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 »
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
Mary Tyler Moore is indeed a failed ballet dancer, much like her character. "I'm a failed dancer but a successful actress" she always says in interviews. In one episode, "Hail the Conquering Gordy"; Mary consoles Ted who is depressed about not reaching Walter Cronkite superstar status; and confesses her own failed ballerina aspirations. After Ted leaves; Mary goes back into dancer mode; stands like she is at the bar in first position; and then attempts a Relevé; a dance move where you stand on your toes and walk. She then screams "Ahhhh!"; and goes back to her normal stature again; realizing the craziness of her ballerina dreams now for the first time. This is another instance when James Burrows, James L Brooks and company were drawing on the actor's real life histories to help inform the characters. 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. See more »
Well, what's the cut-off point Mr. Grant? I mean, is... is there some number? You know, I'd really like to know. How many men is a woman allowed to have before she becomes *that* sort of woman?
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Throughout Season 5, scenes of Mary and Rhoda walking down the street can be seen in the opening credits for a few episodes despite Rhoda having moved to New York. See more »
This was my favorite show of the 1970s. I loved this series from the first time I saw it in 1970. This was a show that had it all. Humor, pathos, great scripts and great direction. The initial cast was one of the best in television history. Along with incomparable Mary we had Valerie Harper, Gavin MacLeod, Ted Knight, Ed Asner and Cloris Leachman. Each one of these performers put a unique spin on characters which were allowed to be three-dimensional and grow. After a few seasons, when several of the main characters were spun-off into their own series, new characters, such as Georgette and Sue-Ann were introduced. Geogia Engel as Georgette was sweet and adorable, and Betty White, as memorable man-trap Sue-Ann were marvelous in their parts. A true classic that bears multiple viewings.
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