Stark Raving Mad (TV series)

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Stark Raving Mad
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Created by Steven Levitan
Starring Tony Shalhoub
Neil Patrick Harris
Eddie McClintock
Heather Paige Kent
Dorie Barton
Composer(s) Steve Hampton
Korban Kraus
John Adair
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 22 (4 unaired)
Executive producer(s) Steven Levitan
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Steven Levitan Productions
20th Century Fox Television
Distributor 20th Television
Original network NBC
Original release September 23, 1999 (1999-09-23) –
July 13, 2000 (2000-07-13)

Stark Raving Mad is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 23, 1999 to July 13, 2000. The series starred Tony Shalhoub and Neil Patrick Harris.


Shalhoub stars as odd horror novelist Ian Stark, who is obsessed with practical jokes, and whose first book Below Ground was a best seller. Neil Patrick Harris is Stark's reluctant editor Henry McNeeley, who has a variety of phobias and possibly obsessive–compulsive disorder. On January 10, 2000, the sitcom won a People's Choice Award for Favorite New Television Comedy Series. The sitcom premiered on September 23, 1999 and was officially cancelled by NBC on April 15, 2000 despite having a 10.7 average household share and being ranked 15th among all programs.[1]

Margaret 'Maddie' Keller was to be played by Jessica Cauffiel as she appears in several early cast photos.





Season Episodes Originally aired Nielsen ratings[2]
First aired Last aired Rank Rating Tied with
1 22[a] September 23, 1999 (1999-09-23) July 13, 2000 (2000-07-13) 15 10.7 NYPD Blue
  1. ^ Episodes 19-22 never aired.
No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
1 "Pilot" James Burrows Steven Levitan September 23, 1999 (1999-09-23) 1ADM79
Henry McNeely gets a promotion he doesn't want. He's now the editor for the eccentric horror novelist Ian Stark. Ian's practical jokes are done at the expense of Henry.
2 "The Man Who Knew Too Much" Ted Wass Alan Kirschenbaum September 30, 1999 (1999-09-30) 1ADM01
Trying to pull another joke on Henry, Ian learns things he did not want to know about Henry's girlfriend.
3 "Sometimes a Fritter Is Just a Fritter" Ted Wass David A. Goodman October 7, 1999 (1999-10-07) 1ADM03
Henry's misunderstanding of a change of a name of a character in Ian's manuscript ruins Ian's morning routine of fritters and long walks.
4 "Four Colds and a Funeral" Gail Mancuso Eric Zicklin October 14, 1999 (1999-10-14) 1ADM05
Henry accidentally kills a man named Professor Huggles (a character obviously inspired by Dr. Seuss)
5 "The Lyin' King" Gail Mancuso Brian Buckner & Sebastian Jones October 21, 1999 (1999-10-21) 1ADM06
During Halloween, Ian helps Henry to pay back his cousin Lori for an old prank she pulled on him, while Maddie's date may or may not be a humpback for real.
6 "Fish out of Water" Ted Wass Jeffrey Richman November 4, 1999 (1999-11-04) 1ADM04
Everyone is at Audrey's dinner party where a fish needs to be put back into the tank.
7 "Engaged to Be Engaged" Gail Mancuso Gayle Abrams November 11, 1999 (1999-11-11) 1ADM07
Henry tries to make a commitment to Tess.
8 "The Stalker" Ken Levine Steven Levitan November 18, 1999 (1999-11-18) 1ADM09
Ian's obsessed fan wants to take Henry's place.
9 "The Dance" Gail Mancuso Steven Levitan December 2, 1999 (1999-12-02) 1ADM08
Tess attempts to fix up Ian and Maddie.
10 "Coffin to Go" Ted Wass Lynnie Greene & Richard Levine December 9, 1999 (1999-12-09) 1ADM02
Ian discovers that the funeral place accidentally sold him a coffin with a corpse in it.
11 "Christmas Cheerleader" Michael Lembeck David A. Goodman December 16, 1999 (1999-12-16) 1ADM10
Tess tries to cheer up Christmas for a bunch of social outcasts.
12 "The Crush" Michael Lembeck Eric Zicklin January 6, 2000 (2000-01-06) 1ADM11
Ian has a crush on a woman, but Jake cannot be trusted with letters.
13 "My Bodyguard (a.k.a. Guarding Tess)" Steven Levitan Gayle Adams January 13, 2000 (2000-01-13) 1ADM12
Henry, Ian and Tess get mugged. Ian head-butts the mugger and saves the day. Henry soon feels sexually inadequate when he learns that Ian's heroics caused Tess to have an erotic dream about Ian. Ian sets up a similar incident, designed to make Henry look like a hero in Tess' eyes.
14 "The Hypnotist" Michael Lembeck Alan Kirschenbaum February 3, 2000 (2000-02-03) 1ADM15
Ian professes to be a hypnotic expert and the situation gets out of hand. Note: Ian claims to have once suffered from OCD, but cured it with hypnosis. Tony Shalhoub would later find success in Monk, playing a detective with OCD.
15 "Therapy" Sheldon Epps Eric Zicklin March 2, 2000 (2000-03-02) 1ADM16
Ian and Henry go to a therapist. After the session Henry wants to know what the therapist told about him. Ian lies that she thinks Henry is paranoid.
16 "Secrets and Lies" David Lee Jeffrey Richman March 9, 2000 (2000-03-09) 1ADM18
A Yale student turns up some shocking secrets about where Ian was nearly twenty years ago.
17 "The Grade" Steven Levitan Brian Buckner & Sebastian Jones March 16, 2000 (2000-03-16) 1ADM21
Ian helps Maddie by writing a book report for her, but then is furious when her professor only gives her a "B".
18 "The Pigeon" Sheldon Epps Joe Piscatella & Craig A. Williams July 13, 2000 (2000-07-13) 1ADM17
Ian accidentally knocks a pigeon's nest filled with eggs off his balcony's ledge. Later he becomes paranoid, thinking the mother pigeon is back with vengeance.
19 "He's Gotta Have It" Joyce Gittlin Lynnie Greene & Richard Levine Unaired 1ADM13
Tess' sister visits and Ian becomes uncontrollably attracted to her.
20 "Dog Gone" Gail Mancuso Brian Buckner & Sebastian Jones Unaired 1ADM14
Henry loses Edgar, and when he finds him, new problems arise.
21 "The Psychic" Jeff Melman Dana Gould Unaired 1ADM19
The gang gets their fortunes read.
22 "The Big Finish" Robert Egan Richard Levine & Lynnie Greene Unaired 1ADM20
Henry tries to retrieve Ian's latest manuscript.

International airings

In some countries the series was renamed: Loco enloquecido (Latin American),[3] Stark, loco de atar (Spain), Splitter Pine Gal (Norway), Kreisi kynäniekka (Finland) and "En förläggares mardröm" (Sweden).


  1. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 1466. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.
  2. ^ Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle (2007). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present (Ninth Edition). Ballantine Books. p. 1695. ISBN 978-0-345-49773-4.
  3. ^ Canal Fox - Tandas Comerciales (6 feb. 2000) at 7:07

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