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Herman's fractured psyche
Herman's fractured psyche

Herman's Head was a TV series on the FOX network that aired from 1991 to 1994. Image File history File links Hermans fractured psyche from the television show Hermans Head. ... Image File history File links Hermans fractured psyche from the television show Hermans Head. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... The Fox Broadcasting Company, usually referred to as just Fox (the company itself prefers the capitalized version FOX), is a television network in the United States and Canada. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ...


As FOX was a relatively young network, they were able to experiment with the show's format, allowing for a unique device: whenever Herman, the main character, had an important decision to make, the TV audience would be shown a "Greek chorus" style dramatization of his thought process featuring four actors representing differing aspects of his psyche. In tragic plays of Ancient Greece, the chorus (choros) is believed to have grown out of the Greek dithyrambs and tragikon drama. ... Psyche can refer to: In psychology and related fields, the psyche is the entirety of the non-physical aspects of a person. ...


Though the show suffered from poor ratings and many viewers felt that the quirky format was exhausted after two seasons, the show will be remembered for its unique device.


The show was also shown on Channel 4 in the UK between 1993 and 1994, and M-Net in South Africa. Channel 4 is a public-service television broadcaster in the United Kingdom (see British television). ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... M-Net (originally an abbreviation for Electronic Media Network) is a subscription-funded television channel in South Africa, established in 1986 by a consortium of newspaper companies. ...

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The Psyche

The characters acting out Herman's emotions each represented a different aspect of his personality. As they were supposed to be one-sided, they often were lacking in other areas of their character, which led to frequent squabbles among the individual aspects. The concept of inner conflict within a person is a common psychological concept; it is explored in Sigmund Freud's concepts of Ego, Superego and Id, and Eric Berne's Transactional analysis. Sigmund Freud Sigmund Freud (May 6, 1856 – September 23, 1939; (IPA pronunciation: []) was an Austrian neurologist and the founder of the psychoanalytic school of psychology. ... In his theory of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud sought to explain how the unconscious mind operates by proposing that it has a particular structure. ... Eric Berne (May 10, 1910-July 15, 1970) was an American psychiatrist best known as the creator of Transactional analysis. ... Transactional analysis, commonly known as TA to its adherents, is a psychoanalytic theory of psychology developed by psychiatrist Eric Berne during the late 1950s. ...

  • Angel represented his sensitivity. As the only female character in his brain, Angel also represented his feminine side, or in Jungian terms the anima, and sometimes used this fact to manipulate the male characters.
  • Animal represented his lust or hunger. He was an archetypal fratboy, and possibly derives his name from Animal House. He usually bullies Wimp.
  • Wimp represented his anxiety. He was a paranoid hypochondriac.
  • Genius represented his intellect and logic and because of this he clashes with the naive nature of Angel and stupidity of Animal.

See: Sensitivity (electronics) Sensitivity (human) Sensitivity (tests) For sensitivity in finance, see beta coefficient This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Anima, in Jungian psychology: 1. ... See also Lust (onomastics): Lust is any intense desire or craving, usually sexual, although it is also common to speak of a lust for life, lust for blood (bloodlust for short), or a lust for power or other goals. ... The terms fraternity and sorority (from the Latin words frater and soror, meaning brother and sister respectively) may be used to describe many social and charitable organizations, for example the Lions Club, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Rotary International, Ordo Templi Orientis or the Shriners. ... The Deltas in front of their house Movie poster of Animal House National Lampoons Animal House (also called Animal House) is a 1978 comedy film in which a misfit group of Delta fraternity boys takes on the system at their college. ... Anxiety is a complex combination of emotions that includes fear, apprehension and worry, and is often accompanied by physical sensations such as palpitations, nausea, chest pain and/or shortness of breath. ... Paranoid redirects here. ... Hypochondria (sometimes hypochondriasis) is the unfounded belief that one is suffering from a serious illness. ... Intelligence is a general mental capability that involves the ability to reason, plan, solve problems, think abstractly, comprehend ideas and language, and learn. ...

Cast

William Ragsdale is an American actor born January 16, 1961 in El Dorado, Arkansas, though he has completely lost the accent. ... Hank Albert Azaria (born April 25, 1964) is an Emmy Award-winning American actor and voice artist. ... Jane Sibbett (born November 28, 1962) is an American actress. ... Yeardley Smith Martha Maria Yeardley Smith (; born July 3, 1964) is an American actress and voice actor who is best known for providing the voice of Lisa Simpson on the animated television series The Simpsons. ... Jason Bernard (b. ... Molly Hagan (born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA on August 3, 1961) is an American actress. ... Ken Hudson Campbell (sometimes Ken Campbell) is an American television and voice actor. ...

See also

Hank Albert Azaria (born April 25, 1964) is an Emmy Award-winning American actor and voice artist. ... Yeardley Smith Martha Maria Yeardley Smith (; born July 3, 1964) is an American actress and voice actor who is best known for providing the voice of Lisa Simpson on the animated television series The Simpsons. ... The Simpsons is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Network, becoming one of the first hits for the network, and is one of the most successful and critically acclaimed television shows ever produced. ... The Numskulls is a comic strip in The Beano, a UK comic. ...

Trivia

  • The Simpsons references Herman's Head when Lisa (voiced by Yeardley Smith) is asked what she is laughing at in one episode. Her response is that she has just remembered "Something I saw on Herman's Head". In an episode years later, when trying to revive old television shows, Comic Book Guy exclaims America "needs the wisdom of Herman's Head now more than ever." Further, Lisa is revealed to have a Herman's Head-like Chorus of her own, seen when she's processing feelings of jealousy over Marge's publishing a novel.
  • Herman's Head references The Simpsons when Louise (Yeardley Smith) is annoyed when someone on the phone thinks she "sounds like that Lisa Simpson character on TV."
  • The actors who portrayed Herman's psyche all had guest spots in Herman's "Outside" world. The characters they portrayed in the outside world are exact opposites of their regular roles.
  • A running gag in the show is the "Research Scene": when somebody calls Louise's desk and says "Research," Mr. Bracken then comes out of his office and the two begin relaying data simultaneously.
  • The show still has fans among the healthy multiple personality community, who believe Herman's four-person psyche is a good introduction to the concept.
  • Had the show survived into another season, there would have been some radical changes to the format, in that Herman would have gotten married, and we would have gotten a second set of "head characters" belonging to his wife. This according to show producer Bill Frieberger who used to post about the show back when it was being made on an old BBS messageboard for Fox TV shows. [1]
  • In the series finale, Herman is hit by a taxi. While in a coma, the regular head characters are cajoled to not giving up by a representation of Herman himself, who was in his own head for the only time in the series. Other than the "head characters" remembering or thinking about someone, this is the only other time that someone else portrayed part of Herman's psyche in the "head sequences".

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