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Release Date: 8-JAN-2008
Media Type: DVD
Melina Kanakaredes has the kind of warm, easy accessibility upon which long television careers are founded. The popularity of Providence--in which Kanakaredes plays Sydney Hansen, a plastic surgeon who returns home to find more meaning in her life--rests mostly on her shoulders, though certainly the rest of the cast is an engaging lot: Paula Cale plays Joanie, Syd's single-mom sister; Mike Farrell (formerly BJ Honeycutt of M*A*S*H) plays her veterinarian father, who relates better with animals than people; Seth Peterson is her rapscallion younger brother Robbie; and Concetta Tomei haunts Syd's dreams as her mother, who dies in Providence's pilot episode. Story-wise, the show is all over the map--soap opera (every family member goes through many relationship traumas), melodrama (in only the second episode, Syd saves an autistic girl from being institutionalized), comedy (in the fifth season, Robbie and his wife open a B&B, only to be plagued with skunks), suspense (a thug tries to murder a lovable drug-sniffing dog), even political thriller (when Syd dates a married congressman, blackmail erupts).
The Providence Collection is something of a greatest hits collection, so weddings, births, and christenings dominate the selected episodes. The writing can be awkward and obvious, but the capable cast holds everything together, and there's no denying that every episode keeps things lively by packing in at least three interweaving storylines. --Bret Fetzer
Not what I expected at all...didn't like it at all...
And that's not the theme song I remember from the series.
Was purchased as a Christmas gift. One of my wife's favorite series when it aired.Published on December 23, 2009 by Gene Swanson
Providence was a wonderful series; good stories, scripts, acting, etc. It's a real shame that the producers decided to release the series as a "collection" as opposed to releasing... Read morePublished on November 17, 2009 by Raymond S. Grabinski
I loved the show, but these episodes didn't really do the series, as a collection any justice. I would have preferred "Providence" the entire series. Read morePublished on August 6, 2009 by stacie canto
Like many other reviews here indicate, this is only a "best of" DVD and that's really too bad. I enjoyed this show so much when it aired, can't even find 're-runs' of it any more... Read morePublished on May 26, 2009 by Alba4me
Our family always enjoyed the series, Providence. This selection features the highest rated and most popular episodes of the series.Published on December 8, 2008 by D. S. Levinne
Despite its flaws I genuinely like this series. It's a sort of classy, well-written, stylish forerunner to Gilmore Girls, even though the series seemingly have little in common... Read morePublished on April 23, 2008 by Dai-keag-ity