There’s nothing better during the holiday season than curling up under a blanket, sipping on hot cocoa (or gluhwien), and plopping in a Hallmark movie.
Watching Hallmark films, despite their predictable, cheesy, and unrealistic plots, has become a Christmas tradition in the same way that leaving cookies for Santa and opening presents on Christmas morning have.
There’s just something so comforting about getting lost in the romance set in a charming small-town.
Hallmark movies have become such a holiday staple for people of all ages that other broadcast channels and streaming services like Lifetime, Netflix, and Freeform have begun investing in their own “Hallmark-esque” films.
But why do we love Hallmark movies so much? Well, there are a few reasons that keep us coming back for more!
For starters, it’s cozy. Holiday films have a feel-good message and theme. They’re filled with joy, hope, and love — all things that we want to feel and experience during the holidays! Seeing the romance pan out between two incredibly good looking people, even when it’s cliche and predictable, warm our hearts during the cold winter months. It makes us believe in love! Who doesn’t want that?
The comfort of these films is what draws people in and keeps them coming back.
Hallmark films tend to gravitate towards the same actors and actresses each year. Usually, these actors have a nostalgic pull (like Christmas queen Candace Cameron Bure from Full House/Fuller House) or the cast of One Tree Hill, which has starred in several Hallmark and Lifetime movies through the years. And we can’t forget about Mean Girls‘ Gretchen Weiners aka Lacey Chabert. Watching a movie with familiar faces feels like a family reunion or catching up with old friends during the holidays. They also help those who may be experiencing loneliness feel a sense of family and community.
While romance may be a focal point of most Hallmark Christmas movies, it’s always PG and fun for the whole family. I like to call them grown up fairytales because they always end with a “happily ever after” as soon as the protagonists overcome a few hiccups that were standing in their way of true love. The films are suitable for the whole family as they teach some pretty important life lessons about following your heart, being honest, the importance of second chances, and prioritizing family over career… to name a few.
They Provide a Wintery Escape
Since the films are so unrealistic, they provide audiences with a mindless escape from reality. You’re sucked away from the big city to a simple, charming, and quaint wintery town with good looking people and a lot of romance. The jobs are always involved with the media, so that seems to be every person’s fantasy, but along the way, we learn that having a successful career isn’t everything.
However, the films touch on the desire many overworked Americans have to just unplug from the stress of their everyday jobs. They encourage audiences to spend time with their loved ones, to slow down, and to embrace the holidays and all of its magic. They’re an annual reminder that it’s okay to take a break from the hectic life we’ve all become so accustomed to while straying away from up real issues like socio-economic differences, presidential elections, or worst of all, COVID.
Every Hallmark film looks and feels the same. It follows the same formula, which has been proven to work. In that way, you know exactly what you’re signing up for before you even begin watching, and you know you won’t be disappointed.
They’re Making Progress
Hallmark movies have been criticized for their lack of diversity, but in recent years, they’ve been making headway. The network is adding films with people of color to better represent the fanbase and 2020 marks the first LGBTQ-friendly film with a same-sex couple in the lead. Of course, it’ll star Mean Girls actor Jonathan Bennett along with One Tree Hill’s Robert Buckley, who will play his brother.
Slowly but surely, the films are becoming a reflection of our society while still keeping things light, fluffy, and romanticized.
Are you excited for Hallmark movies this holiday season? What have been some of your favorites? Let us know in the comment section below! Don’t forget to buy your official Hallmark Christmas wine for a jolly good season.
What to Watch May 2021 Guide: Dynasty, The Bold Type, Cruella and MORE!
April showers didn’t just nourish the flowers, they brought a handful of exciting new movies and TV shows to your favorite streaming platforms and prime-time TV channels!
Here’s what will capture your attention during the month of May 2021!
Selena: The Series – (Netflix) May 4
The second part puts the spotlight back on the singer and details her struggles with fame.
Jupiter’s Legacy – Netflix (May 7)
Superheroes are assembling on Netflix this May. Based on the comic book series by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely, the series stars Josh Duhamel, Leslie Bibb, Ben Daniels, Elena Kampouris, Andrew Horton, Mike Wade, Matt Lanter and Ian Quinlan.
The Boy from Medellin – Amazon Prime (May 7)
In this documentary focused on global superstar J Balvin, you get a deeper sense of the “boy from Medellin” as it explores his rise to fame, his mental health, and the current political climate in his home country of Colombia.
Dynasty – The CW (May 7)
The Carrington family is the source of all of our Friday night drama. And the fourth season brings plenty of craziness along with Liam and Fallon’s wedding!
High School Musical: The Series – Disney+ (May 14)
It’s showtime! The second season is back with more singing!
