Karen Sisco

Karen Sisco

Carla Gugino as Karen Sisco
Based on Characters created by Elmore Leonard
Starring Carla Gugino
Robert Forster
Bill Duke
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10
Executive producer(s) Danny DeVito
Michael Shamberg
Stacey Sher
John Landgraf
Bob Brush
Michael Dinner
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 44 minutes
Production company(s) Jersey Television
Eighty D Productions
Universal Television
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original network ABC
Audio format Stereo
Original release October 1, 2003 (2003-10-01) – April 14, 2004 (2004-04-14)

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.

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.

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

Character history

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





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 GutierrezMarch 31, 2004 (2004-03-31)
9"No One's Girl"David CarsonJohn LandgrafApril 7, 2004 (2004-04-07)
10"He Was a Friend of Mine"Kathryn BigelowPeter LefcourtApril 14, 2004 (2004-04-14)

Connections to other media

Gugino appeared as the same character in the second episode of the third season of Justified, which is also based on a work by Leonard. There, she had since become an Assistant Director in the Marshals Service, had been married and divorced taking and keeping the last name Goodall.

International broadcasting


  1. Roush, Matt (June 3, 2013). "Cancelled Too Soon". TV Guide. pp. 20 and 21
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