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Joan of Arcadia 

A teenage girl is visited by God, disguised as everyday people, and is given assignments and tasks that eventually have a positive outcome on people's lives.
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 10 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »




Series cast summary:
 Helen Girardi 45 episodes, 2003-2005
 Kevin Girardi 45 episodes, 2003-2005


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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Drama | Fantasy


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Release Date:

25 September 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die himmlische Joan  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character 'Will Girardi' was ranked #40 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" (20 June 2004 issue). See more »


Joan: I'm ignoring you!
God: I'm used to it.
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Featured in The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards (2004) See more »


One of Us
Performed by Joan Osborne
(Title Song)
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Shame on CBS
17 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

CBS recently canceled this truly original and uplifting show because it had lost viewers, and the age of the typical viewer (according to the lovely Neilsen ratings system) was over 50 years old. So what does CBS do? Say that a show about ghosts would "skew younger" than one about talking to God. Shame, shame, on you CBS. You promised that the show would be moved to another time slot before you canceled it, and you canceled it after making Barbara Hall introduce a new character that would hopefully bring in more viewers, while leaving the exit point for the show all the more sloppy and unresolved.

Some other network needs to pick this show up now. It's been nominated for an Emmy, which it also might be again this year, and won the People's Choice Awards. It's got an estimated eight million viewers, which is pretty good considering it was up against Dateline and in a time slot when people are out and about (early evenings on Fridays, also not a time when a lot of the teenagers are home, so that also explains why the average age of the viewers was so high). It's really sad that a show which makes you think, feel, cry and laugh at the same time can be thrown away so easily, while all the reality TV junk and crime dramas that are all-too-similar are thriving. This show was the finest ever to grace TV, and I highly recommend it to anyone that is sick of the few choices left to watch on television anymore.

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