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Christy is a brief family television series drama which aired on CBS from April 1994 to August 1995, for twenty episodes.

Christy gained small note among family viewers for its general wholesomeness. 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.

It could be seen as in the vein or genre of Little House on the Prairie or Road to Avonlea, as a period piece about a young female teacher in a rural community. However, it was not as successful in ratings as either of those shows and ended after just two seasons. Series regular Tyne Daly won an Emmy Award for her work on the series; the series was also noted for ending in a cliffhanger and having a loyal following on family-oriented channels in syndication. Episodes later were released on VHS-format videotapes. In 2007 the episodes became available on DVD.

Broadcast History

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

Cast



Storyline and characters

The show starred Kellie Martin as Christy Huddleston, a new teacher arriving to the fictional Appalachian village of Cutter Gap, Tennesseemarker, 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); Scottish agnostic doctor Neil MacNeill; 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. The fact that this episode's dilemmas were not resolved caused irritation to its small, loyal following; later TV movies resolved the love triangle according the ending of the novel.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).

TV-movies

In 2000, ION Television (previously PAX) produced three made-for-TV movies based on the 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.

DVD release

20th Century Fox has released the entire series on DVD in Region 1.

DVD Name Cover Art Release Date Ep #
The Complete Series March 20 2007 21


Festival

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

Notes

  1. "USA Today best-selling books," USA Today, April 14, 1994, page 4D.


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