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25 September 2003 (USA) See more »
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... See more »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 8 wins & 21 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 9 of 86)

Joe Mantegna ... Will Girardi (45 episodes, 2003-2005)

Mary Steenburgen ... Helen Girardi (45 episodes, 2003-2005)

Amber Tamblyn ... Joan Girardi (45 episodes, 2003-2005)

Jason Ritter ... Kevin Girardi (45 episodes, 2003-2005)

Michael Welch ... Luke Girardi (45 episodes, 2003-2005)

Becky Wahlstrom ... Grace Polk (44 episodes, 2003-2005)

Chris Marquette ... Adam Rove (44 episodes, 2003-2005)

Aaron Himelstein ... Friedman (33 episodes, 2003-2005)

Mageina Tovah ... Glynis Figliola (23 episodes, 2003-2005)

Series Directed by
James Hayman (9 episodes, 2003-2005)
Kevin Dowling (6 episodes, 2003-2005)
Steve Gomer (5 episodes, 2003-2004)
Martha Mitchell (4 episodes, 2003-2005)
Elodie Keene (3 episodes, 2004-2005)
Rob Morrow (3 episodes, 2004)
Graeme Clifford (2 episodes, 2004-2005)
Series Writing credits
Barbara Hall (45 episodes, 2003-2005)
David Grae (5 episodes, 2004-2005)
Joy Gregory (4 episodes, 2003-2005)
Stephen Nathan (4 episodes, 2004-2005)
Tom Garrigus (3 episodes, 2003-2005)
Hart Hanson (3 episodes, 2003-2004)
Lindsay Sturman (3 episodes, 2004-2005)
Randy Anderson (2 episodes, 2003)

Series Produced by
Drew Matich .... co-producer / producer (45 episodes, 2003-2005)
Stephen Nathan .... executive producer / consulting producer (32 episodes, 2004-2005)
Barbara Hall .... executive producer (23 episodes, 2003-2004)
James Hayman .... executive producer / producer (23 episodes, 2003-2004)
Peter Schindler .... co-executive producer (23 episodes, 2003-2004)
Sandra Nebel .... associate producer (22 episodes, 2004-2005)
Tom Garrigus .... producer / supervising producer (21 episodes, 2003-2004)
Hart Hanson .... consulting producer (7 episodes, 2003-2004)
Randy Anderson .... co-executive producer (6 episodes, 2003-2004)
Herb Adelman .... co-producer (4 episodes, 2004)
Joy Gregory .... co-producer (4 episodes, 2004)
Ellen Herman .... consulting producer (4 episodes, 2004)
Series Original Music by
Jonathan Grossman (45 episodes, 2003-2005)
Series Cinematography by
Charlie Lieberman (20 episodes, 2003-2004)
Series Film Editing by
Nina Gilberti (16 episodes, 2003-2005)
Daniel A. Valverde (14 episodes, 2003-2005)
Tracy Curtis (8 episodes, 2003-2004)
Series Casting by
Chuck McCollum (22 episodes, 2003-2004)
Vicki Rosenberg (20 episodes, 2003-2004)
Alexis Frank Koczara (19 episodes, 2003-2004)
Christine Smith Shevchenko (5 episodes, 2003-2004)
Series Production Design by
Bill Eigenbrodt (20 episodes, 2003-2004)

Daniel A. Lomino (unknown episodes)
Series Art Direction by
Gary Myers (35 episodes, 2003-2005)
Stephen Runningen (9 episodes, 2004)
Series Set Decoration by
Martin Price (15 episodes, 2003-2004)
Timothy Oakley (9 episodes, 2003-2004)

Sharon Viljoen (unknown episodes)
Series Costume Design by
Christine Peters (20 episodes, 2003-2004)
Series Makeup Department
Wendi Lynn Allison .... key makeup artist (45 episodes, 2003-2005)
Carl Bailey .... key hair stylist (40 episodes, 2003-2005)
Lori Madrigal .... makeup department head / key makeup artist (25 episodes, 2003-2004)
Bernard Gough .... key hair stylist (8 episodes, 2003-2004)

