Sister Kate (TV series)

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Sister Kate
Genre Sitcom
Created by Frank Dungan
Tony Sheehan
Jeff Stein
Written by Frank Dungan
Jeff Stein
Tony Sheehan
Directed by Jeffrey Melman
Noam Pitlik
John Sgueglia
Starring Stephanie Beacham
Jason Priestley
Erin Reed
Hannah Cutrona
Penina Segall
Harley Cross
Alexaundria Simmons
Joel Robinson
Theme music composer Mason Cooper and Brian Rawlings
Opening theme "Maybe An Angel" performed by Amy Grant
Composer(s) Brian Rawlings and Mason Cooper
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 19 (1 unaired)
Executive producer(s) Frank Dungan
Jeff Stein
Tony Sheehan
Producer(s) Patricia Rickey
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Lazy B/F.O.B. Productions
Mea Culpa Productions
20th Century Fox Television
Original network NBC
Original release September 16, 1989 (1989-09-16) – July 30, 1990 (1990-07-30)

Sister Kate is an American sitcom that aired on NBC during the 1989–1990 television season.


The series stars Stephanie Beacham as Sister Kate, a nun who is transferred from an archeological 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 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". In an especially ironic turn, one of the children got the duo to "perform" at the orphanage through deception.

Theme song[edit]

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


Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 Pilot September 16, 1989
1-2 "Freddy's Bad Habit" September 21, 1989
1-3 "Eugene's Secret" September 24, 1989
1-4 "Freddy's Date" October 1, 1989
1-5 "Eugene's Model" October 15, 1989
1-6 "Neville's Hired Hand" October 22, 1989
1-7 "Hilary's Date" October 29, 1989
1-8 "Violet's Friend" November 5, 1989
1-9 "Kate's Baby" November 19, 1989
1-10 "Kate's Furnace" November 26, 1989
1-11 "The Nun" December 3, 1989
1-12 "April in Paris" December 10, 1989
1-13 "Father Christmas" December 17, 1989
1-14 "Eugene's Feat" January 7, 1990
1-15 "Kandid Kate" January 21, 1990
1-16 "Sweet Sixteen" July 16, 1990
1-17 "Bingo" July 23, 1990
1-18 "Todd's Cheap Date" July 30, 1990
1-19 "Underwood Underfoot" Never aired

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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