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Dear John Genre: Sitcom
Created by: John Sullivan, Bob Ellison
Starring: Judd Hirsch, Isabella Hofmann, Jane Carr, Jere Burns Opening theme: by Wendy Talbot
Country of origin: United States
No. of seasons: 4
No. of episodes: 90
Original channel: NBC
Original run: October 6, 1988 – July 22, 1992
The show is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from 1988 to 1992. The series was originally based on the British sitcom of the same name. USA was added to the title when it was shown in the UK. During its four-season run, the series was bounced to and from various time periods on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. When the series moved from its post Cheers slot on Thursdays to a post Night Court slot on Wednesdays in 1990, series regular Jere Burns appeared in a network promo side-by-side with John Larroquette of Night Court. Except for a brief run on E! Entertainment Television in the mid 1990s, the series has not aired on television in recent years.
Dear John Synopsis
The show starred Judd Hirsch as easy going high school teacher John Lacey who is dumped by his wife, Wendy, via a letter. Wendy ends up with everything in the divorce settlement, including custody of the couple's son, forcing John to move into an apartment in Queens.
John soon joins the One Two One Club, a self help group for divorced, widowed or lonely people. The group is led by Louise (Jane Carr), a sex obsessed British woman. Other members of the group include Kate McCarron (Isabella Hofmann), a sweet divorcée, Kirk Morris (Jere Burns), a cocky ladies' man, Ralph Drang (Harry Groener), a shy and neurotic tollbooth collector, and Margie Philbert (Billie Bird), a feisty senior citizen.
The British version of Dear John was followed almost completely.
John has been turned into a timid man after his wife left him; Kate desperate to prove she's not frigid; Ralph dullness personified who rides his "motorcycle combination"; Kirk pretends he has a secret life of mystery and intrigue; Mrs Arnott who rarely says or does anything and Louise who runs the group. She calls Ralph "Rayf" and has an unhealthy interest in the physical side of people's relationships (she always asks furtively "were there any... sexual problems"?)
This madcap bunch were knitted together by Sullivan's brilliant writing. In one episode the group are invited to a party at the home of a Mrs Boyd-Peters. Louise tells them the woman has an unfortunate personal problem - but they don't know what. If my aforementioned lecture - don't worry it still won't happen - includes how to write the perfect scene, the one in which they find out what her problem is would be it.
(Feb. 6, 2013, Wednesday, 12:32am)