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Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman 

A small-town housewife struggles to cope with the increasingly bizarre and violent events unfolding around her.
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1977   1976  
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Louise Lasser ...  Mary Hartman 325 episodes, 1976-1977
Greg Mullavey ...  Tom Hartman 325 episodes, 1976-1977
Mary Kay Place ...  Loretta Haggers 325 episodes, 1976-1977
Graham Jarvis ...  Charlie Haggers 325 episodes, 1976-1977
Dody Goodman ...  Martha Shumway 325 episodes, 1976-1977
Debralee Scott ...  Cathy Shumway 325 episodes, 1976-1977
Victor Kilian ...  Raymond Larkin 325 episodes, 1976-1977
Claudia Lamb Claudia Lamb ...  Heather Hartman 323 episodes, 1976-1977
Philip Bruns ...  George Shumway 250 episodes, 1976-1977
Dabney Coleman ...  Merle Jeeter / ... 148 episodes, 1976-1977
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Storyline

Set in fictional Fernwood, Ohio, this deliriously demented serial focused on the beleaguered heroine Mary Hartman, an average American housewife. In the first year, Mary suffered the travails of mass murder, adultery, venereal disease, homosexuality, religious cults, and UFO sightings, before she finally succumbed to a nervous breakdown on a syndicated talk show. Written by Mark Faulkner <mtfalknr@cc.memphis.edu>

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Comedy | Romance

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TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Мэри Хартман, Мэри Хартман See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(325 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Norman Lear's shows were being produced at Metromedia Square in Hollywood, but there was inadequate space for this show, so they rented studio space from KTLA. The KTLA studio was across Fernwood Street, so they started calling KTLA "Fernwood", which then became the name of the fictitious town where the show is set. See more »

Quotes

Martha Shumway: Yes, yes, things can always be worse - like my uncle Wilbur, who used to work in a cardboard factory. He came home one day with a splinter in his finger - just a little bitty old splinter. But it turned out that he had blood poisoning.
Charlie Haggers: Well, that's terrible.
Martha Shumway: And next day, they amputated his leg.
Charlie Haggers: On account of a splinter in his finger?
Martha Shumway: Oh no, no, not because of that. They found a growth in his leg.
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Connections

Spoofed in The Carol Burnett Show: Episode #10.1 (1976) See more »

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Funniest show I've ever seen
3 May 2004 | by hankeyhamSee all my reviews

I was totally hooked on this show back in the 70s. Way out there, really dry. There are times when they'd set up a joke for several episodes running then spring the punchline on you. They tried to clone this into that show SOAP, but they added a laugh track that had the effect of killing the humor (at least for me). They really went out on a limb. That episode where Dabney Coleman stares silently into the camera for five minutes may be the most I've ever laughed at a TV show ("Look me in the eye and decide if Merle Jeter should be the next mayor of Fernwood"). I'm amazed that someone let them get away with this show.

For a while the Lifetime channel brought this back. I wasn't sure if it would be as hilarious a second time around but it was. After a few weeks Lifetime pulled it for Unsolved Mysteries.

TVLand made a better attempt a few years ago. It went on longer and they got Martin Mull and Fred Willard to emcee. Great stuff !! Once again it didn't go on too long. I don't know what useless stuff is in its place.

If anyone hears of this one getting replayed or made available on DVD, send me an email !


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