Sara is an American sitcom television series that aired on NBC from January 23 to May 8, 1985. Starring Geena Davis in the title role, the series features early performances from several actors who went on to greater acclaim, including Alfre Woodard, Bronson Pinchot and Bill Maher. Sara was set in a San Francisco Legal Aid office and featured one of the earliest regular gay characters on an American television series (Dennis Kemper, played by Pinchot).

The cast of Sara
Created byGary David Goldberg
Ruth Bennett
Directed byWill Mackenzie
StarringGeena Davis
Alfre Woodard
Bill Maher
Mark Hudson
Bronson Pinchot
Ronnie Claire Edwards
Matthew Lawrence
ComposerTom Scott
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Executive producerGary David Goldberg
ProducersMerrill Markoe
Linda Nieber
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesUbu Productions
NBC Productions
Original release
ReleaseJanuary 23 (1985-01-23) –
May 8, 1985 (1985-05-08)

Cast edit

Episodes edit

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"David Returns"Will MackenzieRuth BennettJanuary 23, 1985 (1985-01-23)
2"Sara's Mom"John PasquinMerrill MarkoeJanuary 30, 1985 (1985-01-30)
3"Dueling Lawyers"Will MackenzieMichael KagenFebruary 13, 1985 (1985-02-13)
4"Helen Steps Out"John PasquinMerrill MarkoeFebruary 20, 1985 (1985-02-20)
5"You Can't Win 'em All"John PasquinRuth BennettFebruary 27, 1985 (1985-02-27)
6"A Date with Keith"John PasquinMerrill MarkoeMarch 13, 1985 (1985-03-13)
7"Rock 'n' Roll Father"Will MackenzieMichael KaganMarch 20, 1985 (1985-03-20)
8"27 Candles"John PasquinRuth BennettMarch 27, 1985 (1985-03-27)
9"Sara's Short Story"Will MackenzieGail HonigbergApril 10, 1985 (1985-04-10)
10"Meet Mr. Cooper"Will MackenzieDouglas WymanApril 17, 1985 (1985-04-17)
11"Girls Just Want to Have Fun"Will MackenzieSusan SeegerApril 24, 1985 (1985-04-24)
12"A Night at the Ballet"UnknownUnknownMay 1, 1985 (1985-05-01)
13"Brief Encounter"Will MackenzieFrederick Weiss & Jeffrey FerroMay 8, 1985 (1985-05-08)

Reception edit

Because it was scheduled opposite Dynasty, which was then the most popular series on the air. Sara failed to attract an audience and was cancelled after 13 episodes, although NBC did re-air the series in 1988.[1] According to's ratings database, Sara ranked 48th out of 104 programs that aired during the 1984–85 season, with an average household rating of 14.44.

Notes edit

  1. ^ Capsuto, pp. 205–06

References edit

  • Capsuto, Steven (2000). Alternate Channels: The Uncensored Story of Gay and Lesbian Images on Radio and Television. Ballantine Books. ISBN 0-345-41243-5.

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