Karen Sisco

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Karen Sisco
Carla Gugino as Karen Sisco
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)
Preceded by "Karen Makes Out"
Out of Sight

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]


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.

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.

  1. "Blown Away" – October 1, 2003
  2. "Dumb Bunnies" – October 8, 2003
  3. "The One that Got Away" – October 15, 2003
  4. "Justice" – October 22, 2003
  5. "Nostalgia" – October 29, 2003
  6. "Dear Derwood" – November 5, 2003
  7. "Nobody's Perfect" – November 12, 2003
  8. "Dog Day Sisco" – March 31, 2004
  9. "No One's Girl" – April 7, 2004
  10. "He Was a Friend of Mine" – April 14, 2004

TV show cast and crew[edit]

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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