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Great American Family is known for its uplifting and family-oriented content and this year, its really out-doing itself in terms of the number, and quality, of its Christmas output .

We’ve been putting out reviews of the films as we work our way through the slate. From small town stories involving discovered time capsules through to romantic adventures in Paris, Great American Family has delivered a fantastic array of movies. Whether it’s romance you’re looking for or just good old-fashioned nostalgia, there really is something for everyone among this year’s crop of movies.

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There are plenty of stars you’ll recognise too including Matthew Morrison, Danica McKellar, Candace Cameron Bure and many more. There’s also faces you’ll recognise from past holiday movies and plenty of leading men to swoon over. Keep your eyes peeled for a couple of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ stars too.

Beyond November, there’s another slate of original movies coming in December so we hope to bring you reviews for all of those too. As we get them, we’ll keep adding them onto this page so you can see what we thought.

So you don’t have to trawl the site finding the reviews, we’ve collated everything right here. You can read the following film reviews right now:

  • A Dash Of Christmas
  • Our Christmas Wedding
  • Christmas Keepsake
  • A Christmas Blessing
  • Santa, Maybe
  • A Paris Christmas Waltz
  • My Christmas Hero
  • A Royal Date for Christmas
  • A Christmas for the Ages
  • Christmas On Windmill Way
  • The Jingle Bell Jubilee
  • Meet Me Under the Mistletoe
  • Peppermint and Postcards
  • Designing Christmas With You
  • 12 Games of Christmas
  • A Royal Christmas Holiday

We’d love to hear what you thought of the films so find us on X @ent_focus and on Facebook and Instagram @entertainmentfocus to let us know which films you’ve been loving this year, and which ones you’re looking forward to.

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If "A Christmas … Present" shows what Candace Cameron Bure means by tradition, she can keep it

Her first new gaf holiday movie may be as corny as her hallmark fare, but it has 500% more scripture references, by melanie mcfarland.

Candace Cameron Bure truly believes that we need Christmas now more than ever, with all of its, ahem, "tradition."  

By golly, does she ever give it to us with a supersized serving of God-stuff, as promised, in her Great American Family film debut " Candace Cameron Bure Presents: A Christmas . . . Present ."

The message is so simple that it's in the title: All anyone should want for Christmas is their loved ones around them. But the great present is our presence with one another. If this sounds like New Agey spirituality, aka the Devil's jargon, that is because it is. Being present is central to meditation and mindfulness, and the power of Candace compels me to get back to the core premise.

Candace Cameron Bure

See, in "A Christmas . . . Present," being present largely means staying at home instead going out to do stuff, and singing hymns around your backyard firepit which, like, everybody has, right? These are the lessons Bure's very busy Chicago real estate agent and supermom Maggie learns when she drags her husband Eric (Marc Blucas) and two children to the small Ohio town where she grew up to hang out with her recently widowed brother Paul and his daughter.

To Maggie, coping with the great big downer of his wife dying of some illness takes a back seat to the importance of Paul celebrating the first Christmas without his wife "the right way."

Therefore, despite Paul's insistence that he and his kid are fine baking cookies and sitting by the fire together, Maggie, Eric, and the kids invade their space, and Maggie's pathologically over-packed schedule conquers theirs.

In her new capacity as star, producer and chief creative officer at Great American Family, Bure recently assured the Wall Street Journal that her holiday film factory would not feature any LGBTQ couples, explaining, "I think that Great American Family will keep traditional marriage at the core."

This confirms what many suspected of Hallmark's erstwhile Queen of Christmas when she chose to follow that network's former boss Bill Abbott out the door and over to GAF.

We could all use a little holiday. But "A Christmas …Present" is not the sleigh for that job.

Once Hallmark shook off its blanket of pure white heteronormativity and branched out to produce holiday movies featuring LGBTQ+ characters in major roles, Bure obviously did not want her face to continue to represent the network. Receiving a executive salary bump likely influenced her decision as well.

But her coded language about prioritizing "traditional marriage" in its movies sparked outrage among many noble heathens. Former  "One Tree Hill"  and current Hallmark Channel star Hilarie Burton Morgan called Bure a bigot, and JoJo Siwa characterized her stance as "sh***y."

Bure responded to all of this with a non-apology in which she states, "It absolutely breaks my heart that anyone would ever think I intentionally would want to offend and hurt anyone. It saddens me that the media is often seeking to divide us, even around a subject as comforting and merry as Christmas movies. But, given the toxic climate in our culture right now, I shouldn't be surprised. We need Christmas more than ever."

On that last part, we can agree. We could all use a little holiday. But "A Christmas  . . . Present" is not the sleigh for that job.

Full disclosure: I was never a Hallmark holiday movie fan, but I have seen enough to understand and respect why people incorporate them into their holiday celebrations.

And in the spirit of goodwill, let us for a moment take Bure at her word that she has "great love and affection for all people" and that her heart "yearns to build bridges and bring people one step closer to God, to love others well, and to simply be a reflection of God's huge love for all of us."

With all of that in mind, one would think that the best way for Bure to vindicate herself and (to co-opt the parlance created by the folks she's intent on excluding) make her haters gag would be to make a Christmas movie that's undeniably good.

Believe it or not, I unwrapped "A Christmas . . . Present" with an open mind and heart, fully ready to concede that it might have a few aspects worth recommending. But even by retrograde Hallmark holiday movie standards, it's a blizzard of poor writing and empty schmaltz devoid of propulsive tension or profound resolution, but with 500 percent more scripture references. The church-going Christian people I know wouldn't waste their precious Earthly moments on this spiritless mess. You'd find more depth in two hours of white noise.

Candace Cameron Bure; Marc Blucas

And yet, cosmetically, it is a kind of Christmas movie, one whose target audience seems to be the hypnotized. Nary a scene passes without a sprig of pine or a light. Everybody smiles, and almost constantly. Nobody profusely weeps – not even Paul, the man who, remember, is experiencing his first Christmas without his wife.

That's the second-weirdest part about this. None of Maggie's overbearing infliction of needless running around or boundary-breaching bothers her brother. Not even her obliteration of such sacred territory as replacing Paul's traditional family tree with a bigger one flusters him, even though he didn't ask. His faith in God is so rock-solid that he doesn't need to experience natural human reactions to minor irritations or massive loss.

Now, if this were a Nicholas Sparks joint or some descendent of the Frank Capra school of sentimentality, we'd reach a point of epiphany where Paul and Maggie and the rest lower the dam that's been holding back their feelings, wade through their mess and come out on the opposite side feeling better about each other. But that would generate empathy in the audience, which is antithetical to "A Christmas . . . Present" and its apparent aim of numbing your thought processes for around 90 minutes.

