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
ComposersBrian Rawlings and Mason Cooper
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes19 (list of episodes)
Executive producersFrank Dungan
Jeff Stein
Tony Sheehan
ProducerPatricia Rickey
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesLazy B/F.O.B. Productions
Mea Culpa Productions
20th Century Fox Television
Distributor20th Television
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 16, 1989 (1989-09-16) –
September 1, 1990 (1990-09-01)

Sister Kate is an American sitcom 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 who is transferred (in the pilot episode) to run an orphanage in Chicago. Sister Kate is put in charge of a group of seven unwanted orphans who, due to their scheming ways, have already run off three priests. Story lines involved Sister Kate matching wits with the kids, and the kids' potential adoptions.[1]

Sister Kate premiered on Saturday, September 16, 1989 at 9:30 EST as a sneak preview, and aired regularly at 8:00 EST on Sundays.[2] The low-rated series was canceled after nineteen episodes.


  • 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 Colodren
  • Alexaundria Simmons as Violet Johnson
  • Joel Robinson as Neville Williams
  • Mike Williams as Mr. Beard
  • Gordon Jump as Lucas Underwood

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.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal 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)
Sister Kate goes to extraordinary measures to break Freddy's smoking habit. Neville gets upset when someone wants to adopt Violet.
3"Eugene's Secret"Jeff MelmanFrank Dungan, Jeff Stein & Tony SheehanSeptember 24, 1989 (1989-09-24)
Sister Kate announces that everyone will be moving into shared bedrooms as an attempt to save money on heating costs. As a result, Eugene is fearful that a long-kept secret will get out while new roommates Freddy and April are constantly arguing and angry at each other.
4"Freddy's Date"Jeff MelmanWilliam C. Kenny & Brenda HamptonOctober 1, 1989 (1989-10-01)
Freddy has a crush on the Rich Kid in her auto shop class. Neville can't decide which musical instrument to play for his music class.
5"Eugene's Model"Jeff MelmanTony SheehanOctober 15, 1989 (1989-10-15)
Violet becomes jealous of the amount of time Neville spends with Sister Kate. Eugene takes up drawing and goes in search of a nude Female Model.
6"Neville's Hired Hand"Jeff MelmanFrank Dungan & Jeff SteinOctober 22, 1989 (1989-10-22)
Neville is so taken with a Vagrant who stops for food that Kate hires the Vagrant to be both a cook and handyman, on the condition that he continues to stay off the booze that he claimed to stop drinking.
7"Hilary's Date"Phill LewisChuck LorreOctober 29, 1989 (1989-10-29)
Hilary is somehow able to keep her wheelchair a secret from a Boy she likes. Neville gives Kate the silent treatment after she scolds him for his language.
8"Violet's Friend"Jeff MelmanBrenda Hampton & William C. KennyNovember 5, 1989 (1989-11-05)
Violet's Friend comes to visit and has the Gang in an uproar. Violet gets upset and runs away when they pretend to see the Friend. Sister Kate gets a phone call from a local hospital informing her that Violet is there.
9"Kate's Baby"Fred SavageJeff MelmanNovember 19, 1989 (1989-11-19)
10"Kate's Furnace"Jeff MelmanUnknownNovember 26, 1989 (1989-11-26)
11"The Nun"John SguegliaUnknownDecember 3, 1989 (1989-12-03)
12"April in Paris"Jeff MelmanUnknownDecember 10, 1989 (1989-12-10)
13"Father Christmas"John SguegliaUnknownDecember 17, 1989 (1989-12-17)
14"Eugene's Feat"Phil RamunoUnknownJanuary 7, 1990 (1990-01-07)
15"Kandid Kate"John SguegliaUnknownJanuary 21, 1990 (1990-01-21)
16"Sweet Sixteen"UnknownUnknownJuly 16, 1990 (1990-07-16)
17"Bingo"UnknownUnknownJuly 23, 1990 (1990-07-23)
18"Todd's Cheap Date"UnknownUnknownJuly 30, 1990 (1990-07-30)
19"Underwood Underfoot"UnknownUnknownSeptember 1, 1990 (1990-09-01)

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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