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.


2,370 ( 24)

On Disc

at Amazon




5   4   3   2   1  
2002   2001   2000   1999  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 13 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Judging Amy (1999–2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A family drama focused on three generations of women living together in Hartford, Connecticut. Amy Brenneman plays Amy Gray, who left New York City behind and now works as a family court ... See full summary »

Stars: Amy Brenneman, Tyne Daly, Karle Warren
The Practice (1997–2004)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

We follow the exploits and cases of defense attorneys of a Boston law firm. Bobby Donnell is the senior defense attorney and founder of the firm.

Stars: Dylan McDermott, Kelli Williams, Lara Flynn Boyle
Savannah (1996–1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Based in Savannah, Georgia, it follows the lives of 3 best friends that have grown up together. Lane Mackenzie left Savannah after graduating for college to become a big journalist in New ... See full summary »

Stars: Robyn Lively, Jamie Luner, Shannon Sturges
Crossing Jordan (2001–2007)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A "sexy, brilliant" Boston medical examiner. Despite a checkered career, Dr. Jordan Cavanaugh goes above and beyond to solve cases.

Stars: Jill Hennessy, Miguel Ferrer, Ravi Kapoor
Veronica's Closet (1997–2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Veronica is the best romance expert around. Unfortunately, her expertise only works on others. After dumping her womanizing husband, she must build back her life and image through her ... See full summary »

Stars: Kirstie Alley, Kathy Najimy, Dan Cortese
CSI: NY (2004–2013)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

C.S.I. head Detective Mac Taylor and his team solve crimes in New York City.

Stars: Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo, Hill Harper
Fallen (TV Mini-Series 2007)
Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

18-year-old Aaron Corbett (Wesley) struggles to come to terms with his newly discovered identity - that he's half-angel.

Stars: Paul Wesley, Rick Worthy, Hal Ozsan


Series cast summary:
 Robbie Hansen 96 episodes, 1999-2002
 Dr. James Hansen 96 episodes, 1999-2002
 Heather Tupperman 60 episodes, 1999-2002
 Izzy Nunez / ... 53 episodes, 1999-2002


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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


Drama | Romance


See all certifications »


Official Sites:




Release Date:

8 January 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vain yksi elämä  »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs


| (96 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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


Sydney Hansen: Robbie's not here yet?
Lynda Hansen: Well, if he wants to live to see his own funeral, he'd better be.
See more »


Referenced in Popular: Promblems (2001) See more »


In My Life
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by Chantal Kreviazuk (as opening theme)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Why is this show being cancelled?
10 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

I love watching Providence on Friday nights. It's a good way to unwind and feel good. After the wedding of Sydney Hansen, the show will be off the air. NBC is cancelling another awesome show, and in the middle of the season. I used to like NBC but now it seems they are cancelling all these good shows. I will miss Providence and all the characters. I wish the show would at least last through May, 2003.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 22 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page