Pre-inclusion era Hallmark Christmas scenery is abundant in this movie.

What about its depiction of "traditional marriage"? Strangely, "A Christmas . . . Present" doesn't make the most compelling case for it. Granted, that is not a Christmas movie's role. Holiday movies typically remind us that love, platonic or romantic, is the blanket keeping the world warm in the darkest months. Weddings might be a part of that, but the chill midwinter of marriage is its own bag, and Santa would rather jingle around other problems.

Anyway, replacing the omnipresent romance we're accustomed to seeing in Hallmark's films is a cheerful, sexless collegiality between husband and wife, a product of Maggie's anal retentiveness and Eric's workaholism. Regardless of your level of religious enthusiasm, this situation is universally relatable. Entire industries are built around helping people in long-term relationships of all types rekindle whatever spark that day-to-day living douses.

Candace Cameron Bure; Marc Blucas

But Maggie and Eric make very little progress toward restoring intimacy. The couple makes time to walk in the snow, and that is not a euphemism – they're getting their steps in while gently arguing until they realize that maybe, just maybe, the solution to their problems is . . . more walking. Also, church.

Otherwise, pre-inclusion era Hallmark Christmas scenery is abundant in this movie. Mary has a Black best friend who isn't around long enough for us to even remember her name. Paul has an Asian neighbor who has taken over carpool duties so he can work on his book; ditto for her on the memorability factor. An Asian actor plays an elf in the Christmas escape room that Maggie drags everyone to, and merrily, they go along here, there, and into the pews at Paul's house of worship, where more Black and brown folks cavort in the background.

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Three Wars on Christmases ago, Salon's Senior Humbug Amanda Marcotte pointed out the fascist underpinnings in the way Hallmark packaged "tradition." By associating the term with whiteness and straight relationships, they tacitly but purposefully froze out everyone who doesn't fit that image:

"Instead of characters driven by real feelings, therefore, the guiding hand of 'normalcy' pulls the characters along through narratives — and unsurprisingly, that idea of 'normalcy' doesn't have a lot of room for the true diversity of American experiences," she writes, adding that "the rule of 'normalcy' reorients everything towards a very narrow, sentimentalized version of Christmas."

Hallmark was the target of many critiques of its white, heterosexual Christian homogenous presentation of Christmas over the years, although my colleague's was pointed enough to draw fire from Fox News along with the Least Superman, Dean Cain.

In any case, in the following July, Hallmark Media named Wonya Lucas as its new president and CEO after Abbott stepped down, which happened shortly after Hallmark  pulled ads for the wedding company Zola  that featured a just-married lesbian couple kissing. Over at GAF, Abbott and Bure are creating a nationalist view of Christmas that they could not longer fully realize at Hallmark. As for how much true competition these movies will present, that remains to be seen.

Under Lucas' leadership Hallmark Channel has expanded its range of holiday film leads to include more non-white actors and families, and as of Holiday 2022 the channel will feature its first Christmas movie centered on a gay romance : "The Holiday Sitter" premieres Dec. 11.

Even if that ends up being as corny as a tree garland – most likely, given the channel's track record – it will surely be a more entertaining gift than "A Christmas . . . Present," and a better fit for any family whose holiday tradition includes welcoming a good time.

"Candace Cameron Bure Presents: A Christmas . . . Present" premieres at 8 p.m.. ET Sunday, Nov. 27 on Great American Family.

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A Dash of Christmas Movie Review

With Laura Osnes and Christoper Russell starring as the main characters, I expected it to be a great, relaxing Christmas movie.  I was not disappointed!  As a matter of fact, this movie definitely got me in the mood to cook.  The opening scenes alone made me want to pull out my pans and start baking. 

The Great American Family channel has become my favorite movie channel.  They offer heartwarming, clean and wholesome movies, which can be somewhat predictable. Since most movies are predictable, that doesn't really bother me. It actually makes them easier to watch, especially if I am cleaning or cooking.

Streaming movies also makes watching easier.  If I miss part of the dialog, or an important scene, I can easily go back immediately and pick up where I left off.

GAF (also known as GAC Family) is available on several streaming services including Frndly TV , which is my preferred streaming service on the list.  That channel alone makes subscribing to Frndly TV worth the cost, but they are also home to television classics and more than a dozen other popular TV channels.

This is the first Christmas movie I have watched this year and it was a great place to start.  I look forward to seeing more of the Christmas movies presented this season by the Great American Family channel.

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Megan's trip home starts with a bit of a snag when her ride doesn't show up before the train station closes.  She walks to a lighted area to wait for the car and ends up standing in front of Hometown Bakery where her "good deed" causes a problem for the owner.  He has left his delivery truck door open while he runs inside to grab the boxes to deliver.  When Megan sees the truck door standing open, but no one around, she decides to close and lock the door.  When the owner comes out with his hands full of boxes, it all becomes clear, but now he needs help getting back into his truck.

Aaron McBay owns Hometown Bakery where he bakes, offers baking classes, and makes his own deliveries.  However, trying to carry too many boxes to his delivery truck at once, can be dangerous for the baked goods, especially if his truck door is locked. 

As in many great romance movies, there is an instant attraction between two strangers.  The opportunity for further acquaintance is clearly essential and what better than one of them needing help from the other.  Needing each other's help actually happens a few times in this movie and makes for a very enjoyable show. While their final "decisions" may be expected, it is still a heartwarming and delightful movie to watch.

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A Dash of Christmas sounds delightful. Thanks so much for recommending this movie, Sylvestermouse. Just the thing to get you in the holiday -- and baking - mood.

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This sounds like a delightful movie to kick off the holiday season, Ms. Mouse! Thank you so much for the recommendation. I’ll have to see whether we have access to the Great American Family channel!

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Thanks for another Christmas movie recommendation - I'm in the mood for light, fun, and detressing and this time of year, these movies do just that!

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Oh this is a movie I could get into without any problems. I also like "predictable" when I',m looking for something easy to watch. With my mother now living with us, she would be able to follow an easier story line. Thanks for this recommendation!

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A Dash of Christmas sounds like a relaxing and delightful movie to get into the Christmas spirit. Lovely combination of romance and baking :) Thank you for the recommendation

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It was definitely a welcome, relaxing break for me!

I’d like to know if a recipe was actually used for the Victorian Fruitcake torte?

They did not share it and I had the exact same reaction, I wish they had! I think some of the fiction books that I read that include recipes in the back of the book have me spoiled. I like trying to recipes of interest.

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Great American Family Breaks Ratings Records With First 2022 Christmas Movie

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The 2022 Christmas season has hardly begun, but Great American Family is already breaking records!

