Signed Sealed and Delivered May27


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Signed Sealed and Delivered

Take almost any 00s Disney Channel sitcom, add an all adult cast, replace the laugh track with jaunty soundtrack and you’ll have Signed,  Sealed, Delivered – the new show executive produced and created by Martha Williamson, who also created Touched By An Angel.

SSD-Ep1003-Gallery-4_nThe show is billed as “a wonderful combination of romance, comedy and drama that follows the lives of four postal detectives who transform themselves into a team of detectives to track down intended recipients of undeliverable mail.”

The show’s Post Office sleuths/ NCIS team includes team leader Oliver O’Toole (Eric Mabius), sensible Shane McInerney (Kristin Booth), Rita Haywith (Crystal Lowe) who has a photographic memory, and techie researcher Norman Dorman ( Geoff Gustafson).

A throw back to the age of shows where a small group of experts somehow rights wrongs and solves problems,  all with kind hearts,  no vulgar language and very little actual conflict.  In other words, perfect for the Hallmark Channel. The show aires Sundays, 8/7c.

With Hollywood’s renewed focus on so called Christian entertainment it seems only natural we’d start seeing TV shows with a faith based perspective.  And if the show doesn’t actually reference God,  church or the Bible we get a weekly Bible study by The American Bible Society created specifically to go with the series. (
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The problem with this show, like the aforementioned Disney fare,  is that it rarely goes deeper than the shallow waters you’d expect with the innocuous premise of delivering old mail and helping people reconnect. In the episode I previewed (S01E02) I didn’t see much at all that connected to a faith any deeper than the current pseudo spirituality of the age. Sure some non referenced Bible quotes were spoken but nothing that a non Christian would recognize and nothing to move you deeper in your faith.  And the connection to Christianity is dubious as well in the episode I saw where the “expert researcher” used deception to solve part of the case.

If you are looking for “safe” slightly spiritualized TV with the occasional Bible verse thrown in this show is must watch TV.  If you’re looking for TV that accurately displays the world we live in with Christians learning to live and thrive in it relying on their faith and God to get them through then this is not it.

As for me, if I’m going to watch overacting, silly TV I want a laugh track, so I’ll pass.