Mad About You
Created by
Developed byPeter Tolan (2019 revival)
Theme music composer
Opening theme"Final Frontier"
ComposerDavid Kitay
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons8
No. of episodes176 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time
  • 21—22 minutes
  • 23—26 minutes (revival)
Production companies
Original release
ReleaseSeptember 23, 1992 (1992-09-23) –
May 24, 1999 (1999-05-24)
ReleaseNovember 20 (2019-11-20) –
December 18, 2019 (2019-12-18)
Mad About You (Chinese series)
Loco por vos (Argentine remake)

Mad About You is an American television sitcom starring Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt as a married couple in New York City as they navigate life together. In later seasons, the couple has a daughter.

It initially aired on NBC from September 23, 1992, to May 24, 1999, winning numerous awards including four Golden Globe Awards and twelve Primetime Emmy Awards. In its final season, the show was dropped from its primetime slot, leading to a sharp decrease in viewership, and subsequently cancelled.

On March 6, 2019, a limited season 8 revival was picked up by Spectrum Originals for 12 episodes. Reiser and Hunt reprised their roles. The revival showed the couple as new empty nesters whose daughter was starting college at NYU. The events of the original series' finale, which showed the events of the next twenty years of the couple's lives, were retconned for the revival.


The series focuses mainly on newlyweds Paul Buchman, a documentary filmmaker, and Jamie Stemple Buchman, a public relations specialist, as they deal with everything from humorous daily minutiae to major struggles. Near the end of the show's run, they have a baby daughter, whom they name Mabel. They live in Greenwich Village in Lower Manhattan. The 2019 limited series focuses on Paul and Jamie as empty nesters as Mabel starts college at New York University, five blocks away.


Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser were paid $1 million per episode for the last season (with their contracts calling for them to be paid equally). However, ratings fell sharply that year as the series was shuffled away from its Tuesday slot to prop up a fledgling Monday night line-up of comedies on NBC.

The show's theme song, "Final Frontier", was composed by Reiser and Don Was. It was originally performed by Andrew Gold, with a later version covered by Anita Baker, and finally Lyle Lovett and Kecia Lewis, who both had minor acting roles in the series.[1]

Exterior views of buildings were filmed in Manhattan. Paul and Jamie's New York City Apartment was located at 5th Avenue and 12th Street. The Old Town Bar and Restaurant on 45 E. 18th Street was used for the fictional Riff's Restaurant in the series.[2]


In April 2018, it was announced that Sony Pictures Television would revive the show with the two lead actors reprising their roles,[3] though Reiser expressed doubt about it in July 2018.[4] In September 2018, Reiser stated that the revival was still on the table, but that "the studio needs to figure out if they know how to do it."[5]

On March 6, 2019, the series was revived for an eighth season by Spectrum Originals, described as a 12-episode limited series, with Reiser and Hunt confirmed to reprise their roles.[6] On September 5, 2019, it was announced that the first six episodes of the revival would premiere on November 20, 2019, and another six episodes would be released on December 18, 2019.[7] The series is available in a traditional manner in Canada, with its episodes airing on the CTV Comedy Channel.

Many of the main and recurring cast members reprised their roles for the revival, which ignored the events of the season 7 finale (a flash-forward story that told how the Buchmans would fare over the next 20+ years). The most notable former main cast member not to reprise her role was Leila Kenzle, who played Jamie's best friend, Fran Devanow. Kenzle retired from acting in 2003 and became a psychotherapist. Fran's husband, Mark, does return in the revival, but the character is now remarried.[8]

Cast and characters

Original run (1992–1999)


Recurring roles and guest stars

Other notable guest stars

Revival (2019)






Main article: List of Mad About You episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
122September 23, 1992 (1992-09-23)May 22, 1993 (1993-05-22)NBC
225September 16, 1993 (1993-09-16)May 19, 1994 (1994-05-19)
324September 22, 1994 (1994-09-22)May 18, 1995 (1995-05-18)
424September 24, 1995 (1995-09-24)May 19, 1996 (1996-05-19)
524September 17, 1996 (1996-09-17)May 20, 1997 (1997-05-20)
623September 23, 1997 (1997-09-23)May 19, 1998 (1998-05-19)
722September 22, 1998 (1998-09-22)May 24, 1999 (1999-05-24)
812November 20, 2019 (2019-11-20)December 18, 2019 (2019-12-18)Spectrum


Mad About You has had numerous connections to other NBC sitcoms set in New York City, as well as various other programs.

Friends (owned by Warner Bros. Television): Lisa Kudrow played the recurring role of Ursula, a flaky waitress at Riff's Bar, a local restaurant that Paul and Jamie frequented. Kudrow went on to star in the NBC sitcom Friends, playing the also somewhat flaky character of Phoebe Buffay, and for a time both series shared the same Thursday night line-up. While not originally intended, the characters of Ursula and Phoebe were later found to be identical twin sisters. In a Friends episode ("The One With The Two Parts", 1st Season), as part of a night of NBC sitcom crossovers, Jamie and Fran walk into Central Perk and mistake Phoebe for Ursula. Hunt and Kenzle were not identified on screen as Jamie and Fran. In the season three episode "Pandora's Box", Jamie causes a citywide power blackout in New York City, and the effects of the blackout are seen in the Friends episode, "The One with the Blackout", and there was also a blackout in the episode "Birthday in the Big House" of the NBC sitcom Madman of the People. All three episodes originally aired during the evening of November 3, 1994, alongside a Seinfeld episode which did not incorporate the blackout premise.

