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Let''s pretend we''re the Mary Tyler Moore Show.

Just for you, r138, from the Norman Lear thread. I'll start. I'm the mean-looking older woman in the opening credits who shoots Mary a sour look when she tosses her hat in the air.

by Anonymousreply 50107/08/2015

Let's not, OK, I have dinner to finish and the Hoffman cocktail party is tomorrow night. Go find out if Conrad is going to be at dinner.

by Anonymousreply 104/15/2010

I'm that honking laughter from that one particular guy who seemed to be in the studio audience at every taping.

by Anonymousreply 204/15/2010

You're forgetting that Conrad has his weekly appointment with that Jew psychiatrist tomorrow night. Now let's steer this back to an MTM show discussion. It's very rude of you to change topics after the OP spent $18 to start this thread. Buck would never have been that rude.

by Anonymousreply 304/15/2010

I'm Sue Ann Nivens.

by Anonymousreply 404/15/2010

I'm Veal Prince Orloff!

by Anonymousreply 504/15/2010

I'm Lars.

by Anonymousreply 604/15/2010

I'm David Letterman. From that OTHER Mary Tyler Moore show, the one we'd both like to forget.

by Anonymousreply 704/15/2010

I am the visible soft spot on the top of Murray's bald head. I throb when Murray is quietly hysterical about people recognizing him as the man who is always masturbating in the toilet stall when that cute black intern uses the urinal.

by Anonymousreply 804/15/2010

I'm Gordy the weatherman's ginormous crotch.

by Anonymousreply 904/15/2010

I'm the bottle of booze in Lou Grant's desk drawer.

by Anonymousreply 1004/15/2010

I'm spunk. Lou hates me.

by Anonymousreply 1104/15/2010

The orignal first like of the MYM theme song: "How will you make it own?"

The first line in the opening theme song didn't become "Who can turn the world on with a smile?" until Season 2.

by Anonymousreply 1204/15/2010

"Who can turn the world on with a smile?"

Sung by Sonny Curtis, Sammy Davis and Joan Jett:

by Anonymousreply 1304/15/2010

Fun fact: R2 is produced by James L. Brooks.

by Anonymousreply 1404/15/2010

Here are the MTM lyrics by Paul Williams. Sing along boys:

by Anonymousreply 1504/15/2010

"The Mary Tyler Moore Show"

Quite simply, the best show on television ever.

By earning 29 Emmy Awards, The Mary Tyler Moore Show set a record that was not broken until Frasier earned its 30th in 2002

by Anonymousreply 1604/15/2010

I'm the dollhouse which was mysteriously substituted for the exterior of Mary's building sometime in season four, though it looked nothing like the actual building.

by Anonymousreply 1704/15/2010

I'm the baggy clothes the extremely fit Valerie Harper must wear to flatter Mary's pretensions of being the thin one.

by Anonymousreply 1804/15/2010

I am Veal Prince Orloff. Lou thinks I look good.

by Anonymousreply 1904/15/2010

I'm the kid who lives downstairs. I was funny in the pilot. Whatever happened to me?

by Anonymousreply 2004/15/2010

[quote]Buck would never have been that rude.

Buck would never have been on datalounge!

by Anonymousreply 2104/15/2010

I'm Lars.

by Anonymousreply 2204/15/2010

Oh someone else was Veal Prince Orloff. Ok, I am both Mr AND Mrs Armand Linton.

by Anonymousreply 2304/15/2010

I'm Ms. Hemple!

by Anonymousreply 2404/15/2010

[quote]I'm the kid who lives downstairs. I was funny in the pilot. Whatever happened to me?

Isn't that Phyllis's daughter Bess Lindstrom? She was in several episodes of the MTM SHOW (Including one of my favorites, "Bess, You Is My Daughter Now") and then went on to be a featured recurring character on PHYLLIS.

by Anonymousreply 2504/15/2010

I'm Presbyterian.

(If you remember Mary's original interview with Mr. Grant.)

by Anonymousreply 2604/15/2010

Mr. Grant: You want a drink?

Mary: Okay, I'll have a Brandy Alexander.

