Enjoying a Bit of Melancholy

I’m sure I’ve written about this before, but I do enjoy a bit of melancholy from time to time. Winter seems the perfect time to have a mope and a good cry and I find myself more drawn to serious dramas and heart-tugging tales at this time of year.

Call the Midwife Β… 'We don't go out on bikes.'I have been indulging this weekend in a binge-watching marathon of Call the Midwife. I place the blame squarely on Bandita Anna Sugden’s shoulders. I am a sucker for BBC historical shows and Call the Midwife has all the ingredients I find irresistible.

Call_the_Midwife_titlecard1. Historical setting – While some might not find London’s East End of the late 1950s particularly “historical” it is for me. The series is set before I was born, so it qualifies, in my opinion. The world was changing so swiftly at that time that vestiges of postwar London still hang about, while all the “modern” innovations (like TV for the masses) were encroaching. It does my history-loving heart good to see adults bicycling about, men wearing jackets and hats and women wearing hats, carrying vintage handbags and pushing permabulators the size of pony carts. Plus, some of the clothes are to die for!

Evangelina and Fred2. Colorful charactersΒ  – I knew almost none of the actors playing the main characters on the show (though some are BBC go-to actors), but I was quickly drawn in by the young nurses, the nuns they live and serve with, the lively and very three-dimensional people of Poplar and their extra-colorful antics. The episodes are all about characters and their lives. These characters pull you in and force you to care (ask my husband, who was sucked in against his will!).

close up of a caucasin newborn in its mothers arm3. Emotional storylines – These are small stories about regular people. They don’t deal with glamor, fame or the pursuit of either. They are stories that resonate with me because they are each about timeless issues: family, duty, honor, pride, aging, motherhood, betrayal, mental illness, physical illness and fighting for the rights and dignity of the poor. Most of all, they are love stories. That love may be between men and women, siblings, friends, neighbors or any combination of people you can imagine. The overwhelming take away from this series is that love, while it can be painful and very messy, is always worth the risk. This is a three-hanky sort of show. Even my husband has gotten a bit misty and he does not cry. Ever. But it’s babies and he is a sucker for babies!

Call the Midwife - Ep 54. Unrequited love – Okay, I already mentioned love when talking about emotional storylines. But honestly, there is a truckload of unrequited love (and plenty of the requited kind, as well) on Call the Midwife. They cover all manner of forbidden and frowned-upon relationships with a deft hand which, seriously awes me. They totally get away with it! There are also stories of people choosing to turn their backs on love that would make them happy because of their honor, duty, promises made or a host of other reasons. Unrequited love was something I experienced early and often as a young person. I have a fondness for it and it always leaves me in tears. Oh, my aching heart!

Call The Midwife5. Humor – Along with the pain is plenty of laughter. There are characters who make me smile just thinking of them. The midwives try to keep each other in good spirits, because their work is often grim and dirty. They keep my spirits high, as well. I can count on plenty of smiles and laughs along with the damp hanky. The humor is the counterbalance that keeps the show humming along perfectly. What good is having a cry if you don’t have a little levity afterward? The midwives of St. Raymond Nonnatus will never leave you melancholy for long!

Do you ever find yourself turning to a bit of drama (or good old melodrama) for a nice, cleansing cry? What is your favorite weepy movie or book? Do you find your spirits rising and falling with the seasons? (I will admit that I do!) What is your favorite dramatic binge-watch? (The BBC Pride and Prejudice hardly counts, since most of us love it already. Pick something else!) Let us know what qualifies for three-hankydom for you!

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  • Caren Crane says:

    Hey, y’all. Sorry the blog posted so late, but I am on LOTS of cold meds and didn’t check the right box. So it posted…to nowhere. πŸ™

    I hope you’ll comment anyway and are having a great day!

