1970s Best TV Episodes

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1. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: Love Is All Around (1970)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

On the rebound from a busted relationship, Mary Richards relocates to Minneapolis, where she quickly finds a new apartment, an associate producer's job at WJM-TV, and new friends.

Director: Jay Sandrich | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Valerie Harper, Gavin MacLeod

Votes: 227

2. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: Support Your Local Mother (1970)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Mary puts Rhoda's visiting mother up in her apartment when Rhoda refuses to see her.

Director: Alan Rafkin | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Valerie Harper, Gavin MacLeod

Votes: 128

3. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: A Girl's Best Mother Is Not Her Friend (1971)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Rhoda's visiting mother decides to become Rhoda's "friend."

Director: Jay Sandrich | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Valerie Harper, Gavin MacLeod

Votes: 83

4. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: Rhoda the Beautiful (1972)

TV-PG | 26 min | Comedy

A slimmed-down Rhoda is selected as a contestant for her store's beauty contest, but she's having trouble accepting her new attractive self.

Director: Jay Sandrich | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Valerie Harper, Gavin MacLeod

Votes: 91

5. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: Put on a Happy Face (1973)

TV-PG | 26 min | Comedy

A stained dress, a sprained foot, a bad cold, and a hair bump -- what else is going to wrong for Mary before the annual Teddy Awards banquet?

Director: Jay Sandrich | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Valerie Harper, Gavin MacLeod

Votes: 118

6. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: The Lars Affair (1973)

TV-PG | 26 min | Comedy

Phyllis struggles to accept the idea that her husband, Lars, might be having an affair with the saccharine Sue Ann Nivens, WJM's Happy Homemaker.

Director: Jay Sandrich | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Valerie Harper, Gavin MacLeod

Votes: 125

7. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: Lou's First Date (1973)

TV-PG | 26 min | Comedy

Mary finds Lou a date for the broadcasters' dinner, but she's not anything like what Lou was expecting.

Director: Jay Sandrich | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Valerie Harper, Gavin MacLeod

Votes: 90

8. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: The Dinner Party (1973)

TV-PG | 26 min | Comedy

It's time for another one of Mary's dinner parties. She has six chairs at her dining-room table and exactly six portions of veal Prince Orloff.

Director: Jay Sandrich | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Valerie Harper, Gavin MacLeod

Votes: 110

9. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: The Co-Producers (1974)

TV-PG | 26 min | Comedy

The good news: Mary and Rhoda get to co-produce WJM's new Sunday afternoon talk show. The bad news: Ted Baxter and Sue Ann Nivens are the stars.

Director: Jay Sandrich | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Valerie Harper, Gavin MacLeod

Votes: 69

10. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: Better Late... That's a Pun... Than Never (1974)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Working into the early morning, and delirious, Mary and Rhoda take some artistic liberties updating WJM's obituaries, and, when one of them is read on the air, there are serious consequences for Mary.

Director: John C. Chulay | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Valerie Harper, Gavin MacLeod

Votes: 86

11. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: Ted Baxter Meets Walter Cronkite (1974)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Ted launches an expensive publicity campaign in his never-ending quest to win a Teddy award.

Director: Jay Sandrich | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Valerie Harper, Gavin MacLeod

Votes: 71

12. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: Two Wrongs Don't Make a Writer (1974)

TV-PG | 26 min | Comedy

Mary is less than thrilled when Ted decides to join her creative writing class.

Director: Nancy Walker | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Ted Knight

Votes: 72

13. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: Will Mary Richards Go to Jail? (1974)

TV-PG | 27 min | Comedy

Mary refuses to name a source for her news story and ends up in jail.

Director: Jay Sandrich | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Ted Knight

Votes: 83

14. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: A New Sue Ann (1974)

TV-PG | 27 min | Comedy

A fan of Sue Ann's joins the show and then starts to push her out ala All About Eve.

Director: Jay Sandrich | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Ted Knight

Votes: 82

15. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: Not a Christmas Story (1974)

TV-PG | 26 min | Comedy

Everyone is getting on each others nerves when they are trapped in the newsroom by a snowstorm.

