Sara (1985 TV series)

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
Composer(s)Tom Scott
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Executive producer(s)Gary David Goldberg
Producer(s)Merrill Markoe
Linda Nieber
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Ubu Productions
NBC Productions
Original networkNBC
Original releaseJanuary 23 (1985-01-23) 
May 8, 1985 (1985-05-08)



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"David Returns"TBATBAJanuary 23, 1985 (1985-01-23)
2"Sara's Mom"TBATBAJanuary 30, 1985 (1985-01-30)
3"Dueling Lawyers"TBATBAFebruary 13, 1985 (1985-02-13)
4"Helen Steps Out"TBATBAFebruary 20, 1985 (1985-02-20)
5"You Can't Win 'em All"TBATBAFebruary 27, 1985 (1985-02-27)
6"A Date with Keith"TBATBAMarch 13, 1985 (1985-03-13)
7"Rock 'n' Roll Father"TBATBAMarch 20, 1985 (1985-03-20)
8"27 Candles"TBATBAMarch 27, 1985 (1985-03-27)
9"Sara's Short Story"TBATBAApril 10, 1985 (1985-04-10)
10"Meet Mr. Cooper"TBATBAApril 17, 1985 (1985-04-17)
11"Girls Just Want to Have Fun"TBATBAApril 24, 1985 (1985-04-24)
12"A Night at the Ballet"TBATBAMay 1, 1985 (1985-05-01)
13"Brief Encounter"TBATBAMay 8, 1985 (1985-05-08)


Although the series was critically well-received, 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.


  1. Capsuto, pp. 205–06


  • 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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