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Writers:
Norman Lear (developed by)
Jerry Adelman (created by)
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Seasons:
1 | 2
Release Date:
5 January 1976 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
Set in fictional Fernwood, Ohio, this deliriously demented serial focused on the beleaguered heroine Mary Hartman... See more »
Awards:
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
'Police Academy' Star Dies
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User Reviews:
Why It Didn't Make It Into Reruns See more (30 total) »

Cast

 (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)
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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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Additional Details

Runtime:
30 min (325 episodes)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Martin Mull's TV debut.See more »
Quotes:
Mary Hartman:[Mary realizes she went to elementary school with the man who has kidnapped her] Remember me, Mary Shumway? Mary Shumway?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Hard Soap, Hard Soap (1977)See more »

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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Why It Didn't Make It Into Reruns, 9 March 2009
Author: outnaway from United States

I was an original fan of the show, being about 16 or 17 in its first year. It was a cult hit for sure. My friends loved it. The jocks either hated it or hadn't heard of it. The cheerleaders I think were scared of it.

Since then I've seen several attempts to bring it back on TV as a rerun. But like others have said on here, the ratings for the reruns are low and they cancel it after a month or so. I think there are several reasons for this. One, is that the show really changed as it got past its second month. I remember an article of the time that said that they ran out of their first year's worth of material after the first month. Now I know that the first month or so have some classic stuff in them - the couch dying in the chicken soup, etc., but they hadn't really found the pace of the show in the early weeks. So, while they have some classic stuff and some inking as to what's coming, the first month or so isn't really that good. So, in reruns, the new audience gets bored and it gets canceled. So yes, in reruns we get the classic "chickens and goats", grandpa Shumway being a flasher, but we don't get Sgt. Foley's heart attack and Mary and him finally getting it on in the hospital, grandpa's affair with Roberta, her joining STET, the sex surrogate for Tom, Loretta's aborted trip to California, Garth Gimble, etc. What's great about this site it it's reminded me of how much I've forgot about.

Something else that I remember about the show is that, well, not all the episodes were that funny. I think at the time we accepted that they had to come up with two and a half hours of TV a week and that not all of it would be great. I remember many episodes where there was only one real laugh. It may have been a great laugh, but today's audience isn't as patient as we were. The other thing is think of what the competition was for Mary Hartman. It ran at 11:00 PM and was up against the local news in an era of three broadcast channels and twelve cable channels. In my house, the only serious competition were re-runs of the Honeymooners on WPIX from New York.

The other thing that makes this tough on reruns is that Mary Hartman was so much a part of the 70's. What's hard to explain to people who weren't there, is how weird the 70's were. The whole country was in this very odd mood, partly giddy, partly freaked out, partly numb. I don't know if I can explain how Mary Hartman fit in to that, but it did and maybe not enough time has passed where it won't seem dated. The other thing is that the show had a whole parallel life running at the same time in the live soap opera of Louise Lasser's sudden fame. Her personal trajectory towards a nervous breakdown tracked Mary Hartman's. Do I need to remind everyone of her bizarre interviews in Rolling Stone, her bust for cocaine, and her appearance as the host on SNL, in which she also had a nervous breakdown. Years later it came out that this was not faked, that she was ready to refuse to appear on the show minutes before curtain time, and only agreed to appear once Chevy Chase convinced her that if she didn't go on, he'd go on in her place wearing a wig.

This show in its first run had a drama to it that is hard to recreate in reruns. Not only did it track Louise Lasser's breakdown, it also traced America's breakdown too.

I miss the show. It meant a lot to me, and it's sad that it's only a memory.

BTW, does anyone remember what is one of my favorite moments, when Mary's rival for her husband Tom's affection, Mae has tried to kill herself with sleeping pills? And she turns to Mary for support, who plies her with coffee, and the towering Mae flops all over smaller Mary before they both slump on to the floor and Mary ends up drinking the coffee. It's been over thirty years and I still remember that after only one viewing.

Or when Loretta came over to bring Mary Jell-O with Cracker Jacks suspended in it?

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