  • Heathercm2001 says:

    I think I do find myself looking for a good cleansing cry every once in awhile. Sometimes it might even catch me by surprise, but always seems to help. I can’t think of a favorite weepy movie or book. They just seem to pop up sometimes. Downton Abbey has definitely made me cry quite a few times. I’m excited for the new season! I think my spirits rise in the winter because I find them very calming and relaxing. I get a little more worn down in the summer. Its just too busy and exhausting for me. It sounds like I am going to have to look into Call the Midwife! It sounds like it might be right up my alley! My most recent bi he watch was “The Tudors” on a New Year’s Day marathon.

    • Caren Crane says:

      Heather, Downton Abbey has definitely made me break out the tissues! The premiere here is tonight and I am going to watch it with friends. I can’t wait!

      I love fall and winter. The early nightfall makes me want to go inside and stay there as soon as I return from work. I usually can’t quite justify binge-watching, but being sick is a great excuse!

      My older daughter was binge-watching The Tudors over Christmas break. I enjoyed rewatching it, since the DH and I binge-watched it last year! πŸ™‚

    • Caren Crane says:

      And Heather, watch the Golden Rooster. He is not well-behaved. If you give him Benadryl, it may help…

      • Heathercm2001 says:

        I have an unruly dog, so I am well aware of the use of benadryl…HAHA! Feel better! Being sick is most definitely a valid reason for binge watching!

        • Caren Crane says:

          I love a woman who really knows how to use her Benadryl! πŸ˜€ I may have to binge-watch last season’s Downton Abbey today to prep for the premiere tonight!

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Doesn’t Downton Abbey start its new season tonight, Heather. Seems like I’ve been waiting forEVer for it, and I’m interested to see how they pursue the story lines now that Matthew (sob, sob) died in the car accident.

  • Deb says:

    Hi, Caren. I hope you get to feeling better.

    I don’t find my feelings shifting with the seasons. I sometimes feel restless in late autumn, but not depressed. Although, today is my last day of Christmas vacation, so am feeling a lack of enthusiasm, ha!

    I don’t necessarily set out to watch a movie or a show to have a good cry. There are times, though, that watching a show will have me crying. The joke here is, “Mom’s crying again.” My husband is just as bad. πŸ˜‰ The shows that make me cry aren’t sad, but the feel good type of shows.

    I hope you get lots of rest and feel better soon.

    • Caren Crane says:

      Deb, I am a firm believer in better living through chemistry, so I feel confident I will be well in no time. Or at least well-rested, since I am doing nothing but watching TV. πŸ™‚

      Sometimes shows catch me off-guard, but sometimes I like to wallow in a good cry. I have no idea why, but I have always enjoyed that. It’s so weird, too, because normally I am quite “up”‘ and optimistic. I think it’s a counterbalance or something.

      I definitely feel more energetic in spring and summer, when there is a LOT more sunlight. When the nights grow longer in the late fall and early winter, I simply want to hibernate! By 5 pm, it feels like bedtime. Which is really bad, since I’m still at work then. LOL

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Love that “Mom’s crying again,” Deb. Reminds we of my FIL who always said, when he teared up, “My bladder’s too close to my tear ducts!”

  • Shannon says:

    My latest weepy moment was at Saving Mr. Banks. Loss and creativity!

    I’m looking forward is Dalton Abbey, but I’m not sure if there’s room on the DVR. I did record the Tudors on New Years Day but haven’t watched a thing. Of course, I can always mourn losing a character I liked on Game of Thrones. Camelot in its various versions always leaves me a little sad.

    • Caren Crane says:

      Shannon, I am longing to see Saving Mr. Banks! It looks exactly like my kind of movie. Poor PL Travers had serious attachment issues to Mary. I can sympathize. I can’t wait to see the fabulous Emma Thompson bring her to life. And Tom Hanks is one of my favorites!

      Sounds like you need to do some binge-watching today to clear some things off the DVR so you can record Downton. I am really looking forward to seeing how they move forward. Such a shocking conclusion last season!

      And yes, The Tudors and Game Of Thrones are both exceptional for anguish and heartbreak. The trouble with TT is, I ended up hated almost everyone by the end. The politics and machinations were maddening! At least GOT kills off people you hate sometimes, not just the ones you love. πŸ˜€

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Shannon, I heard that Tom Hanks’ speech at the end of the movie as Walt Disney was very moving.

