Joan of Arcadia (2003–2005)

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Millions of people speak to God. What if God spoke back? Life just got a hell of a lot more confusing for teenage Joan Girardi, who already deals with feeling out of place in her family : ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 7 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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 Will Girardi (45 episodes, 2003-2005)
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 Helen Girardi (45 episodes, 2003-2005)
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 Joan Girardi (45 episodes, 2003-2005)
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 Kevin Girardi (45 episodes, 2003-2005)
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 Luke Girardi (45 episodes, 2003-2005)
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 Grace Polk (44 episodes, 2003-2005)
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 Adam Rove (44 episodes, 2003-2005)
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 Friedman (33 episodes, 2003-2005)
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 Glynis Figliola (23 episodes, 2003-2005)
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Millions of people speak to God. What if God spoke back? Life just got a hell of a lot more confusing for teenage Joan Girardi, who already deals with feeling out of place in her family : her police chief father, her somewhat overbearing mother, her geeky younger brother and former football star older brother, now paralyzed. They'd never believe her if she told them that God is talking to her. Does Joan have a higher purpose on earth, or are these strange conversations just in her head? Written by Ted Weiland

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In her DVD commentary for the first season episode "Jump," show creator Barbara Hall explains why Adam usually calls Joan "Jane." Hall says that in Adam's first appearance (in the episode "The Fire and the Wood"), he was still pretending to be a stoner to distance himself from others and protect himself emotionally in the aftermath of his mother's suicide. In service to that ruse, Adam would often pretend to be "out of it" - unable to focus or get simple facts quite correct. Hence, although he knew perfectly well that her name was Joan, he started calling her "Jane" to seem spacey - and it stuck as a joking term of endearment between them. Hall says that one can always tell when Adam is angry at Joan by noting when he uses her real name. Hall also says that this topic is one of the questions about the show she gets asked the most. See more »

Quotes

Joan: I thought we were going with monotheism.
Twin-Girl God: I'm impressed you know what that is.
Joan: Why are you torturing me, And don't say I'm torturing myself.
Twin-Girl God: Sometimes it's hard to believe what you see, so you have to trust the world behind your eyes,
Joan: There's a world behind my eyes? Great, because this one isn't enough trouble.
Twin-Girl God: People manage to believe in me, even though they have no idea what I am, they trust me even in the silence.
Joan: OK. Can you take care of the rash and the barfing? Save the haiku for another ...
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Referenced in Family Guy: Fast Times at Buddy Cianci Jr. High (2005) See more »

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One of Us
Performed by Joan Osborne
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GREAT show!
12 November 2004 | by (Buckeye State!) – See all my reviews

I stumbled upon Joan of Arcadia near the end of the first season and quickly found one thing out: This is a great show!

God speaks to Joan to have her try to make a DIFFERENCE in this world. The show is all about the choices we make in our lives that make a difference in the world around us. Through the choices Joan, her friends and her family make, we can learn something. Don't worry, it doesn't come off as all about religion, or all preachy. There is a great cast (especially Amber Tamblyn, Joe Mantegna and Mary Steenburgen), solid story lines and some really great music in between. I have been extremely impressed with Amber Tamblyn; she is perfect for this part.

Sometimes sad, very often funny, there is always something you can relate to. Give it a chance; you will enjoy it!


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