Mary Tyler Moore (TV Series 1970–1977) Poster



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Followed by 

Rhoda (1974) (TV Series)
The Betty White Show (1977) (TV Series)
Mary and Rhoda (2000) (TV Movie)

Version of 

De Sylvia Millecam Show (1994) (TV Series)


Rhoda (1974) (TV Series)
Rhoda Morgenstern is Mary Richards' best friend.
Phyllis (1975) (TV Series)
Phyllis Lindstrom is Mary Richards' landlady.
Lou Grant (1977) (TV Series)
Lou Grant is Mary Richards' boss at WJM-TV.

Referenced in 

Mary Tyler Moore: Love Is All Around (1970) (TV Episode)
Song in title in movie
Of Thee I Sing (1972) (TV Movie)
Ted Baxter appears as a character in this musical special.
Rhoda: Joe (1974) (TV Episode)
Mary Richards makes a guest appearance.
Rhoda: Pop Goes the Question (1974) (TV Episode)
Mary Richards makes a guest appearance.
Rhoda: Rhoda's Wedding: Part 1 (1974) (TV Episode)
Mary Richards, Lou Grant, Murray Slaughter, Phyllis Lindstrom and Georgette Franklin make guest appearances.
Rhoda: Rhoda's Wedding: Part 2 (1974) (TV Episode)
Mary Richards, Lou Grant, Murray Slaughter, Phyllis Lindstrom and Georgette Franklin make guest appearances.
Rhoda: Along Comes Mary (1975) (TV Episode)
Mary Richards makes a guest appearance.
Phyllis: The First Day (1975) (TV Episode)
Mary Richards makes a guest appearance.
The Perfect Position (1975)
This TV series is mentioned in a TV voice-over.
All in the Family: Mike's Move (1976) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Family: Monday Is Forever (1976) (TV Episode)
Kate says that they should have their discussion before this show begins
Phyllis: You're Not Getting Better, Just Older (1976) (TV Episode)
Mary Richards makes a guest appearance.
Network (1976)
Mentioned in conjuction with its ratings
The Sonny and Cher Show: Episode #2.13 (1976) (TV Episode)
Theme tune sung in the TV themes medley
Rhoda: The Ultimatum (1977) (TV Episode)
Mary Richards makes a guest appearance.
The Brady Bunch Variety Hour: Episode #1.7 (1977) (TV Episode)
Cindy pretends she's Mary Tyler Moore.
Lou Grant: Cophouse (1977) (TV Episode)
Lou mentions working for a TV station for the last 10 years.
Saturday Night Live: Eric Idle/Kate Bush (1978) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Valerie Harper on Weekend Update
Sesame Street: Episode #10.72 (1979) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Telly
Lou Grant: Exposé (1979) (TV Episode)
Lou refers to his time working in television before going back into the newspaper business.
Lou Grant: Pack (1980) (TV Episode)
The character Flo Meredith appeared on several episodes of the earlier series as Lou Grants' former lover
Lou Grant: Cameras (1982) (TV Episode)
Lou mentions that he used to work for a TV station.
Top Secret! (1984)
ALF: Help Me, Rhonda (1986) (TV Episode)
ALF: "Rhoda? Well, I thought she was funny when she was on Mary's show, but when she got her own series, they married her off to soon."
Designing Women: Design House (1986) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by name
Newhart: Harris Ankles PIV for Web Post (1987) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Dick
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gamera vs. Gaos (1991) (TV Episode)
Joel: "Who can turn the world on with her smile?"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent (1991) (TV Episode)
Servo: "Here, she designs pants for Chuckles the Clown."
The Simpsons: Saturdays of Thunder (1991) (TV Episode)
Selma tells Patty she could turn the world on with her smile.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Star Force: Fugitive Alien II (1991) (TV Episode)
Joel: "You've got spunk; I hate spunk!"
Leaving Normal (1992)
In being friends with Marianne, Darly refers to herself as Rhoda.
The Golden Palace: Seems Like Old Times: Part 1 (1992) (TV Episode)
Chuy said he tossed his hat in the air like Mary after signing his divorce papers.
The Kids in the Hall: Episode #3.12 (1992) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in a joke
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Bride of the Monster (1993) (TV Episode)
Crow: You've got spunk. I hate spunk.
The Wonder Years: Eclipse (1993) (TV Episode)
Kevin compares Winnie to "Mary Tyler Moore on TV," and she says, "I'd better go see how Rhoda's doing."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Eegah (1993) (TV Episode)
Tom (singing): "How will you make it on your own?"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Magic Voyage of Sinbad (1993) (TV Episode)
