Christy (TV series)

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Christy
Christy Complete Series.jpg
Format Family drama
Created by Catherine Marshall (author of novel)
Starring Kellie Martin
Tyne Daly
Randall Batinkoff
Stewart Finlay-McLennan
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 21
3 Television movies (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 45–48 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Original run April 3, 1994 (1994-04-03) – August 2, 1995 (1995-08-02)

Christy is an American period drama series which aired on CBS from April 1994 to August 1995, for twenty episodes.

Christy was based on the novel Christy by Catherine Marshall, the widow of Senate chaplain Peter Marshall. The novel had been a bestseller in 1968, and the week following the debut of the TV-movie and program saw the novel jump from #120 up to #15 on the USA Today bestseller list.[1] Series regular Tyne Daly won an Emmy Award for her work on the series.

Cast[edit]

Storyline and characters[edit]

The show starred Kellie Martin as Christy Huddleston, a new teacher arriving to the fictional Appalachian village of Cutter Gap, Tennessee, in 1912. The villagers have old-fashioned ways. For example, they maintain rules and vengeances similar to the Highland clans of old Scotland. They also have a strong belief in folk medicine. At the same time many of their ways are portrayed in an idealized fashion as well. The show emphasized their culture by making Christy, and most of the main cast, outsiders in one fashion or the other. These "outsiders" included a minister, David Grantland (played by Randall Batinkoff); and Quaker missionary woman Alice Henderson, played by Tyne Daly. The television show maintained the book's romance novel element by showing Christy drawn both to the minister and the doctor.

The show's last episode was a cliffhanger concerning Christy's fate in the town and with the two rival male love interests. Later TV movies resolved the love triangle according to the ending of the novel.[2]

Christy was developed for television by Emmy Award winning writer Patricia Green.

Reception and cancellation[edit]

Although similar to The Waltons, Little House on the Prairie or Road to Avonlea, Christy was not as successful in the national ratings as any of those shows and ended after just two seasons.

Episodes[edit]

Season one
  1. Pilot, Part 1 - April 3, 1994
  2. Pilot, Part 2 - April 3, 1994
  3. Lost and Found - April 7, 1994
  4. Both Your Houses - April 14, 1994
  5. A Closer Walk -1994
  6. Judgement Day - April 28, 1994
  7. Eye of the Storm (aka Journeys of the Heart part 1) - May 5, 1994
  8. Amazing Grace (aka Journeys of the Heart part 2) - May 5, 1994
Season two
  1. The Sweetest Gift, Part 1 - November 24, 1994 (Special; Thanksgiving)
  2. The Sweetest Gift, Part 2 - November 24, 1994 (Special; Thanksgiving))
  3. To Have and To Hold - April 15, 1995
  4. The Hunt - April 22, 1995
  5. A Man's Reach - April 29, 1995
  6. Secret Story (aka Ghost Story) - June 14, 1995
  7. Echoes - June 21, 1995
  8. The Lie - June 28, 1995
  9. Green Apples - July 5, 1995
  10. The Hostage - July 12, 1995
  11. Babe in the Woods - July 19, 1995
  12. Second Sight - July 26, 1995
  13. The Road Home - August 2, 1995

Television movies[edit]

In 2000, the PAX Network produced three made-for-TV movies based on unresolved stories from the novel and original CBS series in response to demand from loyal fans. On November 19, 2000, PAX aired Christy: Return to Cutter Gap. The second and third films aired in 2001 as a two part mini-series entitled Christy, Choices of the Heart. Part 1, entitled Christy: A Change of Seasons aired on May 13, 2001 and Part 2, entitled Christy: A New Beginning aired on May 14, 2001. Stewart Finlay-McLennan (who played Doctor MacNeill), Bruce McKinnon (Jeb Spencer), Mike Hickman (Birds-Eye Taylor), Andy Stahl (Tom McHone), and Dale Dickey (Opal McHone) were the only original TV-series cast members to appear in these telemovies.

The Christy movies were developed for television by executive producer Tom Blomquist, who served as supervising producer of the original CBS series.

Syndication and DVD release[edit]

The show began airing on Gospel Music Channel in June 2009.

20th Century Fox released the complete series on DVD in Region 1 on March 20, 2007.

Festival[edit]

There is an annual festival dedicated to Christy, the novel, TV Series and movies held every year in Townsend, TN. It's held each summer and is a gathering of those dedicated to the preservation of "Christy" and Southern Appalachian culture. It is called "ChristyFest".

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "USA Today best-selling books," USA Today, April 14, 1994, page 4D.
  2. ^ Karen Pierce. "Who will the lucky husband be? 'Christy' insiders keep mum on subject," The Daily Times (Maryville, TN), November 17, 2000 (no page number).

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