Signed, Sealed, Delivered (TV series)

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered
SignedSealedDeliveredSeriesPoster.jpg
Promotional poster
Genre
Created by Martha Williamson
Starring
Country of origin
  • United States
  • Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10 (plus pilot film)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Martha Williamson
  • Joel S. Rice
  • Scott Smith
  • Michael Prupas
Producer(s) Harvey Kahn
Running time 76 minutes (pilot); 42 minutes
Production company(s) Moon Water Productions
Distributor Muse Entertainment
Release
Original network Hallmark Channel
Picture format
Original release April 20 – June 22, 2014 (2014-06-22)
External links
Website

Signed, Sealed, Delivered (original title: Dead Letters[1]), also known as Lost Letter Mysteries,[2] is an American-Canadian drama/romantic comedy television series that aired on the Hallmark Channel from April 20 through June 22, 2014.[3] Created by Touched by an Angel's Martha Williamson, Signed, Sealed, Delivered focuses on four postal workers who take it upon themselves to track down intended recipients of undeliverable mail.[3]

On October 12, 2013, a two-hour backdoor pilot movie aired on Hallmark and was a ratings success. It was the number-one television movie on its airdate and the number-two movie for that week.[4] The movie was watched by 1.72 million viewers.[5]

Following the first season, Hallmark announced the series will be re-branded and air as television films on its Movies & Mysteries channel.[6]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Guest stars[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Signed, Sealed, Delivered scored 58 out of 100 on Metacritic based on five "mixed or average" reviews.[7]

Variety's Brian Lowry commented that it was "so old fashioned and hokey that it just might work."[8]

David Hinckley of New York Daily News gave it 3 stars out of 5 in 2014 and said that while all the characters were terribly likable, they spoke as if they were reading from Hallmark greeting cards.[9]

