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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Joan hears the voice of God in many different races and sexes -- also, her brother is disabled. Nothing funny/nothing cruel.
Violence & Scariness
No violence but a really grisly murder scene and body kicked off the show.
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Normal teenage angst dinner table conversation -- sassy at times.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
None in the first episode.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Joan of Arcadia 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.
Is It Any Good?
This show brings up the big questions -- who is God? What is our obligation to others? How do we know God's will? And it does all this in a surprisingly unpreachy and non-partisan way. But Joan of Arcadia might offend some who have concrete ideas of who God is and how God talks to us or irritate those who don't believe in God at all. These audiences probably should not watch.
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