      I’m still in shock from GOT “Rains of Castemere” even tho I knew it was coming from reading the series. It was clever of them not to call it “The Red Wedding,” right off the bat as it’s now known.

  • Becke Turner says:

    Caren,

    Since just about anything can turn on my waterworks, I try to avoid those situations.
    Of course that hasn’t worked out for me. I cried in Jungle Book for heavens sakes. My ten year old son got a big kick out of that.

    I think the real tear jerkers are the coming of age stories where the animal dies. We all know them:

    The Red Pony
    Grayfriar’s Bobby
    The Yearling
    Old Yeller

    That’s why I want romance so I get a happy ending. πŸ™‚
    b

    • Caren Crane says:

      Becke, when I was younger, just about everything left me in tears. For some reason, motherhood hardened my heart. πŸ˜€ I figure it’s all hormonal, but I have to be in a receptive mood or really swept-up in a story for it to affect me these days. So when I am, the waterworks flow!

      I love those coming of age stories. You are so right about their appeal. Don’t we all remember when a pet or a best friend was the most important thing in the world? Those stories always get to me. Then again, one of the best Dog Weepies I have ever seen was Richard Gere’s Hachi: A Dog’s Tale. It is the perfect movie for every dog lover!

  • Deb Marlowe says:

    I am such a crier. I cry when I’m happy with books/movies/TV or when they are sad.

    Downton makes me cry repeatedly. I keep going back for more. I’ve never rewatched Steel Magnolias because I was a mess during that movie.

    I cry during LIttle Women and I still reread that one every few years.

    I don’t think I deliberately search out a story that makes me cry, but the ones that make me feel often turn out to be my favorites!

    • Caren Crane says:

      Deb, those are all weepies for me, too! I think the tugging of heartstrings, whether happy or sad, is addictive for me. I enjoy the whole ride, happy to sad to happy again. Or at least bittersweet. That’s why I was SO sucked into Call the Midwife. It takes you on that whole rollercoaster of emotions, almost every episode. The Christmas episode that kicked off Season 2 was just heartbreaking…and incredibly happy. *sigh*

  • Steel Magnolias and Fried Green Tomatoes are always guaranteed to give me a good cry.

    And I have finally succumbed to the lure of Downton Abbey. Everyone has been so enthused about it I bought the DVD of the first season and I am watching it today. The Edwardian period is not my favorite, but I cannot resist the lure of a period piece or that gorgeous house!

    • Caren Crane says:

      Louisa, I love them both! Not sure why, but many people seem to recall Fried Green Tomatoes less fondly than I do. Like Steel Magnolias, it was definitely a story about women supporting women. It was also a great vehicle for Mary-Louise Parker, who I think was vastly underrated all through the 90s!

      I’ll admit, too, that it was the house and costuming that sucked me into Downton Abbey. There are lots of people on that show who need to be slapped. Hard. There are also great ones, though. It’s interesting to watch the evolution of the characters through the seasons. Easy when you’re binge-watching!

      • mary branham says:

        I love both of them too.
        I also enjoy homeland and love call the midwife. I am not too much for crying but sometimes movies get to me a lot.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      I’m not much of an Edwardian fan, either, Louisa, but I’ve realized how massive were the changes after WWI in just about every arena — politics, social issues, economics, women’s lives — that I’ve become very interested in that time period.

      The Poets of the War Period also fascinate me. There were so many heart-wrenching and excellent poems that came out of those poets writing from 1914 to 1945 as they tried to express the destructiveness of war.

  • Oh Caren, I may have to watch this series after I finish VANISHED. (Must write instead of indulge in a good BBC series!)

    And I have to tell you that humor is the one thing that truly got me through many a night as a L&D nurse. Pregnant people and their families do the funniest things some times when babies are coming!! Of course the laughter had to often happen long after the patient left the unit!!

