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Louise Lasser

The series was produced by Norman Lear, directed by Joan Darling, Jim Drake, Nessa Hyams, and Giovanna Nigro, and starred Louise Lasser.
She is known for her portrayal of the title character on the soap opera satire Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.

Dody Goodman

Dody Goodman as Mrs. Martha Shumway (née Larkin), Mary's often daffy mother, known for talking to her plants.
She played the mother of the title character in the television series Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, her distinctive high-pitched voice announcing the show's title at the beginning of each episode.

Mary Kay Place

Mary Kay Place as Loretta Haggers (née McCandless), Mary's best friend and neighbor, a wanna-be country singer.
She is known for portraying Loretta Haggers on the television series Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, a role that won her the 1977 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress - Comedy Series.

Greg Mullavey

Greg Mullavey as Tom Hartman, Mary's unfaithful husband and Heather's father.
Greg Mullavey (born Gregory Mulleavy, Jr., September 10, 1939, Buffalo, New York) is an American film and television actor, best known for his role as Tom Hartman on the television series Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and Carly’s grandfather in iCarly.

Phil Bruns

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Philip Bruns (and for a few episodes after the show was rebranded as Forever Fernwood, Tab Hunter) as George Shumway, Martha's husband and Mary and Cathy's father. He worked at an automobile assembly plant along with Tom and Charlie.
He portrayed George Shumway, the father of Mary Hartman on the 1970s comedic series Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.

Graham Jarvis

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Graham Jarvis as Charlie "Baby Boy" Haggers, Loretta's much older husband and Tom Hartman's best friend.
Jarvis starred in the television soap opera parody Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman as Charlie "Baby Boy" Haggers, the much older husband of wanna-be country music star Loretta Haggers, played by Mary Kay Place.

Debralee Scott

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Debralee Scott as Cathy Lorraine Shumway, Mary's vampish sister.
Debralee Scott (April 2, 1953 – April 5, 2005) was an American actress best known for her roles on the sitcoms Welcome Back Kotter, Angie, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and Forever Fernwood.

Jim Drake (director)

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The series was produced by Norman Lear, directed by Joan Darling, Jim Drake, Nessa Hyams, and Giovanna Nigro, and starred Louise Lasser.
Drake's career began in 1974, working as an associate director for the Norman Lear produced sitcoms, CBS-TV's All in the Family and Good Times; he made his solo directorial debut in the syndicated comedy/soap opera spoof series Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, which was executive produced by Lear.

Bruce Solomon

Bruce Solomon as Sgt. Dennis Foley, a Fernwood police officer who liked Mary and with whom she eventually ran off. (See Forever Fernwood, below.)
Bruce Peter Solomon (born August 12, 1944) is an American television and film actor, best known for the roles of Sgt. Foley in the TV show Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and Kenny Zuckerman in Beverly Hills, 90210.

Martin Mull

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Martin Mull as wife-beater Garth Gimble, who died by being impaled by a star on an aluminum Christmas tree. Mull later played Garth's twin brother, talk show host Barth Gimble on Fernwood 2 Night and America 2-Night.
As an actor, he first became known in his role on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and its spin-off Fernwood 2 Night.

Victor Kilian

Victor Kilian as Grandpa Raymond Larkin, Martha's father, who was revealed in the pilot episode to be the "Fernwood Flasher."
He is best known for his role as Grandpa Larkin (aka The Fernwood Flasher) in the television soap opera spoof Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (1976).

Norman Lear

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The series was produced by Norman Lear, directed by Joan Darling, Jim Drake, Nessa Hyams, and Giovanna Nigro, and starred Louise Lasser.
Lear also developed the cult favorite TV series Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (MH MH) which was turned down by the networks as "too controversial" and placed it into first run syndication with 128 stations in January 1976.

Claudia Lamb

Claudia Lamb as Heather Hartman, Tom and Mary's troubled daughter, who had, unfortunately, witnessed the massacre of the Lombardi family, including their goats and chickens.
Claudia Lamb (born December 3, 1963) is a former radio journalist and child actress known for portraying Heather Hartman in the syndicated soap opera satire Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman as well as the show's sequel Forever Fernwood.

Sparky Marcus

Sparky Marcus as Jimmy Joe Jeeter, child evangelist, who perished when a TV set he was watching fell into the bathtub, electrocuting him.
He also appeared on The Nancy Walker Show (1976), Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (1976–77) (Marcus played child evangelist Jimmy Joe Jeeter, who died of electrocution in the bathtub), Grandpa Goes to Washington (1978), The Bad News Bears and Goodtime Girls (1980).

Norman Alden

Norman Alden as Coach Leroy Fedders, Tom's former high school coach. He died drowning in Mary's chicken soup.
Alden played Coach Leroy Fedder in the 1970s television series, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.

Fernwood 2 Night

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Martin Mull as wife-beater Garth Gimble, who died by being impaled by a star on an aluminum Christmas tree. Mull later played Garth's twin brother, talk show host Barth Gimble on Fernwood 2 Night and America 2-Night.
It was created by Norman Lear and produced by Alan Thicke as a spin-off/summer replacement from Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.

Joan Darling

The series was produced by Norman Lear, directed by Joan Darling, Jim Drake, Nessa Hyams, and Giovanna Nigro, and starred Louise Lasser.
Darling directed episodes of the television series Rhoda, Doc, Taxi, Hizzonner, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Magnum, P.I., Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories, and The Bionic Woman, as well as the feature film The Check is in the Mail, and a number of made-for-television films.

Salome Jens

Salome Jens as Mae Olinski, Tom's Amazonian co-worker at the assembly plant and the payroll officer, with whom he had an affair.
In 1976–77 Jens played the role of Mae Olinski on the soap spoof Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.

Michael Lembeck

Michael Lembeck as Clete Meizenheimer, television news reporter for Fernwood's local television station.
He played newscaster Clete Meizenheimer on the series Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.

Gloria DeHaven

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Gloria DeHaven as CB radio aficionado Annie "Tippy-toes" Wylie, a bisexual who also had an affair with Tom Hartman.
DeHaven appeared in the soap operas Ryan's Hope (as Bess Shelby), As the World Turns (as Sara Fuller), and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.

Orson Bean

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Orson Bean as Reverend Brim, one of Fernwood's clergymen, mainly in Forever Fernwood.
Bean was a regular in both Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and its spin-off Fernwood 2Nite.

Soap opera

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Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman is an American satirical soap opera that aired in daily (weekday) syndication from January 1976 to May 1977.
Two of the most famous U.S. parodies were the series Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (1976–77) and Soap (1977–81), the latter of which was a weekly sitcom/soap opera parody.

Ed Begley Jr.

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Ed Begley Jr. as Steve, a deaf man who dated Cathy.
He had recurring roles on Mary Hartman, 7th Heaven, Arrested Development, Meego and Six Feet Under and starring roles in Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital, St. Elsewhere, and Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central).

Doris Roberts

Doris Roberts as Dorelda Doremus, a faith healer.
She played the unhinged Flo Flotsky on four episodes of Soap; Dorelda Doremus, a faith healer, on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman; and lonely Aunt Edna on Step by Step.