Dear John (U.S. TV series)
|Created by||John Sullivan
|Opening theme||"Dear John" by Wendy Talbot|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||90|
|Production company(s)||Ed Weinberger Productions
Paramount Network Television
|Distributor||CBS Television Distribution|
|Original release||October 6, 1988 – July 22, 1992|
Dear John 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. Dear John was retitled Dear John USA 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.
Reruns were syndicated to various local stations shortly after Dear John ended its run in 1992, which continued until 2004. The series also aired on E! for a brief period in the late-1990s. The show has not been seen in the United States since it left syndication. Rights were recently picked up by digital TV network Antenna TV, but the network has not set a definitive premiere date.
Dear John starred Judd Hirsch as easygoing Drake Prep high school teacher John Lacey who is dumped by his wife, Wendy, via a Dear John 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 Rego Park, Queens.
John soon joins the One-2-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; Bonnie Philbert (Billie Bird), a feisty senior citizen; Tom, Mrs. Philbert's quiet boyfriend (Tom Willett); and young Southern transplant Mary Beth Sutton (Susan Walters).
- 1988-89: #11
- 1989-90: #18
- 1990-91: #50
- 1991-92: #77