Christy - The Complete Series
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- 19 episodes on 4 discs
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The book was warm and wonderful and those like myself who loved it had doubts that the essence of it could truly be captured for television. It was a pleasant surprise when those doubts were proven to have no validity. It was faithful in conveying both the feelings and the atmosphere of the book and, for many, including myself, Kellie Martin will always be Christy Huddelston. Her wide-eyed and hopeful performance was perfect, and Tyne Daly added emotional depth as Miss Alice, the Quaker woman who had seen heartache before yet found the strength to carry on.
The wonderful Tess Harper portrayed the sensible and delicate Fairlight Spencer, who offered Christy the most cherished gift of those great mountains; her friendship. There was a wholesome and romantic glow to this series as the hardships these people experienced in their lives every day and the sometimes illegal means they used to survive came into conflict with the teachings of the young Minister, David (Randall Batinkoff), who is smitten with Christy.
But the older doctor who understood the people of Cutter Gap better may be the one Christy would find love with if she could hold on to the joy that brought her there. Stewart Finlay-McLennan had a nice turn as Doc Neil, who had some feelings of his own for young Christy. But it was the children and their teacher who took center stage as Christy faced opposition which kept some of the children away.Read more ›
Many times, I've been disappointed; tv shows or movies based upon books often cut out significant parts or change things around, creating a completely different impression from the original work. However, this wasn't the case with the "Christy" series! First and foremost, Kellie Martin and Tyne Daly were perfectly cast in the roles of 19-year-old schoolteacher Christy Huddleston and Quaker missionary Alice Henderson. Secondly, the show generally kept true with the storylines and descriptions first brought to life in Marshall's classic novel, making it easy for fans to make the transition to the show.
If you aren't familiar with the story, the general premise involves the title character, a recent transplant from a wealthy North Carolina family, who has just arrived in the poor but proud community of Cutter Gap, Tennessee, in 1912 to teach school. It's Christy's first time on her own, and her eyes are certainly opened as she experiences the effects of ignorance, poverty and disease. As she struggles to convert the residents to her beliefs, they also teach Christy a little about faith, nature, love and other life essentials.
Often seen with Christy are David Grantland, a young minister who is desperate to win her heart; and Neil MacNeil, a native doctor who equally intrigues and infuriates the stubborn, idealistic schoolteacher.
My only complaint is that the series was so short-lived! In my mind, we could certainly use a show like "Christy" on the air. Who wants some vapid "reality" show when you can get a glimpse of life during an intriguing period of American history? Not me!
If the producers had concerns about the public's reception, they need not have worried. The show was an instant success with the public, but unfortunately suffered in the ratings (due to poor time scheduling according to some sources) and only lasted two seasons. What success the show did have can greatly be attributed to its star, Kellie Martin, known for her work in Life Goes On, ER and now the Hallmark Channel's popular Mystery Woman. Martin, eighteen at the time, skillfully pulled off Christy's innocence and spunk to such a degree that she BECAME Christy in many viewers' minds.
"Only my father saw me to the Asheville station that Sunday morning in 1912."
When Catherine Marshall penned the first line of Christy some forty years ago, she couldn't possibly have known that an estimated 30 million people would read it. Christy was in Marshall's words "a story I have always wanted to write." Based on the real-life experiences of her mother and nine years in the writing, the novel was originally published by McGraw Hill in 1967. With more than 10 million copies in print, Christy is considered a landmark title in Christian publishing, but especially in Christian fiction.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this set and finally got to episode 9. When I put the disc in we found out that they were duplicates. So now we have 2 sets of Episodes 1-8. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
Loved this show very much! Very entertaining. I am very picky about movies/shows, and this was up to my standards. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
I was told since I liked When Calls the Heart that I would also like this. The quality has a lot to be desired. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Shawna Campbell
Just completed a Christy marathon -- watching all the episodes. Today's young people should watch to see what less fortunate children and young people had to go through to get an... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mary Lamb
Watched this once in the past and had to order it for myself.Published 1 month ago by Bessie A. Meyer
I am a rough, old, retired Army master sergeant and I know it's out of character, but have always loved the Christy series. I bought this so I could watch it any time I wanted. Read morePublished 1 month ago by TLB 2730
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