(As Lou reaches into his desk draw to pull out the bottle of whiskey.)

by Anonymousreply 2704/15/2010

I'm Henry Winkler, patiently awaiting a serving of veal Prince Orloff, right before I became the Fonz.

by Anonymousreply 2804/15/2010

Phyllis: "Oh Mary, If someone needs brain surgery no matter how trivial, they somehow find the money. But if someone gets a rash, they just scratch until times get better." Phyllis coming to the realization that she and husband Lars the dermatologist have fallen on hard times, and Lars isn't doing as well as Phyllis had hoped...and Phyllis may have to get a job.

by Anonymousreply 2904/15/2010

I'm the enormous metal M on Mary's wall. Although I am incredibly iconic, I serve no clear purpose--does she perhaps need to be reminded of the first letter of her name?

by Anonymousreply 3004/15/2010

I'm Toulouse-Lautrec, one of Mary's favorite artists.

by Anonymousreply 3104/15/2010

I am the cheap paperbacks on the low circular shelves in the conversation pit in Mary's first apartment.

by Anonymousreply 3204/15/2010

I'm Twinks Tvedt!

by Anonymousreply 3304/15/2010

[quote]I'm the enormous metal M on Mary's wall. Although I am incredibly iconic, I serve no clear purpose--does she perhaps need to be reminded of the first letter of her name?

It's a monogram, like the 'L' on all of LaVerne de Fazio's blouses. They were popular at one time.

by Anonymousreply 3404/15/2010

Speaking of LaVerne...I'm Penny Marshall, who very briefly lived next door to Mary in her high rise apartment.

by Anonymousreply 3504/16/2010

I'm that blond intern in Mary's office that was always in the background but never had a line. I'm good looking and, yes, I have a lot of pubic hair...

by Anonymousreply 3604/16/2010

R35. And I'm Penny Marshall's roommate on MTM--Mary Kay Place.

Both Penny and Mary Kay played nurses...and if I recall, they were both only on one episode when MTM moved from her famous one-room studio to the high rise apartment building.

by Anonymousreply 3704/16/2010

I'm Phyllis' gay brother who went out with Rhoda which made Phyllis crazy and which made Phyllis ultimately relieved to know that he was gay rather than end up romatically involved with Rhoda.

Phyllis: He's smart. He's wiity. He's worldly. He's intelligent.

Rhoda: He's gay!

by Anonymousreply 3804/16/2010

I am Phyllis Lindstrom's floor length hostess skirt.

by Anonymousreply 3904/16/2010

I'm the chocolate that Rhoda shouldn't eat but just apply directly to her hips.

by Anonymousreply 4004/16/2010

I'm Ida Morgenstern's guilt trip that I lay on Rhoda across the miles and with every visit.

by Anonymousreply 4104/16/2010

I'm both scarfs that Rhoda's mother gave to Mary and which Mary wore to work at the same time because when Mary said she liked one, Ida said, "So you don't like the other one?"

by Anonymousreply 4204/16/2010

I'm Sue Ann Nivens' over-the-top frilly bedroom with her round bed and ceiling mirror.

by Anonymousreply 4304/16/2010

I'm the late Mary Frann who hit Mary's car. I'd never come right out and say that I don't like Rhoda (and all Jewish people) but well, she just ISN'T our kind.

by Anonymousreply 4404/16/2010

I'm Joyce Bulifant, Murray's, wife. Yes, wife!

by Anonymousreply 4504/16/2010

I thought I had claimed the 'M'? Fine. Just fine. I'll be the matching dresses Ida bought for herself and Rhoda. Of course Rhoda not knowing this until Ida arrives a little late...

by Anonymousreply 4604/16/2010

I'm the 'little sister' that Sue Anne adopts so she can one-up Mary, who has sponsored a teenaged shoplifter (Mackenzie Phillips). "And mine's black!"

by Anonymousreply 4704/16/2010

I'm Sue Ann's "Fly Me to the Moon" doorbell chime.

by Anonymousreply 4804/16/2010

I'm the hideous orange shag-carpeting in Mary's first apartment.

by Anonymousreply 4904/16/2010

I'm the shrimp that Mary demanded be fresh the next time!

by Anonymousreply 5004/16/2010

I'm the elephant that killed Chuckles the Clown by trying to shell him.

by Anonymousreply 5104/16/2010

I'm Ted's baby blue polyester suit with contrast stitching.

by Anonymousreply 5204/16/2010

How do we know that Mary's letter "M" was metal? I always imagined it was wood that had been spray painted gold.

by Anonymousreply 5304/16/2010

r48, that was Jennifer from WKRP.

by Anonymousreply 5404/16/2010

I'm the Teddy Awards.

by Anonymousreply 5504/16/2010

I am Mary's intercom beside her apartment door.

