Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Like the various incarnations of Anne of Green Gables, the Canadian TV series Emily of New Moon was based on the works of novelist Lucy Maud Montgomery. Set in the 1890s, the series starred Martha MacIsaac as Emily Byrd Starr, who after the deaths of her parents was sent to live with her middle-aged aunts Elizabeth (Susan Clark) and Laura (Sheila McCarthy) in the Prince Edward Island community of New Moon. An aspiring writer, Emily possessed an extremely vivid imagination, which frequently resulted in a heap of trouble for herself and her oddball adult cousin Jimmy (Stephen McHattie). Forty-six hour-long episodes were shown over the CBC during a two-year period beginning January 4, 1998. At the outset of the 21st century, Emily of New Moon was picked up for TV exposure in the United States by the Movieplex cable service.