Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman: The Complete Series
DVD | Box Set
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
All 325 Episodes + Bonus Features on 38 Discs
Louise Lasser delivers a masterful performance in the title role of Norman Lears sublimely twisted soap opera, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman: at once a parody of the format and a twisted satire of Americas media/consumer culture.
In the fictional town of Fernwood, Ohio, suburban housewife Mary Hartman seeks the kind of domestic perfection promised by Readers Digest and TV commercials. Instead she finds herself suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune: mass murders, low-flying airplanes and waxy yellow buildup on her kitchen floor. Marys world is populated by a cast of misfits and oddballs: an impotent husband (Greg Mullavey), a sullen 12-year-old daughter (Claudia Lamb), bizarre parents (Dody Goodman and Philip Bruns), a man-eating younger sister (Debralee Scott), a country-singing best friend and her devoted husband (Mary Kay Place and Graham Jarvis), Fernwoods devious mayor (Dabney Coleman) and identical twins Barth and Garth Gimble (Martin Mull).
Far too controversial for any network at the time, the incomparable Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman is finally given its due with this celebratory and definitive DVD collection.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
it really brings you back to the 70s....not like those silly shows that claim to bring you back .....this really IS the 70s...I don't know you have to see it for yourself....The scene when loretta goes on the dinah shore show ( is that spelled right?) is one of my favorite scenes ...i think a lot of it was ad-libbed .............And there are a multitude of cameo appearances of good ol actors and comedians on this soap opera...I can go on and on.Im just so sad its over...I have a good mind to watch it over again;;;;;;;THANK YOU AMAZON !!!!!!!
Do yourself a favor and watch an episode or two on YouTube (sub-optimal as that may be, as the DVD presentation is pristine) and then take the plunge if you connect with this type of understated humor.
Another reviewer commented that the show doesn't hit its stride until about 40 episodes in. This is an accurate assessment -- the initial episodes are entertaining but then the show moves into brilliance.
Enjoy enjoy enjoy.
after looking at them again, I looked at all of them and seem to be getting more out of it, wanted to see more
and decided I might get something out of the soap opera format of the unusual type. I like the opening and closing with the pictures on table
just like some of my family use to have (muting the load voice) and when dusk makes the lamp come on; good occupational therapy.
(Although, I also saw some later episodes when broadcast on TV that seem to lack good writing and the new episodes I'm seeing now have that problem, like Charlie not looking out for Loretta in the hospital
The price of about $100.00 would be more than fair for this number of disc.
It comes in one big compartment box with 6 cases (2x the depth of first season cases) 6 disc each, nine episodes each (+1 on first) numbered 1-325, in different color cases and Mary with a real smile. It has a 7th thinner bonus disc which includes ten "Fernwood Tonight" episodes.
The picture fills the screen on wide screen in correct aspect ratio. The audio is equal to the first collection and might be a little low rarely.
Unfortunately, I can only give the story two stars; After over 100 episodes, it is like it should be called "The Stupids". The basic premise was very promising, a charming farce of a soap opera but they threw sense and continuity out the window. Also, when Mary and Tom fight they are so loud that they could chase away all the bugs and varmints in the neighborhood; later they do it solo in any situation.
There is good news, raising it to 3 stars; at episode 131, beginning of the second season, they add 3 new writers, Tom Eyen, Margaret Goldman and Lynn Phillips. The episodes had been written mostly by Marcus, Adelman and Brown and the change is noticeable. I had thought it needed it and apparently so did Norman Leer and associates. Even Charlie Haggers had to say "There's got to be a place where goodness stops and stupidness starts, Loretta " and I say, and vice versa.
Most recent customer reviews
Just be prepared these are 100% unedited - you have to put up with the opening credits, closing credits,...Read more