I am also the steps descending into her living room.

by Anonymousreply 5604/16/2010

I'm the bells on Mary's belt that Lou makes fun of.

by Anonymousreply 5704/16/2010

I'm the mostly forgettable first season which was mostly about Mary's dating life.

by Anonymousreply 5804/16/2010

I am Rhoda's plant store, only heard from once and then never again. She abandoned me to move to NYC and go back to window dressing. All the inventory died.

by Anonymousreply 5904/16/2010

I am Sue Ann Nivens' kitchen set at the TV station.

by Anonymousreply 6004/16/2010

I'm Mrs. Martha Dudley, the older woman who was lucky to snag a date with Lou Grant. I find that episode's pre-dinner cocktail party scene at Mary's apartment to be funniest minutes ever on that show.

by Anonymousreply 6104/16/2010

I am the episode that jumped the shark (Ted leaves WJM to become a game show host).

by Anonymousreply 6204/16/2010

I'm the meat that Mary reluctantly tosses into her shopping cart in the revised opening credits. Why doesn't she love me?

by Anonymousreply 6304/16/2010

I'm Ten Cents a Dance, the song Phyllis sang in a beauty pageant where she won a big box of chocolates for that!

by Anonymousreply 6404/16/2010

I am the stain remover that Sue Ann used to remove the chocolate stains that Phyllis threw at her after her affair with Lars.

by Anonymousreply 6504/16/2010

I'm the (apparently) creepy weirdo with the dark glasses in the goodbye party Mary keeps flashing back to.

I was actually going in for my THIRD goodbye kiss.

She was right to 'scold' me.

My wife STILL brings it up but I don't care. Mary was hot.

I bet she ended up working next to some bald loser who pined after her for years.

by Anonymousreply 6604/16/2010

I'm DeFalco with my camera in the back of the squad car.

by Anonymousreply 6704/16/2010

I am Ted's hat that gets scrunched by Mary when she hugs him. She does her best to try to fix me as Murray looks on scornfully.

by Anonymousreply 6804/16/2010

I'm the chain Mary used to antique her table. Though I wish I had thought up the piece of meat first.

by Anonymousreply 6904/16/2010

I'm Marcia Wallace from the Bob Newhart show, bitter as fuck that Mary decided to go with with Georgia Engel as Georgette.

by Anonymousreply 7004/16/2010

I'm the big wicker chair near the window. I was very popular at one time.

by Anonymousreply 7104/16/2010

I'm the letter M that moved from apartment wall to apartment wall.

by Anonymousreply 7204/16/2010

I'm Valerie Harper - such a great actress that you actually believe I'm schlumpy. In retrospect - I was a goddess.

by Anonymousreply 7304/16/2010

I'm Edie - moving on with my life without Lou.

by Anonymousreply 7404/16/2010

R2 -The "honking" guy was actually producer James L. Brooks.

by Anonymousreply 7504/16/2010

I'm Georgia Engel's cringeworthy baby-doll voice.

by Anonymousreply 7604/16/2010

I'll be the oblique references to Mary's sex life.

by Anonymousreply 7704/16/2010

I am future Oscar winner Helen Hunt playing Murray's daughter.

by Anonymousreply 7804/16/2010

I'm Sue Ann's souffle that Phyllis ruined.

by Anonymousreply 7904/16/2010

I'm Mary's ever changing hairdo, from the long fall in the first season, to the shorter, frosted Laura Petrie update in the middle seasons to the feathered look in the final season.

by Anonymousreply 8004/16/2010

[quote] I'm Edie - moving on with my life without Lou.

I'm the cooking class that Edie took in an attempt to demonstrate her freedom from having to cook every day for Lou.

by Anonymousreply 8104/16/2010

I'm Mike Montgomery, the character with no lines whom Edie brings to the Teddy Awards the night that Lou brings Mrs. Martha Dudley.

by Anonymousreply 8204/16/2010

I'm the bangs Mary is constantly blowing out of her face after the change of hairdo.

by Anonymousreply 8304/16/2010

I'm Mary's disastrous wig and diabeetus- and/or booze-induced puffy eyes in season 6.

by Anonymousreply 8404/16/2010

I'm Mary's toothbrush, which she forgot to bring when she went to jail and met those nice prostitutes.

by Anonymousreply 8504/16/2010

I'm Lou Grant's thick, hairy forearms which belie a very hairy bush as well as a hairy, musky hole that holds many untold secrets. Many!

