Sweet Magnolias

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Sweet Magnolias
GenreRomantic drama
Based onSweet Magnolias books
by Sherryl Woods
Developed bySheryl J. Anderson
Music byJames Jandrisch
Opening theme"Destination" by Nickel Creek
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes30
Executive producers
  • Sherryl Woods
  • Sheryl J. Anderson
  • Dan Paulson
  • Matt Drake
  • Albert T. Dickerson III
  • Cameron Boling
CinematographyBrian Johnson
  • Daria Ellerman
  • Jason Pielak
  • Alison Grace
  • Mark Shearer
  • Lara Mazur
Running time43–54 minutes
Production companyDaniel L. Paulson Productions
Original release
ReleaseMay 19, 2020 (2020-05-19) –

Sweet Magnolias is an American romantic drama 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] In July 2020, the series was renewed for a second season.[2] The 10-episode second season premiered on February 4, 2022.[3] In May 2022, the series was renewed for a third season which premiered on July 20, 2023.[4][5] In October 2023, the series was renewed for a fourth season.[6]


Sweet Magnolias follows "three South Carolina women, best friends since childhood, as they shepherd each other through the complexities of romance, career, and family."[7]

Cast and characters[edit]


  • JoAnna Garcia Swisher as Maddie Townsend, a recently separated woman with three children in Serenity, South Carolina who is trying to get back in the workforce while going through a divorce from her husband, Bill. She's the leader of a friend group that calls themselves Sweet Magnolias.
  • 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.
  • 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 which she converted into The Corner Spa with Maddie and Dana Sue.
  • Logan Allen as Kyle Townsend, Maddie and Bill's younger son who is a freshman at Serenity High School with a talent for acting. He had a crush on Annie but later shows interest in Nellie Lewis.
  • Anneliese Judge as Annie Sullivan, Dana Sue's daughter. She is friends with the Townsend brothers and an avid photographer. She and Tyler are childhood best friends and whom she kissed after having too much to drink at a party while being oblivious to Kyle's feelings. Annie is pursued by Jackson, whom she later ends up dating. The two break up later on in the series.
  • Carson Rowland as Tyler "Ty" Townsend, Maddie and Bill's eldest son who is a junior at Serenity High School and a star pitcher on his high school baseball team
  • Justin Bruening as Cal Maddox, Ty's baseball coach and Maddie's new love interest. He is 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, a nurse in his office who became his mistress[a]
  • Dion Johnstone as Erik Whitley (seasons 2–present;[8] recurring season 1), the sous chef at Sullivan's and a mentor to Isaac
  • Brandon Quinn as Ronnie Sullivan (seasons 2–present;[8] guest season 1), Dana Sue's estranged husband and Annie's father
  • Chris Medlin as Isaac Downey (season 3; recurring seasons 1–2), a member of the kitchen staff at Sullivan's. He recently moved to Serenity to find his birth father and mother. We later discover that his parents are Peggy and Bill.


  • Bianca Berry Tarantino (seasons 1–2) and Ella Grace Helton (season 3)[9] as Katie Townsend, Maddie and Bill's only daughter and youngest child
  • Frank Oakley III as Harlan Bixby, the assistant coach of Serenity High School baseball team
  • Allison Gabriel as Mary Vaughn Lewis, the wife of Trent Lewis, Mayor of Serenity and main adversary of the Sweet Magnolias
  • Simone Lockhart as Nellie Lewis, Mary Vaughn's daughter. She has a crush on Kyle.
  • Brittany L. Smith as Peggy Martin, owner of the newspaper The Centinel of Serenity.
  • Tracey Bonner as Pastor June Wilkes, priestess of the church of Serenity
  • Charles Lawlor as Collins Littlefield
  • Harlan Drum as Caroline "CeCe" Matney, Ty's love interest
  • Sam Ashby as Jackson Lewis, Ty's baseball rival teammate and Mary Vaughn's son. He previously dated Annie.
  • Hunter Burke as Trotter Vidhyarkorn, Cal's best friend who works at The Corner Spa as a yoga instructor
  • 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
  • Caroline Lagerfelt as Paula Vreeland, Maddie's mom
  • Chase Anderson as Jeremy Reynolds, produce supplier for Sullivan's restaurant
  • Janet Hubert as Bev Decatur, Helen's mom
  • Jason Turner as Zeke Decatur, Helen's brother
  • Wynn Everett as Kathy Sullivan, Ronnie's sister and new girlfriend of Bill Townsend
  • Paul Rolfes as Trent Lewis, former mayor of Serenity


Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
110May 19, 2020 (2020-05-19)
210February 4, 2022 (2022-02-04)
310July 20, 2023 (2023-07-20)

Season 1 (2020)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"Pour It Out"Norman BuckleyTeleplay by : Sheryl J. AndersonMay 19, 2020 (2020-05-19)
Maddie and Bill are getting a divorce, and are having an argument about who is going to keep the house. Luckily for Maddie, Helen helps her keep the house. Meanwhile, their friend Dana Sue is seen firing her assistant, Brad, at her restaurant, because of stolen wine. She has a fight with her daughter, Annie, because Annie's behavior in town is not what Dana Sue expected. At the same time, Tyler is going through an emotional phase because of his parents' divorce and also talks about giving up on his dream of becoming a baseball player. Dana Sue and Helen get an idea of opening their own spa, with Maddie managing it, but it is too overwhelming for Maddie.
22"A United Front"Norman BuckleyShelley MealsMay 19, 2020 (2020-05-19)
33"Give Drink to the Thirsty"Kelli WilliamsAnthony EplingMay 19, 2020 (2020-05-19)
44"Lay It All Down"Kelli WilliamsFrancesca ButlerMay 19, 2020 (2020-05-19)
55"Dance First, Think Later"Norman BuckleyCaron TschampionMay 19, 2020 (2020-05-19)
66"All Best Intentions"Norman BuckleyShelley MealsMay 19, 2020 (2020-05-19)
77"Hold My Hand"Laura Nisbet PetersAnthony EplingMay 19, 2020 (2020-05-19)
88"What Fools These Mortals Be"Laura Nisbet PetersFrancesca ButlerMay 19, 2020 (2020-05-19)
99"Where You Find Me"Norman BuckleyCaron TschampionMay 19, 2020 (2020-05-19)
1010"Storms and Rainbows"Norman BuckleySheryl J. AndersonMay 19, 2020 (2020-05-19)
Helen and Ryan decide to break up as he refuses to have children with Helen. Helen calls the girls and tells them her plans to meet with a specialist immediately about having children. Bill tries to become a better father for his children, spending time with Katie and buying tickets to Hamilton so he can become closer to Kyle. CeCe asks Ty to prom and he accepts. Kyle and Annie's plan to spend Prom Night alone is broken when Annie is asked to prom. Kyle then decides to hang with Nellie. Dana Sue is visited by Sullivan's silent partner and her former fling, Mica, who needs her to buy him out for personal reasons. Dana Sue is forced to call Ronnie to town so they can officially divorce. Ronnie wishes to return home. A scouter and longtime friend of Cal's tries recruiting Ty, upsetting Maddie and leading her to fight with Cal. Jackson crashes Kyle and (his sister) Nellie's party and brings the gang, including Ty, Annie, and Simon. Like last time, he takes all of the phones. Putting the pieces together, Isaac asks Dana Sue if she's his mother. Bill asks Maddie to take him back. Jackson provokes a fight with CeCe and Ty, leading Kyle to try to defend him. Ty throws him off, upsetting Kyle for always being ignored. He runs out of the house and the gang follows him. Erik and Helen grow closer. The ladies and Bill all receive a phone call and are rushed to the Highway where Ty's car is flipped over. Kyle's unconscious body is taken out of the car onto a stretcher, but the paramedics still do not know who the passenger is - Ty, Annie, or someone else - or if they're alive.

