List of Dear John episodes

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Dear John is an American sitcom that aired on NBC. It was based on the 1986–87 British sitcom of the same name that aired on the BBC. It ran for four seasons from 1988 to 1992, and aired a total of 85 episodes.

Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedRankRating
First airedLast aired
122October 6, 1988 (1988-10-06)May 11, 1989 (1989-05-11)1118.5
224September 28, 1989 (1989-09-28)May 15, 1990 (1990-05-15)1717.2
322September 19, 1990 (1990-09-19)May 1, 1991 (1991-05-01)50N/A
422September 19, 1991 (1991-09-19)July 22, 1992 (1992-07-22)77N/A


Season 1 (1988–89)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Pilot"James BurrowsTeleplay by: Bob Ellison & Peter NoahOctober 6, 1988 (1988-10-06)
Recently divorced John Lacey joins a singles group. Based on the pilot for the original series by John Sullivan.
22"Ralph's Curse"James BurrowsJohn SullivanOctober 27, 1988 (1988-10-27)
Ralph believes he's fallen victim to a curse that's plagued his family for generations.
33"Hello, Goodbye"Beth HillshaferDave HackelNovember 3, 1988 (1988-11-03)
A young man (Lonny Price) arrives at John's door claiming to be his son.
44"The Younger Girl"James GardnerJohn SullivanNovember 10, 1988 (1988-11-10)
A young woman (Jennifer Runyon) becomes interested in John.
55"Matthew's Dilemma"Art WolffJohn SullivanNovember 17, 1988 (1988-11-17)
John's son, Matthew (Ben Savage), seems hesitant to spend time with him.
66"Dear Mike"Stan DanielsBruce HelfordNovember 24, 1988 (1988-11-24)
John's friend, Mike (Sam McMurray), who stole Wendy and their house, is apparently rejected.
77"Politics as Usual"Stan DanielsGina GoldmanDecember 1, 1988 (1988-12-01)
A political candidate invites John to a private party.
88"Dancing in the Dark"Arlene SanfordTeleplay by: Gina GoldmanDecember 15, 1988 (1988-12-15)
John spends Christmas with his fellow members of One-Two-One when Matthew goes to Disney World for the holidays. Based on an episode written by John Sullivan for the original series.
99"Was It Good for Me?"Stan DanielsTeleplay by: Dave HackelJanuary 5, 1989 (1989-01-05)
Kate offers to sleep with John. Based on an episode written by John Sullivan for the original series.
1010"Honest John"Tony SingletaryJohn SullivanJanuary 12, 1989 (1989-01-12)
Wendy wants John to pretend they're still married so Matthew will be accepted into a Catholic school.
1111"The Return of Ricky"Michael KarmJohn SullivanJanuary 19, 1989 (1989-01-19)
The gang plans a '60s nostalgia benefit for Rick. Features a guest appearance by the British Invasion group Freddie and the Dreamers.[1]
1212"Dream Babe"Matthew DiamondAlan KirschenbaumJanuary 26, 1989 (1989-01-26)
Kirk's girlfriend doesn't understand English.
1313"Stand by Your Man"Noam PitlikDave HackelFebruary 16, 1989 (1989-02-16)
A new member, (Cleavon Little), whose marriage failed because of his being gay, falls for John.
1414"Love and Marriage"Stan DanielsPeter NoahFebruary 23, 1989 (1989-02-23)
Louise is surprised by the reaction of her unborn baby's father (Woody Harrelson) when she tells him.
1515"For a Friend"Stan DanielsTeleplay by: Alan KirschenbaumMarch 2, 1989 (1989-03-02)
John's friend, Gary (Gerrit Graham), joins the group and lies about his wife being dead. Based on an episode written by John Sullivan for the original series.
1616"The Second Time Around"Art WolffWayne TerwilligerMarch 9, 1989 (1989-03-09)
John has a date with a woman he hadn't seen in 30 years (Gwen Verdon).
1717"The Last Dance"John RichBob StevensMarch 16, 1989 (1989-03-16)
The group helps Ralph talk to a woman he's been too nervous to ask out.
1818"Sisters"John RichDave HackelMarch 30, 1989 (1989-03-30)
Kate dates Kirk to prove her sister (Wendy Schaal) always steals her boyfriends.
1919"Gone Camping"John RichStory by : John Sullivan & Alan Kirschenbaum & Bob Stevens
Teleplay by : Alan Kirschenbaum & Bob Stevens
April 6, 1989 (1989-04-06)
John and Matthew go camping, only to be trapped in a cabin when a snowstorm hits.
2020"Margo"John RichGina GoldmanApril 27, 1989 (1989-04-27)
John is informed by the group that the woman he just met (Shannon Tweed) is a new member(Annie Golden)'s transvestite husband.
2121"Friend and Lovers"John RichJohn SullivanMay 4, 1989 (1989-05-04)
A friend's troubled marriage jeopardizes John's plans for a romantic evening.
2222"Bound for Gloria"Matthew DiamondBob StevensMay 11, 1989 (1989-05-11)
Kirk dates a young widow brought in by John.

