The Mary Tyler Moore Show

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The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Logo.jpg
Premiere September 19, 1970
Finale March 19, 1977
Creator James L. Brooks and
Allan Burns
Network CBS
Style 30-minute sitcom
Company MTM Enterprises
Distributor Viacom Enterprises (1977–1980)
Victory Television (1980–1986)
MTM Television Distribution (1986–1998)
20th Television (1998–)
Seasons 7
Episodes 168
Origin USA

The Mary Tyler Moore Show (listed on-screen in its opening montage as simply Mary Tyler Moore) is a sitcom that aired on CBS.

Mary Richards is a single woman who, at age 30, moves to Minneapolis after breaking off an engagement with her boyfriend of two years. She applies for a secretarial job at TV station WJM, but that is already taken. She is instead offered the position of associate producer of the station's "Six O'Clock News". She befriends her tough but lovable boss Lou Grant, newswriter Murray Slaughter, and buffoonish anchorman Ted Baxter. Mary later becomes producer of the show.

Mary rents a third floor studio apartment in a Victorian house from acquaintance and downstairs landlady, Phyllis Lindstrom, and becomes best friends with upstairs neighbor Rhoda Morgenstern. Characters introduced later in the series are acerbic, man-hungry TV hostess Sue Ann Nivens, and sweet-natured Georgette Franklin, as Ted Baxter's girlfriend (and later, wife). At the beginning of season six, after both Rhoda and Phyllis have moved away (providing a premise for two spinoffs), Mary relocates to a one bedroom high-rise apartment.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Mary Tyler Moore Mary Richards * * * * * * *
Edward Asner Lou Grant * * * * * * *
Gavin MacLeod Murray Slaughter * * * * * * *
Valerie Harper Rhoda Morgenstern * * * *
Ted Knight Ted Baxter * * * * * * *
Cloris Leachman Phyllis Lindstrom * * * * *
Georgia Engel Georgette Franklin Baxter * * * *
Betty White Sue Ann Nivens * * * *
Supporting/Recurring Cast 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
John Amos Gordon "Gordy" Howard * * *
Joyce Bulifant Marie Slaughter * * * * * *
Lisa Gerritsen Bess Lindstrom * * * * *
Nancy Walker Ida Morgenstern * * *

Seasons

Season  Premiere Finale #
CBS
Season One September 19, 1970 March 6, 1971 24
Season Two September 18, 1971 March 4, 1972 24
Season Three September 16, 1972 March 3, 1973 24
Season Four September 15, 1973 March 2, 1974 24
Season Five September 14, 1974 March 8, 1975 24
Season Six September 13, 1975 March 6, 1976 24
Season Seven September 25, 1976 March 19, 1977 24

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Discs
Complete Series  (Region 1)
Seasons 1-7 May 28, 2013 purchase 22
Season Sets  (Region 1)
The Complete First Season September 24, 2004 purchase 4
The Complete Second Season July 26, 2005 purchase 3
The Complete Third Season January 17, 2006 purchase 3
The Complete Fourth Season June 20, 2006 purchase 3
The Complete Fifth Season October 6, 2009 purchase 3
The Complete Sixth Season February 2, 2010 purchase 3
The Complete Seventh Season October 5, 2010 purchase 3

External Sites