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.

Creator:

Reviews
Popularity
3,117 ( 14)

Episodes

Seasons


Years



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)
Drama
    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
Sisters (1991–1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

"Sisters" follows the lives and loves of four close, but very different, sisters of the Reed family living in Winnetka, Illinois. Alex, the oldest, is a wealthy, slightly snobish, WASP wife... See full summary »

Stars: Swoosie Kurtz, Patricia Kalember, Sela Ward
Crossing Jordan (2001–2007)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 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
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
Summerland (2004–2005)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Bradin, Nikki and Derrick are 3 kids from an average normal Kansas household. Their whole life is thrown upside-down when their parents are tragically killed in a car accident. Ava Gregory ... See full summary »

Stars: Lori Loughlin, Merrin Dungey, Ryan Kwanten
One Fine Day (1996)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Melanie Parker, an architect and mother of Sammy, and Jack Taylor, a newspaper columnist and father of Maggie, are both divorced. They meet one morning when overwhelmed Jack is left ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Hoffman
Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, George Clooney, Mae Whitman
Profiler (1996–2000)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Ally Walker stars as Dr. Sam Waters, a detective with the Violent Crimes Task Force, a federal agency which often works with the FBI, ATF, and other crime-solving agencies. The VCTF ... See full summary »

Stars: Ally Walker, Julian McMahon, A Martinez
Private Practice (2007–2013)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A spin-off of the medical drama "Grey's Anatomy" centering on the life of neonatal surgeon Addison Montgomery.

Stars: Kate Walsh, Paul Adelstein, KaDee Strickland
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A mentally challenged girl proves herself to be every bit as capable as her "perfect" sister when she moves into an apartment and begins going to college.

Director: Garry Marshall
Stars: Juliette Lewis, Diane Keaton, Giovanni Ribisi
ER (1994–2009)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The lives, loves and losses of the doctors and nurses of Chicago's County General Hospital.

Stars: Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Julianna Margulies
Will & Grace (1998–2006)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Will and Grace live together in an apartment in New York. He's a gay lawyer, she's a straight interior designer.

Stars: Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally
Mad Love (1995)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

The high-school student Matt Leland lives with his twin brother and sister and his father in a house by the lake. When the teenager Casey Roberts moves to the house on the other side of the... See full summary »

Director: Antonia Bird
Stars: Chris O'Donnell, Drew Barrymore, Matthew Lillard
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Dr. Sydney Hansen (96 episodes, 1999-2002)
...
 Robbie Hansen (96 episodes, 1999-2002)
...
 Dr. James Hansen (96 episodes, 1999-2002)
...
 Joanie Hansen / ... (81 episodes, 1999-2002)
...
 Lynda Hansen (63 episodes, 1999-2002)
...
 Heather Tupperman (60 episodes, 1999-2002)
...
 Izzy Nunez / ... (53 episodes, 1999-2002)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

|

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

8 January 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vain yksi elämä  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (96 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Quotes

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 »

Connections

Referenced in NBC 75th Anniversary Special (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

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

If Providence were really like "Providence"
8 May 1999 | by (Providence, RI) – See all my reviews

I am one of the only people I know here in Providence who was actually born and raised on the 'east side' of Providence. As a child, I would sometimes amuse myself wondering what a TV show called Providence would be about, and would it be successful? Now, as an adult, my adolescent fantasy has come true, and every Friday night, I can see my little town on the national tube. I see the houses I drove past on my bicycle, and the sidewalks I bruised my knees on when I was running from loose dogs.

You would think I would be happier than I am, but the problem is "Providence" is not even close to what I imagined "Providence" would be like when I was a kid, making up TV stories instead of paying attention in school. You see, "Providence" is a bit of a success (to many people's surprise) and in order to succeed, so often Hollywood has to play down to the audience's lowest, common denominator. "Providence" does just this. All my friends and family thought this show would flop, but America seems to relate to it!

In every episode, you can see how an autistic or abused child can be instantly cured by looking into the eyes of a puppy dog. You can see how the only person with a Rhode Island dialect is the cab driver in the first episode - but really he was probably an actor from Jersey, or something. Of course, they did capture the flavor of our controversial, but politically brilliant Mayor, Buddy Cianci, in all his genuine charisma! His Marinara sauce really is quite tasty!

Yes, I wish I lived in "Providence", where I could bring my cat Whitman to the neighborhood Vet when he gets sick, but instead, I have to watch "Providence" from my TV in Providence, screaming PROVIDENCE!! with every passing scene of my little city, looking better than I ever noticed as a kid. Yes, I have to suffer through this condescending dribble every Friday night, eight o'clock, NBC.


10 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Providence on DVD! Steph42683
Theme Song traceryan
Theme song!! bobimoror
Hansen house rychloang
Opening song msgoldie720
cast missing bigjuan
Discuss Providence (1999) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page