Dear John

Dear John

1988 - 1992, Comedy
John Lacey joins a support group for divorced and widowed people.

Episode Guide

  • Dear John - Poor John (Season 4 Episode 22)
    Season 4 Episode 22:

    Poor John

    John (Judd Hirsch) endangers his financial future when he overextends his credit to impress his girlfriend (Christine Cattell).

  • Dear John - Poor John: Part 1 (Season 4 Episode 21)
    Season 4 Episode 21:

    Poor John: Part 1

    John's (Judd Hirsch) plans for a romantic skiing weekend go awry when he discovers he is broke. Guest star: Christine Cattell.

  • Dear John - The Write Stuff (Season 4 Episode 20)
    Season 4 Episode 20:

    The Write Stuff

    John (Judd Hirsch) joins the writing staff of Mary Beth's (Susan Walters) soap opera.

  • Dear John - The Nightmare Continues (Season 4 Episode 19)
    Season 4 Episode 19:

    The Nightmare Continues

    Louise (Jane Carr) encourages the group to confront their relationship problems by using creative visualization.

  • Dear John - Freddy's Back (Season 4 Episode 18)
    Season 4 Episode 18:

    Freddy's Back

    John (Judd Hirsch) agrees to baby-sit Mr. Hendrick's (Raye Birk) parrot.

  • Dear John - Adult Education (Season 4 Episode 17)
    Season 4 Episode 17:

    Adult Education

    John (Judd Hirsch) tries to help Kirk (Jere Burns) get his high-school diploma.

  • Dear John - Who's Who (Season 4 Episode 16)
    Season 4 Episode 16:

    Who's Who

    John (Judd Hirsch) is suddenly willing to take risks after a near-death experience in an elevator. With Jere Burns and Jane Carr.

  • Dear John - Heartburn and Heartache (Season 4 Episode 15)
    Season 4 Episode 15:

    Heartburn and Heartache

    John must choose between friendship and health when the doctor tells him that Kirk is the cause of his stomach pains.

  • Dear John - John's Divided Heart (Season 4 Episode 14)
    Season 4 Episode 14:

    John's Divided Heart

    Junior soap opera writer Mary Beth daydreams about John's problems during a One-Two-One Club meeting.

  • Dear John - Big Payday (Season 4 Episode 13)
    Season 4 Episode 13:

    Big Payday

    The group invests in a speculative real estate deal through a self-proclaimed reformed friend of Kirk's.

  • Dear John - Do the Wrong Thing (Season 4 Episode 12)
    Season 4 Episode 12:

    Do the Wrong Thing

    John stands up a date (Elayne Boosler) to go out with another.

  • Dear John - I Do, Baby (Season 4 Episode 11)
    Season 4 Episode 11:

    I Do, Baby

    Kirk claims there is a good reason to terminate Kate's wedding plans; John has trouble at childbirth class.

  • Dear John - 'Twas the Fight Before Christmas (Season 4 Episode 10)
    Season 4 Episode 10:

    'Twas the Fight Before Christmas

    John (Judd Hirsch) unknowingly hires a Santa (Patrick Collins) with marital problems for a Christmas party at the day-care center.

  • Dear John - Once I Had a Secret Love (Season 4 Episode 9)
    Season 4 Episode 9:

    Once I Had a Secret Love

    Louise gets more than she bargained for when she locks the club members in the meeting room to spark conversation.

  • Dear John - I Do, Baby (Season 4 Episode 8)
    Season 4 Episode 8:

    I Do, Baby

    Kirk claims there is a good reason to terminate Kate's wedding plans; John has trouble at childbirth class.

  • Dear John - Lust & Death (Season 4 Episode 7)
    Season 4 Episode 7:

    Lust & Death

    Kirk (Jere Burns) prefers death to a forced marriage to Annie's (Marietta DiPrima) younger cousin Connie (Anita Barone). Stars Judd Hirsch.

  • Dear John - Hello Annie (Season 4 Episode 6)
    Season 4 Episode 6:

    Hello Annie

    Kirk (Jere Burns) is in for a surprise after he sublets an apartment and a woman (new cast member Marietta DePrima) still lives there. Stars Judd Hirsch.

