Netflix’s ‘Virgin River’ Yelling ‘You Deserve To Be Happy’ Is Everything Wrong With American Romance

Netflix’s ‘Virgin River’ Yelling ‘You Deserve To Be Happy’ Is Everything Wrong With American Romance


Spoilers.

Netflix announced Friday that season three of its romance “Virgin River” — based on the book series by Robyn Carr — releases in early July. I stumbled upon the show recently while impatiently waiting to recover from oral surgery, and by the end of the first episode I was intrigued by the show’s potential.

With sweeping mountain views filmed in Vancouver and British Columbia, the show’s depiction of the eponymous small town of Virgin River, California is charming. There’s plenty of room for heartwarming if unoriginal plotlines, as the series sees Los Angeles E.R. nurse Mel Monroe move to town to ease the grief of losing her husband. When Mel meets Jack, the handsome ex-Marine owner of the local bar, it’s obvious the show’s “romance” genre will center around the two of them.

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“Virgin River” looks a bit like someone gave the Hallmark Channel an Orvis catalog makeover, but I was hopeful the small-town aesthetic and the inclusion

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