As usual, we’re late to the party of discussing popular social media shows. Today’s candidate is All Creatures Great and Small series three. A solid Masterpiece show that I hope doesn’t dismiss its sunny disposition too much.
All Creatures Great and Small, Series Three (2022) TV Review
The day has come for James Herriot (Nicholas Ralph), a couple of years after his arrival to this small Yorkshire village, to say I do. He’s about to marry the woman he loves and has loved since he saw her, Helen (Rachel Shenton). A hard-working farmer’s daughter, Helen too is ready, even with her former bad luck in love, the bittersweet change and leaving the farm to live with James. First James has a task to complete as one of three veterinarians in the area.
When his boss and veterinary clinic owner Siegfried Farnon (Samuel West) realizes James is missing on his wedding day, the clinic crew begins to worry he’ll be absent. This inspires him to send his brother Tristan (Callum Woodhouse) after James. All while the rest of them, including devoted housekeeper Mrs. Hall (Anna Madeley), continue to finalize the details and help the bride get ready. All in a quest for a moment of joy before shadows begin to creep in…
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For the last three years, Masterpiece Theatre has brought a great many TV watchers a small slice of joy with this show. It’s easily one of the best shows currently on TV. Mostly because it understands the balance between giving its characters challenges and allowing them joy and laughter. Even in the hard times, the show somehow manages to do right by its audience and leave us with smiles rather than tears. At least not too many. This year was most challenging given the historical darkness of England’s declaration of war.
This, after season two’s end, is what we left the characters concerned about. For the most part, I think the writers accomplish this turmoil well. The characters talk about things, even if it takes them a while to get there, and eventually, get to do what they feel is right. It’s still surprisingly bright even with the dilemmas and morals characters wrestle with. All are characters whom we love too. What makes me a little sad is that, based on where this show did start, it feels like James is taking more of a backseat. It’s not that I dislike others being the forefront, it does seem strange though. In many ways, this could be because James is happy and in a way, has a “complete” story.
Beyond this, we get a final tease that Siegfried has feelings for a certain woman, and another heading into possible danger. Mrs. Hall gets to help heal some of her past and of course, we see some bliss too. All in all, this series is just so good. Don’t just take my word for it though. Visit Twitter, and take a look at the consistently high ratings on streaming sites or cinematic databases. All of which is justified.
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Content: nothing to note really unless you’re bothered by some of the treatments the vets have to give animals. One scene shows them resetting a dog’s broken leg; others may see them having to help an animal give birth. There is some minor flirting between a married couple as they kiss and roll around on the bed. (Again, it’s minor.) The show is, for the most part, a TV-PG. This year does deal with darker emotional themes including abuse in someone’s past; the coming war; and the idea of losing everything.
Photos: Masterpiece Theatre / PBS