The Best Episodes of When Calls the Heart

Last Updated: Feb 12, 2018

Inspired by Janette Oke’s bestselling book series about the Canadian West, the series tells the captivating story of Elizabeth Thatcher, a young teacher accustomed to her high society life, who receives her first classroom assignment in Coal Valley, a small coal mining town where life is simple, but often fraught with challenges. Lori Loughlin plays Abigail Stanton, a wife and mother whose husband, the foreman of the mine, along with a dozen other miners, has just been killed in an explosion. The newly widowed women find their faith is tested when they must go to work in the mines to keep a roof over their heads. Set against the wild canvas of an early 20th century coal town, Elizabeth will have to learn the ways of the frontier if she wishes to thrive in the rural west on her own.


#1 - Believing

Season 5 - Episode 1

Elizabeth's sister Julie visits Hope Valley in her quest to become a teacher; Lee is made acting Sheriff when Abigail and Bill leave town to testify in Gowen's trial; Carson has problems with a traveling tonic salesmen.

star 8.75
8 votes
My Heart Will Go On

#2 - My Heart Will Go On

Season 4 - Episode 6

After the death of a friend, Jack makes some difficult life choices that may affect Elizabeth as well.

star 8.29
294 votes
Directors: Peter DeLuise
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Heart of a Fighter

#3 - Heart of a Fighter

Season 4 - Episode 10

The town gathers around Abigail as Cody fights for his life; Carson comes to terms with his past and gets a chance at redemption.

star 8.28
274 votes
Directors: Neill Fearnley
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Prayers from the Heart

#4 - Prayers from the Heart

Season 3 - Episode 9

A resident of Hope Valley is put in danger after a landslide; a touching celebration of love proves how big people's hearts are.

star 8.28
170 votes
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The Heart of the Community

#5 - The Heart of the Community

Season 4 - Episode 3

To raise money for new school supplies, Elizabeth and the kids throw a carnival; the carnival sheds new light and possibly even hope, on Phillip's relationship with his distant father.

star 8.17
307 votes
Directors: Neill Fearnley
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Hearts in Question

#6 - Hearts in Question

Season 3 - Episode 8

Jack's mother arrives in Hope Valley and quickly proves to be a challenge for Elizabeth; Rosemary plans her perfect wedding.

star 8.16
225 votes
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Troubled Hearts

#7 - Troubled Hearts

Season 3 - Episode 2

Elizabeth surprises Jack with a home of her own; Abigail learns of Gowen's latest greedy scheme; Frank's past catches up to him.

star 8.15
213 votes
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A Gentle Heart

#8 - A Gentle Heart

Season 3 - Episode 5

Jack and Faith's friendship begins to complicate his relationship with Elizabeth; Abigail pitches in to help a struggling community; a wave of kindness in Hope Valley has everyone opening their heart for a grand occasion.

star 8.15
185 votes
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Heart of a Secret

#9 - Heart of a Secret

Season 4 - Episode 9

Elizabeth takes Opal in while her parents are away; a newcomer to Hope Valley has some insight into Carson Shepherd's mysterious past; an unlikely turn of events puts Cody in harm's way.

star 8.14
289 votes
Directors: Neill Fearnley
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Courageous Hearts

#10 - Courageous Hearts

Season 4 - Episode 8

Tension between Elizabeth and her new students continues; Lee and Rosemary fight about Rosemary learning to drive; Abigail struggles to hold the cafe together while the railroad's commissary thrives.

star 8.13
291 votes
Directors: Michael Rohl
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Words From the Heart

#11 - Words From the Heart

Season 4 - Episode 1

Elizabeth strives to help a young boy come to terms with an past injury while she and Jack coach the kids in baseball.

star 8.11
379 votes
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Forever in My Heart

#12 - Forever in My Heart

Season 3 - Episode 6

Jack prepares to take a big step toward building a life with Elizabeth; Abigail welcomes Becky back into her home before making an emotional decision about their future as a family.

star 8.10
200 votes
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Healing Heart

#13 - Healing Heart

Season 4 - Episode 7

Elizabeth has problems in her classroom when the nephews of Ray Wyatt come to her class and bully other students; Lee loses his voice and Rosemary does the talking for him; Bill finds AJ foster; Ray Wyatt opens a commissary.

star 8.08
277 votes
Directors: Michael Rohl
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Prelude to a Kiss

