Norman Lear feels this episode of Mary Hartman Mary Hartman may contain the best performance in the history of television.
Video Rating: 4 / 5
@k4y3lg33 different strokes for different folks. I think Mary Hartman is halarious. It was then and it still is. I wish it would be rebroadcasted by a cable station.
@TheGranule You know the Tea Party is like many groups in the past, a reaction to a big change. Nazism was a reaction ro communism, Family Values was a reaction to social revolution in the 1960′s. Now its average people up in arms because they are affraid of the president. It will pass.
Acting 101. It sucks that at first glance people will not take this seriously because it’s a 70′s “sitcom”, but it goes deeper. i’m glad I watched. That decade was all about pushing it, but having meaning behind what you pushed. Now days we are horribly burnt out from being so over-shocked all the time.,
Thank you for you witless remark. That is what passes for intellectual replies in the Mad Hatter’s Party
@TheGranule I got your Tea Party right here! So just suck it!
Poor Lasser, like a lot of folks got into drugs which ruined her life and career.
Some of the best TV and Radio was between 1950 and 1985. I think folks were given adult messages and were mature enough to absorb it and use them.
I don’t know about today. It seems pretty shallow and homogenized to me.
Some of it is actually scary, like the rise of the Tea Party and all those Mad Hatters within it.
Mary, I feel you. i know what your going , and coming to. been there so many times, in the long run. no one really cares. and we all sleep alone.
It just floored me when I first watched this in 70′s. I’m 49 now but I never forgot this scene and others, from this late night soap/ satire/ camp/ shot in video. Classic television for sure and one hell of an actress. She could ping-pong her emotions in the blink of an eye and you’d never know what hit you. Encore to a great show.
I watched this show as a child-maybe 12ish,it always had me glued she’s good no doubt about it!Nice legs!
Everybody must realize that the goal of this show and all the rest of television shows produced by Norman Lear was to make gentiles look foolish, incompotent, and evil. Look at his other shows like All In The Family, Good Times etc. etc. This anti-gentile propaganda plot all planned out in the basement of his synagogue.
Why wouldn’t he say this? He developed the show! A little bit self-serving, no??
That was pretty good, but not that spectacular. Certainly not “…the best performance in the history of television,” not by far.
Also, while I understand that this show was supposed to be satirical, if you’re going to switch from satirical to actual drama, which this scene clearly is meant to be; you can’t have those idiots ridiculously ranting questions at her as she’s breaking down and have someone take this seriously and take it in as a powerful scene; because it’s too farcical.
I think, that when this show was on, that a lot of people didn’t “get it”. I was a child then, but I remember hearing adults talking about it saying stuff like, “That Mary Hartman is such a dope. Such a nothing. I can’t believe that show is even on television.” When really, it was so ahead of its time.
that was riveting
this is so tiresome
Holy crap!…This is going to f***ing haunt me! How real can you get?! She deserved to be a much bigger star!
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@Babaziba So true. She’s a marvel.
Absolute genius! One way to tell great acting is that Louise Lasser seems like she is improvising, so natural!
This show was one way ahead of its time!
Gripping! Deep on so many levels!
She did win the Emmy in 1976 for Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.
Best acting performance ever….
i remember this show as a child growing up in the 70′s. it came on at noon right before moms soaps. i was not allowed to watch it. i felt so betrayed as a child….
Louise Lasser is a genius. Always has been. Always will be. “If only the mail would come on time.”- Normal Lear is right.
Wish season 2 were on DVD.
I’m surprised that Lear thought that. As great as this is, Lasser had done even better. The monologue in the mental hospital comes quickly to mind. This was a landmark show in the history of television.
I would love to watch this series from the start….one of the most fascinating shows to ever grace television.