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Road to Avonlea
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Television series information

Writer(s)

Lucy Maud Montgomery (original novel)

Based on

Starring

Number of seasons

7

Original run

January 7, 1990 - March 31, 1996

Number of episodes

91

Episode length

60 mins

Country

Canada

Language

English

Preceded by

Road to Avonlea: The Movie

Followed by

Happy Christmas, Miss King

Road to Avonlea is a television series broadcast in Canada and the United States between 1990 and 1996. It was created by Kevin Sullivan and produced by Sullivan Films (later Sullivan Entertainment) in association with CBC and the Disney Channel. It was shown on the Disney Channel in the US as Avonlea, but when the first season was released on VHS and later on DVD by Disney, it was renamed again, this time to Tales from Avonlea.

Road to Avonlea was adapted from the following books by Lucy Maud Montgomery: The Story Girl, The Golden Road, Chronicles of Avonlea and Further Chronicles of Avonlea.

Synopsis

In the tradition of Anne of Green Gables comes another chronicle of the journey to adulthood: Road to Avonlea, set again in the Maritime province of Prince Edward Island. The adventure begins in 1903 when a sheltered city girl, Sara Stanley, is transplanted to a rural community to stay with the relatives of her late mother.

The town of Avonlea is peopled with unforgettable characters that we come to know and love as much as Sara does. The series follows her story until she comes of age. Along the way, Sara must prove herself to her cousins before she can feel a sense of belonging with the stable, loving family.

As the children become older, the plots of the episodes begin to highlight the blossoming romance between the young adults, Felicity and Gus. This affair of the heart is still of great interest to a wide audience. A multitude of heart-warming stories focuses on the other central characters in the family: the sisters Olivia and Hetty, the King parents and children and some colourful Avonlea fixtures. Of course, the world outside Avonlea encroaches in an entertaining way by providing a diverse parade of visitors to the island. These personalities provide rich opportunities for great adventures.

As the series matures and develops, award-winning guests lend their talents to portray these larger-than-life characters; Faye Dunaway, the late Christopher Reeve and Stockard Channing are just a few of the renowned actors who appear in Seasons 2 through 7. Their stories encompass situations that run the gamut from poignant to screwball.

Among the 91 episodes there are many uproarious stories that celebrate childhood and imagination and others that deal in a light-hearted way with the serious subjects of birth, childhood, love, old age and death as experienced by a small North American community during the Edwardian era. Road to Avonlea is One of the television’s more successful family shows. The long running Canadian saga is regarded as something of an institution. Its sumptuous production values and satisfying story lines continue to captivate new viewers all over the world.[1]

Cast

Main cast

Recurring cast

  • Elva Mai Hoover as Mrs. Lawson
  • Alex Floyd as Baby Daniel
  • Ryan Floyd as Baby Daniel
  • Maja Ardal as Mrs. Potts
  • Patricia Hamilton as Rachel Lynde
  • Michael Mahonen as Gus Pike
  • Heather Brown as Izzy Pettibone
  • Barbara Hamilton as Mrs. Bugle
  • Kay Tremblay as Great Aunt Eliza
  • Marilyn Lightstone as Muriel Stacy
  • Ian D. Clark as Simon Tremayne
  • Roger Dunn as Bert Potts
  • Luke as Digger
  • John Friesen as Archie Gillis
  • R.H. Thomson as Jasper Dale
  • David Fox as Clive Pettibone
  • Joel Blake as Andrew King
  • Kyle Labine as Davy Keith
  • Lindsay Murrell as Dora Keith
  • Colleen Dewhurst as Marilla Cuthbert
  • Tara Meyer as Sally Potts
  • Bradley Sewell as Baby Montgomery
  • Marc Marut as Elbert Werts
  • Molly Atkinson as Cecily King
  • Gillian Steeve as Clemmie Ray
  • Miklos Perlus as Peter Craig
  • Chick Roberts as Mr. Biggins
  • Albert Millaire as Pierre La Pierre
  • Marilyn Boyle as Mrs. Inglis
  • Kristin Fairlie as Becky Lester
  • James O'Regan as Abner Jeffries
  • Anna Ferguson as Mrs. Biggins

Episodes

There are three different episode lists. The first is the order in which the episodes first aired on CBC. The second is the order in which the Disney Channel first aired them. The Sullivan Entertainment one is the one listed on the widescreen high definition DVDs.

