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Love Is All Around 

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.


Jay Sandrich


James L. Brooks (created by), Allan Burns (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Mary Tyler Moore ... Mary Richards
Edward Asner ... Lou Grant
Valerie Harper ... Rhoda Morgenstern
Gavin MacLeod ... Murray Slaughter
Ted Knight ... Ted Baxter
Angus Duncan Angus Duncan ... Bill
Lisa Gerritsen ... Bess Lindstrom
Dave Morick Dave Morick ... Locksmith
Cloris Leachman ... Phyllis Lindstrom


Thirty year old Mary Richards has just moved to Minneapolis to start a new life. She broke off a long term relationship with her now ex-boyfriend Bill. They were in a pre-engagement period for two years while Bill was going through medical school, he promising to marry her once he started his own practice. But when that time came, he didn't want to rush into marriage. In Minneapolis, Mary has to deal both with finding a place to live and finding a job. With the former, her friend, Phyllis Lindstrom, has found an apartment for her in the small building in which she herself lives. Mary will have to battle another tenant, Rhoda Morgenstern, a brash Jewish New Yorker, for that unit. With the latter, Mary applies for a secretarial job at WJM-TV News. After a less than conventional interview with the news' producer, Lou Grant, Mary instead is offered a job as associate producer, which is lower paid than the secretarial job and not very well defined in terms of the responsibilities. Mary's ... Written by Huggo

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19 September 1970 (USA) See more »

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MTM Enterprises See more »
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1.33 : 1
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At the initial read-through, actor'Angus Duncan' so disliked the script, he through it, and was almost fired on the spot. However, after the problems were worked out, and the pilot episode was shot, to very positive reviews from the audience, Duncan asked if his character could become a semi-regular, which Messers Brooks and Burns said; 'thanks, but no thanks'. See more »


When Mary arrives at WJM to inquire about the secretarial position, she is told the position is already filled. We never see a secretary employed in the news room in any future shows. See more »


Phyllis Lindstrom: [to Mary] Well, I got a long distance call today, and I was on the phone for *forty-five* minutes, and guess what?
Bess Lindstrom: Your boyfriend's coming to see you!
Phyllis Lindstrom: [long, glaring pause] That was Mother's news, Bess.
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Referenced in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: The Cold Open (2006) See more »


Love Is All Around
Written and performed by Sonny Curtis
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Perhaps the Best Sitcom of All Time
25 January 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Mary Tyler Moore died today (1/25/17). This incredible actress anchored one of the best ensemble casts in television history. In this opening episode, we are introduced to Lou Grant (Ed Asner), Rhoda Morgenstern (Valerie Harper), Ted Baxter (Ted Knight), Murray Slaughter (Gavin McCloud) and a place that would be like a home to her. There was some controversy about this show in 1970. A young attractive woman who gets a job at a male dominated station, WJM in Minneapolis, being a role model for young women everywhere. I don't know if there is another actress that could have pulled off this role with so much class. The first episode is about relationships developing. It never went downhill after that.

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