by Anonymousreply 8604/16/2010

I am the mysterious bathroom that seems to be in the giant walk-in closet of Mary's first apartment.

by Anonymousreply 8704/16/2010

I am the groovy beaded doorway hanging that creates the illusion of separate rooms in Rhoda's apartment.

by Anonymousreply 8804/16/2010

I am Rhoda's Dendron, the discarded name for Rhoda's plant shop.

by Anonymousreply 8904/16/2010

I am the raging lust Murray has for Ted that is masked by endless put-downs and insults.

by Anonymousreply 9004/16/2010

I am Mary's perky mom played by the perky Nanette Fabray, who was supposed to be as perky as Mary.

by Anonymousreply 9104/16/2010

I am Sue Anne's sister, who was there to take over her life.

by Anonymousreply 9204/16/2010

I'm Stevie, the bratty kid that Mary didn't like.

by Anonymousreply 9304/16/2010

ok, I'm one of Mary's many teeth, that Lou says she has to lose a few if he loses any weight.

by Anonymousreply 9404/16/2010

I'm the flower girl at Thomas Alva Edison's wedding.

by Anonymousreply 9504/16/2010

I'm the Christmas dinner of many nations, with accompanying hats.

by Anonymousreply 9604/16/2010

I'm the 11 multi-colored Mary Tyler Moores in the opening sequence.

by Anonymousreply 9704/16/2010

I'm the shot of Mary and Cloris in the season 2 opening credits where they're clearly talking to the studio audience.

by Anonymousreply 9804/16/2010

I'm Mary's embarrassment when Lou and his new squeeze Charlene (the piano bar singer played by Sheree North) stop by and are mildly bemused by the fact that she had prepared herself an inviting full course breakfast on a work day.

by Anonymousreply 9904/16/2010

I'm the obituaries file.

by Anonymousreply 10004/16/2010

I'm the plaid pantsuit Mary wore one season when she was sporting a shoulder-length hairstyle. Together we make her look like a cross between a scarecrow and a circus clown.

by Anonymousreply 10104/16/2010

I'm Mary's underappreciated role as a style icon for a decade.

Seriously: she helped teach American women new to the labor force how to dress and what to wear, and celebrated American sportswear. I've only ever heard Isaac Mizrahi acknowledge what a huge influence that show was on fashion and on our psyche.

by Anonymousreply 10204/16/2010

I am Marlo Thomas, hijacking this thread to claw out the eyes of R102.

by Anonymousreply 10304/16/2010

I'm the green, stomachless gown designed by hooker, Liz Colby that Mary looked stunning (and stunned) in.

by Anonymousreply 10404/16/2010

I'm Barbara Colby, NOT Liz Colby, who would later be murdered while in the beginning of "Phyllis."

by Anonymousreply 10504/16/2010

We love you Marlo, and That Girl, but your character was a fashion model with no day job.

by Anonymousreply 10604/16/2010

I'm the 5000-watt radio station in Fresno, California, where it all started.

by Anonymousreply 10704/16/2010

I would have much rather have been Ann Marie though. Or had Ann as a friend. As much as I love Mary.

by Anonymousreply 10804/16/2010

I'm Ted Bessell who played bf to both MTM and Marlo.

by Anonymousreply 10904/16/2010

I'm Sue Ann's vibrating bed located under the mirrored bedroom ceiling.

by Anonymousreply 11004/16/2010

I'm the unfunny, overrated Chuckles the Clown episode.

by Anonymousreply 11104/16/2010

I'm the long, skinny clump of hair that sticking out while Mary's en route to Minneapolis.

by Anonymousreply 11204/16/2010

I'm the old people's excrement that R111 eats.

by Anonymousreply 11304/16/2010

I'm the short, fat guy in the "faux flashback" in the season 1 opening credits who seems to be groping Mary at her going-away party.

by Anonymousreply 11404/16/2010

I'm the tiny T.V. Mary keeps in a cubby hole beneath the single stair leading to her living room.