"We're gonna make it after all!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Operation Double 007 (1993) (TV Episode)
Servo: (singing) How will you make it on your own...
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Beginning of the End (1993) (TV Episode)
Tom (singing): "How will you make it on your own?"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Village of the Giants (1994) (TV Episode)
Mike: (as Rhoda) Hey Mar.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Code Name: Diamond Head (1994) (TV Episode)
Tom: "He's wearing Mary Tyler Moore's pantsuit."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: San Francisco International (1994) (TV Episode)
Tom (singing): "How do you make it on your own?"
The Simpsons: And Maggie Makes Three (1995) (TV Episode)
The hat-throwing sequence at the end of the opening of this show is parodied.
Unzipped (1995)
Mary Richards is partially credited for shaping American taste. Theme song also used at random moments.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Angels Revenge (1995) (TV Episode)
Servo: (singing) How will I make it on my own...
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man: Clip Job (1995) (TV Episode)
One of the characters Duckman turns into when he's hooked up to the TV transmitting device is Mary Richards.
Women of the House: The Conjugal Cottage (1995) (TV Episode)
Suzanne mentions the show.
Biography: Mary Tyler Moore: All American-Girl (1995) (1995) (TV Episode)
Scenes are shown.
Timepiece (1995) (Video)
show and theme song are cited
Roundhouse: Endings (1995) (TV Episode)
Mentioned as 'Mary Tyler No More'
The Nanny: Val's Boyfriend (1996) (TV Episode)
Fran mentions Rhoda getting married before Mary.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Incredible Melting Man (1996) (TV Episode)
Servo; From the Rhoda Morgenstern line of clothing.
Dennis Miller: Citizen Arcane (1996) (TV Movie)
referenced by Dennis
The Cable Guy (1996)
One of the fake names the Cable Guy uses is Murray Slaughter
The Nanny: The Cradle Robbers (1996) (TV Episode)
Fran and Mike discuss The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Overdrawn at the Memory Bank (1997) (TV Episode)
Mike: Hey, the maitre'd is Ted Baxter.
Space Ghost Coast to Coast: Joshua (1998) (TV Episode)
The narrator uses lyrics from the MTM theme song when talking about Space Ghost.
Homicide: Life on the Street: Strangled, Not Stirred (1998) (TV Episode)
Giardello tells Ballard she has spunk, and she replies "I hate spunk."
Saturday Night Live: David Duchovny/Puff Daddy/Jimmy Page (1998) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Ariana the cheerleader
Armistead Maupin's More Tales of the City: Episode #1.1 (1998) (TV Episode)
reference in dialogue
Pinky and the Brain: The Pinky and the Brain Reunion Special (1998) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Gavin MacLeod
Two Ninas (1999)
Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)
closing theme is a Joan Jett and the Blackhearts cover of the classic theme song
Dick (1999)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Diabolik (1999) (TV Episode)
Pearl, Brain Guy and Bobo sing "It's a Long Way to Tipperary", like the final episode of this show.
The David Cassidy Story (2000) (TV Movie)
Spin City: The Marry Caitlin Moore Show (2000) (TV Episode)
title reference
Woman on Top (2000)
character makes reference to Mary and Rhoda.
'The Simpsons': America's First Family (2000) (TV Special)
Referenced by name
Family Guy: Wasted Talent (2000) (TV Episode)
One of the piano songs Peter plays
The West Wing: 18th and Potomac (2001) (TV Episode)
C.J. tells Sam that even Ted Baxter would ask if the President is going to seek re-election.
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch: Thin Ice (2001) (TV Episode)
Sabrina's conversation with Harvey at the coffee house: "Turn the world on with my smile? Oh wait. That's Mary."
The Ellen Show: Ellen's First Christmess (2001) (TV Episode)
The lyric of the theme song is mentioned when Mary says "You're gonna make it" and Ellen completes "After all". Later Mary says to Santa(played by Ed Asner): "Oh, Mr. Claus!" like the famous line this show, "Oh, Mr. Grant!"
The Simpsons: Barting Over (2003) (TV Episode)
The theme song is heard, and Bart throws his hat in the air.
Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of 'Charlie's Angels' (2004) (TV Movie)
Title on board behind Fred Silverman
City of Heroes (2004) (Video Game)
