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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Cast

Series cast summary:
Melina Kanakaredes ...  Dr. Sydney Hansen 96 episodes, 1999-2002
Seth Peterson ...  Robbie Hansen 96 episodes, 1999-2002
Mike Farrell ...  Dr. James Hansen 96 episodes, 1999-2002
Paula Cale ...  Joanie Hansen 81 episodes, 1999-2002
Concetta Tomei ...  Lynda Hansen 63 episodes, 1999-2002
Dana Daurey ...  Heather Tupperman 60 episodes, 1999-2002
Samaria Graham ...  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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Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

NBC | Providence Svenska Fansajt

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vain yksi elämä See more »

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Runtime:

| (96 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

[Sydney is returning to her family in Providence]
Kyle Moran: Me, I, uh, never left Providence. Never... really wanted to.
Sydney Hansen: Mmm. Trust me, the outside world is overrated.
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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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Control freak! how can anyone stand this?
13 March 2002 | by minavaganteSee all my reviews

First of all, this show is *not* about a location: this show is about *just another* female character! Secondly, call me male chauvinist for what I am about to write, but I am a woman. We have all had a colleague at work that is just the complete control freak- always in charge of everything, welcoming more and more responsibilities, lecturing others and *not having a life*. Well, here's Melina Kanakaredes' role in "Providence": a female doctor who is, in a word, perfect. In two words, she's your ordinary and unsustainable control freak.

She works? No, she does everything at work! Other doctors should only be extras! She volunteers? No, she is probably preparing to run for mayor one day. She helps, she befriends? Yes, but only developing relationships with people she can control more, eg her patients (how professional)! She is even in touch with her dead mother, mind you, because they clearly took her away without her consent! Who could have been so stupid to challenge her almighty powers like this? Does she ever engage in useless, yet funny activities? Does she ever avoid to take her heroic self so seriously? If I were one of her colleagues I would just tell her politely to *Get A Life* and resign from my job. Oh, and when the show isn't concentrated on the epic of this woman there is also her family - a bunch of poor actors who try to raise the morale of the show with some humor, only to succumb under lines and gags that are worse than those from "The Drombusch Family". The saddest thing is that writers surely didn't need to invent anything for her characters: women like that are everywhere theses days. If it's coming near you, get a bigger tv set to accommodate the ego of this character.


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