Karen Sisco

Karen Sisco is an American crime drama television series starring Carla Gugino in the title role. The series was created by novelist Elmore Leonard, based on a character who had appeared in several of his written works, as well as one film adaptation, 1998's Out of Sight. The series debuted on October 1, 2003 on ABC, and was canceled after seven episodes.

Karen Sisco
Carla Gugino as Karen Sisco
Based onOut of Sight
by Elmore Leonard
Developed byJason Smilovic
Composer(s)Jon Ehrlich
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (3 unaired)
Executive producer(s)
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)
Original networkABC
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseOctober 1 (2003-10-01) –
November 12, 2003 (2003-11-12)

As a U.S. Deputy Marshal, based on Miami, Florida's Gold Coast, Karen must deal with the underbelly of South Beach nightlife and Palm Beach high life while tracking down fugitives. She also struggles to win the respect of her fellow officers. Karen occasionally gets advice from her father, a retired Miami police officer turned private investigator, who is Karen’s confidant, counselor, and confessor. The show faced stiff competition from NBC's Law & Order.[citation needed]

TV Guide included the series in their 2013 list of 60 shows that were "Canceled Too Soon".[1]

Character historyEdit

Prior to the events of the series, the character appeared in two stories:

  • "Karen Makes Out", a 1996 short story, available in two collections: Murder for Love, and When the Women Come Out to Dance, and Other Stories
  • Out of Sight, a 1996 novel, and 1998 film wherein she was played by Jennifer Lopez, and Marshall Sisco was played by Dennis Farina.



  • Jeffrey De Serrano as Edwards
  • Frank Pesce as Sonny
  • Robert Deacon as Mordecai Jones
  • Obba Babatundé as Daniel Burden
  • Jake Mailey as Jethro


  • Scott Frank, nominated for an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for Out Of Sight, served as an executive consultant.
  • Jason Smilovic and Peter Lefcourt were co-executive producers and writers. Smilovic developed the series.


Karen Sisco was canceled before airing all of the finished episodes. The last three were first broadcast when the series was re-aired on the USA Network.

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Blown Away"Michael DinnerStory by : Elmore Leonard
Teleplay by : Bob Brush
October 1, 2003 (2003-10-01)
2"Dumb Bunnies"Jeremy KaganJohn MankiewiczOctober 8, 2003 (2003-10-08)
3"The One That Got Away"Michael DinnerJason SmilovicOctober 15, 2003 (2003-10-15)
4"Justice"John David ColesStory by : Charles H. Eglee
Teleplay by : Robert Palm
October 22, 2003 (2003-10-22)
5"Nostalgia"Steve MinerJason SmilovicOctober 29, 2003 (2003-10-29)
6"Dear Derwood"Charles HaidStory by : Bob Brush
Teleplay by : Peter Lefcourt & Jason Smilovic
November 5, 2003 (2003-11-05)
7"Nobody's Perfect"Michael KatlemanPeter LefcourtNovember 12, 2003 (2003-11-12)
8"Dog Day Sisco"Rick WallaceSebastian GutierrezUnaired
9"No One's Girl"David CarsonJohn LandgrafUnaired
10"He Was a Friend of Mine"Kathryn BigelowPeter LefcourtUnaired

Connections to other mediaEdit

Gugino appeared as "Karen Goodall" in the second episode of the third season of Justified, which is also based on a work by Leonard.[2] There, the character had been promoted to Assistant Director in the Marshals Service, and had married and divorced, taking and keeping the last name Goodall, presumably for legal reasons.[3]

International broadcastingEdit


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