CBC air dates

Season No. Title Air date
One 1. "The Journey Begins" January 7, 1990
2. "The Story Girl Earns Her Name" January 14, 1990
3. "The Quarantine at Alexander Abraham's" January 21, 1990
4. "The Materializing of Duncan McTavish" January 28, 1990
5. "Old Lady Lloyd" February 4, 1990
6. "Proof of the Pudding" February 11, 1990
7. "Conversions" February 18, 1990
8. "Aunt Abigail's Beau" February 25, 1990
9. "Malcolm and the Baby" March 4, 1990
10. "The Witch of Avonlea" October 21, 1990
11. "Felicity's Challenge" October 28, 1990
12. "The Blue Chest of Arabella King" November 4, 1990
13. "Nothing Endures But Change" November 11, 1990
Two 1. "Sara's Homecoming" December 2, 1990
2. "How Kissing Was Discovered" December 7, 1990
3. "Aunt Hetty's Ordeal" December 16, 1990
4. "Of Corsets and Secrets and True, True Love" December 23, 1990
5. "Old Quarrels, Old Love" December 30, 1990
6. "May the Best Man Win" January 9, 1991
7. "Family Rivalry" January 13, 1991
8. "Sea Ghost" January 20, 1991
9. "All That Glitters" January 27, 1991
10. "Dreamer of Dreams" February 3, 1991
11. "It's Just a Stage" February 10, 1991
12. "A Mother's Love" February 17, 1991
13. "Misfits and Miracles" February 24, 1991
Three 1. "The Ties That Bind" January 12, 1992
2. "Felix and Blackie" January 19, 1992
3. "Another Point of View" January 26, 1992
4. "When She Was Bad, She Was Horrid: Part 1" February 2, 1992
5. "When She Was Bad, She Was Horrid: Part 2" February 9, 1992
6. "Aunt Janet Rebels" February 16, 1992
7. "A Dark and Stormy Night" February 23, 1992
8. "Friends and Relations" March 1, 1992
9. "Vows of Silence" March 8, 1992
10. "After the Honeymoon" March 15, 1992
11. "High Society" March 22, 1992
12. "The Calamitous Courting of Hetty King" March 29, 1992
13. "Old Friends, Old Wounds" April 5, 1992
Four 1. "Tug of War" January 17, 1993
2. "The Lady and the Blade" January 17, 1993
3. "Incident at Vernon River" January 24, 1993
4. "Boys Will Be Boys" January 31, 1993
5. "Moving On" February 7, 1993
6. "Evelyn" February 14, 1993
7. "The Dinner" February 21, 1993
8. "Heirs and Graces" February 28, 1993
9. "Hearts and Flowers" March 7, 1993
10. "Felicity's Perfect Beau" March 21, 1993
11. "The Disappearance" March 28, 1993
12. "Home Movie" April 4, 1993
13. "Hearth and Home" April 11, 1993
Five 1. "Fathers and Sons" January 9, 1994
2. "Memento Mori" January 9, 1994
3. "Modern Times" January 16, 1994
4. "A Friend in Need" January 23, 1994
5. "Strictly Melodrama" January 30, 1994
6. "The Great Race" February 6, 1994
7. "Stranger in the Night" February 13, 1994
8. "Someone to Believe In" February 20, 1994
9. "Thursday's Child" February 27, 1994
10. "Best Laid Plans" March 6, 1994
11. "Otherwise Engaged" March 13, 1994
12. "Enter Prince Charming" March 20, 1994
13. "The Minister's Wife" March 27, 1994
Six 1. "The Return of Gus Pike" January 15, 1995
2. "Lonely Hearts" January 15, 1995
3. "Christmas in June" January 22, 1995
4. "Fools and Kings" January 29, 1995
5. "Comings and Goings" February 5, 1995
6. "The Trouble with Davey" February 12, 1995
7. "Great Expectations" February 19, 1995
8. "A Fox Tale" February 26, 1995
9. "The More Things Change" March 5, 1995
10. "Home is Where the Heart Is" March 12, 1995
11. "What a Tangled Web We Weave" March 19, 1995
12. "A Time to Every Purpose" March 26, 1995
13. "Homecoming" April 2, 1995
Seven 1. "Out of the Ashes" January 14, 1996
2. "Love May Be Blind... But the Neighbours Ain't" January 14, 1996
3. "Davey and the Mermaid" January 21, 1996
4. "Woman of Importance" January 28, 1996
5. "Secrets and Sacrifices" February 4, 1996
6. "Ah... Sweet Mystery of Life" February 11, 1996
7. "King of the Great White Way" February 18, 1996
8. "Total Eclipse" February 25, 1996
9. "From Away" March 3, 1996
10. "After the Ball is Over" March 10, 1996
11. "Return to Me" March 17, 1996
12. "The Last Hurrah" March 24, 1996
13. "So Dear to My Heart" March 31, 1996

