Providence (1999–2002)


Providence (TV Series 1999–2002)

Dr. Sydney Hansen, a successful plastic surgeon in Hollywood, California, quits her private practice and returns to her hometown in Providence, Rhode Island after the sudden death of her controlling, demanding mother Lynda, in order to keep her dysfunctional family together with a little help and advice from Lynda who gives advice from beyond the grave in helping Sydney deal with her new career as a doctor for the local free clinic and dealing with her distracted veterinarian father Jim, her mixed-up sister Joanie, and younger brother Robbie, a small-time hustler.
IMDb   6.7 /10
TheMovieDb    6.4 /10
FilmAffinity   4.6 /10
Creator John Masius
Release Date1999-01-07
GenreDrama, Romance
Content Rating
AwardsWon 1 Primetime Emmy14 wins & 9 nominations total
CompanyJohn Masius Productions, NBC Studios
Dr. Sydney Hansenas Dr. Sydney Hansen
Dr. James Hansenas Dr. James Hansen
Paula Cale
Paula Cale
Joanie Hansenas Joanie Hansen
Robbie Hansenas Robbie Hansen
Lynda Hansenas Lynda Hansen
Heather Tuppermanas Heather Tupperman
Izzy Nunezas Izzy Nunez…
Patriceas Patrice
Tina Calcateraas Tina Calcatera
Hannah Hansenas Hannah Hansen
Owen Frankas Owen Frank
Pete Calcateraas Pete Calcatera
Dr. Helen Reynoldsas Dr. Helen Reynolds
Burt Ridleyas Burt Ridley…
Hope Cruickshank
Hope Cruickshank
Hannah Hansenas Hannah Hansen
Tess Cruickshank
Tess Cruickshank
Hannah Hansenas Hannah Hansen
Kyle Moranas Kyle Moran

Providence (American TV series)

Providence is an American medical drama television series created by John Masius, that aired on NBC starring Melina Kanakaredes. The show ran for five seasons from January 8, 1999, until December 20, 2002, airing 96 episodes.


The show revolves around Dr. Sydney Hansen (Kanakaredes), who left her glamorous job in Beverly Hills as a plastic surgeon for the rich, so she could 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, and 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 another man. Ultimately she 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 and helping her family, she also 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 mostly loyal to her family, Joanie often feels overshadowed by Syd's accomplishments, and is known to squabble with her 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 is later learned, it's mainly due to extreme envy. While Joanie admires her sister, she mostly finds herself resenting her.
  • 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 warm-hearted 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.


SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedRankAverage viewership
(in millions)
First airedLast aired
117January 8, 1999May 21, 19991813.9
223September 24, 1999May 19, 20002513.14
322October 20, 2000May 18, 20014311.5
422September 28, 2001May 10, 20023611.4
512October 4, 2002December 20, 20023910.9


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

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

Home media

The Providence Collection, a collection of 12 episodes from the show was released on DVD in 2004 by Lions Gate. 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.