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      Season 5 – Mad About You

      1996 Comedy List
      Reviews In this comedy, married New York couple Paul and Jamie Buchman (Paul Reiser, Helen Hunt) share their lives and offer wit and wisdom about relationships. Paul is a documentary filmmaker and Jamie works as a public relations specialist. Together, they grow and mature as they learn the art of staying married and loving it. Along for the ride is their ever-tolerant dog, Murray; Jamie's best friend, Fran; Jamie's sister, Lisa; and Paul's cousin, Ira. Playing recurring characters on the series are veteran actors including Lisa Kudrow and Hank Azaria. Read More Read Less

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      Episode 1 Aired Sep 17, 1996 Dr. Wonderful When Paul and Jamie confirm their pregnancy, they set out to find the best doctor in the city before telling anyone that they are expecting.. Details Episode 2 Aired Sep 24, 1996 The Grant Paul gets a grant to produce the film of his choice, but can't decide on the subject until he visits Ira's Uncle Phil (Mel Brooks); Jamie struggles to give up coffee during her pregnancy. Details Episode 3 Aired Oct 15, 1996 Therapy Believing things are going too well between her and Paul, Jamie keeps a previously made couples therapy appointment; Paul plans to film his parents as part of his documentary. Details Episode 4 Aired Oct 22, 1996 Clip Show Paul and Jamie talk to their unborn child, explaining life, playing music and telling the baby things about themselves featuring flashbacks from past episodes. Details Episode 5 Aired Oct 29, 1996 Burt's Building On their way to Paul's childhood home to film a scene for the Buchman documentary, he and Ira lose Paul's father, delaying Paul's chance to hear the baby's heartbeat at Jamie's ultrasound appointment. Details Episode 6 Aired Nov 12, 1996 Jamie's Parents Jamie's parents (Carol Burnett, Carroll O'Connor) visit to announce they're taking their dream trip, and Paul nervously prepares for conversation with his father-in-law. Details Episode 7 Aired Nov 19, 1996 Outbreak Paul and Jamie decide Thanksgiving is the perfect time to announce their impending parenthood to family and friends. Details Episode 8 Aired Nov 26, 1996 Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge Sylvia's sexual desire grows with her regular dosage of estrogen; Paul and Jamie goes on a romantic trip up north with some magical fudge. Details Episode 9 Aired Dec 17, 1996 The Gym Jamie learns how much her husband values anonymity when she gives a homeless friend a pass to Paul's gym. Details Episode 10 Aired Jan 7, 1997 Chicken Man Jamie (Helen Hunt) feels threatened by a new co-worker (guest star Kari Coleman); Ira (John Pankow) thinks James Earl Jones should narrate Paul's (Paul Reiser) film. Details Episode 11 Aired Jan 14, 1997 The Recital Jamie's remark about Ryan's musical talent offends Fran; Paul obsesses about the hourly rate the Buchmans are paying their therapist. Details Episode 12 Aired Jan 21, 1997 The Handyman Lisa's attraction to the Buckmans' handyman endangers her engagement; Paul and Ira become legally entangled with Ziggy Klarik. Details Episode 13 Aired Feb 4, 1997 Astrology Skeptical Jamie (Helen Hunt) begins to believe an astrologer's (guest star Melanie Mayron) readings after a confrontation with her mother (guest star Carol Burnett). Details Episode 14 Aired Feb 11, 1997 Boy or Girl? Paul sneaks a peek during Jamie's ultrasound and thinks he knows the baby's sex; Paul's uncle is in the hospital. Details Episode 15 Aired Feb 18, 1997 Citizen Buchman An uncle dies while filming an interview, and Paul is obsessed with finding the meaning of his last words. Details Episode 16 Aired Feb 25, 1997 Her Houseboy, Coco A seemingly never-ending parade of visitors tests Paul's patience while he cares for his bedridden wife. Details Episode 17 Aired Mar 18, 1997 On the Road Feeling neglected as Jamie's baby shower is being planned, Paul asks Ira and Marvin to take a road trip. Details Episode 18 Aired Apr 1, 1997 The Cockatoo Jamie plans to quit her job, then learns Troy wants to destroy Lance's career; a cockatoo flies into the Buchmans' apartment. Details Episode 19 Aired Apr 15, 1997 The Touching Game Nearing the end of her term, Jamie (Helen Hunt) lends Paul's cousin (guest star Sam Lloyd) more than enough help in opening his shop. Details Episode 20 Aired Apr 29, 1997 Dry Run Paul and Jamie (Paul Reiser, Helen Hunt) fail to impress their birthing instructor (guest star Marsha Warfield) on a practice run to the hospital. Details Episode 21 Aired May 6, 1997 Guardianhood The Buchmans have their own concerns but are forced to listen to the troubles of ditsy waitress Ursula. Details Episode 22 Aired May 13, 1997 The Feud Jamie gets caught in the crossfire when the feuding grandmothers-to-be begin fighting over the cribs they bought. Details Episode 23 Aired May 20, 1997 The Birth Jamie's false labor pains bring family and friends to the hospital. Details Episode 24 Aired May 20, 1997 The Birth The big moment arrives for Jamie, but Paul's work and travels threaten to make him late for the birth; Jamie's parents add to the fuss. Details

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      Ken Tucker Entertainment Weekly [Mad About You] started out a sitcom about a couple of snappy yuppies, but five years into the marriage, Paul and Jamie Buchman are often dreary company, all attitude and jabber. Rated: C+ Aug 27, 2019 Full Review Hal Boedeker Orlando Sentinel Uneasy laughs accompany an uneasy birth. Still, the Mad About You season finale is a more blessed event than the competing Roseanne series finale. Having your teeth cleaned is more fun than the Conners' farewell. Aug 22, 2019 Full Review Alan Pergament Buffalo News In its fifth season, this [Mad About You] premiere is one of its best. Plakson, who is a recurring character, should give the show a much-needed dose of humor in a year that will center on Jamie's pregnancy. Aug 22, 2019 Full Review David Zurawik Baltimore Sun The Birth is funny, irreverent and sophisticated, with only one moment of over-the-top schmaltz near the end. Aug 22, 2019 Full Review

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      Season Info

      Director
      David Steinberg, Gordon Hunt, Michael Lembeck
      Executive Producer
      Danny Jacobson, Jeffrey Lane
      Screenwriter
      Victor Levin, Jonathan Leigh Solomon, Paul Reiser, Moses Port, Larry Charles, Maria Semple, Jenji Kohan, Ron Darian, David Guarascio, Leslie Caveny, Richard Day
      Network
      NBC
      Rating
      TV-PG (D|S)
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date
      Sep 17, 1996