Disclosure: I received this preview, free of charge, from Hallmark, via Flyby Propeller, for review purposes on my blog. No compensation has been received for this post. All opinions stated are those of the Shelly's Bits & Pieces family.
With all of the channels we have nowadays, we should always be able to find something that is good for the whole family. Unfortunately, that does not happen. There are far too few quality, family TV shows. Signed, Sealed, Delivered changes all that. It was created and Executive Produced by Martha Williamson, who also created Touched By An Angel.
The new original series "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" is a wonderful combination of romance, comedy and drama that follows the lives of four postal detectives who transform themselves into a team of detectives to track down intended recipients of undeliverable mail. Their missions take them out of the office where redirected letters and packages can save lives, solve crimes, reunite old loves and change futures by arriving late but somehow always on time. The team includes charming Oliver O’Toole (Eric Mabius), the group's leader is a man of faith who prayerfully approaches his work with the goal of making a difference in people's lives; new team member, Shane McInerney (Kristin Booth), a technophile who brings 21st century sensibility to the group; free-spirited, “girl next door” Rita Haywith (Crystal Lowe) who has a photographic memory; and lovable Norman Dorman (Geoff Gustafson), a master in conventional research methods.
We really enjoyed watching the episode, "The Future Me." This episode is about a special couple with Down Syndrome who discover the Scriptural meaning of marriage through the challenges of their journey, which inspires their parents. We were so touched by this episode. I have a cousin who has Down Syndrome and his parents were overprotective and overbearing his entire life. He never had the chance to go to school or really learn about life. He's 56 now and has never experienced any life outside of his home. I have a friend who has a beautiful daughter with Down Syndrome who just graduated high school. She was always mainstreamed and she is working now and has a boyfriend. I can picture these issues arising for her down the road.
The characters in Signed, Sealed, Delivered are an interesting group. They each have their own little quirky traits which make them stand out. When I first started watching "The Future Me, " I was not sure if I really liked Oliver O'Toole. He didn't seem like the most friendly and caring person and it turned me off a little, but as the show went own, my feelings toward him changed. Shane McInerney is probably my favorite character, because she reminds me more of myself. You could really feel that she cared for Ellie and Bobby. Rita Haywith is a very unassuming person who connects extremely well with the character of Norman. Without giving away too much about the plot, I will tell you that I laughed and cried during this episode! There is also a bonus!!! The American Bible Society has built a Bible study to go with the series. You can sign up for that here: http://www.americanbible.org/features/signed-sealed-delivered. You get a seven-day Bible reading experience to dig deeper into the meaningful biblical themes revealed in each episode of Signed, Sealed, Delivered.
You can join me and my family watching Signed, Sealed, Delivered on Sunday nights at 8pm /7pm CST on the Hallmark channel! You can learn more about the show by clicking the links below.
Facebook for creator Martha Williamson:
You can download the accompanying Bible Reading Experience HERE.