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


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 <>

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5 January 1976 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Actor Martin Mull, in an interview on comedian Norm MacDonald's web-based show, NormLive, stated he came in and was interviewed for an hour by Norman Lear to be a writer on the show and at the end Lear thanked him and said they didn't need any writers. Six months later he was telephoned and asked to come in and read for a part, stating he was not an actor. See more »


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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Followed by Forever Fernwood (1977) See more »

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A demented,glorious, masterpiece
16 February 2002 | by (warren michigan) – See all my reviews

Truly one of the greatest-and least remembered -TV shows of all time.I loved this show back in the seventies. It was a rich tapestry of comic-and touching- characters, exemplified by the naive heroine, Mary Hartman,and her friends, perhaps most unforgettable of whom was would be Country Music queen,Loretta Haggers, played by the sadly underused -and brilliant-Mary Kay Place.But then this show was rich in fine acting-Dabney Coleman, martin Mull, and Marian Mercer, among others.If the Comedy channel can rerun "soap" why cant they rerun this masterpiece?

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