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Broadcast History:

First Telecast: October 6, 1988
Last Telecast: July 22, 1992

Oct 1988, NBC Thu 9:00-9:30
Oct 1988-Jan 1990, NBC Thu 9:30-10:00
Jan 1990-Mar 1990, NBC Wed 9:30-10:00
May 1990-Oct 1990, NBC Wed 9:30-10:00
Oct 1990-Dec 1990, NBC Wed 9:00-9:30
Dec 1990-Mar 1991, NBC Sat 10:30-11:00
Mar 1991-Jun 1991, NBC Wed 9:30-10:00
Jul 1991, NBC Sat 10:00-10:30
Aug 1991-Sep 1991, NBC Sat 9:30-10:00
Sep 1991-Oct 1991, NBC Fri 9:00-9:30
Oct 1991-Jan 1992, NBC Fri 9:30-10:00
Apr 1992, NBC Wed 9:30-10:00
Jul 1992, NBC Wed 9:30-10:00

Total number of episodes: 90


Judd Hirsch as John Lacey
Jane Carr
as Louise Mercer
Jere Burns
as Kirk Morris
Harry Groener
as Ralph Drang (1988-1991)
Isabella Hofmann
as Kate McCarron
Billie Bird
as Mrs. Margie Philbert
Susan Walters
as Mary Beth Sutton (1990-1992)
Tom Willett
as Tom
Olivia Brown
as Denise (1990-1991)
Ben Savage
as Matthew Lacey (1988-1990, occasional)
Billy Cohen
as Matthew Lacey (1990, occasional)
Carlene Watkins
as Wendy Lacey (1988-1989, occasional)
Deborah Harmon
as Wendy Lacey (1990-1991, occasional)
William O'Leary
as Ben (1991-1992)
Marietta DePrima
as Annie Marino (1991-1992)

Theme Song:

"Dear John," by John Sullivan, sung by Wendy Talbot

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Series Summary:

Dear John Cast

Character comedy can work in almost any setting, as evidenced by the success of this popular series based on the unfunny subject of divorce. John Lacey was an easygoing high school English teacher from New Rochelle, New York, who came home one day to discover that his wife had dumped him for his best friend. Her note began, "Dear John..."

Wendy got the house, their son Matthew, and everything else that mattered, so John moved into an apartment in Queens and joined the "One-Two-One Club," a singles support group at the Rego Park Community Center, whose offbeat members seemed guaranteed to cheer anybody up. Kirk was the swaggering ladies' man who was oblivious to his own boorishness; Ralph, the shy, owlish toll collector; Kate, the compassionate but somewhat out-of-touch beauty; Mrs. Philbert, the daft, chattering retiree; and Tom (her boyfriend), the older man who hardly ever said anything. Mary Beth, a sexy but naive Southerner, and Denise, who was in the weight control group across the hall, surfaced later, as did maintenance man Ben. The group leader was Louise, a bubbly, sex-obsessed Englishwoman. Most of them had lost spouses in one hilarious manner or another, and they helped each other fumble through the endless trials of readjustment.

A surprising development in the third season occurred when Wendy decided to have another child by unwilling John. First she tried to withdraw his deposit at the sperm bank, then she handcuffed him to a bed and made love!

Based on the English television series of the same name.

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