Disney air dates

In addition to rearranging some of the episodes, Disney also cut out scenes to reduce running time, and a number of episodes were renamed.

Season No. Title Air date
One 1. "The Journey Begins" March 5, 1990
2. "The Story Girl Earns Her Name" March 12, 1990
3. "Proof of the Pudding" March 19, 1990
4. "The Quarantine at Alexander Abraham's" March 26, 1990
5. "Aunt Abigail's Beau" April 2, 1990
6. "The Witch of Avonlea" April 2, 1990
7. "Malcolm and the Baby" April 9, 1990
8. "Conversions" April 30, 1990
9. "Felicity's Challenge" May 7, 1990
10. "The Blue Chest of Arabella King" May 14, 1990
11. "The Materializing of Duncan McTavish" September 10, 1990
12. "Nothing Endures But Change" September 24, 1990
13. "Song of the Night" October 17, 1990
Two 1. "How Kissing Was Discovered" April 8, 1991
2. "Aunt Hetty's Ordeal" April 15, 1991
3. "Of Corsets and Secrets and True, True Love" April 22, 1991
4. "Sara's Homecoming" April 29, 1991
5. "A Mother's Love" May 6, 1991
6. "Old Quarrels, Old Love" May 13, 1991
7. "Sea Ghost" May 20, 1991
8. "Family Rivalry" June 3, 1991
9. "May the Best Man Win" June 10, 1991
10. "All That Glitters" June 17, 1991
11. "It's Just a Stage" June 24, 1991
12. "Dreamer of Dreams" September 9, 1991
13. "Misfits and Miracles" September 16, 1991
Three 1. "Sister of the Bride" March 2, 1992
2. "When She Was Bad, She Was Horrid: Part 1" March 9, 1992
3. "When She Was Bad, She Was Horrid: Part 2" March 16, 1992
4. "Felix and Blackie" March 30, 1992
5. "A Dark and Stormy Night" April 6, 1992
6. "Facts and Fictions" April 13, 1992
7. "True Confessions" April 20, 1992
8. "Friends and Relations" April 26, 1992
9. "Aunt Janet's Rebellion" May 11, 1992
10. "After the Honeymoon" May 18, 1992
11. "High Society" June 1, 1992
12. "Old Friends, Old Wounds" November 23, 1992
13. "The Calamitous Courting of Hetty King" November 30, 1992
Four 1. "Tug of War" March 8, 1993
2. "The Lady and the Blade" March 15, 1993
3. "Incident at Vernon River" March 22, 1993
4. "Sara and the Marshall" March 29, 1993
5. "Boys Will Be Boys" April 9, 1993
6. "Evelyn" April 12, 1993
7. "Felicity's Grand Design" April 19, 1993
8. "Heirs and Graces" April 26, 1993
9. "Hearts and Flowers" November 1, 1993
10. "Felicity's Perfect Beau" November 8, 1993
11. "The Disappearance" November 15, 1993
12. "Jasper's Home Movie" November 22, 1993
13. "Hearth and Home" November 29, 1993
Five 1. "Memento Mori" March 7, 1994
