Providence (American TV series)

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The Providence Collection DVD box set. Clockwise from top left: Lynda, Robbie, Jim, Syd, and Joanie.
Genre Medical drama
Created by John Masius
Theme music composer John 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
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original network NBC
Original releaseJanuary 8, 1999 (1999-01-08) 
December 20, 2002 (2002-12-20)

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.



SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedRankAverage viewership
(in millions)
First airedLast aired
1 17January 8, 1999 (1999-01-08)May 21, 1999 (1999-05-21)1813.9 [1]
2 23September 24, 1999 (1999-09-24)May 19, 2000 (2000-05-19)2513.14 [2]
3 22October 20, 2000 (2000-10-20)May 18, 2001 (2001-05-18)4311.5 [3]
4 22September 28, 2001 (2001-09-28)May 10, 2002 (2002-05-10)3611.4 [4]
5 12October 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

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.

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