Road to Avonlea has captured the hearts of audiences around the world. Following from the Anne of Green Gables and based on works by L.M. Montgomery, RTA is a long-running series that engages the whole family with delightful adventures, spectacular scenery, touching moments, and great humour for all.
Canadian filmmaker Kevin Sullivan created the series after having made the Anne of Green Gables miniseries and its sequel. The story centres on the King family (Alec King and Janet King, their children Felicity King, Felix King, Cecily King and Daniel King; Hetty King; Olivia King-Dale) and the town of Avonlea. The series begins when a young girl named Sara Stanley arrives in Avonlea. Her mother, Ruth Stanley (nee King) died when Sara was very young, and after growing up in Montreal with her wealthy father, she is sent to live with her King relatives. Sara begins a new life in Rose Cottage, with her two spinster aunts Olivia and Hetty, and discovers a whole new way of living. The town of Avonlea is home to many unique characters, and as the series develops, the story highlights the charming individuals and the evolution of small-town relationships. Romance blooms, family bonds are tested, and strength of character shines through along many adventures. The entire King clan learns to grow as a family, encouraging dreams along the way, and remembering that Avonlea will always truly be home.
In addition to a solid cast of exceptional actors, the episodes are complimented by Guest Stars, including Ryan Gosling, Stockard Channing, Christopher Lloyd, Dianne Wiest, Treat Williams, Bruce Greenwood, Michael York, Ned Beatty, Madeline Kahn, Peter Coyote, Eugene Levy, Christopher Reeve, Meg Tilly, Gordon Pinsent, and Faye Dunaway.
Among the 91 episodes there are many uproarious stories that celebrate childhood and imagination and others that deal in a light-hearted way with the serious subjects of birth, childhood, love, old age and death as experienced by a small North American community during the Edwardian era. Road to Avonlea is “One of the television’s more successful family shows”. The long running Canadian saga is regarded as something of an institution. Its sumptuous production values and satisfying story lines continue to captivate new viewers all over the world.
The series is renowned for incredibly high quality production value, and unfaltering attention to detail – leading to recognition with four CableAce Awards, four Emmy Awards (plus seven Emmy nominations), and seven Gemini Awards.