Lou Grant once used me, and it was very exciting: My vertical hold was throbbing for weeks.

by Anonymousreply 11504/16/2010

I'm the flasks of vodka that MTM apparently kept hidden all over the newsroom set.

by Anonymousreply 11604/16/2010

I'm the black and white photo of Lou Grant as a college football player that was never acknowledged though aroused bear-lovers everywhere.

by Anonymousreply 11704/16/2010

I'm the big Saint Bernard that strolls by Mary's house in that one establishing shot they used over and over.

by Anonymousreply 11804/16/2010

I'm the cute little kitty who "roars" in the end credits!

by Anonymousreply 11904/16/2010

I'm Calorie Cutters, the Weight Watchers knockoff that Rhoda and Murray were on.

by Anonymousreply 12004/16/2010

I'm a young John Ritter as a tennis-playing minister!

by Anonymousreply 12104/16/2010

"I'm the meat that Mary reluctantly tosses into her shopping cart in the revised opening credits. Why doesn't she love me?"

I know this doesn't require an answer. But since a lot of you guys are young, I thought I'd put that meat scene into context. We were going through a bad economic spell at that time and, for some reason, meat prices suddenly went way up...kind of like the way gas prices suddenly went up a couple years back. There were articles in the newspapers about this crisis, and recipes for meals with little or no meat.

So Mary's scene was a reflection of the times. She knows the meat is overpriced, but decides to buy it anyway...though she obviously feels conflicted/guilty about it.

by Anonymousreply 12204/16/2010

I'm the Better Luck Next Time club.

by Anonymousreply 12304/16/2010

I'm the copious amounts of burnt orange ashtrays overflowing with cigarette and cigar butts.

Also, I'm the smoke that always seems to rise through the ceiling and never lingers for more than two seconds in any of the places I am blown.

by Anonymousreply 12404/16/2010

I am the purple football jersey that Mary is wearing while she washes her car in the opening credits. I will be the only thing that ever remotely has made Mary look butch.

by Anonymousreply 12504/16/2010

I'm the too much loving, too much understanding, and too much sharing that Howard Arnell exhibits.

by Anonymousreply 12604/16/2010

I'm Carlton your doorman.

by Anonymousreply 12704/16/2010

I'm the Hungarian artist who turned out to be a flamer that Mary, Rhoda, Phyllis, and Murray all posed nude for.

by Anonymousreply 12804/16/2010

I'm the man whose shoulder Mary puts her head on as they walk down the street during the closing credits.

by Anonymousreply 12904/16/2010

I'm one of the hot joggers that Mary checks out while walking in the park.

by Anonymousreply 13004/16/2010

I'm the abbreviated instrumental version of the opening theme song used sometimes for syndication.

by Anonymousreply 13104/16/2010

[quote]I'm one of the hot joggers that Mary checks out while walking in the park. One of you is James L. Brooks. I'm the bitch next to you with the broken leg, Mary.

by Anonymousreply 13204/16/2010

I am the tenth syllable Mary would very rarely achieve in her reading of "Oh, Mister Grant!"

Usually it was eight or nine

by Anonymousreply 13304/16/2010

I'm the hair dryer that Phyllis yelled into when she woke up Rhoda.

by Anonymousreply 13404/16/2010

I'm Rhoda's other sister Debbie

by Anonymousreply 13504/16/2010

R122, somehow I knew this, but forgot; thanks!

by Anonymousreply 13604/16/2010

The laughter of James L. Brooks has been taken and explained, so I'll be Phyllis ... tossing my head back and laughing "in that way I have."

by Anonymousreply 13704/16/2010

I'm Gordie the weatherman who mysteriously disappeared and ended up in the Chicago projects.

by Anonymousreply 13804/16/2010

I every guy whose gf made him sit through this show every Saturday night so that he could laid at 9:30.

by Anonymousreply 13904/16/2010

I'm Lou Grant's stubby but very thick and hairy cock that got hard every time Mary was around.

by Anonymousreply 14004/16/2010

"I'm a mere boutoniere on the lapel of the universe."

--Phyllis talking to Mary and feeling badly for herself because she can't find a job since she's qualified for absolutely nothing.

by Anonymousreply 14104/16/2010

"I have uncanny knack for picking the right wine at dinner."