R.J. McCasland .... tattoo/prosthetic makeup designer (unknown episodes)
Yesim 'Shimmy' Osman .... additional hair stylist (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
Cynthia Stegner .... post-production executive (36 episodes, 2003-2005)
Herb Adelman .... unit production manager (20 episodes, 2003-2004)
Sandra Nebel .... post-production supervisor (8 episodes, 2004)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
W. Thomas Snyder .... first assistant director (28 episodes, 2003-2005)
Velvet Andrews-Smith .... second assistant director (22 episodes, 2003-2005)
Laura Nisbet .... first assistant director (10 episodes, 2003-2004)
Joseph Payton .... dga trainee (6 episodes, 2004)
Anne Berger .... second assistant director (3 episodes, 2003)
Mara J. Lee .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 2004)
Ellen Rosentreter .... day player second assistant director (2 episodes, 2005)

Mindee Clem .... dga trainee (unknown episodes, 2004)
Kea Watson .... dga trainee (unknown episodes, 2004)
Nick Candy .... dga trainee day player (unknown episodes)
Merry Chen .... dga trainee (unknown episodes)
Stephen D'Amato Jr. .... second second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Yor-El Francis .... day player DGA trainee (unknown episodes)
Marla Hudnall .... dga trainee (unknown episodes)
Joann Matsuo .... DGA trainee day player (unknown episodes)
Pamela Monroe .... dga trainee (unknown episodes)
Jenny Nolan .... dga trainee (unknown episodes)
Krista Reymann .... second second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Chani Siegel .... dga trainee (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Tim Castagnola .... labor foreman (45 episodes, 2003-2005)
Tony Guastella .... leadman (45 episodes, 2003-2005)
Chris Kubin .... general foreman (45 episodes, 2003-2005)
David A. Weinman .... construction coordinator (45 episodes, 2003-2005)
Jason Wolf .... assistant property master (45 episodes, 2003-2005)
Timothy Sheehan .... on-set dresser (37 episodes, 2003-2005)
Amber Haley .... set buyer (23 episodes, 2003-2004)
Katherine LeBlond .... set decoration buyer (23 episodes, 2003-2004)
Jacob P. Rodriguez .... laborer (22 episodes, 2004-2005)
Jeanne Bueche .... assistant property master (13 episodes, 2004-2005)
David Touster .... property master (12 episodes, 2003-2004)
Emily A. Wilson .... art department coordinator (12 episodes, 2004-2005)
Joel Ruiz .... set dresser (3 episodes, 2004)

Katie Gonzalez .... props (unknown episodes)
Christopher Isenegger .... artist (unknown episodes)
Holiday Landa .... art coordinator (unknown episodes)
Michael Marcus .... lead graphic artist (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Samuel C. Crutcher .... dialogue editor (45 episodes, 2003-2005)
Robert Nichols II .... sound recordist (45 episodes, 2003-2005)
Takako Ishikawa .... sound effects editor (23 episodes, 2003-2004)
David C. Eichhorn .... supervising sound editor (14 episodes, 2003-2004)
Jon Wakeham .... supervising sound editor (12 episodes, 2004-2005)
Joseph Geisinger .... production sound mixer (11 episodes, 2003-2004)
Deb Adair .... sound re-recording mixer (10 episodes, 2004)
Carlos Delarios .... sound re-recording mixer (10 episodes, 2004)

Bob Costanza .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
David Diamond .... boom operator (unknown episodes)
Tommy Goodwin .... foley mixer (unknown episodes)
Robert L. Harman .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Maury Harris .... production sound mixer (unknown episodes)
Erin Oakley .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Mortesa Rezvani .... second sound mixer (unknown episodes)
Susumu Tokunow .... production sound mixer (unknown episodes)
David Weisberg .... adr artist (unknown episodes)
Anna D. Wilborn .... assistant sound editor (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Andre G. Ellingson .... special effects coordinator (22 episodes, 2004-2005)
Edward T. Reiff Jr. .... special effects (8 episodes, 2003-2004)
Series Visual Effects by
Chris Pechin .... storyboard artist / visual consultant (9 episodes, 2003-2005)

Henrik Fett .... visual effects supervisor (unknown episodes, 2004)
Adam Avitabile .... digital compositor (unknown episodes)
Chad Buehler .... digital compositor: LOOK! Effects, Inc. (unknown episodes)
Christopher Ivins .... digital compositor: LOOK! Effects, Inc. (unknown episodes)
Danny S. Kim .... creative director (unknown episodes)
Tefft Smith .... digital artist (unknown episodes)
Series Stunts
Catherine Petra Villalobos .... stunt performer (18 episodes, 2003-2004)
Mark Stefanich .... stunts (2 episodes, 2003)
Marc Schaffer .... stunt double (2 episodes, 2004)
Karin Silvestri .... stunt double: Amber Tamblyn / stunt double (2 episodes, 2005)

