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|Created by||Linda Bloodworth-Thomason and Harry Thomason|
Billy Bob Thornton
Wendie Jo Sperber
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||54|
|Running time||30 minutes per episode|
|Original run||September 14, 1992 – February 1, 1995|
Hearts Afire is an American sitcom that aired from September 14, 1992 to February 1, 1995 on CBS. It starred John Ritter and Markie Post, with Post portraying a journalist and Ritter playing a senator's aide.
Described by CBS as a 'Politically topical series' and created by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason and Harry Thomason, the show starred John Ritter and Markie Post playing John Hartman and Georgie Anne Lahti Hartman, respectively. Supporting actors included Billy Bob Thornton and Ed Asner. The show was set in Washington, D.C. and centered on a senator's aide (Ritter) and a political reporter (Post) whose professional disagreements masked a growing attraction for one another. Other costars on the show included George Gaynes, Beth Broderick, and Wendie Jo Sperber. The series was itself a satire on current affairs in Washington, D.C.
In the second season, the show abruptly changed its setting to the Southern town where John Hartman grew up; he returns to take over the town's failing newspaper, and his wife and several of the other cast members joined him there.
Image Entertainment released the entire series on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time in 2004/2005. These releases have been discontinued and are out of print.
On November 7, 2012, it was announced that Mill Creek Entertainment had acquired the rights to the series and will be releasing Hearts Afire- The Complete Series on DVD on January 8, 2013. the 7-disc set features all 54 episodes of the series as well as bonus features.
|DVD Name||Ep #||Release Date|
|The Complete First Season||23||August 2, 2005|
|The Complete Second Season||17||November 1, 2005|
|The Complete Third Season||14||February 7, 2006|
|The Complete Series||54||January 8, 2013|
- Hugh E. Rodham, father of former First Lady of the United States and former United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, made a cameo appearance in 1992. The producers of the series were friends of the Clintons.
- Political pundit Rush Limbaugh guest-starred as himself on a 1994 episode. That episode had the series' highest weekly rating, finishing at #8 for its original airing.
- Pace, Eric (April 8, 1993). "Hugh Rodham Dies After Stroke; Father of Hillary Clinton Was 82". The New York Times (New York). Retrieved 2010-08-01.