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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5 January 1976 (USA)  »

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Martin Mull's TV debut. 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 Fernwood Tonight (1977) See more »

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Wow, what a bizarre show
7 July 2000 | by (Storrs, CT) – See all my reviews

This was one of those seminal moments in television history, because the 70s seemed to be more open to experimentation and strangeness than certainly the 80s and definitely the 90s.

Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman was a show that was unclassifiable by any standard of TV today. Now, I haven't seen the show in about 15 years (I watched the whole series on tape at a friend of mine's back in the mid or late 80s), but I am sure that it would be just as bizarre and wonderful today as ever.

Martin Mull was brilliant as the psychopathic wife beater, Barth Gimble. I hope that TV Land or some other such channel will pick this show up, because I would really love to see it again.


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