Review — Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Signed, Sealed, DeliveredHallmark’s new Signed, Sealed, Delivered is a crowning achievement for the network. It’s the best family-friendly series I’ve seen in years. Reminiscent of Touched by an Angel, this drama/romantic comedy brings faith, hope and love to the screen.

This original series follows the lives of four postal detectives who track down intended recipients of mail from the dead letter office. Their mission takes them on a humanity-based adventure that solves crimes, reunites love, and impacts the future of each letter’s recipient.

Signed, Sealed, DeliveredThe cast was perfectly selected for this charming series. Oliver O’Toole (Eric Mabius), is the genius postal detective and the group’s leader who loves to quote Shakespeare. Shane McInerney (Kristin Booth), is the polite techno-maverick in the group that brings a level of sensibility to each situation. Rita Haywith (Crystal Lowe) is the beautiful girl next door that dresses down to suit her inner geek and 100% memory recall. And, Norman Dorman (Geoff Gustafson), is a nerdish master in research methods.

The series airs Sundays on the Hallmark Channel. Each episode features new guests and heartwarming situations. This Sunday’s episode is The Future Me, which is both artistic and charming, with a little sitcom tossed in.

I’ve got to say that the series production designer Renee Read and cinematographer Adam Sliwinski did a fabulous job creating a look that brings the audience into this rich, unique Martha Williamson (Touched by an Angel) world. Unfortunately the director didn’t seem to trust the impeccable script and pushed the show a couple times past the dramatic heartwarming feel, turning it into a sappy sitcom.

Regardless of the poor direction, the writing and character development brings hope to the audience. The characters also add to the value of the series as great role models who demonstrate how to show respect to everyone they meet. This unique combination is not only uplifting, but is also safe for the entire family.

Watch the preview for this Sunday’s show by clicking here.

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