Their first holiday movie of 2022, DESTINED AT CHRISTMAS, premiered October 22 and broke “all network ratings records” in all key demographics, including total households, total viewers, women 25-54 and women 18-49.

DESTINED AT CHRISTMAS has been broadcast three times, earning a million total viewers. 

Bill Abbott, the president and CEO of Great American Media, celebrated this milestone on Twitter. 

“Not all Christmas movies are created equal,” he wrote. “We understand better than anybody how to produce quality Christmas movies and that great content wins. Viewers have found that in our #GreatAmericanChristmas programming event on #GreatAmericanFamily!”

Not all Christmas movies are created equal. We understand better than anybody how to produce quality Christmas movies and that, great content wins. Viewers have found that in our #GreatAmericanChristmas programming event on #GreatAmericanFamily ! 🎄🎬 #DestinedAtChristmas pic.twitter.com/ieL6wPR1Nq — Bill Abbott (@billabbottHC) October 27, 2022

Movieguide® previously reported on Great American Family’s Christmas movie lineup:

Great American Family has just announced their lineup of original holiday movies, which will kick off October 21. 

The network is releasing 18 new movies — a 50% increase in their holiday movies from last year. 

Stars like Danica McKellar, Jessica Lowndes, and Jill Wagner are all set to return to the network. Great American Family is also adding some new faces to their holiday movies, like Candace Cameron Bure, Paul Greene, and Gladys Knight. 

Bure’s A CHRISTMAS…PRESENT marks her first movie with Great American Family and is produced through Bure’s Candy Rock Entertainment company. 

It looks like Great American Family’s stars are just as proud of the network’s growth. Daniel Lissing, who stars in the upcoming CATERING CHRISTMAS, said , “I am certain that [Abbott] is going to take the reins of Great American Family, and he is going to turn that into the No. 1 family programming channel in America.”

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Great American Family unveils 2023 holiday lineup starring Candace Cameron Bure, Chad Michael Murray, and more

Christmas is coming early as Chad Michael Murray, Candace Cameron Bure, Lori Loughlin, Matthew Morrison, and more are set to star in Great American Family's Yuletide lineup this year.

Emlyn Travis is a news writer at  Entertainment Weekly  with over five years of experience covering the latest in entertainment. A proud Kingston University alum, Emlyn has written about music, fandom, film, television, and awards for multiple outlets including MTV News,  Teen Vogue , Bustle, BuzzFeed,  Paper Magazine , Dazed, and NME. She joined EW in August 2022.

Break out your favorite ugly Christmas sweater, make some hot cocoa, and prepare to get extra cozy, because Great American Family has officially declared that the holiday season begins this weekend.

The cable network unveiled its full holiday lineup on Thursday, presenting 20 brand new yuletide films that will instantly transport viewers into a winter wonderland of their very own. The network's festivities will kick off on Saturday with the release of the highly-anticipated sequel Destined 2: Christmas Once More, starring Shae Robins and Casey Elliott, and will continue to spread holiday cheer each weekend with new movies until Dec. 23.

Among those joining in on this year's jollities include Full House alums Candace Cameron Bure and Lori Loughlin , plus Chad Michael Murray , Laura Osnes , Danica McKellar , and Matthew Morrison . Bure will star as an army reserve doctor attempting to track down her family's military history in My Christmas Hero, while her daughter, Natasha Bure, headlines the holiday retrospective film A Christmas for the Ages . Elsewhere, Murray plays an ex-boyfriend who must help rescue a local windmill and Glee star Morrison heads to the city of (Christmas) lights for a dance competition in A Paris Christmas Waltz . Talk about some seriously starry nights!

Find out more about Great American Family's full slate below.

Destined 2: Christmas Once More Premieres: Oct. 14, 8 p.m. ET/PT Cast: Shae Robins, Casey Elliott Official description: "In this sequel, Theo (Elliott) continues to miss connecting with his girlfriend, Kim (Robbins) as he attempts to propose at Christmas."

'Twas the Text Before Christmas Premieres: Oct. 21, 8 p.m. ET/PT Cast: Merritt Patterson, Trevor Donovan Official description: "An unexpected text message sent to the wrong number (Patterson) sets into motion a Christmas tradition with a new family (Donovan) over three separate years."

Bringing Christmas Home Premieres: Oct. 28, 8 p.m. ET/PT Cast: Jill Wagner, Paul Greene Official description: "A professor of military history (Wagner) teams with an antique store owner (Greene) to track down the original owner of a historic WWII uniform and the love letters left in its pockets."

Journey to Christmas (working title) Premieres: Oct. 29, 8 p.m. ET/PT Cast: Ash Tsai, Joey Heyworth Official description: "While on a charity press tour, a model (Tsai) ends up stranded by the weather at the family home of the driver (Heyworth) she hired to assist her for the week."

A Dash of Christmas Premieres: Nov. 4, 8 p.m. ET/PT Cast: Laura Osnes , Christopher Russell Official description: "A marketing exec (Osnes) must learn a recipe to get her dream job and ends up entered in a holiday bakeoff with a dream baker (Russell)."

Our Christmas Wedding Premieres: Nov. 5, 8 p.m. ET/PT Cast: Holly Deveaux, Drew Seeley Official description: "In the sequel, roles reverse as Nicole's boss plans newly engaged Nicole (Deveaux) and Michael's (Seeley) wedding in two weeks at Christmas."

Christmas Keepsake (working title) Premieres: Nov. 11, 8 p.m. ET/PT Cast: Jillian Murray, Daniel Lissing Official description: "A father (Lissing) bonds with his daughter and stumbles upon an unexpected romance (Murray) while tracking down the original owner of a Christmas time capsule."

A Christmas Blessing Premieres: Nov. 12, 8 p.m. ET/PT Cast: Lori Loughlin , James Tupper, Jesse Hutch Official description: "A TV chef (Loughlin) is divinely inspired to take over her late aunt's charity with help from a new friend (Hutch) and handsome business associate next door (Tupper)."

Santa, Maybe (working title) Premieres: Nov. 18, 8 p.m. ET/PT Cast: Aubrey Reynolds Official description: "Can theater director Lila (Reynolds) rise to the challenge of putting on the perfect Christmas ballet, while also discovering her office Secret Santa in the process?"

A Paris Christmas Waltz Premieres: Nov. 19, 8 p.m. ET/PT Cast: Jen Lilley, Matthew Morrison Official description: "A novice dancer (Lilley) pairs with a professional (Morrison) to enter a renowned dance competition… in Paris! The next story in The Christmas Waltz universe, the highest-rated Christmas rom com of 2020, from Michael Damian and Janeen Damian."

