The Mary Tyler Moore Show - One of the best in TV history
by Jane Boursaw, posted Oct 8th 2009 6:12PM
As Bob mentioned in his DVD post this week, The Mary Tyler Moore Show: The Complete Fifth Season was released in a 3-disc set on Tuesday. I have fond memories of watching this show as a kid, and the clips after the jump confirm once again that it featured one of the best casts in TV history.
Not only was each actor perfect for their role, but their timing and delivery of lines was second to none. I also love all of the 1970s-era props, clothes and decor, because of course, the show was made in the 1970s.
Season five ran from September 1974 to March 1975 (ah, the good old days when shows actually ran from September to March), and featured some all-time great episodes, like "Will Mary Richards Go to Jail?," when Mary refused to name a source for her news story and ended up in the slammer, and "Not a Christmas Story," when the WJM-TV crew got trapped in the newsroom by a snowstorm.
When you think of the cast and the impact they've had on TV history, it's truly amazing. But when gathered together in one show, Mary Tyler Moore (Mary Richards), Gavin MacLeod (Murray Slaughter), Ed Asner (Lou Grant), Ted Knight (Ted Baxter), Valerie Harper (Rhoda Morgenstern), Georgia Engel (Georgette Franklin Baxter), Betty White (Sue Ann Nivens) and Cloris Leachman (Phyllis Lindstrom) were nothing short of pure magic.
Take a look at these clips from season five of The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
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