• Network: The CW
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 26, 2011
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4
Metascore
43

Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 20
  2. Negative: 8 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Jessica Shaw
    Sep 26, 2011
    83
    This show, which reunites the undeniably charming Bilson with The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz, is a goodie that mixes heartstring-tugging moments with lines like this: "There it is. Rock bottom. I just played 'Dixie' with my butt."
  2. Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Sep 13, 2011
    70
    There are no twins, reality stars, or vampires, er, witches, but you're not alone in thinking that's the most preposterous concept of all. Surprisingly, cast and crew succeed in making the sugary sweet illogic palatable, if not a gourmet delight.
  3. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Sep 26, 2011
    67
    It's a good cast, and Porter in particular works very well with Bilson. The show just needs to find a way to transcend both formula and Southern stereotypes.
  4. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Sep 26, 2011
    67
    It goes down pretty easy if you'd like to set down for a spell with a disarmingly pleasant little down-home melodrama.
  5. Reviewed by: David Eckstein
    Sep 26, 2011
    60
    There are parts of Hart of Dixie that need addressing. The pace lags at certain points. And some of the characters, sometimes even Bilson, are more like caricatures.
  6. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Sep 26, 2011
    60
    The setup sometimes feels as airy as an Alabama breeze, but most of us will like the characters, and that provides some grits, er, grit, as well as a decent set of legs.
  7. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Sep 26, 2011
    50
    I did catch enough of "Hart of Dixie" to tell it's formula absurdity for the "princess" demographic of magical thinkers who now imagine being lifesaving doctors as well as rescued royals.
  8. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Sep 26, 2011
    50
    Hart of Dixie is a stack of familiar scenarios stitched together to form a pretty if not terribly substantial quilt, of the sort Zoe encounters in Bluebell.
  9. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Sep 23, 2011
    50
    The show is cozy, predictable, comfortable and, like a good ole' huntin' dog, not in need of serious housebreaking.
  10. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Sep 26, 2011
    40
    Perhaps with more attention to concrete character details and less reliance on silly stereotypes, Hart of Dixie will manage to grow into a show that does not provoke multiple fits of eye rolling.
  11. Reviewed by: Kate Dries
    Sep 26, 2011
    40
    Hart of Dixie doesn't look to be much more than what you'd unfortunately expect.
  12. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Sep 26, 2011
    40
    If you're looking for some sentimental lesson-learning, the wafer-light Hart of Dixie may fill an hour for you.
  13. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Sep 26, 2011
    30
    Watching Hart of Dixie is like mainlining praline. Your mind will rot before your teeth do.
  14. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 26, 2011
    30
    This CW show is so silly and lightweight it might possess unexpected appeal for its sheer camp factor, as well as the opportunity to see the South depicted as a place as exotic as the dark side of the moon.
  15. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Sep 22, 2011
    30
    The smart way to go would be to turn this mess into a savvy comedy, but that may be asking too much.
  16. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Sep 26, 2011
    25
    Meryl Streep would have trouble making Gerstein's never-been-there, never-done-that creation sound anything but ludicrous.
  17. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Sep 22, 2011
    25
    What follows is a silly, youth-oriented CW drama packaged as a fish-out-of-water yarn.
  18. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Sep 12, 2011
    25
    What demotes it from a C to a D is some of the laziest plot setups ever, as well as the dumbing down of "Friday Night Lights" alums Porter and Cress Williams.
  19. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Sep 26, 2011
    10
    Funny and talented, she [Rachel Bilson] tries painfully hard to make the show work and occasionally comes close to overcoming some of the worst writing since Gutenberg invented movable type.
  20. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 16, 2011
    0
    Hart of Dixie is basically "Northern Exposure" dumbed down to a nanoscopic scale.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 81 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 26
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 26
  3. Negative: 4 out of 26
  1. Sep 28, 2011
    3
    I was hoping for another quirky show set in a small town. I got a show in a small town but without the quirky.
    This is no Gilmore Girls or
    I was hoping for another quirky show set in a small town. I got a show in a small town but without the quirky.
    This is no Gilmore Girls or Northern Exposure. The writing is bad and Rachel, as much as I loved her in the OC is playing pretty much the same type of character here, except...she is a Doctor which really doesn't work.
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  2. Sep 27, 2011
    8
    Bilson was stellar in her performance! The shoe doesn't have the best writing, but there's still time to improvement, so this is the one toBilson was stellar in her performance! The shoe doesn't have the best writing, but there's still time to improvement, so this is the one to watch, however there's only so much more time before the show is endangered if it doesn't improve. Jaime King however was destesable in her role of Lemon Breeland. Full Review »
  3. Feb 4, 2015
    10
    There are not a lot of non "reality" shows that have southern roots. This is a fun, romantic with just the right amount of drama show. IThere are not a lot of non "reality" shows that have southern roots. This is a fun, romantic with just the right amount of drama show. I really hope they keep it. It would be such a shame to lose such a great show on the lineup with such a unique story line. Full Review »