  • Dear John - The Bachelor Shower (Season 4 Episode 5)
    Season 4 Episode 5:

    The Bachelor Shower

    John and Kirk's windfall at an automated bank teller comes to light at police officer Mitch's bachelor party.

  • Dear John - Whose Soap Opera Is It, Anyway? (Season 4 Episode 4)
    Season 4 Episode 4:

    Whose Soap Opera Is It, Anyway?

    John (Judd Hirsch) offends daytime drama writer Mary Beth (Susan Walters) when he leads a group meeting. With Jane Carr.

  • Dear John - Kate's Cop (Season 4 Episode 3)
    Season 4 Episode 3:

    Kate's Cop

    Kate faces her fear of intimacy by dating the cop who takes the report when the group is held at gunpoint.

  • Dear John - Kirk's Ex-Wife (Season 4 Episode 2)
    Season 4 Episode 2:

    Kirk's Ex-Wife

    Kirk (Jere Burns) goes into hiding when the group learns his ex-wife (Kate McNeil) left him for a woman. With Judd Hirsch.

  • Dear John - Brothers (Season 4 Episode 1)
    Season 4 Episode 1:


    Kirk (Jere Burns) moves in with John (Judd Hirsch) after convincing him they are long-lost half brothers. Guest stars: Nina Foch, Alice Hirson.

  • Dear John - John's Week Off (Season 3 Episode 22)
    Season 3 Episode 22:

    John's Week Off

    Alejandro (Lorenzo Lamas) proposes to Kate (Isabella Hofmann); John's (Judd Hirsch) bargain ticket to Hawaii takes him to less-than-hot spots.

  • Dear John - Louise, the Hero (Season 3 Episode 21)
    Season 3 Episode 21:

    Louise, the Hero

    Louise's (Jane Carr) past interferes with her present-day efforts to save the financially troubled center. With Judd Hirsch, Isabella Hofmann.

  • Dear John - Matthew and the Baby (Season 3 Episode 20)
    Season 3 Episode 20:

    Matthew and the Baby

    John's son Matthew (Billy Cohen) is upset about having a sibling; Kirk and Denise (Jere Burns, Olivia Brown) take over John's kitchen. Stars Judd Hirsch.

  • Dear John - The Poet (Season 3 Episode 19)
    Season 3 Episode 19:

    The Poet

    John (Judd Hirsch) must decide whether to expose his former professor (George Hearn) for plagiarizing his poems. With Jane Carr.

  • Dear John - The Poet (Season 3 Episode 18)
    Season 3 Episode 18:

    The Poet

    John's (Judd Hirsch) professor (George Hearn) plans to steal his poetry when he is asked to evaluate it. With Jere Burns.

  • Dear John - John and Kirk's Excellent Adventure (Season 3 Episode 17)
    Season 3 Episode 17:

    John and Kirk's Excellent Adventure

    Plans to give John (Judd Hirsch) a surprise birthday present go askew when the gift is stolen from Kirk (Jere Burns). With Lela Ivey.

  • Dear John - Love Stories (Season 3 Episode 16)
    Season 3 Episode 16:

    Love Stories

    John and Kirk (Judd Hirsch, Jere Burns) level with the women they are dating (De Lane Matthews, Mindy Seeger) and pay the price for their honesty.

  • Dear John - Love Stories (Season 3 Episode 15)
    Season 3 Episode 15:

    Love Stories

    Jackie (Mindy Seeger) conditionally agrees to move in with Kirk (Jere Burns); Louise (Jane Carr) is asked out by her tax auditor (Lane Davies).

  • Dear John - Love Stories (Season 3 Episode 14)
    Season 3 Episode 14:

    Love Stories

    Cupid targets John and a periodontist, Kate and a South American, and Kirk and a woman giving up smoking.

  • Dear John - Molly and Me (Season 3 Episode 13)
    Season 3 Episode 13:

    Molly and Me

    Ralph (Harry Groener) falls for a married woman (Megan Mullally); John and Kirk (Judd Hirsch, Jere Burns) compete to tell only the truth.

  • Dear John - A Matter of Trust (Season 3 Episode 12)
    Season 3 Episode 12:

    A Matter of Trust

    The tabloid tale of a sexually compulsive movie star (Robin Strasser) dating John (Judd Hirsch) has serious repercussions. With Jere Burns.

