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I Married Dora 

A widowed white collar professional marries his Hispanic housekeeper so she will not be deported. They had to do everything to keep everyone from discovering the truth.


Michael Leeson




1988   1987  
2 nominations. See more awards »


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Complete series cast summary:
Elizabeth Peña ...  Dora Calderon 13 episodes, 1987-1988
Daniel Hugh Kelly ...  Peter Farrell 13 episodes, 1987-1988
Sanford Jensen Sanford Jensen ...  Dolf Menninger 13 episodes, 1987-1988
Juliette Lewis ...  Kate Farrell 13 episodes, 1987-1988
Jason Horst Jason Horst ...  Will Farrell 13 episodes, 1987-1988
Henry Jones ...  Hughes Whitney Lennox 13 episodes, 1987-1988


A widowed white collar professional marries his Hispanic housekeeper so she will not be deported. They had to do everything to keep everyone from discovering the truth. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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22 September 1987 (USA) See more »

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About halfway through the October 16th, 1987 broadcast of "I Married Dora", ABC News broke in with live coverage of the rescue of "Baby Jessica". She had captured the hearts and attention of the entire nation after having fallen into and becoming trapped in a deep hole in her home town of Midland, Texas. The balance of the episode was never seen by the home audience. See more »


[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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Notable for two things...
1 November 2001 | by hecklesSee all my reviews

This was an otherwise forgettable exercise in inter-ethnic comedy. Just like in "The Nanny", the WASP is the well-off, supposedly in command male, which made mainstream America comfortable as the maid/nanny shows that her colorful Salvadorian/Jewish relatives are actually nicer than some of his grasping relatives or associates; before he gets around to noticing that the 'ethnic' hired help is hot stuff. (It helps, in this case, that they already have a paper marriage.)

Two things are worth mentioning about it, however; first, it was the introduction of Elizabeth Pena, she with the facially large nose, slightly closed eyes, and superbly sexy voice -- sort of a throaty drawl with a very slight Cuban undertone. Catch her in "Lone Star" or "Tortilla Soup" if you want to see her at her best. The second, as I recall, was the way the show acknowledged its poor ratings. At one point Dora made a virtual pistol shot at a TV Nintendo game, and stated that she wished she could zap "Beauty and the Beast" in the same manner. And at the end the someone in the cast announced that the series had been canned - and came out for a bow in front of the studio audience. A nice touch, when most canceled sitcoms just disappear into the ether without a by-your-leave.

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