Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Remember This TV Series?

Sometimes life is weird, right? You get a call out of the blue from someone you haven't heard from just when you need it most, or you think you hear someone at the door and you get up just in time to avoid the dog trampling you on her way to watch a squirrel in the front yard. Coincidences? Synchronicity? Universal Flow? Who knows?

These things are happening more in my life...or rather, maybe I am more aware of them. Kind of like when you decide to buy a blue Prius, every other car on the road seems to be a blue Prius. Anyway, I was chatting with a friend on Facebook the other day about life and events and she mentioned she was watching Joan of Arcadia. Does anyone remember that show? That was a fascinating, well-written show that was one of my all-time favorites.

Here is a brief description that I "borrowed" from another site:

"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?"

This show touches on a lot of social issues, but underlying it all is the very big question revolving around how people who believe they talk with God are treated - prophet or nut case? Joan made a deal with God to save her brother from a car crash, so now she must do everything he asks. Are all the strangers that show up telling her they are incarnations of God and asking her to do odd things really God? Should she go along with the requests or possibly break a promise to God? Teen angst mingled with the above conflict makes for lots of drama and an excellent premise on which to base a series.

The show was only on for two seasons, from 2003-2005, won a People's Choice Award and was nominated for an Emmy Award in it's first season for Best Dramatic Series.

Both season are available for sale on-line and are worth adding to your collection of DVD's.

1 comment:

Lynilu said...

I'd totally forgotten about that show, and it was one of my favorites. Great show. Thanks for the memory. :)