The Bold Type – Freeform (May 26)
All good things must come to an end. And it’s time to say goodbye to Kat, Sutton, Jane, and all the memories we made at Scarlet Magazine. How will it all end? Tune in for the final season to find out.
M.O.D.O.K. – Hulu (May 21)
The Hulu Original Marvel animated series focuses on the megalomaniacal supervillain M.O.D.O.K. who is struggling to maintain control over his evil organization.
Masters of None – Netflix (May 23)
Aziz Ansari’s acclaimed comedy returns for season 3!
Monster – Netflix (May 7)
The film, which debuted at Sundance in 2018, focuses on Steve Harmon (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), an aspiring filmmaker who becomes implicated in a robbery-turned-murder and who fights for his justice. It also stars Jennifer Hudson.
The Woman in the Window – Netflix (May 14)
Amy Adams stars as a psychologist suffering from agoraphobia, who spies on her neighbors and witnesses a crime from her window that she becomes obsessed with solving. Gary Oldman and Anthony Mackie also appear in the film.
Cruella – Disney+ (May 28)
The most exciting release in May? Emma Stone’s take on the iconic Disney villain. The film will premiere in theaters and on the streaming platform simultaneously. It will be available on the platform for an additional $30 fee.
The CW Sets Summer Premiere Dates for ‘Roswell, New Mexico,’ ‘Riverdale’ and MORE
Summer is heating up at The CW!
If you’re an avid TV watcher like I am, you know that there typically isn’t anything good to watch during the summer months on prime time television.
But that’s all changing thanks to the after-effects of COVID-19.
With many shows being delayed due to the pandemic, The CW summer TV schedule is quite robust.
Fans will be happy to know that Roswell, New Mexico finally has a premiere date! It will return on Monday, July 26, 2021!
Riverdale’s return from hiatus is also slightly delayed as the remainder of season 5 moves from a premiere date of July 7 to Wednesday, August 11.
Walker returns on Thursday, July 15, Superman & Lois premieres Tuesday, August 10, and the final season of Supergirl begins to wrap up on Tuesday, August 24.
See the full CW 2021 Summer Schedule below:
Wednesday, June 23
8-9 p.m. Kung Fu (Original episode)
9-10 p.m. In the Dark (New Season 2 premiere date)
Sunday, July 11
8-9 p.m. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (Season 6B premiere)
9-9:30 p.m. Wellington Paranormal (Series premiere)
9:30-10 p.m. Wellington Paranormal (Original episode)
Thursday, July 15
8-9 p.m. Walker (Original episode)
9-10 p.m. Coroner (Season 3 premiere)
Sunday, July 18
8-9 p.m. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (Original episode)
9-9:30 p.m. Wellington Paranormal (Original episode)
9:30-10 p.m. Dead Pixels (Season 2 premiere)
Monday, July 26
8-9 p.m. Roswell, New Mexico (Season 3 premiere)
9-10 p.m. The Republic of Sarah (Original episode)
Tuesday, August 10
8-9 p.m. DC’s Stargirl (Season premiere)
9-10 p.m. Superman & Lois (Original episode)
Wednesday, August 11
8-9 p.m. Riverdale (Original episode)
9-10 p.m. In the Dark (Original episode)
Friday, August 13
8-8:30 p.m. Masters of Illusion (Season 7 premiere)
8:30-9 p.m. Masters of Illusion (Encore episode)
9-10 p.m. Dynasty (Original episode)
Thursday, August 19
8-9 p.m. Burden of Truth (Season 4 premiere)
9-10 p.m. Coroner (Original episode)
Tuesday, August 24
8-9 p.m. DC’s Stargirl (Original episode)
9-10 p.m. Supergirl (Original episode)
QUIZ: Which ‘Legacies’ Character Are You?
Step foot into the Salvatore School for the Young and the Gifted and find out which Legacies character you’d be.
Are you the leader of the pack like Hope Mikealson? Are you the friend everyone can confide in like MG? Or are you the headmaster in charge of protecting everyone like Alaric?
Take the quiz below to find out! You can take more quizzes HERE!
Editorials5 days ago
All the Baby Yoda Merch Every ‘Mandalorian’ Fan Needs
TV Reviews3 weeks ago
Good Girls Review – Oops… They Did It Again (4×06)
Manifest2 weeks ago
Manifest Review – Tailspin (3×04)
Chicago P.D3 weeks ago
Chicago PD Review – Due Process (8×12)
Manifest3 days ago
Manifest Double Episode Review – How Is Noah’s Ark Connected to Flight 828? (3×07 & 3×08)
Chicago Fire3 weeks ago
Chicago Fire Review – Natural Born Firefighter (9×12)
Cruel Summer2 weeks ago
Cruel Summer – Victim or Villain? (1×03)
The Resident3 weeks ago
The Resident Review – Goodbye, Mina Okafor (4×10)