The "Newsman" exploration badge in the Faultline zone marks the "Theodore Knight Building"; This is a portmanteau, as Knight played Ted Baxter, which also references the Fantastic Four's Baxter Building
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
Ron's dog is named Baxter, a reference to anchorman Ted Baxter on this show
The Wire: All Due Respect (2004) (TV Episode)
Mary Tyler Moore and her husband "Rob" mentioned
The Greatest Canadian (2004) (TV Mini-Series)
Mary Walsh states that because she is diabetic, if Sir Frederick Banting hadn't invented Insulin Mary Tyler moore could never have thrown that hat in the air
Saturday Night Live: Jason Bateman/Kelly Clarkson (2005) (TV Episode)
References during Weekend Update
Aurora Borealis (2005)
Mentioned in dialog by Duncan and the boys in the bar.
Queer as Folk: Hope Against Hope (2005) (TV Episode)
Justin says he is going to make it on his own, prompting Emmett to say "Like Mary?" before tossing his hat up in the air.
Strongbad_email.exe: Disc Four (2005) (Video)
In "Puppets on the Road", Homestar at one point sings part of the show's theme song: "I'm gonna make it after all!" and then hums the five notes following that line in the theme song
Jeopardy!: Episode #22.10 (2005) (TV Episode)
referenced in correct response in "TV Show Addresses" category
Jeopardy!: Episode #22.66 (2005) (TV Episode)
correct response in "TV Theme Song Endings" category
Nobody's Watching (2006) (TV Movie)
Mentioned in dialogue
That '70s Show: Sweet Lady (2006) (TV Episode)
The final credits sequence contains several references to the show: the newsroom layout is the same as in the show, with Gavin MacLeod sitting at the same desk; the story that he gives Christine is about Minneapolis, where the show was set; Christine throws Jackie's beret in the air, as done at the end of the opening credits of the show.
Jeopardy!: Episode #22.207 (2006) (TV Episode)
correct response in "TV Spin-Offs" category
American Dad!: Irregarding Steve (2006) (TV Episode)
Before leaving Langley Falls and then in the New York City hotel apartment, Roger dresses like Mary Tyler Moore in the opening credits of the show
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Trade (2008) (TV Episode)
Elliott tells Warner, "Other than to turn the world on with your smile, how about a pelvic"
The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 9 May 2008 (2008) (TV Episode)
Bill says this is one of his all time favorite shows.
Life on Mars: Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadows? (2008) (TV Episode)
Sam says "I'm just watching tv; that Mary Tyler Moore, she really turns the world on with her smile"
Frank TV: Frank of America (2008) (TV Episode)
Also an "Office" spoof: "MTM" in the style of the more recent show
House M.D.: Joy to the World (2008) (TV Episode)
House says to Taub, "I hate spunk", referencing the first episode of Mary Tyler Moore, where Lou Grant tells Mary, "You've got spunk" and "I *hate* spunk."
Bye-Bye Bin Laden (2009)
The Taliban TV producer pitches "Mary Tyler Bin Laden" during his series of pitches
Up (2009)
Ed Asner asks "You call your mother by her first name?" regarding a woman named Phyllis
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.5 (2009) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in a $300 question
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.15 (2009) (TV Episode)
Subject of the Final Jeopardy! clue in the category "Emmy Winners"
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.59 (2009) (TV Episode)
Reference in a $1,000 clue in the category "Also a U.S. State"
Hollywood's Nailin' Palin (2010) (Video)
Opening credits are based on those of the Mary Tyler Moore Show
Saturday Night Live: Zach Galifianakis/Vampire Weekend (2010) (TV Episode)
Will mentions Mary Tyler Moore's famous hat toss in his Weekend Update song.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.143 (2010) (TV Episode)
Included in a $12,500 question
Saturday Night Live: Betty White/Jay-Z (2010) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Betty White during the opening monologue
Entourage: Bottoms Up (2010) (TV Episode)
comment about Sasha Grey being the next sitcom star like Mary Tyler Moore
IMDb's 20th Anniversary Star of the Day: Debra Messing (2010) (TV Episode)
Debra Messing mentions this show during interview
Hot in Cleveland: Free Elka (2011) (TV Episode)
