Signed, Sealed, Delivered

 
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Sweet comedy about postal workers is whole-family-friendly.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Families are loving and supportive in the Hallmark Channel's world, and workers are dedicated, and any evildoers are brought to justice by the end of the hour. Moral complications are few, and good always wins out.

Positive role models

The band of postal workers at the action's center consider their jobs very important, and speak often of their duty to the the public. They treat everyone around them with kindness and respect, but remain playful.

Violence & scariness

Very mild menace, occasionally directed against young people. The mood is more mystery-show than scary.

Sexy stuff

Many of the office's workers and guest stars are single and may talk about dating in the mildest of terms.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drugs or alcohol may come up as a way of swiftly labeling a "bad" character, i.e. one episode refers to "those low-life narcotics runners!"

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Signed, Sealed, Delivered is a very mild, but charming comedy with very little to offend the sensibilities of anyone in the family, from the youngest to Grandma and Grandpa. There is no cursing, nudity, sex, or smoking. Drugs and alcohol are not used onscreen, but may be referred to as shorthand to explain why a villain is villainous, or in the context of crime and justice. Characters, including young children, may be the subject of very mild menace. Dire acts such as death may be referred to onscreen, and there is an occasional gun brandished, but no one is really hurt and we see very little violence onscreen.

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What's the story?

Created by the executive producer of Touched by an Angel, SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED stars Eric Mabius as Oliver, the leader of a stalwart postal detective team in the Dead Letter Office. Oliver and his cohorts Shane (Kristin Booth), Norman (Geoff Gustafson), and Rita (Crystal Lowe) are serious about connecting the messages sent by people all across the country to their destination. And each week, a different Dead Letter leads them into another mystery and often a famous guest star, like Valerie Harper or Della Reese. Sometimes the letters lead the team to some very strange places. But the team wouldn't have it any other way.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Anyone who found creator Martha Williamson's 1990's drama Touched by an Angel unbearably saccharine is likely to give this one a miss. And that's a real shame. Because though Signed, Sealed, Delivered does have the kind of mild thrills and everyone-hugs-and-learns-at-the-end plotting that older viewers will remember from the sitcoms of an earlier television age, it also boasts a pleasantly dry absurdity. Here's an exchange between Oliver and Norman as they race to stop a crime with a concerned grandma. Oliver tells grandma not to worry: "We're uniquely gifted postal workers." "With a license to deliver," chimes in Norman. "And a deep faith in the power of the written word," agrees Oliver. "I was hoping that was just a cover story," says Grandma. "Oh no. We're the real deal," says Norman, affecting a Men in Black facial expression. Hee hee!

A comic drama about a bunch of postal detectives who unravel mysteries for grandmas, army vets and frustrated singer/dancers sure sounds hokey. But Signed, Sealed, Delivered is in on the joke, and that, plus the fresh, funny writing and charming actors, makes for a delightful show that's fun for all generations. It's nothing new, but with a comedy this comfy, it doesn't have to be.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about who Signed, Sealed, Delivered is supposed to appeal to. What age group do you think this show is aimed at? Is it just one age group, or several?

  • Watch an episode of Touched by an Angel. How is Signed, Sealed, Delivered like this show from the same creator? How is it different?

  • Do you think this show is a realistic look at the post office's inner workings? Is it supposed to be? How do you know?

TV details

Cast:Eric Mabius, Kristin Booth, Geoff Gustafson
Network:Hallmark Channel
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-PG

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Parent Written byPooke May 25, 2014
 

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Signed, Sealed, Delivered is a new family friendly television series on the Hallmark Channel. It will be shown on Sunday nights at 8 pm, 7 pm Central time. The show features lost letters that were meant to be mailed but for some reason have not been delivered. There is a group of four people, postal employees, whose job is to locate the person the letter should have been mailed to and make the delivery. These employees, two men and two women each have unique personalities and some quirkiness that adds interest to the show. The show centers around the results these found letters have on people's lives. Detective work and mystery can be involved while searching for the true owners in these stories. Martha Williamson, the creator of Touched by an Angel, is the creator and executive producer of this series. The show is planning on featuring scripture in its episodes and The American Bible Society is offering a Bible study that goes along with the series. I watched the segment that was aired on Sunday, May 25 2014. The show featured two individuals with Down Syndrome, and the effect a found letter had on their lives. The show was very sweet and engaging. It didn't have any objectionable language or scenes. The end of the program had "The Wedding Song" (There Is Love) playing in the background, which has references to God. I enjoyed the show, and believe people of all ages would like it. It would be a great for a family to watch it together. I highly recommend this 5-star program, and hope everyone tunes in Sunday nights to watch it. I received a complimentary link from FlyBy Promotions Blogger Network to watch this show ahead of time. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest review. I have not been compensated in any other manner.
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Great messages
Parent of a 8 year old Written byMarygg June 30, 2014
 

Ok until it's not ok...

We have been watching several episodes of this show. Some are heartwarming, some are sad. Today we ran across episode 8 of season 1, it showed a mother dying and then her revealing that she was raped. Thankfully my husband realized where the subject nature was going and we stopped it before my 8 year old saw too much.
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Too much violence

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