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Erin Krakow, Kavan Smith and Jack Wagner star in “When Calls the Heart” on Hallmark Channel Crown Media / Eike Schroter

Hearties waited patiently for Season 6 of Hallmark Channel’s “When Calls the Heart” to begin airing, but, after just a few episodes, it’s already back on hiatus. The impromptu break comes as the network evaluates how to retool the series after dropping star Lori Loughlin (Abigail) after she was arrested in the college admissions scandal.

Since this was an unplanned pause on the new “WCTH” season, fans are likely having an even harder time waiting for episodes than usual. If rewatching Seasons 1 through 5 of the period drama, which hasn’t been canceled, isn’t enough to help pass the time until “When Calls the Heart” returns, International Business Times has a few other options.

From other Hallmark shows to fellow period dramas to more community-driven series and beyond, here are 30 shows, as well as their IMDb synopses and where you can watch them online, to check out!

“A Place to Call Home”

A mysterious woman is perched between the harsh legacy of World War II and the hope of a new life in Australia.

Stars: Marta Dusseldorp, Noni Hazlehurst, Brett Climo, Craig Hall and Abby Earl

Where to watch: Acorn TV, YouTube, Amazon, iTunes, Google Play

“Anne with an E”

The adventures of a young orphan girl living in the late 19th century. Follow Anne [Amybeth McNulty] as she learns to navigate her new life on Prince Edward Island, in this new take on L.M. Montgomery’s classic novels.

Stars: McNulty, Geraldine James, R.H. Thomson and Dalila Bela

Where to watch: Netflix

“Call the Midwife”

Chronicles the lives of a group of midwives living in East London in the late-1950s to mid-1960s.

Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Bryony Hannah, Helen George and Jessica Raine

Where to watch: Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu

“Cedar Cove”

Follows the professional and personal life of Municipal Court Judge Olivia Lockhart [Andie MacDowell] and the surrounding townsfolk of Cedar Cove.

Stars: MacDowell, Dylan Neal, Sarah Smyth, Teryl Rothery, Timothy Webber, Brennan Elliott and Barbara Niven

Where to watch: Hallmark Movies Now, Amazon, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu

“Chesapeake Shores”

A young woman returns to her hometown to help save her sister's failing inn, where she contends with memories and faces from her past.

Stars: Jesse Metcalfe, Meghan Ory, Barbara Niven, Diane Ladd, Treat Williams, Laci J Mailey, Emilie Ullerup, Brendan Penny and Andrew Francis

Where to watch: Hallmark Movies Now, Amazon, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu


Based on the bestseller by Catherine Marshall, Christy tells the story of an idealistic nineteen-year-old who leaves the comforts of her city home to teach school in the impoverished Appalachian community of Cutter Gap, Tennessee in 1912. Strength, determination, and faith guide young Christy Huddleston [Kellie Martin] through unforeseen difficulties, help her to gain understanding of the proud mountain people, and win her mentorship, friendship, and the love of two men.

Stars: Martin, Stewart Finlay-McLennan, Tyne Daly, Randall Batinkoff, Emily Schulman and Tess Harper

Where to watch: The show isn’t available online, but DVDs can be purchased through Amazon and are Prime eligible.

“Downton Abbey”

A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 20th Century.

Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt, Maggie Smith and Lily James

Where to watch: Amazon Prime, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu

“Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”

The trials and adventures of a female doctor in a small wild west town.

Stars: Jane Seymour, Joe Lando, Shawn Toovey, Chad Allen and Orson Bean

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

“Emily of New Moon”

An orphan is sent to live with relatives in picturesque turn-of-the-century Prince Edward Island.

Stars: Martha MacIsaac, Sheila McCarthy and Susan Clark

Where to watch: Hallmark Movies Now


A widowed brain surgeon from Manhattan moves his two children to the small mountain town of Everwood, Colorado.

Stars: Treat Williams, Gregory Smith, Emily VanCamp, Debra Mooney, John Beasley, Vivien Cardone, Chris Pratt and Tom Amandes

Where to watch: Hulu, CW Seed, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu

“Fuller House”

In a continuation of ‘Full House,’ D.J. Fuller [Candace Cameron Bure] is a mother of three young boys and is a recent widow. D.J.'s sister Stephanie [Jodie Sweetin], her best friend Kimmy [Andrea Barber] and Kimmy's teenage daughter all move in to help raise her sons. The house is now a lot fuller.

Stars: Bure, Sweetin and Barber

Where to watch: Netflix, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu

“Gilmore Girls”

A dramedy centering around the relationship between a thirtysomething single mother and her teen daughter living in Stars Hollow, Connecticut.

Stars: Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel

Where to watch: Netflix, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu

“God Friended Me”

An atheist’s life is turned upside down when God adds him as a friend on Facebook.

Stars: Brandon Micheal Hall, Violett Bean and Suraj Sharma

Where to watch: CBS, YouTube, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu

“Good Witch”

‘Good Witch’ will take viewers on a new magical journey with Cassie Nightingale [Catherine Bell] and her daughter Grace [Bailee Madison]. When Dr. Sam Radford [James Denton] moves in next door to Grey House with his son, they are charmed by the 'magical' mother-daughter duo.

