After spending several years in her young adult life in Minneapolis but with her brash Bronx Jewish upbringing in tow and with its associated sarcasm, artistically inclined Rhoda ... See full summary »
This "All In The Family" spin-off centers around Edith's cousin, Maude Findlay. She's a liberal, independent woman living in Tuckahoe, NY with her fourth husband Walter, owner of Findlay's ... See full summary »
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.Written by
The producers of the Mary Tyler Moore have expressed in interviews that one of the worst Mary Tyler Moore episodes was "Some of my Best Friends are Rhoda" in which Mary confronts her new friend, Joanna Forbes, played by Mary Frann, about her anti-Semitism. Everyone involved in the episode agreed it fell flat and was tonally way off-key for the series. "We are not Maude", Mary Tyler Moore said of the episode, which was attempting to tiptoe into topical and political All in the Family territory. The show stayed away from confrontational Norman Lear-ish envelope pushing after the disastrous episode. Coincidentally, Mary Frann would star as another character named Joanna, Joanna Louden, years later on another hit CBS sitcom also produced by MTM studios, "Newhart", which ran from 1982 to 1990. See more »
Exteriors of Mary's residence show that the apartment with the balcony (which would be Mary's, based on the interior shots of her apartment) is on the top floor, yet Rhoda's apartment is upstairs from Mary's. However, Rhoda's apartment is located in the attic of the building. See more »
This series introduced the MTM Productions logo at the end - a tiny, meowing kitten. This is a parody of the MGM Studios roaring lion. The kitten logo (or variations thereof) would be used throughout the 1970s and 80s on a number of different TV series. See more »
This truly was one of the first ensemble driven situation comedies in the history of television. Even though Mary Tyler Moore was the star of the show, the fact was that the series truly revolved around her relationships with not only her friends at home, but her friends on the job and when those two worlds collided, sparks usually flew. Also, this show was really funny when Valerie Harper was still on the show playing Rhoda. She and Mary were polar opposites (Mary the cheerful optimist and Rhoda the angry cynic). However, those differences was what made their relationship shine. Cloris Leachman was also perfect as the over bearing Phyllis Lindstrom. And lets not forget the other characters; cynical Lou, the optimistic Murray and, of course, dimwitted Ted Baxter. This show definitely one of the all time classics and made Saturday nights worth staying home.
Another interesting fact about this show is the fact that it debuted during the final season of the original series about a single woman trying to make it, "That Girl". However, while Ann pretty much was still an innocent little girl at heart that had a boyfriend and often still relied on him and her parents to get her out of jams, Mary Richards proved that she could be single and live her life on her own terms.
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