Dirty Dancing (1988 TV series)

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Dirty Dancing
DirtyDancingTV88 titlescreen.jpg
Based onDirty Dancing
Developed byRobert Rabinowitz
Barra Grant
StarringMelora Hardin
Patrick Cassidy
Paul Feig
Mandy Ingber
Constance Marie
Charlie Stratton
John Wesley
McLean Stevenson
Opening theme"(I've Had) The Time of My Life" by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes11
Producer(s)Robert Lovenheim
Steve Tisch
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)The Steve Tisch Company
Vestron Television
Original networkCBS
Original releaseOctober 29, 1988 – January 21, 1989
Related showsDirty Dancing (film)

Dirty Dancing was an American Comedy-drama television series that ran for 11 episodes on CBS from October 29, 1988, until January 21, 1989. It was based on the film Dirty Dancing but had none of the original cast or crew. It starred Patrick Cassidy as Johnny (Patrick Swayze's character in the film) and Melora Hardin as Baby (Jennifer Grey's character in the film).


The television series followed the same basic premise of the film, with a few variations. The series was still set at Kellerman's during the summer of 1963, but instead of being the daughter of a resort guest, Baby became the daughter of Max Kellerman (in the film, Baby's last name was Houseman), and was put in charge of Johnny as Kellerman's talent director. Much like the movie, Baby noted that she intended to attend Mount Holyoke in the fall, so it was not clear how the series would continue once the summer ended. As was the case in the film, Baby and Johnny had an adversarial relationship, but eventually came to respect each other. As this was a weekly series, Baby and Johnny did not fall in love immediately, but as the series progressed, their feelings grew.


  • Melora Hardin as Frances "Baby" Kellerman (in the film, Baby's last name is Houseman)
  • Patrick Cassidy as Johnny Castle
  • Constance Marie as Penny Rivera (in the film, Penny's last name is Johnson)
  • McLean Stevenson as Max Kellerman
  • Charlie Stratton as Neil Mumford (in the film, Neil's last name is Kellerman)
  • Paul Feig as Norman Bryant
  • John Wesley as Sweets Walker
  • Adam S. Bristol as Wallace Kahn
  • Mandy Ingber as Robin, Baby's cousin (credited as Amanda Ingber)


Title Directed by Written by Air date
1"Baby, It's You"TBATBAOctober 29, 1988 (1988-10-29)
2"Heat Wave"TBATBANovember 5, 1988 (1988-11-05)
3"Save the Last Dance for Me"TBATBANovember 12, 1988 (1988-11-12)
4"Walk Like a Man"TBATBADecember 19, 1988 (1988-12-19)
5"Breaking Up Is Hard to Do"TBATBADecember 3, 1988 (1988-12-03)
6"Poetry in Motion"TBATBADecember 10, 1988 (1988-12-10)
7"Book of Love"TBATBADecember 17, 1988 (1988-12-17)
8"Turn Me Loose"TBATBADecember 31, 1988 (1988-12-31)
9"Our Day Will Come"TBATBAJanuary 7, 1989 (1989-01-07)
10"Hit the Road"TBATBAJanuary 14, 1989 (1989-01-14)
11"Don't Make Me Over"Steve TischChristopher Ames & Carolyn ShelbyJanuary 21, 1989 (1989-01-21)

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