Season 2 (1989–90)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
231"A New Leash on Life"Hal CooperAlan KirschenbaumSeptember 28, 1989 (1989-09-28)
John finds a lost dog.
242"The Other Group"Hal CooperMark Reisman and Jeremy StevensOctober 12, 1989 (1989-10-12)
John finds a support group that looks on the bright side of divorce.
253"Ralph's Second Chance"Hal CooperMike Milligan and Jay MoriartyOctober 19, 1989 (1989-10-19)
The woman who left Ralph at their wedding reception (Susan Kellermann) returns to give him another chance.
264"John's Blind Date"Hal CooperStory by : Rod Parker and Bob Ellison
Teleplay by : Alan Kirschenbaum
November 2, 1989 (1989-11-02)
John has a blind date with a flight attendant (Jan Hooks) who wants to spend the rest of her life with him.
275"The Secret of Success"Hal CooperRick HawkinsNovember 9, 1989 (1989-11-09)
John is reluctant to use Ralph's book about positivity to get his poetry published.
286"The British Are Coming"Hal CooperMarco PennetteNovember 16, 1989 (1989-11-16)
Louise gets more than she bargained for when she tries to present herself as married to her strict father (Clive Revill).
297"Something on the Side"
"Mike's Other Girl"
Hal CooperRod BurtonNovember 23, 1989 (1989-11-23)
John catches Wendy's new husband with another woman.
308"Fathers Know Best"Hal CooperMaxine LapidussNovember 30, 1989 (1989-11-30)
John doesn't like Kate going out with his father (Stephen Elliott).
319"The Dilemma with Emma"Hal CooperMarco PennetteDecember 7, 1989 (1989-12-07)
John regrets a promise he made to his uncle that he would take care of his Aunt Emma (Elizabeth Franz), who constantly complains about her cardiac condition.
3210"Kate, a Date and Fate"Hal CooperJay Moriarty and Mike MilliganDecember 14, 1989 (1989-12-14)
John sets Kate up with an old fraternity friend (Jeffrey DeMunn).
3311"Honolulu Baby"Hal CooperMark Reisman and Jeremy StevensJanuary 4, 1990 (1990-01-04)
At her 60th high-school reunion, Mrs. Philbert sees her ex-best friend (Jeanette Nolan) who stole her fiance two days before her wedding.
3412"Breaking Up Is Hard to Do"Hal CooperStory by : Sandy Helberg & Harriet B. Helberg
Teleplay by : Rod Burton
January 11, 1990 (1990-01-11)
John dates a woman whose daughter thinks her mother's dates are grown-up dweebs.
3513"Kirk's Problem"Hal CooperEfrem SeegerJanuary 17, 1990 (1990-01-17)
An attractive newcomer gives Kirk a problem. Debut of Susan Walters as Mary Beth Sutton.
3614"John's Friend"Hal CooperEfrem SeegerJanuary 24, 1990 (1990-01-24)
On a free ski weekend with Kirk, John befriends a fellow Sherlock Holmes fan (Gordon Clapp).
3715"Unwelcome to the Club"Hal CooperRick HawkinsFebruary 7, 1990 (1990-02-07)
An ex-con who has a problem with being rejected asks to join the group.
3816"Some Nights to Remember"Hal CooperMarco PennetteFebruary 12, 1990 (1990-02-12)
The group remembers all the good times they've spent at a restaurant about to close, especially John, who visited the place not long after Wendy left him.
3917"John's New Job: Part 1"Hal CooperLarry BalmagiaFebruary 14, 1990 (1990-02-14)
John looks for a job so he can make money to send Matthew to Europe for a soccer tournament.
4018"John's New Job: Part 2"Hal CooperLarry BalmagiaFebruary 21, 1990 (1990-02-21)
John enjoys his job as a book editor, but isn't very happy to be his boss' boy toy.
4119"Babyface"Hal CooperMark Reisman and Jeremy StevensFebruary 28, 1990 (1990-02-28)
Louise leaves Nigel in the care of John, Kirk, and Ralph.
4220"John's Night Out"Hal CooperMike Milligan and Jay MoriartyMarch 7, 1990 (1990-03-07)
John takes a night off from the group.
4321"True Confessions"Hal CooperRod BurtonMarch 14, 1990 (1990-03-14)
The group plans a surprise birthday for Kirk, only to be surprised themselves.
4422"To John, with Love"Hal CooperStory by : Ron Burla
Teleplay by : Efrem Seeger
May 2, 1990 (1990-05-02)
Mary Beth loves John for helping her write an article.
4523"Aunt Red"Hal CooperMarco PennetteMay 9, 1990 (1990-05-09)
John assures Kate that her nephew can trust any guy she dates, but he doesn't expect Kirk to be trusted.
4624"No More Mr. Nice Guy"Hal CooperLarry BalmagiaMay 16, 1990 (1990-05-16)
John stands up to Mr. Milquetoast.

