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5 Reasons Why You Need to Watch Call the Midwife

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It has come to my attention that there are not enough people in the world to talk Call the Midwife with and I would like to change that.

I got into Midwife while Downton Abbey was on hiatus a while back (maybe 2 years) and I needed something else (preferably British) to fill the void that was left. The trolling of the Netflix began when I stumbled upon this. I was hesitant at first because it was about midwives…and nuns…and neither of those things make me very comfortable.

Here are my top 5 reasons why YOU should be watching Call the Midwife, especially since the new season begins soon!

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Yes, there will be spoilers! Big ones are hidden behind a blur, click to read them!

1) It’s a period piece. Sure, it takes place in the 1950’s and 60’s, but as a child of the 80’s I am completely fascinated by any time period that does not include Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj. I might be a little jealous too. I am absolutely enthralled by how people lived without all of the modern conveniences that I have grown up with…like the big box grocery store and the internet.

I love peeking into the time when once you got married you stopped working. Sure there are some women who still worked, but they were very few and far between. I don’t think that I am the kind of woman who could just stop and tend house (I am HORRIBLE at the housewife duties), but I fully respect these women for making that kind of decision. Over the first 3 seasons I think we only see 4 women that work outside the home, and one of them is a prostitute.

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2) Nuns. I know, I know…nuns aren’t exactly everyone’s favorite, but these nuns are different. You might even describe them as spunky. For example, Sister Evangelina is tough. Like “I don’t want to meet her in a dark alley” tough. She will call you out on your shit. She will comfort you when you are sad. She will have a whiskey with you. She will fart in your face to earn respect (yes, it worked). She will go without so that she can take care of those in need. Then you have Sister Julienne who befriends a single, pregnant inmate and goes out of her way to help her secure a job and home so that she will not have het baby taken from her…all while running Nonnatus House.

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3) A good, ugly cry. UGH! I ugly cry during EVERY episode. It doesn’t matter how many times I have seen it. If you have a soul, you will cry.

The mother has a psychotic break and almost jumps off a bridge (with her baby).
When Sister Monica Joan is on trial for theft.
The family discovers that their 2 small sons have cystic fibrosis.
When Dr.Turner’s son [spoiler]falls ill and is placed in an iron lung[/spoiler].
When Chummy delivers triplets in the dark.
The teenager who gives birth in secret.
[spoiler]Nurse Jenny Lee’s boyfriend[/spoiler] dies from complications from a 2-3 story fall.
The botched home abortion.
Watching the relationship develop between Chummy and Constable Noakes.
When Sister Bernadette revokes her vows to marry Dr. Turner and then finds out she can’t have children because she had TB and then they adopt.

The list could go on and on. If I don’t ugly cry every episode then it is a failure. I love an ugly cry.

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4) There isn’t always a happy ending. Hear me out! I love a happy ending as much as the next gal, but real life doesn’t work like that. Not everyone’s story will end happy. Call the Midwife explores this in almost every episode. Life is about balance…some stories end happy, while some are sad and some stories have elements of both.

One of my favorite stories of this is between Chummy and her mother. From the first time we meet Chummy, we know that her relationship with her mother is strained, at best. When Chummy is in labor and things don’t go according to the textbook no one really worries that they do not know how to get ahold of her parents because the nuns and midwives are her family. They are the people who care about her most. In season 3 her mother leaves her husband and comes to Poplar, judging Chummy and her husbands’ choices left and right before it is revealed that she is dying. Chummy and the residents of Nonnatus do everything they can to bring her comfort. Until her final days Chummy and her mother’s relationship is tortured and Chummy has a hard time accepting her death.

That’s just real life, folks.

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5) The acting is phenomenal. I have a theatre background. I tend to be judgy when it comes to actors and actresses talent. It’s a fault of mine because I am not all that amazing, but with this show there is not one person (man, woman, or child) that falters. I believe every word, movement, and emotion. The two best characters, in my opinion, are Sister Monica Joan and Trixie.

Sister Monica Joan is an elderly nun whose family disowned her when she took her vows. She is one of the most brilliant minds and could have been a scholar, but has now taken a turn and is not always there. She wanders off, locks herself in the bathroom, and spouts words of wisdom that, no matter how random they seem, are perfect for the situation at hand.

Trixie is basically the polar opposite of a nun. She drinks, smokes, and is always pushing the limits (like by wearing pants!). None of this take away from her ability and care as a midwife and nurse. There is so much more to her than what meets the eye. I love her energy and the contrast that she brings to the show. Season 4 will really be her time to shine.

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Now it is your turn to get addicted to Call the Midwife (if you aren’t already!). Season 4 starts in US on March 29 which gives you just enough time to binge-watch the first 3 seasons on Netflix! It has already aired in the UK because for some reason we can’t just sync up our watching! C’mon people…it’s 2015…there are spoilers abound on the internet and I just cannot resist them!

 

4 Comments

  1. Jes @ Deadpan Diaries

    March 21, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Saw your blog on the SITS share. Love Call the Midwife! I haven’t seen all the episodes, but my book club read the book and it’s fantastic!

    • Anne Marie Desimone

      March 24, 2015 at 12:09 pm

      I am on a hunt for the books! These stories are just amazing 🙂

  2. Adrian G

    March 23, 2015 at 3:40 am

    I keep thinking I should give that a try. I was thinking the same thing – midwives – ick! #SITSSharefest

    • Anne Marie Desimone

      March 24, 2015 at 12:09 pm

      Haha! I was really hesitant at first, but you won’t be upset that you watched it!

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