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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 Dr. Sydney Hansen (96 episodes, 1999-2002)
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 Robbie Hansen (96 episodes, 1999-2002)
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 Dr. James Hansen (96 episodes, 1999-2002)
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 Joanie Hansen / ... (81 episodes, 1999-2002)
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 Lynda Hansen (63 episodes, 1999-2002)
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 Heather Tupperman (60 episodes, 1999-2002)
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 Izzy Nunez / ... (53 episodes, 1999-2002)
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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 which 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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The town of Providence was founded by statesman Roger Williams in 1636. See more »

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Sydney Hansen: Robbie's not here yet?
Lynda Hansen: Well, if he wants to live to see his own funeral, he'd better be.
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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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Family Drama
7 November 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The series is about a family trying to find their way after their mother dies at the youngest daughter's wedding. It keeps the older daughter-a plastic surgeon in CA from returning to her practice, leaves daughter pregnant without a groom, dad with his in home Vet practice and son as wayward as ever-a pretty full house. Sydney-eldest daughter turns her training and knowledge to work at a free clinic. Joanie with the help of her family raises her daughter as a single mom. Robbie works at a bar and like his siblings can't get a relationship to work. Set in Rhode Island this drama does look at the lighter side of life at times too.


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