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1970: 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' Debuts on CBS
September 19, 2019  | By TV WW  | 2 comments
 
On this day in 1970, CBS introduced one of television's most memorable sitcoms, The Mary Tyler Moore Show. The series starred Moore as Mary Richards, a single career woman working as an associate producer at a Minneapolis television station.

The show's cast included Ed Asner as news director Lou Grant, Gavin MacLeod as newswriter Murray Slaughter, Ted Knight as anchorman Ted Baxter and, later in the series' run, Betty White as show host Sue Ann Nivens. Georgia Engel portrayed Gerogette Franklin, Baxter's girlfriend and eventual wife. Outside the newsroom, Mary's circle included landlord Phyllis Lindstrom and neighbor Rhoda Morgenstern, played by Cloris Leachman and Valerie Harper, respectively. 

The Emmy award-winning series is often credited with changing the face of television sitcoms, thanks to its sophisticated ensemble comedy and focus on workplace and adult issues. The series ran seven years and spawned three other shows: Rhoda, Phyllis and Lou Grant

Here's one of the show's most beloved episodes, "Chuckles Bites the Dust":
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Kay S
Hands down my favorite TV show growing up (along with The Carol Burnett Show). We were blessed to have such good TV shows in the70's. Clean humor, stellar acting, memorable moments that have lasted for a lifetime.
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Michael A
I've seen a new batch of MTM episodes on YouTube recently and it's all I can do not to watch them again and again. I remember staying home on Saturday nights to watch this and Carol Burnett, long before the days of VCR's etc. Absolutely the best sitcom over, and dare I say it, better than I Love Lucy.
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Kay S
Michael, I might have to binge-watch some episodes this weekend. Miss the old shows.
Sep 19, 2018
 
 
 
 
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