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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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 13 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »
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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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Drama | Romance

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8 January 1999 (USA)  »

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Vain yksi elämä  »

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1.33 : 1
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The town of Providence was founded by statesman Roger Williams in 1636. See more »

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[after their mother's death]
Joanie Hansen: Do you believe in the afterlife?
Sydney Hansen: I barely believe in this life.
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Referenced in Popular: Promblems (2001) 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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One of the best TV dramas to come along
18 December 1999 | by (Maryland) – See all my reviews

I am so glad I have this show to watch every Friday night. I look forward to it, have my dinner ready at 7:59pm and sit there and experience the travails of the Hansen family. I loved the two hour movie on Thanksgiving, and hope this show is on for a long time. After I watch it, I am so emotionally drained cuz I lived every moment with them, but would gladly sit there and watch ten more episodes! I am looking forward to the day I am older and it lives on in reruns. I absorb every moment and talk about them as if they were friends of mine. I was crying with them when Lily was killed, I was in that car with the Four Musketeers. I lived in Providence for 6 years and long to move back. This show makes that longing even more bittersweet. I LOVE THIS SHOW!!!


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