Virgin River timeline: How long has it been since season 1?

Virgin River. (L to R) Alexandra Breckenridge as Mel Monroe, Martin Henderson as Jack Sheridan in episode 506 of Virgin River. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2023
Virgin River. (L to R) Alexandra Breckenridge as Mel Monroe, Martin Henderson as Jack Sheridan in episode 506 of Virgin River. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2023 /

When you’re watching a romantic drama series, you wouldn’t expect to have serious questions about the narrative timeline. After all, Virgin River isn’t a fantasy or sci-fi series with lots of world-building rules. But the Virgin River timeline has become one of the most puzzling on TV.

In the first season of the series, Mel arrives in the small town as a refuge from the problems in her life. Even though it feels like she’s been there for years by the end of season 1, and even into season 2, that’s not totally the truth. Case in point: Charmaine reveals her pregnancy at the end of the first season, and by the end of season 5 part 1, she still hasn’t given birth.

If you’re binge-watching season 5 and wondering what how much time has elapsed in the Virgin River timeline, we’re going to break down what has happened in the series and estimate just how long it’s been since Mel arrived in Virgin River in season 1.

Virgin River timeline

By the time the fourth season premiered in July 2022, the timeline of Virgin River became something for the fans (and even the cast) to playfully poke fun at. Zibby Allen, who plays Brie in the series, told People that the cast has joked about the show’s slower pacing.

As previously mentioned, one of the aspects of the series that gives away the glaringly slow-moving timeline is Charmaine’s pregnancy. Viewers have become accustomed to pregnancies taking place in a sole season, so the fact that Charmaine has been pregnant for five seasons has put into perspective how much — or how little — time has actually elapsed.

How much time has passed since Virgin River season 1?

While the exact amount of time isn’t cut and dry, it’s estimated that between the first season and the fourth season, five months have elapsed. Being so, it appears that the entirety have the series has taken place within a handful of months of the same calendar year from season 1 to the end of season 5.

Mel’s pregnancy in season 4 also helps to gauge the time that’s gone by in Virgin River. In order to have found out the sex of her baby, she had to have been about 14 to 16 weeks pregnant, or even up to 20. However, in season 5, time moves ahead a bit more. By episode 10, Charmaine looks to be near the end of her pregnancy.

Also, Virgin River season 5 episode 10 takes place on Labor Day, which is celebrated in September. There’s a time jump at the end of the episode that brings us to preparations for the holiday season. Mel and Jack are decorating for Christmas, which means it could be about November or December. Maybe by season 6, the series will finally take place in a whole new year.

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