My Christmas Hero Premieres: Nov. 24, 8 p.m. ET/PT Cast: Candace Cameron Bure , Gabriel Hogan Official description: "An army reserve doctor (Bure) tracks down her family's military history with the help of a new romance (Hogan)."

A Royal Date for Christmas (working title) Premieres: Nov. 25, 8 p.m. ET/PT Cast: Danica McKellar and Damon Runyan Official description: "When a European Duke (Runyon) arrives in the US, he realizes that his bags have been lost in transit. He has no choice but to be styled, and ultimately inspired, by Bella (McKellar) the owner of a local boutique."

A Christmas for the Ages Premieres: Nov. 26, 8 p.m. ET/PT Cast: Natasha Bure, Anna Ferguson, Kate Craven, Cheryl Ladd Official description: "Prompted by their youngest granddaughter (Bure), four generations celebrate family and what Christmas was like in the '40s, '60s, '90s, and present day."

Christmas on Windmill Way Premieres: Dec. 2, 8 p.m. ET/PT Cast: Christa Taylor Brown, Chad Michael Murray Official description: "To save her family's legacy windmill, a woman (Taylor Brown) must remind her ex-boyfriend (Michael Murray) of the best of their hometown."

The Jinglebell Jubilee (working title) Premieres: Dec. 3, 8 p.m. ET/PT Cast: Erin Agostino, Marshall Williams Official description: "A city manager (Williams) recruits the help of a childhood friend (Agostino) in setting right his town's Christmas Charity event, while she sets to work setting him up with her close friend."

Meet Me Under the Mistletoe Premieres: Dec. 9, 8 p.m. ET/PT Cast: Sarah Fisher, Simon Arblaster Official description: "Two rival realtors (Fisher and Arblaster) are forced to work together to sell one special house before Christmas."

Peppermint & Postcards Premieres: Dec. 10, 8 p.m. ET/PT Cast: Ella Cannon, Christopher Russell Official description: "When a Christmas letter concerning her love life goes viral, one mom discovers that romance might be right at her door."

Designing Christmas With You (working title) Premieres: Dec. 16, 8 p.m. ET/PT Cast: Susie Abromeit and Liam McIntyre Official description: "With her career on the line, a decorator (Abromeit) must work with an unexpected partner (McIntyre) to showcase a house for an upcoming Christmas gala."

12 Games of Christmas Premieres: Dec. 17, 8 p.m. ET/PT Cast: Johnny Ramey, Felisha Cooper Official description: "A group of old friends and neighbors are transported into a Christmas-themed board game during a Christmas party."

A Royal Christmas Holiday Premieres: Dec. 23, 8 p.m. ET/PT Cast: Brittany Underwood, Jonathan Stoddard Official description: "In search of her big break, a reporter (Underwood) arranges a Christmas interview with a European Prince (Stoddard) visiting the states. Will the reporter's big story become her love story?"

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What Is Great American Family? Everything to Know About Hallmark and Lifetime’s Holiday Movie Competitor

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The world of holiday programming continues to grow. While Hallmark Channel and Lifetime have seen major success with their “Countdown to Christmas” and “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime” slates, respectively, Great American Family joined the discussion in 2021.

In June 2021, the network, originally tilted Great American Country (GAC), was acquired by GAC Media, a group formed by former Hallmark CEO Bill Abbott and Hicks Equity Partners. In the fall of that year, the network was relaunched as GAC Family. (Abbott stepped down from Hallmark Media in 2020, shortly after the network faced backlash for pulling a Zola ad featuring a same-sex couple.)

GAF acquired Season 2 of “When Hope Calls,” a spin-off of Hallmark Channel’s “When Calls the Heart,” as well as reruns of “Fuller House,” which was only available on Netflix prior to the deal. After Hallmark Channel axed their annual “Kitten Bowl” special on the day of the Super Bowl, Abbott picked it up and will air the first “Great American Rescue Bowl” in February.

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On the talent side, many familiar faces in the holiday movie world made the move over to Great American Family, including Trevor Donovan, Jen Lilley, Jessica Lowndes, Jesse Metcalfe, Danica McKellar, Debbie Matenopoulos, Cameron Mathison and Lori Loughlin . In April 2022, the network announced that Candace Cameron Bure , who had a long-standing relationship with Hallmark for more than a decade, was joining the network as chief creative officer to help create, produce and star in faith-filled content.

GAF has faced a bit of controversy since. In November 2022, Bure told WSJ that the channel had no plans to air films centered around same-sex couples and instead will focus on “traditional marriage.” At the time, Abbott added, “It’s certainly the year 2022, so we’re aware of the trends. There’s no whiteboard that says, ‘Yes, this’ or ‘No, we’ll never go here.'”

As for whether the channel will feature on any non-Christian holiday movies , Bure told Variety , “I’m sure as the channel continues to build content, it will include other holidays, but I think we know the core audience and what they love is exactly how Bill originally built the Hallmark Channel and that was Christmas and those traditional holidays and so that’s what the focus is going to be. You got to start somewhere.”

Many actors spoke out following Bure’s remarks. Neal Bledsoe, who has starred in two films for GAF, exclusively shared with Variety that he is distancing himself from the network and standing with the LGBTQIA+ community.

Great American Family is distributed by Cox, Dish, Frontier, Mediacom, Optimum, Spectrum, U-verse, Fios, and Xfinity and is in more than 50 million homes. To watch Great American Family, viewers can text CHRISTMAS to 877-999-1225.

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First Look: Great American Family to Debut New Original Mystery Movie After Merger with Pure Flix

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To crack the code, Abby Brooks has to follow a trail of clues straight out of the Bible.

That’s at the center of a new movie from the cable network and Hallmark rival Great American Family, set to debut its second original film since merging with the faith-based streaming platform Pure Fix.

CBN’s Faithwire has an exclusive first look at the trailer for the movie, airing July 30 and streaming on Pure Flix the following day:

“I pulled inspiration from ‘Nancy Drew’ and from the characters of ‘Only Murders in the Building,'” writer and star Ansley Gordon, who plays Abby Brooks in the film, said in a statement shared with CBN’s Faithwire. “I knew I wanted to create an ensemble cast that felt like a family and I wanted the world to feel really inclusive, that you would want to be a part of the town of Prescott.”

The movie follows Abby Brooks, a mystery podcaster and former journalist, as she comes to terms with the loss of her baby and a divorce, finding herself engrossed in the mysterious death of her free-spirited neighbor — with Bible verses serving as clues to solve the small-town caper.

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Many aspects of Gordon’s character — from her faith to her journey through a miscarriage — are based on Brooks’ own life experiences.