Wendi Bromley .... stunt double: Constance Zimmer (unknown episodes)
Brennan Dyson .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Tom Elliott .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Nicola C. Hindshaw .... stunt double: Amber Tamblyn (unknown episodes)
Kevin L. Jackson .... stunt rigger (unknown episodes)
Lane Leavitt .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Heidi Pascoe .... stunt double: Amber Tamblyn & Sprague Grayden (unknown episodes)
Christie Sanders .... stunt double: Hilary Duff (unknown episodes)
Monty L. Simons .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Trace Schneider .... electrician (45 episodes, 2003-2005)
Jon Zarkos .... assistant camera (45 episodes, 2003-2005)
Paul V. Perkins .... dolly grip (44 episodes, 2003-2005)
Bruce Sharp .... best boy electric (23 episodes, 2003-2004)
David J. White II .... first camera assistant (18 episodes, 2003-2004)
John Hatchitt .... key grip / first company grip (8 episodes, 2003-2004)
Sam Griffin .... electrician (8 episodes, 2005)
David Chameides .... steadicam operator (7 episodes, 2004)
Jeff Levy .... chief lighting technician (7 episodes, 2004)
Brian W. Nordheim .... Steadicam operator (7 episodes, 2004)
Darcy Spires .... camera operator (7 episodes, 2004)
Pete Escobar .... grip (3 episodes, 2005)

John S. Campbell .... grip (unknown episodes)
Paolo Cascio .... first assistant camera (unknown episodes)
James Chressanthis .... director of photography: additional photography (unknown episodes)
Greg Cohen .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Stephan Dalyai .... chief lighting technician (unknown episodes)
Jerome Fauci .... Steadicam operator (unknown episodes)
Samuel Buddy Fries .... additional camera operator (unknown episodes)
Randy Greer .... aerial cinematographer (unknown episodes)
Jeffrey Maroun .... electrician (unknown episodes)
Jamie Maxtone-Graham .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Spencer McDonald .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Frédéric North .... pilot: camera helicopter (unknown episodes)
Thomas J. Ruffner .... dolly grip (unknown episodes)
Matthew J. Siegel .... camera operator / unit director of photography (unknown episodes)
Jay W. Yowler .... chief lighting technician (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Erin Toner .... casting assistant (1 episode, 2003)

Alexis Frank Koczara .... casting associate (unknown episodes)
Chuck McCollum .... casting associate (unknown episodes)
Karen P. Morris .... casting assistant (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alyson MacInnis .... key costumer (20 episodes, 2004-2005)
David Swope .... costume supervisor (15 episodes, 2003-2004)

Mary Iannelli .... costumer (unknown episodes)
Gloria Maroun .... set costumer (unknown episodes)
Shelli Nishino .... costumer (unknown episodes)
Brenda M. Ware .... key costumer (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
Rick Dalby .... final colorist (45 episodes, 2003-2005)
Brian Sherwin .... post-production assistant / post-production coordinator (45 episodes, 2003-2005)
Janet Gratz .... assistant editor (22 episodes, 2003-2005)
Matthew R. Laudermilk .... post-production assistant (22 episodes, 2004-2005)
Ken Woodburn .... assistant editor (6 episodes, 2003-2004)

Joe Rockom .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
Jeff Lingle .... music editor (45 episodes, 2003-2005)
John McCullough .... music supervisor (10 episodes, 2003-2004)
Steve Bauman .... source music by (4 episodes, 2004-2005)
Series Transportation Department
Greg Van Dyke .... transportation coordinator (12 episodes, 2003-2004)
Jack Jay Reece .... driver (8 episodes, 2003-2004)
Scott Howard .... transportation (4 episodes, 2004)

