Mad About You : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 23, 1992
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
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  • Summary: Jamie (Helen Hunt) and Paul Buchman (Paul Reiser) are a young urban couple with five months of marriage behind them and they're still trying to make some ground rules of living together in an apartment in Manhattan. This is definitely not easy because Jamie & Paul are both equally neurotic -Jamie (Helen Hunt) and Paul Buchman (Paul Reiser) are a young urban couple with five months of marriage behind them and they're still trying to make some ground rules of living together in an apartment in Manhattan. This is definitely not easy because Jamie & Paul are both equally neurotic - but in totally different ways. Paul is a documentary filmmaker, he is charming and creative, but also extremely careful and analytic. Jaime works as a public relations consultant, and is more of a free spirit, but also has a number of discomforts. Jaime's sister Lisa Stemple (Anne Ramsay) often comes to visit them, just like their friends Mark Devanow (Richard Kind), his wife Fran (Leila Kenzle) and Paul's cousin Ira Buchman (John Pankow). But, they aren't the only ones dropping by the apartment - there are always all kinds of other characters like noisy neighbours, a funny dogwalker (Hank Azaria), family members and others.

    With a big part of personal intimacy, which Paul Reiser, the head character and the creator of the show, compares to "a ride home after a party, when a couple can finally tell each other what have they been thinking all night", the 30-minute show searches for capricious moments of every couple. Their co-creator of the show, Danny Jacobson, adds that "they wanted to set a mirror to marriage life and see how the world is behind closed doors".

    Awards and Nominations:

    GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS:
    > 1998 - Nominated - Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series Comedy/Musical [Paul Reiser]
    > 1998 - Nominated - Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series Comedy/Musical [Helen Hunt]
    > 1997 - Won! - Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series Comedy/Musical [Helen Hunt]
    > 1997 - Nominated - Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series Comedy/Musical [Paul Reiser]
    > 1997 - Nominated - Best TV-Series Comedy/Musical
    > 1996 - Nominated - Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series Comedy/Musical [Helen Hunt]
    > 1996 - Nominated - Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series Comedy/Musical [Paul Reiser]
    > 1996 - Nominated - Best TV-Series Comedy/Musical
    > 1995 - Won! - Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series Comedy/Musical [Helen Hunt]
    > 1995 - Nominated - Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series Comedy/Musical [Paul Reiser]
    > 1995 - Won! - Best TV-Series Comedy/Musical
    > 1994 - Won! - Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series Comedy/Musical [Helen Hunt]
    > 1993 - Nominated - Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series Comedy/Musical [Helen Hunt]

