Road to Avonlea

Road to Avonlea is a Canadian television series first broadcast in Canada between January 7, 1990 and March 31, 1996, and in the United States starting on March 5, 1990. It was created by Kevin Sullivan and produced by Sullivan Films (later Sullivan Entertainment) in association with CBC and The Disney Channel, with additional funding from Telefilm Canada.
It was adapted from the following books by L.M. Montgomery (author of Anne of Green GablesThe Story Girl, The Golden Road, Chronicles of Avonlea and Further Chronicles of Avonlea.
The King family have lived in a small farming community called Avonlea on Prince Edward Island for generations. In the early 1900's, the eldest of the five King siblings, Hetty, oversees the goings-on in the family and ensures everything runs to her high and rigid standards. Eldest brother, Alec, and his family run the King farm. Youngest sister Olivia, who still is treated as the baby by the others despite being a grown woman, is the third of the siblings still living in Avonlea. Two additions from the King family arrive somewhat unexpectedly to stay on the King property, one being Andrew King, the son of third eldest Roger, who is off traveling the world as a renowned geologist. The other arrival is Sara Stanley, the only daughter of fourth eldest but deceased Ruth, who was the rebellious one in the family. Before Sara's arrival in Avonlea, the Stanleys were estranged from their Avonlea King relations. Sara is sent to stay with her relatives because her father, Blair Stanley, wants to protect her from a potential scandal he is facing associated with his business in Montréal. Sara in particular will have to make many adjustments from her privileged Montréal life to survive emotionally in rural Avonlea without her father. 
The show's focus shifted over the years from Sara's interactions with her new-found relatives, to stories about the King family. Later seasons of the show focused more on residents of Avonlea who were connected to the King family. Sarah Polley left the show in 1994, returning for one guest appearance in the 6th season and one in 7th season.


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Sarah Polley, Jackie Burroughs, Lally Cadeau, Cedric Smith, Gema Zamprogna, Zachary Bennett, Mag Ruffman, Michael Mahonen, Harmony Cramp, Molly Atkinson

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RG's Views

Road to Avonlea was a staple of my childhood. I've never been a particular fan of Canadian programming but there are a few exceptions and this is one of them. Beautifully filmed and wonderful character portrayals, make this a truly enduring series. It's a glimpse into our history that leaves you truly caring about these characters and this beautiful town of Avonlea.
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