15 Favorite Moments

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The moment that started it all: Jane Seymour introduced Hallmark Channel on August 5, 2001, and went on to star in the Hallmark Channel originals “Dear Prudence,” “Perfectly Prudence,” and “A Royal Christmas.”

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The Love Comes Softly series, based on the novels of Jeanette Oke, premiered in April 2003 with “Love Comes Softly,” starring Katherine Heigl and Dale Midkiff. Since then, ten more movies in the saga have premiered, including “Love’s Abiding Joy,” “Love’s Everlasting Courage,” and “Love’s Christmas Journey.”

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Holiday favorite “The Christmas Card” premiered on Hallmark Channel on December 2, 2006. The Christmas classic stars John Newton, Alice Evans, and Ed Asner, and it returns to Hallmark Movies & Mysteries during the upcoming holiday season.

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Catherine Bell introduced the magical Cassie Nightingale to Hallmark Channel audiences in the first “Good Witch” movie on August 5, 2008. After 7 movies, she went on to bring Cassie to audiences weekly with the “Good Witch” series starting in February 2014.

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Fans of the beloved, long-running “Golden Girls” lost one of their “girls,” Bea Arthur, on April 25, 2009. On Monday, May 3rd, Hallmark Channel ran a 19-hour marathon of “Golden Girls” as a tribute to Dorothy and the unforgettable woman who portrayed her.

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Lacey Chabert made her first Hallmark Channel movie “Elevator Girl” back in 2010, and since then she’s gone on to make six more Hallmark movies, including the hit “A Christmas Melody,” directed and starring Mariah Carey. Look for Lacey this year in an all new Countdown to Christmas movie.

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2011’s “A Princess for Christmas,” starring Katie McGrath and Sam Heughan, remains at the top of our ongoing “All Time Favorite Hallmark Channel Christmas Movies” poll. Is it your favorite? Cast your vote now.

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Bailee Madison was just 12 years old when first appeared on Hallmark Channel in the 2012 movie “Taste of Romance,” starring Teri Polo (also the star of the new “J.L. Family Ranch” on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries”). After appearing in multiple other Hallmark Channel movies, including Pete’s Christmas, Northpole and Northpole: Open for Christmas, she co-stars in the Hallmark Channel Original Series “Good Witch,” returning for a third season in 2017.

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On Monday, October 1, 2012, the Home & Family house opened up to viewers for the first time! Since then, fans have watched the hosts, guests, and family members create thousands of recipes and crafts, and they’re still going strong in Season 4.

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Hallmark Channel welcomed a new primetime series “When Calls the Heart" starring Erin Krakow, Daniel Lissing, and Lori Loughlin,” to the network on January 11, 2014. Since then, the ardent #Hearties fans have made this show the most talked about Hallmark Channel series on social networks, and we can’t wait to bring them Season 4 in 2017.

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Since the first Kitten Bowl premiered on Sunday, February 2, 2014, Hallmark Channel has helped thousands of pets find their forever homes through partners North Shore Animal League America and Last Hope Animal Rescue.

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The Candace Cameron Bure movie “Christmas Under Wraps,” co-starring David O’Donnell, premiered on Hallmark Channel on November 29, 2014 and was the most watched Hallmark Channel telecast ever! Catch the movie when it airs again during this season’s Countdown to Christmas.

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Jesse Metcalfe, who made his Hallmark Channel debut in the 2010 movie “Fairfield Road,” returned to the network in 2015 in the June Weddings favorite “A Country Wedding,” also starring Autumn Reeser. Catch Jesse in the new Hallmark Channel Original Series “Chesapeake Shores,” which premieres Sunday, August 14 at 9/8c.

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The 2015 Fall Harvest event kicked off with “Harvest Moon,” premiering on Hallmark Channel on October 10, 2015 and garnering the highest movie ratings during the fall season. It stars Jessy Schram and Jesse Hutch.

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A favorite Valentine’s Day movie premiered in 2016, “Anything for Love,” starring Erika Christensen, who also starred in the Hallmark Channel movie “My Boyfriends’ Dogs.” Paul Greene of “Perfect Match” co-starred. Look for Paul in an upcoming 2016 Countdown to Christmas movie this season, alongside Lacey Chabert.