The American music queen got candid on Netflix, giving us the back-stories on some of her popular hits. Find out which one’s the best of them as we rank the top five episodes of ‘Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings’.
Undoubtedly one of America’s music divas, Dolly Parton decided to grace the Netflix stage with her anthology, ‘Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings’. For over 60 years, Parton has given her voice and melody to America’s country music, and this time around, she brought out the stories behind her songs. Like her songs, of course, Parton is a master story-teller and, true to its name, each of the stories from the anthology tugs at our heartstrings. But which ones make us week in our knees? Find out about the best 5 episodes of ‘Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings’.
- “These Old Bones”
- “Cracker Jack”
“These Old Bones”
Although placed as our number 5, it should not lose credit. This is one of the most authentic episodes on ‘Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings’, and while it might fall short in contesting with other episodes, this one will melt your heart. “These Old Bones” is the heartbreaking story of an old woman, Bones, living in the mountains. A big corporation and a lawyer in the making, Genevieve, forces Bones out of her home and, as the story unfolds, family skeletons come out of the closet. With time, we root more and more for Bones, the woman from the mountains, hoping that she gets to keep her home. The episode would make you want to reach for your roots and keep your feet on the ground and your heart in the right place.
So, you thought that you could make it through country music without shedding one tear? The joke’s one you! Keep your tissues handy for this episode will not let you off easy. While “Sugar Hill” is one of the many episodes with a love story on ‘Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings’, it is also devastatingly beautiful. There’s love and there’s heartbreak. It is the story of Harper and Logan who have been head over heels in love with each other since childhood, and always found out a way to return to each other. But life is cruel and when Logan is unable to find a way back to his love, he finds a way back to their hometown, “Sugar Hill”. Crying yet?
Country music is empty without stories of heart-warming friendships, and this episode is just about that. Four best friends, sworn to each other for life, each living their own share of struggles, reunite for a weekend together. Amidst all the nostalgia, they get around to remembering a grubby puppy named Cracker Jack. They wonder about the lost times and about how life was easier and better when they were kids with little Cracker Jack still alive. The four finally come to terms with their present lives just as a new dog comes into their lives. If you have been missing your late-night talks with your girlfriends, makes sure you get them together for watching this episode.
“Down From Dover”
Love in the time of war! This is one of those episodes on ‘Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings’ that would make you feel like you are inside a Nicholas Sparks novel, no kidding. “Down From Dover” is the tale of young love losing grip in the middle of a war, lost self-independence, and social judgement. The story follows around two young high school sweethearts, Lincoln and Delilah, separated by a judgemental father and the Vietnam Way but united in love. As our hearts cheer for the two fighting for their love, life keeps swirling them into deeper puddles. We root for them as they root for their love, hoping to see life through.
Of course, “Jolene” had to take the cake away! This number has ruled the hearts of the fans ever since it came out in 1973. Julianne Hough plays the beautiful red-headed Jolene and does a fantastic job at it. But the bigger surprise is that Dolly Parton herself appears in this episode as Babe, the owner of the joint where Jolene performs, Baby Blues. It is a powerful story of female friendship where women root for each other and always have each other’s back no matter what. It is a story about the unflinching loyalty and respect that woman have for each other. It’s bold, it’s warm, and that is why this one, folks, is the number one of the ‘Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings’ episodes.
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