Karen Sisco

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Karen Sisco
Carla Gugino as Karen Sisco
Based on Out of Sight
by Elmore Leonard
Developed by Jason Smilovic
Composer(s) Jon Ehrlich
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10 (3 unaired)
Executive producer(s)
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original network ABC
Audio format Stereo
Original release October 1 (2003-10-01) – November 12, 2003 (2003-11-12)

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. The show faced stiff competition from NBC's Law & Order.

TV Guide included the series in their 2013 list of 60 shows that were "Canceled 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.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Blown Away"Michael DinnerStory by : Elmore Leonard
Teleplay by : Bob Brush
October 1, 2003 (2003-10-01)
2"Dumb Bunnies"Jeremy KaganJohn MankiewiczOctober 8, 2003 (2003-10-08)
3"The One That Got Away"Michael DinnerJason SmilovicOctober 15, 2003 (2003-10-15)
4"Justice"John David ColesStory by : Charles H. Eglee
Teleplay by : Robert Palm
October 22, 2003 (2003-10-22)
5"Nostalgia"Steve MinerJason SmilovicOctober 29, 2003 (2003-10-29)
6"Dear Derwood"Charles HaidStory by : Bob Brush
Teleplay by : Peter Lefcourt & Jason Smilovic
November 5, 2003 (2003-11-05)
7"Nobody's Perfect"Michael KatlemanPeter LefcourtNovember 12, 2003 (2003-11-12)
8"Dog Day Sisco"Rick WallaceSebastian GutierrezUnaired
9"No One's Girl"David CarsonJohn LandgrafUnaired
10"He Was a Friend of Mine"Kathryn BigelowPeter LefcourtUnaired

Connections to other media[edit]

Gugino appeared as the same character in the second episode of the third season of Justified, which is also based on a work by Leonard. There, she had since become an Assistant Director in the Marshals Service, had been married and divorced, taking and keeping the last name Goodall.

International broadcasting[edit]


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

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