Stark Raving Mad (TV series)

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Stark Raving Mad
Stark raving mad tv titles.jpg
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
Production
Executive producer(s) Steven Levitan
Camera setup Multicamera
Running time 23 min.
Production company(s) Steven Levitan Productions
20th Century Fox Television
Release
Original channel NBC
Original release 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.

Synopsis[edit]

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.

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
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1 "Pilot" James Burrows Steven Levitan September 23, 2000 1ADM79
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 "The Man Who Knew Too Much" Ted Wass Alan Kirschenbaum September 30, 2000 1ADM01
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 "Sometimes a Fritter Is Just a Fritter" Ted Wass David A. Goodman October 7, 1999 1ADM03
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 "Four Colds and a Funeral" Gail Mancuso Eric Zicklin October 14, 2000 1ADM05
Henry accidentally kills a man named Professor Huggles (a character obviously inspired by Dr. Seuss)
5 "The Lyin' King" Gail Mancuso Brian Buckner, Sebastian Jones October 21, 2000 1ADM06
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 "Fish out of Water" Ted Wass Jeffrey Richman November 4, 2000 1ADM04
Everyone is at Audrey's dinner party where a fish needs to be put back into the tank.
7 "Engaged to Be Engaged" Gayle Abrams November 11, 1999 1ADM07
Henry tries to make a commitment to Tess.
8 "The Stalker" Ken Levine Steven Levitan November 18, 1999 1ADM09
Ian's obsessed fan wants to take Henry's place.
9 "The Dance" Gail Mancuso Steven Levitan December 2, 2000 1ADM08
Tess attempts to fix up Ian and Maddie.
10 "Coffin to Go" Ted Wass Lynnie Greene, Richard Levine December 9, 1999 1ADM02
Ian discovers that the funeral place accidentally sold him a coffin with a corpse in it.
11 "Christmas Cheerleader" Michael Lembeck David A. Goodman December 16, 1999 1ADM10
Tess tries to cheer up Christmas for a bunch of social outcasts.
12 "The Crush" Michael Lembeck Eric Zicklin January 6, 2000 1ADM11
Ian has a crush on a woman, but Jake cannot be trusted with letters.
13 "My Bodyguard (a.k.a. Guarding Tess)" Gayle Adams Steven Levitan January 13, 2000 1ADM12
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 "The Hypnotist" Michael Lembeck Alan Kirschenbaum February 3, 1999 1ADM15
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 "Therapy" Sheldon Epps Eric Zicklin March 2, 2000 1ADM16
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 "Secrets and Lies" David Lee Jeffrey Richman March 9, 2000 1ADM18
A Yale student turns up some shocking secrets about where Ian was nearly twenty years ago.
17 "The Grade" Steven Levitan Brian Buckner, Sebastian Jones March 16, 2000 1ADM21
Ian helps Maddie by writing a book report for her, but then is furious when her professor only gives her a "B".
18 "The Pigeon" Sheldon Epps Joe Piscatella, Craig A. Williams July 13, 2000 1ADM17
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 "He's Gotta Have It" Joyce Gittlin Lynnie Greene, Richard Levine July 20, 2000 1ADM13
Tess' sister visits and Ian becomes uncontrollably attracted to her.
20 "Dog Gone" Gail Mancuso Brian Buckner, Sebastian Jones July 27, 2000 1ADM14
Henry loses Edgar, and when he finds him, new problems arise.
21 "The Psychic" Jeff Melman Dana Gould August 3, 2000 1ADM19
22 "The Big Finish" Robert Egan Richard Levine, Lynnie Greene August 10, 2000 1ADM20

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).

References[edit]

  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) http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=WL48F336ACFA093FBB&feature=player_detailpage#t=422 at 7:07

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