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Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman: The Complete Series

By DAVID WEINER

December 05, 2013

At long last, all 325 episodes of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman are available on DVD in the incredible 38-DVD box set Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman: The Complete Series -- Louise Lasser delivers a masterful performance in the title role of Norman Lear's sublimely twisted soap opera -- at once a parody of the format and a twisted satire of America's media/consumer culture as a suburban housewife seeks the kind of domestic perfection promised by Reader's Digest and TV commercials, instead suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune: mass murders, low-flying airplanes and waxy yellow buildup on her kitchen floor. Bonus features include new essays by the show's developer, legendary TV producer Lear and Pulitzer Prize-winning TV critic Tom Shales, two documentary featurettes, and 10 original episodes of its delirious spinoff Fernwood 2 Night.

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