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Joan of Arcadia - The First Season
Joan of Arcadia - The First Season
Actors: Amber Tamblyn, Joe Mantegna, Mary Steenburgen, Jason Ritter, Michael Welch
Directors: Alan Myerson, David Petrarca, Elodie Keene, Gloria Muzio, Helen Shaver
Genres: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Special Interests, Television
UR     2005     17hr 8min

After patriarch Will gets a job as the chief of police, the Girardi family moves to the small town of Arcadia from the big city. Middle child Joan isn't happy, and her family, consisting of science nerd Luke, paralyzed for...  more »

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Actors: Amber Tamblyn, Joe Mantegna, Mary Steenburgen, Jason Ritter, Michael Welch
Directors: Alan Myerson, David Petrarca, Elodie Keene, Gloria Muzio, Helen Shaver
Genres: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Special Interests, Television
Sub-Genres: Religion, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Religion & Spirituality, Drama
Studio: Paramount
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 05/10/2005
Original Release Date: 09/25/2003
Theatrical Release Date: 09/25/2003
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 17hr 8min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 6
SwapaDVD Credits: 6
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Mr G.
Reviewed on 4/30/2020...
A good show IF you're into this sort of thing, and you already know if you are. Amber T. does a good job portraying a possibly-crazy teenager. Some good episodes and messages, even if it does get extra-corny at times.

One problem: No closed captioning, and there's enough background music and noise that it's easy to miss what someone just said.

As far as I can tell, Season 2 also is without closed captioning, as is the 'Box Set' with both seasons.

3 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Kathleen R. (Katchie) from UPLAND, CA
Reviewed on 11/20/2016...
I loved this series until the end and they attributed her God to a brain problem.
nice without all the adds. GREAT!!
0 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Elaine D. from FORT MYERS, FL
Reviewed on 7/26/2010...
I loved this program and wish it had continued on TV but so grateful to have the DVDs. It is so inspiring and close to my heart spiritually and not religious dogma.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Betty G. (Rowlena) from SOUTH SALEM, NY
Reviewed on 1/29/2009...
Joan is your average girl who sees a man in her backyard one morning who happens to be God. Yeah whats so average about that.

Joan's family includes the Chief of police her father, a former artist now homemaker, a former star athlete who is now paralyzed and the nerdy brother. A show that gets to the heart of the issues from teen pregnancy, judging one another, the quest for self identity, the search for faith in a crazy world, and why does God let bad things happen to good people.

This is a show that is well missed in the TV spectrum, this is a conversation starter for families and groups be they spiritual or not.
2 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

The best written and acted tv series since Angel and Buffy
J. Whitford | Falls Church, VA USA | 03/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This was one of the finest television series on the air. The writing was superb, the characters were believable, and the storylines were to die for.

If you loved the Touched by an Angel series, you will enjoy this one.

The main character, a high school girl named Joan talks to God all day every day as she sorts through the pains of growing up. What I love about this show is that God appears as every single race, color, creed and religion - from a middle aged chess player to a Gothic punk rocker. Joan never knows what God will look like, but has blind faith God is always there.

I also love that she does not always appreciate the advice she is given and gets annoyed with God from time to time. I can relate to not liking the answer I get to my prayers. I don't always get what I ask for. But I always get what I need. Just like Joan."
Joan of Arcadia, sophisticated, witty,
Rumi | Yreka, California, USA | 02/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"An entirely believable 16 year old girl with an entirely believable family, warts and all. The program handles complexity with great sophistication, often letting complex issues stay unresolved, forcing the viewer to reach her/his own conclusions. Manages to be spiritual without being theological; avoids confusing religion with spirituality. A definite viewpoint about God is here, without any attempt to proselytize. The best program I have ever watched dealing with spirituality. All the main characters are fine actors and the interactions with Joan's family and friends are witty, occasionally sad, always asking profound questions."
Thanks for Season 2! Now what about the unseen episodes of
Victor W. Chapman | Portland, OR USA | 11/22/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Good Friday, 2010. I'm updating the review below to thank the producers for finally releasing Season @ of Joan of Arcadia. I'm also asking them to release all episodes of Season 3 that were in the can, but never shown.

At the end of Season 2, a Satan or Mephistopheles figure was introduced, and a detailed preview of his havoc in the first episode of Season 3. The preview was detailed enough to show that least one Season 3 episode had been completed. I suspect and hope there are more. Whatever is there, I think we should all ask CBS to please release it. Even if it's only one episode, CBS could make a full release by including it in a batch of many unseen episodes of suddenly canceled shows that, in retrospect, should have been kept. I'd buy it, wouldn't you?

Here's the original review I wrote, demanding release of the second season and praising the show for the incredible gifts it gave and continues to give.

Joan of Arcadia, as many others have noted, engages issues of faith, ethics, and life with intelligence and passion. A few viewers have panned it in comparison with "Touched by an Angel" and "The Waltons," or even on the basis of Ms Tamblyn's looks. The raves, which I am joining, always point out the humor, the excellent writing, the superb acting, the deep engagement that went into each show. I've seen the first season repeatedly, and each time I look, I find new levels of meaning to grip my mind and spirit.

I am also blessed in having many of the Second Seaason's shows on tape. Contrary to the statements of one reviewer, the Second Season actually builds on and widens the spiritual questing charted by the first. The show grows organically, right along with Joan and her family and friends, as they deal with with deeper and often more life-or-death choices. Never has spirituality been made so real on television.


I was truly angry when this show was cancelled. But the refusal to release Season Two is even worse. If it were released, I'd be buying copies not just for myself, but for friends and family. The show is that good, and the network is doubly foolish if it continues to ignore the easy money to be made here."