Joan of Arcadia

2003 TV-PG 1 season

Joan of Arcadia

2003 TV-PG 1 season
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This heartfelt drama follows teenager Joan Girardi (Amber Tamblyn), who is shocked to learn that, as a modern-day version of Joan of Arc, she can communicate directly with God, who appears in different guises and asks her to help out people in trouble. Joan's police chief father, Will (Joe Mantegna), and art teacher mother, Helen (Mary Steenburgen), do their best to support their conflicted daughter, although she can't reveal her unusual situation.
Joe Mantegna, Mary Steenburgen, Amber Tamblyn, Jason Ritter, Michael Welch, Becky Wahlstrom, Chris Marquette, Aaron Himelstein, Mageina Tovah
  • SEASON  2

Summary of Season 2 (2004) - 6 discs

As Season 2 of this fanciful CBS drama opens, Joan (Amber Tamblyn) is returning to school after a summer of therapy, determined (but ultimately unable) to ignore the requests of God, who continues to appear before her in a variety of forms. Mary Steenburgen stars as Joan's art teacher mother; Joe Mantegna plays her detective father; and Jason Ritter portrays her wheelchair-bound brother in this show about a modern-day Joan of Arc.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-PG - This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this show features a surly teenager, a geeky younger brother, an angry older brother: All very familiar teen types and interactions. But Joan hears the voice of God coming from a "hottie" guy, a black cafeteria worker, etc. and it leads her -- against her desire -- to do something that ends up helping her brother. The grisly murder setups and the way God is portrayed may be upsetting or confusing for younger viewers.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


No violence but a really grisly murder scene and body kicked off the show.


Normal teenage angst dinner table conversation -- sassy at times.

Social Behavior

Joan hears the voice of God in many different races and sexes -- also, her brother is disabled. Nothing funny/nothing cruel.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

None in the first episode.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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