“The studio, Nicely Entertainment, I write for them on a regular basis,” Brooks explained. “They came to me and said, ‘We have the potential to do a cozy mystery. Do you have any concepts?’ I sent them five. They sent over multiple to Pure Flix and Pure Flix picked two, and they were both mine. And I said, ‘OK, God, I guess I’m writing this movie!’”

“I wrote the first draft of the script and I put so much of myself into it,” she continued. “A lot of the things Abby struggles with — like her miscarriage, her disconnect with her family and feeling like they have the faith, they have something that she doesn’t — they’re all things that happened in my life. And so, when I was writing her, I didn’t realize I was writing so much of my personal story. But the end product, I was so happy with.”

“I didn’t have to ask or audition or anything for this role; it just happened,” she added. “So I genuinely feel like this is what I’m meant to be doing.”

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Great American Family Reveals Full 2023 Holiday Slate of Stars Appearing Across 20 Christmas Movies (Exclusive)

Danica McKellar, Chad Michael Murray, Candace Cameron Bure, Trevor Donovan and Jen Lilley are among the favorites appearing in the network's 20 new movies

The most wonderful time of the year — holiday movie season, of course — is almost here, and it's looking to be just as jam-packed as ever.

PEOPLE can exclusively reveal that Great American Family will be releasing 20 new original Christmas movies in the 2023 season, up two from last year . And they'll filled with all the merriment, twinkle lights, and stars fans have come to enjoy.

Danica McKellar , Chad Michael Murray , Candace Cameron Bure , Trevor Donovan , and Jen Lilley are among the favorites returning for the festivities, which includes round-the-clock holiday-themed entertainment and will kick off on the network on Oct. 20, The first new movie debuting on Oct. 21.

See the full lineup — along with the network's descriptions — below.

12 Games of Christmas , starring Johnny Ramey and Felisha Cooper: A group of old friends and neighbors are transported into a Christmas-themed board game during a Christmas party.

A Christmas Blessing , starring Lori Loughlin, James Tupper, and Jesse Hutch: A TV chef (Loughlin) is divinely inspired to take over her late aunt’s charity with help from a new friend (Hutch) and handsome business associate next door (Tupper).

A Christmas Commission , starring Sarah Fisher and Simon Arblaster: Two rival realtors (Fisher and Arblaster) are forced to work together to sell one special house before Christmas.

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A Christmas for the Ages , starring Natasha Bure and Cheryl Ladd: Prompted by their youngest granddaughter (Bure), four generations celebrate family and what Christmas was like in the '40s, '60s, '90s, and present day.

A Dash of Christmas , starring Broadway’s Laura Osnes and Christopher Russell: A marketing exec (Osnes) must learn a recipe to get her dream job and ends up entering a holiday bakeoff with a dream baker (Russell).

A Model Christmas ( working title ), starring Ash Tsai and Joey Heyworth: While on a charity press tour, a model (Tsai) ends up stranded by the weather at the family home of the driver (Heyworth) she hired to assist her for the week.

A Paris Christmas Waltz , starring Jen Lilley and Matthew Morrison: A novice dancer (Lilley) pairs with a professional (Morrison) to enter a renowned dance competition…in Paris! The next story in The Christmas Waltz universe, the highest-rated Christmas rom-com of 2020 (which starred Lacey Chabert and Will Kemp and aired on Hallmark Channel ).

A Royal Christmas Holiday , starring Brittany Underwood and Jonathan Stoddard: In search of her big break, a reporter (Underwood) arranges a Christmas interview with a European Prince (Stoddard) visiting the States. Will the reporter’s big story become her love story?

A Royal Christmas Romance ( working title ), starring Danica McKellar and Damon Runyan: When a European Duke (Runyon) arrives in the U.S., he realizes that his bags have been lost in transit. He has no choice but to be styled, and ultimately inspired, by Bella (McKellar), the owner of a local boutique.

A Time Capsule Christmas ( working title ), starring Jillian Murray and Daniel Lissing: A father (Lissing) bonds with his daughter and stumbles upon an unexpected romance (Murray) while tracking down the original owner of a Christmas time capsule.

Bringing Christmas Home ( working title ), starring Jill Wagner and Paul Greene: A professor of military history (Wagner) teams with an antique store owner (Greene) to track down the original owner of a historic WWII uniform and the love letters left in its pockets.

Christmas on Windmill Way , starring Christa Taylor Brown and Chad Michael Murray: To save her family's legacy windmill, a woman (Taylor Brown) must remind her ex-boyfriend (Michael Murray) of the best of their hometown.

Destined 2: Christmas Once More , starring Shae Robbins and Casey Elliott: In this sequel, Theo (Elliott) continues to miss connecting with his girlfriend, Kim (Robbins) as he attempts to propose at Christmas.

Mistletoe Moments , starring Susie Abromeit and Liam McIntyre: With her career on the line, a decorator (Abromeit) must work with an unexpected partner (McIntyre) to showcase a house for an upcoming Christmas gala.

My Christmas Hero , starring Candace Cameron Bure and Gabriel Hogan: An army reserve doctor (Bure) tracks down her family's military history with the help of a new romance (Hogan).

Our Christmas Wedding , starring Holly Deveaux and Drew Seeley: In the sequel, roles reverse as Nicole’s boss plans newly engaged Nicole (Deveaux) and Michael’s (Seeley) wedding in two weeks at Christmas.

Peppermint & Postcards , starring Ella Cannon and Christopher Russell: When a Christmas letter concerning her love life goes viral, one mom discovers that romance might be right at her door.

Santa, Maybe ( working title ), starring Aubrey Reynolds: Can theater director Lila (Reynolds) rise to the challenge of putting on the perfect Christmas ballet, while also discovering her office Secret Santa in the process?

The Christmas Regift ( working title ), starring Erin Agostino and Marshall Williams: A city manager (Williams) recruits the help of a childhood friend (Agostino) in setting right his town's Christmas Charity event, while she sets to work setting him up with her close friend.

‘Twas the Text Before Christmas , starring Merritt Patterson and Trevor Donovan: An unexpected text message sent to the wrong number (Patterson) sets into motion a Christmas tradition with a new family (Donovan) over three separate years.

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Aisle Be Home for Christmas

Aisle Be Home for Christmas

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7 New Family Movies and TV Shows Streaming in January

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7 New Family Movies and TV Shows Streaming in January

The month of January usually doesn't spark warm memories. For much of the nation, this month is about shoveling snow, hiding under a comfortable blanket, and looking forward to Spring flowers. Occasionally, January also includes schools closing due to snowy roads -- and moms and dads frantically searching for something to do.

Thankfully, the major streaming services have plenty to offer this month for families who are stuck inside. Netflix and Disney Plus have a few new titles. So do Great American Pure Flix and Bentkey. There's even a new Christmas movie on home video.

