Successful Hollywood plastic surgeon Sydney Hansen returns home to Providence, Rhode Island to try to keep her dysfunctional family together with the help of her mother's friendly ghost. She also finds work with the local free clinic.

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Melina Kanakaredes ...  Dr. Sydney Hansen 96 episodes, 1999-2002
Seth Peterson ...  Robbie Hansen 96 episodes, 1999-2002
Mike Farrell ...  Dr. James Hansen 96 episodes, 1999-2002
Paula Cale ...  Joanie Hansen 81 episodes, 1999-2002
Concetta Tomei ...  Lynda Hansen 63 episodes, 1999-2002
Dana Daurey ...  Heather Tupperman 60 episodes, 1999-2002
Samaria Graham ...  Izzy Nunez / ... 53 episodes, 1999-2002
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Storyline

Dr. Sydney Hansen, a successful plastic surgeon in Hollywood, California, quits her private practice and returns to her hometown in Providence, Rhode Island after the sudden death of her controlling, demanding mother Lynda, in order to keep her dysfunctional family together with a little help and advice from Lynda who gives advice from beyond the grave in helping Sydney deal with her new career as a doctor for the local free clinic and dealing with her distracted veterinarian father Jim, her mixed-up sister Joanie, and younger brother Robbie, a small-time hustler. Written by Matthew Patay

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Syd came home for a saner life. Did we mention she talks to the dead?

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Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

NBC | Providence Svenska Fansajt

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vain yksi elämä See more »

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| (96 episodes)

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Stereo

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The town of Providence was founded by statesman Roger Williams in 1636. See more »

Quotes

[Sydney is returning to her family in Providence]
Kyle Moran: Me, I, uh, never left Providence. Never... really wanted to.
Sydney Hansen: Mmm. Trust me, the outside world is overrated.
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Referenced in NBC 75th Anniversary Special (2002) See more »

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In My Life
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by Chantal Kreviazuk (as opening theme)
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One of the best TV dramas to come along
18 December 1999 | by Ivory-3See all my reviews

I am so glad I have this show to watch every Friday night. I look forward to it, have my dinner ready at 7:59pm and sit there and experience the travails of the Hansen family. I loved the two hour movie on Thanksgiving, and hope this show is on for a long time. After I watch it, I am so emotionally drained cuz I lived every moment with them, but would gladly sit there and watch ten more episodes! I am looking forward to the day I am older and it lives on in reruns. I absorb every moment and talk about them as if they were friends of mine. I was crying with them when Lily was killed, I was in that car with the Four Musketeers. I lived in Providence for 6 years and long to move back. This show makes that longing even more bittersweet. I LOVE THIS SHOW!!!


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