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1977: 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' Ends
March 19, 2017  | By Linda Donovan  | 4 comments
 

On this day in 1977, the last episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show aired. The program was considered revolutionary because its main character, Mary Richards, a single woman, was living alone by choice, not because she was widowed or divorced. Mary worked her way up to producer at WJM-TV while the audience enjoyed all the characters in her universe. Mary was the quintessential independent woman of the 1970s. It was clear that while she would like to find a man, she was in control of her life and quite capable on her own. She showed strength yet vulnerability...and spunk, to the disappointment of her boss, Lou Grant.

 
Mary Tyler Moore and her then-husband, Grant Tinker, established MTM Enterprises, an independent production company, in order to produce this half hour sitcom. MTM Enterprises went on to produce not only spinoff programs from The Mary Tyler Moore Show, but also many of the most successful programs that aired during the 1970s and 1980s including The Bob Newhart Show, Lou Grant and Hill Street Blues. MTM shut down in 1998 with its library becoming part of 20th Century Fox Television.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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memikeyounot
I loved her show in the 70's, when you had to be home to watch things--no such thing at VHS or DVR! I've seen them all and discovered that there lots of eps on YouTube, and it's so easy to watch them! Some are better quality than others, but still worth your time.
Mar 19, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
ArtSmall
That famous line by Lou Grant-"I hate spunk!" I will remember always as well and the Bob Newhart Show in that country inn. Great memories.
Mar 19, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Patrick
Mary Tyler Moore and Valerie Harper reunited in 2000 for a TV-Movie, titled (what else?) "Mary and Rhoda". If I recall, Mary Richards was widowed, and Rhoda was twice divorced. Both ladies had teenaged daughters.
Aug 12, 2015   |  Reply
 
 
Judy Nevin
That was a great show. Can't believe it was so long ago. Thanks for all the background information.
Mar 20, 2014   |  Reply
 
Linda Donovan
My pleasure! A favorite of mine, too...
Mar 27, 2014
 
 
 
 
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