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 ... See full summary »
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 Tom Hartman (325 episodes, 1976-1977)
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 Mary Hartman (325 episodes, 1976-1977)
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 Charlie Haggers (325 episodes, 1976-1977)
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 Loretta Haggers (325 episodes, 1976-1977)
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 Martha Shumway (325 episodes, 1976-1977)
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 Cathy Shumway (325 episodes, 1976-1977)
Victor Kilian ...
 Raymond Larkin (325 episodes, 1976-1977)
Claudia Lamb ...
 Heather Hartman (322 episodes, 1976-1977)
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 George Shumway (250 episodes, 1976-1977)
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 Merle Jeeter (148 episodes, 1976-1977)
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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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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 »

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Mary Hartman: [Mary realizes she went to elementary school with the man who has kidnapped her] Remember me, Mary Shumway? Mary Shumway?
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Followed by Forever Fernwood (1977) See more »

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Funniest show I've ever seen
3 May 2004 | by (Jersey City, NJ, USA) – See 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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