Undertaker Seeks Midwife in Heart Warming Series – William and Mary

December 30th, 2010

For at least a year (maybe two… quite possibly three) people have been recommending the show, William and Mary to me.  Of course, I valued this recommendation and nodded agreeably and then tucked it away in my brain and kept right on with my usual viewing habits of period pieces set in the English countryside, filled with characters who flit around in white dresses, and breeches, top hats and bonnets and climb in and out of ponds only to sit astride a horse looking both gallant and wistful and then gallop off at full speed into a fragrant forest with coat tails flying out behind, pausing only for a cup of tea accompanied by a hefty slice of pound cake and then dancing and then piano and then orgasmic duet followed by a gut wrenching confession that leads to a broken heart and a grim future of bleak spinsterhood which is saved at the very last possible second by a letter that flutters down from a window where it was caught on a nail and then apology and then proposal in a garden with a wicket and a picnic basket and then kiss and then a wedding with a carriage and  clip clop horse hooves beside an old stone church and everyone lives happily ever after….!

except for the body that is floating in the lake…

But that is the next movie…(same stone church, same top hat, entirely different picnic basket).

The end.

But I must have stuck William and Mary in my Netflix queue at some point because a few weeks ago I got the first disc in the mail and after initially sighing in deep disappointment because clear lack of breeches and white dresses, I sat down to watch it and in only nine point seven seconds I had fallen deeply in love with a midwife named Mary and then three point five seconds later I was deeply in love with an undertaker named William and then seven point two seconds later the three of us are all in the bathtub together at a very nice hotel along with a crazed mother, the father of Mary’s children, her depressed ex-boyfriend, four sullen teenagers, three lunatic pregnant women, and several grieving families.  It was a bit crowded, but I was enjoying myself so much that I hardly noticed!

William and Mary and their crazy, misbegotten lives are wonderfully authentic and such a terribly beautiful mess.  It will remind you of yourself and all the people you love.  Because really – we are all such a terribly beautiful mess aren’t we? You simply must adjust the lenses sometimes to see it right. That’s what William and Mary did for me.  They adjusted my lenses.

Now if I could only get my hands on the dang third season! It is killing me not to know what happens next!


  • Melinda:

    Try Doc Martin!

  • Nancy:

    Have you seen the movie “Sordid Lives”? Leslie Jordan as Brother Boy kills me. I believe there was a television series spin off after the movie, but never saw that so can’t vouch for it. The movie is priceless.

    • Rechelle:

      Nope – checking into it now though. Does anyone wear breeches in it?

  • Nancy:

    Sadly, no breeches. I turn to my Jane Austen collection for that. If breeches are your thing – try “North and South” (not the Civil War mini-series). It’s on Netflix instant play and I watch it monthly. It’s fantastic.


    • DirtyKSmama - Nikki:

      Agreed Nancy – that’s a good one!

      • Barb:

        I had never heard of North and South (of course, saw the Civil War one years ago) but took a friend’s recommendation to see it. Watched the movie and now am reading the book and enjoyed both.

        Rechelle, I took your recommendation of “William and Mary” and just started it last night. Only 2 episodes in but enjoying it so far. And I’ve got House of Elliot in my Netflix queue.

  • Well, you firmly hooked me with The House of Elliot, so I’ll take your word and add this one to the queue. I LOVE those Elliot girls, by the way.

  • Sue from UK:

    I second the recommendation for Doc Martin – the man who plays William (Martin Clunes) becomes a country doctor (well actually a seaside doctor). The scenery is to die for, but again I’m afraid no breeches.

  • Nancy:

    Forgot to mention that in the lovely North & South, although the story is about everything from love to social injustice and labor conditions in the northern factories – the heroine’s father (the parson) drags his family north to the ugly industrial region because he can no longer stomach the church.

    Oh, and I would totally do John Thornton.

  • Nancy:

    It’s based on Elizabeth Gaskell’s book and I’ll shut up about it now.

  • AmeliaJake:

    Well, this is a hell of a note. We just changed our subscription to streaming only because of the absolute angst of grandchildren misplacing disks.

    • Nancy:

      It’s on instant play! Too little, too late?