TV Series Review: Anne with an E

Created by Moira Walley-Beckett 

Anne with an E is a Canadian television series based on the classic novel Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. The show follows the story of Anne Shirley, a spunky and imaginative orphan who is taken in by a pair of aging siblings, Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, to live on their farm in the small fictional town of Avonlea on Prince Edward Island in the late 19th century.   


The show is beautifully filmed and features stunning scenery that captures the natural beauty of PEI and Canada. The show really captures the essence of the book and brings it to life on screen. The visuals are breathtaking, the music is enchanting, and the acting is also superb, particularly by the young actress Amybeth McNulty, who plays Anne with a perfect blend of enthusiasm and vulnerability.   



What sets Anne with an E apart from other period dramas is its modern take on the story. The show addresses relevant and timely issues, such as gender equality, feminism, racism, diversity, and mental health and it deals with themes of identity, acceptance, love, and family, and it does so with sensitivity and intelligence, making it an important show for viewers of all ages. The characters are multi-dimensional, and the show does an excellent job of exploring their backgrounds and motivations.  


Overall, Anne with an E is a heartwarming and refreshing adaptation of a beloved classic. The show is delightful and charming and a must-watch for fans of the book and newcomers alike. Anne with an E offers a thoughtful and nuanced look at life in rural Canada in the late 19th century while remaining relevant to contemporary topics. 

Reviewed by Tayyeba

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