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Release Date:
5 January 1976 (USA) See more »
Set in fictional Fernwood, Ohio, this deliriously demented serial focused on the beleaguered heroine Mary Hartman... See more »
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 10 of 218)

Greg Mullavey ... Tom Hartman (325 episodes, 1976-1978)

Louise Lasser ... Mary Hartman (325 episodes, 1976-1977)
Graham Jarvis ... Charlie Haggers (325 episodes, 1976-1977)

Mary Kay Place ... Loretta 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 ... Heather Hartman (322 episodes, 1976-1977)
Philip Bruns ... George Shumway / ... (250 episodes, 1976-1977)

Dabney Coleman ... Merle Jeeter (148 episodes, 1976-1977)

Series Directed by
Jim Drake (157 episodes, 1976-1977)
Nessa Hyams (105 episodes, 1976-1977)
Kim Friedman (23 episodes, 1976)
Joan Darling (21 episodes, 1976)
Hal Alexander (12 episodes, 1977)
Jack Heller (7 episodes, 1976)
Bob Lally (5 episodes, 1976)
Giovanna Nigro (5 episodes, 1976)
Dennis Klein (5 episodes, 1977)
Series Writing credits
Jerry Adelman (325 episodes, 1976-1977)
Ann Marcus (325 episodes, 1976-1977)
Daniel Gregory Browne (320 episodes, 1976-1977)
Norman Lear (304 episodes, 1976-1977)
Gail Parent (302 episodes, 1976-1977)
Peggy Goldman (207 episodes, 1976-1977)
Lynn Phillips (195 episodes, 1976-1977)
Dennis Klein (145 episodes, 1976-1977)
Tom Eyen (140 episodes, 1976-1977)
Cynthia Santillo (113 episodes, 1976-1977)
Mara Lideks (59 episodes, 1977)
Harry Cauley (37 episodes, 1976-1977)
Brad Buckner (30 episodes, 1977)
Eugenie Ross-Leming (30 episodes, 1977)
Harriet Belkin (5 episodes, 1977)
Norman Belkin (5 episodes, 1977)
Robert Korros (2 episodes, 1976)

Series Produced by
Norman Lear .... executive producer (255 episodes, 1976-1977)
Viva Knight .... producer / associate producer (240 episodes, 1976-1977)
John Maxwell Anderson .... associate producer (194 episodes, 1976-1977)
Brad Buckner .... producer (80 episodes, 1977)
Eugenie Ross-Leming .... producer (80 episodes, 1977)
Perry Krauss .... associate producer (34 episodes, 1976)
Lew Gallo .... producer (10 episodes, 1976)
Jerry Adler .... producer (2 episodes, 1976)
Series Original Music by
Earle Hagen (39 episodes, 1976)

Bobby Knight (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Jim Gracom (4 episodes, 1976)
Series Casting by
Jane Murray (55 episodes, 1976)

Ruth Conforte (unknown episodes)
Series Art Direction by
Don Roberts (56 episodes, 1976)
Series Set Decoration by
Richard Wineholt (55 episodes, 1976)
Series Costume Design by
Rita Riggs (54 episodes, 1976)
Sandra Baker (45 episodes, 1976)
Series Makeup Department
Ann Wadlington .... hair stylist / hairdresser (56 episodes, 1976)
Carol Meikle .... hair stylist: Louise Lasser / hairdresser (53 episodes, 1976)
E. Thomas Case .... makeup artist: Louise Lasser (31 episodes, 1976)
Tommy Cole .... makeup artist (29 episodes, 1976)
Al Schultz .... makeup (12 episodes, 1976)
Penelope Staley .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1976)
Lynn Masters .... hair stylist: Louise Lasser (2 episodes, 1976)
Claude Thompson .... makeup (2 episodes, 1976)
Dodie Warren .... makeup (2 episodes, 1976)
Series Production Management
Ellen Chaset Baxter .... post-production supervisor (177 episodes, 1976-1977)
Tom Bruehl .... unit manager / unit production manager (53 episodes, 1976)
Greg Tobin .... post-production supervisor (30 episodes, 1977)
Sid McCoy .... post-production supervisor (5 episodes, 1977)
Dick Drummy .... unit manager (2 episodes, 1976)

Norman Lear .... production supervisor (unknown episodes)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Giovanna Nigro .... associate director (23 episodes, 1976)
Jim Drake .... associate director (17 episodes, 1976)
Hal Alexander .... associate director (7 episodes, 1976)
Ron Cates .... associate director (3 episodes, 1976)
Mack Bing .... associate director (2 episodes, 1976)
Peter Bright .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1976)
Allen Shaw .... associate director (2 episodes, 1976)
Series Art Department
John Banicki .... property master (42 episodes, 1976)
Edwin McCormick .... shop carpenter (4 episodes, 1976)

