DVD review: “Anne with an E: Season One – Three” (2017 – 2019) 

“Anne with an E: Season One – Three” (2017 – 2019) 


Twenty Seven Episodes

Created by: Moira Walley-Beckett based on Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Featuring: Amybeth McNulty, Geraldine James, Dalila Bela, Lucas Jade Zumann, Aymeric Jett Montaz, R. H. Thomson,Corrine Koslo, Dalmar Abuzeid, Cory Grüter-Andrew, Joanna Douglas and Ashleigh Stewart

Anne: “Girls Can Do Anything A Boy Can Do, And More!”

Released recently on DVD is the Netflix produced television series “Anne with an E: Season One – Three” (2017 – 2019) based on the classic book. It tells the story of Anne Shirley, an imaginative and talkative orphan girl who is mistakenly sent to live with the aging brother and sister, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, in the fictional town of Avonlea, Prince Edward Island, Canada, in the late 19th century. The series was created by Moira Walley-Beckett and premiered on Netflix in 2017, running for three seasons until its cancellation in 2019.

The series is notable for its portrayal of Anne’s character, who is brought to life by the talented young actress Amybeth McNulty. Anne is portrayed as a complex and multi-faceted character, whose imagination and love of books are both a source of comfort and a coping mechanism for the hardships she has faced in her life. She is also fiercely independent, intelligent, and quick-witted, and often challenges the traditional gender roles and societal expectations of her time. Her determination to pursue her dreams and aspirations despite the obstacles she faces is both inspiring and empowering.

One of the unique aspects of “Anne with an E” is the way in which it explores and tackles important social issues of the time period, such as feminism, racism, classism, and mental health. For example, the series features a diverse cast of characters, including Indigenous people and characters of color, and highlights the discrimination and prejudice they face in society. It also depicts the struggles of those living in poverty, particularly the character of Jerry Baynard, who is homeless and often hungry. The series also addresses the stigma and lack of understanding around mental illness, particularly through the character of Matthew Cuthbert, who suffers from social anxiety.

In addition to its exploration of social issues, “Anne with an E” is also visually stunning, with breathtaking cinematography and a beautiful soundtrack that captures the essence of the Canadian landscape and the time period in which the series is set. The attention to detail in the costumes, set design, and props is also noteworthy, as they help to transport the viewer back in time and create a rich and immersive world.

Despite its many strengths, “Anne with an E” faced criticism and controversy from some fans of the original novel who felt that the series deviated too much from the source material and took too many creative liberties with the story and characters. Others felt that the series was too dark and gritty, and that it did not capture the lighthearted and whimsical tone of the book. However, many fans of the series appreciated the way in which it expanded upon the themes and characters of the original novel, and saw it as a fresh and modern take on a beloved classic.

In conclusion, “Anne with an E” is a beautifully crafted and thought-provoking series that explores important social issues and celebrates the resilience and strength of its central character. Its stunning visuals and engaging storytelling make it a must-watch for fans of the classic novel and newcomers alike.

Furthermore, one of the strengths of the series is its ability to appeal to a wide range of audiences. While the series can be enjoyed by fans of the original novel and those who appreciate period dramas, it also appeals to a younger demographic with its focus on issues such as identity, self-discovery, and friendship. The themes explored in the series are universal and timeless, and are relevant to audiences of all ages.

Another aspect of the series that has garnered praise is its handling of sensitive topics. The series does not shy away from portraying difficult and uncomfortable situations, such as domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual harassment, in a realistic and respectful manner. It shows the impact that these experiences have on the characters and their relationships, and the steps that they take to heal and move forward. The series also highlights the importance of seeking help and support from others, and the power of community in overcoming adversity.

The cancellation of “Anne with an E” after three seasons was met with disappointment from fans of the series, who launched a campaign to save the show under the hashtag #RenewAnnewithanE. While the campaign was ultimately unsuccessful, it demonstrated the impact that the series had on its viewers, and the desire for more representation and diverse storytelling in the media.

