As an avid fan of the Mary Tyler Moore show, I’m thrilled to learn the entire series will finally be available on DVD. I watched Seasons 1-4 in a breathless marathon only to be shocked to find out the last three seasons were not available on DVD.
Lucky for me, the folks at 20th Century Fox got on the ball. It was probably because Oprah made such a fuss over the show last spring when she hosted an hour-long tribute to the show (and converted her studio into a replica of the WJM newsroom).
Mary Tyler Moore deserved every Emmy it won for its groundbreaking portrayal of a single thirtysomething career girl. Mary Richardson paved the way for bright single ladies like Liz Lemon. Plus, look at those kicky clothes:
The show’s cast – the peerless Valerie Harper as Mar’s best pal Rhoda, Ed Asner as her curmudgeony boss Lou Grant, Ted Knight as dufus weatherman Ted Baxter, a vivacious Cloris Leachman as Mary’s neighbor Phyllis, and future Love Boat captain Gavin MacLeod as the unflappable Murray Slaughter – set an unbeatable standard for television ensembles.
Later, the show added Betty White and Georgia Engle to the shenanigans.
Also, best opening tune ever! And covered by everyone from Joan Jett to Husker Du.
Even cooler: every single member of the cast, with the exception of Ted Knight and Georgia Engel, is a vegetarian. Makes me love them all even Moore, uh more. UPDATE: ACTUALLY ONLY MARY TYLER MOORE AND CLORIS LEACHMAN ARE VEGETARIANS.
Are you a fan of the show? Do you have a favorite character?