2. "Modern Times" March 14, 1994
3. "Fathers and Sons" March 21, 1994
4. "A Friend in Need" March 28, 1994
5. "Stranger in the Night" April 4, 1993
6. "Enter Prince Charming" April 11, 1993
7. "The Minister's Wife" April 18, 1994
8. "The Great Race" November 7, 1994
9. "Someone to Believe In" November 14, 1994
10. "Strictly Melodrama" November 21, 1994
11. "Thursday's Child" November 28, 1994
12. "Best Laid Plans" December 5, 1994
13. "Otherwise Engaged" December 12, 1994
Six 1. "Lonely Hearts" October 2, 1995
2. "Comings and Goings" October 9, 1995
3. "The Return of Gus Pike" October 16, 1995
4. "Christmas in June" October 23, 1995
5. "The Trouble with Davey" October 30, 1995
6. "Great Expectations" November 6, 1995
7. "What a Tangled Web We Weave" November 13, 1995
8. "A Fox Tale" November 20, 1995
9. "The More Things Change" November 27, 1995
10. "Fools and Kings" December 4, 1995
11. "Home is Where the Heart Is" December 11, 1995
12. "A Time to Every Purpose" December 18, 1995
13. "Homecoming" January 1, 1996
Seven 1. "Out of the Ashes" August 26, 1996
2. "Love May Be Blind... But the Neighbours Ain't" September 15, 1996
3. "Davey and the Mermaid" September 22, 1996
4. "Woman of Importance" September 29, 1996
5. "King of the Great White Way" October 6, 1996
6. "Total Eclipse" October 13, 1996
7. "Secrets and Sacrifices" October 20, 1996
8. "From Away" October 27, 1996
9. "Ah... Sweet Mystery of Life" November 3, 1996
10. "After the Ball is Over" November 10, 1996
11. "Return to Me" November 17, 1996
12. "The Last Hurrah" November 24, 1996
13. "So Dear to My Heart" December 8, 1996

Sullivan Entertainment listing

Season 1

  1. "The Journey Begins"
  2. "The Story Girl Earns Her Name"
  3. "The Quarantine at Alexander Abraham's"
  4. "The Materializing of Duncan McTavish"
  5. "Old Lady Lloyd"
  6. "Proof of the Pudding"
  7. "Aunt Abigail's Beau"
  8. "Malcolm and the Baby"
  9. "Conversions"
  10. "Felicity's Challenge"
  11. "The Witch of Avonlea'"
  12. "The Blue Chest of Arabella King"
  13. "Nothing Endures But Change"

Season 2

  1. "Sara's Homecoming"
  2. "How Kissing Was Discovered"
  3. "Aunt Hetty's Ordeal"
  4. "Of Corsets and Secrets and True, True Love"
  5. "Old Quarrels, Old Love"
  6. "May the Best Man Win"
  7. "Family Rivalry"
  8. "Sea Ghost"
  9. "All That Glitters"
  10. "Dreamer of Dreams"
  11. "It's Just a Stage"
  12. "A Mother's Love"
  13. "Misfits and Miracles"

