Parents' Guide to

Road to Avonlea

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Sweet tales of small-town life are uplifting for families.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 12+

Better than most filth on tv these days but...

I watched this show in the 90s and couldn’t wait to watch it with my children. It’s still very sweet and enjoyable, but I am surprised at how nasty and spiteful the people are to each other. The girls and women in particular are terribly unkind. I don’t want my daughters watching this and thinking this is the way women should behave. Sarah Stanley gets revenge when her cousins tease her instead of turning the other cheek and this isn’t corrected. Also, the children are disobedient and aside from losing their supper or having their ears twisted, there are no great moral consequences for their defiance. In fact, the children are often rewarded for doing the wrong thing (like trespassing). In one episode, the teenaged Felicity lies to her parents and sneaks off to an event to see and older boy. She ends up kissing another boy. Tame stuff by today’s standards, but not exactly wholesome. Additionally, it’s a little strange that the children call adults by their first names. That certainly wouldn’t have happened in the 1900s. My final gripe about the show is the church - aside from a scripture on the wall, there’s nothing visibly Christian about the building. There’s no cross, nothing to show it is a place of Christian worship. So while I enjoyed this show before I was a believer, I’m looking at it with the eyes of a Christian parent and I’m not sure that it’s entirely benign for kids to watch.
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age 6+

Best Family Television Show Ever

This show won awards in the 90s for a reason. It's not just for kids but adults also. The acting is great, the music is memorable, the scenery is amazing, the costumes are perfect, and the stories are entertaining.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (4 ):

Watching this series is like being treated to comedy, drama, romance, and natural splendor, and the show's good, clean content is uplifting to the soul. Its leisurely pace might be a tough sell on your kids, but if they will give it a chance, they may be surprised at its entertainment value. Creator Kevin Sullivan skims the very best of L.M. Montgomery's beautiful stories from books like The Golden Road and Chronicles of Avonlea and weaves them into a series that's pleasing for the senses.

If you're coming to Road to Avonlea as an existing fan of Sullivan's best-known works, Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea, rest assured that you won't be disappointed in this related work. Everything from the tone to the music remains consistent, and some of the original cast members -- including Jonathan Crombie and Colleen Dewhurst -- return in some capacity. Watching this delightful series with your kids is a real joy, and it encourages discussions about history, family relationships, friendship, and growing up.

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