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Upset fans wage war on When Calls the Heart’s IMDb page

Rosemary (Pasacle Hutton) and Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) on Hallmark Channel's When Calls the Heart
Rosemary (Pasacle Hutton) and Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) on Hallmark Channel’s When Calls the Heart. Upset fans have taken to writing scathing reviews on the show’s IMDB page. Pic credit: Crown Media

Former fans of Hallmark Channel’s When Calls the Heart have been posting scathing reviews on the show’s IMDb page. They call themselves “Departies,” a play on “Hearties,” the nickname fans of the show have given themselves.

The reviews they write critique everything from the costumes and hairstyles to the writing and story lines, but many follow the same vein: the show has strayed too far from the original formula.

“Was an amazing show for 8 seasons and then the fans had the rugs pulled out from under them,” one former Heartie wrote. “Started out as a family friendly show and turned into a soap opera with a divided fan base and poor writing. Watched from the beginning, but now no more. Makes me sad, because it used to be great.”

The reviews have become so common that one of the show’s co-creators, Brian Bird, took to social media to ask fans to post their own positive reviews on IMDb to counteract the complaints.

“Any #Hearties can leave their positive reviews, too, if they want to take the time to do it,” he wrote. “That’s probably the only way for light to overcome the darkness on pages that allow reviews.”

The complaints

Some of the complaints about When Calls the Heart have to do with the love triangle that ended during the Season 8 finale. Some Hearties thought Elizabeth Thornton (Erin Krakow) made the wrong choice when she picked businessman Lucas Bouchard (Chris McNally) over Nathan Grant (Kevin McGarry).

Brian Bird suggests When Calls the Heart fans write positive reviews on the show's IMDB page
Brian Bird suggests When Calls the Heart fans write positive reviews on the show’s IMDb page. Pic credit: @brbird/Twitter

“It feels like she went for the rich guy rather than the true guy,” one former fan wrote. I won’t be watching any more.”

Others said the writing on the show has suffered in later seasons.

“I have watched When Calls the Heart from Day 1, now I will never watch again,” wrote another Departie. “From a beautifully written series to a show that no longer resembles its earlier stories. The last season was a total dumpster fire.”

Others said they couldn’t watch the show because of the costumes and hairstyles.

“Fake looking wigs, overdone makeup, and everyone wearing new designer clothes,” one wrote. “Ah yes, that’s what comes to mind when you think of pioneers in the great northwest, right?”

A former fan of When Calls the Heart leaves a negative review on the show's IMDB site
A former fan of When Calls the Heart leaves a negative review on the show’s IMDb site. Pic credit: vzbjxsvf/IMDb.com
A former fan of When Calls the Heart criticizes the show on its IMDB page.
Another fan criticizes Elizabeth’s choice in Season 8. Pic credit: jeankoch/IMDb.com
A former fan of When Calls the Heart criticizes the show on its IMDB page.
Another former fan criticizes the show on its IMDb page. Pic credit: daniellejkern-00453/IMDb.com
A former fan of When Calls the Heart criticizes the show on its IMDB page.
A former fan calls out the costumes and hairstyles on the show. Pic credit: glitterfloozy-423-198110/IMDb.com

Positive reviews

There were many positive reviews left on the IMDb site as well, praising the series for being faith-based and family-friendly. One Heartie even called the show helpful for anyone dealing with the loss of a loved one.

“If you have ever lost a loved one, watch this,” the fan wrote. “There is something so comforting about the show that makes you feel like it’s all going to be okay. I really feel like the show understands the tragedy of loss while life moves on.”

A fan leaves a positive review on When Calls the Heart's IMDB page.
A fan leaves a positive review on When Calls the Heart’s IMDb page. Pic credit: bethhancock-63421/IMDb.com

Season 9, Episode 3 of When Calls the Heart will air on Hallmark Channel on Sunday, March 20 at 8/7c.

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  1. I agree the series has strayed too far from the original format. It has become a narcisstic following 0f Erin Krakow. I have watched the first 2 episodes this season but won’t be watching anymore. You got rid of the first Mountie and now it is time to get a new teacher and a more realistic story line! Thank you for your time.

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