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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 24, 1997
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5
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  • Starring: Mitch Ryan, Susan Sullivan, Jenna Elfman
  • Summary: Dharma & Greg was an unusual cross-generational situation comedy created by Chuck Lorre & Dottie Dartland. Dharma Freedom Finkelstein-Montgomery (Jenna Elfman, "Townies") is a free-spirited yoga instructor with an incredible knack for looking on the bright side. Raised by hippie parents, she was taught to shun convention, trust her wildest instincts, and find the joy in everyday life. Her husband, Greg Montgomery (Thomas Gibson, "Chicago Hope"), is a conservative, Harvard-educated attorney and the yin to Dharma's yang. Married on their first date, they have remained committed to each other from day one, despite the obstacles presented by the world around them.Among those obstacles are Dharma's counterculture parents, Abby (Mimi Kennedy) and Larry (Alan Rachins), who recently brought another bohemian bundle of joy — baby Harry — into the world. On the other side, literally, are Greg's uptight, blue-blood parents, Kitty (Susan Sullivan) and Edward (Mitchell Ryan), who've slowly but surely come to accept the fact that their son married outside the country club boundaries. Executive producer Chuck Lorre made minor television history by taking advantage of the fact that many fans didn't see the show at the time of its broadcast: for those who videotaped the show, each episode's end credits reveal a special message from Lorre on a vanity card. These are currently being added and can be found under the "Notes" section for each episode. Dharma & Greg is now in active syndication in the United States and Canada. Collapse
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Aug 11, 2013
    90
    Dharma & Greg goes beyond merely funny all the way to enchanting. There's nothing momentous or groundbreaking about the new ABC sitcom, but it's good-hearted, lightheaded and delightful, a kind of miracle cure for the blues -- especially the blues you might get from most of the other new sitcoms this season. [24 Sept 1997, p.D01]
  2. Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Aug 8, 2013
    90
    One thing the witty pilot by Dottie Dartland and Chuck Lorre doesn't do is get the respective in-laws into the same scene but that's bound to happen soon. And when it happens, it's bound to be a real howl. [24 Sept 1997, p.70]
  3. Reviewed by: Lee Winfrey
    Aug 11, 2013
    90
    Elfman is captivating, impossible to dislike, fresh and sunny without being saccharine. Gibson, who looks a lot like Clark Kent, is a perfect pairing for her. And all four parents are masterstrokes of casting. Dharma & Greg bears every earmark of a hit. [24 Sept 1997, p.D01]
  4. Reviewed by: Scott D. Pierce
    Aug 10, 2013
    80
    Without Jenna Elfman, Dharma & Greg wouldn't work at all. But with the goofy charm of Elfman to build around, Dharma & Greg is one of the better new comedies on network television this fall. [24 Sept 1997, p.C01]
  5. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Aug 11, 2013
    80
    A wafer-thin but bonbon-yummy romantic sitcom that sweeps you off your feet and deposits you in a gale of giddy laughter. [24 Sept 1997, p.3D]
  6. Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Aug 11, 2013
    80
    Elfman has the power to bewitch America without wiggling her nose. [24 Sept 1997, p.E1]
  7. Reviewed by: Caryn James
    Aug 11, 2013
    30
    Dharma and Greg are so cloying they make the happy, well-adjusted Buchmans on "Mad About You" seem like Bonnie and Clyde.

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