Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
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Mary Richards moves to Minneapolis after a relationship goes bad. She finds work as an associate producer in a small television newsroom where the characters include Lou Grant, her gruff boss, Murray Slaughter the humorous writer, and Ted Baxter the Anchor Man who spends his time mispronouncing country names. Mary continues to hope for romance, but finds that her friends are more dependable.
Mary Richards, from small town Minnesota, has to navigate life - work and the pursuit of romance - as a young woman on her own as she moves to big city Minneapolis following the breakup with who was her fiancé. Planning on becoming a secretary, Mary ends up being hired at WJM-TV in the newsroom as the 6 o'clock news' associate producer, a role that starts off as a glorified secretary, under the direction of Lou Grant, the show's hard-nosed, career news man. Others in the newsroom include Murray Slaughter, the show's head writer who idolizes Mary despite being in a loving marriage already, and Ted Baxter, the show's self-absorbed anchor who is all beauty and no brains. As Mary progresses in her career, her newsroom associates become her friends. Other friends include those who she knows from her first living situation in Minneapolis: Phyllis Lindstrom, a friend from before her Minneapolis days who found the apartment for her; and Rhoda Morgenstern, a brash Jewish New Yorker with who an antagonistic first meeting blossomed into BFF status.
Mary Richards is a thirty-something single woman who settles in Minneapolis after breaking up with a boyfriend. She lands a job as an associate producer of the evening news at WJM-TV, which happens to be the area's lowest-rated station. Her boss, Lou Grant, hates her spunk but often looks to her to solve newsroom (or even personal) problems. Mary's other coworkers include news writer Murray Slaughter, egomaniacal anchorman Ted Baxter and "Happy Homemaker" Sue Ann Nivens. Mary's home is a modest studio apartment -- and her upstairs neighbor, Rhoda Morgenstern, quickly becomes a good friend. Later in the series, Mary moves to a plush high-rise apartment before leaving Minneapolis and WJM for good.
The lives and trials of a young single woman and her friends, both at work and at home.
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