15 Facts About ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ You Didn’t Know


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Mary Tyler Moore passed away at 80 years old in 2017. Her impact as an actress and activist is inspiring. The show that defined her career was obviously The Mary Tyler Moore Show. As a comedic force, her mark on television was just purely to entertain, but the message behind the show is what many people — especially women — walked away with. Her character was the first single gal in the big city, who was focused on her career. This might seem like a ridiculous notion after the success of shows like Sex and The City and Girls. Yet, back when The Mary Tyler Moore Show was on from 1970 to 1977 — it was nothing short of revolutionary. Not only did critics applaud it in spades, but the show also won Best Outstanding Comedy three years in a row from the American Television Academy (Emmy Award).

The entire cast was an important part of why this much loved series did so well with viewers. Ed Asner, as a tough television station boss, Lou Grant was a lovable curmudgeon if there ever was one. Other stars Gavin MacLeod, Ted Knight, Cloris Leachman, Valerie Harper, and the incomparable Betty White rounded out the cast with some of the best acting talent seen on television.

By the time the show reached its stride, they had tackled a number of touchy subjects not normally talked about on comedic television shows. Things like equal pay rights, sexual preference, and even infidelity were not off the table. The Mary Tyler Moore Show explored all these issues and many more with a subtle comedic touch that is absolutely legendary to this day. Many famous people in the entertainment and media industry consider the show as one of the very things that inspired them to achieve their dreams. How cool is that? Even if you didn’t watch the show yourself, it’s fascinating to look at everything this show achieved in its time. It was kooky fun with an underlying message that inspired everyone who enjoyed it. Here are 15 facts about The Mary Tyler Moore Show you didn’t know.