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Dear John (1988–1992)

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After his wife leaves him for his best friend, John Lacey joins the One Two One Club, a support group for divorced and widowed people. The group consists of its fiery British leader Louise,... See full summary »

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Complete series cast summary:
 John Lacey (90 episodes, 1988-1992)
 Kirk Morris (90 episodes, 1988-1992)
 Louise Mercer (90 episodes, 1988-1992)
 Kate McCarron (90 episodes, 1988-1992)
 Mrs. Margie Philbert (83 episodes, 1988-1992)
 Ralph Drang (68 episodes, 1988-1991)
 Tom (66 episodes, 1988-1992)
 Mary Beth Sutton (55 episodes, 1990-1992)


After his wife leaves him for his best friend, John Lacey joins the One Two One Club, a support group for divorced and widowed people. The group consists of its fiery British leader Louise, sleazy Kirk, neurotic Ralph, aged but foxy Mrs. Philbert, and Kate, a red-headed divorcee who presents a possible love interest for John. Over the course of the series, the characters help each other first come to grips with their situation, and then overcome it, often with hilarious results. Written by Jason A. Cormier <wildrose@mindspring.com>

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Release Date:

6 October 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dear John USA  »

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| (90 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Crazy Credits

The Season 1 opening title sequence is a near-shot-for-shot re-creation of the original British series titles. See more »


Referenced in George & Leo: The Cameo Episode (1997) See more »

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Straight man to scene stealers
22 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a funny TV series, because the title character, played by Judd Hirsch, is willing to be a straight man to the other characters in a support group he attends.

In essence, much as "Good Times" is Kid Dynamite's show, this is really Jere Burns show as he portrays the rogue, Kirk. Kirk is just enough of a rascal to cherish and laugh at, both at the same time.

The others put in a dash of humor, too, one of them without ever saying a word.

The standard for comedy in the eighties was a comedy that would make people laugh. That's what this show did. It din't try to be too "situational", and hope for a smile, the way most comedies of the nineties and naughts do. It reached for the guts, and pulled them out.

This wasn't "slapstick", but just a bit shy of it. It jumped the shark a bit at the end, and that didn't work. It was best when staying true to its character of the support group.

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