Director: John C. Chulay | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Ted Knight

Votes: 77

16. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: Ted Baxter's Famous Broadcasters' School (1975)

TV-PG | 27 min | Comedy

After a conman promises to start a broadcasting school for Ted and swindles him out of his money, the newsroom staff help Ted out.

Director: Jay Sandrich | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Ted Knight

Votes: 80

17. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: Chuckles Bites the Dust (1975)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Mary thinks that the death of Chuckles the Clown is nothing to laugh about--until she attends the funeral.

Director: Joan Darling | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Ted Knight

Votes: 252

18. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: Once I Had a Secret Love (1976)

TV-PG | 26 min | Comedy

Lou spends the night with Sue Ann and Mary can't keep the secret.

Director: Jay Sandrich | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Ted Knight

Votes: 57

19. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: Sue Ann Falls in Love (1976)

TV-PG | 27 min | Comedy

Sue Ann falls in love with a jerk.

Director: Doug Rogers | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Ted Knight

Votes: 57

20. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: Mary Midwife (1976)

TV-PG | 26 min | Comedy

Georgette gives birth at Mary's apartment with Lou and Mary attending. Ted and Georgette have a little girl named Mary Lou, the most exciting thing to ever happen in Mary's bedroom according to Sue Ann.

Director: Jay Sandrich | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Ted Knight

Votes: 75

21. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: The Critic (1977)

TV-PG | 26 min | Comedy

The new Six Oclock News critic starts attacking the residents of Minneapolis.

Director: Martin Cohan | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Ted Knight

Votes: 64

22. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: Sue Ann Gets the Ax (1977)

TV-PG | 26 min | Comedy

After Sue Ann Niven's Happy Homemaker show is canceled she gets a job in the newsroom.

Director: Jay Sandrich | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Ted Knight

Votes: 62

23. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: The Last Show (1977)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

In the upside world of WJM, there's a shake up in the newsroom and everybody but Ted gets fired including Mary who is left to turn out the lights.

Director: Jay Sandrich | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Ted Knight

Votes: 138

24. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: Toulouse-Lautrec Is One of My Favorite Artists (1970)

TV-PG | 26 min | Comedy

Mary accepts a date with a very short visiting author.

Director: Jay Sandrich | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Valerie Harper, Gavin MacLeod

Votes: 128

25. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: The Snow Must Go On (1970)

TV-PG | 26 min | Comedy

Put in charge of the station's election coverage, Mary is put to the test when a blizzard completely suspends election results and the crew threatens to mutiny.

Director: Jay Sandrich | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Valerie Harper, Gavin MacLeod

Votes: 133

26. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: Christmas and the Hard-Luck Kid II (1970)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Mary is forced to work not only on Christmas Day but Christmas Eve, too.

Director: Jay Sandrich | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Valerie Harper, Gavin MacLeod

Votes: 116

27. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: Second Story Story (1971)

TV-PG | 26 min | Comedy

Mary's apartment is burglarized, twice.

Director: Jay Sandrich | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Valerie Harper, Gavin MacLeod

Votes: 109

28. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: Cover Boy (1971)

TV-PG | 26 min | Comedy

Ted receives a visit from his super-competitive brother, a male model.

Director: Jay Sandrich | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Valerie Harper, Gavin MacLeod

Votes: 88

29. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: More Than Neighbors (1972)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

There's a vacant apartment in Mary's building, and Ted wants to move into it.

Director: Jay Sandrich | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Valerie Harper, Gavin MacLeod

Votes: 71

30. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: Where There's Smoke, There's Rhoda (1972)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

A friendship is put to the test when Rhoda temporarily moves in with Mary.

Director: Peter Baldwin | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Valerie Harper, Gavin MacLeod

Votes: 80

31. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: Enter Rhoda's Parents (1972)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Rhoda's parents' visit takes a left turn when Rhoda's suspicious mother, Ida, walks out on her her husband, Martin - to make him 'happy'.

Director: Jay Sandrich | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Valerie Harper, Gavin MacLeod

Votes: 88

32. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: Farmer Ted and the News (1972)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Ted may have outsmarted Lou when he convinces him to strike the clause from his contract which forbids him from doing outside work; things like movies and Broadway. And cheesy commercials.

