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Sable (TV series)

Sable is an American mystery crime drama television series that aired on ABC from November 7, 1987 to January 2, 1988, during the 1987–1988 season, and is based on the comic book, Jon Sable: Freelance, by Mike Grell. Seven episodes of the series aired.

Based onJon Sable: Freelance by Mike Grell
Developed byGary Sherman
StarringLewis Van Bergen
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes7
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Sherman-Rosetti Productions
Taft Entertainment Television
Original networkABC
Original releaseNovember 7, 1987 (1987-11-07) –
January 2, 1988 (1988-01-02)

The show was a one-hour adventure/drama about mercenary and vigilante Jon Sable (Lewis Van Bergen), who by day was children's book author Nicholas Fleming. The program ran on Saturdays at 8:00, and aired its final episode on January 2, 1988. Rene Russo had her first television role on the series. Lara Flynn Boyle also had one of her first acting roles playing a kidnapped girl in the series pilot.



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Toy Gun"Gary ShermanGary ShermanNovember 7, 1987 (1987-11-07)
Series pilot. Sable helps a toy manufacturer whose kidnapped granddaughter's captors are trying to force him to commit suicide in exchange for her life. But as Sable investigates, he finds more going on than he realized.
2"Hunt"Ron RapielTeleplay by: Steve Feke & Gary Sherman & Allan R. Folsom
Story by: Allan R. Folsom
November 14, 1987 (1987-11-14)
The son of the man Sable killed comes to Chicago with the intent to kill Sable.
3"Evangelist"Robert BeckerJim TrombettaNovember 21, 1987 (1987-11-21)
The discovery of a young orphan girl in the apartment of a client leads to Sable uncovering a baby selling scheme at the orphanage...and a murder tied to it. Zelda Rubinstein guest stars.
4"Serial Killer"Gary ShermanTeleplay by: Judy Burns
Story by: Michael Halperin & Steve Feke & Gary Sherman
November 28, 1987 (1987-11-28)
Sable is asked to protect the latest target of a serial the killer himself.
5"Copycat"Robert BeckerArthur David Weingarten & Steve Feke & Gary ShermanDecember 5, 1987 (1987-12-05)
Someone posing as Sable begins taking down those he deems "garbage".
6"Watchdogs"Kees Van OostrumTeleplay by: Steve Feke
Story by: Gary Sherman
December 12, 1987 (1987-12-12)
Cheesecake turns to Sable for help when a neighborhood watch group beings going after minorities, just as Sable's estranged stepmother comes to town.
7"Mob"Gary ShermanTeleplay by: Steve Feke
Story by: Ron Koziol
January 2, 1988 (1988-01-02)
An old friend, who also happens to be a thief, needs Sable's protection when a mobster whose safe was robbed begins targeting other thieves.

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