Joan of Arcadia - The First Season
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Joan (Amber Tamblyn) is an ordinary 16-year-old. Father Will (Joe Mantegna) is the local Arcadia police chief, mother Helen (Mary Steenburgen) is a teacher/administrator, younger brother Luke (Michael Welch) is a fellow student, and older brother Kevin (Jason Ritter, son of John Ritter) is a high school graduate who was paralyzed the year before. He used to be popular and athletic. Now he watches TV and builds models. In the pilot, God speaks to Joan for the first time, as a cute boy, and asks her to get a job. Once she's convinced He's really God, she does. Her action inspires Kevin to get one, too, and his process of rejoining the world begins.
As in Joan Osbornes theme song, "One of Us" (featured on two episodes), God will continue to appear to Joan in a variety of guises--even as a dog walker who looks like Russ Tamblyn (Amber's father). Hell often ask her to do things that make her uncomfortable, but she'll always learn from the experience and some good will always come from it. Unfortunately, she isn't able to talk to anyone about this or they'd think she was crazy, not even friends Grace (Becky Hahlstrom) or Adam (Christopher Marquette). By the season finale, faith will be replaced by doubt, setting the scene for the second season, in which Joans faith will be restored. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
I can't rate the contents of the DVD yet but I hope it's full of extras!
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.Read more ›
If you read the fine print on the back of the box, you will notice that some of the show's music has been changed. Apparently, they couldn't secure the rights to music by Avril Lavigne, Sinead O'Connor, The White Stripes and others. This is a glaring omission and one that takes away from the enjoyment of these episodes.
On the first disc is an audio commentary for the "Pilot" episode by the show's creator, Barbara Hall and episode director James Hayman. This is a chatty, engaging track as Hayman focuses on the more technical aspects while Hall talks about the show's themes.
There are five deleted scenes that include Will laying down the law with a subordinate in the "Pilot" and Joan butting heads with Principal Price in "The Fire and the Wood."
The second disc features three deleted scenes with Joan and her mom having a heart-to-heart in "Just Say No." There is more of Kevin getting sick of the special treatment he receives because of his wheelchair in "The Devil Made Me Do It" that just feels redundant.
The third disc features an audio commentary on "Jump" by Hall, Hayman and writer Hart Hanson. Hall points out that the early episodes establish what God can and can't do while Hanson talks about his script and the changes it underwent.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
poignant life lessons and vulnerability within faith and family.Published 2 days ago by Robert Fugarino
Joan of Arcadia is one of the finest series I have ever watched . We have just finished both series for the second time, and found even more
fine messages to think about . Read more
This was a gem of a tv show. Watching it brought back memories of why at the time this was one of my favorites. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Brian Lee Smith
A friend told my wife and I about this show. Really enjoy the writing and character development. Like how the characters deal with complex issues while still being relevant to... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nick Mehrtens
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