Director: Jay Sandrich | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Valerie Harper, Gavin MacLeod

Votes: 85

33. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: Operation: Lou (1972)

TV-PG | 26 min | Comedy

With Lou in the hospital, Mary and Murray are at odds in the newsroom; meanwhile, Ted's thoughtful behavior has Lou reconsidering his opinion of the buffoonish anchorman.

Director: Jay Sandrich | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Ted Knight

Votes: 76

34. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: My Brother's Keeper (1973)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Phyllis's beloved brother Ben comes to town for a visit and, much to her dismay, hits it off not with Mary but with Rhoda.

Director: Jay Sandrich | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Valerie Harper, Gavin MacLeod

Votes: 99

35. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: The Georgette Story (1973)

TV-PG | 26 min | Comedy

Mary and Rhoda give Georgette some sisterly advice when Ted starts taking her for granted.

Director: Peter Baldwin | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Valerie Harper, Gavin MacLeod

Votes: 77

36. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: I Gave at the Office (1973)

TV-PG | 26 min | Comedy

Murray remains blind to his daughter's shortcomings when she's hired to help out in the newsroom.

Director: Jay Sandrich | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Ted Knight

Votes: 66

37. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: Happy Birthday, Lou! (1973)

TV-PG | 26 min | Comedy

Worried that Mr Grant will be alone on his first birthday separated from his wife, Mary throws together a surprise party for him.

Director: George Tyne | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Valerie Harper, Gavin MacLeod

Votes: 68

38. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: Best of Enemies (1974)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

When Rhoda lets out of one Mary's secrets, and refuses to apologize, it leads to the first serious test of their friendship.

Director: Jay Sandrich | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Valerie Harper, Gavin MacLeod

Votes: 67

39. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: Lou's Second Date (1974)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

There are second and third dates when Rhoda fills-in for an ailing Mary as Mr. Grant's dinner companion. But will the fun Rhoda and Lou are having be spoiled by gossip?

Director: Jerry London | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Valerie Harper, Gavin MacLeod

Votes: 70

40. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: Lou and That Woman (1974)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Lou's prospective new girlfriend is a lounge singer with a shady past.

Director: Jay Sandrich | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Ted Knight

Votes: 64

41. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: A Girl Like Mary (1974)

TV-PG | 27 min | Comedy

When Lou wants a female newscaster in the mold of Mary Richards, Mary tries out for the job.

Director: Jay Sandrich | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Ted Knight

Votes: 61

42. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: Mary Richards: Producer (1975)

TV-PG | 27 min | Comedy

Mary doesn't feel that she has earned the title of producer until she produces the Six O'clock News by herself.

Director: Norman Campbell | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Ted Knight

Votes: 58

43. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: Phyllis Whips Inflation (1975)

TV-PG | 27 min | Comedy

When Phyllis goes to look for a job she finds that she has no current skills.

Director: Jay Sandrich | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Ted Knight

Votes: 66

44. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: You Can't Lose 'em All (1975)

TV-PG | 27 min | Comedy

Lou wins an award that he originally ridiculed.

Director: Marjorie Mullen | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Ted Knight

Votes: 62

45. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: Mary's Aunt (1975)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Mary's Aunt Flo a hard-nosed famous newswoman flies into town and rubs Lou the wrong way.

Director: Jay Sandrich | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Ted Knight

Votes: 67

46. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: Mary's Delinquent (1975)

TV-PG | 27 min | Comedy

Mary adopts a teen-aged shoplifter as a little sister. Sue Ann does the same adopting a black teenager which influences her in a major way.

Director: Jay Sandrich | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Ted Knight

Votes: 61

47. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: Ted's Wedding (1975)

TV-PG | 26 min | Comedy

Ted and Georgette get married in Mary's apartment on an hour's notice.

Director: Jay Sandrich | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Ted Knight

Votes: 63

48. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: The Happy Homemaker Takes Lou Home (1975)

TV-PG | 26 min | Comedy

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