Madman of the People
|Madman of the People|
|Created by||Chris Cluess|
|Directed by||James Burrows|
Philip Charles MacKenzie
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||16 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Chris Cluess|
E. Duke Vincent
Stephen C. Grossman
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Kreiscluesco Industries|
|Distributor||CBS Television Distribution|
|Original release||September 22, 1994 –|
June 17, 1995
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.
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|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"Pilot"||James Burrows||Chris Cluess & Stu Kreisman||September 22, 1994|
|2||"Murder Most Fowl"||John Ratzenberger||Sally Lapiduss & Pamela Eells||September 29, 1994|
|3||"All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Mad Boy"||James Burrows||Steve Paymer||October 6, 1994|
|4||"Guys Just Wanna Have Fun"||John Ratzenberger||Bill Fuller & Jim Pond||October 13, 1994|
|5||"'Til Death Do Us Part"||Jim Drake||Sally Lapiduss & Pamela Eells||October 20, 1994|
|6||"The Jack Buckner Society"||Philip Charles MacKenzie||Alison Rosenfeld Desmarais||October 27, 1994|
|7||"Birthday in the Big House"||Philip Charles MacKenzie||Bill Fuller & Jim Pond||November 3, 1994|
|8||"Jack Has Left the Building"||Philip Charles MacKenzie||Tom Seeley & Norm Gunzenhauser||December 1, 1994|
|9||"Life Without Father"||Jim Drake||Steve Paymer||December 8, 1994|
|10||"It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Christmas"||Jim Drake||Deidre Fay & Stuart Wolpert||December 15, 1994|
|11||"What a Big Mouth You Have, Grammy"||John Ratzenberger||Tom Seeley & Norm Gunzenhauser||December 29, 1994|
|12||"Notes from the Underground"||Philip Charles MacKenzie||Dinah Kirgo||January 5, 1995|
|13||"Truths My Father Told"||Philip Charles MacKenzie||Bill Fuller & Jim Pond||January 12, 1995|
|14||"The Pen is Mightier Than the Sword"||Jim Drake||Tom Seeley & Norm Gunzenhauser||January 26, 1995|
|15||"Anytime, Anywhere"||Philip Charles MacKenzie||Stephen Neigher||June 10, 1995|
|16||"The Madman and the Showgirl"||Philip Charles MacKenzie||Dava Savel||June 17, 1995|
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 classictvhits.com. 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.
When it first aired, Madman of the People was considered by critics as one of "the fall season's least likable new comedies" and not deserving of its comedy label.
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