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
U.S. viewers
(million)
"Second Chances (Pilot)"Scott SmithMartha WilliamsonOctober 12, 2013 (2013-10-12)#100-1201.72[5]
Oliver still believes stamped and mailed letters are important to human communication. The humdrum jobs of his dead letter mail experts Rita and Norman change when a technophile named Shane gets mistakenly transferred into their office. Shane inspires them to partake in a risky and unorthodox manner, starting with a chance to clear the name of a wrongfully accused man and reconnect him with the love of his life.
1"Time To Start Livin'"Scott SmithMartha WilliamsonApril 20, 2014 (2014-04-20)#10011.70[10]
Oliver wants to investigate a letter from ten-year-old boy alerting his grandmother he is running away after being inexplicably separated from her. Meanwhile, Shane, Rita and Norman prepare for new supervisor, Theresa Capodiamonte (Valerie Harper), a winner of the prestigious Dark of Night award, who challenges them to take greater risks with their deliveries. They discover that the boy's life is in danger, and they become determined to find the intended recipient of his letter. Theresa also realizes she has an unfulfilled lifelong dream.
2"To Whom It May Concern"Scott SmithMartha WilliamsonApril 27, 2014 (2014-04-27)#10021.44[11]
A mangled letter describes a young woman's search for a soldier who saved her life and helped her escape Afghanistan during the Battle of Kamdesh. The Army officer is untraceable by normal means and the team must find him, even if he does not want to be found. Their search reveals a number of war heroes who not only return to less than a hero's welcome, but they are also homeless. Attempts to deliver an orphan's letter to a war hero changes his life while Theresa's pursuit of her dreams inspires the team.
3"Soulmates"Kevin FairDawn DeKeyserMay 4, 2014 (2014-05-04)#10031.69[12]
The team discovers an undeliverable love letter, and their investigation initially exposes more questions than answers. Their new supervisor Cora Brandt (Della Reese) also arrives with stricter policies and procedures. The letter contains a passionate plea from ranch owner Sam to his childhood sweetheart. However, a domino effect could occur for its recipient and the people in her life. After an unexpected twist, clues among the team's co-workers bring a resolution to the case.
4"The Masterpiece"Kevin FairJeff Eckerle and Marilyn OsbornMay 11, 2014 (2014-05-11)#10041.30[13]
Norman retrieves a package jamming the office mail chute. A letter attached to it is written by a man named Danny to his father. Both were sent to Henry Barrett three years ago. The team learns Henry lost his home and business after a bout with cancer, and he now spends his time living and working at a bar. There, they hear from Henry that he has not spoken to Danny since he left for college ten years ago to be an artist rather than take over the family's auto repair business. To learn more about Danny, the team opens the package to find a piece of art. At a gallery, they learn the piece was part of a triptych detailing Danny's life, which has been cut short when he died in a fire. The mailed piece reveals a baby painted on it. Henry is a grandfather and is asked to bring the piece with him when he meets Danny's wife and daughter.
5"The Edge of Forever"Lynne StopkewichKatherine CollinsMay 18, 2014 (2014-05-18)#10051.44[14]
A large box with an urn and a large envelope arrive in the office. The envelope has the name "Maggie" written on it and contains two separately addressed envelopes inside it. One is for Caitlyn Atkinson, the other is for Vanessa Doherty. The urn contains their mother's remains. Since the large envelope was addressed to someone else, the team searches for her. The women recall visiting a cabin with their mother in their younger days. The cabin belonged to their mother's friend, Maggie, who, when found, sends them on an adventure with their mother's ashes. The family was supposed to take a hike on September 11, 2001, when they learned the father died on one of the hijacked planes. The event caused the whole family to become bitter, even with each other. The daughters scatter their mother's remains when the hike was finally completed.
6"The Future Me"Lynne StopkewichKerry Lenhart and John J. SakmarMay 25, 2014 (2014-05-25)#10061.26[15]
A letter, postmarked with a future date, sets off a chain reaction that leads the team on a surprising, emotional journey. As Rita prepares for the Miss Special Delivery pageant while being threatened by Glynis Rucker (Marilu Henner), an intimidating supervisor whose daughter is also competing, Oliver, Shane, and Norman find themselves in the middle of a couple's struggle for acceptance.
7"Something Good"Scott SmithDean BataliJune 1, 2014 (2014-06-01)#10071.27[16]
A CD is found in the small bin of items that fell out of unsealed packages. The team listens to it and hears a single studio recording of someone's love song. Norman's cousin, Serge, who has a mental music memory recognizes the woman singing as Linda Hawkins from a local rock band. The male singer is not known. Linda tells the team the singer was very talented, and she hoped he would mail the song to her agent. She gives them the studio's address. Studio manager Jennifer Becker remembers the singer, Billy, with a last name that was difficult to pronounce. She adds he worked there in exchange for time recording. He also owned a vintage motorcycle. Billy Antonopoulos was involved in a motorcycle accident that impaired his memory. Shane believes Jennifer was for whom the song was written. She takes her to see Billy, whom she thought had moved on. She returns his guitar, and, as he slowly plays it, the song returns to him and he sings it for her. Meanwhile, Shane meets her old friend, Rebecca Starkwell (Valerie Bertinelli), the head of Special Projects from the Washington, D.C. post office who is in Denver to help with "awareness, goodwill and an increased reliance on the work of the post office."
8"Dark of Night"Scott SmithMartha WilliamsonJune 8, 2014 (2014-06-08)#10081.61[17]
A letter found in a stolen Bible makes its way to the Dead Letter Office ten years after it was written. It contains a dark secret that was written the same night the sender died. The letter reveals that Melissa, wife of D.A. Michael Wheeler, was raped the night before their wedding and Abby, their daughter, is the product of said rape. After the letter is delivered without complication, Wheeler, distraught, plans to kill the rapist, Carl Brackner, at a court hearing. Upon learning of his plans, Shane and Oliver take the information to Rebecca Starkwell who decides to reorganize the Dead Letter Office into a special task force reporting directly to her at Special Projects, giving the entire D.L.O. a promotion and Rita creates a nickname for their group - The Postables. To stop Wheeler from killing Brackner, Oliver, Shane, Norman and Rita confront Wheeler at the court hearing and reveal that his daughter needs a kidney from Brackner to survive her injuries from the original accident that killed her mother. Brackner, upon learning of Abby and her plight, donates the kidney and the Dead Letter Office receives not only the Distinguished Service Award from their branch, but the highest postal honor, The Dark of Night Award.
9"The Treasure Box"Mike RohlMartha WilliamsonJune 15, 2014 (2014-06-15)#10091.47[18]
While Norman helps Rita prepare for the Miss Special Delivery pageant, Oliver and Shane head to a bank vault with a safe deposit key found in a puzzle box. They are told by vault manager Jason that the box's contents are about to be auctioned off. An alarm sounds while the three check out the box, the vault seals, and the bank clears out. With only hours of air left, Jason finds the key needed to help open the box. Inside are letters from "January '08", wrapped in a ribbon. They document a long-distance love affair between Jonathan and Katherine, which ultimately reveal she has a rare case of pneumonia. Once free from the vault, Oliver and Shane locate "Jonathan", only to discover that he is the writer's great-grandson, Jonathan Walker IV. The letters were passed down through generations and contain the secret to true love. Back at the pageant, when Rita can't recall all the ways mail can be delivered, Oliver, at Shane's request, prays, and Rita remembers a comment Norman made the night before about mail delivery to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and wins.
10"A Hope and a Future"Mike RohlBrandi HarkonenJune 22, 2014 (2014-06-22)#10101.52[19]
While the team attempts to reunite a mother with her twin sons that never knew each other, Norman learns about a grandmother (Carol Burnett) he never knew he had. Also, Shane helps Oliver make a decision about contacting his estranged wife.