    I just indulged in Foyle’s War for an entire week before the holidays, (I think I told y’all about it), and would highly recommend it to anyone who likes period pieces!

    • Caren Crane says:

      Suzanne, I think you’ll love Call the Midwife, both as a lover of period shows and as an OB nurse. Good stuff and the midwives are real heroes!

      I was about to launch myself into Foyle’s War when my Acorn TV premium subscription ran out. Pffft! I may have to cough up $50 (it was $30 last year!) for a renewed subscription. Not that I need to watch more TV, though. Like you, I need to be writing! (But not while I’m on all these meds…)

      Just started Bletchley Circle. At least there are only three episodes available so far!

    • Jo Robertson says:

      “Foyle’s War” is one of Boyd’s favorites, too, Suzanne. I’ve watched a few of the episodes but haven’t been consistent.

  • Oh I also meant to tell you about my favorite 3-hanky shows to watch when “I’m in the mood”.

    Steel Magnolias Especially the part where they’re at the cemetery. Is there ever anything better than crying and laughing at the same time?

    The Pride of the Yankees Sigh. This is a 1942 movie about Lou Gehrig. I know it’s not going to have a happy ending, but the movie is sweet and funny and they’re so in love…and then tragedy. Yep, I bawl every time!

    • Caren Crane says:

      Suz, I think Steel Magnolias is making lots of our lists today! I have never seen The Pride Of the Yankees, but I keep hearing how great it is. I will have to find a way to watch that one. I’m sure one of my kids could figure out where I could stream that! πŸ™‚

  • EC Spurlock says:

    Being a clinical depressive I have to really filter what I watch, so I avoid “downer” movies and shows; however a good “feel good” cry can be helpful (especially when I was younger and it was that time of month). Starman is one of those movies for me. I went to see it in the theater when it first came out with my sister and my best friend; we were all hormonal at the time and sobbed our hearts out through the whole thing! I still have it on DVD for those times when I need to justify a good cry. Sleepless in Seattle is another one (and Cara Elliott has just done a Regency version of that, which I can’t wait to read!)

    • Caren Crane says:

      EC< I had almost forgotten about Starman! I loved that movie. Jeff Bridges was so good-looking back then and Karen Allen was a favorite of mine from the first Indiana Jones movie. We quote the bit about what the yellow traffic light means on a regular basis. πŸ™‚ I had forgotten how bittersweet that movie is. A rewatch is in order!

      I totally understand limiting the input, too. I have to be careful how much news I watch. I can only take so much ultra-horrific news I ingest before I start to forget the world isn’t really so bad after all. The DH suffers from depression, but getting him to turn off the news cycle can be a challenge at times! I try to ensure he watches some feel-good things to get back in touch with the more gentle parts of himself and humanity. I’m glad you know yourself so well. What a gift!

    • Jo Robertson says:

      EC, I haven’t heard anyone mention “Starman” for ages. I adored that movie!

  • catslady says:

    I never know for sure what will affect me and I can start tearing up in lots of movies. I miss when there are no sunny days which Pittsburgh is noted for unfortunately. It can be cold if the sun is shining as opposed to a warm dreary day. Lately I have two shows that I’ve been watching a lot – The Big Bang which is one of the few to really make me lol and the other is Firefly which usually make me laugh and cry. My favorite books (and movies) are ones that have me doing both because it means I’m really emotionally into the story. The last movie to make me cry was Avatar.

    Hope you feel better soon.

    • Caren Crane says:

      Catslady, aren’t sunny days in winter a real treat? I count on them, being in NC. Not sure I would do well at all if it were dreary and gray and cold for days on end!

      I love The Big Bang Theory! That is a show I could definitely binge-watch. Actually, I may end up doing that when I get on a comedy cycle again. As for Firefly, we have it on DVD and it gets binge-watched at least once a year. Good old Captain Mal and his crew are favorites of mine. My youngest got the DH a Jayne knit hat for Christmas!

