‘When Calls the Heart’: 5 Other Feel-Good TV Shows to Watch If You Love the Hallmark Channel Drama
It’s been a tumultuous season for When Calls the Heart. Fans have had to come to terms with the loss of a beloved character who left the cast at the end of Season 5, the sudden firing of one of the show’s star actresses, and an unexpected hiatus in the middle of the season.
Now, Season 6 is coming to a close, with the last episode, “Two of Hearts,” airing June 2. After that, Hearties will have a long wait until they can go back to Hope Valley in the show’s annual Christmas special, which typically airs in late December. (The show has been renewed for Season 7, but no premiere date has been announced.)
With When Calls the Heart taking a break, you might be looking for another heartwarming period drama to keep you entertained on Sunday nights. We’ve rounded up this list of shows we think any Heartie will love. Bonus: They’re all available for streaming on either Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu.
Anne with an E
Based on L.M. Montgomery’s beloved novel Anne of Green Gables, Anne with an E tells the story of a spirited orphan named Anne who is sent to live with a spinster and her brother on Canada’s Prince Edward Island.
The first two seasons are streaming on Netflix, and a third is on the way. Fair warning: not all fans of the books will like the way the show has updated and expanded the story, especially in the divisive Season 2. (If you’re a purist, the 1985 Anne of Green Gables with Megan Follows is streaming at GazeboTV.com.)
Call the Midwife
This BBC drama (which airs on PBS in the U.S.) follows a group of midwives and nuns working in London’s East End neighborhood in the 1950s and 1960s. It handles tough topics like poverty, abortion, and miscarriage with grace while also exploring the relationships between the nuns, midwives, and those they serve. Call the Midwife — which is based on the memoirs of a real-life midwife — has aired for eight seasons, and the first seven are streaming on Netflix.
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
In Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Jane Seymour plays Dr. Michaela Quinn, a wealthy woman from Boston who moves to the frontier town of Colorado Springs in the years after the Civil War, where she sets up a medical practice and tries to win over the townspeople. This well-loved show ran for six seasons from 1993 to 1998, and all episodes are streaming on Amazon Prime.
Lark Rise to Candleford
At the end of the 19th century, a girl from a small English hamlet moves to the local market town of Candleford where she takes a job as the assistant to the postmistress. Fans of When Calls the Heart will appreciate the look at small-town relationships and dramas as residents adapt to a changing way of life. All four seasons are streaming on Hulu.
This adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s famous novel about the March sisters aired on PBS in 2018. The three-episode series, which follows the family during the Civil War and the years after, stars Emily Watson as Marmee and Angela Lansbury as Aunt March, with Maya Hawke as Jo. It’s streaming on Amazon Prime.
When Hope Calls
OK, so you can’t watch When Hope Calls just yet, but come August, Hearties can sink their teeth into this When Calls the Heart spinoff about two orphaned sisters who reunite as adults in a small northwest town. You’ll be able to stream it on Hallmark Movies Now, Crown Media’s digital streaming service.
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