Dirty Dancing (1988 TV series)

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Dirty Dancing
Based on Dirty Dancing
Developed by Robert Rabinowitz
Barra Grant
Starring Melora 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 origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 11
Producer(s) Robert Lovenheim
Steve Tisch
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) The Steve Tisch Company
Vestron Television
Original network CBS
Original release October 29, 1988 – January 21, 1989
Related shows Dirty Dancing (film)

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


The television series followed the same basic premise of the film, with only 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" TBA TBA October 29, 1988 (1988-10-29)
2 "Heat Wave" TBA TBA November 5, 1988 (1988-11-05)
3 "Save the Last Dance for Me" TBA TBA November 12, 1988 (1988-11-12)
4 "Walk Like a Man" TBA TBA December 19, 1988 (1988-12-19)
5 "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" TBA TBA December 3, 1988 (1988-12-03)
6 "Poetry in Motion" TBA TBA December 10, 1988 (1988-12-10)
7 "Book of Love" TBA TBA December 17, 1988 (1988-12-17)
8 "Turn Me Loose" TBA TBA December 31, 1988 (1988-12-31)
9 "Our Day Will Come" TBA TBA January 7, 1989 (1989-01-07)
10 "Hit the Road" TBA TBA January 14, 1989 (1989-01-14)
11 "Don't Make Me Over" Steve Tisch Christopher Ames & Carolyn Shelby January 21, 1989 (1989-01-21)

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