Stark Raving Mad

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 22

    The Big Finish

    Aired

  • S 1 : Ep 21

    The Psychic

    Aired

  • S 1 : Ep 20

    Dog Gone

    Aired

  • S 1 : Ep 19

    He's Gotta Have It

    Aired

  • S 1 : Ep 18

    The Pigeon

    Aired 7/13/00

  • Cast & Crew
  • Neil Patrick Harris

    Henry McNeely

  • Tony Shalhoub

    Ian Stark

  • Eddie McClintock

    Jake Donovan

  • Dorie Barton

    Tess Faraday (episodes 4-9, 11-22, guest previously)

  • Heather Paige Kent

    Maddie Keller

  • show Description
  • Tony Award nominee Tony Shalhoub and Neil Patrick Harris return to series television in this comedy series from Emmy Award winner Steven Levitan. Harris stars as Henry McNeely, a young, book editor who is thrust into the dark and chaotic world of best-selling horror writer Ian Stark. Providing distractions as Henry tries to keep Stark on track, are Stark's dazed writing assistant Jake Donavan, sassy bartender/college student Maddie Keller and Stark's overly affectionate dog, Edgar. (NBC press release)Yet another could've-been hit blundered by the collaborative incompetence of former entertainment president Garth Ancier and former (notice a pattern?) West Coast president Scott Sassa, Stark Raving Mad received a full season pickup. And that's where the network's support began and ended. Stark never clicked with the audience watching the show it followed on the schedule, Frasier, rendering it a time slot hit -- and not much of one at that. Though common sense would have suggested that's because their brand of humor was incompatible... well, it was on NBC, after all. After the original 13 episodes were broadcast by January, 2000, (at which time Regis Philbin stepped in and sent the show into a deep Nielsen gorge), the series bounced off and on -- mostly off -- the schedule, and nearly half of the back nine that the network ordered in November, 1999 were never broadcast at all. Although NBC executives believe that sitcoms that don't work on Thursday won't work anywhere, your editor doesn't. He does, though, wonder what might have been had Stark Raving Mad aired on Tuesday after Just Shoot Me -- which it was perfectly compatible with. Guess we'll never know. Besides, three years later, and Ancier's/Sassa's even more incompetent replacement, Jeff Zucker, was playing the same hide-and-seek games with JSM that they were with SRM."Batty, bonkers, crazy, loopy, loony, hazy Chaotic, neurotic, peculiar and amazing Demented, deranged, particularly strange Frantic, ranting, shaky, flaky, making me insane." -- theme songStark Raving Mad is produced by Steven Levitan Productions, in association with 20th Century Fox TelevisionBroadcast HistorySep 1999-Mar 2000, Thu 9:30-10:00 Jul 2000, Thu 9:30-10:00moreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (95)

    • Audrey: I'd kiss you goodbye but as you know my lips have been on your ass for the last half hour.

    • Henry: Pissy. You want pissy? I'll show you pissy, you demented irresponsible death-faking freak!

    • Henry: I'm trying to be less phobic, and I'm afraid it's not going well.

    • Tess: When he took out that leash, I thought I was getting a puppy...

    • Ian: And she wants to be called dirty names. Do you know any? Henry: You mean, like "harlot?"

    • Ian: I said hello, she said she needed to be ravished like a wild beast.

    • Ian: Tess wants crazy sex and you're lousy in bed. That's a nice tie. Damn, I should have said that first.

    • Ian: Believe me, Henry, if I knew what part of my brain your sex life was stored in I'd go in there myself and cut it out with a melon scoop.

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    Notes (24)

    • NBC announced the series was picked up for the "season" after this episode aired.

    • The voice of news anchor Linda Yamaguchi is uncredited.

    • Dorie Barton is now a regular, as she is added to the opening credits.

    • Supposedly, this convinced NBC brass to give Steven Weber his own series, Cursed, later The Weber Show. (Apparently, seven years co-starring on Wings was besides the point.)

    • Music: "Let's Get It On" by Jim Gilstrap; "I Could Write a Book" by Kipp Lennon

    • New opening credits, which replace most of the footage from the original with B&W clips of the cast from previous episodes.

    • Lynnie Greene is credited as Lyn Greene.

    • Since this is the third episode filmed, it uses the opening credits shown in the pilot, "The Man Who Knew Too Much" and "Sometimes a Fritter Is Just a Fritter" -- without Dorie Barton in them. Dorie Barton isn't in the episode anyway.

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  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • STARK RAVING MAD is Great Show!

    By jseven03, Nov 12, 2008

  • Great Show, Funny Premises do not Insure A Great Series

    By aesgaard41, Oct 14, 2006

  • Horror writer tortures his wimpy editor.

    By ChapelHeel66, Nov 17, 2005

  • One Season was not Enough

    By gophone, Jul 28, 2005

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