I remember a time when families felt comfortable settling in together in their living or family rooms in front of their television at night to watch shows together. Prime time was when shows were on like Cosby, Family Ties, The Waltons, Little House on the Prairie, The Dick VanDyke Show, Highway to Heaven, Touched by an Angel, Eight is Enough, Happy Days, the Wonderful World of Disney, and the list goes on and on. These were shows that whole families could watch together and that had story lines and characters that were traditional and wholesome. Shows that portrayed characters that reflected decent morals and family values that parents were confident about allowing their kids view. In fact, our family often defaults to viewing shows like these today. We go to our library ad borrow the DVDs of these tv series, find the tv stations that still air these older series and watch them together. My kids are somewhat discriminating about what they watch too and will discover some of these older shows on their own and request to watch them instead of what is on tv today. As families, we grew up together with the characters of these shows as if they were good friends and neighbors. We learned valuable lessons , laughed, cried, and grew thoughtful together. Sadly, today there are far fewer of these shows airing and tv is riddled with television commercials that are not even suitable for younger kids and more discriminating folks to view.
So it is always a blessing to see television shows and movies that still reflect the type of wholesomeness which was prevalent in years past but seem lacking today. Sure there are some jewels out there still but they are more rare. Recently, I was asked to preview an episode of the new Hallmark television series Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Martha Williamson, who also created Touched By An Angel.
“The new original series “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” is a wonderful combination of romance, comedy and drama that follows the lives of four postal detectives who transform themselves into a team of detectives to track down intended recipients of undeliverable mail. Their missions take them out of the office where redirected letters and packages can save lives, solve crimes, reunite old loves and change futures by arriving late but somehow always on time. The team includes charming Oliver O’Toole (Eric Mabius), the group’s leader is a man of faith who prayerfully approaches his work with the goal of making a difference in people’s lives; new team member, Shane McInerney (Kristin Booth), a technophile who brings 21st century sensibility to the group; free-spirited, “girl next door” Rita Haywith (Crystal Lowe) who has a photographic memory; and lovable Norman Dorman (Geoff Gustafson), a master in conventional research methods.The show aires SUNDAYS, 8/7c on Hallmark.”
Sign up for that here: http://www.americanbible.org/features/signed-sealed-delivered
I know I have already signed up and look forward to seeing what the Bible Study has to offer since I enjoyed the show so much. Signed, Sealed, Delivered is a series that I believe can be added to those great shows of the past for your must see list