Expansion films[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
U.S. viewers
(million)
1"Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas"Kevin FairStory : Brandi Harkonen, Kerry Lenhart and John J. Sakmar
Teleplay : Martha Williamson
November 23, 2014 (2014-11-23)#111-1200.755[21]
An emotional holiday story in which the Postables work overtime to help a struggling family find hope on Christmas Eve. Guest stars include Marion Ross and Rob Estes.[20]
2"Signed, Sealed, Delivered: From Paris with Love"Kevin FairStory : Martha Williamson and Brandi Harkonen
Teleplay : Martha Williamson
June 6, 2015 (2015-06-06)#112-1200.830[22]
The Postables deliver divorce papers to a happy couple, as well as Oliver's estranged wife, Holly (Poppy Montgomery), returning from Paris.[6]
3"Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Truth Be Told"Kevin FairStory : Martha Williamson and Brandi Harkonen
Teleplay : Martha Williamson
September 13, 2015 (2015-09-13)#113-1200.806[23]
The Postables deliver a soldier's letter from Afghanistan to her daughter, while Oliver's estranged father, Joe (Gregory Harrison), brings him surprising news.
4"Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Impossible Dream"Kevin FairStory : Martha Williamson and Brandi Harkonen
Teleplay : Martha Williamson
October 4, 2015 (2015-10-04)#114-1200.798[24]
The Postables travel to Washington, D.C., to bring a letter from an American prisoner of war before a Senate Hearing Committee. Also, Rita competes in the Miss Special Delivery Contest.
5"Signed, Sealed, Delivered: From the Heart"Lynne StopkewichStory : Martha Williamson and Brandi Harkonen
Teleplay : Martha Williamson
February 21, 2016 (2016-02-21)#115-1200.807[25]
The discovery of a 200-year-old valentine could change history, while the investigation of a damaged letter leads to a politician who could be brought down by its contents. In the aftermath of Valentine's Day, Oliver, Shane, Norman and Rita each deal with heartbreaking circumstances.
6"Signed, Sealed, Delivered: One in a Million"Kevin FairStory : Martha Williamson and Brandi Harkonen
Teleplay : Martha Williamson
July 24, 2016 (2016-07-24)#116-1201.021[26]
Oliver and Shane finally have their first date, where she sees the contrast of their relationship next to the extraordinary dance performances of a couple who express the longing of her heart. As Norman and Rita work alongside each other, their personal relationship hits a bump in the road. Together the Postables are asked to find a letter containing a one-in-a-million lottery ticket. Oliver's father and police officer friend Dale assist the investigation, which ultimately changes one couple's lives forever.
7"Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Lost Without You"Kevin FairStory : Martha Williamson and Brandi Harkonen
Teleplay : Martha Williamson
September 25, 2016 (2016-09-25)#117-1200.996[27]
A battered package turns up in a prop mailbox on the set of a Denver-based commercial, prompting Oliver to open an investigation to track down its intended recipient. The Postables learn that the package contains a bucket list, apparently meant to reach someone nearing life's end. Before Oliver can immerse himself in the investigation, Shane convinces him to take an uncharacteristic break from his work and join Joe on a rustic camping excursion. Meanwhile, Norman and Rita embark on an out-of-state road trip, attempting to deliver the lost package to its rightful destination.
8"Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Higher Ground"Kevin FairStory : Martha Williamson and Brandi Harkonen
Teleplay : Martha Williamson
February 19, 2017 (2017-02-19)#118-1201.114[28]
The effects of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans cause handyman and blues singer-songwriter Gabe Recolte (Keb' Mo') to be homeless and broken hearted. The storm arrived before he could express his love for Hattie, a club owner. Forced to evacuate and relocate, Gabe writes a heartfelt letter to her. Years later, The Postables face unusual challenges in solving the mystery. Oliver also grapples with his unexpressed feelings for Shane while Norman and Rita's relationship continues to get stronger.
9"Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Home Again"Kevin FairMartha WilliamsonSeptember 24, 2017 (2017-09-24)#119-1201.245[29]
When The Postables discover an antique vase with a letter inside, they trace the package to three little girls who attempted to sell the vase 18 years ago in order to save their family farm. While the vase was an heirloom from many generations ago, the origin is suspicious. With the farm facing financial hardship again, The Postables must choose between doing what’s legal and what’s moral. Norman also meets Rita's parents, Bill (Barry Bostwick) and Sunny (Colleen Camp), while Oliver and Shane go steady.
10"Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Road Less Travelled"Kevin FairBrandi HarkonenFebruary 11, 2018 (2018-02-11)#119-1201.155[30]
The Postables take a road trip in an old Winnebago in order to track down a small boy who they fear may have been kidnapped. The discovery of a 1980's instant camera and the unusual photographs it contains, send the team on a wild ride across Colorado using the pictures as a guide. Meanwhile, both couples face troubles trying to communicate with their respective partners.
11"Signed, Sealed, Delivered To The Altar"Kevin FairMartha WilliamsonJuly 15, 2018 (2018-07-15)#120-1201.455[31]
Plans for Rita and Norman's long-awaited wedding begin falling apart days before their nuptials. Meanwhile, Shane convinces Oliver that the team should urgently focus on finding clues to deliver a package containing a mother's wedding dress, intended for a daughter separated for years, and sets out to not only deliver the package but orchestrate a reunion as well. Oliver gets guidance from his father as he throws a surprise bachelor party for Norman. The biggest surprise is the return of Norman's grandmother, who joins from halfway around the world in a unique way. During the romantic yet non-traditional ceremony, perfectly suited for Rita and Norman, they and their guests find the miracles they need at the altar.

References[edit]

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