Joan of Arcadia


Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 9/26/03
Rate Episode
114 votes
Write a Review
  • Episode Description
  • Sixteen year old Joan Girardi is approached by someone claiming to be God. He gives her a mission, get a job. Will Girardi, Joan's dad and new chief of police for Arcadia, is trying to solve the case of a serial killer.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Joe Mantegna

    Will Girardi

  • Michael Welch

    Luke Girardi

  • Mary Steenburgen

    Helen Girardi

  • Amber Tamblyn

    Joan Girardi

  • Jason Ritter

    Kevin Girardi

  • Fan Reviews (6)
  • Joan of Arcadia

    By daniellencarter5, May 25, 2014

  • Joan of Arcadia is the stupidest show in the world.

    By 360skater, Sep 26, 2007

  • So, I don't know what write in this window. My summary ? I have not ! Why ? I write my review after the viewing of the episode. I don't organized my review but it is coherent.

    By Rougon, Aug 30, 2005

  • It was a great Pilot

    By krazy4crack, Oct 30, 2006

  • An example of what made Joan of Arcadia so darn good.

    By Titan_Larry_, Aug 21, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • Luke: 'Cause you know, everything is energy and energy can manifest itself into any form depending on its rate of vibration. Joan: So, God could like vibrate himself into the form of a really hot guy about my age.

    • Joan: Are you being snippy with me? God is snippy.
      Cute Boy God: Let me explain something to you, Joan. It goes like this. I don't look like this. I don't look like anything you'd recognize. You can't see me. I don't sound like this. I don't sound like anything you'd recognize. You see, I'm beyond your experience. I take this form because you're comfortable with it. It makes sense to you and if I'm snippy, it's because you understand snippy. You get it?|
      Joan: Sort of.
      Cute Boy God: Good. 'Cause I'm really not snippy. I've got a great personality. You'd like me.

    • Cute Boy God: How about you believe me if I agree to overlook that promise you didn't keep? Joan: What promise? Cute Boy God: Let's see, that you'd study hard, stop talking back, clean your room and even go to church, if I recall, if I let your brother live. Joan: How did you know about that? Cut Boy God: Omniscience. Look it up. Joan: So you let my brother live, and now you're here to collect? Cute Boy God: No. I don't bargain. That would be cruel.

    • Joan: There's a pervert in the yard!! Luke: ..and a pervert appears in the yard.

    • Joan: Who are you? Cute Boy God: I've known you since before you were born, Joan. Joan: I'm going to ask you one more time. Cute Boy God: I'm God. Joan: You're what? Cute Boy God: God. Joan: Don't to me again.

    Show More Quotes

    Notes (10)

    • In the writers draft version of the pilot script, the Girardi family was called the Delaney family.

    • This is the only episode of the entire series in which neither Chris Marquette (Adam Rove) nor Becky Wahlstrom (Grace Polk) appear.

    • David Burke (Father Ken Mallory) is the only actor, besides the regulars, to appear in both this episode and the finale, "Something Wicked This Way Comes".

    • Show creator Barbara Hall wrote a list of guidelines for the writers, which she called "The Ten Commandments of Joan of Arcadia". These "commandments" are: * 1. God cannot directly intervene. * 2. Good and evil exist. * 3. God can never identify one religion as being right. * 4. The job of every human being is to fulfill his or her true nature. * 5. Everyone is allowed to say "no" to God, including Joan. * 6. God is not bound by time. This is a human concept. * 7. God is not a person and does not possess a human personality. * 8. God talks to everyone all the time in different ways. * 9. God's plan is what is good for us, not what is good for him. * 10. God's purpose for talking to Joan, and everyone, is to get her (us) to recognize the interconnectedness of all things - i.e., you cannot hurt a person without hurting yourself; all of your actions have consequences; God can be found in the smallest actions; God expects us to learn and grow from all our experiences. However, the exact nature of God is a mystery, and the mystery can never be solved.

    • (According to the Pilot script) Joan is 16 years old at the beginning of the series.

    Show More Notes

    Trivia (4)

    • Trivia: The fictional town of Arcadia is set in the state of Maryland.

    • In the same scene with Joan and Kevin, the tattoo on Amber's leg is clearly visible when Kevin pulls Joan off the sofa.

    • After Joan throws a glass of water in the face of Kevin, she holds the glass in her right hand. Kevin start tickling her and then the camera shot is made from behind Joan. At that point she does not have the glass in her hand any more. Then the camera shot is changed again from behind Kevin and Joan has the glass in her hand again.

    • Given we later find out in "Just Say No" that Helen was raped by someone crawling in to her window (in college), both she and Will seem awfully calm about Joan seeing a pervert outside her window here.

  • Add a Comment
    In reply to :
    • There are no comments yet. Be the first by adding your thoughts above.