Hallmark TV Movies – How Life is Supposed to Be!

Forget the violence, the long car chase scenes, the F-word, blowing up people and things  -Turn immediately to either of the two Hallmark TV channels. (One is a mystery channel.) I say this knowing that the men that follow this blog just groaned and clicked off. Such a shame, since Hallmark movies, regardless of the theme, give us a world we wish were still true.

Take the Christmas movies: You can count on Carol singers at the door, gingerbread houses made in the kitchen,  a Christmas tree with ornaments that go back to a Santa popsicle stick made in the first grade. There is fresh and fluffy snow on the ground and a Main Street that looks like a fairyland. Of course, there must be a problem, perhaps the Christmas Tree farm will have to close, the very one that provides the tree for the town’s annual tree lighting ceremony in the square. We must have a high powered woman who comes to town from New York or someplace equally far from this idyllic setting. My favorites are when the roads are closed and she can’t leave.  Then there is a wonderful family with a handsome son who is widowed, raising a charming child. Of course, this beautiful woman is in a committed relationship, or worse, is engaged. I mean, these movies are wonderful! You can absolutely count on the fact, that in the end, they KISS.  Ah, happily ever after!

Hallmark movies are a grand escape from things like the advertisement that is running about the one you love smelling up the bathroom. Really? They are a throwback to the movies I watched growing up in Evanston, IL. at the Varsity or Valencia movie theaters — Doris Day and Rock Hudson, twin beds, with a nightstand between. Robes carefully laid at the end of the bed. The truth is I love a good movie. I don’t count these Hallmark movies in the same category as my favorites: Anthony Hopkins in 84 Charing Cross Road, Russell Crowe in A Good Year, Diane Lane in Under the Tuscon Sun. Except that you mix up the Hallmark actors occasionally because they are interchangeable, playing one part here, and another in the next, you can shed a tear, find yourself smiling, and saying, “Nice!”

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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10 Responses to Hallmark TV Movies – How Life is Supposed to Be!

  1. scr4pl80 says:

    LOL we were visiting my mother-in-law in Oregon in July and they were running the Christmas in July marathons. You are so right about those movies. The one I remember was about the cookie shop that had financial trouble and the woman from a big cookie company in New York came to make an offer to buy the plant. They were going to move the manufacturing to the big city (or somewhere else) and that would leave half the town jobless. We had to catch our plane home so I never got to see the ending but I’m pretty sure from what I saw that the young man who owned the family cookie business had an idea to branch into pies as well or some such thing in order to save the day.

  2. Oh good, you didn’t click off. And even agree with my reflections on Hallmark movies. 🙂

  3. Coffee Wife says:

    Hallmark is my Sunday. First thing I do when I wake up on Saturday morning is scroll through both Hallmark channels and DVR the movies I want to see that are playing for the next few weeks that I won’t get to see and Sunday is coffee and Hallmark. Hands down the best channels!

  4. 18cinemalane says:

    Like you, I enjoy the movies and programs on both of Hallmark’s networks. In fact, on my blog, I talk about Hallmark movies quite a bit. I even have an awards on my blog called the Gold Sally Awards, where all the nominations are Hallmark movie related. If you’re interested, you can spread the word about the Gold Sally Awards or participate in the voting process. Here’s the link to the first two polls:


    • All this time has gone by since you left your comment. I apologize. I’m writing a second blog on architecture, preservation, etc. and it has taken me over. I will check out your blog. Still watching Hallmark. Have you noticed 🙂 they always kiss at the end? I like that.

      • 18cinemalane says:

        That’s ok, I know how it feels to work on time-consuming blog projects. While it does seem like all the movies feature a kiss toward the end of the story, there have been projects that show a kiss earlier in the movie. One good example is the 2018 picture, ‘Royally Ever After’.

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