Stars: Bell, Madison, Denton, Rhys Matthew Bond and Catherine Disher

Where to watch: Netflix, Hallmark Movies Now, YouTube, Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu

“Hart of Dixie”

New Yorker and new doctor Zoe Hart [Rachel Bilson] accepts an offer from a stranger, Dr. Harley Wilkes [Nicholas Pryor], to work in his medical practice in Bluebell, Alabama. She arrives to find he has died and left half the practice to her in his will.

Stars: Bilson, Jaime King, Cress Williams, Wilson Bethel and Scott Porter

Where to watch: Netflix, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play


A multi-generational saga set in Alberta, Canada and centered on a family getting through life together in both happy and trying times.

Stars: Amber Mashall, Shaun Johnston and Ty Borden

Where to watch: Netflix, Hallmark Movies Now, Amazon Prime, Hulu, UP Faith and Family

“Lark Rise to Candleford”

An adaptation of Flora Thompson’s autobiographical novel ‘Lark Rise To Candleford,’ set in 19th century Oxfordshire, in which a young girl moves to the local market town to begin an apprenticeship as a postmistress.

Stars: Olivia Hallinan, Sarah Lancashire and Julia Sawalha

Where to watch: Amazon Prime, Hulu, iTunes, Vudu

“Little House on the Prairie”

The life and adventures of the Ingalls family in the nineteenth century American Midwest.

Stars: Melissa Gilbert and Michael Landon

Where to watch: Amazon Prime, Vudu, iTunes

“Little Men”

The recently widowed Jo March Behr [Michelle Burke] continues to run the school she and her late husband founded, a school for boys called ‘Plumfield.’ Based on Louisa May Alcott's classic book, ‘Little Men.’

Stars: Burke, Spencer Rochfort, Corey Sevier, Trevor Blumas and Britt Irvin

Where to watch: Hallmark Movies Now, Amazon Prime, UP Faith and Family

“Little Women”

Dramatization of Louisa May Alcott’s novel about the lives of the four March sisters during the American Civil War as they learn to navigate love, loss and the trials of growing up.

Stars: Maya Hawke, Kathryn Newton, Dylan Baker, Willa Fitzgerald, Emily Watson and Julian Morris

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

“Northern Rescue”

After the death of his wife Sarah, John West (William Baldwin) packs up his three children and transports them from their hectic urban life to his small northern hometown to take command of the local search-and-rescue service. Once there, the family struggles with their new surroundings, new friends, and accepting Sarah's death.

Stars: Baldwin, Kathleen Robertson, Amalia Williamson and Spencer Macpherson

Where to watch: Netflix


An English combat nurse from 1945 is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743.

Stars: Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan

Where to watch: Starz, YouTube, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play


Ross Poldark [Aidan Turner] returns home after the American Revolutionary War and rebuilds his life with a new business venture, making new enemies and finding a new love where he least expects it.

Stars: Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Jack Farthing and Heida Reed

Where to watch: YouTube, Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu

“Road to Avonlea”

A young rich girl is sent to live with relatives on Prince Edward Island in the early 1900s.

Stars: Sarah Polley, Zachary Bennet, Lally Cadeau, Mag Ruffman and Cedric Smith

Where to watch: GazeboTV

“Signed, Sealed, Delivered”

A group of postal detectives work to solve the mysteries behind undeliverable letters and packages from the past, delivering them when they are needed most.

Stars: Eric Mabius, Kristin Booth, Crystal Lowe and Geoff Gustafson

Where to watch: YouTube, Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu

“This Is Us”

A heartwarming and emotional story about a unique set of triplets, their struggles, and their wonderful parents.

Stars: Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Susan Kelechi Watson and Chris Sullivan

Where to watch: Hulu, NBC, Amazon, YouTube, iTunes, Vudu

“Touched by an Angel”

Monica [Roma Downey], Tess [Della Reese] and Andrew [John Dye] are a trio of angels sent to Earth to tell depressed and troubled people that God loves them and hasn't forgotten them.

Stars: Downey, Tess and Dye

Where to watch: CBS


The early life of Queen Victoria [Jenna Coleman], from her ascension to the throne at the tender age of 18 to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert [Tom Hughes].

Stars: Coleman, Adrian Schiller, Jordan Waller and Hughes

Where to watch: YouTube, Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu

“The Village”

Residents of a unique apartment building in Brooklyn build a bonded family of friends and neighbors.

Stars: Warren Christie, Michaela McManus, Lorrain Toussaint, Frankie Faison, Jerod Haynes, Dominic Chianese, Daren Kagasoff, Moran Atias and Grace Van Dien

Where to watch: Hulu, NBC, Vudu

“The Waltons”

The life and trials of a 1930s and 1940s Virginia mountain family through financial depression and World War II.

Stars: Jon Walmsley, Mary Beth McDonough, Eric Scott, Judy Norton, David W. Harper and Kami Cotler

Where to watch: Amazon Prime, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play