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Hearts Afire was an American sitcom starring John Ritter and Markie Post that aired on CBS from September 14, 1992 to February 1, 1995. The series' title is taken from a line in the Earth, Wind & Fire song "That's the Way of the World" (which originally served as the series' theme song).

Hearts Afire
Hearts Afire Cast.jpg
Created by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason
Starring John Ritter
Markie Post
Billy Bob Thornton
Beth Broderick
Wendie Jo Sperber
Clark Duke
Leslie Jordan
Conchata Ferrell
Composer(s) Bruce Miller
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 54 (1 unaired)
Production
Running time 30 minutes per episode
Production company(s) Bloodworth-Thomason
Mozark Productions
Adam Productions
Release
Original network CBS
Original release September 14, 1992 – February 1, 1995

Contents

Series premiseEdit

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.

CameosEdit

EpisodesEdit

Series overviewEdit

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 23 September 14, 1992 (1992-09-14) March 22, 1993 (1993-03-22)
2 17 October 27, 1993 (1993-10-27) April 25, 1994 (1994-04-25)
3 14 September 24, 1994 (1994-09-24) February 1, 1995 (1995-02-01)

Season 1 (1992–93)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Original air date
1 1 "Bees Can Sting You, Watch Out: Part 1" September 14, 1992 (1992-09-14)
2 2 "Bees Can Sting You, Watch Out: Part 2" September 14, 1992 (1992-09-14)
3 3 "The Big Date" September 21, 1992 (1992-09-21)
4 4 "Three Men and a Bed" September 28, 1992 (1992-09-28)
5 5 "John's Stallion" October 5, 1992 (1992-10-05)
6 6 "First Time" October 12, 1992 (1992-10-12)
7 7 "Significant Others" October 26, 1992 (1992-10-26)
8 8 "Everybody Loves My Baby" November 9, 1992 (1992-11-09)
9 9 "Conversations with My Shrink" November 16, 1992 (1992-11-16)
10 10 "The Fundamental Things Apply" November 23, 1992 (1992-11-23)
11 11 "Smithersgate" November 30, 1992 (1992-11-30)
12 12 "Everyday's a Holiday" December 14, 1992 (1992-12-14)
13 13 "While the Thomasons Slept" December 21, 1992 (1992-12-21)
14 14 "Trivial Pursuit" January 4, 1993 (1993-01-04)
15 15 "Never Play Touch Football with the Kennedys" January 11, 1993 (1993-01-11)
16 16 "Miss Starr Dates Georgie Anne's Pop" January 18, 1993 (1993-01-18)
17 17 "While the Thomasons Slept in the Lincoln Bedroom" February 1, 1993 (1993-02-01)
18 18 "Her Year with Fidel" February 8, 1993 (1993-02-08)
19 19 "Cold Feet: Part 1" February 22, 1993 (1993-02-22)
20 20 "Cold Feet: Part 2" February 22, 1993 (1993-02-22)
21 21 "Take My Senate Seat, Please" March 1, 1993 (1993-03-01)
22 22 "Flamingo Summer" March 15, 1993 (1993-03-15)
23 23 "Class Reunion" March 22, 1993 (1993-03-22)

Season 2 (1993–94)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Original air date
24 1 "Lovely Always: Part 1" October 27, 1993 (1993-10-27)
25 2 "Lovely Always: Part 2" October 27, 1993 (1993-10-27)
26 3 "Moonlighting" November 3, 1993 (1993-11-03)
27 4 "The Great Depression" November 10, 1993 (1993-11-10)
28 5 "First Edition" November 17, 1993 (1993-11-17)
29 6 "String of Pearls" November 24, 1993 (1993-11-24)
30 7 "The Stud Club" December 8, 1993 (1993-12-08)
31 8 "Blue Christmas" December 15, 1993 (1993-12-15)
32 9 "True Confessions" December 29, 1993 (1993-12-29)
33 10 "Accelerated Dating" January 12, 1994 (1994-01-12)
34 11 "Sweet Revenge" January 19, 1994 (1994-01-19)
35 12 "The Sons of Sissy-Whatsis" February 2, 1994 (1994-02-02)
36 13 "Fatal Traction" February 9, 1994 (1994-02-09)
37 14 "Sleepless in a Small Town" March 28, 1994 (1994-03-28)
38 15 "Do the Limbaugh" April 11, 1994 (1994-04-11)
39 16 "Love in the Afternoon" April 18, 1994 (1994-04-18)
40 17 "The Big Yes" April 25, 1994 (1994-04-25)

Season 3 (1994–95)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Original air date
41 1 "Don't Say Nothin' Bad About My Baby" September 24, 1994 (1994-09-24)
42 2 "The Virgin Lonnie" October 1, 1994 (1994-10-01)
43 3 "It's My Party" October 8, 1994 (1994-10-08)
44 4 "The Sock-Her Boys" October 15, 1994 (1994-10-15)
45 5 "Birth of a Donation" October 22, 1994 (1994-10-22)
46 6 "Fat Like Me" October 29, 1994 (1994-10-29)
47 7 "Born to Dance" November 26, 1994 (1994-11-26)
48 8 "Pros and Condoms" December 3, 1994 (1994-12-03)
49 9 "The Perfect Christmas" December 10, 1994 (1994-12-10)
50 10 "Help Wanted" January 11, 1995 (1995-01-11)
51 11 "Mrs. Hartman, Mrs. Hartman" January 18, 1995 (1995-01-18)
52 12 "Group Therapy" January 25, 1995 (1995-01-25)
53 13 "John and Georgie's Not So Excellent Adventure" February 1, 1995 (1995-02-01)
54 14 "The Outsider" Unaired

DVD releasesEdit

Image Entertainment released the entire series on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time in 2005. These releases have since 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 released Hearts Afire - The Complete Series on DVD on January 8, 2013.[2] The 7-disc set features all 54 episodes of the series, as well as bonus features.

DVD set Episodes 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

See alsoEdit

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