Season 3 (1990–91)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
471"Pretty Man"Hal CooperDiana Ayers and Susan SebastianSeptember 19, 1990 (1990-09-19)
John and Kirk go on a double blind date.
482"And Baby Makes Four: Part 1"Hal CooperMike Milligan and Jay MoriartySeptember 26, 1990 (1990-09-26)
Wendy wants John to give her another baby.
493"And Baby Makes Four: Part 2"Hal CooperMike Milligan and Jay MoriartyOctober 3, 1990 (1990-10-03)
John has second thoughts about having another baby with Wendy.
504"A Priest's Story"Hal CooperHoward MeyersOctober 10, 1990 (1990-10-10)
Kirk's brother (Kevin Dunn), who's now a priest, wants to reconcile before he leaves for Rome.
515"That's Big of Me"Hal CooperRod BurtonOctober 24, 1990 (1990-10-24)
Louise and Kate fall for a divorce photographer (Doug Sheehan), while John has his first workout in years.
526"Hot Lips Lacey"Hal CooperMarco PennetteOctober 31, 1990 (1990-10-31)
John takes six weeks of clarinet lessons to play at Carnegie Hall.
537"Hole in One"Hal CooperMark Reisman and Jeremy StevensNovember 7, 1990 (1990-11-07)
John goes with Kate to her aunt's funeral so she won't be tempted to off her ex-husband (Corbin Bernsen).
548"The Blunder Years"Hal CooperDiana Ayers and Susan SebastianNovember 14, 1990 (1990-11-14)
John remembers the first love he let get away when she comes to town.
559"Down and Out in Rego Park"Hal CooperHoward MeyersNovember 28, 1990 (1990-11-28)
Mary Beth reupholsters a chair to cover for an unexpected rejection.
5610"Homeward Bound"Hal CooperMike Milligan and Jay MoriartyDecember 12, 1990 (1990-12-12)
John wants his mother (Nina Foch) to move in with him rather than move into a rest home.
57–5811–12"Matter of Trust"Hal CooperEfrem SeegerDecember 19, 1990 (1990-12-19)
John is in danger of losing his job when a tabloid gets word that he's the latest boyfriend of a sex-addicted actress (Robin Strasser).
5913"Molly and Me"Hal CooperDiana Ayers and Susan SebastianJanuary 5, 1991 (1991-01-05)
Ralph's romance with his coworker (Megan Mullally) is complicated because she's married.
6014"Love Stories: Part 1"Hal CooperRod Parker, Bob Ellison and Rod BurtonJanuary 19, 1991 (1991-01-19)
Kirk, Kate, and John respectively fall in love with a SmokEnder, a cattleman (Lorenzo Lamas), and a periodontist (DeLane Matthews).
6115"Love Stories: Part 2"Hal CooperBob Ellison, Rod Burton and Rod ParkerJanuary 26, 1991 (1991-01-26)
Louise falls in love with her auditor (Lane Davies) as Kirk's own love story continues.
6216"Love Stories: Part 3"Hal CooperRod Burton, Rod Parker and Bob EllisonFebruary 2, 1991 (1991-02-02)
The group's love stories reach their conclusions.
6317"John and Kirk's Excellent Adventure"Hal CooperMarco PennetteFebruary 9, 1991 (1991-02-09)
A woman (Lela Ivey) steals an antique gold watch the group was getting fixed as a birthday present for John.
6418"The Poet: Part 1"Hal CooperHoward MeyersFebruary 16, 1991 (1991-02-16)
John takes a poetry class in college.
6519"The Poet: Part 2"Hal CooperHoward MeyersMarch 2, 1991 (1991-03-02)
John must decide what to do when he finds out his poetry teacher (George Hearn) is taking credit for his poems.
6620"Louise, the Hero"Hal CooperMike Milligan and Jay MoriartyMarch 13, 1991 (1991-03-13)
Louise claims she can raise funds for the community center from a munchkin and a tattooed lady.
6721"Matthew and the Baby"Hal CooperMeredith SilerMarch 20, 1991 (1991-03-20)
Matthew reacts badly to John and Wendy having another baby, while Kirk and Denise use the group to start a catering service.
6822"John's Week Off"Hal CooperRod BurtonMay 1, 1991 (1991-05-01)
John spends the week getting taken off planes due to Kirk's discount ticket and Kate's wealthy suitor begs her to marry him.

