Virgin River (TV series)
|Based on||Virgin River novels|
by Robyn Carr
|Developed by||Sue Tenney|
|Music by||Jeff Garber|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||30 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||40–48 minutes|
|Production company||Reel World Management|
|Original release||December 6, 2019 –|
Virgin River is an American romantic drama streaming television series, produced by Reel World Management, based on the Virgin River novels by Robyn Carr. The first season premiered on Netflix on December 6, 2019. In December 2019, the series was renewed for a 10-episode second season which was released on November 27, 2020. In December 2020, the series was renewed for a 10-episode third season, which premiered on July 9, 2021. In September 2021, the series was renewed for a fourth and fifth season.
Virgin River follows Melinda "Mel" Monroe, who answers an ad to work as a midwife and nurse practitioner in the remote Northern California town of Virgin River, thinking it will be the perfect place to start fresh and leave her painful memories behind. But she soon discovers that small-town living isn't quite as simple as she expected. She must learn to heal herself before she can truly make Virgin River her home.
- Alexandra Breckenridge as Melinda "Mel" Monroe, a nurse practitioner and midwife who recently moved to Virgin River from Los Angeles
- Martin Henderson as Jack Sheridan, a local restaurant bar owner and former U.S. Marine, who suffers from PTSD
- Colin Lawrence as John "Preacher" Middleton, a close Marine friend of Jack, who works as the chef at Jack's Bar
- Jenny Cooper as Joey Barnes (season 1; recurring season 2–present), Melinda's older sister who lives in Los Angeles
- Lauren Hammersley as Charmaine Roberts, Jack's friend with benefits
- Annette O'Toole as Hope McCrea, the mayor of Virgin River
- Tim Matheson as Vernon "Doc" Mullins, MD, the local physician
- Benjamin Hollingsworth as Dan Brady (season 2–present; "also starring" season 1), a fellow younger veteran who served in the Marines with Jack and is struggling to readjust to civilian life
- Grayson Gurnsey as Ricky (season 2–present; recurring season 1), a young man who works at Jack's Bar and wants to join the Marines as soon as he graduates from high school
- Sarah Dugdale as Lizzie (season 2–present), Connie's niece who is from Los Angeles
- Zibby Allen as Brie Sheridan (season 3), Jack's sister
- Marco Grazzini as Mike Valenzuela (season 3; recurring season 2), a Marines friend of Jack's who works as a police detective
- Daniel Gillies as Mark Monroe, Mel's late husband
- Lexa Doig as Paige Lassiter, the owner of a bakery truck named "Paige's Bakeaway"
- Nicola Cavendish as Connie, one of Hope's friends who runs the town's general store and a member of Virgin River's knitting circle
- Gwynyth Walsh as Jo Ellen, a member of Virgin River's knitting circle who puts Mel up while her cabin is renovated
- Ian Tracey as Jimmy, Calvin's right-hand man
- Lynda Boyd as Lilly (season 1-3), a friend of Connie's
- David Cubitt as Calvin, the man who runs the illegal pot farm on the other side of Virgin River
- Teryl Rothery as Muriel, an actress and a rival of Hope's and a member of Virgin River's knitting circle
- Steve Bacic as Wes (season 2), Paige's estranged and abusive husband
- Carmel Amit as Jamie (season 2), a woman who is visiting Virgin River
- Stacey Farber as Tara Anderson (season 3), Lilly's daughter
|1||10||December 6, 2019|
|2||10||November 27, 2020|
|3||10||July 9, 2021|
Season 1 (2019)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||1||"Carry On"||Jann Turner||Sue Tenney||December 6, 2019|
|Los Angeles, California Nurse Practitioner Mel Monroe moves to remote town Virgin River to start a new job. She was hired for a one-year contract by Hope McCrea, the Mayor, to assist the town doctor, Vernon Mullins. She is provided lodging at the McCrea lodge. Mel meets Jack Sheridan, the Bartender and owner of the local bar Jack’s Bar which he runs with his friend Preacher. Next day Mel arrives at the Doc Mullins office. He is not pleased that she was hired without his approval. Jack's fellow Marine, Brady, comes back to town, Jack gives him a bar job. Mrs. McCrea goes to Doc Mullins and speaks with him regarding Mel, expressing that he needs help, whether he admits it or not. He agrees to give Mel 30 days probation. Mel treats a young pregnant lady at the practice suffering with Braxton Hicks. Later Jack finds a baby in a laundry basket on Doctor's front porch, he calls over Mel to come see what he has found.|