Tommy Bond .... prop management (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Jerry Pattison .... audio (51 episodes, 1976)
Dick Burns .... audio (3 episodes, 1976)
Jimmy Carr .... audio (2 episodes, 1976)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Reg Leffler .... lighting director (43 episodes, 1976)
Kyle T. MacDowell .... electrician (16 episodes, 1976)
Bill Gausman .... lighting director (8 episodes, 1976)
Ken Palius .... lighting director (2 episodes, 1976)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Frontis Chandler .... costumer (1 episode, 1976)
Series Editorial Department
Chuck Adams .... videotape editor (2 episodes, 1976)
Vince Humphrey .... videotape editor (2 episodes, 1976)
Barney Robinson .... videotape editor (2 episodes, 1976)
Series Music Department
Bobby Knight .... music supervisor (2 episodes, 1976)
Series Other crew
Al Burton .... creative supervision (172 episodes, 1976-1977)
Oliver Hailey .... program consultant (90 episodes, 1976)
Susan Straughn Harris .... assistant to the producer / production assistant (53 episodes, 1976)
Ray Conners .... technical director (52 episodes, 1976)
Robert Korros .... production coordinator (51 episodes, 1976)
Anne MacIntyre-Hefler .... production coordinator (51 episodes, 1976)
Greg Tobin .... stage manager (41 episodes, 1976)
Elizabeth Forsythe-Hailey .... program consultant (37 episodes, 1976)
Daniel Gregory Browne .... special consultant (35 episodes, 1976)
Brad Buckner .... story consultant (34 episodes, 1976-1977)
Eugenie Ross-Leming .... story consultant (34 episodes, 1976-1977)
Ron Stutzman .... video (32 episodes, 1976)
Ellen Chaset Baxter .... production coordinator (22 episodes, 1976)
Barbara Oman .... production assistant (22 episodes, 1976)
Steve Dichter .... stage manager (11 episodes, 1976)
Elly Graf .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1976)
Dick Jacobsen .... technical director (2 episodes, 1976)
Jill Cook McCarthy .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1976)
Nikki Nash .... production coordinator (2 episodes, 1976)
Giovanna Nigro .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1976)
Betty Lou Port .... production coordinator (2 episodes, 1976)
Cynthia Santillo .... production coordinator (2 episodes, 1976)
Milton Uhley .... medical consultant (2 episodes, 1976)

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30 min (325 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
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18 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman is a great American tragicomedy, 28 March 2000
Author: cbestca from san diego

I first began watching MH2 in the eighth grade on the advise of my friend Todd. We would laugh hysterically each morning in homeroom at the strange absurdity of it all. Though we weren't getting all of it at that age, we understood a lot of their references and learned a lot in the process. And suffice it to say that when "Soap" came on the air a couple of years later, we could only see it as a network ripoff of a show they didn't have the guts to take on before the waters were tested (and by the way, I'm not knocking "Soap" which was a good show. It's just that MH2, for all its absurdities, was riskier and more truly satirical, didn't have a laugh track). One of the most special traits of MH2 was that it tended to focus on small town America's working class and the places they congregate such as the bowling alley or the factory break room. Though serials like All My Children and One Life To Live had revolutionized the soap genre in the 70s by focusing on more "topical" characters, it was still unusual for a soap (or a satire of one) to focus empathetically on the denizens of the other side of the tracks, sometimes referred to as dirty white trash (Roseanne would later revolutionize sitcoms in a similar manner). This was certainly part of MH2's charm. I grew to love Mary Hartman's kitchen (and other Fernwood locales) as if they were an extension of my own town and home. Too bad the show couldn't have lasted longer than it did. Let me finish by saying this...about 5 or 6 years ago Lifetime network began reruns of this show and I was in my glory. For some strange reason, they stopped very soon into it and never resumed. But, I was fortunate enough to have viewed, for the first time in 20 years, the first episodes in which Mary is held captive by the guy who "killed the whole Lombardy family, two goats and six chickens" and, from the vantage point of my 30s, I was finally able to really "get it"; Mary Hartman is one of the great emblems of the distress of the mid-20th century American woman. Her hair in childish pigtails while wearing those little girl dresses, Mary was an example of the overly-consumered, growth-stunted American housewife trying to function while in a semi-daze. Her confrontations with adultery, contemporary feminism, and countless other social issues (often found within her own family) while trying to be the perfect little housewife and mother makes her eventual nervous breakdown more than just another crazy plot twist. In actuality, it was an inevitable progression. Compare her and her friends and neighbors to Carol Burnett's Eunice and other 70s television characters like Edith Bunker and you'd have a rather fascinating college course, I think. Perhaps I need to put one together! So, for those of you who have a similar fondness for this groundbreaking, offbeat series and to those who have never seen it, here's to bringing Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman back in reruns. Fernwood deserves to be revisited! P.S. If you want to see Louise "Mary Hartman" Lasser in a recent role, rent "Happiness". Beware, though,

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