Whatever happened to …

… the Mary Tyler Moore Show?

This classic comedy show debuted yesterday in 1970 and ran until 1977. Do the math and feel old! Growing up, it was one of the shows that we always watched as a family and everyone would laugh at the genius in the writing and acting.

More than just being a great comedy show, it was one of the first television shows that really showed that a woman can be single and self-sufficient.

We always enjoyed when our cousins from Minnesota showed up and would point out the real life buildings that would pop up periodically.

Beyond Mary, though, there were so many great characters – Lou, Sue Ann, Rhoda, Murray, Phyllis, and of course Ted. At university, we would watch and would appreciate “Ted shows”.

If you made me pick a favourite show, it would have to be the one where Chuckles the Clown dies and the staff goes to the funeral. Mary had been stoic all episode until …

I’m not alone in this feeling.

Classics live on and this show is often available on networks today for viewing. My wife and I continue to enjoy the show and never tire of seeing repeat episodes.

Your thoughts?

  • Did you grow up watching the show?
  • This show was played before a live audience as opposed to many modern shows that just have laugh tracks dubbed in. Does that require better actresses and actors?
  • Can you think of a comedy show that you like better than this one?
  • Will any shows today have the longevity of this classic?

I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments.

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3 thoughts on “Whatever happened to …”

  1. such a great show. I loved Mary, but thought Rhoda was actually the coolest! In terms of laughter, though, I think MASH bests it. In terms of shows that will survive? I think it’s tricky, because there aren’t shows “everyone” watches anymore, due to the proliferation of channels and options. We don’t necessarily gather to talk about any one thing anymore. (and as a human without Netflix, I am completely out of the loop!)


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