--Phyllis, responding to the human resources manager who asked, "So what are you qualified to do?"

by Anonymousreply 14204/16/2010

I'm the Popsicle stick with the vendor's tax ID number that Mary needs when she gets audited.

by Anonymousreply 14304/16/2010

I'm the kleenex box on the desk the entire cast shuffled to shoulder-to-shoulder embracing each other during the final scene of the show. So sad. So incredibly sad. The end of an era.

by Anonymousreply 14404/16/2010

I'm the sour creme gone bad that Sue Ann Nivens left on the counter under the hot studio lights giving food poisoning to the entire newsroom including herself so that she could fire her "All Above Eve" intern (Linda Kelsey) threatening to take over Sue Ann's show, "The Happy Homemaker."

by Anonymousreply 14504/16/2010

I'm Sue Ann's knee she used to kick-slam the waist-high oven door completely out-of-character from her Happy Homemaker persona.

by Anonymousreply 14604/16/2010

I'm the snowstorm that kept everyone at the station for days when there was no programming left air. Ted, Mary, Lou...even Rhoda was there, all punchy.

by Anonymousreply 14704/16/2010

I'm Sue Ann's upcoming specials, "What's All This Fuss About Famine?" and "Salute to Fruit."

by Anonymousreply 14804/16/2010

I'm Rhoda's date who wanted to be a forest ranger. --When I said I wanted a WILD life, I didn't mean wildlife." --Rhoda

by Anonymousreply 14904/16/2010

I'm Rhoda's date and his wife.

by Anonymousreply 15004/16/2010

I'm the collective love, the big smile and warm fuzzy that everyone feels for a show that was a definitive part of our youth, our childhood, and that is in our psyche.

by Anonymousreply 15104/16/2010

I'm "The Mary Tyler Moore Show's" greatest fan. Many shows have come and gone. Some have even been great. Some people might say "I Love Lucy" was the best. Of course, it surely is a classic. But none ever matched MTM. It's simply the best there ever was.

by Anonymousreply 15204/16/2010

I'm a little song

I'm a little dance

I'm a little seltzer down your pants

by Anonymousreply 15304/16/2010

I'm Mary filling in for the MTM trademark kitty doing my Porky Pig imitation. "Ba di ba di ba di ba di, that's all folks."

by Anonymousreply 15404/16/2010

I am Vincent Gardenia, who sacked the fucking lot of you. Except Ted.

by Anonymousreply 15504/16/2010

Hello, Mary? This is Betty Ford.

by Anonymousreply 15604/16/2010

I'm Armond Linton

by Anonymousreply 15704/16/2010

I'm the apple pie that Phyllis baked in order to win Lars back from Sue Ann that not even Phyllis could fake liking.

by Anonymousreply 15804/16/2010

I am the puddle of goo that Sue Ann poured from the mold onto the counter-top the day the crew forgot to plug in the oven.

"Now I'm SURE that's not what a Strawberry Swirl is supposed to look like!"

by Anonymousreply 15904/16/2010

I'm the virginity that this show, in a revolutionary gesture, didn't try to pretend that a single woman of Mary Richards' age would have.

by Anonymousreply 16004/16/2010

I'm Mary's boyfriend she left in Roseberg, MN. I broke up with her so she had to go out and "make it on her own."

I should have kept her.

by Anonymousreply 16104/16/2010

here you go

by Anonymousreply 16204/16/2010

I am Murray's typewriter.

by Anonymousreply 16304/16/2010

I am Mary's new gold (not yellow) Mustang convertible.

by Anonymousreply 16404/16/2010

I'm mary's embarrassed look when she accidentally responded to her father that she had taken "the pill."

by Anonymousreply 16504/16/2010

I'm Lars' clothes that come home cleaner at night than when they left the house in the morning.

by Anonymousreply 16604/16/2010

I am the brown car Mary's parents gave her for high school graduation.

by Anonymousreply 16704/16/2010

I am Murray's plot driven, unbelievable gambling addiction.

by Anonymousreply 16804/16/2010

I am in love with r146.

by Anonymousreply 16904/16/2010

R146, you described that perfectly. That's one of my favorite scenes.

by Anonymousreply 17004/16/2010

I'm Jack Cassidy kicking myself for not taking the Ted Baxter role.

by Anonymousreply 17104/16/2010

I'm John Amos in a nothing role as the station's sportcaster ..... I mean weatherman...

by Anonymousreply 17204/16/2010

I'm Mary's spunk.

by Anonymousreply 17304/16/2010

I'm the two spices that Phyllis borrows from Mary.

by Anonymousreply 17404/16/2010

I'm the trophy Rhoda won at the beauty pageant.

by Anonymousreply 17504/16/2010

I am the pumpkin shaped cookie jar on the kitchen counter of Mary's first apartment.

by Anonymousreply 17604/16/2010

I am the clocks on the newsroom wall.

by Anonymousreply 17704/16/2010

I'm Rhoda's sudden realization that L & P Management is L for Lars and . . . P for Phyllis.

