History Series / TheMaryTylerMooreShow

2nd Sep '16 8:36:39 PM Mdumas43073
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The show was famous for the quality and depth of its writing, particularly the attention and care given to supporting characters such as Lou Grant (Creator/EdwardAsner), Rhoda Morgenstern (Valerie Harper), Murray Slaughter (Gavin [=MacLeod=]), Ted Baxter (Ted Knight), and Phyllis Lindstrom (Cloris Leachman). Even "Happy Homemaker" Sue Ann Nivens (Creator/BettyWhite), who could have been played as merely two-dimensional, was given some measure of depth. This was also one of the first series to feature a single woman as the main character, and to focus on her career rather than her love life. As originally scripted, Mary was to have been recently divorced. This was considered too controversial in 1970 (plus, in a case of classic ExecutiveMeddling, network brass was afraid the viewers would think that Moore's ''[[Series/TheDickVanDykeShow Dick Van Dyke Show]]'' character, Laura Petrie, had gotten divorced from Rob), so her BackStory was changed to one of rebuilding her life after a broken engagement.

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The show was famous for the quality and depth of its writing, particularly the attention and care given to supporting characters such as Lou Grant (Creator/EdwardAsner), Rhoda Morgenstern (Valerie Harper), Murray Slaughter (Gavin [=MacLeod=]), Ted Baxter (Ted Knight), and Phyllis Lindstrom (Cloris Leachman). Even "Happy Homemaker" Sue Ann Nivens (Creator/BettyWhite), who could have been played as merely two-dimensional, was given some measure of depth.

This was also one of the first series to feature a single woman as the main character, and to focus on her career rather than her love life. As originally scripted, Mary was to have been recently divorced. This was considered too controversial in 1970 (plus, in a case of classic ExecutiveMeddling, network brass was afraid the viewers would think that Moore's ''[[Series/TheDickVanDykeShow Dick Van Dyke Show]]'' character, Laura Petrie, had gotten divorced from Rob), so her BackStory was changed to one of rebuilding her life after a broken engagement.
2nd Sep '16 8:36:13 PM Mdumas43073
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The show was famous for the quality and depth of its writing, particularly the attention and care given to supporting characters such as Lou Grant (Creator/EdwardAsner), Rhoda Morgenstern (Valerie Harper), Murray Slaughter (Gavin [=MacLeod=]), Ted Baxter (Ted Knight), and Phyllis Lindstrom (Cloris Leachman). Even "Happy Homemaker" Sue Ann Nivens (Creator/BettyWhite), who could have been played as merely two-dimensional, was given some measure of depth.

This was also one of the first series to feature a single woman as the main character, and to focus on her career rather than her love life. As originally scripted, Mary was to have been recently divorced. This was considered too controversial in 1970 (plus, in a case of classic ExecutiveMeddling, network brass was afraid the viewers would think that Moore's ''[[Series/TheDickVanDykeShow Dick Van Dyke Show]]'' character, Laura Petrie, had gotten divorced from Rob), so her BackStory was changed to one of rebuilding her life after a broken engagement.

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The show was famous for the quality and depth of its writing, particularly the attention and care given to supporting characters such as Lou Grant (Creator/EdwardAsner), Rhoda Morgenstern (Valerie Harper), Murray Slaughter (Gavin [=MacLeod=]), Ted Baxter (Ted Knight), and Phyllis Lindstrom (Cloris Leachman). Even "Happy Homemaker" Sue Ann Nivens (Creator/BettyWhite), who could have been played as merely two-dimensional, was given some measure of depth.

depth. This was also one of the first series to feature a single woman as the main character, and to focus on her career rather than her love life. As originally scripted, Mary was to have been recently divorced. This was considered too controversial in 1970 (plus, in a case of classic ExecutiveMeddling, network brass was afraid the viewers would think that Moore's ''[[Series/TheDickVanDykeShow Dick Van Dyke Show]]'' character, Laura Petrie, had gotten divorced from Rob), so her BackStory was changed to one of rebuilding her life after a broken engagement.
28th Aug '16 5:39:03 PM ANTMuddle
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* JustEatGilligan: It's repeatedly shown that the station would do better in the ratings if Ted were replaced by someone competent.

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* JustEatGilligan: It's repeatedly shown that the station would do better in the ratings if Ted were replaced by someone competent. {{Irony}}? In the GrandFinale, he is the ''only'' employee the new owners do not cut.
28th Aug '16 5:35:16 PM ANTMuddle
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* SmallNameBigEgo: Ted Baxter, the former TropeNamer.

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* SmallNameBigEgo: Ted Baxter, the former TropeNamer. Although he routinely demonstrates HiddenDepths.
24th Jul '16 3:55:49 PM nombretomado
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* CousinOliver: Literally: Ted and Georgette's adopted son David is played by Robbie Rist, who played Oliver on ''TheBradyBunch''.

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* CousinOliver: Literally: Ted and Georgette's adopted son David is played by Robbie Rist, who played Oliver on ''TheBradyBunch''.''Series/TheBradyBunch''.
9th Jun '16 10:42:35 AM Mdumas43073
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* BitchInSheepsClothing: Phyllis and Sue Ann frequently verge on this.

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* BitchInSheepsClothing: Phyllis and Sue Ann frequently verge on this.this, with Sue Ann in particular being an expert in SugaryMalice.
4th Jun '16 9:41:27 PM gewunomox
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* WholePlotReference: "The New Sue Ann," where a young LoonyFan of Sue Ann plots to take over her show, is a take-off on ''AllAboutEve''.

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* WholePlotReference: "The New Sue Ann," where a young LoonyFan of Sue Ann plots to take over her show, is a take-off on ''AllAboutEve''.''Film/AllAboutEve''.
13th May '16 8:19:25 PM atomiccake
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* UncannyFamilyResemblence: In "Howard's Girl", Rhoda insinuates that Mary's boyfriend, Paul Arnell, is more attractive than his brother Howard, who Mary dated in a previous episode. Paul and Howard were both played by Richard Schaal (Valerie Harper's husband at the time).

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* UncannyFamilyResemblence: UncannyFamilyResemblance: In "Howard's Girl", Rhoda insinuates that Mary's boyfriend, Paul Arnell, is more attractive than his brother Howard, who Mary dated in a previous episode. The gag here is that Paul and Howard were both played by Richard Schaal (Valerie Harper's husband at the time).
13th May '16 8:18:09 PM atomiccake
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* UncannyFamilyResemblence: In "Howard's Girl", Rhoda insinuates that Mary's boyfriend, Paul Arnell, is more attractive than his brother Howard, who Mary dated in a previous episode. Paul and Howard were both played by Richard Schaal (Valerie Harper's husband at the time).
31st Mar '16 5:53:01 AM Mdumas43073
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Legendary 197077 Creator/{{CBS}} sitcom created by Creator/JamesLBrooks and Allan Burns, which forever reshaped American television comedy. Every WorkCom that has followed in its wake bears its influence.

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Legendary 197077 Creator/{{CBS}} sitcom created by Creator/JamesLBrooks and Allan Burns, which forever reshaped American television comedy. Every comedy; every WorkCom that has followed in its wake bears its influence.
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