Dear John (U.S. TV series)

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For the British sitcom of the same name, see Dear John (UK TV series).
Dear John
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Also known as Dear John USA
Genre Sitcom
Based on Dear John by John Sullivan
Developed by Bob Ellison
Peter Noah
Starring Judd Hirsch
Isabella Hofmann
Jane Carr
Harry Groener
Jere Burns
Theme music composer John Sullivan
Opening theme "Dear John" by Wendy Talbot
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 90 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Hal Cooper
Bob Ellison
Rod Parker
Peter Noah
Ed. Weinberger
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Ed Weinberger Productions
Paramount Television
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Original network NBC
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. The series moved from its post-Cheers slot on Thursdays to a post-Night Court slot on Wednesdays in 1990.

Reruns were syndicated to various local stations shortly after Dear John ended its run in 1992, which continued until 2004.[1] The series also aired on E! for a brief period in the late-1990s. As of December 2015, it is shown on digital TV network Antenna TV.


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).

Broadcast history[edit]

Season Time
1 Thursday at 9:00 pm (October 6, 1988)
Thursday at 9:30 pm (October 27, 1988 - May 11, 1989)
2 Thursday at 9:30 pm (September 28, 1989 - January 11, 1990)
Wednesday at 9:30 pm (January 17 - May 16, 1990)
3 Wednesday at 9:00 pm (September 19 - October 3, 1990)
Wednesday at 9:00 pm (October 10 - December 19, 1990)
Saturday at 10:30 pm (January 5 - March 2, 1991)
Wednesday at 9:30 pm (March 13 - May 1, 1991)
4 Thursday at 10:30 pm (September 19, 1991)
Friday at 9:00 pm (September 20 - October 4, 1991)
Friday at 9:30 pm (October 25, 1991 - January 3, 1992)
Wednesday at 9:30 pm (April 1 - 15, 1992)


In 1989, Cleavon Little won an Emmy Award for his role in the episode "Stand By Your Man".[2]


  • 1988-89: #11
  • 1989-90: #18
  • 1990-91: #50
  • 1991-92: #77


  1. ^ "Program Exchange". Archived from the original on June 23, 2004. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  2. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 1489. ISBN 0-345-45542-8. 

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