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Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman 

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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1977   1976  
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
...  Tom Hartman 325 episodes, 1976-1977
...  Mary Hartman 325 episodes, 1976-1977
...  Charlie Haggers 325 episodes, 1976-1977
...  Loretta Haggers 325 episodes, 1976-1977
...  Martha Shumway 325 episodes, 1976-1977
...  Cathy Shumway 325 episodes, 1976-1977
Victor Kilian ...  Raymond Larkin 325 episodes, 1976-1977
Claudia Lamb ...  Heather Hartman 322 episodes, 1976-1977
...  George Shumway 250 episodes, 1976-1977
...  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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Norman Lear's shows were being produced at Metromedia Square in Hollywood, but there was inadequate space for this show, so they rented studio space from KTLA. The KTLA studio was across Fernwood Street, so they started calling KTLA "Fernwood", which then became the name of the fictitious town where the show is set. See more »

Quotes

Cathy Shumway: You know, isn't it ironic - that if one of us had to get it, it's a miracle it was you.
Mary Hartman: I know, I must have been born under an unlucky star. You know I have filled out entry blanks for every single drawing in the supermarket for the last twelve years, and the only thing I ever won was a coupon for a small little jar of tomato paste. But they were out of tomato paste, and by the time they got more in, my coupon had expired. And now I have venereal disease.
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Spoofed in Mary Flegus, Mary Flegus (1978) See more »

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Candide in a consumer society
31 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

A sharply satirical soap opera about a modern-day "Candide" (Louise Lasser) and the dysfunctional pre-fab Americana she inhabits. In the opening episodes (beginning 1/76), Mary has to contend with her impotent husband, indifferent daughter, pervert grandpa, hot-to-trot sister, and the massacre of a local family (along with their 2 goats and 8 chickens) but it seems the waxy yellow build-up on her kitchen floor subliminally affected the mass media-influenced Mary more than all the domestic drama combined. The absence of a canned laugh track can make viewers feel they're either losing their mind or experiencing a darkly comedic, penetrating pop-culture parody. Possibly both. I loved it then and I love it now!


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