|Based on||Out of Sight|
by Elmore Leonard
|Developed by||Jason Smilovic|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original release||October 1 –|
December 3, 2003
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 ten 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. The show faced stiff competition from NBC's Law & Order.
TV Guide included the series in their 2013 list of 60 shows that were "Canceled Too Soon".
Prior to the events of the series, the character appeared in two stories:
Jason Smilovic and Peter Lefcourt were co-executive producers and writers, with Smilovic having developed the series. Scott Frank, nominated for an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for Out Of Sight, served as an executive consultant.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|| Viewers|
|1||"Blown Away"||Michael Dinner||Story by : Elmore Leonard|
Teleplay by : Bob Brush
|October 1, 2003||9.13|
|2||"Dumb Bunnies"||Jeremy Kagan||John Mankiewicz||October 8, 2003||8.03|
|3||"The One That Got Away"||Michael Dinner||Jason Smilovic||October 15, 2003||7.86|
|4||"Justice"||John David Coles||Story by : Charles H. Eglee|
Teleplay by : Robert Palm
|October 22, 2003||7.06|
|5||"Nostalgia"||Steve Miner||Jason Smilovic||October 29, 2003||7.68|
|6||"Dear Derwood"||Charles Haid||Story by : Bob Brush|
Teleplay by : Peter Lefcourt & Jason Smilovic
|November 5, 2003||6.62|
|7||"Nobody's Perfect"||Michael Katleman||Peter Lefcourt||November 12, 2003||6.70|
|8||"Dog Day Sisco"||Rick Wallace||Sebastian Gutierrez||November 19, 2003||N/A|
|9||"No One's Girl"||David Carson||John Landgraf||November 26, 2003||N/A|
|10||"He Was a Friend of Mine"||Kathryn Bigelow||Peter Lefcourt||December 3, 2003||N/A|
Gugino appeared as "Karen Goodall" in the second episode of the third season of Justified, which is also based on a work by Leonard. 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. This name change was necessary as FX did not own the rights to the Karen Sisco character, or her stories.