The Book of Daniel (2006)

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Rev. Daniel Webster (Quinn) turns to a modern incarnation of Jesus to help him deal with his personal and professional problems.

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 Daniel Webster (8 episodes, 2006)
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 Judith Webster (8 episodes, 2006)
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 Adam Webster (8 episodes, 2006)
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 Grace Webster (8 episodes, 2006)
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 Jesus Christ (8 episodes, 2006)
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 Roger Paxton (8 episodes, 2006)
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 Bishop Beatrice Congreve (8 episodes, 2006)
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 Victoria Conlin (8 episodes, 2006)
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 Rainy (8 episodes, 2006)
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 Bertram Webster (6 episodes, 2006)
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 Caroline Paxton (5 episodes, 2006)
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 Adele Congreve (5 episodes, 2006)
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 Catherine Webster (4 episodes, 2006)
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 Worth Webster (4 episodes, 2006)
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 Nora Paxton (4 episodes, 2006)
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 Michael Vaporelli (4 episodes, 2006)
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 Tony Vaporelli (4 episodes, 2006)
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 Father Frank (4 episodes, 2006)
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 David Congreve (4 episodes, 2006)
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 Jessie Gilmore (3 episodes, 2006)
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 Yoda (3 episodes, 2006)
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 Kristine Ho (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Jeffrey McMullen (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Josh (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Billy (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Charlie Conlin (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Becky (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Gloria (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Francesca (2 episodes, 2006)
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St. Barnabas's episcopalian vicar Daniel Webster has a wealthy parish. Yet his family life constantly complicates everything. Peter is Daniel's model son and med student, but struggles with being a semi-closet gay. His adopted brother, ethnic Asian Adam, is an incorrigible rascal. Daniel's father in law is also a bishop, and the 'discrete best friend' of Daniel's bishop. In-laws and parish benefactors attract further trouble on top of the regular pastoral work. A hippie Jesus Christ inspires Daniel in cheeky visions. Written by KGF Vissers

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The controversial series was canceled after four episodes as a result of pressure from conservative Christian groups who found the story of a pill-popping Episcopal minister and head of a dysfunctional family offensive to the Christian faith and because ratings were low. See more »

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Church name is misspelled as "Barnabus" on its sign. See more »

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[Yoda has dinner with the Websters]
[to Peter]
Yoda: You're gay?
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Peter Webster: Yes.
Victoria Conlin: [blurting out] Me too.
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I've heard all the bad press on this "anti-Christian" show. Well, I am a Christian. I am also a conservative, real conservative. I find myself loving old reruns and old movies quite a bit and disliking "modern" shows more and more. Yet, I'm still trying to decide where I stand on this show. I actually recorded it so I could watch w/o missing anything.

Something I loved was when Daniel asks Jesus if he is chosen, since Jesus so often talks with him. Jesus responds. that he talks to most people, but most don't listen. As a Christian, I can totally agree with that concept. I also love Daniels apparent practice of grace. Grace is the concept that allows Christians to accept people without judgment. But, it's one thing not to judge people, it's quite another to let someone play with fire, w/o telling them they'll be burned.

For example, when that engaged couple comes to him for counseling. My church and most other churches will tell the couple that sex before marriage is wrong, instead he gives them advice less out of the Bible, and more out of Dr. Ruth's handbook.

Outside of my Christian viewpoint, I've one other criticism of the show. It's trying too hard. This one family has a gay son, another son that has sex with every girl he meets, a daughter that is dealing drugs, a father/husband that appears to have an addiction to his pain pills, an alcoholic wife/mother, a lesbian sister in law, a mother/grandmother that has Alzhimers--sorry for the spelling on that one-, a father/grandfather that may be having an affair, and a best friend with mob connections.

SLOW DOWN!!!! I know that we all have problems, but egad, can't they let someone be normal.

I am glad of the positive portrayal of Jesus though. Was I the only one that noticed he was wearing a seat belt?


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