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 is returning to her family in Providence]
Kyle Moran: Me, I, uh, never left Providence. Never... really wanted to.
Sydney Hansen: Mmm. Trust me, the outside world is overrated.
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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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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.


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