|2||2||"Lost"||Jann Turner||Debra Fordham||December 6, 2019|
|Mel gives the baby girl a check-up at Doc's office. An indignant Doc Mullins arrives and takes charge. Connie, the General store owner, brings formula and bottles over, then starts ringing around to try and discover the mother. Doc Mullins is not keen on having Mel around. A frustrated Mel gives her notice to Hope. Jack offers to help with renovations on the lodge to try convince Mel to stay, meanwhile Hope pleads with Doc to give Mel a chance and let her do her job. Lilly, a local lady arrives with some old baby items. Mel tells Doc Mullins that she called the CPS to hand over the baby in the morning. An angry Doc tells Mel she is fired. Jack arrives at Charmaine's home, and they end up in bed together. Mel discovers Lilly in the back room and is shocked to see her breastfeeding the baby. Charmaine seems to think her relationship with Jack is deeper than he thinks it is.|
|3||3||"...And Found"||Andy Mikita||Amy Palmer Robertson||December 6, 2019|
|Lilly admits that she is the mother; her husband died six months prior, and Mel thinks she's suffering postpartum depression. Mel lost her own baby and confides in Lilly that she considered suicide, it wasn't just grief from bereavement, but postpartum depression. The woman Jack was with comes to the bar and introduces herself to Mel as Jack's girlfriend, Charmaine. Doc drops off Hope at her house, she collapses while walking up the stairs, saying she can't breathe. Doc assures her that he will take care of her.|
|4||4||"A Wounded Heart"||Andy Mikita||Sue Tenney||December 6, 2019|
|Hope had another heart attack episode recently. Jack comes over with a quiche for Hope. Mel meets him coldly. Jack is offhand about his relationship with Charmaine, implying that she thinks it's more serious than he does. Charmaine shows up to surprise Jack. Paige is mistaken for someone named Michelle by a passerby. This, with her lack of any bank accounts, insinuates something suspicious. She watches as the van drives away, with fear clearly on her face.|
|5||5||"Under Fire"||Martin Wood||Debra Fordham||December 6, 2019|
|Jack and Mel are taken to the Pot camps so Mel can treat their boss for a bullet wound and later helps one of the residents, a young woman give birth. Doc tracks them down and retrieves them after Hope is alerted to their disappearance by a phone call from Mel’s sister. Hope is revealed to be treating Charmaine with distaste because her mother was a close friend that had an affair with Doc while they were still together but later gives her the benefit of the doubt. Mel later finds Jack in the middle of a night terror about his is time in the Marines.|
|6||6||"Let's Mingle"||Martin Wood||Amy Palmer Robertson||December 6, 2019|
|Mel’s sister Joey visits Virgin River just as the town is preparing for the moonlight mingle, a dance where everyone switches partners between songs. Doc sets up a meeting with a lawyer so he and Hope can go through with their divorce but is frustrated by her absence at the appointment, however he soon realises how much his affair actually hurt her. Paige sees a man at the mingle and becomes erratic when she momentarily can’t find her son Christoper. Jack is truthful to Charmaine about where he stands in their relationship and later punches Brady after he gets drunk with Joey and makes insinuations about him and Mel.|
|7||7||"If Truth Be Told"||Gail Harvey||Patrick Moss||December 6, 2019|
