Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman: Volume 1 (1976) 3 x DVD9
In melding soap operas and sitcoms, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Vol. 1 is one of the more interesting shows to ever make it on TV.

Mary Hartman (Louise Lasser) is a typical suburban housewife of the seventies with her pigtails, buckteeth, and "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm" wardrobe. Like many housewives, she longs for something more in life. She wishes for a better sex life with husband Tom (Greg Mullavy), a closer relationship with her teenage daughter, Heather (who may be involved in the murders of the family down the street). And more than anything, she wishes she could get the waxy yellow build up off of her kitchen floor.

Mary's best friend, Loretta (Mary Kay Place) is on her way to becoming a country music superstar, especially now that she's got a real mass-murder to sing about. Her devoted husband, Charlie (Graham Jarvis), will do anything to make it happen.

Mary's extended family consists of a dotty mother (Dody Goodman); a long-suffering father (the most normal character in the whole show); a trampy, slacker sister (Debralee Scott); and a grandfather who likes to flash the elementary school lunch ladies.

Week after week, Mary deals with the problems and issues of modern life, from venereal diseases to infidelity, to mass murder and religious cults. It's just another typical day in the typical town of Fernwood, USA.

3 x DVD9 | NTSC 4:3 | 563 Minutes | 7.34 Gb + 7.33 Gb + 7.01 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English (Dolby AC3, 2 ch)
Subtitles: none
Genre: Comedy

Director: Bob Lally
Cast: Louise Lasser, Dabney Coleman, Mary Kay Place, Greg Mullavey, Graham Jarvis, Dody Goodman
Country: USA

Here are the 25, one-half hour episodes of the three-disc box set, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman: Volume 1, as described on their slimcases:


Episode 1
"It's just incredible -- Grandpa Larkin, the Fernwood Flasher, mass murders, goats, chickens and my floor has a waxy yellow buildup," declares Mary Hartman in the premiere episode of this innovative soap opera comedy.

Episode 2
The Fernwood Flasher is exposed. Mary confronts Tom on the sad state of their love life and meets Sergeant Foley, who is very pleasant and helpful.

Episode 3
Heather may know something about the mass murders. Mary and Tom talk bout growing up. The Fernwood Flasher returns -- to the police station.

Episode 4
Grandpa Larkin is released into Mary's care, pending psychological counseling. Mary arouses Tom's ire, but little else.

Episode 5
Tom attempts to prove his manhood to Mary. Mary receives a very upsetting phone call. Grandpa Larkin is set to see a social worker. F.A.T.S.O. takes on the local supermarket.

Episode 6
Mary journeys to the library for some books she hopes will save her marriage. The social worker takes on Grandpa, who questions her motives. Heather locks herself in the closet.

Episode 7
Mary is panicked. Heather has been followed and knows about the Lombardi murder. All is not lost, however: Sergeant Foley is as pleasant as ever.

Episode 8
Heather's newfound notoriety wins her a date. Mary experiences frustration in the laundry room. It's the biggest night ever for Charlie and Loretta Haggers.

Episode 9
Charlie is beaming as Loretta cuts the record of her dreams. The Hartmans share in their excitement, but celebration soon turns to tragedy.


Episode 10
Tom yearns for the good old days and lends a helping hand to a damsel in distress. Martha's life seems to be falling down around her. Loretta visits the doctor after a fainting spell in the studio. Grandpa makes amends with his social worker.

Episode 11
Tom awakens in a strange bed and takes static from George. Mary blames herself for the tragedies around her. Martha still has trouble on all sides. Grandpa gets an unexpected visitor at the worst possible time.

Episode 12
Loretta gets some happy news and makes a decision on her trip to Nashville. Cathy turns over a new leaf when she finds the man for her. There's terrific news for Mary.

Episode 13
Pandemonium reigns supreme. Mary must face the mass murderer. George meets Steve (Cathy's dream come true). Grandpa comes home from a date.

Episode 14
Mary is the prisoner of the mass murderer. Tom is feeling guilty, but his explanation causes even more trouble. Mary hears the mass murderer's story, while the police attempt to save her.

Episode 15
Mary's life is in danger. Loretta has an inspiration. David (the mass murderer) negotiates his escape -- with a car salesman.

Episode 16
The tension steadily mounts as the mass murderer's demands cannot be met. Sergeant Foley volunteers for a daring rescue.

Episode 17
A reluctant Reverend Standfast is Mary's last hope. Tom and Mae rendevous and plot to make him "volunteer." The mass murderer gets his way.

Episode 18
Mary is safe. The Hartmans, Shumways and Haggers are jubilant, but Tom and Mary have some things to discuss.


Episode 19
Mary makes the front page. Mary tells Tom she knows about Mae. Tom says goodnight to the sofa.

Episode 20
Mary plays hostess to Conway Twitty. Martha and Mary have a heart-to-hands talk. Tom visits his past for advice.

Episode 21
Mary and Sergeant Foley are in his apartment. Charlie and Loretta set out for superstardom. Martha confides in her plants. Tom worriedly searches for Mary.

Episode 22
Mary is reduced to tears by a jealous Tom, who wants to know if she "got even." The Hartmans and Shumways bid the Haggers goodbye and good luck. Charlie and Loretta meet some natives along the road (no they don't -- see above).

Episode 23
Mary is served with a summons by Sergeant Foley, along with a much more personal invitation. Blanche and Leroy discuss the Hartman's problems. Grandpa has his day in court.

Episode 24
Tragedy strikes the Haggers in the form of a bus full of nuns. Mary does her best to comfort Charlie. Neither Tom nor Mary can get any sleep.

Episode 25
Charlie and Loretta are in for some catastrophic news. Tom visits Mae with something important to tell her.

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