Joan of Arcadia

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Parents recommend
God talks to a surly teen.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 11 reviews

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Positive Messages

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


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


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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

None in the first episode.

What 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.

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Adult Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008


Television is being redeemed! We love this show. It deals with social situations for teenagers, older youth, parents, and whole families. It shows how the sma... Continue reading
Adult Written bybrad2bad July 7, 2009

Joan learns to trust God and submit to His will - strange concept in today's world.

Joan experiences hardships doing as God asks but sees the good done in the end. She learns to trust God, submit to His will and submit her personal good for a... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byMattyWatty556 April 9, 2008


The show JOAN OF ARCADIA is my mom and my favorite tv show now. Every friday we sit down together and watch. I really love the theme of her seeing god and all.... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byQueenOfNowhere34 April 9, 2008

What's the story?

In JOAN OF ARCADIA, a high school teen finds herself talking to God in everyday situations such as the halls of her high school. In so doing many questions of God and faith come up between her and her friends. Her geeky science-loving younger brother believes in God and says that science proves it's so; there's also a sassy sister and a brother in a wheelchair who is angry at losing his mobility due to a car accident. Joan's parents are played by Joe Mantegna and Mary Steenburgen.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what kids think of portraying God this way in Joan of Arcadia. Do you think it's important to try to help others? What do you think about fate, purpose and interconnection?

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For kids who love drama TV

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