Shawn Coulter .... driver (unknown episodes)
George A. Miki .... driver (unknown episodes)
Kathryn Moll .... driver (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Pam Des Vigne .... payroll accountant (45 episodes, 2003-2005)
Andy House .... production executive (45 episodes, 2003-2005)
George Montgomery .... title designer (45 episodes, 2003-2005)
Jeffrey T. Spellman .... location manager (44 episodes, 2003-2005)
Carey Goldstein .... stand-in (32 episodes, 2004-2005)
Catherine Petra Villalobos .... production assistant (26 episodes, 2003-2005)
Crystal Taylor .... script coordinator (23 episodes, 2003-2004)
Eddy Vallante .... production assistant (22 episodes, 2004-2005)
Joy Gregory .... executive story editor (17 episodes, 2003-2004)
Susan Ellis .... production coordinator (13 episodes, 2003-2004)
Marta Goldstein .... script supervisor (13 episodes, 2003-2004)
Gordon K.K. Loi .... production accountant (13 episodes, 2003-2004)
Ken Thompson .... assistant: Barbara Hall (13 episodes, 2003-2004)
Serena Baker .... location scout (12 episodes, 2003-2004)
Matthew Donlan .... assistant: Stephen Nathan (12 episodes, 2004)
Paul Conti .... computer screen graphics (10 episodes, 2003)
Jon Barlow .... assistant: James Hayman (8 episodes, 2003-2004)
Gavin James .... assistant: Peter Schindler (8 episodes, 2004)
David Grae .... story editor (4 episodes, 2004)
David Halver .... location assistant (3 episodes, 2004)
Myke Mansberger .... studio services manager (3 episodes, 2004)
Annette Mathews .... assistant: Peter Schindler (3 episodes, 2004)
Gary Rieck .... script coordinator (3 episodes, 2004)
Julie Ross .... assistant: James Hayman (3 episodes, 2004)
Larry Sullivan .... assistant: Peter Schindler (2 episodes, 2003)

Selma Al-Faqih .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Emily Bracken .... assistant to writer (unknown episodes)
Gaye Ann Bruno .... photo publicity (unknown episodes)
Bob Corff .... voice teacher (unknown episodes)
Jennifer Davidson .... publicist (unknown episodes)
T.J. Healy II .... location manager: Delaware (unknown episodes)
Dan Helias .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Daniel Helias .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Jean Hodges .... food stylist (unknown episodes)
Lara Marcelonis .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Jeremy Martin .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Lucas Moore .... studio teacher (unknown episodes)
George Phillip Gutierrez .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Rosa-Lee Pierce .... location manager (unknown episodes)
Jeff 'Doc' Porter .... production medic (unknown episodes)
Kitty Rourke .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)
Matthew Steinberg .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Maureen Tenenbaum .... script supervisor: second unit (unknown episodes)
John Trujillo .... layout board (unknown episodes)

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USA:60 min (including commercials) | 45 min (45 episodes)
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In the first season, scenes involving Joan's part-time job at a local bookstore were filmed at Skylight Books, an independent bookstore in Los Angeles, chosen in part for its "distinct visual personality". Recognizing that continued filming on location at Skylight Books would cause further disruption to the store and its neighborhood, a set was converted into a bookstore for the second season. Design elements were used in the making of the bookstore set that are more commonly found on the East Coast.See more »
Will:All we can do is provide a safe environment for our kids to fail and be miserable.See more »
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28 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
can't get enough of this show., 20 February 2004
Author: emily37 from brooklyn

first off: yay CBS for actually making a good show!! I mean, what, are we in our 10th season of JAG?

this show reminds me of My So-Called Life. and that's nothing to sneeze at. it's certainly not _as_ good, but it has the same feel with its realistic characters (and not just the main characters, but the supporting ones, too). it seems like kids who are teenagers now would relate to this show like kids of my generation related to MSCL in the 90s. I think the writers need to make the parents a little more accessible, but the way they show the many facets of the younger characters, especially Joan and her brothers, is really impressive.

the x-factor: Joan hangs out with God. I'm not a religious person, and if there are supposed to be religious overtones in this show, I'm not feeling them. It's almost like God is the trusty alien sidekick or something like that. It's cool, because even though I personally don't believe in God, I certainly have friends who do, and who knows? They might talk to God, too. It's nice that a TV show can address religion, which is such a part of so many people's lives, in a non-preachy way.

the show, however, isn't about religion. it's about a middle-class white suburban family and their personal struggles. I feel like the show could go up or down from here. there have been some really unique and interesting story lines (Joan's tame relationship with the "stoner"/artist Adam, the questioning of Grace's sexuality, the art-teacher mother's rediscovering of the art she created after being raped) and even the story lines that seem more boring and uninspired seem to be coming around (the condescending-macho chief of police dad being demoted, the wheelchair-bound former-star-athlete older brother regaining his confidence and returning to "player" status, despite his disabilities)

I think the show's sometimes-slow pace is a testament to how long it might last. I hope it stays around for a while, at least, even if I do have to keep staying in for a while on Friday nights :)

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