Madman of the People

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Madman of the People
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Genre Sitcom
Created by Chris Cluess
Stu Kreisman
Directed by James Burrows
Jim Drake
Philip Charles MacKenzie
John Ratzenberger
Starring Dabney Coleman
Concetta Tomei
Amy Aquino
Craig Bierko
Cynthia Gibb
John Ales
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 16
Executive producer(s) Chris Cluess
Stu Kreisman
E. Duke Vincent
Aaron Spelling
Producer(s) Penny Adams
Stephen C. Grossman
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Kreiscluesco Industries
Spelling Television
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Original network NBC
Original release September 22, 1994 (1994-09-22) – June 17, 1995 (1995-06-17)

Madman of the People is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from 1994 to 1995. It was scheduled in the Thursday 9:30 timeslot, part of Must See TV.

Madman of the People was produced by Spelling Television.[1]


The series stars character actor Dabney Coleman as Jack "Madman" Buckner, an outspoken newspaper columnist who had written a popular column, Madman of the People, in Your Times magazine for 30 years. The premise of the show involves Buckner's daughter, Meg (Cynthia Gibb), being brought in by the publisher to bring Buckner's column into the 1990s.



Though the series initially won favorable opinions from critics, and was popular with audiences, ranking 12th for the season with a 14.9 average household share, it was still cancelled after only one season, making it one of the highest rated shows ever to get cancelled, according to However, while the show did well in the ratings, it lost a considerable portion of its lead-in audience from Seinfeld and was also hindering the then-freshman hit drama ER. NBC noticed the early success of Friends and decided to re-shuffle its lineup to put that show in the 9:30 PM EST spot, leading to one of the most dominant programming blocs in TV history.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Madman of the People". Retrieved 2006-10-01. 
  2. ^ "1994–95 TV: The One Where Friends and ER Blew Up -- Vulture". Vulture. Retrieved 23 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "Character Compass".  Thursday, 4 May 2017

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