      I love books that make me laugh and cry. Jill Shalvis can usually pull that off for me and, often, Kristan Higgins. I aim to write that sort of book. I hope mine make other people laugh and cry, because they certainly make me while I’m writing them. πŸ™‚

  • Diana Huffer says:

    I tend to stay away from weepy things, books or TV. I just don’t like to cry. I’ve done enough crying since 2004 — my niece died at 16, 2009 — lost my mother and my dog, 2010 — lost my job and my father, 2013 — lost my house. So, no more crying for me! 2014 has got to be better! πŸ™‚ If I were to pick an three-hankydom qualifier, I would say Old Yeller would be it. I’ve seen it once and refuse to watch it again!

    • Caren Crane says:

      Diana, (((hugs))) on all your losses! The 90s were like that for my family, so I certainly understand. We also watched a TON of comedies back then. My favorite (now a fave binge-watch) was Malcolm In the Middle. I totally identified with the mother in that series. LOL I also love that They Might Be Giants did the theme song. I am a huge fan of theirs!

      Old Yeller is one that even my DH admits makes him teary-eyed. Such a poignant tale of love and loss and sacrifice!

      • Diana Huffer says:

        Thanks, Caren. We’re rolling with the punches and hope to be the last one standing! πŸ™‚

        • Caren Crane says:

          Every day is a triumph sometimes. So happy you are spending time with us. We are generally not very brain-straining and try to have lots of fun! πŸ™‚

    • Jo Robertson says:

      I can’t watch OLD YELLAR anymore either, Diana. It’s too sad. 2013 was a hard year for my family too (I’m blaming it on the 13 part), but I’m expecting good things for 2014!

  • Anna Sugden says:

    So glad you’re enjoying Call The Midwife, Caren! It’s such a lovely show. I just watched the Christmas special for the start of the new series and it was wonderful.

    I try to avoid things that are depressing or have sad endings – there’s enough of that in the world – so I don’t tend to choose things I know will make me cry. Some things make me cry because they’re lovely and happy – happy tears are acceptable. πŸ™‚

    • Caren Crane says:

      Anna, I’m not sure I ever would have found Call the Midwife if not for you. It really is the perfect balance of tragedy and humor. It definitely shows that bad things happen, even to good people, but it also shows the love and humanity that define us as humans. It’s themes are so universal and so touching!

      Thank you for pointing me to it. I plan to gobble up the Christmas special that kicked off the third season whenever my youngest finally gets up today!

  • Helen says:

    Caren

    I don’t watch a lot of TV but there are movies that I will cry in and they are Love Story and Steele Magnolias. This TV series sounds like something I would like maybe one day I wll try and get it Little women is another movie that is guarenteed to may my cry as well.

    Have Fun
    Helen

    • Caren Crane says:

      Helen, I haven’t seen Love Story in forever! I did make my girls watch Brian’s Song, though, a couple of years ago. We all cried buckets!

      I love the version of Little Women starring Winona Ryder as Jo and Gabriel Byrne as Friedrich. Claire Danes just killed it as Beth. She was so young and so perfectly tragic! What a wonderful tearjerker that is. My girls and I watch it and just snivel like crazy!

      • Jo Robertson says:

        OMG, “Love Story” was the sob story of my youth. Ali McGraw and Ryan O’Neal, even thinking of their love story makes me tear up. I won’t watch it now, though, because I’m sure it won’t live up to my memory of it. Sometimes you just have to be young and emotional to appreciate those kinds of movies.

  • Caren, I’ve heard so much great stuff about Call the Midwife – we just had a Christmas special on. I haven’t watched it yet – intend to settle down with the DVDs when I get a player that works. Everybody raves about this, including people who I wouldn’t normally count as diehard BBC drama fans (which I’ve always been – it was a family tradition to sit down and watch the BBC shows on our local public broadcaster every Sunday night). Oh, a weep fest? I always cry in The Ghost and Mrs. Muir but sadly I only have a videotape of it and my DVD player doesn’t work. Really need to do something about that!

