A small-town housewife struggles to cope with the increasingly bizarre and violent events unfolding around her.
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1977   1976  
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Louise Lasser ...  Mary Hartman 325 episodes, 1976-1977
Greg Mullavey ...  Tom Hartman 325 episodes, 1976-1977
Mary Kay Place ...  Loretta Haggers 325 episodes, 1976-1977
Graham Jarvis ...  Charlie Haggers 325 episodes, 1976-1977
Dody Goodman ...  Martha Shumway 325 episodes, 1976-1977
Debralee Scott ...  Cathy Shumway 324 episodes, 1976-1977
Victor Kilian ...  Raymond Larkin 325 episodes, 1976-1977
Claudia Lamb Claudia Lamb ...  Heather Hartman 323 episodes, 1976-1977
Philip Bruns ...  George Shumway 213 episodes, 1976-1977
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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>

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Comedy | Romance

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TV-PG
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Martin Mull's television debut. See more »

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Martha Shumway: Yes, yes, things can always be worse - like my uncle Wilbur, who used to work in a cardboard factory. He came home one day with a splinter in his finger - just a little bitty old splinter. But it turned out that he had blood poisoning.
Charlie Haggers: Well, that's terrible.
Martha Shumway: And next day, they amputated his leg.
Charlie Haggers: On account of a splinter in his finger?
Martha Shumway: Oh no, no, not because of that. They found a growth in his leg.
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Followed by Fernwood Tonight (1977) See more »

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A demented,glorious, masterpiece
16 February 2002 | by coop-16See all my reviews

Truly one of the greatest-and least remembered -TV shows of all time.I loved this show back in the seventies. It was a rich tapestry of comic-and touching- characters, exemplified by the naive heroine, Mary Hartman,and her friends, perhaps most unforgettable of whom was would be Country Music queen,Loretta Haggers, played by the sadly underused -and brilliant-Mary Kay Place.But then this show was rich in fine acting-Dabney Coleman, martin Mull, and Marian Mercer, among others.If the Comedy channel can rerun "soap" why cant they rerun this masterpiece?


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman See more »

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(325 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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