My wife and I got hooked on "Avonlea" during its initial run on The Disney Channel in the early 1990's. As I recall we were both very pleased to find a show devoid of all of the double entendre and sexual innuendo that was becoming so prevalant on prime time television in those days. Well here we are nearly two decades later and network and cable TV continues to sink to new lows. My wife and I simply don't watch it anymore. As an alternative we have built our own library of classic motion pictures and quality television shows. Over the past year or so we have purchased all seven seasons of Kevin Sullivan's phenomenal Canadian TV series "Road To Avonlea". These are not cheap but I must tell you they are worth every penny. To our way of thinking "Road to Avonlea" is the best television series ever created. We have just concluded viewing the seventh and final season of the series for the very first time. Much to our delight we found that "The Complete Seventh Season" to be every bit as entertaining as the first six. That is no small feat!
In the final season we see a bit less of familiar characters like Felicity and Hetty and more of people like Simon Tremayne, Aunt Eliza and Izzy Pettibone. Kevin Sullivan opts for more of an ensemble approach this time around and the story lines are a bit more grown-up. Still there is nothing untoward about any of it and happily this is still a show that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. My wife and I completely agree that the acting, writing and photography were positively first rate throughout the season and we are pleased to report that we thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of these final 13 episodes. Perhaps my favorite episode of the final season is "Love May Be Blind...But the Neighbors Ain't". When rumors begin to spread that Felix King might have kissed Izzy Pettibone Izzy is mortified and refuses to even talk to Felix. Over the next few episodes this incident spawns some of the tenderest moments of the series. In addition, there is the haunting "Return to Me" when Felicity learns that her beloved Gus Pike who had been thought lost at sea might very well be alive. Then there's the final episode "So Dear To My Heart" where all the citizens of Avonlea (including Sara Stanley) gather for a very special celebration.
In "Road To Avonlea: The Complete Seventh Season" executive producer Kevin Sullivan has included a wonderful retrospective on the series called "A Fond Farewell: The Cast Looks Back". As you will discover this was a cast and crew that deeply cared not only for each other but also for the quality television program that they were creating. These folks have left us with an amazing body of work that will be enjoyed for generations to come. That bonus feature alone makes this set a real keeper. "Road To Avonlea" is that rare show that can be enjoyed by the entire family. If you are looking for quality entertainment for your family look no further. It simply does not get any better than this. Very highly recommended!
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