An orphan is sent to live with relatives in picturesque turn-of-the-century Prince Edward Island.
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Jessica Pellerin ...
 Ilse Burnley 44 episodes, 1998-2000
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 Jimmy Murray 43 episodes, 1998-2000
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 Perry Miller 33 episodes, 1998-2000
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Mackenzie Donaldson ...
 Jenny Strang 27 episodes, 1998-2000
Emily Cara Cook ...
 Rhoda Stuart 26 episodes, 1998-2000
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 Isabel Murray 24 episodes, 1998-2000
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Set in Prince Edward Island at the turn of the century, "Emily of New Moon" follows Emily Starr, an imaginative young girl who aspires to be a famous writer. When her beloved father dies, her happy life is turned upside down. Her deceased mother's relatives draw lots to determine who would have the burden of taking Emily into their home. It is decided that Emily would live at New Moon with rigid Aunt Elizabeth, timid Aunt Laura and odd Cousin Jimmy. Helped by her overactive imagination and some new friends, Emily slowly adjusts to life at her new home. Written by Orson Wright <orwright@hotmail.com>

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4 January 1998 (Canada)  »

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Sheila McCarthy and daughter Mackenzie Donaldson both are actresses on this show. See more »

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Version of Kaze no Shoujo Emily (2007) See more »

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Should be renamed "Emily Starr, Ghost Whisperer"
25 January 2012 | by See all my reviews

Not only does this series utterly fail to stay true to the characters, plot lines, and simple joy and beauty of the novels, it also fails to stay true to the time period in which it is set, and to the basic tenets of good story-telling and film-making. After I watched the first episode or two alone, my roommate asked if we should watch an episode together one night. I said, no, it was late and the episodes were too long. Imagine my surprise when it was revealed that they were only ~45 minutes each. My response: "Well, at least, they feel too long."

Perhaps if the writers weren't trying to jam-pack each episode with divergent plot lines, abrupt changes of mood and character motivation, and (silliest of all) some ghostly mystery or other for Emily to "solve", this series would be bearable. As it is, it's an unholy mess. To make matters worse, more often than not I find myself wondering if the best Canadian actors all go to Hollywood, as that would help to explain the acting, which typically ranges from wooden to melodramatic to simply awful. I give it two stars rather than one only because, every once in a while, one of the actors (usually one of the children) manages to do something legitimately endearing.


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