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10 TV Shows Like 'Virgin River' to Hold You Over Until Season 4

For when you're missing Mel and Jack a little extra...

We Virgin River fans over here have been (im)patiently waiting for season 4 of the romantic, feel-good drama to make its debut. (We just want more Mel and Jack content, okay?!) It doesn't help that the show's cast has been teasing us by sharing must-see behind-the-scenes content on Instagram. With captivating mountain scenery, rich characters, and thrilling romance, it's no surprise why the Netflix show became an instant hit. After binging Virgin River once or twice (maybe three times, who's to judge?), we think it might be time to switch things up a little.

Even though we are about to be graced with the fourth season of Virgin River come July 20, you're probably craving more charming tales to lose yourself in while you wait. To help hold you over, here are a handful of TV shows similar to Virgin River to check out. Some seem like they're straight out of a Hallmark Christmas movie with love stories that rival Mel and Jack's. Others take place in small towns with eccentric folks you won't soon forget.

Be careful, though—these shows will make you feel like you should move there ASAP and become best friends with all the characters!

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1 Ginny & Georgia
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Georgia is seeking a fresh start and believes she can find one in a small town. (Just like Mel from Virgin River!) But a dark secret from her past threatens to destroy the new life she and her daughter, Ginny, have worked so hard to build.


2 Heartland
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Those who love the beautiful scenery and warm feelings Virgin River brings need to jump on the Heartland train. The show follows Amy Fleming, a teenager who moves to her grandfather's ranch in the Alberta region of Canada after her mother suddenly passes away. When trouble arises, Amy and her grandfather must act fast if they want to save their family ranch.


3 Firefly Lane

An epic friendship, whirlwind romances, and big career moves. This show has all of these things and so much more! Katherine Heigl returns to the small screen alongside Sarah Chalke in this feel-good show about two inseparable friends who navigate life's ups and downs together. There's just one season out now, but it's confirmed to come back for another!


4 Sweet Magnolias
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If you haven't already seen it, Sweet Magnolias is a must-watch after you finish Virgin River. Taking place in South Carolina, it follows three best friends as they navigate difficult endings and hopeful beginnings in their small town of Serenity. You can binge the first two seasons as the series begins filming the third!


5 Hart of Dixie
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The CW

Dr. Zoe Hart (Rachel Bilson) moves from New York City to Bluebell, Alabama. Once she gets there, she discovers that the doctor she was supposed to work with has died and left her half his practice. If you're a fan of the big-city-meets-small-town narrative that Virgin River delivers, then this one's for you. Each season is available online so you can binge the whole thing.


6 When Calls the Heart
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Eike Schroter

Loved the community aspect of Virgin River, but are looking for something to whisk you away to another time? Hallmark's When Calls the Heart is just what you need. It takes place in the early 1900s and follows Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow), a teacher from a wealthy family who's been given her first job in a small coal mining town in Canada.


7 This Is Us
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NBC Universal

If Virgin River tugged on your heartstrings, This Is Us will do that and more. Follow different generations of the Pearsons as they navigate life, love, and loss. It jumps around through flashbacks and present day, leaving you hooked as you learn more and more about each member of the family. Another plus: The actress who plays Mel in Virgin River also appears in This Is Us as recurring character, Sophie.


8 Chesapeake Shores
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Hallmark Channel

Abby O'Brien (Meghan Ory) breaks free of her small town, and heads to the Big Apple. That is, until she takes a a trip home to Chesapeake Shores and sees her high school sweetheart. She eventually moves back and gets involved with the inn that her family owns. Romance and a cute B&B? Magical!


9 Schitt's Creek
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Pop TV

If you loved getting to know all the people of Virgin River, then you'll also love the denizens of Schitt's Creek. This comedy follows the Rose family, who just lost their entire fortune and are now stuck in the small town of Schitt's Creek. It's a hilarious and heartwarming watch as they learn to lean on each other—and the eccentric community around them.


10 Gilmore Girls
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CBS Photo ArchiveGetty Images

Gilmore Girls is another show where the setting is as important as the characters. Join Rory and Lorelai Gilmore in their quaint and quirky town of Stars Hollow. Just like Mel in Virgin River, they find support, love, and comfort from their community. But you've been warned: They talk fast!


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