->'''Lyons:''' Gentlemen, you ask me about the South. It is the land of romance, of roses and honeysuckle, of Southern chivalry and hospitality, fried chicken and waffles, salad and coffee.\\
'''Lippman:''' No dessert?
-->-- ''Theatre/OfTheeISing''

The DeepSouth in a (usually) more positive light. The Rural South in the United States is a land of [[GoodOlBoy honest, down-to-earth folks]], unlike the pretentious {{City Slicker}}s in New York or "New South" UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}}. [[CloseKnitCommunity Some may have their little quirks, but everyone takes those in stride]]. When one wants to escape [[ViceCity the morally bankrupt superficiality of city life]] and get in touch with one's true self, the South is the place to go to.

A SubTrope of {{Arcadia}}. Frequently [[Administrivia/InternalSubtrope features]] Southern Hospitality, a form of SacredHospitality. MinnesotaNice is the equivalent above the Mason-Dixon.

Whether white or black, the churches are usually Baptist or Pentecostal, which is to say this trope usually averts ChristianityIsCatholic.

Not to be confused with the 2002 film ''Film/SweetHomeAlabama'' or the song by Music/LynyrdSkynyrd.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/TurnAGundam'' is set in a post-apocalyptic future that bears an uncanny resemblance to late 19th century Dixie. Ironically enough, Nochis (the town where the story begins) is placed in [[{{Joisey}} New Jersey]] on official maps.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Bart Allen, the fourth [[ComicBook/TheFlash Flash]], was sent to live in Manchester, Alabama (which is real, despite what ''Impulse'' #1 claims) with his mentor Max Mercury (Max specifically chose it for reasons made clear in issue 16). This is deliberate; the series is based off Mark Waid's childhood in the South.
** Manchester is the NoCommunitiesWereHarmed substitute for the actual city of Birmingham (which, like Bart's town, has a statue of Vulcan on top of a really high pillar in the middle of town and was also named after an English city).

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Pogo}}'' leans more this way, although some of the Okeefenokee Swamp denizens are less than brilliant. Most of them are SweetHomeAlabama, with elements of TheDeepSouth every so often coming in.
* Similar conditions in ''ComicStrip/LilAbner''. Dogpatch, Kentucky may be full of unrefined, impoverished hillbillies, but in general they're pretty nice people.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/GoneWithTheWind''
* ''Film/TheBlindSide'': Well, it's actually Tennessee, but still. The film also has elements of DeepSouth.
* The fictional Crowley Corners, Tennessee from Series/HannahMontana the movie is one of these places. Actual filming was done in the city of Columbia, about 50 miles south of Nashville.
* ''Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit'': Coming out in 1977, it was probably the first film out of Hollywood in 20 years to show the South as a fun place.
* In ''Film/TheLegendOfBaggerVance'', Will Smith's character gets on fine in 1930s Savannah, Georgia.
* ''Film/CookiesFortune'': If Atlanta is "the city too busy to hate", Holly Springs is the town too lazy to hate. Everyone's laid back with everyone else, and ethnic prejudice is nonexistent.
* ''Doc Hollywood'' plays with it. While the people and town are charming enough, they have a few backwards qualities to them, such as an illiterate couple that need to have their mail read to them.
* ''Film/ForrestGump''
* ''Fried Green Tomatoes''
* ''Film/MidnightInTheGardenOfGoodAndEvil'': Both the (nonfiction) novel and the movie.
* ''Mystery Train''
* ''Film/MyCousinVinny'': plays it both ways. Some of the Southerners are portrayed as rednecks and somewhat dim but the rest are presented as decent folks. The Northerners act more like stereotypical New Yawkers. It's basically stereotype vs. stereotype and [[HilarityEnsues played for laughs]].
* The movie ''Film/SweetHomeAlabama'' is about a Southern girl who thought for a moment that some New York yuppie could be her Mr. Right. Obviously not; her Mr. Right is her childhood sweetheart back home in Alabama.
* ''Film/TheNotebook''
* ''Film/SteelMagnolias''
* ''Film/TheCuriousCaseOfBenjaminButton''
* ''Film/BigFish''
* ''Film/WhereTheHeartIs''
* ''Film/DivineSecretsOfTheYaYaSisterhood''
* ''Film/HaroldAndKumarEscapeFromGuantanamoBay'' features the titular duo staying with a couple who initially appear to subvert the stereotypes. They don't seem to mind the duo's ethnicity and even help the two of hide from government agents. They also make a joke about how they keep their inbred son in the basement when they have company. However, [[spoiler: then it turns out they were serious, and they [[BrotherSisterIncest are brother and sister]].]]
* The character of Wooderson from ''Dazed and Confused'' seems to inhabit this trope, although the rest of the film isn't particularly like this. (It's set in Austin, Texas.)

