1. The Location – Move over Stars Hollow! Bluebell, Alabama’s in town! The southern flair of Bluebell rivals Gilmore Girl’s eccentric setting. Try spotting Burt Reynolds near the Alabama swamp. Not the actor, the friendly alligator who belongs to the Mayor. Beyond the widespread oaks and Spanish moss that decorate the southern landscape, Bluebell’s hangouts overshadow little old Luke’s Diner from Gilmore Girls. Sure, Luke’s Diner was a fan favorite, we’d watch Rory Gilmore stuff her face and wish we could grab a burger, too. But Bluebell has the Rammer Jammer where we can find hunky bartender Wade Kinsella (Wilson Bethel), a geek who munches on fries and a sassy waitress. Not to mention, they host bands and even put on Martini contests. Try doing that, Luke’s Diner!
2. The Men – In Gilmore Girls, we were introduced to the sweet neighbor next door, Dean. And then the bad boy obsessed with literature, Jess. Their rivalry propelled most of season 2 and a little of 3, but does Dean ever fling off his shirt? Do we even see the hint of a six-pack in the summer heat? Nope. Hart of Dixie gives us substance behind Wade Kinsella’s backstory (his father is the town drunk); but we also catch a peek of his washboard abs. Oh, and then there’s George Tucker (Scott Porter), who’s definitely easy on the eyes.
3. The Lead – Rory Gilmore starts off the series with incredible charm and charisma. Everyone could relate to this shy, introverted girl. However, as Gilmore Girls progressed, so did Rory and that charm quickly wore off when she had a quarter-life crisis. Dr. Zoe Hart (Rachel Bilson) brings her New York style to Bluebell while embracing the town that hosts bizarre contests. She’s kooky, slightly crazy, but as strong-willed as they come. A female protagonist I can fully stand behind—hopefully for many, many more seasons.
Agree or Disagree? Does Burt Reynolds need more screen time? I believe so.
– Becca Ritchie