What started as a low-key entry into the Netflix ever-growing database of solid tv shows is now one of its most popular. Virgin River, set in Northern California, tells the tale of Mel Monroe who trades in her LA life to move to a remote town called Virgin River. A nurse practitioner, it's clear from the get-go that Mel, while not exactly running away from her demons, is certainly looking for a new life.
What she gets is a town packed with big characters including the Mayor who hired her to work with Dr Mullins. The ageing Doc doesn't want or need Mel's help so she doesn't get the warm welcome she was hoping for. Also in the mix is local bar owner Jack Sheridan (Martin Henderson) who takes quite the shine to Mel.
It's easy to think that Virgin River is just another fluffy drama but I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of the show. If I had to compare it, I would liken it to a more serious Hart Of Dixie or a less contrived and more modern When Calls The Heart. All three shows feature a female lead moving to a small town and having to fit in, often when they are not wanted.
What makes Virgin River stand out a bit more is that the characters are very well rounded with real issues that unfold as the series moves along. Mel (Alexandra Breckenridge) has clearly suffered a tremendous loss but instead of just vomiting the whole back story out in the first episode, it is revealed in a far more organic way. Likewise for most of the other stories which the episodes revolve around.
This is very much a quiet drama that relies on solid acting and a meaty script. What you end up with is an engaging story about one woman's struggles to pick up the pieces of a broken life. It is incredibly easy to get invested in the story and you will probably find yourself hitting the ‘next episode' button a lot!
Louis William Rose
The only virgin in this series is the river….
The best Net Flix serie ever..I hope so much for season nr.5 ..WriterSue Tennant very Good..The actres the best… Virgin River so GOOD…waiting for following up…
I love the show, but 4 season’s is more like 4 years. Who is pregnant for that long! Is Mel going to be pregnant that long too? That means 3 more seasons. I guess I may not live long enough to see that happen. Could you please speed things up.
Screams Hallmark! There are a few intriguing characters, but IMO, the main characters aren’t them. Not a fan of Mel or Jack (although he’s easy on the eyes). And Hope is TOO Hope. Over the top with her sarcasm, defiance, etc. Dragging the Preacher/Paige/Christoper storyline out too much. I think it might have settled on my better if I hadn’t recently watched The Heart of Dixie. Much too similar to be considered fresh.
I like it but it just reminds me too much of Hart of Dixie, also starred Tim Matheson as a doctor.
Trite. Belongs on Hallmark. Not for me or you either.
Would like a hunk doc to come in, want more than jack, someone Mel can get close.
belongs on The Hallmark Channel
This show has so much potential if they can find someone that can act.
the acting is atrocious
VIRGIN RIVER WELL FOR ME WAS ONE THE BEST THINGS YOU HAVE PUT ON NETFLIX , I JUST CAN’T WAIT FOR SEASON 3. WELL DONE ROBYN CARR KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
Annette o’Toole’s character almost makes this unwatchable. So obnoxious. I guess this shows what a good actress she is because I don’t think she is an obnoxious person! I’m trying to keep pressing on to see season one to the end.
Trite and mediocre. Hackneyed plot lines, unbelievable situations.
Meh. An evening soap opera without any believable characters or situations.
What Paul said…but worse…