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Fernwood 2 Night was a comedic television program that ran from July 1977 – September 1977. It was created by Norman Lear and produced by Alan Thicke as a spin-off/summer replacement from Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. It was a parody talk show, hosted by Barth Gimble and sidekick/announcer Jerry Hubbard, complete with a stage band, Happy Kyne and His Mirthmakers. Barth was the twin brother of Garth Gimble from Mary Hartman.

Like Mary Hartman, Fernwood 2 Night was set in the fictional town of Fernwood, Ohio. The show satirized real talk shows as well as the sort of fare one might expect from locally-produced, small-town, midwestern American television programming. Well-known actors usually appeared playing characters or a contrivance had to be written for the celebrity to appear as themselves.

After one season of Fernwood, the producers revamped the show the following year as America 2-Night. In this second version, Barth and Jerry's show moved to California and was broadcast nationally on the fictional UBS network, whose slogan was "We put U before the BS". This change allowed the show to now have well-known actors on the show as themselves.

  1. Norman Lear

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  1. Fred Willard

    Fred Willard

  2. Frank De Vol

    Frank De Vol

  3. Martin Mull

    Martin Mull

  4. Craig Richard Nelson

    Craig Richard Nelson

  5. Kenneth Mars

    Kenneth Mars

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Fernwood 2night season 1

1977 | 65 Episodes

Season 1 of Fernwood 2 Night premiered on July 4, 1977.

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Type Scripted

Original Language English

Runtime 30m

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