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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
4 July 1977 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Barth Gimble and Jerry Hubbard are the host of a talk show produced in the fictitious town of Fernwood... See more »
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Thicke On Greatness See more (17 total) »

Cast

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Martin Mull ... Barth Gimble (37 episodes, 1977)

Fred Willard ... Jerry Hubbard (37 episodes, 1977)
Frank De Vol ... Happy Kyne (37 episodes, 1977)
Tommy Tedesco ... Tommy Marinucci (26 episodes, 1977)
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Series Directed by
Tony Csiki (8 episodes, 1977)
Louis J. Horvitz (8 episodes, 1977)
Jim Drake (7 episodes, 1977)
Howard Storm (3 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Writing credits
Norman Lear (48 episodes, 1977)
Tom Moore (48 episodes, 1977)
Jeremy Stevens (48 episodes, 1977)
Alan Thicke (48 episodes, 1977)
James R. Stein (42 episodes, 1977-1979)
Bob Illes (42 episodes, 1977)
Wayne Kline (32 episodes, 1977)
Jack Douglas (10 episodes, 1977)
Judith Kahan (4 episodes, 1977)
John Boni (2 episodes, 1977)
Tom Dunsmuir (2 episodes, 1977)
Hanala Sagal (2 episodes, 1977)
Norman Stiles (2 episodes, 1977)

Series Produced by
Alan Thicke .... producer (49 episodes, 1977)
Patricia Fass Palmer .... associate producer (17 episodes, 1977)
Rita Dillon .... associate producer (16 episodes, 1977)

Bob Illes .... producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Frank De Vol (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Robert Houston .... sound mixer (35 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Joe Epperson .... camera operator (39 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Casting Department
Eve Brandstein .... casting executive (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Bobby Knight .... theme song / music supervisor (46 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Other crew
Al Burton .... creative supervision / creative supervisor (19 episodes, 1977)
Harry Shearer .... program consultant (18 episodes, 1977)
Ben Stein .... creative consultant (17 episodes, 1977)
John Boni .... executive writing consultant (15 episodes, 1977)
Norman Stiles .... executive writing consultant (15 episodes, 1977)
Robert A. Bowen .... technical director (10 episodes, 1977)
Judith Kahan .... creative consultant (10 episodes, 1977)
Tom Dunsmuir .... creative consultant (9 episodes, 1977)
Pat Proft .... script consultant (5 episodes, 1977)
Pacy Markman .... creative consultant (4 episodes, 1977)
James R. Stein .... creative consultant (2 episodes, 1977-1979)
Frederic B. Blankfein .... creative consultant (2 episodes, 1977)
Bob Illes .... creative consultant (2 episodes, 1977)
David Steven Simon .... creative consultant (2 episodes, 1977)
 

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Also Known As:
"Fernwood 2 Night" - USA (original title)
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Runtime:
30 min
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Trivia:
The members of the Mirth Makers were usually uncredited. They were Eddie Robertson as Eddie Thomerson, bass; Tommy Tedesco as Tommy Marinucci, guitar; Frank Marocco as Frankie Carbone, accordion; and Colin Bailey as the drummer. Bailey is the only member of the band who was not featured separately in a comedic bit.See more »
Quotes:
Jerry:[in a Boris Karloff voice] Walk this way.
Barth:Jerry!
Vincent Price:What does he mean "walk this way?"
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Walking Through Fires (2011)See more »

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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Thicke On Greatness, 15 March 2006
Author: animal_8_5 from Dundalk, Canada

In the fall of 1977, this program became one of the brightest TV memories in my young life. Ranks right up there with Monty Python and SCTV. I too hope it emerges one day on DVD. It once made me laugh so hard, I rolled around on the floor and wet my pants. Not the coolest thing to do in front of your college roommates.

The show wasn't so much a jab at small-town life, as a satire of cheesy small-town TV stations. Channel 6 - WZAZ, could as easily have been Channel 8 - CKNX, Wingham, Canada (the local station I grew up watching). I am sure Kirkland Lake's own Alan Thicke used one of his local stations as F2N's model (Probably CFCL-Timmins, CKSO-Sudbury, or both). One episode, interrupted for a news bulletin about a three-alarm blaze, promised "film at 11 pm tomorrow night". Anyone in North America who had access to these small-but-mighty TV stations could easily relate.

I can still remember the first episode I watched, wondering what the heck I had stumbled onto. To my knowledge, nothing like this had ever been attempted on TV before. What an incredibly well-crafted concept Fernwood 2-Nite was! A testament to Lear, the writers, performers and crew alike. The only projects since that have come close are the Chris Guest/Eugene Levy "mockumentaries" (starring F2N's own Fred Willard). I remark at how some recent Canadian comedy TV series scripted their shows the way Fernwood 2-Nite did: Train 48, Trailer Park Boys, Puppets Who Kill and Liocracy. Some of these shows are quite hilarious, so the formula is clearly versatile.

The brilliant characters on F2N took on lives of their own. To mention only a couple seems unfair to the other talented legions. Therefore, let's take Happy Kyne and the Mirthmakers (...please)! Bandleader/Bun-N-Run proprietor Kyne (Frank De Vol....remember "Music by De Vol?"), and his band of mediocre minstrels. They were so bad, they were great! Remember their renditions of popular disco hits? 'Disco Duck', backed up by the manic drummer was classic. As qualified by host Barth Gimble(Martin Mull), "They give new meaning to the word adequate."

Once the show started having 'real' celebrities as guests, the show began to change direction. Fernwood 2-Nite gave way to America 2-Nite, which remained funny, but had lost all that small-town charm. With the explosion of cable and specialty TV in the 80s and 90s, the era of those wonderful small-town TV stations was also over. Like all good things, we probably didn't really realize how special they were until they were no longer.

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