The Mary Tyler Moore Show

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  • TV-PG
  • 1970
  • 7 Seasons
  • 8.3  (10,126)

The Mary Tyler Moore Show was a groundbreaking sitcom that aired on CBS from 1970-1977, starring Mary Tyler Moore in the titular role of a single, career-focused woman living in Minneapolis. The show follows Mary Richards as she starts a new job as a producer at WJM-TV and navigates her professional and personal life alongside her eclectic group of coworkers and friends.

Playing the role of her gruff but lovable boss, Ed Asner delivers a standout performance as Lou Grant, the newsroom's hard-nosed editor who reluctantly realizes Mary's value as a competent and reliable employee. Alongside him, Valerie Harper shines as Mary's best friend and neighbor, Rhoda Morgenstern, whose self-deprecating humor and refreshing candor offer a refreshing contrast to Mary's more reserved personality.

As Mary's romantic interests, Gavin MacLeod and Ted Knight portray two very different men vying for her affection - MacLeod as Murray Slaughter, the news writer who becomes one of Mary's closest confidantes, and Knight as the bumbling anchorman Ted Baxter, whose inflated ego and bumbling misadventures provide endless comedic fodder.

Other notable cast members include Georgia Engel as the endearing and childlike Georgette Franklin, Ted Baxter's eventual wife; Betty White as the man-hungry and slightly dotty Sue Ann Nivens, the host of the Happy Homemaker cooking segment; Cloris Leachman as Mary's outlandish landlady, Phyllis Lindstrom; and John Amos as the no-nonsense weatherman Gordy Howard.

Throughout its seven seasons, The Mary Tyler Moore Show tackled a range of social issues and progressive themes, from workplace sexism and feminism to gay rights and mental health. With its sharp writing and talented ensemble cast, the show set a new standard for comedy and paved the way for future female-led sitcoms like Murphy Brown and 30 Rock.

Even today, The Mary Tyler Moore Show remains widely regarded as one of the greatest TV sitcoms of all time. Its timeless humor, relatable characters, and groundbreaking approach to social and political issues continue to resonate with audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show is a series that is currently running and has 7 seasons (168 episodes). The series first aired on September 19, 1970.

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The Last Show
24. The Last Show
March 19, 1977
In the final episode, WJM is sold, and Mary, Lou, and Murray are astounded to learn that they've all been fired. Ted, meanwhile, has been spared the axe.
Lou Dates Mary
23. Lou Dates Mary
March 12, 1977
After yet another disastrous date, Mary takes Georgette's unlikely advice and decides to ask Lou out.
Mary's Big Party
22. Mary's Big Party
March 5, 1977
Mary's guest of honor at her latest dinner party is none other than Johnny Carson, but a blackout dims her plans.
Mary's Three Husbands
21. Mary's Three Husbands
February 26, 1977
While discussing Mary's marital status, Murray, Ted and Lou fantasize about what it would be like to be married to her.
Murray Ghosts for Ted
20. Murray Ghosts for Ted
February 14, 1977
Murray agrees to write a small article for Ted for $200, but when the article becomes a success, Ted takes all of the credit for himself.
Mary and the Sexagenarian
19. Mary and the Sexagenarian
February 12, 1977
Mary becomes the butt of numerous jokes when she accepts a date with a charming, older man who turns out to be Murray's father.
Hail the Conquering Gordy
18. Hail the Conquering Gordy
February 5, 1977
The news staff is thrilled when WJN's former weather man returns for a visit after landing a highly successful network job in New York. As usual, though, Ted has a scheme.
Sue Ann Gets the Ax
17. Sue Ann Gets the Ax
January 29, 1977
When the Happy Homemaker show gets cancelled, Sue Ann finagles her way into a newsroom job.
The Ted and Georgette Show
16. The Ted and Georgette Show
January 22, 1977
The Baxters become the stars of their own hit variety show, but success comes with a price.
Lou's Army Reunion
15. Lou's Army Reunion
January 15, 1977
In order to return a favor, Lou reluctantly agrees to set his old army buddy up on a date with Mary. To make matters worse, Lou must negotiate with Ted's new agent--Georgette.
The Critic
14. The Critic
January 8, 1977
The staff is upset when the station manager hires a renowned critic who viciously attacks Minneapolis and its denizens.
Look at Us, We're Walking
13. Look at Us, We're Walking
December 25, 1976
Hoping to increase their leverage against the station, Lou and Mary join forces to demand a raise, but the scheme backfires.
Ted's Temptation
12. Ted's Temptation
December 11, 1976
At a convention in Hollywood, Ted is terrified and befuddled when an attractive young newspaper reporter tries to seduce him.
Mary's Insomnia
11. Mary's Insomnia
December 4, 1976
Lou is afraid that Mary is becoming addicted to sleeping pills when, after too many sleepless nights, she turns to prescription medication for help.
Murray Can't Lose
10. Murray Can't Lose
November 7, 1976
As the station prepares for the annual Teddy Awards, Murray is convinced that he will be overlooked yet again.
Lou Proposes
9. Lou Proposes
November 20, 1976
Lou may have finally met his match when he proposes to Mary's Aunt Flo, a dedicated, hard-nosed journalist like himself.
Mary Gets a Lawyer
8. Mary Gets a Lawyer
November 13, 1976
A frightened Mary faces a contempt charge for refusing to reveal a source, but her attorney shows more interest in her than in her case.
My Son, the Genius
7. My Son, the Genius
November 6, 1976
A psychiatrist's test shows that the Baxters' adopted son, David, is a genius, in spite of the fact that he is failing in school. Meanwhile, Mary gets stuck with an unenviable job.
One Producer Too Many
6. One Producer Too Many
October 30, 1976
Wanting to keep Murray at WJN, Lou promotes him as Mary's co-producer, but pandemonium soon erupts.
Ted's Change of Heart
5. Ted's Change of Heart
October 23, 1976
After suffering a mild heart attack, Ted adopts a new, "live for the moment" attitude, leaving the gang longing for the old Ted.
What's Wrong with Swimming?
4. What's Wrong with Swimming?
October 16, 1976
Mary's judgment is called into question when she hires a female sportscaster--an ex-Olympic swimmer who may have trouble staying afloat as a broadcaster.
Sue Ann's Sister
3. Sue Ann's Sister
October 9, 1976
Sue Ann is depressed when her competitive younger sister is offered a job at a rival network as their homemaker star.
Mary the Writer
2. Mary the Writer
October 2, 1976
Mary tries her hand at creative writing, but Lou's harsh criticism severely deflates her ego.
Mary Midwife
1. Mary Midwife
September 25, 1976
When Georgette suddenly goes into labor at one of Mary's dinner parties, it's up to Lou and Mary to deliver the baby.
Where to Watch The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Mary Tyler Moore Show is available for streaming on the CBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Mary Tyler Moore Show on demand at Amazon, Hulu, Vudu and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 19, 1970
  • IMDB Rating
    8.3  (10,126)