|Jack and Mel check on Ricky's diabetic grandmother, Lydie. When taking Lydie to the hospital, Mel flashes back to the circumstances surrounding her husband's death. While helping Paige with her car, Preacher notices packed bags and a driver's license with Paige's picture but a different name. Hope has some friction with the other town women playing cards. As she has been avoiding his calls, Jack visits Charmaine at work, she suspects his lack of commitment to her has something to do with Mel's arrival. The two separate. Mel takes off her wedding ring, Jack notices the removed ring and, with difficulty, Mel tells Jack her husband is dead and that it's her fault.|
|8||8||"Into the Light"||Gail Harvey||Debra Fordham||December 6, 2019|
|Mel wakes from a nightmare about Mark's death. Due to a storm caused power outage, the locals congregate at Jack's bar. Charmaine gives a box of Jack's belongings to Hope, but Hope meddles and reads the private letter meant for Jack. Jack shows Mel the newly renovated cabin for her, and they kiss.|
|9||9||"Everybody Has a Secret"||Tim Matheson||Sue Tenney & Jackson Rock||December 6, 2019|
|Mel and Jack agree to a date. Hope gives Jack the letter from Charmaine, but he puts it away without reading it first. Mel and Doc save a local family whose well is poisoned from the pot growers' fertilizer. Whilst at the hospital, Doc agrees to keep Mel for the rest of her contract, and has a flashback of losing a patient. Jack and Mel go on their date. Jack reads the letter from Charmaine and learns she is pregnant.|
|10||10||"Unexpected Endings"||Tim Matheson||Sue Tenney & Amy Palmer Robertson||December 6, 2019|
|Jack and Charmaine meet to discuss her pregnancy. Joey and Mel discuss their relationships on the phone. Paige reveals that she was divorced by her husband, and later fled with their son, despite not having custody. Hope carelessly reveals to Mel that Charmaine is pregnant by Jack. Jack confronts Brady, who later meets with Calvin. Mel flashes back to the automobile collision in which her husband was killed. Preacher visits Paige's house, finding blood on the floor. Mel tells Jack she can't cope with Charmaine's pregnancy and Jack tells Mel he's falling in love with her. Mel is seen packing and telling her sister she's returning home.|
Season 2 (2020)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|11||1||"New Beginnings"||Andy Mikita||Sue Tenney||November 27, 2020|
|Mel says goodbye to Mark at his gravestone, determined to return to Virgin River. Back in Virgin River, Jack is doing his best to take care of a pregnant Charmaine, while Hope and Doc are secretly seeing each other again. Mel bumps into Jack and Charmaine at Doc's office, making Charmaine very upset. Jack tries to convince Mel to give their relationship a chance but Mel won't relent. Doc asks Mel to help with Charmaine's treatment as she may have a high-risk pregnancy. Mel talks to Hope about Charmaine staying at her place until she recovers. Brady comes to try and get his job back from Jack. Paige gets an unexpected visitor.|
|12||2||"Taken by Surprise"||Andy Mikita||Amy Palmer Robertson||November 27, 2020|
|Jack comes to Mel's rescue during a break-in. Charmaine moves into Hope's house. Jack tells Hope that he doesn't trust her. Mel and Jack argue about Jack being too hard on Hope, but Jack throws it back in her face after saying her leaving was too hard. Paige is in trouble when she's found. Muriel asks Doc on a date. Paige calls Preacher when her attempt at self-defense goes wrong. Hope tries to annoy Charmaine out of her house. Doc and Hope continue their secret relationship but he goes a date with Muriel. Preacher and Paige come up with a plan. Mel goes to the bar to clear the air with Jack, her car breaks down after a heated discussion. Jack gives her a ride back to the cabin where they spend the night together.|
|13||3||"The Morning After"||Gail Harvey||Lisa Marie Petersen||November 27, 2020|
|14||4||"Rumor Has It"||Gail Harvey||Jackson Rock||November 27, 2020|
|15||5||"Can't Let Go"||Martin Wood||Jackson Sinder||November 27, 2020|