Season 3

  1. "The Ties That Bind"
  2. "Felix and Blackie"
  3. "Another Point of View"
  4. "When She Was Bad, She Was Horrid: Part 1"
  5. "When She Was Bad, She Was Horrid: Part 2"
  6. "Aunt Janet Rebels"
  7. "A Dark and Stormy Night"
  8. "Friends and Relations"
  9. "Vows of Silence"
  10. "After the Honeymoon"
  11. "The Calamitous Courting of Hetty King"
  12. "High Society"
  13. "Old Friends, Old Wounds"

Season 4

  1. "Tug of War"
  2. "The Lady and the Blade"
  3. "Incident at Vernon River"
  4. "Evelyn"
  5. "Moving On"
  6. "Boys Will Be Boys"
  7. "The Dinner"
  8. "Heirs and Graces"
  9. "Hearts and Flowers"
  10. "Felicity's Perfect Beau"
  11. "The Disappearance"
  12. "Home Movie"
  13. "Hearth and Home"

Season 5

  1. "Fathers and Sons"
  2. "Memento Mori"
  3. "Modern Times"
  4. "A Friend in Need"
  5. "Strictly Melodrama"
  6. "The Great Race"
  7. "Stranger in the Night"
  8. "Someone to Believe In"
  9. "Thursday's Child"
  10. "Best Laid Plans"
  11. "Otherwise Engaged"
  12. "Enter Prince Charming"
  13. "The Minister's Wife"

Season 6

  1. "The Return of Gus Pike"
  2. "Lonely Hearts"
  3. "Christmas in June"
  4. "Comings and Goings"
  5. "The Trouble with Davey"
  6. "Great Expectations"
  7. "A Fox Tale"
  8. "Fools and Kings"
  9. "The More Things Change"
  10. "Home is Where the Heart Is"
  11. "What a Tangled Web We Weave"
  12. "A Time to Every Purpose"
  13. "Homecoming"

Season 7

  1. "Out of the Ashes"
  2. "Love May Be Blind... But the Neighbours Ain't"
  3. "Davey and the Mermaid"
  4. "Woman of Importance"
  5. "Secrets and Sacrifices"
  6. "Ah... Sweet Mystery of Life"
  7. "King of the Great White Way"
  8. "Total Eclipse"
  9. "From Away"
  10. "After the Ball is Over"
  11. "Return to Me"
  12. "The Last Hurrah"
  13. "So Dear to My Heart"

Films

Spinoffs

There have been 29 official novelizations of Road to Avonlea published.

