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The King family have lived in a small farming community called Avonlea on Prince Edward Island for generations. In the early 1900's, the eldest of the five King siblings, Hetty, oversees the goings-on in the family and ensures everything runs to her high and rigid standards. Eldest brother, Alec, and his family run the King farm. Youngest sister Olivia, who still is treated as the baby by the others despite being a grown woman, is the third of the siblings still living in Avonlea. Two additions from the King family arrive somewhat unexpectedly to stay on the King property, one being Andrew King, the son of third eldest Roger, who is off traveling the world as a renowned geologist. The other arrival is Sara Stanley, the only daughter of fourth eldest but deceased Ruth, who was the rebellious one in the family. Before Sara's arrival in Avonlea, the Stanleys were estranged from their Avonlea King relations. Sara is sent to stay with her relatives because her father, Blair Stanley, wants ... Written by
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Road to Avonlea (also known as Avonlea) was a well written family series that combined a perfect mix of drama and comedy and featured a talented cast. Jackie Burroughs was brilliant in her role as prim and proper Hetty King and was often hilarious. Lally Cadeau and Cedric Smith had perfect chemistry as Janet and Alec King and so did Mag Ruffman and R. H. Thomson as Olivia and Jasper. The young actors on the show were also excellent. Gema Zamprogna and Zachary Bennett were perfect as Felicity and Felix. As sister and brother, they were hilarious whenever they fought. Sarah Polley did a wonderful job as Sara Stanley.
Some of the highlights of the show included the romance of Jasper and Olivia(who wed in season 3), the romance of Felicity King and Gus Pike and the birth of Daniel King. Over the years the children grew up, Felicity attended medical school, Felix worked at the White Sands Hotel and Sara went to school.
The show was fantastic throughout its seven year run. I enjoyed seasons 6 and 7, and both contained great episodes (and strong performances from Patricia Hamilton, Gema Zamprogna and Zachary Bennett), but I felt the first five seasons were the strongest. The last season contained a few mediocre episodes ("From Away" and "Davey and the Mermaid")and one of the most important storylines, the romance of Felix and Izzy, did not get resolved.
The best episode of Avonlea was probably "Memento Mori," which focused on Hetty's 50th birthday. The episode featured what many great Avonlea episodes did. It had a great storyline, a wonderful script and focused on the show's ensemble. Some of my other favorite episodes include "The Ties that Bind," "Friends and Relations," "A Mother's Love," "The Dinner," "How Kissing Was Discovered," "Aunt Hetty's Ordeal," "Quarantine at Alexander Abraham's" "But When She Was Bad, She Was Horrid" "The Minister's Wife" "Vows of Silence" and "Misfits and Miracles"
I think Road to Avonlea was an outstanding show and I think people of all ages would enjoy it.
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