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YMMV: The Mary Tyler Moore Show
  • Award Snub: Gavin MacLeod (Murray Slaughter) was the only actor to have never been nominated for an Emmy (Georgia Engel never won either, even though all six of the other regulars did, but she was nominated), but (unusually for this trope) MacLeod is almost universally considered the weak link in the cast (and, along with Betty White, is one of only two actors on the show who is generally remembered for another role - in his case, Captain Stubing on The Love Boat.)
    • Oddly enough, the show itself seems to make a comment on this. The show's final Teddy Awards (shown in Season 7's "Murray Can't Lose") chronicles some of Murray's frustrations with never managing to receive a win for his work, while the rest of his colleagues are often acknowledged. In the episode itself, Lou hears from an inside source that Murray is apparently a lock to win that year, and Murray becomes excited by the prospect of some recognition. However, Murray ends up losing, left out once again (while Mary, Lou, Sue Ann and Ted all managed to win that very night). In the end, Murray's wife tells him to read out what would have been his acceptance speech, and it results in a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming when everyone finds out that the speech was going to highlight the depths to which he loved all of his friends.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: "Chuckles Bites the Dust"
  • Dueling Shows: For some reason, the show often gets mixed up with That Girl for modern audiences.
  • Fair for Its Day: The season 3 episode "My Brother's Keeper" has Phyllis discovering that her visiting brother (who she'd first tried to fix up with Mary and then suspected of being romantically interested in Rhoda) is gay. Her reaction? Relief that he won't be having a relationship with Rhoda. It's likely the first TV episode in which a character is unambiguously happy to find out a relative is gay.
  • Growing the Beard: The first two seasons had a lot of episodes focusing on Mary's dating life. Starting in the third season, the writers shifted more of the focus to the Work Com aspects and engaged in more Character Development, including allowing Rhoda to get some self-esteem and making Ted a more rounded character.
    • Reaffirmed in its history with the Emmys. While it would always manage to do well with the Academy in its years on the air (a rarity for any TV show running 7 seasons), it would only be its last 3 seasons that would win it the the top award for Outstanding Comedy Series.
  • Hollywood Homely: Rhoda
  • Retroactive Recognition: Doris Roberts makes a brief appearance in Season 5's "Phyllis Whips Inflation", a good 20 years before starting Everybody Loves Raymond and roughly 10 years before winning her first Emmy for St. Elsewhere.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: The show was so influential and widely imitated that younger viewers might wonder just what the big deal is.
    • The early episodes got a lot of comic mileage out of the then-novel idea that a newscaster, such a respected figure on TV, is actually an idiot who just reads what the producers give him. This has become such a common joke since then, including in James L. Brooks's own The Simpsons and Broadcast News, that the novelty has worn off.
  • Tear Jerker / Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Just try watching the series finale and remain dry eyed.
  • Values Dissonance: Several examples, as the show is a few decades old.
    • During the episode where Murray wants to have another child and his wife doesn't, he asks everybody's advice on how to handle it. Ted suggests putting something in her drink as a last resort. Back in The Seventies, the reaction to this suggestion may have been "Oh my God, what an idiot," but in the present day when we've come to learn just how serious Date Rape is, the reaction is more likely to be "OH MY GOD, WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU?!"
    • Nowadays, Lou Grant's frequent commenting on women's backsides—including Mary, his employee—and open sexism would've gotten him fired. Possibly the worst example of this happens in the episode "Who's In Charge Here?" Lou is getting promoted to program director and needs to decide who should replace him as producer of the news. The logical choice would be Mary, the associate producer, but Lou instead gives the job to Murray, a news writer with no management experience. When Mary asks him if he passed her over because she was a woman, he matter-of-factly tells her that of course he did.
  • What an Idiot: Used often in-universe with Ted. A key example is Season 6's "Once I Had a Secret Love", where he undergoes a search to find out who Sue Ann slept with the night before and is unable to notice the obvious clues leading to Lou, even after WATCHING HER KISS LOU RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIM.
    Ted: Sue Ann wore your overcoat, she brought your socks, she just kissed you tenderly on the head. (Beat) You know something, Lou? If her new boyfriend finds out, she's going to kill you.


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