by Anonymousreply 17804/16/2010

I am Mary's fallen hair, cold, and sprained ankle she has when she wins her first Teddy Award.

by Anonymousreply 17904/17/2010

I am Shot Down in Ecuador Junior.

by Anonymousreply 18004/17/2010

I am Gustavo, the waiter who asks Mary and Rhoda to deliver a mysterious package when they visit Mexico.

by Anonymousreply 18104/17/2010

I'm Lars. How do you do?

by Anonymousreply 18204/17/2010

I am Cloris Leachman's curled wiglet which gets pinned to the crown of her head just moments before shooting begins to allow Cloris more time to angrily confront the writers about her scenes.

by Anonymousreply 18304/17/2010

I am the 'perspiration' stain on the dress that Mr. Mitchell, the dry cleaner, brings to Mary's house the day of the Teddy Awards.

by Anonymousreply 18404/17/2010

I'm Ida's AquaNet

by Anonymousreply 18504/17/2010

I am the potted chrysanthemum that Mary is inexplicably carrying on an escalator. I hope she's not taking me to a funeral.

by Anonymousreply 18604/17/2010

I'm Ida Morgenstern's aged vagine.

by Anonymousreply 18704/17/2010

I'm the terrible local discount carpet center commercial that aired every overnight somewhere between the second and third Mary episode when a New York TV station ran three "Mary Tyler Moore Show" eps followed by three "Bob Newhart Show" eps in the early '80s. I may be remembering wrong, but could it have been WNBC after Letterman?

by Anonymousreply 18804/17/2010

I'm the number of words Mary can type per minute:

by Anonymousreply 18904/17/2010

And I'm the drink Mary says she'll have when Mr. Grant asks in her job interview, "Do you want a drink?"

He expects her to just accept a shot of whiskey from his bottle in his desk draw.

by Anonymousreply 19004/17/2010

I'm the job Mary would originally have taken if she could afford to live on $5 less per week.

by Anonymousreply 19104/17/2010

I'm the piece of furniture Lou Grant in later episodes would tell Mary she bumped into and said "excuse me" to on her way out of the interview, something that didn't actually happen in the pilot.

by Anonymousreply 19204/17/2010

Thanks, r189.

I'm "Presbyterian"

by Anonymousreply 19304/17/2010

I'm the network exec who insisted that Mary Richards not be divorced, per the original intention, because TV viewers, most of whom are IQ-challenged, would think she was divorced from Rob Petrie, and we can't have the audience, no matter how moronic they may be, thinking that.

by Anonymousreply 19404/17/2010

I'm Congresswoman Getties' varicose veins.

by Anonymousreply 19504/17/2010

I'm Mary's apartment number when she moved into the high rise:

by Anonymousreply 19604/17/2010

Except when the set decorators fucked up and occasionally made it 832, a glaring oversight no one on the cast or crew apparently noticed, R196.

by Anonymousreply 19704/17/2010

I'm the MTM bloopers":

by Anonymousreply 19804/17/2010

I'm the WJM TV News doors that opened for seven years leading into the newsroom that created the best television memories in the history of television.

by Anonymousreply 19904/17/2010

I'm the final season, still not yet scheduled for a DVD release, wondering when the fuck I'll be available to buy. I'm also thinking Fox has shit all over the series by taking years upon years to get the whole thing released. I just want to turn the world on with my smile, too, you know.

by Anonymousreply 20004/17/2010

I'm Mary's lovely salad that no one got to eat because she mis-timed her Veal Prince Orloff.

by Anonymousreply 20104/17/2010

I'm the rotisserie oven that Rhoda bought Mary on the Christmas when Mary had to work Christmas Eve.

by Anonymousreply 20204/17/2010

I am those brightly-painted criss-crossed planks of wood lining the hallway to the studio that provide the only splash of color in the drab outer-office set.

by Anonymousreply 20304/17/2010

I'm the white poly/cotton dress shirt that Ed Asner wore in every single fucking episode every year.