|While hiking, Stacey lets Mel know how unwanted she was by Mark's family. Mike, an LAPD officer and Jack's army buddy, comes to town, making Calvin suspicious. Connie angrily confronts Mel about the birth control prescription she gave Lizzie. Brady discovers the logging companies and Calvin's real purpose, muling Fentanyl. Calvin tags Brady as his potential successor. Preacher confides in Connie about Paige's situation. Jack and his army buddies have a reunion, without Brady, but it brings back bad memories. Jack brings Charmaine a canine companion. Jamie is impressed with Preacher’s culinary skills and refined palate. Doc and Hope go to a dance class with Muriel. Ricky tries to impress Lizzie but compromises his morals. Mel continues to hear more unpleasantness from Stacey and visits Charmaine to give her some blood test results. Stacey leaves Virgin River, upset with Mel's decision to keep the ring.|
|16||6||"Out of the Past"||Martin Wood||Sue Tenney||November 27, 2020|
|17||7||"Breaking Point"||Tim Matheson||Amy Palmer Robertson||November 27, 2020|
|On the anniversary of Mark's death, Mel tries to get through the day as normally as possible. Doc and Hope plan to go on a public date, which makes Hope freak out. Jack and Charmaine make a birth plan, but they have different opinions on how it should go. Hope talks to Preacher about her date that evening with Doc. Mel shares with Charmaine about the loss of her own baby and encourages Charmaine to take the safest birth option. Doc takes Hope to a restaurant in Arcata instead of the bar, where they run into Muriel. Lizzie and Ricky are goofing around in the bakery truck when things take a romantic turn. Muriel horns in on Doc and Hope’s date, and Hope acts to take back control of the evening. Mel finds an unexpected letter in her mail. Brady comes to the bar to talk to Jack; Jack reveals that the body found in the forest is identified as Leo, the man who held up Mel for OxyContin. Jack warns Brady that this is how people who work for Calvin end up. Preacher and Connie meet up, worried about the body. Mel tearfully shows Jack the letter she received—it was an item for Mark that was forwarded to her from her old address.|
|18||8||"Blindspots"||Tim Matheson||Lisa Marie Petersen||November 27, 2020|
|19||9||"Hazards Ahead"||Martin Wood||Amy Palmer Robertson||November 27, 2020|
|20||10||"Blown Away"||Martin Wood||Sue Tenney||November 27, 2020|
Season 3 (2021)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|21||1||"Where There's Smoke..."||Martin Wood||Sue Tenney||July 9, 2021|
|22||2||"Sticky Feet"||Martin Wood||Amy Palmer Robertson||July 9, 2021|
|23||3||"Spare Parts and Broken Hearts"||Monika Mitchell||Sue Tenney||July 9, 2021|
|24||4||"Take My Breath Away"||Monika Mitchell||Amy Palmer Robertson||July 9, 2021|
|Jack finds Mel sleeping in the back seat of her car, which makes him feel he’s imposing on her. Hope tells Doc she’s staying in South Carolina a while longer to help her aunt. Mike and Jack discuss Jimmy’s involvement in Jack’s shooting. Joey’s divorce is progressing. Preacher tells Jack that Jamie offered him a job in San Francisco, but then the Christopher situation came up. Brady learns that Emerald Lumber isn’t really viable as a legitimate business. Jack wonders why Brie is still there. Tara discusses her concerns about Lilly with Doc. Christopher has a health scare. Mel questions Doc about why she’s not involved with the interviews after listening to a voicemail. Jack learns that Jimmy is in custody and approaches him at the station where he learns that Calvin knows he was responsible for the raid. Connie is still behaving controllingly toward Lizzie, and Lizzie takes an abrupt step to stop it. Jack has some romantic surprises for Mel. Brie’s past comes back to haunt her. Mel asks Jack an emotionally loaded question.|
|25||5||"Kindling"||Martin Wood||Lisa Marie Petersen||July 9, 2021|
|Charmaine tells Jack that Todd wants a meal with him. Lyddie isn't happy that Lizzie moved in with her and Ricky. Todd shows off his money to Jack before telling him that he wants to buy Jack off and out of the twins' lives by him legally adopting the twins. This offer upsets Jack and causes him to question Todd’s motives. After interviewing a very promising new doctor, Doc tells Mel the real reason he's been interviewing doctors, stunning her. Lilly reveals her cancer and diagnosis to Doc and binds him to a problematic promise not to tell a still-absent Hope before Lilly does. Lilly admits to Tara about her diagnosis. Christopher grows mad with Preacher when he has to bail on plans with them to work an important party. Jack begins to remember pieces of the night he was shot. Brie reveals to Mel that Jack had been married before.|