Seinfeld: In one episode ("The Apartment", 1st Season), Paul, pressured by Jamie, decides to sign over the lease of his old "bachelor pad" to the current tenant who is subleasing. When the tenant is revealed to be Cosmo Kramer (Michael Richards) of Seinfeld, Paul asks Kramer "What ever happened to that Jerry guy who used to live there?" Seinfeld, however, twice contradicted this connection, once even featuring a running joke about George's distaste for his fiancée Susan's fondness for watching Mad About You. In the Mad About You season seven episode "Season Opener", Paul, under the effects of Viagra, ran into Jerry Seinfeld in the street, who tells Paul to go away. At this point in Seinfeld's chronology, Jerry Seinfeld was supposed to be in prison.

The Dick Van Dyke Show: Carl Reiner reprised the role of Alan Brady from the 1960s sitcom. The episode made several references to the older show, such as Jamie at one point crying and whining "Oh, Paul!" – a take on Mary Tyler Moore's character Laura Petrie's frequent refrain "Oh, Rob!" – Ten episodes earlier, Paul almost trips over a box and says, "Get me, I'm Dick Van Dyke."

Style & Substance: In the 2019 revival ("Real Estate for Beginners", 8th Season), Jean Smart appeared as Chelsea Stevens-Kobolakis,[15] a controlling, abrasive, short-tempered character that she had previously portrayed in showrunner Peter Tolan's[16] 1998 series. Paul and Jamie attend a weekend team-building workshop that Chelsea hosts, mistakenly thinking that it's the marriage counseling seminar which is being held in a nearby room.

Nielsen ratings


Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Mad About You

Mad About You won a Golden Globe Award, a Peabody Award, a Genesis Award, received five Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series, and was chosen Best Quality Comedy by the Viewers for Quality Television. Helen Hunt won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Comedy Series four years in a row (1996–99).



In 1997, Atlantic Records released a Mad About You soundtrack. The soundtrack from and inspired by the sitcom, is composed of fun and sentimental songs and clips from the show. The tracks are organized chronologically marking the milestones of the couple's relationship. The album is bookended by the two versions of Paul Reiser's song "Final Frontier"—the first track is the classic version used in the show's opening, and the last track is Anita Baker's jazzy, full-length rendition, with Reiser on keyboard. The 21 tracks are as follows:

  1. "Final Frontier (TV Theme)" – Andrew Gold/The Sonora's Tucson Band
  2. "Who I Am" – Faith Hill
  3. "No Pressure" – Paul Reiser & Helen Hunt
  4. "I've Been Lonely Too Long" – The Young Rascals
  5. "At Last" – Etta James
  6. "That's Marriage?" – Paul Reiser & Helen Hunt
  7. "Ice Cream" – Sarah McLachlan
  8. "I Love the Way You Love Me" – Eric Martin
  9. "Nobody Knows Me" – Lyle Lovett
  10. "Sneaky Feelings" – Elvis Costello
  11. "A Talk in the Park" – Paul Reiser & Helen Hunt
  12. "Love and Forgiveness" – Julia Fordham
  13. "A Magic Moment" – Paul Reiser & Helen Hunt
  14. "The Things We've Handed Down" – Marc Cohn
  15. "Lullaby for You" – BeBe Winans
  16. "She Crawls Away" – Hootie & the Blowfish
  17. "My First Child" – Nil Lara
  18. "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)" – John Lennon
  19. "Baby Girl" – The Tony Rich Project
  20. "Unconditional Love" – Paul Reiser & Helen Hunt
  21. "Mad About You – The Final Frontier" – Anita Baker

Home media

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has released the first three seasons of Mad About You on DVD in Region 1 and 4. The first two seasons were also made available in Region 2. No subsequent seasons were released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In February 2010, Shout! Factory acquired the distribution rights to the remaining seasons of Mad About You on DVD. They subsequently released seasons 4 and 5 on DVD.[21][22]

On August 27, 2013, it was announced that Mill Creek Entertainment had acquired the rights to various television series from the Sony Pictures library including Mad About You.[23] They subsequently re-released the first and second seasons on DVD on August 5, 2014.[24]

Mill Creek released the complete series on a 14-DVD set on May 3, 2016.[25]

As of August 1, 2019, the entire series has been available to Spectrum subscribers as part of the run-up to the premiere of the revival series.[26]

On December 8, 2020, the revival season, alongside the original series, was added to Amazon Prime Video.

Season releases

DVD name Ep. # Release date
The Complete 1st Season 22 October 22, 2002
The Complete 2nd Season 25 April 22, 2003
The Complete 3rd Season 24 February 6, 2007
The Complete 4th Season 24 June 29, 2010
The Complete 5th Season 24 November 2, 2010
The Complete 6th Season 24 June 29, 2010
The Complete 7th Season 24 June 29, 2010
The Complete Series 164 May 3, 2016

Best-of releases

DVD name Release date Ep. # Additional information
Mad About You Collection February 8, 2005 22
  • Blooper Reel: The Seven Warning Signs of Madness
  • Audio commentaries: Paul Reiser & Helen Hunt on "The Final Frontier" and "The Pilot"
  • Featurette: Paul Reiser & Helen Hunt Are Mad About the Theme
  • Featurette: Paul Reiser & Helen Hunt Are Mad About the Guest Stars
  • Paul and Helen introduce and discuss each episode


A Chilean adaptation under the title Loco por ti (translated as Crazy About You) aired on TVN during 2004.[citation needed]

An Argentine adaptation under the title Loco por vos (translated as Crazy About You) stylized as Loco x vos aired on Telefe from September 5 until December 29, 2016. The second season was originally going to air in 2017 but was scrapped later on.[27]

A British adaptation under the title Loved by You aired for two seasons on ITV from 11 March 1997 until 27 August 1998.[28]

An Italian adaptation under the title Innamorati pazzi (Crazy Lovers) aired on Italia 1 from 1998 until 2003

A Chinese adaptation aired on Dragon TV on January 4, 2016.[29]


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