Three tributes: First, the "M" on the wall of the jail cell is reminscent of the "M" on the wall in Mary Richards's apartment. Second, Mary "that took spunk," Elka "thank you," Mary "I hate spunk" pays tribute to a conversation Mary Richards had with Lou Grant. And third, when Elka says "let's not wait another 33 years to do this again," she is referencing the fact that the MTM show's last episode aired 33 years ago.
Raising Hope: A Germ of a Story (2011) (TV Episode)
While watching the home movie of Virginia's eighth birthday, Bert tells Maw Maw that she looked like the horny neightbor from "Mary Tyler Moore." Cloris Leachman, who plays Maw Maw also played Phyllis Lindstrom on Mary Tyler Moore (1970)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.103 (2011) (TV Episode)
Quartet mentions Sue Ann Nivens in a song introducing Betty White
Who's Nailin' Palin? 2 (2011) (Video)
The theme song is a parody on the theme song of the Mary Tyler Moore Show
Victorious: Blooptorious (2011) (TV Episode)
The first lines of the theme song are used to describe Victoria Justice
Jeopardy!: 2012 Teachers Tournament Quarterfinal Game 5 (2012) (TV Episode)
Answer to question in Death on a Sitcom category
Conan: The Douche Who Lost His Bag (2012) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned while introducing Betty White
Girls: Pilot (2012) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.117 (2012) (TV Episode)
an audience member asks whether Betty White would rather do one more episode of the show or "The Golden Girls"
The Newsroom: 5/1 (2012) (TV Episode)
Not knowing that Will McAvoy is high on drugs, Charlie Skinner wonders when Will turned into Ted Baxter.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Carol Burnett/Armie Hammer/Lang Lang and Friends (2012) (TV Episode)
Carol Burnett mentions the show in discussing CBS' old Saturday night lineup
Dave's Old Porn: Kathy Griffin/Tom Byron (2012) (TV Episode)
Kathy Griffin says 'I wanted to be Rhoda on Mary Tyler Moore'
At the Movies: Episode #10.22 (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Judith Lucy in a review of the classic movie Broadcast News as a series in which James L. Brooks was involved.
Hot in Cleveland: Love Is All Around (2013) (TV Episode)
the kitten meowing at the end of the credits is a tribute
When Jews Were Funny (2013)
The show is mentioned by Gilbert Gottfried in his discussion of Jewish comedy and Jewish characters not wanted on TV.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Adam Sandler/Ali Wentworth/Sheryl Crow (2014) (TV Episode)
in a clip, Ali Wentworth throws her hat in the air as a version of the show's theme song plays
Hot in Cleveland: Stayin' Alive (2014) (TV Episode)
Alex Trebek: ''Isn't that a little bit like saying Cloris Leachman was the best actress on the Mary Tyler Moore Show?''
You're the Worst: Equally Dead Inside (2014) (TV Episode)
Edgar asks Lindsay whether she is the Mary Tyler Moore or the Rhoda in her relationship with Gretchen.
The Comeback: Valerie Is Brought to Her Knees (2014) (TV Episode)
Valerie talks about the show being shot on the same lot as Seeing Red.
Parks and Recreation: Ms. Ludgate-Dwyer Goes to Washington (2015) (TV Episode)
Leslie stops a woman on the street who is wearing a hat similar to Mary Tyler Moore's in the opening credits of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and asks her if she can borrow the hat to "throw it up in the air victoriously."
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Danny DeVito/Simon Pegg/George Ezra (2015) (TV Episode)
Danny DeVito mentions that the series had the same creators as his series Taxi (1978)
Daddy's Home (2015)
Referenced by Brad
Christine (2016)
Theme song is played near the ending.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Kerry Washington/Ken Jeong/Dion (2016) (TV Episode)
During the Famous Face-Off game, Steve Higgins mentions Betty White's former series
12 Monkeys: Bodies of Water (2016) (TV Episode)
Jennifer Goines appears in an on-the-street montage, sporting an umbrella, as Joan Jett's cover of "Love Is All Around" plays.
500 Questions: Episode #2.3 (2016) (TV Episode)
correct answer in "Acclaimed TV Shows" category
Jeopardy!: Episode #33.9 (2016) (TV Episode)
correct response in "TV Show Openings" category
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life: Summer (2016) (TV Episode)
Jess says that Rory looks "very Lou Grant" at her news desk.
Jeopardy!: Episode #33.78 (2016) (TV Episode)
referenced in clue in "Title Characters" category
Jeopardy!: Episode #33.83 (2017) (TV Episode)
correct response in "TV Themes" category
Jeopardy!: Episode #33.104 (2017) (TV Episode)
referenced in clue in "Emmy-Winning Women" category

