Remember which legendary actor played Mary's boss in the newsroom, or what everyday item the star throws into the air during the opening credits? Show off your knowledge of this classic '70s series with our "Mary Tyler Moore" quiz!
Model and actress Mary Tyler Moore is credited with revolutionizing the way woman are portrayed on television, but her first major role was surprisingly traditional. From 1961 to 1966, she played suburban housewife Laura Petrie on "The Dick Van Dyke Show." While Moore's character is remembered as feisty and ahead of her time, she still largely filled the role expected for a woman on TV at the time -- homemaker and mother.
Moore's second major turn on television broke the mold, however, and paved the way for shows about single, working women to appear on screen. From 1970 to 1977, she played Mary Richards, a Minneapolis news producer who lived alone, worked, had no kids -- and was shockingly single.
Of course, the "Mary Tyler Moore" show was so much more than a social statement; it was smart and funny, with Moore's co-stars being so beloved by audiences that three of them got their own spin-offs.
And paraphrasing the words of the show's unforgettable theme song -- you might just make it after all -- to a perfect score on this "Mary Tyler Moore" quiz!
It had the first never-married, independent career woman as the central character.
There were actually two reasons. The first was that divorce was still controversial at the time. The second was that CBS was afraid viewers might think that Mary had divorced Rob Petrie, Laura's husband on The Dick Van Dyke Show.
Dick Van Dyke’s brother, Jerry Van Dyke, guest-starred in a couple episodes during the third and fourth seasons. Apparently there was no confusion even though Jerry Van Dyke resembles his brother.
Ted Baxter was the character, Ted Knight was the actor.
Ed Asner, played the Lou Grant, the Producer and later Executive Producer, of the "Six O'Clock News".
Rhoda Morgenstern was Mary’s friend and upstairs neighbor who trades insults with Mary’s other neighbor and homeowner, Phyllis Lindstrom.
Lars is a dermatologist that makes blemishes and other skin imperfections disappear. It is interesting to note that Lars is also an unseen character throughout the entire series.
Bess was the precocious daughter played by Lisa Gerritsen. Bess only referred to Phyllis by her first name rather than “mom” or “mother”. To Phyllis’ horror Bess bonded with Rhoda, calling the upstairs neighbor “Aunt Rhoda”.
Georgette Franklin was the name of the character who play Ted Baxter’s sweetheart and later his wife.
Georgette worked as a window dresser at Hempel's Department Store along with Rhoda. Later, she worked for a car rental service, as a Golden Girl, and for Rhoda selling plants.
The head writer of the news, Murray Slaughter, makes frequent quips about how Ted Baxter mangled his news copy. Murray is married to Marie, and has several children.
The producers introduced Gordy as a weatherman because at the time they felt very few weathermen at the time were black. In several early episodes the character of Gordy remarks, "Why does everyone think I'm the sportscaster?"
The correct answer is WJM
Host of WJM's The Happy Homemaker Show, Sue Ann Nivens has a superficial, cheerful demeanor while making hilarious judgmental comments about Mary and exchanging personal insults with Murray. She is also highly attracted to Lou and makes veiled comments indicating her interest.
In 2013, the Writers Guild of America ranked The Mary Tyler Moore Show number six in its list of the 101 Best Written TV Series of All Time.
The Mary Tyler Moore Show earned the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series for three years in a row (1975–77), and continued to be honored long after the final episode aired.
Chuckles is hired as the grand marshal for a circus parade and is asked to dress in character as Peter Peanut. During the parade, a "rogue" elephant spots Chuckles and tries to shell him. Chuckles dies from his injuries.
In the eulogy the minister asks, “And what did Chuckles ask in return? Not much. In his own words, 'A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants.'"
When Phyllis notices Lars’ clothes are cleaner than when he left the house, Phyllis realizes that Lars has been having an affair with Sue Ann Nivens, the star of WJM-TV's The Happy Homemaker show.
In the episode “Put on a Happy Face” the perfectly coiffed Mary Richards attends and receives a Teddy Award at the awards banquet. She accepts in an ill-fitting dress, hair bump, sprained ankle while sniffling with a cold. According to Mary Tyler Moore, this is her favorite episode.
The fictitious address of the Victorian house where Mary, Rhoda and the Lindstrom family live is 119 North Weatherly, Minneapolis, Minnesota. However, the exterior establishing shots were of a real house in Minneapolis at 2104 Kenwood Parkway.
The correct answer is all of the above.
The sequence changed each season, but always ended with Mary tossing her hat in front of what was then the flagship Dayton's department store at the intersection of South 7th Street and Nicolett Mall in downtown Minneapolis.
“You’re gonna make it for us all,” should really be “You’re gonna make it after all. So go ahead and sing it one more time."
American singer and songwriter, Sonny Curtis wrote and performed the famous song. Sonny Curtis joined the Crickets after Buddy Holly's death in 1959, and soon took over the lead vocalist role in addition to lead guitar. Two of Curtis's best known songs are "I Fought the Law" and "More Than I Can Say" (co-written with drummer Jerry Allison).
The ending sequences show snippets of the cast and guest stars and on-location scenes including a rear shot of Mary holding hands with her date, played by Moore's then husband, Grant Tinker. The ending sequence music is an instrumental version of "Love is All Around". The ending finishes with a cat meowing within the MTM logo.
Both James L. Brooks and Allan Burns were the creators and executive producers of the Mary Tyler Moore Show.
Mary Tyler Moore and her second husband Grant Tinker produced and distributed the series through their company MTM Enterprises and MTM Productions. Their company produced a number of other popular television programs, including The Bob Newhart Show, Hill Street Blues, Remington Steele and several spin-offs from The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
The show did not do well initially in syndication. However, in the fall of 1992, Nick at Nite began broadcasting the series nightly and it became the network's top-rated series.
The show spun off two television series that were very successful. And the spinoffs were not a surprise to the viewers - as the show worked the spinoffs into the script. The sitcoms ‘Rhoda’ aired from 1974–78 and ‘Phyllis’ aired from 1975–77. The last episode of the Mary Tyler Moore Show aired March 19, 1977.
Lou Grant had his own one-hour drama that was quite successful. It aired from September 1977 to 1982, called “Lou Grant”.
Ted Baxter was kept while all the other characters were let go. Throughout the episode, the characters were convinced that it was Ted who would be let go, although it never happened.
In the script it was written that the actors break from the group hug and go to the Kleenex box. However, in rehearsal they came up with the group shuffle. That was Mary’s favorite improvised moment.
Although she applied for a secretarial job at the TV station, that position was already taken. She is instead offered the position of associate producer of the station's "Six O'Clock News".
: Mary had been living with a man whom she had helped through medical school. He left her once receiving his degree. She relocated to Minneapolis determined to “make it on her own.”