Karen Sisco

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Karen Sisco
Carla Gugino as Karen Sisco
Based on Characters created by Elmore Leonard
Starring Carla Gugino
Robert Forster
Bill Duke
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10
Executive producer(s) Danny DeVito
Michael Shamberg
Stacey Sher
John Landgraf
Bob Brush
Michael Dinner
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 44 minutes
Production company(s) Jersey Television
Eighty D Productions
Universal Television
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original network ABC
Audio format Stereo
Original release October 1, 2003 (2003-10-01) – April 14, 2004 (2004-04-14)

Karen Sisco is an American crime drama television series starring Carla Gugino in the title role. The series was created by novelist Elmore Leonard, based on a character who had appeared in several of his written works, as well as one film adaptation, 1998's Out of Sight. The series debuted on October 1, 2003 on ABC, and was canceled after seven episodes.

As a U.S. Deputy Marshal, based on Miami, Florida's Gold Coast, Karen must deal with the underbelly of South Beach nightlife and Palm Beach high life while tracking down fugitives. She also struggles to win the respect of her fellow officers. Karen occasionally gets advice from her father, a retired Miami police officer turned private investigator, who is Karen’s confidant, counselor, and confessor.

TV Guide included the series in their 2013 list of 60 shows that were "Cancelled Too Soon".[1]

Character history[edit]

Prior to the events of the series, the character appeared in two stories:

  • "Karen Makes Out", a 1996 short story, available in two collections: Murder for Love, and When the Women Come Out to Dance, and Other Stories
  • Out of Sight, a 1996 novel, and 1998 film wherein she was played by Jennifer Lopez, and Marshall Sisco was played by Dennis Farina.



  • Jeffrey De Serrano as Edwards
  • Frank Pesce as Sonny
  • Robert Deacon as Mordecai Jones
  • Obba Babatundé as Daniel Burden
  • Jake Mailey as Jethro


  • Scott Frank, nominated for an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for Out Of Sight, served as an executive consultant.
  • Jason Smilovic and Peter Lefcourt were co-executive producers and writers. Smilovic developed the series.


Karen Sisco was canceled before airing all of the finished episodes. The last three were first broadcast when the series was re-aired on the USA Network.

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 "Blown Away" Michael Dinner Story by: Elmore Leonard
Teleplay by: Bob Brush
October 1, 2003 (2003-10-01)
2 "Dumb Bunnies" Jeremy Kagan John Mankiewicz October 8, 2003 (2003-10-08)
3 "The One That Got Away" Michael Dinner Jason Smilovic October 15, 2003 (2003-10-15)
4 "Justice" John David Coles Story by: Charles H. Eglee
Teleplay by: Robert Palm
October 22, 2003 (2003-10-22)
5 "Nostalgia" Steve Miner Jason Smilovic October 29, 2003 (2003-10-29)
6 "Dear Derwood" Charles Haid Story by: Bob Brush
Teleplay by: Peter Lefcourt & Jason Smilovic
November 5, 2003 (2003-11-05)
7 "Nobody's Perfect" Michael Katleman Peter Lefcourt November 12, 2003 (2003-11-12)
8 "Dog Day Sisco" Rick Wallace Sebastian Gutierrez March 31, 2004 (2004-03-31)
9 "No One's Girl" David Carson John Landgraf April 7, 2004 (2004-04-07)
10 "He Was a Friend of Mine" Kathryn Bigelow Peter Lefcourt April 14, 2004 (2004-04-14)

Connections to other media[edit]

Gugino appeared as a similar character in the second episode of the third season of Justified, which is also based on a work by Leonard.

International broadcasting[edit]


  1. ^ Roush, Matt (June 3, 2013). "Cancelled Too Soon". TV Guide. pp. 20 and 21

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