  1. The Journey Begins (1992), by Dennis Adair and Janet Rosenstock and based on "The Journey Begins" (Season 1, Episode 1)
  2. The Story Girl Earns Her Name (1992), by Gail Hamilton and based on "The Story Girl Earns Her Name" (Season 1, Episode 2)
  3. Quarantine at Alexander Abraham's (1992), by Fiona McHugh and based on "The Quarantine at Alexander Abraham's" (Season 1, Episode 3)
  4. The Materializing of Duncan McTavish (1992), by Heather Conkie and based on "The Materializing of Duncan" (Season 1, Episode 4)
  5. Song of the Night (1992), by Fiona McHugh and based on "Old Lady Lloyd" (Season 1, Episode 5)
  6. Conversions (1992), by Gail Hamilton and based on "Conversions" (Season 1, Episode 7)
  7. Aunt Abigail's Beau (1992), by Amy Jo Cooper and based on "Aunt Abigail's Beau" (Season 1, Episode 8)
  8. Malcolm and the Baby (1992), by Heather Conkie and based on "Malcolm and the Baby" (Season 1, Episode 9)
  9. Felicity's Challenge (1992), by Gail Hamilton and based on "Felicity's Challenge" (Season 1, Episode 11)
  10. The Hope Chest of Arabella King (1992), by Linda Zwicker and based on "The Blue Chest of Arabella King" (Season 1, Episode 12)
  11. Nothing Endures But Change (1993), by Gail Hamilton and based on "Nothing Endures But Change" (Season 1, Episode 13)
  12. Sara's Homecoming (1993), by Heather Conkie and based on "Sara's Homecoming" (Season 2, Episode 1)
  13. Aunt Hetty's Ordeal (1993), by Gail Hamilton and based on "Aunt Hetty's Ordeal' (Season 2, Episode 3)
  14. Of Corsets and Secrets and True, True Love (1993), by Fiona McHugh and based on "Of Corsets and Secrets and True, True Love" (Season 2, Episode 4)
  15. Old Quarrels, Old Love (1993), by Heather Conkie and based on "Old Quarrels, Old Love" (Season 2, Episode 5)
  16. May the Best Man Win (1993), by Gail Hamilton and based on "May the Best Man Win" (Season 2, Episode 6)
  17. Family Rivalry (1993), by Gail Hamilton and based on "Family Rivalry" (Season 2, Episode 7)
  18. Dreamer of Dreams (1993), by Heather Conkie and based on "Dreamer of Dreams" (Season 2, Episode 10)
  19. It's Just a Stage (1993), by Amy Jo Cooper and based on "It's Just a Stage" (Season 2, Episode 11)
  20. Misfits and Miracles (1993), by Linda Zwicker and based on "'Misfits and Miracles" (Season 2, Episode 13)
  21. The Ties that Bind (1994), by Heather Conkie and based on "The Ties that Bind" (Season 3, Episode 1)
  22. Felix and Blackie (1994), by Heather Conkie and based on "Felix and Blackie" (Season 3, Episode 2)
  23. But When She Was Bad ... (1994), by Marlene Matthews and based on "When She Was Bad, She Was Horrid: Part 1" (Season 3, Episode 4)
  24. Double Trouble (1994), by Marlene Matthews and based on "When She Was Bad, She Was Horrid: Part 2" (Season 3, Episode 5)
  25. A Dark and Stormy Night (1994), by Gail Hamilton and based on "A Dark and Stormy Night" (Season 3, Episode 7)
  26. Friends and Relations (1994), by Heather Conkie and based on "Friends and Relations" (Season 3, Episode 8)
  27. Vows of Silence (1995), by Gail Hamilton and based on "Vows of Silence" (Season 3, Episode 9)
  28. The Calamitous Courting of Hetty King (1995), by Fiona McHugh and based on "The Calamitous Courting of Hetty King" (Season 3, Episode 12)
  29. Old Friends, Old Wounds (1995), by Heather Conkie and based on "Old Friends, Old Wounds" (Season 3, Episode 13)

Awards and accolades

Emmy Awards

  • Outstanding Children’s Program (1993)
  • Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costume Design for a Series (1995)
  • Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (1997)

Gemini Awards

  • Best Original Music Score for a Series (1992)
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role (1992)
  • Most Popular Program Award (1992)
  • Best Young Actor Co-starring in a Cable Series (1992)
  • Best Direction in a Dramatic or Comedy Series (1993)
  • Best Guest Performance in a Series by an Actor or Actress (1993)
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role (1993)
  • Most Popular Program Award (1993)
  • Best Costume Design (1994)
  • Best Direction in a Dramatic or Comedy Series (1994)
  • Best Original Music Score for a Series (1994)
  • Best Performance by a Lead Actress in a Continuing Dramatic Role (1994)
  • Best Guest Performance in a Series by an Actor (1995)
  • Best Original Music Score for a Series (1995)
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role (1995)
  • Best Original Music Score for a Dramatic Series (1996)
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series (1996)
  • Best Original Music Score for a Dramatic Series (1997)
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series (1997)
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role in a Dramatic Series (1997)

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External links

Television series
Anne of Green Gables (1952) | Anne of Green Gables (1972) | Anne of Avonlea (1975) | Akage no An (1979)
Road to Avonlea (1990-1996) | Anne of Green Gables: The Animated Series (2000-2001) | Anne (2007)
Kon'nichiwa Anne: Before Green Gables (2009) | Anne of Green Gables (2014)

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