#14 - Prelude to a Kiss

Season 1 - Episode 12

Abigail is beginning to let go of her grief and look toward the future with forensic investigator Bill Avery. Meanwhile, a hurt and confused Jack confronts Elizabeth about her new job offer back home. Visiting Circuit Judge, Jedidiah Black a legendary man who is insolent, insufferable and incorruptible will finally bring justice to Coal Valley after the repercussions of the mine explosion, just as Elizabeth and Jack take an important step in their relationship.

star 8.07
124 votes
Change of Heart

#15 - Change of Heart

Season 4 - Episode 4

Elizabeth struggles with growing pains at the school; an old friend comes to visit Jack; Abigail's tenure as mayor is threatened; Rosemary plays matchmaker.

star 8.07
309 votes
Directors: Neill Fearnley
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#16 - Heartbreak

Season 3 - Episode 7

Abigail has to come to terms with the sudden arrival of the children's aunt; Elizabeth, Jack and the rest of Hope Valley come to witness a powerful act of love that proves everyone is right where they belong.

star 8.06
219 votes
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A Time to Speak

#17 - A Time to Speak

Season 3 - Episode 3

When the people of Hope Valley learn that Frank is a wanted man, they quickly turn on him. Abigail sets out to prove that the mistakes of the past don't define the future.

star 8.06
214 votes
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Heart of a Teacher

#18 - Heart of a Teacher

Season 4 - Episode 5

Elizabeth fights to clear her name and get her job back; Jack gets some troubling news; Wyatt and the railroad continue to make problems for Hope Valley; the children have to deal with a stern new schoolteacher.

star 8.05
300 votes
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Heart of Truth

#19 - Heart of Truth

Season 4 - Episode 2

Elizabeth must try to coax the truth from Robert after his lie about seeing a bear makes him the town hero.

star 8.01
318 votes
Directors: Peter DeLuise
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Second Chances

#20 - Second Chances

Season 1 - Episode 7

Abigail is encouraged to re-open Coal Valley's dilapidated and abandoned cafe and make it her own after Elizabeth raves about Abigail's baking. Meanwhile, Jack and Elizabeth are at odds after Elizabeth's brief romance with a dishonest miner, which has left her pride hurt, and Jack accidentally insults her as he fumbles to confess his growing feelings.

star 7.98
128 votes
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With All My Heart

#21 - With All My Heart

Season 2 - Episode 7

Elizabeth and Jack face a life-threatening experience together and finally discover the truth about what has been keeping them apart. Later, all of Hope Valley witnesses a shocking arrest and an unexpected proposal.

star 7.97
154 votes
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Heart of a Hero

#22 - Heart of a Hero

Season 3 - Episode 4

After Hope Valley learns redemption is possible, Abigail and Frank pursue a romance before the heart of the town is tested by the threat of a gang of outlaws.

star 7.93
205 votes
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New Year's Wish

#23 - New Year's Wish

Season 3 - Episode 1

The townsfolk celebrate the New Year, which allows Jack and Elizabeth to make a fresh start. Meanwhile, Rosemary and Lee have a new adventure and Pastor Hogan runs into an unwelcome visitor from his past.

star 7.93
258 votes
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Trials of the Heart

#24 - Trials of the Heart

Season 2 - Episode 1

Coal Valley’s trial gets underway in the town with a new Judge presiding over it. Elizabeth gets unsettling news from Hamilton regarding her family, and must return. Abigail’s case is presided over by an unlikely prosecutor. Elizabeth’s family meets, Jack. The trial’s verdict is rendered by the Judge, which effects the whole town. Elizabeth readjusts to family life in Hamilton. Abigail is reunited with a family member. Jack has to reevaluate his importance in Elizabeth’s life. A new man comes to town with a prospect that can change the townspeople’s entire future.

star 7.92
144 votes
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Rules of Engagement

#25 - Rules of Engagement

Season 1 - Episode 11

Jack is hailed a hero after putting away the Tolliver outlaws, and has decided to come back to Coal Valley for good. But his return to town — and to Elizabeth — is unexpectedly complicated by the arrival of gorgeous big-city actress. Meanwhile, Jack has asked Mountie forensic investigator and friend Bill Avery to help Abigail make a case against Gowen and the Pacific Northwest Mining Company regarding the mine explosion.

star 7.92
118 votes
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