Season 2 (2022)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
111"Casseroles and Casualties"Norman BuckleySheryl J. AndersonFebruary 4, 2022 (2022-02-04)
122"So Much to Say"Norman BuckleyAnthony EplingFebruary 4, 2022 (2022-02-04)
133"The More Things Change"Mykelti WilliamsonValerie C. WoodsFebruary 4, 2022 (2022-02-04)
144"Walk of Faith"Mykelti WilliamsonCaron TschampionFebruary 4, 2022 (2022-02-04)
155"Great Expectations"Norman BuckleyShani Am. MooreFebruary 4, 2022 (2022-02-04)
166"Find It in Your Heart"Norman BuckleyAnthony EplingFebruary 4, 2022 (2022-02-04)
177"Fragile Things"Yangzom BrauenValerie C. WoodsFebruary 4, 2022 (2022-02-04)
188"The Rules of the Game"Yangzom BrauenCaron TschampionFebruary 4, 2022 (2022-02-04)
199"Dear Heart"Mary Lou BelliShani Am. MooreFebruary 4, 2022 (2022-02-04)
2010"If Thou Wilt, Remember"Mary Lou BelliSheryl J. AndersonFebruary 4, 2022 (2022-02-04)

Season 3 (2023)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
211"Meaning to Tell You"Norman BuckleySheryl J. AndersonJuly 20, 2023 (2023-07-20)
222"Meet Me Where I Am"Norman BuckleyCaron TschampionJuly 20, 2023 (2023-07-20)
233"The Searchers"Lauren PetzkeAnthony EplingJuly 20, 2023 (2023-07-20)
244"Be Bold"Lauren PetzkeBarret HelmsJuly 20, 2023 (2023-07-20)
255"On This Foundation"Norman BuckleyShani Am. MooreJuly 20, 2023 (2023-07-20)
266"And a Star to Steer Her By"Norman BuckleyTeleplay by : Caron Tschampion
Story by : Anthony Epling
July 20, 2023 (2023-07-20)
277"Somebody I'm Longing to See"Joy T. LaneAnthony EplingJuly 20, 2023 (2023-07-20)
288"Beat Me at My Own Game"Joy T. LaneShani Am. MooreJuly 20, 2023 (2023-07-20)
299"A Game of Telephone"Mary Lou BelliBarret HelmsJuly 20, 2023 (2023-07-20)
3010"Save My Place"Mary Lou BelliSheryl J. Anderson & Sara JumelJuly 20, 2023 (2023-07-20)



On September 27, 2018, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes. The series was based on the Sweet Magnolias book series by Sherryl Woods and executive producers were expected to include Woods, Sheryl J. Anderson, and Dan Paulson. Anderson was also set to serve as the series' showrunner. Production companies involved with the series were slated to consist of Daniel L. Paulson Productions.[7] The series premiered on May 19, 2020.[1] Norman Buckley directed six of the episodes and served as co-executive producer.[10] On July 23, 2020, Netflix renewed the series for a second season which premiered on February 4, 2022.[2][3] On May 4, 2022, Netflix renewed the series for a third season which was released on July 20, 2023.[4][5] On October 19, 2023, Netflix renewed the series for a fourth season.[6]


On May 20, 2019, Monica Potter, Brooke Elliott, and Heather Headley were announced as the leads.[11] On July 1, 2019, it was reported that Chris Klein, Jamie Lynn Spears, and Justin Bruening had joined the cast as series regulars.[12] On August 1, 2019, JoAnna Garcia Swisher was cast as Maddie Townsend, replacing Potter who was originally cast as the lead.[13] On May 4, 2021, Dion Johnstone and Brandon Quinn were promoted to series regulars for second season.[8] In June 9, 2023, it was reported that Ella Grace Helton joined the cast in a recasting, replacing Bianca Berry Tarantino for the third season.[9]


Principal photography for the series began on July 8, 2019 in Covington, Georgia.[7][14] The second season began filming in April 2021 and wrapped up in July 2021.[15] Season 3 began filming in July 2022.


For the first season, review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 78% based on 9 reviews, with an average rating of 6.2/10.[16] The second season has an 80% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 5 reviews, with an average rating of 8/10.[17] The third season holds a 67% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 6 reviews, with an average rating of 6.3/10.[18]

In its first 30-days on Netflix, season 2 was watched globally on Netflix for 161.3 million hours.[19]


  1. ^ Jamie Lynn Spears is credited as "Special Guest Star" in season 1, but is a Series Regular.


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