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Joan of Arcadia - The First Season
     

Joan of Arcadia - The First Season

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Cast: Amber Tamblyn, Joe Mantegna

 
This box set contains every episode from the freshman season of Joan of Arcadia, a show about a teenager regularly visited by God, who takes a different human form every week. Each episode is presented in its original broadcast aspect ratio. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. Supplemental materials include commentaries by the cast and

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This box set contains every episode from the freshman season of Joan of Arcadia, a show about a teenager regularly visited by God, who takes a different human form every week. Each episode is presented in its original broadcast aspect ratio. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. Supplemental materials include commentaries by the cast and crew on some of the episodes, deleted scenes, and three making-of featurettes including a montage of all of the people who have played the all-powerful deity during the course of the season.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Christina Urban
Joan Girardi (Amber Tamblyn) is a fairly typical 16-year-old with an extraordinary secret: She has conversations with God. It's not a mighty voice or a big ball of light, however; God delivers his messages through everyday people who come in contact with Joan. Some of the Big Guy's incarnations have included "Cafeteria Lady God," "TV Anchorman God," and "Goth Kid God," and all of them give Joan vague instructions that lead to her involvement in other people's lives. In "Double Dutch," for example, "Pizza Delivery God" instructs Joan to learn how to jump rope with a group of inner-city teens, one of whom, she discovers, is in need of a home. Joan's family -- father Will (Joe Mantegna), mother Helen (Mary Steenburgen), and brothers Kevin (Jason Ritter) and Luke (Michael Welch) -- don't know about her gift and can't understand her sudden interest in things like boat building ("The Boat") or piano lessons ("Do the Math"). In addition to following God's plans, Joan must also negotiate such common teenage problems as taking her driver's exam, standing up to the school bully, and discovering she has romantic feelings for her friend Adam (Christopher Marquette). While God plays a large role in Joan of Arcadia, creator Barbara Hall carefully skirts the issue of religion. It’s rarely mentioned, in fact. In the tradition of Highway to Heaven and Touched by an Angel, Joan of Arcadia affords faithful families quality contemporary drama that respects their beliefs.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/10/2005
UPC:
0097368862647
Rating:
NR
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
17:08:00
Sales rank:
14,017

Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted scenes; Audio commentaries by the filmmakers and cast; Behind-the-scenes featurettes: "The Creation of Joan of Arcadia," "Joan of Arcadia -- A Look at Season One," "God Gallery"

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Joan of Arcadia - The First Season 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This show has been a family favorite all season! It deals with real teenage and family issues in a believable format. I love the "God" aspect of this show and think Amber is an awesome actress.
Guest More than 1 year ago
joan of arcadia is the best. it will always BE the best. simple as that. but i cannot believe that they canceled it! maybe a few good letters and a lot of people buying this AMAZING dvd set will change their minds! we can only hope.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At a time when being spiritual is as uncomfortable as being a teen, Joan of Arcadia shows that there is a way to be both successfully. Faith makes life and surviving puberty, possible, not easy, but worth it. It would be a sin not to renew this show, figuratively speaking of course.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i live in England, and when i heard that the US hit show Joan of Arcadia was coming on TV, i was thrilled. I've seen every epsiode, and it is very clever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joan of Arcadia is about an ordinary teenager who has extraordinary encounters with God. Played by the terrific Amber Tamblyn, Joan is challenged to figure out what God wants of her and to take action. We encounter compelling, sympathetic people with serious problems. Each episode, Joan tries to make someone else's life better in her own endearingly befuddled way, and she always succeeds, at least to some degree. This is a powerful drama with richly drawn characters and engrossing story lines. At its heart, it is a wonderful show about a family that can be enjoyed by viewers of all ages. The acting is excellent across the board. They have tackled many difficult, even controversial, subjects with delicacy and honesty. I sincerely hope that CBS leaves Joan of Arcadia on the air. In today's TV wasteland, we desperately need quality shows with a positive message.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As of right now, Joan has been canceled. The sales of the DVDs may change their mind, along with some influential letters. Please write to CBS and the other networks and tell them to keep Joan on the air. One of the only "good" shows on television.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I always wanted to whatch this. Now that it is out on dvd I am hoping to get this. I love Amber Tamblyn. She stars in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. I know I just have to buy this!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was by far the best show offered on TV. It is unfortunate that it has not been renewed. It is thought provoking and helps one to see what truly matters in life, although it does not promote any particular religious belief system. It deals with major life issues in a manner that allows one to laugh and cry in the same episode. This is the most significant DVD in my library. It is well worth the cost to purchase and I hope Year two becomes available.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've seen all the shows and they all bring home a point about our impact on life & the differnces we make. I will really enjoy this box set. It's strange that cbs hasn't decided to renew this series. I hope they reconsider it's one of the trully good shows without the topic being either reality TV or built around crime & crime scenes
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best show ever, it really makes you think about your family, friends, and religion. Which are important in todays society. If you buy this, then hopefully season 2 will come out on dvd soon!! Please help!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this show soo much, and I can't believe that they have cancelled the show! Just when it was getting really interesting!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really think this show is great i think all ages will enjoy this season.
kdr600 More than 1 year ago
I never really wacthed this when it was on TV, but I caught a few reruns and thought it was good, so I went out and bought the 2 seasons. I just wish CBS had continued the series. I think it would do good now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This show was so amazing!!!! I can't believe they cancelled it though!!!!!!!!! Buy this dvd set. This is one of the best shows ever in history!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I see every show from home in Chile, and it is so inspiring and spiritual that brings good thoughts and good feelings.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joan of Arcadia is one of the smartest shows on TV today. It's not about religion, but about sprituality and how we're all connected to one another. It's a shame the TV show might be cancelled.
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The show was great. It addresses questions that we ask. The content is healthy. I just hope that they will continue the show or at least put them out all on DVDs.
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