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Legendary TV producer Norman Lear developed this outrageous soap-opera spoof staring Louise Lasser as a pigtailed, gingham-frocked housewife beset by a bewildering array of crises. The three-disc set features the first 25 episodes of the groundbreaking series hailed by critics as "hilarious" (TV Guide), "mind-blowing" (Newsweek) and "televisions zaniest show!" (Readers Digest)
Mass murders, kidnappings and a flasher may be troubling the residents of Fernwood, Ohio. But housewife Mary Hartman (Lasser) has a much more serious problem; waxy yellow buildup on her kitchen floor. And while her husband Tom (Greg Mullavey) struggles in the bedroom and her best friend, country singer Loretta Haggers (Mary Kay Place), struggles to make it big in Nashville, Mary teeters closer to the edge, desperate to save her marriage, keep her family together and give her kitchen floor a proper shine!
Long before Twin Peaks, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman turned the soap opera inside out. Produced by Norman Lear (All in the Family), the syndicated serial centers around gingham-clad housewife Mary Hartman (Woody Allen regular Louise Lasser). The saga begins with Mary agonizing over her floor's waxy yellow buildup when neighbor Loretta Haggers (Emmy winner Mary Kay Place) bursts in to announce that a mass murderer is on the loose in Fernwood. That isn't Mary's only problem. The magic has gone out of her marriage to Tom (Greg Mullavey) and her grandfather is revealed as the Fernwood Flasher. And that's just the pilot.
At first glance, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman resembles a daytime soap with consecutive airings (five nights a week), frame-filling close-ups, and syrupy score, but everything is off-kilter. When Mary isn't looking at other characters as if they're speaking in tongues, she appears to be on the verge of laughter or tears--maybe both at once. She's the ultimate desperate housewife. Aside from Grandpa Larkin (Victor Kilian), regulars include Marys preteen daughter Heather (Claudia Lamb), younger sister Cathy (Debralee Scott), and parents, Martha (Dody Goodman) and George Shumway (Philip Bruns). In addition, there's Sgt. Foley (Bruce Solomon), who has the hots for our sexually unsatisfied heroine, and Loretta's hubbie, Charlie (Graham Jarvis), who works with Tom and George at the plant. Mrs. Haggers, an aspiring country singer, loves her Baby Boy "more than a hundred billion frozen Milky Ways." The first set of this groundbreaking series features 25 episodes. Between 1976-1978, a whopping 325 were produced, some as Forever Fernwood when Lasser left in 1977, reportedly due to exhaustion. That year, the series also spun off talk-show satire Fernwood 2Nite, which would soon develop a cult following of its own. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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I loved the show in the 70's and was thrilled to find the show on your site, thanks for having it.Published 26 days ago by Kollene Joyce Kipp
Its ok, if you remember the series, it was a satire, funny , but dumb at the same timePublished 2 months ago by hillbilly
I love this dvd. I can't get enough of Mary Hartman. Louise Lasser always can get me to laugh. I will keep this one forever.Published 3 months ago by Houston_swamp_hag
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|Any news on Volume 2 of Mary Hartman?||
It is WAY overdue!
Feb 28, 2008 by SEAN MCATEER | See all 24 posts
|Big studios are cheap and greedy this is all BS!||
so right you are- if shows like mary hartman, baretta etc. are worthless due high costs then unload your rights to companies that are willing to take on and print whole sereis and let us your onetime consumers for these programs buy from someone else sense it is all not working ouy for the... Read More
Jun 5, 2010 by revekiah | See all 2 posts
|Is Volume 1 the same as Season 1||
I'm not certain, but if I recall the very first episode featured Loretta going to Mary's talking about a mass murder.
I did hear that volume 1 will be the first 25 episodes.
This series and Maude were some of the best television ever produced. Any thoughts?
Feb 11, 2007 by Craig Beasley | See all 4 posts
|About Martin Mull on this dvd||
Martin Mull was great on "MH, MH." Garth had a twin brother (Barth?) and I recall him dying in some bizarre
fashion. Also great on the show was Dabney Coleman, who played the town mayor. I distinctly remember an episode where he rode into Mary's kitchen on a tricycle.
Oct 9, 2008 by P. Baum | See all 4 posts
|TV SOAPS AS KNOTS LANDING||
Issues concerning "Knots Landing" should be brought up in the "Knots Landing" listing. This one is for "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman."
Feb 21, 2007 by Ashley | See all 5 posts