Season 4 (1991–92)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
691"Brothers"Hal CooperRod BurtonSeptember 19, 1991 (1991-09-19)
John faces the possibility that Kirk could be his brother.
702"Kirk's Ex-Wife"Hal CooperMarco PennetteSeptember 20, 1991 (1991-09-20)
The group learns why Kirk's ex-wife left him.
713"Kate's Cop"Hal CooperShelley ZellmanSeptember 27, 1991 (1991-09-27)
A cop investigating a robbery asks Kate out on a date.
724"Whose Soap Opera Is It Anyway?"Hal CooperMarco PennetteOctober 4, 1991 (1991-10-04)
Mary Beth is happy to get a job writing for a soap opera - until she learns the reason.
735"Hello, Annie"Hal CooperRod Parker and Bob EllisonOctober 25, 1991 (1991-10-25)
Kirk sublets his dream apartment from a guy whose friend refuses to leave.
746"Lust and Death"Hal CooperHoward MeyersNovember 8, 1991 (1991-11-08)
Kirk sleeps with a woman whose brothers threaten to hurt him unless he marries her.
757"The Bachelor Shower"Hal CooperCynthia HeimelNovember 15, 1991 (1991-11-15)
Kate has a bridal shower that doesn't go so well, while Mitch has a bachelor party that's no better, especially when he arrests the host - John.
76–778–9"I Do, Baby"Hal CooperRod BurtonDecember 13, 1991 (1991-12-13)
Kirk shows up at Kate's wedding and tries to talk her into calling it off. Wendy also arrives to show John her pregnancy, and then goes into labor.
7810"Once I Had a Secret Love"Hal CooperShelley ZellmanDecember 20, 1991 (1991-12-20)
After insisting that everyone tell a secret, Louise confesses to having an affair with Ben.
7911"'Twas the Fight Before Christmas"Hal CooperMarco Pennette and John RajeskiDecember 27, 1991 (1991-12-27)
John hires a Santa Claus for the day care center who has a problem with children.
8012"Do the Wrong Thing"Hal CooperMichael PoryesJanuary 3, 1992 (1992-01-03)
John has to choose which of his two dates he'll take to a Broadway show.
8113"The Big Payday"Hal CooperKim WeiskopfApril 1, 1992 (1992-04-01)
The group is offered a real-estate deal by a former con man claiming to have gone straight.
8214"John's Divididend Heart"Hal CooperBud WiserApril 15, 1992 (1992-04-15)
Mary Beth creates a character based on John for her soap opera.
8719"Heartburn and Heartache"Hal CooperEric PomeranceJune 7, 1992 (1992-06-07)
A doctor connects John's stomach problems to Kirk.
8315"Who's Who"Hal CooperJack LoGiudiceJune 12, 1992 (1992-06-12)
Kirk is interested in one of John's female literacy students (Kristen Cloke).
8820"Adult Education"Hal CooperBarry Bleach and Lynne KadishJune 14, 1992 (1992-06-14)
Kirk goes back to high school to get his diploma.
8921"Freddy's Back"Hal CooperCynthia HeimelJune 21, 1992 (1992-06-21)
John looks after his boss's parrot.
9022"The Nightmare Continues"Hal CooperHoward MeyersJune 28, 1992 (1992-06-28)
Louise encourages the group to face their relationship problems with creative visualization.
8618"The Write Stuff"Hal CooperJohn RajeskiJune 29, 1992 (1992-06-29)
John tries to write scripts for Mary Beth's soap opera.
8416"Poor John: Part 1"Hal CooperRod BurtonJuly 15, 1992 (1992-07-15)
John tries to get his funds straightened out so he and Jennifer can spend a weekend on the slopes.
8517"Poor John: Part 2"Hal CooperRod BurtonJuly 22, 1992 (1992-07-22)
John considers filing for bankruptcy.

s04e18 - The Write Stuff

s04e19 - Heartburn and Heartache

s04e20 - Adult Education

s04e21 - Freddy's Back

s04e22 - The Nightmare Continues

(season 4 episodes 18-22 might not have been aired during original run)