''Dear John....'' is a 1980s British sitcom starring Ralph Bates as divorcee John Lacey, who was recovering from his ex-wife leaving him for his best friend. Much of the comedy centred around his friendships with the members of the '1-2-1 Club', a group for divorced and separated people.

Remade for American television with Judd Hirsch as ''Dear John...''[[note]]Note that there are three periods in the title as opposed to four in the British version.[[/note]], which ran on NBC from 1988 to 1992.

Came sixty-fourth in ''Series/BritainsBestSitcom''.

Not to be confused with the 2010 American movie.
!!This show provides examples of:

* AnnoyingLaugh: Sylvia. Apparently, her ex-husband even informed her of this.
* BreakupSong (relationship breakup): The theme tune.
* CasanovaWannabe: Kirk, and he ''literally'' has a polyester suit and medallion!
* CitizenshipMarriage: Ralph's Polish ex-wife married him for citizenship.
* CatchPhrase: Kirk: 'Cos that's the sort of man I am!' Louise: 'Were there any...sexual problems?'
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Kirk as mentioned elsewhere is a CasanovaWannabe with a SmallNameBigEgo and a habit of claiming to be a spy and a black belt in karate [[spoiler: when in fact he's a bespectacled, cardigan wearing wimp who lives with his mother and spends his time reading martial arts magazines. However in the final episode when the gang are threatened by four Hells Angels it turns out that his fighting skills aren't just boasts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkGzQmQYbQ0]]
* CutShort: Star Ralph Bates died in 1991 so plans to continue the series were scrapped.
* DearJohnLetter: John actually gets one of these in an episode of the US show, resulting in an amusing TitleDrop.
** Featured in the opening titles of the UK show, pinned to John's door.
* DivorceAssetsConflict: John's ghastly ex-wife Wendy has taken everything.
* DiggingYourselfDeeper: Poor John is the king of this trope.
* DysfunctionJunction: As well as John and Ralph's problems above, Kate's been married and divorced three times due to being frigid, and where does one start with Kirk's problems?
* GallowsHumor: There is a lot of bittersweet humour about divorce, lack of love, and bad sex (or no sex).
* TheGoodOldBritishComp: John teaches in one.
* HaveIMentionedIAmSexuallyActiveToday: Kirk's constant boasting.
* JerkJock: One gets the impression Mike is the Jerk Jock grown up.
* [[{{Landlord}} Landlady]]: Dotty old Mrs Lemenski, who treats John with great suspicion.
* LyricalDissonance: The theme song is an upbeat song...about a breakup.
* MailOrderBride: Ralph's ex-wife.
* NiceGuy: John is one, and sadly it has got him nowhere in life.
* TheNicknamer: Kirk - 'Tiger', 'Ralphey' etc.
* NotADate: Kate and John go for dinner once. HilarityEnsues when [[spoiler: they both drink too much and wake up in bed next to each other with no memory of what had happened after dinner.]]
* NoNameGiven: All the members of the 1-2-1 Club call each other by their first names, except for Mrs Arnott.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Kirk
* TakingTheKids: Before the beginning of the first episode, no less.
* TransatlanticEquivalent: The Judd Hirsch version.
* TropaholicsAnonymous: The 1-2-1 Club.
* UrbanLegendLoveLife: Kirk again. In one episode we actually find out that [[spoiler: Kirk's real name is Eric Morris, and he's a wooly jumper-wearing nerd who lives with his mum and has never been married at all, let alone divorced.]]
** Averted in the US version, where Kirk's numerous affairs are obviously quite real.
* TheVicar: Or rather the Catholic Priest. Wendy decides Toby should go to a Catholic school, so she and John pretend they are still married. Of course, HilarityEnsues.
* WhatDidIDoLastNight: The end of [[spoiler: Kate and John's NotADate]]
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Kirk/Kate, John/Kate