    EMMY AWARDS:
    > 1999 - Won! - Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series [Mel Brooks] (For playing "Uncle Phil Buchman". For episode "Uncle Phil Goes Back To High School".)
    > 1999 - Won! - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series [Helen Hunt]
    > 1999 - Nominated - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series [Paul Reiser]
    > 1998 - Won! - Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series [Mel Brooks] (For playing "Uncle Phil". For episode "Uncle Phil And The Coupons".)
    > 1998 - Won! - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series [Helen Hunt]
    > 1998 - Nominated - Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series [Hank Azaria] (For playing "Nat". For episode "Nat And Arly".)
    > 1998 - Nominated - Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series [Nathan Lane] (For playing "Professor Twilley". For episode "Good Old Reliable Nathan".)
    > 1998 - Nominated - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series [Paul Reiser]
    > 1998 - Nominated - Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series [Carol Burnett] (For playing "Theresa Stemple". For episode "Coming Home".)
    > 1997 - Won! - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series [Helen Hunt]
    > 1997 - Won! - Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series [Mel Brooks] (For playing "Uncle Phil". For episode "The Penis".)
    > 1997 - Won! - Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series [Carol Burnett] (For playing "Teresa Stemple". For episode "Jamie's Parents".)
    > 1997 - Nominated - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series [Paul Reiser]
    > 1997 - Nominated - Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series [Sid Caesar] (For playing "Harold". For episode "Citizen Buchman".)
    > 1997 - Nominated - Outstanding Comedy Series
    > 1996 - Won! - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series [Helen Hunt]
    > 1996 - Nominated - Outstanding Comedy Series
    > 1996 - Nominated - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special (for episode "New Years Eve")
    > 1996 - Nominated - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series [Paul Reiser]
    > 1995 - Won! - Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series [Carl Reiner] (For playing "Alan Brady". For episode "The Alan Brady Show".)
    > 1995 - Won! - Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series [Cyndi lauper] (For playing "Marianne Lugasso". For episode "Money Changes Everything".)
    > 1995 - Won! - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special (for episode "Up in Smoke")
    > 1995 - Nominated - Outstanding Comedy Series
    > 1995 - Nominated - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series [Helen Hunt]
    > 1995 - Nominated - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series [Paul Reiser]
    > 1995 - Nominated - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Editing for a Series - Multi-Camera Production (Sheila Amos; for episode "The Ride Home")
    > 1994 - Won! - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special (for episode "The Surprise")
    > 1994 - Nominated - Outstanding Comedy Series
    > 1994 - Nominated - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series [Helen Hunt] > 1994 - Nominated - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series [Paul Reiser] > 1994 - Nominated - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing in a Comedy Series (Tom Moore; for episode "Love Letters") > 1994 - Nominated - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing in a Comedy Series (Lee Shallat Chemel; for episode "Paul is Dead") > 1993 - Nominated - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series [Helen Hunt] International Broadcasting: ARGENTINA: Telecasted on SONY ETV AUSTRALIA: Telecasted on Channel 10 AUSTRIA: Telecasted on ORF1 BELGIUM: Telecasted on BRTN1 BRAZIL: Telecasted on ETV, GLOBO TV and SONY Entertainment Cable CROATIA: Telecasted on RTL TELEVIZIJA FINLAND: Telecasted on YLE TV1 FRANCE: Telecasted on RTL9 GERMANY: Telecasted on RTL and VOX HONG KONG: Telecasted on TV-B PEARL ISRAEL: Telecasted on Family Channel (3) ITALY: Telecasted on Italian Tv MALAYSIA: Telecasted on TV3 NETHERLANDS: Telecasted on NED-3 and YORIN NEW ZEALAND: Telecasted on TV2 PORTUGAL: Telecasted on TV-I SINGAPORE: Telecasted on TCS Channel 5 SLOVENIA: Telecasted on SLO 1 & 2 and KANAL A SOUTH AFRICA: Telecasted on SABC 3 SOUTH KOREA: Telecasted on AFKN SPAIN: Telecasted on TV3 SWEDEN: Telecasted on KANAL 1 TAIWAN: Telecasted on TV TIME CABLE UNITED KINGDOM: Telecasted on SKY ONE, ABC1 NBC Broadcast History September 1992 - January 1993 -- Wednesdays 9:30pm February 1993 - May 1993 -- Saturdays 9:30pm September 1993 - May 1995 -- Thursdays 8:00pm September 1995 - May 1996 -- Sundays 8:00pm September 1996 - November 1998 -- Tuesdays 8:00pm December 1998 - May 1999 -- Mondays 8:00pm Theme Song: "Final Frontier" performed by Andrew Gold
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  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Marvin Kitman
    Jul 11, 2013
    100
    The show is fast-paced, crackling, choreographed like a comedy ballet. [20 Sep 1992]
  2. Reviewed by: Joshua Hammer
    Jul 11, 2013
    90
    Natural, funny and brimming with romantic chemistry. [21 Sep 1992]
  3. Reviewed by: Lon Grahnke
    Jul 11, 2013
    88
    Reiser brings a gentle sense of the absurd to his strange but affectionate view of modern marriage. [23 Sep 1992]
  4. Fairly adult in tone and the comedy is a little offbeat. [5 Sep 1992]
  5. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jul 11, 2013
    70
    How mad you'll be for the slice-of-strife romantic comedy of Mad About You may depend on your tolerance for the young-ish and restless, verbally glib and urban-ly neurotic. [23 Sep 1992]
  6. Reviewed by: John J. O'Connor
    Jul 11, 2013
    60
    As in "Seinfeld" and the routines of countless stand-up comedians, nothing much happens in "Mad About You." ... At the very least, Mr. Reiser and Ms. Hunt get the chemistry just right.[23 Sep 1992]
  7. Reviewed by: Miles Beller
    Jul 11, 2013
    40
    Overbearing ... Reiser and Hunt can't seem to resist going even broader than the already wide material requires. And though some humor does occasionally result, overall they take things too far, turning comic possibilities into missed opportunities. [23 Sep 1992]

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