A show similar to "Avonlea", "Christy" (book by Catherine Marshall) aired on CBS from 1994-1995 and starred Kellie Martin ("ER", and looking a little like an early Sarah Michelle Gellar here at times) as 19-year-old Christy Huddleton, a woman arriving in 1912 from North Carolina to become a teacher in the small Appalachian town of Cutter Gap.
The series follows the young woman through her experiences in the small town, starting with her initial hestitation due to the rough and rural conditions she sees. Soon enough, with help from the townsfolk, Christy settles in and finds herself in a wholesome love triangle with a young minister, David (Randall Batinkoff) and Dr. Neil MacNeill (Stewart Finlay-McLennan), both of whom have feelings for the young teacher.
Visually lovely thanks to the gorgeous Tennessee settings, "Christy" also benefits from strong supporting efforts, including Tess Harper and Tyne Daly (who won an Emmy for her performance.) The series is wholesome and yet, really rarely does it ever get too sentimental and the fine performances result in emotional moments that are genuine. It's a real surprise that the show didn't have a larger following - it ended after the second season but was brought back in a series of made-for-TV films years later.
Pilot, Part 1 - April 3, 1994
Pilot, Part 2 - April 3, 1994
Lost and Found - April 7, 1994
Both Your Houses - April 14, 1994
Judgement Day - April 28, 1994
Eye of the Storm - May 5, 1994
Amazing Grace - May 5, 1994
The Sweetest Gift, Part 1 -
The Sweetest Gift, Part 2 - November 24, 1994
To Have and To Hold - April 15, 1995
The Hunt - April 22, 1995
A Man's Reach - April 29, 1995
Secret Story (aka Ghost Story) - June 14, 1995
Echoes - June 21, 1995
The Lie - June 28, 1995
Green Apples - July 5, 1995
The Hostage - July 12, 1995
Babe in the Woods - July 19, 1995
Second Sight - July 26, 1995
The Road Home - August 2, 1995
VIDEO: "Christy" is presented by Fox in 1.33:1 full-frame, the show's original aspect ratio. Image quality is just fair throughout the series. While I didn't see the show when it originally aired, the picture does have a noticably soft appearance throughout the series, with some dimly-lit scenes looking hazy. Aside from the lack of detail, there were no other issues, as no artifacting, edge enhancement or wear was seen. Colors looked natural and never appeared smeary or otherwise problematic.
SOUND: "Christy" is presented with a stereo soundtrack. Audio quality was fine, with crisp dialogue, effects and score.
EXTRAS: Sadly for "Christy" fans, there's nothing in the way of extras.
Final Thoughts: Wholesome and well-acted, "Christy"'s short run in the mid-90's is surprising. The DVD set provides fair audio/video quality and minmal extras. Recommended.