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When Calls the Heart 

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Elizabeth Thatcher, a young school teacher from a wealthy Eastern family, migrates from the big city to teach school in a small coal mining town in the west.




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Series cast summary:
Erin Krakow ...  Elizabeth Thatcher / ... 74 episodes, 2014-2020
Martin Cummins ...  Henry Gowen 68 episodes, 2014-2020
Pascale Hutton ...  Rosemary Coulter / ... 64 episodes, 2014-2020
Jack Wagner ...  Bill Avery 64 episodes, 2014-2020
Kavan Smith ...  Leland Coulter 62 episodes, 2015-2020
Loretta Walsh ...  Florence Blakeley / ... 58 episodes, 2014-2020
Gracyn Shinyei ...  Emily Montgomery / ... 58 episodes, 2014-2020
Lori Loughlin ...  Abigail Stanton 54 episodes, 2014-2019
Ava Grace Cooper ...  Opal Weise / ... 48 episodes, 2016-2020
Eva Bourne ...  Clara Stanton / ... 47 episodes, 2015-2020
Aren Buchholz ...  Jesse Flynn / ... 45 episodes, 2015-2020
Jaiven Natt ...  Robert Wolf / ... 44 episodes, 2016-2020
Johannah Newmarch ...  Molly Sullivan 44 episodes, 2014-2020
Daniel Lissing ...  Jack Thornton 43 episodes, 2014-2018
Andrea Brooks ...  Faith Carter 42 episodes, 2015-2020
Hrothgar Mathews ...  Ned Yost 41 episodes, 2014-2020
Ben Rosenbaum ...  Mike Hickam / ... 41 episodes, 2014-2020
Kadence Kendall Roach ...  Anna Hayford / ... 40 episodes, 2014-2020
Paul Greene ...  Dr. Carson Shepherd 37 episodes, 2017-2020
Carter Ryan Evancic ...  Cody Stanton / ... 35 episodes, 2015-2019
Genea Charpentier ...  Laura Campbell / ... 35 episodes, 2015-2020
Erica Carroll ...  Dottie Ramsey 32 episodes, 2014-2018


Elizabeth Thatcher, a young woman from a wealthy family, moves to the small town of Coal Valley to be the new teacher. As she struggles to adapt to living on the western frontier, she makes new friends including the local Mounted Police Officer, Jack Thornton.

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The University Women's Club of Vancouver at Hycroft was used for the Thatcher home in Season 2. See more »


The town water tank has no pipes leading to it, which may explain why Abigail's Cafe requires a hand pump in the kitchen. Additionally, there are many references to telegrams coming into or sent from the town, and there are electric lights everywhere, yet there are no telegraph poles anywhere in the town. See more »


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Might be a good or satisfying story in there below the crushing weight of the clichés, but the unrealistic & unreasonable motives behind the characters' actions made me unable to finish even the first episode. And perhaps discovering that good/satisfying story.

For example, Elizabeth's introduction with the wives/widows is pretty unbelievable. The women called her when they couldn't pay much and had no other alternative, yet they wanted to refuse the only person who'd agree to teach in the terrible situation? Why? It seemed like they chalked it up to "she looks like she doesn't have enough experience", but that should hardly be a big enough deterrent when they have no other options. At least she has some experience, and determination to walk for two days to come to this not so great job. Elizabeth's reply to their hesitations are also ridiculous.

In the next scene, when Elizabeth is settling in her house, apparently she has no experience with a stove/pot or with drying her clothes, because she messes up both and ends up burning the house. I hardly believe that because women in those days were meticulous and cautious, if anything else. Boys and girls in a middle class family were used to helping around the house from a young age, so they aren't inexperienced with simple household chores like heating a pot or drying clothes. And don't get me started about how she tried protecting herself with a spoon against the howls (and yet she didn't care about that when she was outside her burning house). I understand that all this was to build her character. Aside from the fact that the character they're building is pretty stereotypical, they at least could have gone about it in a more realistic manner. All her actions are really unreasonable, and it's due to shoddy and plain lazy work from the directors and producers. Don't need to go into hours of consideration on each scene, but at least could think A LITTLE more about character actions and motives.

I'm a big fan of period dramas, but couldn't swallow this, sorry. It's not too bad, but keep your brain on autopilot while watching it.

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11 January 2014 (USA) See more »

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