Providence (American TV series)

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DVD box set. Clockwise from top left: Lynda, Robbie, Jim, Syd, and Joanie.
GenreMedical drama
Created byJohn Masius
Theme music composerJohn Lennon and Paul McCartney
Opening theme"In My Life" by
Chantal Kreviazuk
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes96 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • John Masius
  • Monica Wyatt
  • Michael Fresco
  • Robert De Laurentiis
  • Kevin G. Cremin
  • Elle Triedman
  • Antoinette Stella
  • Rob Fresco
  • Dana Baratta
Running time44 minutes
Production companies
Original releaseJanuary 8, 1999 (1999-01-08) –
December 20, 2002 (2002-12-20)

Providence is an American medical drama television series that was created by John Masius and ran on NBC from January 8, 1999 to December 20, 2002, airing 96 episodes over the course of five seasons.


The show revolves around Dr. Sydney Hansen (Melina Kanakaredes), who leaves her glamorous job as a plastic surgeon for the rich in Beverly Hills so she can return to her hometown of Providence, Rhode Island, and be with her family. Sydney lives with her father Jim (Farrell), brother Robbie (Peterson), sister Joanie (Cale), and Joanie's baby Hannah in a large home in suburban Providence that also houses her father's veterinary clinic. Sydney's mother Lynda (Tomei) dies in the first episode but continues to appear to Sydney as a spirit, to offer advice.

The show ends rather abruptly, with a two-part wedding episode. NBC called this Providence's "winter finale," fully expecting to bring it back in the spring or autumn of 2003, but these plans were eventually scrapped when some cast members, including Melina Kanakaredes, opted out of returning for a sixth season.



  • Dr. Sydney "Syd" Hansen (Melina Kanakaredes) – A high-profile plastic surgeon who returns home for her sister's wedding. Unfortunately, her mother dies before the ceremony begins. Syd returns to Los Angeles, only to find her boyfriend cheating on her with a man. She ultimately decides to move back home to Providence to help her family, and she takes a job at a free clinic that she later ends up running. While struggling with her new specialty of family medicine while helping her family, she tries to rebuild her love life, without much luck until season 5.
  • Joan "Joanie" Hansen (Paula Cale) – Sydney's younger sister and single mother of young Hannah. Her mother's death interrupts her wedding and, after giving birth to Hannah, she decides not to marry Hannah's father, Richie. An optimistic woman, Joanie assists her father in his practice until she discovers that her cooking, while unpalatable for humans, is a delicacy for dogs, and she opens a delicatessen bakery for dogs. Her love life, however, is as complicated as her older sister's. Though loyal to her family, Joanie often feels overshadowed by Syd's accomplishments, and they quibble frequently. Joanie senses that her parents, especially her father, tend to favor Syd, so she decides to take over as her father's caregiver after he survives a near-fatal gunshot head wound that was intended for his dog, Fearless. Joanie often makes Syd feel guilty about having her own life and priorities, but as she later learns, it stems from extreme envy. While Joanie admires her sister, she finds herself resenting her sister's sense of freedom.
  • Robert "Robbie" Hansen (Seth Peterson) – Syd's younger brother. A charming bad boy who manages a pub and is a gambling addict. After much trouble, he finally settles down when he marries Tina, a divorced mother of one, Pete, and later has a son with her, Nicholas "Nick" Hansen.
  • Lynda Hansen (Concetta Tomei) – Sydney, Joanie, and Robbie's overbearing mother. She dies before her pregnant daughter's wedding service, and afterwards appears only to Syd in dreams, giving her (often unsolicited) advice.
  • Dr. Jim Hansen (Mike Farrell) – Sydney, Joanie, and Robbie's father, a warmhearted veterinarian who runs a clinic in his basement and who occasionally relates better to animals than to people.
  • Dr. Helen Reynolds (Leslie Silva) – Syd's friend and head of the free clinic in Season 1. Afterwards, she returns to her hometown, leaving the clinic in Sydney's hands.


  • Kyle Moran (Tom Verica) - Syd's old high-school sweetheart.
  • Lily Gallagher (Nicki Aycox) - A troubled teenage girl whom Syd took in to help her provide a better life. While getting her life straighten out, she gets called on by her drug dealing ex-boyfriend and she got killed in a car accident during a high-speed chase by police.
  • Heather Tupperman (Dana Daurey) - Jim's assistant on his clinic.
  • Izzy Nunez (Samaria Graham) - Syd's physician assistant in the clinic.
  • Burt Ridley (Jon Hamm) - A firefighter who dated Joanie after saving her from a kitchen fire.
  • Tina Calcaterra (Maria Pitillo) - A divorced mother of Pete who met Robbie during one of Pete's hockey games. They later marry and she gave birth to a son, Nicholas "Nick" Hansen.
  • Pete Calcaterra (Alex D. Linz) - The son of Tina from a previous marriage and later becomes Robbie's step-son.
  • Graham Hollings (Alastair Duncan) - A reclusive lighthouse keeper with a badly scarred face whom Syd tends for an injury and later convinces him to undergo plastic surgery to fix his face.
  • Dr. Sam Magala (Cress Williams) - A veterinarian who fills for Jim while he recovers from his gunshot injury to his brain.
  • Owen Frank (George Newbern) - A lawyer who helped Syd on her malpractice suit. He later dates and they got married in the show's two-part series finale.


SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedRankAverage viewership
(in millions)
First airedLast aired
117January 8, 1999 (1999-01-08)May 21, 1999 (1999-05-21)1813.9[1]
223September 24, 1999 (1999-09-24)May 19, 2000 (2000-05-19)2513.14[2]
322October 20, 2000 (2000-10-20)May 18, 2001 (2001-05-18)4311.5[3]
422September 28, 2001 (2001-09-28)May 10, 2002 (2002-05-10)3611.4[4]
512October 4, 2002 (2002-10-04)December 20, 2002 (2002-12-20)3910.9[5]


John Masius created the series. Regular writers include Masius, Mike Kelley, Carol Barbee, Elle Triedman, Robert De Laurentiis, Robert Fresco, Tim Kring, Jennifer M. Johnson, and Ann Lewis Hamilton.

Theme song[edit]

In the United States and in Canada, the theme song was "In My Life", a cover of the Beatles song performed by Chantal Kreviazuk. Internationally and on the DVD release, the theme song was "You Make Me Home", composed by Tim Truman and performed by Angelica Hayden.

Home media[edit]

The Providence Collection, a collection of 12 episodes from the show, was released on DVD in 2004 by Lions Gate Home Entertainment (under license by NBC Entertainment). The four discs contained the following episodes: "Pilot", "Home Again", "Tying the Not", "The Letter", "Don't Go Changin'", "The Thanksgiving Story", "Falling", "Best Man", "Act Naturally", "A New Beginning", "Eye of the Storm", "The Eleventh Hour".

The release contained several bonus features, including an introduction by creator John Masius, commentaries by Melina Kanakaredes, Paula Cale, Mike Farrell, Michael Fresco, Seth Peterson, Concetta Tomei, Monica Wyatt, and creator John Masius on selected episodes. A gag reel with outtakes and bloopers, and a retrospective documentary featuring new interviews with the cast, creators, and special guests.

Reruns were shown on Fox Family Channel, Lifetime, Lifetime Real Women, and in local syndication on weekends during the 2003-04 season. Currently, the show is run on syndication on Start TV.

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Primetime Emmy Awards[edit]

Recipient Category Results Ref
Sandy Kenyon
Giovanna Ottobre-Melton
Outstanding Costumes for a Series (for episode "Syd in Wonderland") Nominated [6]

Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards[edit]

Recipient Category Results Ref
Stacey K. Black
Hana Fruman
Best Innovative Hair Styling – Television (for a Single Episode of a Regular Series – Sitcom, Drama or Daytime) (for episode "He's Come Undone") Nominated [7]
Stacey K. Black
Shana Fruman
Best Period Hair Styling – Television (for a Single Episode of a Regular Series – Sitcom, Darma or Daytime) (for episode "He's Come Undone") Nominated
James MacKinnon
Stephanie A Fowler
Best Period Makeup – Television (for a Single Episode of a Regular Series –Sitcom, Drama or Daytime) (for episode "He's Come Undone") Nominated
James MacKinnon
Stephanie A. Fowler
Best Contemporary Makeup – Television (for a Single Episode of a Regular Series – Sitcom, Drama or Daytime) (for episode "Thank You Providence") Won
James MacKinnon
Rela Martine
Best Period Makeup – Television (for a Single Episode of a Regular Series – Sitcom, Drama or Daytime) (for episode "You Can Count On Me") Nominated [8]

Casting Society of America[edit]

Recipient Category Results Ref
April Webster
David Bloch
Best Casting for TV, Dramatic Pilot (for episode "Pilot") Nominated [9]

People's Choice Awards[edit]

Recipient Category Results Ref
Providence Favorite Television New Dramatic Series Won [10]


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  5. ^ "Rank And File". Entertainment Weekly Published in issue #713 Jun 6, 2003. June 6, 2003.
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  7. ^ "Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards (2000)". IMDb. Retrieved June 13, 2023.
  8. ^ "Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards (2002)". IMDb. Retrieved June 13, 2023.
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