by the three southern belles. "Sweet Magnolias looks the wholesome show I need in my life," a user tweeted. This fan just proved that the series is a guilty pleasure: "#SweetMagnolias isn’t perfect at all. But I love soapy Hallmark-ish romantic dramas."
We agree that Erik Whitley's character was essential to the storyline, but it seems that this baker has been impacted by the patissier more than the others. "I'm baking brownies while watching the new 'Sweet Magnolias' show... crazy nights," the viewer said. "These white women are dealing with some mouthy white children. I am stressed on their behalf. #SweetMagnolias," said another fan sympathizing with Maddie and Dana Sue having to deal with their adolescent kids.
The show culminated with an apparent cliffhanger and many find it outrageous, that they would dare play with our feelings like that. "Sweet Magnolias on Netflix is like if Sex and the City took place in a hallmark movie and I will not be ashamed for loving it & watching the whole thing in one day. GIVE US A SEASON 2 @netflix," is a fan's humble appeal to the streaming giant.
Another one is straight-up spitting facts like, "Dear @netflix y’all could've given us a little more on that last episode of @SweetMagnolias." Could have, would have, should have but didn't! "Oh f*** what an ending to #SweetMagnolias. They better give it a Season 2," said this fan, bringing out the big guns. Is that a threat? A fourth fan is all up in feels and doesn't want to turn down the dramatic flair even by a notch. "Yo I am not trying to be dramatic but if @SweetMagnolias doesn’t have a second season I WILL RIOT @netflix #SweetMagnolias", the fan tweeted.
Finally, here's what we can take away from the show. "From now on whenever someone pisses me off I'm going to say, 'Bless your heart'. #SweetMagnolia," one user tweeted.