I’ve gone cordless in the last couple of months. We dropped our cable TV and went back to straight Roku and Netflix. I had a few reasons to hesitate on this change. First, I like local news. But, we got an antenna and I get the two channels that have local news with that antenna. Second, we sometimes like to watch sports and Roku doesn’t have the best in sports selections. But, we decided we don’t watch enough sports to make that a reason to continue to pay the outrageous cost of Cable TV. And a lot of sports are streamed online now, so we can always access them that way. The third and most serious reason was that I LOVE Hallmark Movies and Mysteries channel. But, I realized most of what I watched on there was Murder She Wrote and that was on Netflix anyways. The key word in that last sentence is WAS. As of January 1, Murder She Wrote is not on Netflix. In addition, I was seeing my Hallmark Movies and Mysteries newsletters and seeing new movies in some of my favorite series like Gourmet Detective, Garage Sale Mysteries and new ones like Framed for Murder with Jewel and getting really regretful for cancelling my expensive cable. So, I started a hunt to find where I could watch the channel on Roku and lo and behold, there it is on Sling TV! I have to pay $24.99 a month, which is a bit expensive, but still much cheaper than my cable bill used to be and we get ESPN (for the hubby) and cooking channels and HGTV, which we also enjoy. So, all-in-all, it is a great compromise that has given me back my favorite channel. But, some may ask, why is Hallmark Movies and Mysteries my favorite channel? Well, let me give you some reasons!
- Things get solved! My life is often composed mostly of problems. I am dealing with problems with students, problems with TAs, problems with my finances, problems with my schedule, etc., etc. I love that when I watch a show on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries, the problems get resolved. It seems overly simplistic sometimes, but it is a relief for me to watch something where solutions are had by those who need them.
- Those solutions are simple. My life is complicated. See the first point. I don’t need my TV to be complicated. I don’t want to make a lot of effort to figure out what is happening in a TV show or why it is happening. I like to enjoy TV and relax while I watch it. Some may see the shows on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries as predictable (not always, but they are often based on formulaic mystery books), but I see them as effortless. I am sometimes surprised by the answers to the mysteries, but mostly, I just enjoy the ride and I don’t feel like I have to work at watching the show.
- The mysteries are solved by women! I realize this isn’t necessarily unique to Hallmark Movies and Mysteries, but it is much more prevalent there. I just saw a commercial for their “Women of Mystery” and every major movie series on the channel has a woman as the main character. And they are often surrounded by women as well. This is unusual in modern media.
- The women solving mysteries are doing “More at Forty (plus)”. As a person who is edging closer to 50 than 40, it is nice to see women on TV who are not in their 20s. And I especially appreciate that the women on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries channel are not constantly concerned about their age or their weight or their looks. They are simply being women, comfortable with who they are. Lori Loughlin is 52. Jewel is 42. Candace Cameron Bure is 40. Brooke Shields is 51. Kellie Martin is 41. Brooke Burns is the baby of the bunch at 38. Alison Sweeney is 40. I love that this channel focuses the majority of its series on women in their 40s plus. Proving that you can be “more at forty”!
- Women are solving crimes rather than committing them. The Lifetime Movie Network has women committing crimes and going crazy and killing people. But, Hallmark Movies and Mysteries has women who love their friends and families and professions and are solving crimes rather than committing them. They are good to those around them. They are caring and they think critically and they are smart and not always concerned with getting the guy. It is nice to watch women being good people doing good things.
- They celebrate the great eighties. I think everyone has a soft spot for things they experienced in their youth. Music, movies, television, etc. Well, much of what is shown on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries channel outside of their movies are TV shows from the eighties. My favorite, by far, is Murder She Wrote, but I also enjoy Hart to Hart and they are now introducing Father Dowling Mysteries (who doesn’t love the dad from Happy Days solving crimes as a catholic priest?). I feel like it takes me back to those evenings in my family room, with my parents, all watching non-cable TV and enjoying it together. It is nostalgic for me.
- I can watch it with my 7-year-old. I love PBS Masterpiece Mystery as well, but I can’t always trust that it will be okay to watch it with my 7-year-old. There are often story lines and graphic violence that is beyond her capabilities. Sometimes there is inappropriate language. But, with the shows on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries, I can feel safe having my 7-year-old in the room. She loves Murder She Wrote as well. She knows the major movie series on the channel and her favorite is Murder She Baked. It is nice to have something I can watch and enjoy and not worry about her being in the room.
So, there you are. The seven reasons I love Hallmark Movies and Mysteries. I am toying with the idea of having a weekly post on Mysteries (Monday Mystery Mashup). I will have to play with that idea for a bit. If you haven’t checked out Hallmark Movies and Mysteries and any of the seven reasons sound compelling to you, you really should check it out. It is my (not-so) guilty pleasure.