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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 9 wins & 24 nominations See more »
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A godsend in an otherwise lackluster season... See more (100 total) »


 (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 (9 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 Avignone .... 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)
Katie Sanner .... props (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)

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 Location Management
Jeffrey T. Spellman .... location manager (44 episodes, 2003-2005)
Serena Baker .... location scout (12 episodes, 2003-2004)
David Halver .... location assistant (3 episodes, 2004)

T.J. Healy II .... location manager: Delaware (unknown episodes)
Rosa-Lee Pierce .... location manager (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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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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52 out of 60 people found the following review useful.
A godsend in an otherwise lackluster season..., 14 February 2004
Author: Terminal Madness ( from

In a season filled with terrible reality shows and cookie cutter sitcoms, a small show from CBS made its way into the territory of classic television in the making. While I'll admit the show drew me with the charming previews and attractive main star; I was rather hesitant to watch this but stumbled upon a gem in television, one of the rare gems in television in a shallow and short attention span audience.

Joan is the middle child in a middle/low class family who begins getting messages from god through the various forms of people who come to her asking her to perform certain deeds.

While she's not always sure what god's intentions may be for her she always manages to perform the deed and learns something that affects her life.

Many religious themed shows have rarely ever been able to send out watchable storylines with the religious undertones without completely botching them. "Seventh Heaven" a recent hit show with religious themes fails in every aspect possible by preaching of love, family, etc. while coming off as cheesy, campy, and very sappy. While that show continues to run out of steam with its horrible storylines and characters, this one manages to push it to the side.

Somehow "Joan of Arcadia" is real and that is due to many winning aspects including the excellent cast of actors who give this show the kick it needs. The often under rated Joe Mantegna gives an excellent performance as the father and leader of the family who works as a police officer while being forced to confront his rapidly feigning power, Mary Steenburgen plays the mother who often rules the household in the father's absence with a soft voice but a hard fist, Jason Ritter son of the late John Ritter plays the paralyzed oldest brother who must confront his disability while adjusting to life as disabled, Michael Welch plays the brainy youngest child who must adjust to his families problems while living as an individual, and best of all Amber Tamblyn stars as the title character who is extremely likable and charming; Tamblyn is excellent as Joan who takes God's often vague directions in stride and a sarcastic and often witty one-liner.

It'd be easy to make the character of Joan whiny and self-absorbed but the excellent writers pull her character off well and make her a heroine for the female viewers and eye candy for the young male viewers.

The writing is what make this series a joy with its often gripping and heartbreaking storylines and refreshing wit; while the earlier episodes in the series were mired in sloppy continuity and lack of any true direction, it picked up thankfully and has managed to achieve its purpose with amazing plot twists and often heart breaking character development.

"Joan of Arcadia" preaches themes without becoming preachy and becomes natural in its story telling while the excellent actors get into character flawlessly. Each character is likable and each character is more realistic and involving than any bargain basement reality show, and by the numbers sitcom and manages to mark its territory into classic television.

What make this the quintessential drama is that despite its religious backdrop it never preaches to people and never tells people that one religion is true, it only shows a young distraught girl being led by god personally and comes of age.

This is surely a godsend.

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