TV Review: Seventh Heaven

This content of this post originally appeared in the “JNL” section of the Janesville Gazette.

7 p.m. Monday, channels 9 (WGN) and 18 (WVTV)

This show is one of the best dramas on television. The father, Erik Camden (Stephen Collins) is a minister at the church; the mother, Annie (Catherine Hicks) is a housewife with five kids: Matt, 18, Mary, 15, Lucy, 13, Simon, 11 and Ruthie, 5.

The show deals with the day-today lives of the kids and occasionally includes some jokes. Once in a while, there is a show that is more sadness than gladness, such as an episode dealing with the Holocaust.

A recent episode went like this: Mary (Jessica Biel), who had been hurt in a hit-and-run accident, makes her comeback on the school basketball team. Simon (David Gallagher) tries to avoid his new science teacher who is young, stern and moderately attractive. Lucy (Beverly Mitchell) reunites with a friend who had moved. Ruthie (Mackenzie Rossman) goes on a field trip and gets lost with her mom.

It sounds pretty complicated. But all the events are (usually) resolved within the hour that the show runs, with a few morals thrown in. The characters learn lessons about life and growing up.

“Seventh Heaven” is put together well and doesn’t get too complicated or too far-fetched. You start to relate to the characters and empathize with them in their shared situations. It is a show that a family can watch together and will be enjoyed by people of all ages.


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