Here are seven new family-friendly options streaming this month:

1. A Real Bug's Life (Disney Plus)

It's a nature show about insects and inspired by Pixar's A Bug's Life . This fascinating documentary uses up-close cinematography to spotlight nine different bug worlds where life and death are only a second away. "The stakes are high…even if the critters are extraordinarily small," we're told. Examples include a jumping spider looking for a home in the big city and an orchid bee making perfume in Costa Rica. Awkwafina narrates it. It premieres Jan. 24.

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3. antz (netflix).

A worker ant trying to break free from his conformist society falls in love with another ant -- and then must save his colony from destruction. This 1998 film was the first theatrical movie from DreamWorks and featured the voices of Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, and Gene Hackman. It was one of the first CGI-animated films. Rated PG for mild language and menacing action.

4. The Croods (Netflix)

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A prehistoric family who has always been afraid of new things ventures out of the cave for the first time and discovers a lively, colorful world. The film follows the story of Eep Crood, a teenage daughter who meets a modern boy who teaches her about fire and warns her about a coming apocalypse. This 2013 animated film featured the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, and Ryan Reynolds. Rated PG for some scary action. Clearplay offers a filter.

5. Bluey, Season 3 (Disney Plus)

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A six-year-old dog and her four-year-old sister, Bingo, go on adventures and play games with their loving parents. It's an Australian animated television series about the anthropomorphic life of a Blue Heeler dog family. It is the best children's series on television, not only because it's hilarious but also because of what it promotes: kindness and love. Episode 26 ("Smoochy Kiss"), one of my favorites, showcases the bond between a mom and dad, explaining how parents love one another despite differences.

6. Going Home, Season 2 (Great American Pure Flix)

A team of hospice nurses deliver hope to patients during their final days on Earth. Creator Dan Merchant told Crosswalk he hopes the series not only entertains but also leads viewers to ask: "Am I letting God use me to do what it is that He has for me?" The stories are "warm and sweet" but "might leave you with questions that you need to answer," he said. It stars Cynthia Geary, Cozi Zuehlesdorff, Aviona Rodriguez Brown, Steve Lloyd, Christopher Wiehl, Elly Sims, Trent Sims and Matt Davidson.

7. Journey to Bethlehem (Home Video)

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It's the story of Mary and Joseph, set to pop music. Joel Smallbone of the CCM group For King and Country portrays King Herod's son, while Christian singer Moriah portrays Mary's sister. Christian hip-hop artist Lecrae portrays the angel Gabriel. Affirm Films, the same studio behind such movies as War Room and Miracles from Heaven, released it. Smallbone told Crosswalk the film can help reach a younger generation, a goal he called "pivotal" to the film's purpose. Rated PG for thematic elements.

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Can You Watch Great American Family Channel on Roku? Everything You Need to Know

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Great American Family is an incredibly popular channel for people who want family-friendly entertainment and their heartwarming Christmas movies. It is possible to watch the channel on Roku. Here’s all you need to know.

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Great American Family is available on DIRECTV STREAM , Hulu Live TV , Philo , and Sling TV . Each of these services provides live TV without a cable subscription. There’s also no contract, so you’re free to pay by month and cut them loose whenever you need. Each of these services is compatible with your Roku device.

We recommend DIRECTV STREAM , since you’ll get a free trial, an unlimited cloud DVR, and more channels than any other provider.

If you’re looking for the least expensive way to watch Great American Family, Philo is just $25 / month and you can also enjoy a free trial.

If you’d also like to watch sister network [Great American Living], you should choose No Services.

What Can You Watch on Great American Family?

The channel specializes in Christmas movies, seasonal rom-coms and family-friendly series and specials. The content often features stars like Candace Cameron Bure, Danica McKellar, Trevor Donovan, Cameron Mathison, Debbie Matenopoulos, Jennie Garth, Maggie Lawson, Jen Lilley, Sarah Lind, Daniel Lissing, Jessica Lowndes, Matthew MacCaull, and Chad Michael Murray.

The network is also home to classic fan-favorite series, including “Columbo,” “Full House,” “Little House on the Prairie” and “Murder, She Wrote.”

The channel was called “GAC Family” until August 2022.

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15 Ways to Watch Great American Family channel Without Cable

My top pick for streaming GAC Family is Frndly TV because it’s more budget-friendly than Sling TV or Philo. But there are 15 plans across the six streaming services that carry this family-friendly network, so you have a lot of choices in 2024.

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You can watch the Great American Family channel without cable on six live TV streaming services. 

DIRECTV STREAM, Frndly TV, Fubo, Hulu with Live TV, Philo, and Sling TV all stream the Great American Family channel live without cable. With years of hands-on experience in the world of cord-cutting and digital streaming, I’m here to guide you through the diverse options for watching Great American Family channel without cable.

My top pick for streaming GAC Family is Frndly TV because it’s more budget-friendly than Sling TV or Philo. You won’t find Great American Family on some popular streaming options such as YouTube TV.

But there are 15 plans across the six streaming services that carry this family-friendly network, so you have a lot of choices in 2024. My insights are based on thorough research and personal testing of all the streaming platforms covered here, ensuring you get practical and trustworthy advice tailored to your viewing preferences.

Great American Family (GAC Family) has been a premium cable network since 1995 with hits such as “When Hope Calls”. Similar to Hallmark Channel, the Great American Family network has holiday programming, including “Great American Christmas in July.” 

The network isn’t just aiming to pump out feel-good Christmas movies like the Hallmark Channel. GAC Family is a family-friendly channel with original series and movies. 

That said, fans of Hallmark Channel will notice a number of actors from that network, who are now involved with projects for Great American Media. They include Danica McKellar, Debbie Matenopoulos, Cameron Mathison and Candace Cameron Bure.

Here are all the best ways to stream Great American Family on various devices, from Smart TVs to Google Chromecast, without needing a traditional cable subscription.

How to Watch Great American Family on TV

Thanks to this new era of streaming and cord cutting , there are a number of ways you can use a Smart TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV Stick or Google Chromecast to watch TV.

You don’t need Comcast, Spectrum, Cox, or another pricey cable subscription to start watching GAC Family. Premium cable channels aren’t exclusive to cable or satellite TV companies anymore.

There are 15 plans that carry Great American Family within the six live TV streaming services. 

If you’re a fan of GAC Family, you may want a live TV streaming service that carries other networks such as Discovery , Hallmark Channel , History , Lifetime, HGTV , and Paramount Network .

Some of these streaming services offer local channels such as ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX. But you should expect to pay more if you want them in your channel lineup. 

DIRECTV STREAM, frndly, fubo, and Philo are currently the four streaming services with Great American Family that offer a free trial. Just remember to cancel before the trial ends if you don’t want to be billed for your live TV plan. 

