Stark Raving Mad (TV series)

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Stark Raving Mad
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Stark Raving Mad titles
Created by Steven Levitan
Starring Tony Shalhoub
Neil Patrick Harris
Eddie McClintock
Heather Paige Kent
Dorie Barton
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 22
Executive producer(s) Steven Levitan
Camera setup Multicamera
Running time 23 min.
Production company(s) Steven Levitan Productions
20th Century Fox Television
Original channel NBC
Original run September 23, 1999 (1999-09-23) – July 13, 2000 (2000-07-13)

Stark Raving Mad is an American sitcom that aired from on NBC from 1999 to 2000. The series stars Tony Shalhoub and Neil Patrick Harris.


Shalhoub stars as odd horror novelist Ian Stark, who is obsessed with practical jokes, and whose first book Below Ground was a best seller. Neil Patrick Harris is Stark's reluctant editor Henry McNeeley, who has a variety of phobias and possibly obsessive-compulsive disorder. On January 10, 2000 the sitcom won a People's Choice Award for Favorite New Television Comedy Series. The sitcom premiered on September 23, 1999 and was officially cancelled by NBC on April 15, 2000 despite having a 10.7 average household share and being ranked 15th among all programs.[1]

Margaret 'Maddie' Keller was to be played by Jessica Cauffiel as she appears in several early cast photos.


Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Episode list[edit]

# Prod. code Title Airdate Director Writer(s)
1 1ADM79 Pilot September 23, 1999 James Burrows Steven Levitan
Henry McNeely gets a promotion he doesn't want. He's now the editor for the eccentric horror novelist Ian Stark. Ian's practical jokes are done at the expense of Henry.
2 1ADM01 The Man Who Knew Too Much September 30, 1999 Ted Wass Alan Kirschenbaum
Trying to pull another joke on Henry Ian mistakes in recommending some other woman's wishes as those of Henry's girlfriend to Henry. Ian even takes Henry to a sex shop for kinky presents to "her girlfriend".
3 1ADM03 Sometimes a Fritter Is Just a Fritter October 7, 1999 Ted Wass David A. Goodman
Henry's misunderstanding of a change of a name of a character in Ian's manuscript ruins Ian's morning routine of fritters and long walks.
4 1ADM05 Four Colds and a Funeral October 14, 1999 Gail Mancuso Eric Zicklin
Henry accidentally kills a man named Professor Huggles (a character obviously inspired by Dr. Seuss)
5 1ADM06 The Lyin' King October 21, 1999 Gail Mancuso Brian Buckner, Sebastian Jones
During Halloween, Ian helps Henry to pay back his cousin Lori for an old prank she pulled on him, while Maddie's date may or may not be a humpback for real.
6 1ADM04 Fish out of Water November 4, 1999 Ted Wass Jeffrey Richman
Everyone is at Audrey's dinner party where a fish needs to be put back into the tank.
7 1ADM07 Engaged to Be Engaged November 11, 1999 Gayle Abrams
Henry tries to make a commitment to Tess.
8 1ADM09 The Stalker November 18, 1999 Ken Levine Steven Levitan
Ian's obsessed fan wants to take Henry's place.
9 1ADM08 The Dance December 2, 1999 Gail Mancuso Steven Levitan
Tess attempts to fix up Ian and Maddie.
10 1ADM02 Coffin to Go December 9, 1999 Ted Wass Lynnie Greene, Richard Levine
Ian discovers that the funeral place accidentally sold him a coffin with a corpse in it.
11 1ADM10 Christmas Cheerleader December 16, 1999 Michael Lembeck David A. Goodman
Tess tries to cheer up Christmas for a bunch of social outcasts.
12 1ADM11 The Crush January 6, 2000 Michael Lembeck Eric Zicklin
Ian has a crush on a woman, but Jake cannot be trusted with letters.
13 1ADM12 My Bodyguard (a.k.a. Guarding Tess) January 13, 2000 Gayle Adams Steven Levitan
Henry, Ian and Tess get mugged. Ian head-butts the mugger and saves the day. Henry soon feels sexually inadequate when he learns that Ian's heroics caused Tess to have an erotic dream about Ian. Ian sets up a similar incident, designed to make Henry look like a hero in Tess' eyes.
14 1ADM15 The Hypnotist February 3, 1999 Michael Lembeck Alan Kirschenbaum
Ian professes to be a hypnotic expert and the situation gets out of hand. Note: Ian claims to have once suffered from OCD, but cured it with hypnosis. Tony Shalhoub would later find success in Monk, playing a detective with OCD.
15 1ADM16 Therapy March 2, 2000 Sheldon Epps Eric Zicklin
Ian and Henry go to a therapist. After the session Henry wants to know what the therapist told about him. Ian lies that she thinks Henry is paranoid.
16 1ADM18 Secrets and Lies March 9, 2000 David Lee Jeffrey Richman
A Yale student turns up some shocking secrets about where Ian was nearly twenty years ago.
17 1ADM21 The Grade March 16, 2000 Steven Levitan Brian Buckner, Sebastian Jones
Ian helps Maddie by writing a book report for her, but then is furious when her professor only gives her a "B".
18 1ADM17 The Pigeon July 13, 2000 Sheldon Epps Joe Piscatella, Craig A. Williams
Ian accidentally knocks a pigeon's nest filled with eggs off his balcony's ledge. Later he becomes paranoid, thinking the mother pigeon is back with vengeance.
19 1ADM13 He's Gotta Have It July 20, 2000 Joyce Gittlin Lynnie Greene, Richard Levine
Tess' sister visits and Ian becomes uncontrollably attracted to her.
20 1ADM14 Dog Gone July 27, 2000 Gail Mancuso Brian Buckner, Sebastian Jones
Henry loses Edgar, and when he finds him, new problems arise.
21 1ADM19 The Psychic August 3, 2000 Jeff Melman Dana Gould
22 1ADM20 The Big Finish August 10, 2000 Robert Egan Richard Levine, Lynnie Greene

International airings[edit]

In some countries the series was renamed: Loco enloquecido (Latin American),[2] Stark, loco de atar (Spain), Splitter Pine Gal (Norway), Kreisi kynäniekka (Finland) and "En förläggares mardröm" (Sweden).


  1. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 1466. ISBN 0-345-45542-8. 
  2. ^ Canal Fox - Tandas Comerciales (6 feb. 2000) at 7:07

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