The First Time You Saw Avonlea

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The First Time You Saw Avonlea

Post by Timothy » Sun Jun 26, 2005 4:59 pm

At one point, we were all standing at the Avonlea trainstop, about to discover a wonderful new series. This is my first experience with the series.

I first started watching the series on the Disney Channel. I was greatly impressed with the attention to detail in the series and exceptional production values. During the first two seasons, there was great consistency between the episodes, largely because one writer, Heather Conkie, was writing most of the episodes. The humor was subtle and not overly exaggerated.

The one episode that really drew me into the series was 'Aunt Hetty's Ordeal.' This episode produced a fine balance of comedy and drama, from the rivalry between Hetty and Muriel to the moral struggle between the 'angel' and the 'devil' in Gus's love for music. I consider Gus's serenade at the end of the episode one of the finest moments in the series.

I hope you will all share your first experiences of the series.

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Post by Shelly » Fri Jul 08, 2005 1:31 pm

My first experience wasn't until 1998, when the series was being rerun weekdays on CBC. I'd watch off and on; but didn't really catch on right off. But then in early December I saw an ad for Happy Christmas, Miss King. I taped it and watched it, I think, the following day. The deal was sealed from there. (Also, at the time HCMK first aired, CBC was showing, I think, the fourth season.)
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Post by StoryJan » Sat Jul 09, 2005 4:52 pm

Avonlea holds a very special place in my heart. I was only eleven years old when I began watching the series in its first season. Since I was very sick at the time, I could do nothing other than lay on the couch and watch tv. Lucky for me, the Disney Channel was having one of their free preview sessions, so I had the channel glued to Disney all day. I woke up with Dumbo's Circus, sang along with Kids Inc and the new Mickey Mouse Club, and stumbled upon Avonlea later that evening. The episode was "The Story Girl Earns Her Name," and I was hooked immediately. Perhaps it was because their little girl had a very high fever, but my normally frugal parents agreed to pay for the Disney Channel (a premium channel!) so I could watch Avonlea every week.

Every year for Christmas, my parents would give me a 6 hour VHS tape of my very own to tape whatever I wanted. As a testament to how much I loved this show, I began taping Avonlea episodes on my new Christmas tape right away; however, when I reached the end of my tape, I was forced to reassess a few of my childhood priorities. Goodbye '88 Olympic games- Hello seven more episodes of Avonlea! When the 2nd season began, I was crushed because I had no tape left at all, and my parents, who had graciously accomodated my Avonlea habit, held firm- no more VHS tapes until next Christmas. There was nothing left to do other than beg my sister for the last 45 minutes of a few of her tapes, and so she aquired "Aunt Hetty's Ordeal" and "Dreamer of Dreams." At least I could rewatch them with her. It wasn't until "A Mother's Love" that my mom finally caved; for Christmas that year, instead of one tape, I received two. One for Avonlea and one for other things. And being the fanatic that I was, they were both filled within the year with the further adventures of Sara Stanley and her King family cousins.

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Post by Annie » Tue Jul 12, 2005 7:19 pm

I can't remember exactly when I started watching Avonlea because my earliest memories of the series are a jumble of clips from various episodes that I never sat down and watched in full. However, I do remember seeing Hetty's speech in the wedding scene of "So Dear to My Heart" and being very moved, even though I had no attachment to the characters at the time. Once I figured out how wonderful the show really was, I was hooked and have been ever since. Back then the series was being aired on Odyssey, now the Hallmark channel, and I must have been somewhere around 11 or 12. I'm 17 now and love it just as much as I did when I was younger, if not more.

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Post by Gwendolene » Fri Jul 15, 2005 11:06 pm

I started watching when I was around ten years old. Our family subscribed to the Disney Channel solely for Avonlea. (It was a premium service back then- like HBO.)
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Post by vijay » Fri Jul 22, 2005 10:28 am

I started watching Avonlea when I was about 8 years old, from the Disney Channel. I lived in Florida at that time. The show was always being advertised on the Disney channel at that time, but my sister and I began watching it only into the second season. We initially thought Sarah Polley's name in the show was "Avonlea" until we actually started to watch it

I still remember the first episode I saw.."All That Glitters" This episode fosters a nostalgic memory for me, it filled me with a sense of adventure, mystery, imagination. Such themes were self-evident from that moment on as my sister and I fell in love with the show. We started comparing members of the King family with our mother being like Aunt Janet..and my grandmother being like Aunt Hetty. My sister herself being like Felicity (no doubt about that!!) and she saying that I was like Felix. The two of us watched Avonlea every monday night, and again on sunday night (the same episode) every week for the next 5-6 years. Avonlea shares a very special place in my heart and was an integral memory of my own childhood. It was our little one in my 4th or 5th grade classes really knew of this show..and most of my friends to this day do not.

I remember when I was in 7th grade, it was the final season of Avonlea (being aired on the disney channel) and my sister had just started her first year of college and so could not watch it. I used to call her and have huge conversations telling her exactly what happened after watching every episode. When Avonlea left an empty part in me for some reason. I had just gotten so much into this family, into their lives, into this place they lived in.
A few years later, when I was in 10th grade, Avonlea begun to be aired on odyssey..and this time I was smart enough to tape EVERY episode. Now i've got the whole collection, save for a couple.