Watch Great American Family on DIRECTV STREAM 

  • 5-day free trial
  • Unlimited Cloud DVR
  • Unlimited Screens within household

DIRECTV STREAM offers a variety of Great American Family streaming options across four of its channel bundles, ensuring you don’t miss out on your favorite family-friendly programming. 

This live TV service is ideal for families and sports enthusiasts who don’t mind a higher price for a comprehensive channel lineup, including local and regional sports networks.

The Entertainment package has more than 75 live TV channels for $79.99 per month. Subscribers can watch TV on unlimited screens within your home.

HGTV, History, Nickelodeon, ESPN, USA Network and local channels such as NBC and FOX are included in the Entertainment plan. You get unlimited Cloud DVR and 40,000 on-demand movies and shows.

The Choice package has 40 regional sports channels, including Bally Sports networks, NBC Sports and Marquee Sports Network. Choice subscribers get more than 105 channels for $108.99 per month. 

The Ultimate package has more than 140 channels, including local channels, and more sports and entertainment channels. The Ultimate package is $119.99 per month. 

The Premier Package has over 150 channels, including premium channels such as Max, Cinemax and Showtime. A subscription to Premier is $164.99 per month.

Subscribers can get three months of Max (formerly HBO Max), Showtime, STARZ, Cinemax and MGM+ (formerly EPIX) for free before the monthly rates kick in.

There are no contracts. You can subscribe month to month and cancel whenever you want. DIRECTV STREAM works on Roku, Android TV, Fire TV devices, Apple TV and even iPhones and iPads with current iOS software.

Subscriptions run month to month and so you can cancel whenever you want.

Frndly TV: Your Budget-Friendly Gateway to Great American Family Streaming

  • Free 7-day trial
  • Unlimited Cloud DVR (Classic & Premium)
  • Simultaneous Streams: 1 to 3 

As the most cost-effective choice, Frndly TV stands out when you want to watch Great American Family without cable, offering an affordable path to your preferred family entertainment.

The service has 50 live TV channels, including all three Hallmark channels, INSP, Lifetime, Great American Living, and MeTV. It’s perfect for viewers looking for an affordable, family-oriented selection of channels, including all three Hallmark channels and GAC Family.

Frndly TV has apps for Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Smart TVs running on Android TV. You can watch Great American Family on a PC or smartphone using a Frndly TV subscription.

Frndly offers three ways to watch Great American Family.

The Basic plan costs $7.99 per month. It’s the cheapest way to watch the Great American Family channel live. Subscribers get Standard Definition (SD) picture quality, and can stream live TV on one screen at a time. 

For HD picture quality, you can subscribe to the Classic plan for $9.99 per month.

Subscribers to the Classic plan get unlimited Cloud DVR for recordings. You can watch live TV on two screens at once. Subscribers can keep recordings for three months.

The Premium plan costs $11.99 per month. Subscribers can watch live TV on up to four screens at once. You can keep recordings for 9 months. There are no contracts and you can easily cancel online.

Fubo: Sports, Shows, and Great American Family 

  • 1,000 hours Cloud DVR
  • 10 simultaneous streams

Fubo, known for its wide-ranging channel selection, includes Great American Family channel streaming in all its packages, catering to diverse entertainment needs.

Fubo offers three plans with the Great American Family network. Pro, Elite and Premium.

The Pro channel package has 189 channels, including local ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX in most areas of the U.S. Food network, HGTV, Big Ten Network and Comedy Central are part of the Pro bundle.

Subscribers get 1,000 hours of Cloud DVR storage. You can watch live TV on 10 screens at once.

A subscription costs $79.99 per month. A regional sports fee is included, and costs between $11.99 to $14.99 per month.

The Elite plan is $89.99 per month, and has 65 more sports, news and entertainment channels. The Premier plan has 231 channels, including Showtime, for $99.99 per month.

Fubo has a library of on-demand content, including movies and TV shows. Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV and Smart TVs all carry the Fubo app. Fubo can be a great choice for those who value a wide array of channels, including sports and entertainment, and are willing to invest in a more premium streaming experience.

Fubo has mobile apps for iPhone and Android so you can watch GAC live on your smartphone. Subscribers can watch live TV through their web browser.

Hulu + Live TV: A World of Entertainment with Great American Family

  • Sign up & get Disney+ and ESPN+ included
  • Unlimited Cloud DVR (9 mos.)
  • Two simultaneous streams

With Hulu + Live TV, you can immerse yourself in a vast lineup of entertainment networks with over 90 channels, featuring Great American Family streaming alongside History Channel, HGTV, and more. 

Hulu + Live TV costs $76.99 per month and includes unlimited DVR. Hulu has one live TV plan with Great American Family.

You will find local NBC, ABC and FOX stations alongside popular cable networks. And Hulu has a growing number of regional sports channels such as NBC Sports.

Subscribers get more than just live TV channels to watch. You will have full access to ESPN+, Disney+ and Hulu’s on-demand library. Hulu Live is suited for viewers who want a blend of live TV and a rich on-demand library, offering popular networks like HGTV and ESPN, along with Hulu’s extensive content.

Philo: Affordable Access to Great American Family & More

  • 7-day Free trial
  • Three Simultaneous Streams

Philo brings you a rich selection of over 70 TV channels, ensuring that watching Great American Family and other favorites like HGTV and Discovery is always an option.

A subscription costs $25 per month and includes unlimited Cloud DVR. Philo has only one streaming TV package.

You can use Philo on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV Stick and Android TV devices such as Google Chromecast. From a web browser, you can watch Philo on Mac computers, PCs, iOS devices and Android devices.

If you’re using an Amazon Fire TV, you can use your single sign-on feature. By activating one app through Philo, you will automatically be signed into other TV Everywhere apps supported by your subscription. Philo is best for budget-conscious viewers who prioritize a variety of entertainment and lifestyle channels over sports and local news.

You can get a free 7-day-trial of Philo by signing up in under a minute using your smartphone number.

Sling TV: Customize Your Great American Family Viewing Experience

  • Half off for first month
  • 50 hours Cloud DVR

Choose Sling TV’s Orange or Blue channel bundles to easily stream Great American Family on any TV screen or streaming device, blending your viewing experience with a variety of other top channels.

With Sling, you’re able to build your own channel package. You can pick either Sling Orange or Sling Blue before deciding whether you want any add-on channel packages.

The Sling Orange plan includes 32 channels, including entertainment networks like AMC, Great American Family and History. A subscription to Sling Orange costs $40 per month. 

The Sling TV Blue plan has 40 channels, including Discovery, NFL Network , FS1 , and FS2 .  You can combine the Sling Blue with Sling Orange for $55 per month.