Featured in 

The Love Boat: Taking Sides/Going by the Book/A Friendly Little Game (1978) (TV Episode)
Cruise guest Georgia Engel was previously a regular on The Mary Tyler Moore Show (as Ted Knight's (character Ted Baxter) wife Georgette) with Gavin MacLeod (Capt. Stubing).
Mary Tyler Moore: The 20th Anniversary Show (1991) (TV Movie)
this show celebrates the older show
Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City: Episode #1.5 (1993) (TV Episode)
Clips shown
Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City (1993) (TV Mini-Series)
Unzipped (1995)
Michael (1996)
Behind the Laughs (1998) (TV Movie)
clips from this show are in this special
Influences: From Yesterday to Today (1999) (TV Movie)
clips from this show are used in this special
Mary and Rhoda (2000) (TV Movie)
Scenes from the show are shown during the opening credits
TV Guide's 50 Best Shows of All Time: A 50th Anniversary Celebration (2002) (TV Special)
"The Mary Tyler Moore Show" is #11.
The Practice: Special Deliveries (2003) (TV Episode)
In the closing scene, actresses Mary Tyler Moore and Cloris Leachman are seen on Russell Bakey's TV screen as their characters Mary Richards and Phyllis Lindstrom as Russell watches an episode of this television series.
CBS at 75 (2003) (TV Special)
a clip is featured
The 2nd Annual TV Land Awards (2004) (TV Special)
Shows it when it wins an Award
TV Land Moguls (2004) (TV Mini-Series)
shows it when talking about Grant Tinker
The Greatest Canadian (2004) (TV Mini-Series)
the shot of Mary Tyler Moore throwing her hat in the air is used
Minneapolis (2005) (Short)
Single woman working in the news industry in Minneapolis.
I Love the '70s: Volume 2: 1974 (2006) (TV Episode)
Shown as part of the 1974 episode, even though it originally aired in 1970.
The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 1 April 2008 (2008) (TV Episode)
Clips of this TV show were featured in 'The Great American Culture Quiz' segment.
Moon (2009)
Sam is watching the show on television.
Family Guy: 420 (2009) (TV Episode)
Quagmire and his pet cat are watching the show; the end credits music can be heard and Quagmire points out the MTM cat.
25 Greatest TV Characters of All Time (2010) (TV Movie)
Mary Richards is #6.
Miss Representation (2011)
A montage of clips from the series is shown.
America in Primetime: Independent Woman (2011) (TV Episode)
Mary Richards is an example of the "Independent Woman".
Pioneers of Television: Funny Ladies (2013) (TV Episode)

Spoofed in 

Tunnel Vision (1976)
Saturday Night Live: Steve Martin/Kinky Friedman (1976) (TV Episode)
Spoofed in Mary Tyler Moore skit
Saturday Night Live: Ed Asner/The Kinks (1984) (TV Episode)
Spoofed during the cold opening
Kate & Allie: Reruns (1987) (TV Episode)
Allie dreams she is a part of this show.
Dinosaurs: Network Genius (1992) (TV Episode)
"Mary Tyler Test Pattern" is a parody of the series.
Animaniacs: Mary Tyler Dot Song/Windsor Hassle/...And Justice for Slappy (1993) (TV Episode)
The title sequence is spoofed.
In Living Color: Mary Tyler Mo (1993) (TV Episode)
Puts a black woman in the 70s show. When Ms. "Mo" tosses her cap into the air, she tosses her wig, too, by mistake.
Roseanne: Call Waiting (1996) (TV Episode)
Roseanne fantasizes that she and Dan are Mary and Lou.
NewsRadio: Look Who's Talking (1998) (TV Episode)
Mr. James tosses his hat in the air in the opening credits
Histeria!: Histeria Around the World: Part 1 (1999) (TV Episode)
The intro sequence is parodied in the "Libby" sketch.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: It Lives by Night (1999) (TV Episode)
Crow (Mary), Mike (Ted), and Tom (Lou) reenact a scene from "Mary Tyler Moore."
Family Guy: Wasted Talent (2000) (TV Episode)
Mary throws her hat in the air, like in the opening credits of the show, but it doesn't come back down
Scrubs: My Fifteen Minutes (2001) (TV Episode)
When Elliot goes out in town by herself, she exits her cab and throws her hat into the air like in the opening credits for the Mary Tyler Moore Show.
Late Show with David Letterman: Episode #18.113 (2011) (TV Episode)
Spoof segment of a Dick Cheney sitcom, using the graphics and theme from "Mary Tyler Moore"
BoJack Horseman: The BoJack Horseman Show (2016) (TV Episode)
Princess Carolyn throws her hat in the air like in the theme song, but the hat gets shredded by a ceiling fan.

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