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'Leave it to Murray to find a bright spot' -Sue Ann Nivens
Oh, how I cried.
We raced home to watch it (the original broadcast).
I've been a Mary fan since it began (I can EASILY beat Rosie - or ANYONE for that crown!).
With the end of Mary, a lot of us lost our 'best friends.'
I can't tell you how much - about life - I learned from this show.
It was never written down to the audience. It was a show that - gave women a strong voice, and, really was a show that many (Oprah ?!?!) used as a roll-model, for it's depiction of life.
Nothing extreme. Nothing exaggerated.
The acting was pitch-perfect. A huge part of the thanks goes to those behind the cameras: writers, camera, stage crew, and many, many more.
I don't think there's been a show since that ever came close to capturing what this show did.
This - the last episode of a seven year run - was a real tear-jerker, especially, on it's initial run (I'll explain later).
It was beautifully written. Not maudlin, but, very funny, and, yes - it also made what was happening - the leaving of OUR WJM crew - very heartfelt.
THe tears you see on the screen are real. They really did feel that way.
And we did too.
That initial last showing - the only time they broadcast it - the epilogue, where the entire cast came out for a final curtain call, was especially endearing.
In my mind, Mary, she's OK.
And, thanks for those seven years.
When Mary Tyler Moore passed away a few weeks ago, I decided to watch all 168 episodes. I was a little concerned. Was it really as funny as I remembered it as a young adult. While there were a handful of episodes that were not brilliant, I think there was a consistency to this series that may have never been matched. The cast was brilliant. We got to know them intimately. Even though we could predict their behavior, each script was fresh and downright funny. From Ed Asner to Ted Knight. From Gavin McLeod to Valerie Harper. From Chloris Leachman to Betty White. They revolved Like beautiful planets around a sun that was Mary Tyler Moore, one of the most brilliant comedians of our time. She was beautiful and sweet and never hogged the stage. This final episode paid homage to the world that they trod for seven wonderful years. The writers said goodbye in the best way possible, allowing them to hug and squeeze every last ounce out of their personas. Life is short and a show like this filled in spaces for the lonely and the shy and the everyman and everywoman. It will live forever.
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