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
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 »
In the first season installment "Divorce Isn't Everything", Mary mentions that she can't speak French but can speak Spanish. Later in the series, while at a Mexican restaurant, she indicates that she can't read the menu because she took French in college. See more »
I always like to think that our little newsroom was one big happy family. In my innocence, little did I suspect we'd be harboring a backstabber in our very bosom. I'm going to reveal the name of that person. The backstabber is...
Isn't this were the lights go off and Ted is found dead on the floor?
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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 »
Mary Tyler Moore - a great comedic actress & a great long running sitcom. This show was incredible. The writing always seemed to set up funny situations. The pace of the show was just perfect.
Where & how did they get so much talent in one cast? Besides Mary, there is Gavin McCloud who is brilliant as Murray Slaughter. Ed Asner is the same as Lou Grant, Mary's boss. Where did they find Ted Knight? Ted Baxter is one of the great send-up characters of all sit-Com's & Knight played him brilliantly. Knight made it big with this series, went on to his own series, Too Close For Comfort, & also scored big in the original CADDYSHACK.
Then, the is Rhoda & Phyllis who spun from here into their own series. While their series were not as good as this one, they definitely contributed to this one. Let's not forget Betty White as the indomitable Sue Ann Niven. This show was good enough to her, & she played her character brilliantly. This was her springboard for Golden Girls later. She is even better than this.
Not only did Mary turn the world on with her smile, she widened the world a lot by introducing a lot of great character actors in their best career roles. This show could be touching & sentimental at times as well. This show has it all.
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