Joan of Arcadia

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Joan of Arcadia

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Joan of Arcadia is a drama that follows a typical family facing atypical situations, not the least of which is their teenage daughter's conversations with God. A tough but soft-hearted police detective in Arcadia, Will Girardi (Joe Mantegna) dreams of providing a safe haven for his family and community. An outbreak of serious crime in his idyllic new town has challenged Girardi's desire for order, as have the ups and downs he faces with his family. Daughter Joan (Amber Tamblyn), an average teenager, has been acting a little strange. Most don't know that it has to do with the unusual way various people keep popping up, introducing themselves as God and then giving her specific directions to do things, such as get a job, join the debate team or volunteer with children. The appearances are hard for her to believe, even more so as she never knows who's going to turn up next. One minute it's a cute boy her own age, the next it's the lunch lady or a little girl. She'd been keeping it a secret from everyone, though she has finally revealed it to her artistic and generally sensitive boyfriend, Adam (Christopher Marquette), who believes she's been experiencing hallucinations. Rounding out the Girardi family are her art-teacher mother, Helen (Mary Steenburgen); her 16-year-old science-geek brother, Luke (Michael Welch), and her older, newspaper-writer brother, Kevin (Jason Ritter), a former high-school sports star who is in a wheelchair as a result of a car accident. Joan's unlikely new best friend is her publicly caustic and rebellious, but privately insightful and supportive classmate, Grace (Becky Wahlstrom). Unsure of what God wants--if God exists--and if she's even sane, Joan tentatively follows God's cryptic directives, all the while trying to retain a normal teenaged existence. Theme Song: "One of Us" Performed by Joan Osborne CBS Broadcast History: September 2003 - May 2005 --- Friday 8:00 pm Awards and Nominations: 2003 - Won - People's Choice Awards - Favorite New Dramatic Series 2003 - Won - American Film Institute - Top 10 TV Programs of the Year 2004 - Nominated - Golden Globes - Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series (Drama): Amber Tamblyn 2004 - Nominated - Golden Satellite Awards - Best Performance by an Actress in a Series (Drama): Amber Tamblyn 2004 - Won - Golden Satellite Awards - Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series (Drama): Mary Steenburgen 2004 - Won - Saturn Awards - Best Actress on TV: Amber Tamblyn 2004 - Nominated - SyFy Genre Awards - Best Young Actor: Amber Tamblyn and Michael Welch 2004 - Won - The Humanitas Prize - 60 Minute TV Category: Pilot episode 2004 - Nominated - The Humanitas Prize - 60 Minute TV Category: The Uncertainty Principle episode 2004 - Nominated - Television Critics Assn. - Outstanding New Program 2004 - Nominated - Teen Choice Awards - Best TV Show: Drama, TV Actress Drama: Amber Tamblyn, and Choice Fresh Face: Amber Tamblyn 2004 - Nominated - Emmy - Outstanding Drama Series; Outstanding Lead Actress in Drama Series: Amber Tamblyn; Outstanding Guest Actress in Drama Series: Louis Fletcher (Do The Math episode) 2004 - Nominated - Artios Awards - Dramatic Pilot Casting: Vicki Rosenberg 2004 - Won - The Family Television Awards - Best Drama Series and TV Actress: Amber Tamblynmoreless
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Fan Reviews (115)

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  • Please bring it back

    10
    I think the only reason why the ratings were low at the beginning is because they did not advertise it well, I mean about when the next season is out after the first season had finished. I miss it and would like it back and I see a lot of other people want the same.
  • Unnime

    10
    Olha, estou assistindo o seriado e apreciando demais! Todos meus amigos esto curtindo muito... Finalmente alguma coisa na TV para falar do ser humano como um todo! Muito bom...
  • Another Great Show before its time

    9.0
    Time for a remake - this was a great show and would fit in with today's favourited genre.
  • Sequel to the last episode

    10
    I need a movie or book to follow the last episode of this series. An elaboration needs to be made to Joan's encounter with the evil character. Please!
  • I loved this episode... heck, I loved the show itself...

    9.8
    I loved this episode, but I do wish that we could have seen some of the future for the family... like who Joan, Luke, and what's his name of a brother... actually marry? And what will happen to the brother in the wheelchair? Does he ever walk again? And will Joan & her friends be able to stop the guy who's starting all the fires.... especially before anyone gets seriously hurt? And will anyone but her close friends believe who is starting the fires?



    We can only imagine what will happen, since the show's been cancelled, and has been for awhile now... and possibly even write some fanfiction/stories about the show itself, and all the character developments, etc...moreless
  • JOAN OF ARCADIA CREATOR BRINGS EXORCIST SERIES TO TV.

    New CBS pilots follow exorcist, '70s swing set

  • ALREADY MISSING THE TIME SPENT WITH FAMILY ON THANKSGIVING? SPEND A LITTLE POST-TURKEY DAY TIME WITH THE CAMDENS IN 7TH HEAVEN, THE WILDERS IN THEIR LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, OR THE GIRARDIS IN THE SECOND SEASON OF JOAN OF ARCADIA. OR YOU COULD TRY SPICING THINGS UP WITH BONES, CRIMINAL MINDS, OR JAMIE KENNEDY'S BLOWIN' UP.

    November 28, 2006 DVD Releases

    • Favourite character
      I just wondering who's everyone's favourite character is. Mine's Friedman. He's really odd but in a good way. Reminds me of a frie...
      09/10/11
      39
    • Jesus?
      I have only just started on the second series but I couldn't wait to find the answer to my question. Was Jesus ever mentioned?Did ...
      09/10/11
      8
    • Joan of Arcadia E4
      Just watched the Pilot Episode in the UK on E4 :)looks very good :) any other UK viewers watch it?its on 6.50am and 11am on E4 and...
      09/10/11
      11
    • Friday Night AKA Judith's Death
      what do you guys think about this episode
      09/10/11
      2
    • Hello? *hears echoes*
      Hi! I was just wondering i anyone is ALIVE out there or if this is a DEAD thread? So please if u see this please say ur name! ty!~...
      09/10/11
      7
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    Family Dramas, religious mysteries, witty remarks, teen angst, social issues