A teenage girl is visited by God, disguised as everyday people, and is given assignments and tasks that eventually have a positive outcome on people's lives.


Barbara Hall
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Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 10 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »





Series cast summary:
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
Elaine Hendrix ...  Ms. Lischak 16 episodes, 2003-2005
Mark Totty ...  Det. Carlisle 17 episodes, 2004-2005
Patrick Fabian ...  Gavin Price 16 episodes, 2003-2005
April Grace ...  Sergeant Toni Williams / ... 15 episodes, 2003-2004


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, who already deals with feeling out of place in her family : her police chief father, her somewhat overbearing mother, her geeky younger brother and former football star older brother, now paralyzed. They'd never believe her if she told them that God is talking to her. Does Joan have a higher purpose on earth, or are these strange conversations just in her head? Written by Ted Weiland

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The series is loosely inspired on the Joan Osborne song "One of Us", belonging to the 1995 album "Relish", which was one the biggest hits of that year and of the decade. The song imagines God as a normal human being. It was also inspired by the legendary teenage warrior Joan of Arc. In the early 15th century, the 17-year-old Joan commanded the Royal French army to defend France against England, having been inspired by the voices that she heard in her head which she believed to be the voice God. When she was 19, she was burned at the stake on May 30, 1431 after being accused of heresy in a rigged trial by the Catholic Church. Oddly enough, singer, warrior and the main character played by Amber Tamblyn share the same name. See more »


Luke: No one ever listens to me, and yet I talk.
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Referenced in Greek: Isn't It Bro-mantic? (2009) See more »


What if God was One of Us?
Performed by Joan Osborne
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GREAT show!
12 November 2004 | by magicbeautySee all my reviews

I stumbled upon Joan of Arcadia near the end of the first season and quickly found one thing out: This is a great show!

God speaks to Joan to have her try to make a DIFFERENCE in this world. The show is all about the choices we make in our lives that make a difference in the world around us. Through the choices Joan, her friends and her family make, we can learn something. Don't worry, it doesn't come off as all about religion, or all preachy. There is a great cast (especially Amber Tamblyn, Joe Mantegna and Mary Steenburgen), solid story lines and some really great music in between. I have been extremely impressed with Amber Tamblyn; she is perfect for this part.

Sometimes sad, very often funny, there is always something you can relate to. Give it a chance; you will enjoy it!

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25 September 2003 (USA) See more »

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