|26||6||"Jack and Jill"||Martin Wood||Jackson Sinder||July 9, 2021|
|Brie survives passing out and Jack and Mel learn of her Xanax usage. Due to the person running the Lumberjack Games being sick, others in town pick up the slack. Lilly learns that Tara told others in town of Lilly's diagnosis. Christopher shows interest in chainsaws much to Preacher's fear. Charmaine is forced to give up the dog to keep Todd. Jack learns that Brady doesn't have an alibi and is the primary suspect in his shooting from Mike. Brie opens up to Mel about her brief and painful past. Lizzie is upset with Ricky for not wanting to live together. Jack and Mel compete in the Jack and Jill contest and they spent the time disagreeing about their relationship and future. Preacher grows unnerved when Christopher briefly goes missing. Doc enjoys a win before the worsening of his visual condition must end a particularly enjoyable part of his life. Lizzie is still upset with Ricky.|
|27||7||"Split"||Gail Harvey||Jackson Rock||July 9, 2021|
|Tara has collapsed from a stress-induced seizure; Lilly is worried about Tara keeping the farm going after Lilly is gone. Preacher makes Connie feel that her help with Christopher isn’t needed. Jack gets bad news about the land from his fire-damaged house. Mike calls Brady in again for questioning about Jack’s shooting; Brie is upset with Brady for not returning her calls and texts. Lizzie and Ricky continue to define the parameters of their relationship. Doc tells Mel he’s putting the search for a new doctor on hold, telling Mel that the clinic is his life. Lizzie accepts Connie’s offer to move back in with her. Muriel gives Doc sensible advice about his professional relationship with Mel; he tells Mel he’s suffering from a serious eye condition and asks her to maintain his confidentiality. Preacher makes amends with Connie. Jack sees Brie with Brady and suddenly remembers that Brady was there when he was shot; he angrily orders Brady off his property. Jack meets with an attorney, who gives him some rather bleak news about his custody options. Jack believes he can't give Mel what she wants while he fights for the twins and doesn’t want to stand in the way of her becoming a mother. He breaks up with Mel and immediately regrets it.|
|28||8||"Life and Death"||Gail Harvey||Sue Tenney & Amy Palmer Robertson||July 9, 2021|
|Hope calls Doc, but is surprised when Muriel answers his phone. Hope is still in the dark about Lilly's health.Lilly asks her friends to take care of her children after her pending death. A heartbroken Mel goes to L.A. to support Joey during her divorce hearing; while there, Mel makes a sudden decision about the remaining embryos from her IVF journey with Mark. Ricky continues to hide his possible enlistment from Lizzie. Jack decides to fight to keep Mel in his life. Charmaine learns that Todd wants them to move to Eureka instead of staying in Clearwater in hopes of derailing Jack. Doc drops in at the farm to check on Lilly, Tara, and Chloe and accepts an invite to stay for dinner. Lilly goes to take a catnap before dinner; when Tara goes to call Lilly for dinner, Tara finds that Lilly has passed away in her sleep.|
|29||9||"The Sun Also Rises"||Martin Wood||Amy Palmer Robertson||July 9, 2021|