Now I am in Scotland, and I feel just at home in this sense. I walk around, and I almost feel like I am walking in Charlottetown during Avonlea-time. I will never forget Avonlea, and I hope even to my old age it will remain close to my heart :)

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Post by panini » Tue Jul 26, 2005 9:48 am

I started watching RTA as a result of Anne of Green Gables. I remember our video store had a few VHS tapes that Disney had put out called "Tales from Avonlea." When I saw that they were tied in with Anne of Green Gables, well I had to see them because I loved the Anne movies! Unfortunately, I only saw 4 volumes (a total of 8 episodes) and eventually found an online site that sold more episodes on VHS. It has been a little bit of an addiction since then. :)

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Post by Ilona » Mon Aug 08, 2005 11:16 am

My parents taped the very first episode of Avonlea for me and my sister (that was in 1992 so I was seven or eight). I don't remember watching it back then though, probably because I couldn't read very well yet and all foreign programmes are subtitled here. I can't remember the exact moment when I actually started watching the series but it was probably when they were showing season four or five here. A few years later they showed reruns of Avonlea and my sister taped most of the episodes but we didn't have enough tapes for all the episodes :( I now have quite many of them on tape but there are still episodes I don't remember seeing... It seems my Avonlea addiction is now growing day by day and I'm currently making my very first webpage about Avonlea :D

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Post by Jessicaussie » Thu Aug 18, 2005 4:32 am

I first saw Avonlea when I was 13 or 14. ( I'm 25 now ) I love Anne of Green Gables, so I really liked Avonlea, too. I've read all of L M Montgomery's books. She 's my favourite author ( other than the Bible :) ). When I watch Avonlea now, it brings back good memories of when I was a young girl in Idaho, USA. (I am now living in Australia with my Aussie husband. ) :)

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Post by Gwendolene » Fri Aug 19, 2005 5:47 pm

Jessicaussie wrote:(I am now living in Australia with my Aussie husband. ) :)
Welcome. I went to college in Oz for a year... enjoy those TimTam's (I'll live vicariously through you :D )
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The First Time You Saw Avonlea

Post by lucieanne » Sun Aug 21, 2005 4:53 pm

I have just discovered the series recently, and what a joy it has been!
Years ago I watched the "Anne Of Green Gables" productions on video, but I never knew about the "Road to Avonlea" series until I came across a couple of the episodes on VHS at a yard sale. A couple weeks later I found the entire third season DVD at yet another yard sale in my neighborhood. Now I am trying to catch up, by going back and buying what I've missed before going on to purchase Season 4.
September will mark the 3rd anniversary since I last visited Prince Edward Island. Watching "Avonlea" makes me want to go back!
I know it has been several years since this series was originally aired, it is wonderful to be discovering it for the very first time.

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Post by asuwish » Tue Aug 30, 2005 12:13 pm

I had always loved L.M. Montgomery's books and at least five/six years ago, I somehow stumbled on the Avonlea TV series one day when I was looking for shows to watch in the newspaper. At that time, it was being shown on CBC at 8 at night and I thought they were reruns because I didn't think there was enough interest nowadays for them to produce shows that were set way back when. I had no idea the Disney Channel was running this series! The last episode I ever saw was the one where Cecily was in that place for really sick people and after giving this boy the best Christmas he had ever known, the boy died the next day. Then the next thing I knew, CBC just stopped showing it altogether and Wind at my Back had taken its place. I haven't thought about the series for so long, and I just rediscovered Avonlea yesterday and I've been going to every site I can find, looking for any info I can get on it and listening to the Avonlea theme song on this one site over and over again (it's playing right now). I'm so excited that they've been releasing all the season episodes on DVD. Once I get enough money saved up after other expenses, I will start an Avonlea DVD collection of my own!

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Post by Allan » Tue Aug 30, 2005 2:46 pm

Looking up Avonlea in the library. They had the first 2 seasons on tape, and so I decided to give it a whirl. I loved them, and bought the videos as soon as they were available. Finally the DVD's are out, so I can see the series strait through as it was meant to be.

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Post by Wild Roses » Mon Sep 05, 2005 5:30 pm

I watched Avonlea when it came on CBC when it first premiered. It was because of the Anne movies that I became a fan. However, it wasn't until the last 1990s when CBC and Hallmark were rerunning that I truly became an real Avonlea devotee. At about the same time, my interest in Anne, and all thing LMM picked up and I have been a fan ever since.

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Post by irishcolleen » Wed Sep 07, 2005 8:15 am

I watched Avonlea when it first aired on the Disney Channel in 1989. I think I must have been 8 at the time. I had LOVED Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea (the Sully productions) so when I heard about the new series I begged my parents to subscribe to the Disney Channel so I could watch it. From day one, I was hooked! My favorite character was Felicity, and I always knew she belonged with Gus. I really love all the characters though...It's such a great show! Even now, it hasn't lost its lustre. I can hardly wait to have my own children and show them this wonderful program. I cried and cried the day of the last episode. Avonlea forever! :D

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