Mad About You

For other uses, see Mad About You (disambiguation).
Mad About You
Genre Sitcom
Created by Paul Reiser
Danny Jacobson
Theme music composer Paul Reiser
Don Was
Opening theme "Final Frontier"
Composer(s) David Kitay
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 7
No. of episodes 164 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 21–22 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Original network NBC
Original release September 23, 1992 – May 24, 1999
Related shows Friends
Xin Hun Gong Yu

Mad About You is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 23, 1992 to May 24, 1999. The show starred Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt as a newly married couple in New York City.


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.


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. The theme was originally performed by Andrew Gold, but a version performed by Anita Baker made its debut at the beginning of the sixth season. Baker's version was used on several episodes of the last two seasons, in addition to Gold's version, and appears on the show's soundtrack album. Gold's version is available on the collection Thank You for Being a Friend: The Best of Andrew Gold.

Cast and characters



Notable guest stars



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 city-wide 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 short-lived NBC sitcom Madman of the People, which leaves open the possibility that the characters from this program may also exist in the same universe as the characters of Mad About You. 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. This tenant is revealed to be Cosmo Kramer (Michael Richards) of Seinfeld. Seinfeld, however, twice contradicted this connection, once even featuring a running joke about George's distaste for his fiancee 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 (a series acknowledged as an inspiration for Mad About You). The episode made several references to the older show, such as Jamie at one point crying and whining "Oh, Paul!" – a signature move by Mary Tyler Moore's character Laura Petrie. Ten episodes earlier, Paul almost trips over a box and says, "Get me, I'm Dick Van Dyke."

Nielsen ratings


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
  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

DVD releases

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 released in Region 2. Due to poor sales, no subsequent seasons were released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In February 2010, Shout! Factory acquired the rights to release the remaining seasons of Mad About You on DVD. They subsequently released seasons 4 and 5 on DVD.[7][8]

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.[9] They subsequently re-released the first and second seasons on DVD on August 5, 2014.[10]

Mill Creek released the complete series on a 14-DVD set on May 3, 2016.[11]

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 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 Chinese adaptation titled Xin Hun Gong Yu will air on Dragon TV from January 4, 2016.[12] An Argentine remake titled Loco por vos will air on Telefe from August, 2016.[13]


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  8. "Mad About You DVD news: Announcement for Mad About You - The Complete 5th Season". 2010-07-28. Retrieved 2014-07-26.
  9. "Mill Creek Entertainment Signs Deals With Sony Pictures Home Entertainment To Expand Their Distribution Partnership". 2013-08-27. Retrieved 2014-07-26.
  10. "Package Art for Mill Creek's DVD Re-Releases of the First Two Seasons". 2014-05-06. Retrieved 2014-07-26.
  11. Littleton, Cynthia (December 17, 2015). "How Sony TV's 'Mad About You' Adaptation Broke Ground in China". Variety. Retrieved December 18, 2015.
  12. "Telefe apuesta a una nueva miniserie para ganar el prime time de agosto". July 15, 2016. Retrieved July 24, 2016.

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