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Fernwood 2Night

Season 1 1977

  • 1977-07-04T09:30:00+05:30 on Syndicated
  • 30 mins
  • 1 day, 8 hours, 30 mins
  • United States
  • English
  • Comedy, Talk Show

By the end of 1976, producer extraordinaire Norman Lear had a crisis on his hands. His cult-favorite sitcom Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman imploded when its star, Louise Lasser, went through emotional trauma that forced her to resign. But Hartman's hometown of Fernwood, Ohio (ZIP Code 45989) would not shrivel up. Toward the end of the next summer, a new set of characters emerged with a "talk show" called Fernwood 2Night, airing (originally) live from Channel 6 in Fernwood. The host of Fernwood 2Night was Barth Gimble, who had left a very successful talk show in Miami under circumstances similar to Louise Lasser's real-life breakdown. Barth returned to his home of Fernwood to start this new talk show on Channel 6. Immediately, he used it as a platform to deny the charges made against him in the Fernwood Courier ("There has never been a conviction"). But on the bright side, Barth did get in banter with interesting guests, his second banana Jerry Hubbard, and musical director Happy.

65 episodes

1x01 Talk to a Jew

  • Series Premiere

    1977-07-04T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Barth talks about his unusual day-to-day contract. Howard Palmer, a man in an iron lung, plays the piano. ""Talk to a Jew"" -- Morton Rose answers audience questions. (""When is Barbra Streisand's next movie coming out?"")

1x02 Leisure Suits Cause Cancer

  • 1977-07-05T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Barth thanks the viewers for their support that got him renewed for another episode. Rocket to Stardom: Baby Irene sings ""I Didn't Know the Gun Was Loaded"". Barth talks to her about gun control. Happy talks about his nostrils. From Fernwood Commmunity College: Doctor Richard Osgood has proof that leisure suits cause cancer. (You see, they dress up the mice in tiny leisure suits... No, really!) Bury the Hatchet: Iris and Joseph Case want their son, a Catholic priest, to come back to them. Howard Palmer plays, while Baby Irene dances.

1x03 The Wonderblender

  • 1977-07-06T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Barth introduces his dad. The body language of April McTear -- contortionist. Lou Moffatt plugs Blendermatic, the Wonderblender. The owner of the Butterfly Deli, Susan Cloud (""...the body _requires_ burgers""). Barth's father Garth Sr. and his idiot dog perform,

1x04 Corporal Punishment I

  • 1977-07-07T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Hula hoopist Darius Washington. South Vietnamese gardener Mian Co Thiam plugs his book: "Yankee Doodle Gook". The Other Side of the News:High School Principal Marshall O. Petty discusses corporal punishment by demonstrating it on Debbie Dunbar. Lastly, Garth Sr. and his dumb dog.

1x05 Corporal Punishment II

  • 1977-07-08T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Barth talks with Debbie Dunbar's mother. Since ""last weeks"" on-air spanking, Debbie has gotten several lucrative modeling jobs. Russ Tuttle, the Fernwood coroner talks about cut rate funeral alternatives; Mrs. Dunbar appears with both of her daughters, shamelessly plugging the phone number for her ""talent agency"". Jerry rambles on about families. Barth sings ""Feelings"" while Debbie does cheerleader stuff. Once again, Garth and Louie.

1x06 Fernwood Fascinating Females

  • 1977-07-11T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Vernon Taylor (AKA ""Uncle Sam, Jr"") reads one of his poems, Candy Lee Hargrove talks about the Fernwood Fascinating Females League.

1x07 Hearing Ear Dogs for the Deaf

  • 1977-07-12T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Pet control center director Connie Bushman on Hearing Ear Dogs for the Deaf. Also: dancer Lisa Martin; Garth Gimble, Sr. and his dog.

1x08 Congressman Chambers

  • 1977-07-13T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

The Barlow Brothers singers; consumer advocate Lou Moffett plugs "Latin Oldies"; Happy Kyne and the Mirthmakers perform "Disco Duck"; Congressman Chambers.

1x09 No-Frills Hospitals

  • 1977-07-14T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Ambassador-at-large Harold Mislap talks about his efforts to bring tourism to Fernwood, Dr. Richard Osgood presents his no-frills hospital plan.

1x10 Ethnic Myths

  • 1977-07-15T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Daredevil Virgil Simms; Emanuel Kasinski on his latest findings on ethnic myths and prejudice.

1x11 Lillian Dunbar

  • 1977-07-18T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Grandmother Lillian Dunbar and presidential namesake James Earl Carter.

1x12 Uncle Sam, Jr. I

  • 1977-07-19T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Candy discusses gynacology and the need for female gynacologists. Bart plays the guitar while Happy and Vernon accompany him.

1x14 Breeding Athletes

  • 1977-07-21T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Barth challenges Jimmy Carter to come on the show and compete with him to prove just who is a star. Lou Moffet offers tips on home music ripoffs and the presents the American Guitar Studios home study course offered by Gimblco Enterprises. Happy & band member Tommy Maranucci sit and chat.

1x15 Animal Sexuality

  • 1977-07-22T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Professional football consultant Emanual Kasinski on the breeding of large men.

