HEARTLAND: Baby on Board

"Overcoming Family Struggles"

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What You Need To Know:

HEARTLAND is a TV show about three generations who live on a ranch in Alberta, Can-ada. In the episode titled “Baby on Board,” Amy and Ty give birth to the fourth generation baby, Lindy. Ty decides to ignore the advice of the three generations before him, in favor of the advice of a phone app. As Ty carves out a unique and “superior” path to raise a baby, he inadvertently alienates his family and causes undo stress for Amy. Becoming a dad brings unresolved childhood issues to the forefront. These issues come to the surface when Ty’s mother comes to help with the baby. With patience and understanding, Grandfather Jack helps Ty find the cause of his underlying insecurity and need to be perfect. Mean-while, Jack must try to save a deal with a big meatpacking company after Mitch and Tim blow it.

HEARTLAND is a wonderful TV program that leaves the audience feeling uplifted and encouraged. The filming, acting and directing in “Baby on Board” are excellent. The whole family can enjoy the episode, which has a strong Christian, moral worldview.

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Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Very strong Christian, moral worldview stresses the importance of family, supportive friendships, patience, respect for others, kindness, honesty, hard work, good psychology, overcoming weaknesses, and integrity

Foul Language:
No foul lan-guage

Violence:
Non-graphic car accident where a horse is traumatized

Sex:
No sex

Nudity:
No nudity

Alcohol Use:
No alcohol use, but there’s talk about rehab, and abuse of alcohol is rebuked

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
Drug use briefly men-tioned as a “pill problem” and is rebuked; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Nothing else objectionable.

More Detail:

HEARTLAND is a heartwarming show about a ranch family in Alberta, Canada. With plenty of drama in the storyline, each episode is a journey about enduring struggles in a supportive family setting and becoming a better person in the process. The family supports each other to overcome life’s challenges with patience and understanding, even with strained relationships and power struggles.

In Episode 1 of Season 11, titled “Baby on Board,” Heartland Ranch welcomes its newest family member, Lindy. When Lindy’s father, Ty, thinks he’s he is the only person who can properly take care of his daughter, it creates tension with his wife Amy and the rest of the family. Ty clings to modern technology and information to create the perfect environment, while he ignores the real-life practical help of family members who have successfully raised children.

An exhausted Amy accepts help from Ty’s mother, Lily (played by Megan Follows) with-out consulting with him. Ty’s concerns about his mother’s abilities to help care for their daughter go deeper than his desire to figure everything out for himself. Becoming a new father challenges Ty to face his childhood issues, which involve his mother. In spite of her great effort, it may be too late for Lily to mend her relationship with her son and bond with her beautiful new granddaughter, Lindy.

In spite of her new mom fatigue, Amy takes on a challenge when asked to heal a champion horse who suffers trauma from a car accident. Georgie bonds with the horse, and steps in to help. This new bond takes Georgie to unexpected places.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Tim and Mitch who are equal partners of Heartland Ranch, along with Jack, blow a deal with a major meat packing company when Tim will not let Mitch take the lead. At the same time, Mitch makes mistakes because he lacks the experience and refuses the advice Tim can offer. Jack pushes them both aside and tries to save the deal.

“Baby on Board” is beautifully filmed in the sprawling plains of Calgary with a majestic mountainous backdrop. There are plenty of wonderful horse stunts that appeal to both amateur horse lovers as well as avid equestrians. Excellent writing and great acting keep viewers engrossed in the storyline. The show is relevant as it depicts realistic struggles and some of the brokenness of modern family life. The show keeps the focus on the love, healing and the growth of each member, which ultimately strengthens the family bonds.

HEARTLAND is an extremely entertaining TV program with a modern twist that leaves you with the uplifting feelings of every classic TV show you ever loved in the past, from LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE to TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL. Every episode has something to entertain and teach while it extols the importance of family relationships and living with good Christian values. With a strong Christian, moral worldview and nothing that offends faith and values, the whole family can watch HEARTLAND.

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