Avonlea (1990–1996)
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The Journey Begins 

When Montreal industrialist Blair Stanley is indicted for embezzlement, he sends his 10-year-old daughter Sara to the small town of Avonlea on Prince Edward Island, where she lives with her two aunts, Hetty and Olivia King.


Paul Shapiro


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Polley ... Sara Stanley
Frances Hyland ... Nanny Banks
Robert Collins ... Blair Stanley
Jackie Burroughs ... Hetty King
Mag Ruffman ... Olivia King
Cedric Smith ... Alec King
Lally Cadeau ... Janet King
Gema Zamprogna ... Felicity King
Zachary Bennett ... Felix King
Joel Blake ... Andrew King
Harmony Cramp Harmony Cramp ... Cecily King
Miklos Perlus ... Peter Craig
Gillian Steeve Gillian Steeve ... Clemmie Ray
Susan E. Cox Susan E. Cox ... Peg Bowen (as Susan Cox)
James O'Regan James O'Regan ... Constable Jeffries


In the early 20th century, the Stanleys, widower Blair and his adolescent daughter Sara, live a life of privilege in Montréal. Things change when Blair is accused of embezzling money from his own company, the money having actually been taken by his long time accountant who has disappeared. To protect Sara from the scandal, Blair sends her to live with the family of his deceased wife, Ruth. The Kings live in Avonlea, Prince Edward Island, a small farming community. Sara has never met her mother's relations. Blair's only stipulation is that Sara not live with spinster Hetty King, Ruth's overbearing eldest sibling. Sara is accompanied to Avonlea with her long time nanny, Louisa J. Banks. Upon Sara and Nanny Louisa's arrival in Avonlea, things end up not being quite as Blair had wanted. Instead of living with Ruth's brother, Alec, and his family, Sara is sent to live with Hetty and her younger meek spinster sister, Olivia, at Rose Cottage, the house at the far end of the King property. ... Written by Huggo

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5 March 1990 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


In the scene in which Felix and Felicity trick Sara and Andrew into falling into the pigsty, the "mud" was actually a mixture of chocolate and butterscotch pudding and hay. See more »


Nanny Louisa: Buying that dress was sheer extravagance.
Sara Stanley: Nanny Louisa, please don't fuss so. Now you know Papa promised me the dress of my choice, besides the shopkeeper said it was the color of moonlight. Can you just imagine yourself in a dress that looked like moonlight?
Nanny Louisa: Certainly not, you could see right through it. Your father spoils you there's nothing less becoming on a Lady than puffed up airs.
[runs after Sara who has tried to 'escape' the lecture]
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