1x16 Garth Gimble Memorial Tennis Classic

  • 1977-07-25T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

This episode is tentatively scheduled for air on TV LAND July 20th at midnight. Original production number: 127 Barth promotes the planned Garth Gimbel Memorial Tennis Classic. W.D. ""Bud"" Prize (Kenneth Mars) returns, and bows to public demands that he reveal the secret of his chinadonture treatment. In a rebuttal to Dr. Van Moot (aka Dr. Osgood), Phil Maltby (Morgan Upton) of Phil's Fashion Funwear and Medical Research Lab explains that leisure suits, far from causing cancer, actually can help cure disease. ""Bud"" Prize is so stimulated by this revelation that he falls asleep.

1x17 Miss Bun-N-Run

  • 1977-07-26T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Connie Bushman talks about her dating service for dogs. Radio personality Terry Guy plugs his disc jockey correspondence course.

1x18 Lou Moffatt on Land Deals

  • 1977-07-27T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Lou Moffatt on land deals; Bassist Eddie Thomerson. Sylvia Miller also appears and discusses how a martian violated her with a beam of blue light.

1x19 Uncle Sam, Jr. II

  • 1977-07-28T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Vernon Taylor, better known as Uncle Sam, Jr. is back and as passionate as ever.

1x20 Comedy Sales Techniques

  • 1977-07-29T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Insurance salesman Elliott J. Tubbs demonstrates his comedy sales techniques. Happy Kyne on shut-ins.

1x21 Tom Waits

  • 1977-08-01T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Tom Waits. ""Bud"" Prize on using CB radio to bring in tourists.

1x22 Mental Illness Home Test

  • 1977-08-02T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

A dumbness measuring machine is demonstrated. Actually, more like a dumbness alarm. Say a dumb thing, and the alarm goes off. Like every time that Jerry opens his mouth.

1x23 Nasally Impaired

  • 1977-08-03T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Happy Kyne shares the latest gizmo developed by the Olfactory Center of Toledo; the nose aid.

1x24 Singers and Salesmen

  • 1977-08-04T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Mario Dorsett on his success as a singer; Tony Rolletti; Mrs. Walter Donker, whose husband sells cars.

1x25 Criminal Justice

  • 1977-08-05T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Gilbert Ulysses Nelson discusses the treatment of criminals.

1x26 Still a Dream

  • 1977-08-08T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Local opera singer Donny Lee Savage; Dr. Hugh Slocum on his latest scientific discovery; Amateur photographer Marianne Cox.

1x27 Fernwood Blood Drive

  • 1977-08-09T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Singing duo Doug and Diana Mitchell; Fernwood blood drive chairman Larry Guy.

1x28 Ratings Week

  • 1977-08-10T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Singer Laurie Gallagher performs, accompanied by her mother on drums. Also: Bud Prize and Sylvia Miller.

1x29 Barbershop Trio

  • 1977-08-11T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Doctor Alexander Beach discusses his findings on marijuana. How the Humdinger Barbershop Quartet became a trio.

1x30 Two Ladies Against Pornography

  • 1977-08-12T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Barth begins the show talking about folk music and then leads the show's cast in a performance of the first song written in America, Men. Guests include Nettie Foreman and Barbie Osgood, founders of Two Ladies Against Pornography.

1x31 Church of the Devine Lemonade

  • 1977-08-15T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

The founder of the Church of the Devine Lemonade, Billy Jenkins. George and Sally Krepps discuss the La Fromage method of childbirth.

1x32 Roger Bellman

  • 1977-08-16T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Martin Worth reads one of his poems. Also: Susan Cloud and chauffeur Earl Simmons.

1x33 The Fitness Twins

  • 1977-08-17T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Fernwood mayor Merle Jeeter honors champion Girl scout cookie seller Wendy Price. Also: contortionist Mike Timmins and Mary Lou Bridgewater.

1x34 You Are You

  • 1977-08-18T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Alberta Cornwall on how colored clothing affects moods; poet Vernon Taylor.

1x35 The Barber

  • 1977-08-19T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Hair stylist Sal Magglione and Presidential namesake James Earl Carter.

1x36 X-Rated Shopping Mall

  • 1977-08-22T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Sportscaster Jane Tiffany and W. D. ""Bud"" Prize.

1x37 Tony Rolletti's Autobiography

  • 1977-08-23T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Tony Rolletti plugs his autobiography. The Mirth-Makers perform ""Rock Around the Clock"".

1x38 Getting the Most From Your Warranty

  • 1977-08-24T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Virgil Simms tells how to get the most out of your new-car waranty. Basically, you make sure that it goes into the shop just before that waranty expires.

1x39 Nudists

  • 1977-08-25T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Linda Barry, owner of the Fernwood Nudist Colony. Toy maker George Ellsworth.

1x40 Wrestling

  • 1977-08-26T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Jane Tiffany; Sylvia Miller; Wrestler Rock Mondo and his assisstant.

1x42 Solving Water Shortages

  • 1977-08-28T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Representative Chambers on solving water shortages with icebergs. Lucy and Ed Campbell show how they display affection.