    • Caren Crane says:

      Anna, you will adore Call the Midwife, I promise. They hit so many perfect beats, it is crazy. Just right with the humor and pathos. Plus, Vanessa Redgrave narrates as the “mature Jenny”. Perfection!

      Ooh, I haven’t watched The Ghost and Mrs. Muir in a loooong time. I recall loving it, even as a girl, because it was so romantic and sad. Even at the tender age of 8 or so, I knew what I liked. Get thee to the electronics store!

      • Caren, the other thing about not having a DVD is that there’s a whole raft of conversations you can’t join in on. People talk about current movies and my eyes start to cross.

  • Kaelee says:

    Caren ~ I lost last November to a terrible cold. I hope you are feeling better sooner rather than later.

    I just put the first season of Call the Midwife Season One on hold at our library. I’m 9th in line but there are 28 copies of it so it shouldn’t take to long to get. Maybe I’ll even get a chance to watch it. I took out season one of Downton Abby last year and then stuff happened. I never got to see any of it and my husband managed to return it before I had to pay fines. I like that you can watch these shows commercial free.

    Yes I get the blues in the winter. We never seem to get sun and warm weather at the same time. The sky is blue today but the temperature is -25 C which is -13 F and the wind chill factor is -34C. My favorite weepy movie is Dirty Dancing. I may have to haul my copy out and watch it.

    • Caren Crane says:

      Kaelee, fingers crossed you get hold of your copy soon! I promise that you will adore it. You may need to get back in line for Downton Abbey, too. The first season is wonderful!

      Commercial-free watching is the BEST THING EVER! That’s why I usually come to series really late. I wait until there are seasons on Netflix, then stream them all commercial-free. I love it!

      I think Dirty Dancing is perfect for a bitterly cold afternoon. I hope you get some sunshine soon, even if it’s still incredibly cold! It’s supposed to be 9 F here tomorrow night. We don’t do single digits in the piedmont of North Carolina! I hope the emergency heat decides to work, because the heat pump can’t handle that. Brr!

    • Jo Robertson says:

      So many of my friends and my eldest daughter have SAD (seasonal affect disorder). They need sunlight and sunshine and get very depressed when there’s no light around them.

      I’m the opposite. I love to burrow and am happiest when I’m snuggling in the dark with my kindle, my computer, or my TV.

      • Caren Crane says:

        Jo, we always knew you were special! πŸ™‚ Actually, that’s a real gift. Three days without sun and I feel the SAD starting to kick in. It’s horrible!

  • Caren – I’m deeply affected by the amount of sunlight in a day and can I just say this winter so far totally sucks! My husband keeps buying me those natural light lamps in the hope that those will help. I just grit my teeth and count the days to spring.

    I don’t normally turn to TV for a good cry – but maybe I should try that. My fav marathon series watching though is Firefly πŸ™‚ Not a series to invoke a lot of tears. I love that Downton Abbey starts up again tonight. I’ve heard good times about Call the Midwife. I’ll have to check it out.

    • Caren Crane says:

      Donna, I love Firefly! It’s always the best when you want great laughs and good-vs-evil tales. The tears come with the follow-up movie, Serenity. The horror!

      I think you will LOVE Call the Midwife. Honestly, it’s like a class in drawing three-dimensional characters, creating sympathy in a short time and providing an emotionally-satisfying ending all in one. Great stuff. Plus babies all over the place! πŸ™‚

  • Becke Turner says:

    There’s always the
    Philadelphia Story
    Turner and Hooch
    Brain’s Song really did me in for a LONNNG time.
    The Way We Were
    Ghost
    Terms of Endearment

    I think weepy stories demonstrate how hard life is and that there’s always someone in a more difficult situation. However, none of us gets out alive. Heavens, wasn’t that a dreary note?

    • Caren Crane says:

      Becke, that was a great list. I had totally forgotten Turner and Hooch, despite being a huge Tom hanks fan! Brian’s Song is still just awful. Watched it a couple of years ago. Cried like a baby.

      Terms of Endearment is SO HARD to watch. Mothers and daughters really get to me. Such a great movie!