In conclusion, “Anne with an E” is a powerful and thought-provoking series that captures the spirit of the original novel while expanding upon its themes and characters. Its exploration of important social issues and its celebration of the strength and resilience of its central character make it a must-watch for audiences of all ages. The series will continue to inspire and captivate viewers for years to come, and will remain a testament to the enduring legacy of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s beloved novel.


Season One

Your Will Shall Decide Your Destiny: Anne arrives at Green Gables and struggles with fitting into her new environment.

I Am No Bird, and No Net Ensnares Me: Filled with worry Matthew Cuthbert races to find Anne before it’s too late.

But What Is So Headstrong as Youth?: Anne is introduced to the inner social workings of public school, while Marilla is introduced to the inner social workings of Avonlea’s progressive young mothers.

An Inward Treasure Born: Anne and Marilla struggle with Anne’s staunch boycott of the local school. A minister’s backward advice has a reverse effect, causing Anne to fiercely challenge gender norms.

Tightly Knotted to a Similar String: Anne is allowed to ask her best friend Diana over for afternoon tea, things start to go wrong when she looks for the Raspberry Cordial.

Remorse Is the Poison of Life: An emergency occurs in Diana’s family while her Mom is away.

Wherever You Are Is My Home: The Cuthberts vow to do whatever it takes to save the farm, which reminds Anne of the strength of friendship and love.

Season Two

Youth Is the Season of Hope: The Cuthberts’ boarders stir excitement with a question: Could there be gold in Avonlea? Elsewhere, Gilbert makes a new friend at sea.

Signs Are Small Measurable Things, But Interpretations Are Illimitable: The steamer lands in Trinidad, bringing Bash face to face with his past. The Barrys get behind the gold rush, but Matthew and Marilla aren’t so sure.

The True Seeing Is Within: An adventure away with the Barrys teaches Anne to trust her instincts. Marilla begins to suspect that her boarders aren’t as innocent as they seem.

The Painful Eagerness of Unfed Hope: Anne writes letters as an “agent of romance” while Diana trains at home to be a lady. A life-changing encounter steers Gilbert toward his destiny.

The Determining Acts of Her Life: A game of spin the bottle prompts burning questions about love and beauty. Anne and Cole bond over their differences as Gilbert makes his way home.

I Protest Against Any Absolute Conclusion: Anne faces the world with a shocking new look while the town preps for its annual Christmas pantomime. Gilbert and Bash join the Cuthberts for dinner.

Memory Has as Many Moods as the Temper: Cole accompanies the girls to Aunt Josephine’s for a lavish party filled with surprises. Back at home, Marilla’s health takes a worrisome turn.

Struggling Against the Perception of Facts: With a wedding on the horizon, Anne wonders what kind of bride she’d like to be. Marilla sees an oculist, and Bash meets a friendly face in “The Bog”.

What We Have Been Makes Us What We Are: A brand-new teacher brings unconventional methods — and a motorbike — to Avonlea. Gilbert’s plan to speed up his studies leaves Bash feeling lost.

The Growing Good of the World: Anne rallies her friends to save Miss Stacy in the wake of a disastrous incident. Bash gets an unexpected gift, and Cole makes a surprising choice.

Season Three

A Secret Which I Desired to Divine: Anne’s sixteenth birthday inspires her to learn more about her genealogy.

There Is Something at Work in My Soul Which I Do Not Understand: Anne’s search takes her back to the orphanage, where she’s forced to confront new realities. Meanwhile, Elijah pays a visit to Avonlea.

What Can Stop the Determined Heart: As Easter approaches, Mary’s illness brings change to Avonlea.

A Hope of Meeting You in Another World: Ka’kwet travels to school, while Anne embarks on the next phase of her quest.

I Am Fearless and Therefore Powerful: A dance rehearsal generates sparks (and tension).

The Summit of My Desires: The Cuthberts gain a new perspective on Prince Edward Island.

A Strong Effort of the Spirit of Good: Anne rallies the town to speak out against injustice.

Great and Sudden Change: The students sit for the Queens entrance exams.

A Dense and Frightful Darkness: Matthew and Anne journey to help Ka’kwet.

The Better Feelings of My Heart: Anne steps into the next chapter of her life.


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