Successful Hollywood plastic surgeon Sydney Hansen returns home to Providence, Rhode Island to try to keep her dysfunctional family together with the help of her mother's friendly ghost. She also finds work with the local free clinic.

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Series cast summary:
...  Dr. Sydney Hansen 96 episodes, 1999-2002
...  Robbie Hansen 96 episodes, 1999-2002
...  Dr. James Hansen 96 episodes, 1999-2002
...  Joanie Hansen 81 episodes, 1999-2002
...  Lynda Hansen 63 episodes, 1999-2002
...  Heather Tupperman 60 episodes, 1999-2002
...  Izzy Nunez / ... 53 episodes, 1999-2002
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Dr. Sydney Hansen, a successful plastic surgeon in Hollywood, California, quits her private practice and returns to her hometown in Providence, Rhode Island after the sudden death of her controlling, demanding mother Lynda, in order to keep her dysfunctional family together with a little help and advice from Lynda who gives advice from beyond the grave in helping Sydney deal with her new career as a doctor for the local free clinic and dealing with her distracted veterinarian father Jim, her mixed-up sister Joanie, and younger brother Robbie, a small-time hustler. Written by Matthew Patay

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Syd came home for a saner life. Did we mention she talks to the dead?

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NBC | Providence Svenska Fansajt

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8 January 1999 (USA)  »

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The town of Providence was founded by statesman Roger Williams in 1636. See more »

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[repeated line]
Joanie Hansen: Oh my hell!
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Referenced in NBC 75th Anniversary Special (2002) See more »

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In My Life
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by Chantal Kreviazuk (as opening theme)
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Not what it promises...
12 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

For a show that purports to show the charm and wonder of living at home in Providence, it certainly misses its mark. Much of the information given about Providence and its surrounding area is highly inaccurate and borders on insulting at times. To top it all off, the writing is poor and the stories inane. For a good look at Providence, Rhode Island, come see our city. For a good Friday night, read a book instead of watching this bilge.


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