      I think the weepies that do the best job are the ones that show us that whatever life throws at us, we can overcome it if we love and are loved. Not a dreary concept at all! πŸ™‚

  • Quilt Lady says:

    I watched A Little Bit of Heaven on netflix about a week ago and cryed thoughout the movie. If you want a good cry watch this movie.

    • Caren Crane says:

      Quilt Lady, I am definitely checking that one out! I’ll admit, I did start watching Luther today, but probably won’t continue down that path right now. It’s a bit too grim. I think A Little Bit Of Heaven is more the thing right now!

  • Jo Robertson says:

    Great post, Caren! I’m definitely going to have to get hooked on Call the Midwife. I WAS alive in the fifties, and in fact, lived in post-WW2 Germany from 1950-1954, so I have vivid memories of that time period. It’s funny how we often eschew the time periods of our youth. The 1950’s don’t seem historical to me. I have to go back to the early 1900’s to get my historical fix.

    We recently got Netflix and I find it extremely enjoyable to stream TV shows and watch them on my Kindle Fire when I go to sleep at night.

    One BBC production (I think the Brits are geniuses!) was Bletchly Circle about post WW2 women who were code breakers during the war and then returned to their “normal” (read boring) lives in a male- dominated world.

    But I’m going to give CTM a try, now that I have Netflix and Amazon Prime. Yay!!

    • Caren Crane says:

      Jo, Netflix has been a lifesaver for me. We got rid of cable about 4 years ago, so it was our only real source of entertainment. When streaming became a “thing” about the same time, we bought a Roku and went to town streaming everything on our TV! I did have to change the password after the kids went to college, though. They were streaming from our account and blocking us out! πŸ˜€

      Definitely try Call the Midwife, Jo. You will LOVE it. Especially the early episode where the woman has 24 kids. It will make your brood of 7 seem positively manageable. πŸ˜€

  • I absolutely love Call the Midwife. Its one of those remarkable shows that will have me crying and feeling joyful all in the same episode. Masterfully written.

    Thank you for bringing it to people’s attention.

    • Caren Crane says:

      Kathleen, isn’t it just the best? I swear, they pull it off with such ease, it boggles the mind. The writing is simply exceptional. The acting is also wonderful and I have no idea where they dredge up all the costumes and props. They outfit a cast of hundreds some episodes!

      I’m so glad you love it, too. I think it’s a show with real legs and I hope everyone finds out how marvelous it is so it doesn’t get canceled.

  • Patty L. says:

    The notebook is my a real tearjerker. Also Steal Magnolias and Beaches.

    • Caren Crane says:

      Patty L, The Notebook is a real three-hanky deal. And I say that even though Sparks is SO INTENTIONAL about trying to tug your heartstrings. You can actually SEE the strings as he pulls them, but it works with this story! πŸ™‚

      I love Beaches, too. That’s another I haven’t seen in ages. I need to add it to my list!

  • Amy Conley says:

    Firstly let me say I have not read what anyone else wrote because I didn’t want anyone else’s reply to influence me.
    There are 2 moviez which make me cry when I hear the opening music, BRIAN’S SONG, the original version from the ’70’s and LOVE STORY. I’ve read both books, numerous times, seen both movie a thousand times but it doesn’t matter. They get to me. Another one is SUNSHINE, based kind of on John Denver’s song.
    Music gets to me just as easily as a book or movie though. An old bf passed away almost a year ago and I didn’t find out until after the funeral. I went to Pandora, typed in a few songs and for at least an hour straight I rocked out with tears just streaming down my checks. It was my own private goodbye to him and still there are a couple when I hear them I think of him and cry or at the very least get misty-eyed.
    And YES I suffer from SAD.

  • flchen1 says:

    That sounds like SUCH a great show, Caren! And I barely watch any TV, but could see that sucking me right in! Honestly, I usually try to avoid the tear-jerkers because I haaaaate crying and sob so easily! I even once snuffled my way through Life is a Circus, Charlie Brown… yes, don’t laugh! πŸ˜‰