|Madman of the People|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||16 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Distributor||CBS Television Distribution|
|Original release||September 22, 1994 –|
June 17, 1995
Madman of the People is an American sitcom television series created by Chris Cluess and Stu Kreisman, that aired on NBC from September 22, 1994, to June 17, 1995. It was scheduled in the Thursday 9:30 timeslot, part of Must See TV.
Madman of the People was produced by Spelling Television.
The series stars character actor Dabney Coleman as Jack "Madman" Buckner, an outspoken newspaper columnist who had written a popular column, Madman of the People, in Your Times magazine for 30 years. The premise of the show involves Buckner's daughter, Meg (Cynthia Gibb), being brought in by the publisher to bring Buckner's column into the 1990s.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"Pilot"||James Burrows||Chris Cluess & Stu Kreisman||September 22, 1994|
|2||"Murder Most Fowl"||John Ratzenberger||Sally Lapiduss & Pamela Eells||September 29, 1994|
|3||"All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Mad Boy"||James Burrows||Steve Paymer||October 6, 1994|
|4||"Guys Just Wanna Have Fun"||John Ratzenberger||Bill Fuller & Jim Pond||October 13, 1994|
|5||"'Til Death Do Us Part"||Jim Drake||Sally Lapiduss & Pamela Eells||October 20, 1994|
|6||"The Jack Buckner Society"||Philip Charles MacKenzie||Alison Rosenfeld Desmarais||October 27, 1994|
|7||"Birthday in the Big House"||Philip Charles MacKenzie||Bill Fuller & Jim Pond||November 3, 1994|
|8||"Jack Has Left the Building"||Philip Charles MacKenzie||Tom Seeley & Norm Gunzenhauser||December 1, 1994|
|9||"Life Without Father"||Jim Drake||Steve Paymer||December 8, 1994|
|10||"It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Christmas"||Jim Drake||Deidre Fay & Stuart Wolpert||December 15, 1994|
|11||"What a Big Mouth You Have, Grammy"||John Ratzenberger||Tom Seeley & Norm Gunzenhauser||December 29, 1994|
|12||"Notes from the Underground"||Philip Charles MacKenzie||Dinah Kirgo||January 5, 1995|
|13||"Truths My Father Told"||Philip Charles MacKenzie||Bill Fuller & Jim Pond||January 12, 1995|
|14||"The Pen is Mightier Than the Sword"||Jim Drake||Tom Seeley & Norm Gunzenhauser||January 26, 1995|
|15||"Anytime, Anywhere"||Philip Charles MacKenzie||Stephen Neigher||June 10, 1995|
|16||"The Madman and the Showgirl"||Philip Charles MacKenzie||Dava Savel||June 17, 1995|
Though the series earned good ratings, ranking 12th for the season with a 14.9 average household share, it was pulled from NBC's schedule in January 1995 and cancelled before the 1994-95 season was officially over, making it one of the highest-rated shows ever to get cancelled, according to classictvhits.com. NBC soured on the show because it lost a considerable portion of its lead-in audience from Seinfeld and was also hindering the then-freshman hit drama ER. NBC noticed the early success of Friends and decided to re-shuffle its lineup to put that show in the 9:30 PM EST spot, leading to one of the most dominant programming blocs in TV history. The last two episodes aired in June 1995, during the period that was formerly called "Burn-off Theatre", when in the pre-reality TV era networks would make more money airing new episode of already-doomed shows than it would for repeats from most shows that would return the following fall.
When it first aired, Madman of the People was considered by critics as one of "the fall season's least likable new comedies" and not deserving of its comedy label.