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The Best of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. Volume 1

4.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Actors: Louise Lasser, Greg Mullavey, Mary Kay Place, Graham Jarvis
  • Format: Color
  • Language: English
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Embassy Home Entertainment
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AP1I1K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #662,775 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Volume 1 contains the hilarious premiere show, the the "chicken soup" episode and the dramatic conclusion.

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This bizarre series was one of television's finest moments. Totally satirical, with a hell-uv-a bite! I sure wish a DVD distributor somewhere would issue the entire series on DVD. Please, please, someone in Hollywood hear my call and give us a chance to experience this groundbreaking series again!!!
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The 5 stars isn't necessarily for this particular VHS-it's for the 325 episodes of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman that were aired from 1976-1977. I would gladly pay the $150 for that, but not for a few shows on VHS.

I am echoing the other reviewers plea: Please oh please distribute all episodes on DVD. It was a brilliant show! It aired every night at 11:30pm (at least that's how I remember it).

Mary was a red headed, braided, gingham check wearing housewife with a boring, impotent husband, crazy parents, a perverted grandfather, a sullen daughter, and a slutty sister. Her biggest concern in life was the waxy yellow build up on her kitchen floor. Eventually she suffered a nervous breakdown, but only after her daughter was kidnapped by a mass murderer, she had an affair with the local cop, and she found out her grandfather was the town flasher.

Since this show ended, there has never been a show quite like it. It's something you have to experience yourself because it truly was surreal, bizzarre, and stangely funny. It only lasted a couple seasons but only because Louise Lasser wanted out. The audience and critics loved it! It was oh so good while it lasted- a slice of satirical nostaligia that would no doubt still make anyone laugh out loud.
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Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman was an awesome series when it first aired in 1976. It ran for 325 episodes and was a soap-opera parody as well as a legitimate soap-opera in its own right. It was unbelievably popular during its initial run and became a pop-culture phenomenon. It was definitely Norman Lear's most popular show, surpassing All in the Family in notoriety when it debuted on syndicated TV. But for some reason that I fail to understand SONY Pictures and Columbia Tristar will not release this classic series on VHS or DVD. At least we have the two volumes of The Best of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman to remind us how well-done this show was. But the 6 episodes included on these tapes are just a tease. Come guys at SONY!!! You're sitting on a gold mine. Bring back Mary Hartman. It is long overdue.
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"Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" was Woody Allen humor of the small screen starring Allen's ex-wife Louise Lasser as the confused-but-good-hearted Mary. I remember one critic saying that, by parodying a cornball soap opera, MH2 at times had to be found guilty by association. Touché. Nonetheless, Lasser never fails to mesmerize as the child-woman struggling to make sense of an increasingly senseless world.

NOTE: This video collection was split into two different VHS tapes, Volume I and Volume II, with each volume containing three episodes. Therefore, the two volumes TOGETHER are six episodes. The second volume contains installments about the Fernwood Flasher.

VOLUME I CONTAINS THESE THREE EPISODES: The first episode of MH2; the Chicken Soup episode; the final episode of MH2. Just wanted to clarify this for potential buyers.
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brings back good memories..
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