|The town prepares to say goodbye to Lilly. Brie is surprised when she suffers a miscarriage. Lilly's funeral is dominated by recollections of her open heart and generosity and the love she shared with her late husband. Tara courageously tries to speak of her mother during the service, but is overcome with emotion; Mel helps her finish. Brady visits Brie after learning from Ricky that she had been sick, bringing her flowers while the rest of the town is at the funeral. He wasn't told that she suffered a miscarriage. Brie tries to rebuff him, but he confesses that he’s in love with her. At the reception after Lilly’s funeral, Jack and Mel talk seriously about their relationship. Hope didn’t arrive home in time for Lilly’s funeral, texting Doc that she needs to be alone. Lizzie invites Ricky to a friend’s wedding in Tulum in a few weeks, but he reveals that he doesn’t think he will be available; Lizzie is crushed to learn he plans to enlist in the Marines and didn’t tell her. Charmaine admits to Jack that Todd decided without her consent that they should move to Eureka, and Jack encourages her to be honest with Todd about her feelings. Mel consoles Tara after the funeral. With both Mel and Jack feeling emotional after Lilly’s funeral, they decide to reconcile. Doc learns that Hope has been seriously injured in an automobile accident.|
|30||10||"A Wedding, No Funeral and a Baby"||Martin Wood||Sue Tenney||July 9, 2021|
On September 27, 2018, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes. The series was based on the Virgin River book series by Robyn Carr with executive producers: Sue Tenney, Roma Roth, and Chris Perry. Tenney was also set to serve as the series' showrunner with Reel World Management acting as the Production company involved in the series. On December 20, 2019, Netflix renewed the series for a 10-episode second season. On December 18, 2020, Netflix renewed the series for a 10-episode third season. On September 20, 2021, Netflix renewed the series for a fourth and fifth season.
On December 19, 2018, it was reported that Alexandra Breckenridge, Martin Henderson, Tim Matheson, and Annette O'Toole had been cast in series regular roles. Additionally, it was further reported that Jenny Cooper, David Cubitt, Lexa Doig, Daniel Gillies, Lauren Hammersley, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Colin Lawrence, Trevor Lerner, and Ian Tracey had joined the cast in an undisclosed capacity. On May 29, 2020, Sarah Dugdale joined the second season as a series regular while Grayson Gurnsey has been promoted as a series regular for the second season. On June 11, 2020, Benjamin Hollingsworth was promoted to a series regular for the second season. Upon the third season renewal announcement, Zibby Allen was cast a new series regular and Stacey Farber was cast in a recurring role. On October 25, 2021, Mark Ghanimé and Kai Bradbury joined cast as new series regulars for the fourth season.
Principal photography for the series' first season commenced on December 3, 2018, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and ended on March 26, 2019. The series was also filmed on location in Snug Cove, New Westminster, Squamish, Agassiz, and Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. Filming for the second season began on September 9, 2019 and ended on December 17, 2019.
The community of Virgin River is actually Snug Cove, Bowen Island "with establishing shots including the local library, main streets and Artisan Lane", according to one report. The Watershed Grill, in Brackendale, British Columbia stands in for Jack's Grill; some of the scenes involving Melinda and Jack were filmed in Squamish, near the river. The waterfalls in the show is in the Shannon Falls Provincial Park. Some scenes were filmed in Burnaby at Fraser Foreshore Park and at Port Coquitlam, both near Vancouver. The cabin in the series is the caretaker’s house in Murdo Frazer Park, in North Vancouver; this site has been used by other productions as well. Doc Mullins' practice is a Victorian home in New Westminister.
On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the second season holds an approval rating of 90% with an average rating of 6.30/10, based on 10 critic ratings. The website's critics consensus reads, "Gentle as a babbling brook—and just as exciting, for better or worse—Virgin River's sophomore season offers up more of the comfort viewing that fans have come to crave." On Rotten Tomatoes, the third season has an approval rating of 71% with an average rating of 6/10, based on 7 critic ratings.
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