Wholesome family dramas have been a staple of the entertainment industry since it’s earliest days.
In the mid 90’s among the teenage dramas, the late WB network premiered a new wholesome family drama, 7th Heaven (1996-2007).
Rev Eric Camden (Stephen Collins) is a minister and his wife, Annie (Catherine Hicks), is a stay at home mother. They have five children, ranging in age from early elementary school to high school. The drama focused not just on the inner workings of the family, but their friends, neighbors and the surrounding community. As is par for the course with shows of this nature, many of the episodes dealt with real life issues.
For it’s time, 7th Heaven straddled both the world of traditional wholesome family dramas while dealing with issues that modern families dealt with every day. It was at time, one of the few shows that a family could sit down and enjoy as a family.
Unfortunately, the legacy of the show has been marred by Stephen Collin’s recent admission of sexually abusing several women in the past.
Do I recommend it? If you can look past the controversy, then yes. But if not, then I don’t blame you for not wanting to watch.