Sister Kate (TV series)

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Sister Kate
Created byFrank Dungan
Tony Sheehan
Jeff Stein
Written byFrank Dungan
Jeff Stein
Tony Sheehan
Directed byJeffrey Melman
Noam Pitlik
John Sgueglia
StarringStephanie Beacham
Jason Priestley
Erin Reed
Hannah Cutrona
Penina Segall
Harley Cross
Alexaundria Simmons
Joel Robinson
Theme music composerMason Cooper and Brian Rawlings
Opening theme"Maybe An Angel" performed by Amy Grant
Composer(s)Brian Rawlings and Mason Cooper
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes19 (1 unaired)
Executive producer(s)Frank Dungan
Jeff Stein
Tony Sheehan
Producer(s)Patricia Rickey
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Lazy B/F.O.B. Productions
Mea Culpa Productions
20th Century Fox Television
Distributor20th Television
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 16, 1989 (1989-09-16) –
July 30, 1990 (1990-07-30)

Sister Kate is an American sitcom television series created by Frank Dungan, Jeff Stein and Tony Sheehan, that aired on NBC from September 16, 1989 to July 30, 1990, during the 1989–1990 television season.


The series stars Stephanie Beacham as Sister Kate, a nun and a biblical archaeologist who is transferred from an archaeological dig to Redemption House, an orphanage in Chicago. Sister Kate is put in charge of a group of unwanted orphans who, due to their scheming ways, have already run off three priests. Storylines involved Sister Kate (nicknamed "Sister Mary Rambo") matching wits with the kids, and the kids' potential adoptions.[1]

Sister Kate premiered on Saturday, September 16, 1989 at 9:30 EST, and was moved to 8:00 EST on Sundays for the remainder of its run.[2] The low-rated series was canceled after eighteen episodes, due to competition from ABC's America's Funniest Home Videos, and the first half of CBS's Murder, She Wrote.


  • Stephanie Beacham as Sister Katherine "Kate" Lambert
  • Jason Priestley as Todd Mahaffey
  • Erin Reed as April Newberry
  • Hannah Cutrona as Frederika "Freddy" Marasco
  • Penina Segall as Hilary Logan
  • Harley Cross as Eugene Colodner
  • Alexaundria Simmons as Violet Johnson
  • Joel Robinson as Neville Williams
  • Mike Williams as Mr. Beard


Guest Stars

Guest appearances[edit]

Rob Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan appeared as Milli Vanilli in the January 7, 1990 episode "Eugene's Feat", speaking a few lines in their natural voices before (what was later revealed to be) lip-synching their hit "Blame It on the Rain".

Theme song[edit]

The series theme song, "Maybe An Angel", was performed by contemporary christian music pop star Amy Grant and written by Brian Rawlings and Mason Cooper.


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Pilot"Noam PitlikFrank Dungan & Jeff Stein & Tony SheehanSeptember 16, 1989 (1989-09-16)
2"Freddy's Bad Habit"Jeff MelmanFrank Dungan & Jeff SteinSeptember 21, 1989 (1989-09-21)
3"Eugene's Secret"Jeff MelmanFrank Dungan & Jeff Stein & Tony SheehanSeptember 24, 1989 (1989-09-24)
4"Freddy's Date"Jeff MelmanWilliam C. Kenny & Brenda HamptonOctober 1, 1989 (1989-10-01)
5"Eugene's Model"Jeff MelmanTony SheehanOctober 15, 1989 (1989-10-15)
6"Neville's Hired Hand"Jeff MelmanFrank Dungan & Jeff SteinOctober 22, 1989 (1989-10-22)
7"Hilary's Date"Phill LewisChuck LorreOctober 29, 1989 (1989-10-29)
8"Violet's Friend"Jeff MelmanBrenda Hampton & William C. KennyNovember 5, 1989 (1989-11-05)
9"Kate's Baby"Fred Savage Jeff MelmanNovember 19, 1989 (1989-11-19)
10"Kate's Furnace"TBATBANovember 26, 1989 (1989-11-26)
11"The Nun"TBATBADecember 3, 1989 (1989-12-03)
12"April in Paris"TBATBADecember 10, 1989 (1989-12-10)
13"Father Christmas"TBATBADecember 17, 1989 (1989-12-17)
14"Eugene's Feat"TBATBAJanuary 7, 1990 (1990-01-07)
15"Kandid Kate"TBATBAJanuary 21, 1990 (1990-01-21)
16"Sweet Sixteen"TBATBAJuly 16, 1990 (1990-07-16)
17"Bingo"TBATBAJuly 23, 1990 (1990-07-23)
18"Todd's Cheap Date"TBATBAJuly 30, 1990 (1990-07-30)
19"Underwood Underfoot"TBATBAAugust 1 1990

Award nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1990 Golden Globe Award Nominated Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical Stephanie Beacham
1990 Young Artist Awards Nominated Best New Television Series
Best Young Actor Supporting Role in a Television Series Harley Cross
Best Young Actor Supporting Role in a Television Series Jason Priestley


  1. ^ Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle F. (2007-10-17). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present (9 ed.). Ballantine Books. p. 1247. ISBN 0-345-49773-2.
  2. ^ Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle F. (2007-10-17). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present (9 ed.). Ballantine Books. p. 1246. ISBN 0-345-49773-2.

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