10 Reasons Why I Love Hallmark Movies and 1 Reason Why I Don't
by Joanne Troppello
I am a true romantic at heart. I love reading, reviewing, and writing inspirational romance novels. So, watching Hallmark movies is right up my alley. I love watching them for many reasons, but I decided to share the top 10 reasons why for my column today.
Same Actors and Actresses
Movie Checklist App
Specializes in Christmas
Pleasing to the Eye
1. Happy Endings
I love happy endings. I love reading them, writing them, and watching them on TV shows and movies. Sure, I know that’s not realistic—as my realist husband always tells me.
However, I love happy endings because they are an escape from the real world. When watching Hallmark movies, you know that everything is going to work out in the end and the characters will have a happy ending.
In case you’re a new visitor at Mustard Seed Sentinel, you should know that we are a family-friendly magazine. My family and I enjoy watching family-friendly programming and we get that whenever we watch a Hallmark movie.
Family values are valued in their movies and doing the right thing is important. You don’t have to worry about watching any embarrassing intimate scenes, because there aren’t any. I hope Hallmark sticks to their stand on producing family-friendly content.
3. Faith Focus
Some of the Hallmark movies have a focus on faith in God. Kathie Lee Gifford recently appeared on Fox & Friends discussing her new Hallmark Christmas movie based upon the Godwink series of books. She shared her excitement about how Hallmark has not shied away from making some faith-based movies.
Bill Abbott, President and CEO of Crown Media Family Networks recently was interviewed on the Fox Business Network. He shared how the Hallmark Channel may soon air more faith-based content. That is exciting news to me!
4. Small Town Setting
I live in a small town. I haven’t always. Growing up, I lived in an urban area. My husband and I recently moved to an even smaller town in a rural area and we love it.
Another reason I love watching Hallmark movies is because they are often set in small towns or the main character goes home to a small town. It’s nice to see friendly neighbors and helpful people—especially in the turbulent times we live in when our country is so divided.
5. Same Actors and Actresses
You might think that you’d get tired of seeing the same actors and actresses in so many of these Hallmark movies. However, I never get tired of it. Actually, I like seeing the same people acting in these movies. You feel as if you are getting to “know” them even as they play different roles.
Some of my favorite female leads are Lacey Chabert, Candace Cameron Bure, Danica McKellar, Alison Sweeney, Jen Lilley, Jill Wagner, and Autumn Reeser. My favorite male leads are Brennan Elliott, Paul Greene, Andrew Walker, Wes Brown, Ryan Paevey, Josh Kelly, and Sam Page.
6. Something Special
I totally understand that some people reading this article may be nauseated by now. However, I tend to think that many of our readers may be Hallmark fans—even if you’re only closeted fans!
There is something special about a Hallmark movie. You may laugh, cry, and get emotional, but you always feel good after watching one.
7. Year-Round Movies
There are movies all year long on the various Hallmark channels starting with premieres in the following segments:
Countdown to Valentine’s Day
Countdown to Summer
Christmas in July
Miracles of Christmas
Countdown to Christmas
10th Anniversary Countdown to Christmas
You’ll never be without a Hallmark movie to watch throughout the year!
8. Movie Checklist App
Hallmark recently released their Hallmark Movie Checklist app where users can download their current viewing guide.
It is available for free on iOS and android devices.
You can easily track movie premieres and catch up on older releases and then mark any movies as watched.
The app enables users to set notifications for when the movies are set to air on the Hallmark channels.
You can also have the air dates linked to your calendar if you’d like. I have been using the app for the last few months and I love it.
9. Specializes in Christmas
Hallmark specializes in great Christmas programming. As mentioned, Fox Business recently featured the Hallmark channel and how their brand is synonymous with Christmas. Fox stated that even though “streaming services like Netflix and Disney+” have recently released their own original Christmas programming—Hallmark is still the leader in Christmas content.
I can personally attest to this fact. I have been watching their Christmas movies since the beginning of November. I’ve been enjoying the movies and they’ve been helping to put me in the Christmas spirit. My husband has even watched a few with me. I’ve been watching more Christmas movies, but do watch others during the months throughout the year.
10. Pleasing to the Eye
Every aspect of any Hallmark movie is meant to please the eye from the main characters to the beautiful settings. Of course, this does not represent real life, but that’s another reason why we love watching Hallmark movies. We get to escape for a time and live out the drama with the characters.
As you can see, I am a mega Hallmark fan. Are you a fan of Hallmark movies? I’d love to connect with you. Feel free to comment and share your reasons why you love Hallmark movies.
One Reason Why I Don’t Like Hallmark Movies
In a recent interview on “TV’s Top 5” podcast with The Hollywood Reporter, Hallmark Channel CEO, Bill Abbott shared that they are “open to really any type of movie of any type of relationship in any space”.
Abbott said that in response to one of the interviewers who asked, “I’m gay, where are the same-sex movies?” He wanted to know if Hallmark would be making any Christmas movies featuring same-sex couples.
Additionally, the online wedding registry, Zola, recently had their same-sex wedding commercial pulled by the Hallmark Channel—after receiving complaints from the American Family Association. When asked by Zola why they pulled the ad, Hallmark execs said that they don’t run any controversial advertisements. That’s when Zola then pulled all Hallmark ads from their site.
Within the next few days, Hallmark received LGBTQ backlash and were called out on Twitter by celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres, Bobby Berk, and Chely Wright.
I am a Christian and believe the Bible that homosexuality is not sanctioned by God.
1 Timothy 1:9-11 New International Version (NIV)
9 We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 10 for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine 11 that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.
I have no judgment for those in the LGBTQ community. God loves them just as He loves everyone in the world. We are all sinners saved by grace through Christ’s death on the cross. However, I cannot condone homosexuality.
I am sad about the direction the Hallmark Channel may be going in by including same-sex relationships. I am sad because I thought that they have always created family-friendly programming that you wouldn’t have to be worried about having your kids watch.
I don’t have kids, but I do have nieces and nephews who watch the Hallmark Channel with their parents. We are all Christians in my family. How are we supposed to explain these same-sex relationships with them when television programming in our modern age depicts it as normal and condoned by God.
I’m not one for boycotts. If I was, then I’d have to boycott literally 90 percent of the TV shows and movies that I watch since many of them have started to include same-sex relationships—and other things like foul language and illicit scenes.
Of course, as I have matured in my relationship with the Lord, I have stopped watching things that I used to watch like rated R movies or shows depicting vampires and witches like Vampire Diaries. That’s one of the reasons why we started watching UPtv on Philo and subscribed to their app for streaming quality content. We are considering also subscribing to Pure Flix.
In the end, I’ll still watch the Hallmark Channel when there is programming on that I can condone. However, I won’t watch movies featuring same-sex relationships. As I mentioned earlier, I am glad that they are planning to make more faith-based programming.
I’d love to know your thoughts. Will you be boycotting the Hallmark Channel? Will you continue watching, but not watch any programming with same-sex relationships?
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Mustard Seed Sentinel. She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, SEO and social media, travel and lifestyle, website content, recommendations for apps, and content for blogs. Visit her Amazon Author Page for more information regarding her books. Connect on Twitter. Read more about Mustard Seed Sentinel here.