  • Dear John - A Matter of Trust (Season 3 Episode 11)
    Season 3 Episode 11:

    A Matter of Trust

    The tattler's identity is revealed; Brooke (Robin Strasser) offers to help restore John's (Judd Hirsch) tarnished reputation. With Jere Burns.

  • Dear John - Homeward Bound (Season 3 Episode 10)
    Season 3 Episode 10:

    Homeward Bound

    John (Judd Hirsch) insists his mother (Nina Foch) move in even though she would rather live in a retirement home.

  • Dear John - Down and Out in Rego Park (Season 3 Episode 9)
    Season 3 Episode 9:

    Down and Out in Rego Park

    Club members help Mary Beth (Susan Walters) overcome depression after she loses her job. With Judd Hirsch.

  • Dear John - The Blunder Years (Season 3 Episode 8)
    Season 3 Episode 8:

    The Blunder Years

    John's (Judd Hirsch) claim of romancing a famous author is tested as he is encouraged to seek her out. Leslie Bevis guest stars. With Billie Bird.

  • Dear John - Hole in One (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:

    Hole in One

    Kate (Isabella Hofmann) has a run-in with her ex-husband (Corbin Bernsen) at her aunt's funeral. With Judd Hirsch.

  • Dear John - Hot Lips Lacey (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    Hot Lips Lacey

    Clarinetist John (Judd Hirsch) lobbies his teacher (Sab Shimono) to include him in a Carnegie Hall recital.

  • Dear John - That's Big of Me (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    That's Big of Me

    New club member Jason (Doug Sheehan) romances both Kate and Louise (Isabella Hofmann, Jane Carr); John (Judd Hirsch) makes a visit to the gym.

  • Dear John - A Priest's Story (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    A Priest's Story

    Kirk and his brother (Jere Burns, Kevin Dunn), a priest, feud over a woman. With Judd Hirsch.

  • Dear John - And Baby Makes Four (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    And Baby Makes Four

    John (Judd Hirsch) reneges on his promise to help Wendy (Deborah Harmon) have a baby by artificial means. With Harry Groener.

  • Dear John - And Baby Makes Four (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    And Baby Makes Four

    John (Judd Hirsch) hopes for a reconciliation with his ex-wife (Deborah Harmon) when she announces her desire for another child. With Jane Carr.

  • Dear John - Pretty Man (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    Pretty Man

    John (Judd Hirsch) doesn't realize that his blind date (Christine Cattell) has paid for the experience. Valorie Armstrong also guest stars.

  • Dear John - No More Mr. Nice Guy (Season 2 Episode 25)
    Season 2 Episode 25:

    No More Mr. Nice Guy

    A visiting divorce lawyer (Rick Overton) inspires the group to pursue higher goals. Peter Jurasik also guest stars. With Judd Hirsch.

  • Dear John - Aunt Red (Season 2 Episode 24)
    Season 2 Episode 24:

    Aunt Red

    Kate (Isabella Hofmann) is flabbergasted when her nephew (Judd Trichter) chooses Kirk (Jere Burns) as his role model.

  • Dear John - To John With Love (Season 2 Episode 23)
    Season 2 Episode 23:

    To John With Love

    A grateful Mary Beth (Susan Walters) reveals she has a crush on John (Judd Hirsch) after he helps her land a job. With Jere Burns.

  • Dear John - True Confessions (Season 2 Episode 22)
    Season 2 Episode 22:

    True Confessions

    Kirk (Jere Burns) is pressed by the group members to spill the beans about his mysterious life. Guest star: Gina Belafonte. With Isabella Hofmann.

  • Dear John - John's Night Out (Season 2 Episode 21)
    Season 2 Episode 21:

    John's Night Out

    John (Judd Hirsch) skips the weekly meeting to do "other things." With Susan Walters and Jane Carr.

  • Dear John - Babyface (Season 2 Episode 20)
    Season 2 Episode 20:


    Louise (Jane Carr) gets the wrong baby back after the men of "One-Two-One" (Judd Hirsch, Jere Burns, Harry Groener) baby-sit her son.

  • Dear John - John's New Job (Season 2 Episode 18)
    Season 2 Episode 18:

    John's New Job

    John has second thoughts about ending the affair with his new boss when she offers him more fringe benefits.

