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:
...  Will Girardi 45 episodes, 2003-2005
...  Helen Girardi 45 episodes, 2003-2005
...  Joan Girardi 45 episodes, 2003-2005
...  Kevin Girardi 45 episodes, 2003-2005
...  Luke Girardi 45 episodes, 2003-2005
...  Grace Polk 44 episodes, 2003-2005
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...  Friedman 33 episodes, 2003-2005
...  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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Release Date:

25 September 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die himmlische Joan  »

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Did You Know?


In the writer's draft version of the pilot script, the Girardi family was called the Delaney family. See more »


Grace Polk: I'll see you later. I'm going to go... run with scissors.
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Referenced in Pastor Mike Online: What Is the Underground Church? (2013) See more »


One of Us
Performed by Joan Osborne
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GREAT show!
12 November 2004 | by See 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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