Joan of Arcadia

JOAN OF ARCADIA/CBS/2003-2005 (Wheelchair)

Kevin Girardi (Jason Ritter), the son of a police chief, Will Girardi (Joe Mantegna) and the brother of Joan Girardi (Amber Tamblyn), a 16-year-old girl who has conference with God on a regular basis.


Kevin, a former high-school sports star, had a car accident and lost the use of his legs. Now wheelchair-bound, he copes with his new condition.

Kevin’s mother, Helen Girardi (Mary Steenburgen) reluctantly accepts her oldest son’s paraplegic condition and like a good mother, continually tries to inspire Kevin to move on with his life.

During one episode, Kevin, wallowing in pity, burned the family photo album that contained pictures of him before he had the accident.


Kevin with family (Mom, Joan, Dad, Luke)

Kevin’s sister Joan who talks to God (he talks back in various disguises) would like God to cure his brother, but God has other plans for Jason and the people of the city of Arcadia.

Note: Jason Ritter is the son of deceased actor John Ritter. Ironically, while John Ritter made his mark through comedic stumbling and pratfalls, his son, Jason’s TV role is unceremoniously stuck in a wheelchair.

Kevin: And if you need me to roll over anyone, let me know.
Luke: (to Kevin) It’s your turn to set the table.
Kevin: My arms are tired!
Kevin: (talking to Will) You’re going to be proud of me again.

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