  • Dear John - John's New Job (Season 2 Episode 17)
    Season 2 Episode 17:

    John's New Job

    An amorous ex-student (Michele Pawk) offers John (Judd Hirsch) a job in the publishing industry. Also stars Harry Groener.

  • Dear John - Some Nights to Remember (Season 2 Episode 16)
    Season 2 Episode 16:

    Some Nights to Remember

    The group reminisces about a restaurant that is soon to be closed.

  • Dear John - Unwelcome to the Club (Season 2 Episode 15)
    Season 2 Episode 15:

    Unwelcome to the Club

    The group is on edge over the club's newest member, a paroled convict (Pat Collins). With Judd Hirsch and Susan Walters.

  • Dear John - John's Friend (Season 2 Episode 14)
    Season 2 Episode 14:

    John's Friend

    Kirk (Jere Burns) invites John (Judd Hirsch) to go skiing, then is devastated when John hits it off with a female skier. With Jane Carr.

  • Dear John - Kirk's Problem (Season 2 Episode 13)
    Season 2 Episode 13:

    Kirk's Problem

    "Lovemaster" Kirk (Jere Burns) falls in the heat of battle with new group member Mary Beth (Susan Walters). With Judd Hirsch.

  • Dear John - Breaking Up Is Hard to Do (Season 2 Episode 12)
    Season 2 Episode 12:

    Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

    His relationship with her daughter causes John (Judd Hirsch) to dread breaking up with Gail (Jane Daly). Also guest stars Juliet Sorcey.

  • Dear John - Honolulu Baby (Season 2 Episode 11)
    Season 2 Episode 11:

    Honolulu Baby

    John escorts Mrs. Philbert to her 60th high-school class reunion, where she must face the woman who stole her fiance.

  • Dear John - Kate, a Date and Fate (Season 2 Episode 10)
    Season 2 Episode 10:

    Kate, a Date and Fate

    Kate (Isabella Hofmann) takes the group's advice and accepts a date -- with an old friend of John's. With Judd Hirsch and Jane Carr.

  • Dear John - Dilemma With Emma (Season 2 Episode 9)
    Season 2 Episode 9:

    Dilemma With Emma

    After inviting his widowed aunt to join the group, her incessant meddling forces John to rescind the offer.

  • Dear John - Father Knows Best (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:

    Father Knows Best

    John's (Judd Hirsch) visiting dad (Stephen Elliot) takes an interest in Kate (Isabella Hofmann) -- which she returns in kind. With Billie Bird.

  • Dear John - Something on the Side (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    Something on the Side

    John (Judd Hirsch) discovers that his ex-wife's new husband (Sam McMurray) is cheating on her. Tony Mandarich guest stars. With Jane Carr.

  • Dear John - The British Are Coming (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    The British Are Coming

    The group fears that Louise's (Jane Carr) visiting British relatives will discover she is a single mother. Guest stars: Clive Revill, Jenny Agutter. With Judd Hirsch.

  • Dear John - The Secret of Success (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    The Secret of Success

    John (Judd Hirsch) refuses to buy a self-help book recommended by all his group members. With Harry Groener and Jere Burns.

  • Dear John - John's Blind Date (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    John's Blind Date

    John's (Judd Hirsch) blind date is successful until the woman (Jan Hooks) announces her intention of moving in with him. With Jere Burns and Jane Carr.

  • Dear John - Ralph's Second Chance (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    Ralph's Second Chance

    John (Judd Hirsch) is concerned when Ralph (Harry Groener) announces his intention to remarry the fickle Blomlika (Susan Kellerman). With Isabella Hofmann.

  • Dear John - The Other Group (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    The Other Group

    John (Judd Hirsch) is labeled a traitor when he sits in on another singles group meeting. With Jere Burns and Isabella Hofmann.

  • Dear John - A New Leash on Life (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    A New Leash on Life

    In spite of himself, John becomes attached to a stray dog he took in.

  • Dear John - Bound for Gloria (Season 1 Episode 22)
    Season 1 Episode 22:

    Bound for Gloria

    Kirk (Jere Burns) sets his sights on a widow (guest star Joanne Gibson) who joins the group. With Judd Hirsch.