All subscribers get 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage. Sling is currently offering half off for the first month of service. 

Sling is recommended for viewers who prefer to customize their channel lineup and seek a balance between affordability and variety, with the flexibility of add-on packages.

Sling TV works on just about any streaming device: Roku, Firestick, Chromecast and Apple TV. Gamers can watch TV on Xbox. The Sling app is supported by Samsung Smart TVs and Smart TVs operating on Android TV or Google TV. Sling TV supports mobile apps for iOS and Android.

How to Watch Great American Family channel FAQs

These are questions readers ask when searching for ways to watch Great American Family without a TV provider.

Is the Great American Family channel on YouTube TV?

No. YouTube TV does not currently carry the Great American Family network. If you want GAC, and a channel lineup similar to YouTube TV, you may want to consider Hulu + Live TV, DIRECTV STREAM, or Fubo.

YouTube TV has 128 channels, including a number of entertainment-based networks. Those networks include CMT, Comedy Central, Hallmark Channel, Nickelodeon, and Paramount Network.

Does Peacock have the Great American Family channel?

No. You cannot stream the Great American Family channel on Peacock. But Peacock did recently add all three Hallmark Channels to its streaming service. You can sign up for a Peacock Premium subscription for $4.99 per month.

How to watch Great American Family channel on Roku

You can watch Great American Family on Roku or Roku TVs by subscribing to DIRECTV STREAM, frndly TV, Fubo, Hulu Live TV, Philo, or Sling TV.

Where can I watch the Great American Family channel?

There are seven live TV streaming services that carry the Great American Family channel. You can watch GAC Family through a subscription to DIRECTV STREAM, Frndly TV, Fubo, Hulu with Live TV, Philo, and Sling TV.

Frndly is the cheapest option to watch Great American Family without cable starting at $7.99 per month for SD quality. You can quickly sign up for a free 7-day trial without any obligations. You will get more than 50 live TV channels including History, Hallmark Channel and The Weather Channel.  

Philo has more than 72 TV channels, including AMC, HGTV, GAC Living, all three Hallmark Channels, Paramount Network and Discovery for $25 per month. Subscriptions run month to month and there are no contracts.

Considering affordability and channel variety, Frndly TV stands out as the most budget-friendly option, especially for viewers primarily interested in family-friendly and entertainment channels. However, for a more comprehensive channel lineup, including sports and local channels, DIRECTV STREAM and Fubo are better choices, albeit at a higher price.

For those seeking an affordable, entertainment-focused option, Frndly TV is the recommended choice. For viewers wanting a broader range of channels, including sports and local content, Fubo is a suitable option despite its higher price.

With these options, watching Great American Family has never been easier. Choose the streaming service that best fits your preferences and start enjoying your favorite shows today.

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Great American Family To Launch First Original Series ‘County Rescue'

EXCLUSIVE: After setting the stage with its robust line-up of holiday programming, Great American Family is ready to get into the scripted series business.

The channel is launching County Rescue, an action-adventure medical drama starring Julia Reilly ( Stranger Things ) as an EMT in training who is vying for one of three openings on the team. It also stars Stacey Patino ( Keeping Up With the Joneses ), Percy Bell ( Devotion ), Tim Perez-Ross ( The Vampire Diaries ), Riley Hough ( The Resident ), Keller Fornes ( The Secrets She Keeps ), Angel Luis ( Law & Order) , Kristin Wollett ( Random Tropical Paradise ), and Brett Varvel ( American Underdog ).

The five-episode first season will premiere on Great American Pure Flix beginning February 16 and on Great American Family beginning February 17. Great American Pure Flix is the company's streaming service that was rebranded in September 2023.

Great American Family is also planning a Q1 launch of mystery franchises - original movies centered on the lighter side of mysteries and whodunnits and starring fan favorites from the network's family of talent. The first installment in the mystery wheel will be announced later this week.

"We are continuing to build on the phenomenal growth of our media brand and are excited to now fully capitalize on the synergies now available with Sony and Great American Pure Flix. Our portfolio of content is a trusted source of family friendly and faith-based entertainment, and our 2023 results greatly exceeded our expectations," said Bill Abbott, President & CEO, Great American Media. "We are looking forward to having a positive impact on viewers and the entertainment business by creating quality content that can be enjoyed by the entire family."

New original series set to premiere on Great American Pure Flix include Destination Heaven and Shadrach , as well as the season two return of Going Home , which premiered January 5.

Great American Media also announced it will produce a record number of original movies across the company's services in 2024. This follows the company's record in 2023, when it produced 21 original holiday movies for Great American Christmas while launching the franchise's continuous Christmas programming earlier than any other network. It continued through New Year's Day with the exclusive cable television broadcast of the 135th Tournament of Roses Parade.

The company will continue to develop and produce specials that promote emotional connections, such as Great American Rescue Bowl with its mission to save pet lives through adoption, premiering Super Bowl Sunday, February 11.

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Great American Family Network’s Ratings Plummet For Premiere Of Candace Cameron Bure’s New Holiday Movie ‘My Christmas Hero’

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It’s not such a happy holiday season for the Great American Family network — recent ratings show Candace Cameron Bure’s newest film My Christmas Hero underperformed at GAF.

According to ratings from SpoilerTV , My Christmas Hero only drew 371,000 live viewers during its premiere, amounting to .03 percent of its key demographic.

This is a stark decrease from the ratings for Bure’s first film for the network, titled A Christmas … Present , which drew in 462,000 live viewers at its premiere in 2022.

X user @SleepyKittyPaw shared SpoilerTV’s ratings and pointed out that Great American Family still hasn’t “netted 500,000 live viewers for anything on network now in 3rd holiday season.”

They added, “Pretty clear very few interested in bigoted ‘values’ GAF selling.”

They were likely referring to the network’s association with Bure, who was accused of making anti-LGBTQ remarks when she said Great American Family would focus on “traditional marriage” instead of depicting same-sex relationships like Hallmark has done in the past.

Despite Bure’s remarks, Great American Family CEO Bill Abbott outrightly stated in an interview with Variety that the Full House star does not speak “on behalf of Great American Media.”

“In terms of her personal views, it’s like the disclaimer you see at the end of a movie or a series that says, ‘The views reflected here are not necessarily those of the company,'” Abbott said in an October interview with the outlet.

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However, he also praised Bure’s work and noted that her star power likely played a role in the network’s overall growth. Variety reported that the network is up 150 percent in total viewers in 2023 compared to 2022.

Bure joined the network in 2022 as chief content officer after she made the surprising choice of leaving Hallmark for the more conservative company. She starred in 10 holiday films during her time at Hallmark, prompting fans to crown her the Queen of Christmas .

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