* Every single book by Fannie Flagg.
* ''Literature/TheSavannahReidMysteries'' - Savannah hails from Georgia, and doesn't forget it even though she's moved to California.
* All of Charlaine Harris's books, the most famous being the Sookie Stackhouse series.
* ''Literature/LookingForAlaska'', set in a boarding school in Alabama.
* ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird'' by Harper Lee takes a nuanced view. The central plot (and title) of the book centers precisely around racism and the less-savory aspects of Southern society, but many characters in the book are perfectly sympathetic, kindly folk.
* Joan Hess's Arkansas mysteries tend to be like this, as even the weirdos and idiots of Maggody are seldom anything worse than annoying.
* The planet Grayson in the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series is an entire planet of this, with a few aspects of Meiji Japan.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* [[TheMcCoy Dr. McCoy]] of ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' has a slight Southern accent (which was [=DeForest=] Kelley's natural accent; he was from Atlanta) and is a self-described "simple country doctor" from the "Old South" where he attended the University of Mississippi. He is presumably from this version of the South.
** Trip on ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' has a pronounced Southern accent.
* Raytown in ''Series/MamasFamily''.
* Mayberry, North Carolina in ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'', based on Andy Griffith's actual home town of Mount Airy, North Carolina.
* Hooterville in ''Series/GreenAcres'' and ''Series/PetticoatJunction''.
* ''Series/EveningShade''.
* When ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'' wasn't making the characters ridiculous caricatures, it was showing the sense of honor and hospitality people have in the Southern US.
* ''Series/HeeHaw''.
* Sergeant Eugene "Sledgehammer" Sledge of ''Series/ThePacific'' is, appropriately enough, from Alabama. His family is portrayed as honest, hardworking folk. His family also has [[ValuesDissonance Black menservants]], but they don't treat them badly.
* The CMT reality show ''Sweet Home Alabama,'' naturally.
* As well as the more well-known ''Series/DuckDynasty'', set in Louisiana.
* Pretty much every time Blanche talks about her childhood in Atlanta on ''Series/TheGoldenGirls''.
* Creator/DollyParton starred in the 1986 TV movie ''A Smoky Mountain Christmas'', where she was a country musician named Lorna Davis, [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed essentially a fictionalized version of herself]]. Disenchanted with the glitzy MTV videos she's being forced to shoot in Hollywood, Lorna goes back to her parents' old cabin in eastern Tennessee for the holidays and spends Christmas with (among others) some orphaned children and a "mountain man." This actually proves to be good for her career, as the Appalachian setting restores her creativity and inspires her to write a number of new songs.

* The TropeNamer is the song [[http://popup.lala.com/popup/432627043556415892 "Sweet Home Alabama"]] by the Southern Rock band Music/LynyrdSkynyrd. (The film, above, was also named for it.) The song was a [[TakeThat rebuttal]] to Music/NeilYoung's songs "Alabama" and "Southern Man".
* Despite its ShoutOut to the TropeNamer, Music/KidRock's "All Summer Long" explicitly takes place in "northern Michigan''.
* "Georgia on My Mind" by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell, made famous by Music/RayCharles, which was made the official state song in 1979, although originally written about Carmichael's sister, Georgia Carmichael.
* Phil Harris' song "That's What I Like About The South" is filled to the brim (of the mint julep) with this.
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oN86d0CdgHQ Take Me Home, Country Road]]'' does for West Virginia the same thing that ''Sweet Home Alabama'' does for Alabama.
** Similarly, James Taylor's "Carolina In My Mind" is about Taylor's childhood in North Carolina, but it's also popular in South Carolina.
*** Not to be confused with "South Carolina On My Mind" by Hank Martin and Buzz Alredge, South Carolina's (second) state song.
** Likewise, "My Old Kentucky Home" does the same for Kentucky.
* Too many CountryMusic songs to count.
* Music/{{Boondox}} has elements of both this and DeepSouth in his lyrics.
* Buddy Jewel's "Sweet Southern Comfort"

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Terrans from StarCraft Embrace this trope, then mix it with HeavyMetal for some reason.
** Taking it one step further, the TropeNamer song loads up on Jimmy's jukebox during the infamous BarFight.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Parodied in "Southern Fried Cruella" on ''WesternAnimation/OneHundredAndOneDalmatiansTheSeries'' in which Cruella De'vil tried to convince a magazine editor giving out an award for humanitarianism that she was just a "good ol' sugar borrowing neighbor" of the Dearlys and failing miserably.
* Although the program is never stated to be anywhere other than [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield "Lake Hoohaw,"]] many of the characters of ''WesternAnimation/PBAndJOtter'' speak with a southern United States sort of accent and advocate a style of life that seems to match very closely with the best ideals of Southern hospitality. Additionally, much the show's music, particularly the instrumental cues, has a southern twang to it.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': the earth pony communities of southern Equestria, and any rural Apple family household.
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