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Joan of Arcadia 

A teenage girl is visited by God, disguised as everyday people, and is given assignments and tasks that eventually have a positive outcome on people's lives.
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2005   2004   2003  
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 10 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Joe Mantegna ...  Will Girardi 45 episodes, 2003-2005
Mary Steenburgen ...  Helen Girardi 45 episodes, 2003-2005
Amber Tamblyn ...  Joan Girardi 45 episodes, 2003-2005
Jason Ritter ...  Kevin Girardi 45 episodes, 2003-2005
Michael Welch ...  Luke Girardi 45 episodes, 2003-2005
Becky Wahlstrom ...  Grace Polk 44 episodes, 2003-2005
Chris Marquette ...  Adam Rove 44 episodes, 2003-2005
Aaron Himelstein ...  Friedman 33 episodes, 2003-2005
Mageina Tovah ...  Glynis Figliola 23 episodes, 2003-2005
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Storyline

Millions of people speak to God. What if God spoke back? Life just got a hell of a lot more confusing for teenage Joan Girardi, who already deals with feeling out of place in her family : her police chief father, her somewhat overbearing mother, her geeky younger brother and former football star older brother, now paralyzed. They'd never believe her if she told them that God is talking to her. Does Joan have a higher purpose on earth, or are these strange conversations just in her head? Written by Ted Weiland

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Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

CBS | SCI-FI Channel | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die himmlische Joan See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (45 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In her DVD commentary for the first season episode "Jump," show creator Barbara Hall explains why Adam usually calls Joan "Jane." Hall says that in Adam's first appearance (in the episode "The Fire and the Wood"), he was still pretending to be a stoner to distance himself from others and protect himself emotionally in the aftermath of his mother's suicide. In service to that ruse, Adam would often pretend to be "out of it" - unable to focus or get simple facts quite correct. Hence, although he knew perfectly well that her name was Joan, he started calling her "Jane" to seem spacey - and it stuck as a joking term of endearment between them. Hall says that one can always tell when Adam is angry at Joan by noting when he uses her real name. Hall also says that this topic is one of the questions about the show she gets asked the most. See more »

Quotes

Joan: I'm ignoring you!
God: I'm used to it.
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Connections

Referenced in Taxi (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

One of Us
Performed by Joan Osborne
(Title Song)
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GREAT show!
12 November 2004 | by magicbeautySee all my reviews

I stumbled upon Joan of Arcadia near the end of the first season and quickly found one thing out: This is a great show!

God speaks to Joan to have her try to make a DIFFERENCE in this world. The show is all about the choices we make in our lives that make a difference in the world around us. Through the choices Joan, her friends and her family make, we can learn something. Don't worry, it doesn't come off as all about religion, or all preachy. There is a great cast (especially Amber Tamblyn, Joe Mantegna and Mary Steenburgen), solid story lines and some really great music in between. I have been extremely impressed with Amber Tamblyn; she is perfect for this part.

Sometimes sad, very often funny, there is always something you can relate to. Give it a chance; you will enjoy it!


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