1x43 Sex Therapy

  • 1977-08-29T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Vern Taylor; Sex therapy clinic founder Matthew Johnson; Happy sings about tooth decay.

1x44 Real Estate Tips

  • 1977-08-30T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Comic Buddy Brown; Author Dottie Ann Lee; Eddie Thomerson's real estate tips.

1x45 Skateboard Angel

  • 1977-09-02T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Larry Guy takes questions from the audience; The Mirth-Makers play ""Skateboard Angel"".

1x46 Mobile Home Daredevil

  • 1977-09-05T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Las Vegas entertainer Debbie Dunbar; Mobile home daredevil Virgil Simms.

1x48 Pot Sniffing

  • 1977-09-07T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Impressionist Reggie Morrison; Principal Marshall Petty; Susan Cloud.

1x49 Pet Mating Service

  • 1977-09-08T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Connie Bushman on her computer pet mating service; Sherry McCormick performs "" I Like Dreamin'""; The Birchfield, Ohio mayor tells how he spent 90 days in jail.

1x50 Harrison Edwards' Moon

  • 1977-09-09T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Historian Harrison Edwards. Also: Tony Rolletti and Jane Tiffany.

1x51 Behind Hollywood

  • 1977-09-12T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Author Duane Goff plugs his book, ""Behind Hollywood"". The Mirth-makers perform ""Fifteen and Free"".

1x52 Etiquette Guidelines

  • 1977-09-13T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Barth starts the show with a slide show of his travels around Hollywood. Guests for this episode are etiquette authority Meg Endicott and her new book, Etiquette Guidelines for the Future and U.S. Defense Department representative, Col. Morris Chandler, announcing the newly formed War Deprogramming Center, a facility that helps war veterans ease back into the civilian life by first returning them to the war.

1x53 Aunt Edith

  • 1977-09-14T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

The show starts off on a somber note when Barth announces that the recently hired sportscaster, Jane Tiffany, was injured and is now in a coma, her prognosis uncertain. They proceed to hold an impromptu tribute to her which was quickly thrown together without hardly any thought or preparation and it shows. The first guest claimed to be Barth's Aunt Edith but is in fact Barth's former "patron" from Miami. This much older woman has tracked him down for the promised "services to be rendered" once she "put mirrors on every ceiling." The next guest claimed to be an accomplished dancer who defected from the Soviet Union but it becomes obvious that Serge Nabokov was kicked out because, as his mother put it, "you stink."

1x54 National Liquor Lobby

  • 1977-09-15T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Barth says a prayer on the show before introducing former daredevil now auto mechanics instructor Virgil Simms. He talks about being an auto-mechanics instructor at the Fernwood Community College. Also appearing is Elliot J Tubbs, the newly appointed National Liquor Lobby representative furthering the alcohol industry's cause. Barth ends the show with a song about truckers and fruit.

1x55 Dr. Harlen Washburn

  • 1977-09-16T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

The show begins with Barth and Jerry reacting to some comments made by Tom Snyder. With the band's strike over, things return to normal. Tonight's guests include Edward Bailey, a hamburger bun juggler from the Bun-N-Run, Dr. Harlen Washburn, who describes his vision of integrated education and returning guest Baby Irene performing Animal Crackers.

1x56 Theological Correspondence Course

  • 1977-09-19T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Father George Reese plugs his theological correspondence course, and accordianist Frankie ""Kid"" Carbone.

1x58 Lattimore Diet Program

  • 1977-09-21T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Six-year-old trombonist Kevin McCormick. Mrs. Lillian Lattimore describes her diet program.

1x59 Battery Powered Car

  • 1977-09-22T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Virgil Simms introduces his battery powered car. Emanual Kasinski on Gay Liberation.

1x60 Harry Shearer

  • 1977-09-23T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Harry Shearer discusses his work in TV news.

1x61 Amusement and Healing Parks

  • 1977-09-26T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Bob and Joanne Herlick recite Shakespeare. Nelson Phipps of the Amusement and Healing Parks.

1x62 Indian Princess

  • 1977-09-27T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

On the show tonight: Indian princess Shosen Rising Star and psychologist Stanley Turnbull.

1x63 Fan Club President

  • 1977-09-28T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Barth Gimble fan club president Mercedes Blyweiss presents an award to Barth.

1x64 The Ransom

  • 1977-09-29T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

Happy Kyne talks about where songwriters get their inspiration. Happy and the Mirth-Makers sing ""Ice Cream Baby"". Barth interviews three heavily-disguised criminals. Barth explains to Jerry how cartoons work. Bud Prize talks about the ransom note. Somebody has his chow-chow! Barth gets a singing telegram -- actually a summons from Miami.

1x65 Save "Fernwood 2Night" Telethon

  • 1977-09-30T09:30:00+05:30 — 30 mins

The set is bare after Barth sells most of the furnishings to avoid doing jail time in Miami. For the final episode of the series, Barth and Jerry stage a telethon to try and save the show. Two former guests return to join the telethon, Vern Taylor with his crazy rants and even crazier horn and Candy Lee Hargrove, who is just plain crazy. The show is replaced with America 2Night.