A stunning achievement that truly should have lived for one more season. This thought-provoking show pushed at the boundaries of faith in God. At the same time, it was poignant and funny, a contemporary family drama with real, flawed, empathetic characters in gritty, real-life situations.
Perhaps the show was ahead of its time. Or perhaps the show's creator (undoubtedly a lapsed Catholic) was unprepared to go to the next level - exploring the interplay between good and evil, as expressed through a 17 year old California teenager. Nevertheless, Joan of Arcadia is an exceptional show - attempting to make the divine more personal; the unbelievable possible; the spiritual real.
God cares. He's involved. He knows things we don't but when he lets us see what he sees, it's pretty amazing! And humbling. And makes you want to know him better.
Even if you believe in nothing at all, this is an interesting and entertaining show that deals with human and family issues in fresh, provocative ways.
Nothing currently on network TV even comes close - in quality, depth, imagination and exploring the intriguing possibilities of a life lived in sync with God.
Buy both seasons. Dare your teenagers to watch it. You will both be glad you did.