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 »
Reviews
Popularity
2,987 ( 412)

On Disc

at Amazon

Episodes

Seasons


Years



2   1  
1977   1976  
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Fernwood Tonight (TV Series 1977)
Comedy | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Barth Gimble and Jerry Hubbard are the host of a talk show produced in the fictitious town of Fernwood, Ohio (also the setting of "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman"). The show featured parodies ... See full summary »

Stars: Martin Mull, Fred Willard, Frank De Vol
America 2-Night (TV Series 1978)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

The second season version of "Fernwood 2Nite". The small time talk show from Fernwood, Ohio has moved to Alta Coma, California, where it has taken on a more national flavor. This satire of ... See full summary »

Stars: Martin Mull, Fred Willard, Bill Kirchenbauer
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The Smothers Brothers host a comedy variety show that became notorious for its topical satirical humor.

Stars: Tom Smothers, Dick Smothers, Pat Paulsen
The Monkees (1966–1968)
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The misadventures of a struggling rock band.

Stars: Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork
Mannix (1967–1975)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Mannix worked originally for Wickersham at Intertect and then struck out on his own, assisted by Peggy Fair (whose cop-husband had been killed) and police department contact Tobias.

Stars: Mike Connors, Gail Fisher, Ward Wood
One Day at a Time (1975–1984)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The misadventures of a divorced mother, her family, and their building superintendent in Indianapolis.

Stars: Bonnie Franklin, Valerie Bertinelli, Pat Harrington Jr.
Laugh-In (1967–1973)
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The original rapid fire sketch comedy show.

Stars: Dan Rowan, Dick Martin, Ruth Buzzi
Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
Drama | Mystery | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The cases of a coroner who investigates suspicious deaths that usually suggest murder.

Stars: Jack Klugman, John S. Ragin, Robert Ito
Gomer Pyle: USMC (1964–1969)
Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The misadventures of a bumbling Marine named Gomer Pyle.

Stars: Jim Nabors, Frank Sutton, Ronnie Schell
WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–1982)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The staff of a struggling radio station have a chance at success after the new programming director changes the format to rock music

Stars: Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Loni Anderson
Maude (1972–1978)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

This "All In The Family" spin-off centers around Edith's cousin, Maude Findlay. She's a liberal, independent woman living in Tuckahoe, NY with her fourth husband Walter, owner of Findlay's ... See full summary »

Stars: Bea Arthur, Bill Macy, Conrad Bain
Forever Fernwood (1977–1978)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

After Mary ran off with her policeman boyfriend and left town, the focus shifted to her heart-broken ex-husband Tom, and the rest of the oddball residents of Fernwood, Ohio.

Stars: Debralee Scott, Orson Bean, Shelley Berman
Edit

Cast

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)
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

TV-PG
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 January 1976 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(325 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

One of the first multi-camera American comedies not to use a studio audience or laugh track. This is due to the soap opera-style approach. See more »

Quotes

[Martha rushes through the kitchen]
George Shumway: What's the matter? The house on fire?
Martha Shumway: It would be better for us all if it was!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hearts Afire: Mrs. Hartman, Mrs. Hartman (1995) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Candide in a consumer society
31 May 2008 | by (NYC suburbs) – See all my reviews

A sharply satirical soap opera about a modern-day "Candide" (Louise Lasser) and the dysfunctional pre-fab Americana she inhabits. In the opening episodes (beginning 1/76), Mary has to contend with her impotent husband, indifferent daughter, pervert grandpa, hot-to-trot sister, and the massacre of a local family (along with their 2 goats and 8 chickens) but it seems the waxy yellow build-up on her kitchen floor subliminally affected the mass media-influenced Mary more than all the domestic drama combined. The absence of a canned laugh track can make viewers feel they're either losing their mind or experiencing a darkly comedic, penetrating pop-culture parody. Possibly both. I loved it then and I love it now!


10 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page