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I Married Dora
Genre Sitcom
Created by Michael J. Leeson
Written by Chris Cluess
Stu Kreisman
Michael J. Leeson
Directed by Lee Shallat-Chemel
Peter H. Hunt
Starring Daniel Hugh Kelly
Elizabeth Peña
Theme music composer Glenn Jordan
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Executive producer(s) Michael J. Leeson
Coleman Mitchell
Producer(s) Wendy Blair
Jace Richdale
Vic Rauseo
Linda Morris
Running time 30 mins.
Original channel ABC
Audio format Stereo
Original run September 22, 1987 – December 18, 1987

I Married Dora is an American sitcom which appeared on the ABC television network. It premiered on September 22, 1987, and its final first-run episode aired on December 18, 1987. The series was created by Michael J. Leeson, who was one of the creators of the long running TV series The Cosby Show.



Los Angeles architect and single father Peter Farrell (Daniel Hugh Kelly) was dependent upon his housekeeper Dora Calderon (Elizabeth Peña). However, she was an illegal alien from El Salvador and the US government was about to deport her. To prevent her from being arrested upon her return home, and to be able to continue to employ her services as a housekeeper, the two married. As a marriage under false pretenses was a violation of federal law, the first episode included a disclaimer notifying viewers of such and adding "You should not try this in your own home." Two important aspects of the series were the threat of their sham marriage being discovered by authorities and the possibility that they might fall in love, normalizing and legitimizing their marriage. Farrell's children were 13-year-old Kate (Juliette Lewis) and 11-year-old Will (Jason Horst).


Series finale

The show had low ratings and was canceled halfway into the first season. The final episode ended with an incident known as breaking the fourth wall that ranked number 49 on TVLand's list of The 100 Most Unexpected TV Moments. Farrell received a two year job offer in Bahrain and the final scene featured him leaving Calderon and his children despite their pleas and boarding a plane headed overseas. Then, Farrell (speaking more as Kelly himself) reappeared:

Farrell: It's been canceled.
Calderon: The flight?
Farrell: No, our series![1]

The cameras pulled back to show the entire stage as the cast and crew waved goodbye and performed curtain calls.


Episode list

Episode # Production Code Episode Title Airdate
1 101 "I Married Dora" September 22, 1987
2 102 "My Parents are Coming" September 25, 1987
3 103 "Where There's a Will, There's No Way" October 2, 1987
4 104 "Our Little Girl's Growing Up" October 9, 1987
5 105 "God's Waiting Room" October 16, 1987
6 106 "Happy, Happy Birthday, Dora" October 30, 1987
7 107 "A Matter of Moulding" November 6, 1987
8 108 "Club Montez" November 13, 1987
9 109 "Dora Steps Out" November 20, 1987
10 110 "West Coast Story" November 27, 1987
11 111 "The Thirty-Five Year Itch" December 4, 1987
12 112 "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Forever?" December 11, 1987
13 113 "The Millionaire's Club" December 18, 1987

Award nominations

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1988 Young Artist Award Nominated Best Young Actress Starring in a New Television Comedy Series Juliette Lewis
Nominated Best Young Actor Starring in a New Television Comedy Series Jason Horst


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