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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 / ... 77 episodes, 2014-2021
Martin Cummins ...  Henry Gowen 72 episodes, 2014-2021
Pascale Hutton ...  Rosemary Coulter / ... 67 episodes, 2014-2021
Jack Wagner ...  Bill Avery 67 episodes, 2014-2021
Kavan Smith ...  Leland Coulter 65 episodes, 2015-2021
Loretta Walsh ...  Florence Blakeley / ... 62 episodes, 2014-2021
Gracyn Shinyei ...  Emily Montgomery / ... 57 episodes, 2014-2021
Lori Loughlin ...  Abigail Stanton 56 episodes, 2014-2019
Eva Bourne ...  Clara Stanton / ... 51 episodes, 2015-2021
Aren Buchholz ...  Jesse Flynn / ... 48 episodes, 2015-2021
Johannah Newmarch ...  Molly Sullivan 45 episodes, 2014-2021
Ava Grace Cooper ...  Opal Weise / ... 47 episodes, 2016-2020
Daniel Lissing ...  Jack Thornton 43 episodes, 2014-2018
Jaiven Natt ...  Robert Wolf / ... 44 episodes, 2016-2020
Andrea Brooks ...  Faith Carter / ... 42 episodes, 2015-2021
Hrothgar Mathews ...  Ned Yost 42 episodes, 2014-2021
Ben Rosenbaum ...  Mike Hickam / ... 43 episodes, 2014-2021
Kadence Kendall Roach ...  Anna Hayford / ... 39 episodes, 2014-2021
Paul Greene ...  Dr. Carson Shepherd / ... 40 episodes, 2017-2021
Carter Ryan ...  Cody Stanton / ... 35 episodes, 2015-2019
Genea Charpentier ...  Laura Campbell / ... 31 episodes, 2015-2021
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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Drama | Romance


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Chelah Horsdal, Gracyn Shinyei, and Genea Charpentier all appear in the Amazon series, The Man in the High Castle. Gracyn and Genea are cast as Chelah's daughters. See more »


A common theme throughout Jack and Elizabeth's relationship is "Love is patient, love is kind" from 1 Corinthians 13. But with the series set in the early 1900s, the only English version of the Bible available at the time was the King James version which says "Charity suffereth long and is kind". The NIV version is what says "love is patient, love is kind" and wasn't published until 1973.

Correction: The American Revised Standard was published in 1900. It was widely viewed as a "modern" edition of the Bible and many young, educated people like Jack and Elizabeth embraced it. It would have been available even in the wilds of Canada through various booksellers' catalogs and religious societies. Its I Coinrthians 13 reads, "Love is patient, love is kind..." So this is not an anachronism at all. See more »


Referenced in Katie: Changing Careers at Any Age/Lori Loughlin (2014) See more »

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A Gem of a show- Keep them coming
21 March 2014 | by globalwonder9See all my reviews

The Hallmark team, with Michael Landon,Jr and Janette Oke have a winner here.

A seemingly period piece with contemporary issues , from overbearing parent' s expectations, and complaints about homework and disinterested students and let us not forget the mayor's wife dropping the founder's day play on the teacher; to the cooperative set up of the classroom with its many distractions and interruptions which really to do occur in today's public classroom. Being a public school teacher I could relate and thought the teacher anxiety over the play was portrayed nicely. Loved the scene when Elizabeth trips and Jack catches her.

Episode 7, dealing dyslexia. and the conflict with the parents was again portrayed well. Parents and teachers both meaning well, yet not sure what is really best for the child.

Episode 8, simply the best most moving, of the season a "wounded warrior" (recovering coal miner) from a life changing experience(lost of a leg)- how the individual,the family, and community responded to a person who is different in body and spirit now. Beautiful scene between Jack and Adam around the campfire about a child's perspective when a parent(father)- is injured- being male made it even more meaningful for- since fathers are often children's first heroes.

Episode 10 Had the more of western feel with the bank robbers and Jack in the saddle and alone so much and the camera picking up the landscape and scenery, was beautiful. The camera shots the morning after, when the characters were returning to town just stunning.

Please do not stop with just one season. Nice to have a family drama and meaningful stories for all family members to watch and relate to.

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11 January 2014 (USA) See more »

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