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- This article is about the first season of Road to Avonlea (1990–1996). You may be looking for the first season of Green Gables Fables (2014–2016), Project Green Gables (2015–2018) or Anne (2017–2018).
Sara Stanley is forced to live with her deceased mother’s relatives, the King Family, in the charming town of Avonlea, Prince Edward Island, after her father is charged with embezzlement. Despite the harsh discipline of her aunt Hetty and the pranks from her cousins, Felix and Felicity, Sara manages to adjust.
She befriends the shy inventor, Jasper Dale, and together they arrange a magic lantern show to replace stolen library funds. Afterwards, Sara is called the 'Story Girl' and her curiosity takes her on many adventures among the towns most eccentric people. When winter comes, Sara's father is acquitted of the charges and returns to take her home with him. Hetty refuses to depart with her niece however, and an old rivalry is rekindled.
Sara's journey down the Road to Avonlea takes her and the entire King Family through tales of romance, fancy, tragedy and comedy. Sara’s story is intertwined with many unforgettable L.M. Montgomery characters from the cast of the original Anne of Green Gables mini-series.
|Season 1 Episodes|
|No.||Episode||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||Paul Shapiro||Heather Conkie||January 7, 1990|
|Sara Stanley, the privileged daughter of a wealthy Montreal merchant, is suddenly sent to live with her deceased mother’s relatives in the town of Avonlea on Prince Edward Island.|
|2||Bruce Pittman||Heather Conkie||January 14, 1990|
|Sara Stanley inadvertently helps a con man skip town with the proceeds from a Magic Lantern Show that was to have raised funds for the school library. In an attempt to redeem herself, Sara launches a number of money raising schemes, including door-to-door solicitations.|
|3||Don McBrearty||Heather Conkie||January 21, 1990|
|Rachel Lynde takes her new job as a Sunday School Teacher and shaping the young minds of Avonlea very seriously. When Alexander Abraham’s hired boy Jimmy Spencer doesn’t show up for class, she marches right over to the Abraham house to find out why.|
|4||Don McBrearty||Heather Conkie||January 28, 1990|
|Marilla Cuthbert invents an old beau named Duncan McTavishin order to silence the wagging tongues of the local sewing circle who are gossiping about her years of spinsterhood. To their complete surprise, Marilla tells the women that she once had a marriage proposal from “Duncan McTavish” many years ago on a visit to New Brunswick.|
|5||Bruce Pittman||Fiona McHugh||February 4, 1990|
|Sara, Felicity, Felix and Cecily trespass onto the decrepit property of Margaret Lloyd, who is renowned as an eccentric hermit, and supposedly the wealthiest resident of Avonlea. Mischievous Felix throws a stone through a window and the children are quite shocked and frightened when Old Lady Lloyd comes out and chases them away.|
|6||Dick Benner||Suzette Couture||February 11, 1990|
|Felicity, Felix, Cecily and Andrew are left on their own at the King Farm for two days when Janet and Alec leave for a wedding anniversary.|
|7||Stuart Gillard||Patricia Watson||February 18, 1990|
|Peter Craig can’t seem to stay out of trouble and is constantly tormented by the town children about his father, a petty-criminal. Sara Stanley, trying to help him fit in, convinces Peter to go to church even though he doesn’t want to.|
|8||Harvey Frost||Heather Conkie||February 25, 1990|
|Aunt Abigail, Janet King’s spinster sister, who has been living on her own for years and is very set in her ways, is visited by her former suitor, Malcolm MacEwan who has returned from the Yukon a wealthy man.|
|9||Harvey Frost||Heather Conkie||March 4, 1990|
|Hetty King and Rachel Lynde quarrel over the adoption of the Morris baby whose parents recently died from Scarlet Fever.|
|10||Rene Bonniere||Suzette Couture||October 21, 1990|
|Felix doesn’t want to go to school because he is terrified of his Aunt Hetty and has difficulty with spelling. To make matters worse, Hetty makes Felix wear a dunce cap when he misspells a word while practicing for a Spelling Bee that his class is competing in. The thought of wearing the dunce cap again gives Felix terrible nightmares.|
|11||Dick Brenner||Lori Fleming||October 28, 1990|
|Judson Parker, a candidate for the provincial election is passing through Avonlea trying to win votes by offering incentives and smooth talking women to influence their husbands. Alec King sees through his tricks but others get caught up in his manipulation.|
|12||Don McBrearty||Heather Conkie||November 4, 1990|
|The King’s Aunt Arabella passes away and Alec and Janet receive a key to unlock a blue chest that has been in the attic for fifty years. Arabella put the chest there when she left Avonlea for good after her fiancé committed suicide the day before their wedding.|
|13||Stuart Gillard||Heather Conkie||November 11, 1990|
|Blair Stanley, now acquitted of embezzlement, makes an unexpected visit to Avonlea to bring Sara back to Montreal immediately. Hetty still blames Blair for the death of Sara’s mother and adamantly refuses to let Sara go with him and suffer the same fate.|
There have been 11 official novelisations of episodes from Season 1.
- The Journey Begins (1992), by Dennis Adair and Janet Rosenstock and based on "The Journey Begins" (Episode 1)
- The Story Girl Earns Her Name (1992), by Gail Hamilton and based on "The Story Girl Earns Her Name" (Episode 2)
- Quarantine at Alexander Abraham's (1992), by Fiona McHugh and based on "The Quarantine at Alexander Abraham's" (Episode 3)
- The Materializing of Duncan McTavish (1992), by Heather Conkie and based on "The Materializing of Duncan" (Episode 4)
- Song of the Night (1992), by Fiona McHugh and based on "Old Lady Lloyd" (Episode 5)
- Conversions (1992), by Gail Hamilton and based on "Conversions" (Episode 7)
- Aunt Abigail's Beau (1992), by Amy Jo Cooper and based on "Aunt Abigail's Beau" (Episode 8)
- Malcolm and the Baby (1992), by Heather Conkie and based on "Malcolm and the Baby" (Episode 9)
- Felicity's Challenge (1992), by Gail Hamilton and based on "Felicity's Challenge" (Episode 11)
- The Hope Chest of Arabella King (1992), by Linda Zwicker and based on "The Hope Chest of Arabella King" Episode 12)
- Nothing Endures But Change (1993), by Gail Hamilton and based on "Nothing Endures But Change" (Episode 13)