I’m probably way behind the viewing curve here, but I just discovered the series When Calls the Heart on Netflix. It was inspired by the classic books by Janette Oke. As far as I can tell there have been two seasons that have aired on the Hallmark Channel. Netflix has access to season one. I watched the first episode this week, and I’m already in love. Period dramas are right up my alley, especially when there is a feisty heroine clashing with a strong male lead. Elizabeth and Jack have that chemistry in spades.
Seeing the bright red Mountie coat, put me in mind of a couple other shows featuring the Royal Canadian Mounted Police from years past. See if you remember either of these shows:
From 1989 – (the year I graduated from high school) – Bordertown.
This show took place in the 1880s, in a frontier town that straddled the 49th Parallel. Half the town was in US jurisdiction, and half was under Canadian law. So there were naturally two lawmen – one a Mountie, who was the classic clean cut straight arrow, the other a US Marshal who was the grittier of the two. Not only do the two lawmen share an office, but they share feelings for the same woman. Plenty of conflict going around in this one!
Then there is Due South, a series that ran for 4 seasons in the mid-1990s. Benton Fraser is a constable attached to the Canadian embassy in Chicago who teams up with a cynical police detective to help fight crime. Fraser was such an hysterically innocent man when it came to the ways of the world, but so morally incorruptible and so incredibly skilled at tracking (even if it meant tasting things left behind – ick!) that you couldn’t help but love him. He was my first Mountie crush.
- Have you ever had a Mountie crush?
- Are there other great Mountie shows out there I should watch?
- Anybody besides me remember these shows?
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