If you’re looking for a Hallmark movie with a little more edge, then Sweet Magnolias on Netflix is for you. However, is Sweet Magnolias kid friendly? Sweet Magnolias is rated TV-14, so it’s ok for the tween and teen crowd. Overall, it’s an enjoyable binge if you want some good ‘ol Southern drama and healthy dose of “Bless your hearts.”
Is Sweet Magnolias Kid Friendly?
Sweet Magnolias refers to three childhood best friends – Maddie (JoAnna Garcia), Helen (Heather Headley), and Dana Sue (Brooke Elliott) who live in the small town of Serenity, South Carolina. Of course everyone knows everyone’s business, and Maddie is going through a painful divorce where her husband cheated on her with his nurse. And she’s pregnant! Yup, scandal.
So yes, this 10-episode series, is a bit more saucy than your typical Hallmark movie with curse words, more kissing, and bigger secrets, but still comes with southern charm. Maybe it’s a Hallmark Lifetime hybrid.
Sweet Magnolias is rated TV-14 for language. This Sweet Magnolias Parents Guide will tell you what parents need to know. I recommend Sweet Magnolias for kids 12 ages and up.
There is some language and that’s the main reason why Sweet Magnolias earned its TV-14 rating. But I’ve heard more in a Marvel movie. I counted 1 son of a b–tch, a few damns, 2 uses of a–, one bullsh–, and a hell or two. There were also several uses of g-d and Lord.
There is a lot of kissing, implied sexual relations, and a scene where one character has his shirt off. There are also mature topics and conversations about adoption, underage drinking, infidelity, intimacy, and strained parent/child relationships.
Is Sweet Magnolias Worth Watching?
Sure some parts are slow and cliche, but I can’t call it a guilty pleasure, because I didn’t feel guilty watching it. It’s the kind of show that made me want to live in a small town and have two best friends that were there for me no matter what.
Don’t judge me for looking up houses in South Carolina.
Sometimes I wanted to scream at Maddie and say, “Girl, you need to calm down,” but you know she has a good heart and got the raw end of a deal, so I cut her some slack. Serenity is a town where everyone still goes to church, attends the baseball fundraiser because they’ll do anything for the children of Serenity, and the Mary Vaughns still hold a grudge for scheduling a charity event during their Sweet Sixteen parties.
As an extra bonus, quotes from Sweet Magnolias like, “Gossip travels like grease through a goose in this town,” made me giggle. Do people talk like that in real life? I don’t know, but I like to think they do.
It’s easy to like these characters, and there are so many love triangles, I’m over here with my popcorn hollering at the screen over who they should choose. The nice guy, pick the nice guy!
If Tiger King was your thing, then maybe Sweet Magnolias isn’t for you. But it is something I can watch with my older kids without having to repent the next day.
Sweet Magnolias is my idea of TV comfort food. It’s a story of friendship, starting over, fighting for what you want, and coming out stronger. I hope there’s a Season 2 with that cliffhanger and so many unanswered questions.