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Joan of Arcadia 

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.
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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


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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Drama | Fantasy


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Release Date:

25 September 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die himmlische Joan See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Show creator Barbara Hall wrote a list of guidelines for the writers, which she called "The Ten Commandments of Joan of Arcadia". These "commandments" are:
  • 1. God cannot directly intervene.
  • 2. Good and evil exist.
  • 3. God can never identify one religion as being right.
  • 4. The job of every human being is to fulfill his or her true nature.
  • 5. Everyone is allowed to say "no" to God, including Joan.
  • 6. God is not bound by time. This is a human concept.
  • 7. God is not a person and does not possess a human personality.
  • 8. God talks to everyone all the time in different ways.
  • 9. God's plan is what is good for us, not what is good for him.
  • 10. God's purpose for talking to Joan, and everyone, is to get her (us) to recognize the interconnectedness of all things - i.e., you cannot hurt a person without hurting yourself; all of your actions have consequences; God can be found in the smallest actions; God expects us to learn and grow from all our experiences. However, the exact nature of God is a mystery, and the mystery can never be solved.
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Will: All we can do is provide a safe environment for our kids to fail and be miserable.
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Referenced in Family Guy: Gronkowsbees (2017) See more »


One of Us
Performed by Joan Osborne
(Title Song)
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19 November 2004 | by tamasin105See all my reviews

This show is nothing like Touched by an Angel or anything insipid delivered on the Pax network. It is instead a deep reflection on how complicated it is to to be human. How do we find moments of consolation in those dark moments of desolation? How do we connect to ourselves and others?

It just so happens, Amber Tamblyn as title character Joan Girardi, (one of my personal favorites since her days as Emily Quartermaine on General Hospital) plays a cynical teenager who sees God. But God doesn't perform miracles. And he/she looks a little different every week. Joan is just trying to figure out who she is, like any of us she's digging around "in the trash trying to find something that matters." Joan's family is going through some real stress in Season 2 with the lawsuit against the oldest son Kevin who was left permanently paralyzed after a drunk driving accident...

Not being particularly religious, I feel incredibly drawn to the questions and issues this show raises every week.

Incisive writing, compelling acting. I can't remember what I was taping Friday nights.

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