I'm catching up on CBC's Heartland, Season 9. I turn into a pre-teen girl who loves horses when I watch this, and I like it! My more sophisticated, cynical, worldly wise friend will think I've lost my mind with my affection for this series, and they are probably right. I give it an 8 (great) out of 10. I think this series is the Anne of Green Gables for its time. Fallible characters, romance, earthy values, and, did I mention, horses.
focuses way too much on the romantic storylines, which are immaterial for me. I read the series as a kid to read about horses not teen romances. and frankly the entire show would be better without Amy and Lou's loser jackhole of a father. I find myself skipping entire scenes that he's in out of sheer annoyance.
I grew up on the Heartland book series, and now I love watching the show as well. It's diverted quite a bit from the original story lines (especially for Lou), but it's still a great show to watch. A great family show, and though it focuses a lot on the personal relationships, there is a lot of face time with the horses as well.