  • Dear John - Friends & Lovers (Season 1 Episode 21)
    Season 1 Episode 21:

    Friends & Lovers

    John's (Judd Hirsch) friend Ken (Bill Sadler) interrupts a romantic encounter. Guest stars Morgan Brittany.

  • Dear John - Margo (Season 1 Episode 20)
    Season 1 Episode 20:


    John's (Judd Hirsch) club members discourage him from dating Margo (guest star Shannon Tweed). With Isabella Hofmann.

  • Dear John - Gone Camping (Season 1 Episode 19)
    Season 1 Episode 19:

    Gone Camping

    When John and his son (Judd Hirsch, Ben Savage) are snowbound, his ex-wife (Carlene Watkins) launches a statewide search.

  • Dear John - Sisters (Season 1 Episode 18)
    Season 1 Episode 18:


    Kate (Isabella Hofmann) pretends to date Kirk (Jere Burns) to get even with her boyfriend-stealing sister (Wendy Schaal).

  • Dear John - The Last Dance (Season 1 Episode 17)
    Season 1 Episode 17:

    The Last Dance

    The usually shy Ralph (Harry Groener) impresses an attractive woman with his dancing ability. With Judd Hirsch.

  • Dear John - The Second Time Around (Season 1 Episode 16)
    Season 1 Episode 16:

    The Second Time Around

    John's first love, whom he hasn't seen in 30 years, comes to town.

  • Dear John - For a Friend (Season 1 Episode 15)
    Season 1 Episode 15:

    For a Friend

    John's (Judd Hirsch) warning to Kate (Isabella Hofmann) about his married friend (guest star Gerrit Graham) may be too late.

  • Dear John - Love and Marriage (Season 1 Episode 14)
    Season 1 Episode 14:

    Love and Marriage

    Louise (Jane Carr) causes an uproar when she announces her pregnancy and impending single parenthood. With Judd Hirsch.

  • Dear John - Stand by Your Man (Season 1 Episode 13)
    Season 1 Episode 13:

    Stand by Your Man

    A gay man (guest star Cleavon Little) falls in love with John (Judd Hirsch).

  • Dear John - Dream Babe (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:

    Dream Babe

    Kirk (Jere Burns) thinks he has found the ideal wife. With Judd Hirsch.

  • Dear John - The Return of Ricky (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:

    The Return of Ricky

    John (Judd Hirsch) deals with a fading rock star (guest star Trevor Eve). Freddie Garrity of Freddie and the Dreamers also guest stars.

  • Dear John - Honest John (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    Honest John

    John's (Judd Hirsch) ex-wife (Carlene Watkins) wants to pretend they are still married to get their son into prep school.

  • Dear John - Was It Good for Me? (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    Was It Good for Me?

    Too shy to ask Kate (Isabella Hofmann) for a date, Ralph (Harry Groener) requests John's (Judd Hirsch) help.

  • Dear John - Dancing in the Dark (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    Dancing in the Dark

    John's (Judd Hirsch) eccentric neighbor (Sylvia Sidney) helps him celebrate Christmas. With Jere Burns.

  • Dear John - Politics as Usual (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Politics as Usual

    Kate campaigns for a married congresswoman candidate who tries to seduce John.

  • Dear John - Dear Mike (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    Dear Mike

    The man (Sam McMurray) responsible for the breakup of John's (Judd Hirsch) marriage joins the counseling group.

  • Dear John - Matthew's Dilemma (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Matthew's Dilemma

    John's son, Matthew, seems reluctant to spend time with his father.

  • Dear John - The Younger Girl (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    The Younger Girl

    John's beautiful new girlfriend thrills him, until he learns her age.

  • Dear John - Hello, Goodbye (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    Hello, Goodbye

    A young man (guest star Lonny Price) claims to be John's (Judd Hirsch) illegitimate son.

  • Dear John - Ralph's Curse (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    Ralph's Curse

    Ralph (Harry Groener) is convinced he is the victim of an ancient Egyptian curse. With Judd Hirsch and Isabella Hofmann.

  • Dear John - Pilot (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:


    John (Judd Hirsch) reluctantly checks out a singles support group at a local community theater. With Isabella Hofmann.