I Married Dora (1987–1988)

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Sitcom about a white collar professional who marries his Hispanic housekeeper so she will not be deported. They had to do everything to keep everyone from believing the truth.

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 Dora Calderon (13 episodes, 1987-1988)
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 Peter Farrell (13 episodes, 1987-1988)
Sanford Jensen ...
 Dolf Menninger (13 episodes, 1987-1988)
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 Kate Farrell (13 episodes, 1987-1988)
Jason Horst ...
 Will Farrell (13 episodes, 1987-1988)
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 Hughes Whitney Lennox (13 episodes, 1987-1988)
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Sitcom about a white collar professional who marries his Hispanic housekeeper so she will not be deported. They had to do everything to keep everyone from believing the truth. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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This television series was accompanied in the credits by a legal disclaimer stating the act of marrying an illegal alien to avoid deportation is illegal. See more »

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[In an airport]
Dora Calderon: What's wrong, Peter?
Peter Farrell: It's been canceled.
Dora Calderon: The flight?
Peter Farrell: No. Our series.
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17 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This week's NEW YORK MAGAZINE had a comment in the column by the television reviewer that reviewed (in a disparaging way) about this comedy that lasted only one season. The writer mentioned the conclusion of the series where they announced the series was canceled, But the reviewer also felt the show was deservedly forgotten.

Actually it was not a bad little comedy. But it suffered from a bad weekly spot. It was on Fridays, I believe. The plot line is based on the problems of avoiding Dora's deportation by any means necessary (which is like Lucille Ball's determination to get into show business by any means necessary on I LOVE LUCY). Dora's boss, a W.A.S.P., marries her, but her weekly attempts to please him and keep in the country always show that she is a little more with it due to street smarts.

There were other plot points that were never fully covered due to it's short run. The boss/husband was previously married (with children). His wife was on a plane that apparently was commandeered by terrorists four years before, and never heard from again - so there was a potential situation like Tennyson's ENOCH ARDEN of the missing person turning up again.

There was also a nice addition to the cast - Henry Jones, that dependable character actor. It was his first regular role on a comedy series since his two year stint on Cloris Leachman's PHYLLIS. Here he was a W.A.S.P. aristocrat, who constantly got to see that his fine contacts meant nothing. In one episode, Dora learns Jones knows Nancy Reagan (they are old friends). She convinces him to make a phone call asking the President (through Nancy) to kill some immigration problem. No problem to Henry, he insists. We watch him make a few calls, and he eventually does get Nancy. We hear a pleasant conversation (of course, only from Jones side) going on. After two minutes, a promise to see Nancy and Ronnie when they are back home, Henry hangs up. Dora is looking daggers at her, as he realizes he never got to ask Nancy for the favor!

Not a bad show really, which, with a better time slot, might have made it. But not one of the worst films - not by a long stretch.


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