My twin brother was worn by Carroll O'Connor in every single fucking episode of All in the Family.

by Anonymousreply 20404/17/2010

I'm Johnny Carson. I was invited to one of Mary's partties. However, unlike her other duds, this party was supposed to be good. But unexpectedly, there was a blackout in her building, and you only heard my voice.

by Anonymousreply 20504/17/2010

I'm the dream sequences where Lou, Murray and Ted imagine being married to Mary.

by Anonymousreply 20604/17/2010

Sorry, r105, I confused Barbara Colby with Liz Torres, who replaced Barbara after she was murdered.

by Anonymousreply 20704/17/2010

I'm Rhoda's tits. And they're doing just fine. About the same as last year.

by Anonymousreply 20804/17/2010

I'm the stylish, glass Chemex coffee caraffe on the kitchen counter in Mary's first apartment

by Anonymousreply 20902/26/2013

I'm the medicine cabinet in the Bunkers' bathroom, and I contain Gloria's Midol for her rather unpleasant moods during "that time of the month", and her "birth patrol pills", Edith's HRT pills from her "groinacologist", the Lavoris for when Archie gives CPR to a female impersonator, and the Kaopectate ("on your left if you're sitting down, on your right, if you're standing up").

by Anonymousreply 21002/26/2013

I am the hair bump that Mary can't get combed down.

by Anonymousreply 21102/26/2013

I'm the sanctimonious, pompous professor who was hired to be WJM's "critic-at-large". However after I went on the air and publically attacked those at my own station, I received one of Sue Ann's pies in my face, and was fired from WJM. However, the actor who played me later turned up on "The Young & the Restless", where he has played virtually the same character for over thirty years.

by Anonymousreply 21202/26/2013

I'm Rhoda's perky little toes when she wore sandals

by Anonymousreply 21302/26/2013

I'm Anna-Maria Alberghetti in a taxi, honey

by Anonymousreply 21402/28/2013

I am the MTM show's greatest fan ever. I love this thread. It makes me laugh and brings back memories of the best show ever on television.

by Anonymousreply 21502/28/2013

I'm Laurence Luckinbill, slumming until I can start living of my wife's inheritance.

by Anonymousreply 21602/28/2013

I'm the "drinkette" that Lou Grant's recently-divorced wife jokingly offers Mary in the "kitchenette" of her new apartment.

by Anonymousreply 21702/28/2013

I'm the ceramic pumpkin cookie jar in Mary's first place. I'm whimsical yet practical, but one thing I'm not is full...nobody ever put cookies into or took them out of me. :-(

by Anonymousreply 21803/01/2013

I'm Mary's tiny television the size of a hatbox.

by Anonymousreply 21903/01/2013

I'm Eileen Heckart, Mary's favorite aunt, Aunt Flo.

I'm funny, and I don't take shit from anyone!

by Anonymousreply 22003/01/2013

Also, I'm the hot short guy Mary dates in season one.

(As I am a hot short guy, we gotta stick together!)

by Anonymousreply 22103/01/2013

I'm Rhoda's ghastly black velvet tunic with the embroidery and the gold fringe. I look like a lampshade in a bordello.

by Anonymousreply 22203/01/2013

Damn you R220. I always wondered if one of the writers knew that "Aunt Flo coming to visit" was a euphemism for a woman getting her period?

by Anonymousreply 22303/01/2013

I'm the picture of a lion with it's own stand. I end up in the new apartment as well. You can't get rid of a picture of a lion.

by Anonymousreply 22403/01/2013

I'm Mary's hide-a-bed sofa...Oh the stories I could tell....

by Anonymousreply 22503/01/2013

I'm one of Ida Morgenstern's Jewish mother guilt trips.

by Anonymousreply 22603/01/2013

I'm the sappy montage that shows the wonderful day that Mary had when she babysat Bess.

by Anonymousreply 22703/01/2013

I'm the blond guy in the background in the Newsroom scenes, who is in nearly every Newsroom scene, yet never had an actual line during the entire show. With Mary constantly destracted by her personal life, Lou getting drunk and Murray insulting Ted, I just might be the only employee in the Newsroom to have gotten any work done.

by Anonymousreply 22803/01/2013

I'm characters suddenly dropped without explanation, and I include Mary's parents and Rhoda's kid sister (not Brenda, but the first one, when Mary and Rhoda visited NYC during the second or third season).

by Anonymousreply 22903/01/2013

R36, I'm the black, bushy pubic hair on said hunk...

by Anonymousreply 23003/01/2013

I'm the grecian formula in Ted's black hair during the Rhoda and Lou dating episode.

by Anonymousreply 23103/01/2013

I'm Carole King, trying to pretend I can act as Stevie's Aunt Helen.

by Anonymousreply 23203/03/2013

I love you, R3.

by Anonymousreply 23303/03/2013

I'm Georgette's bread in the cheese fondue.

by Anonymousreply 23403/04/2013

I'm Bruce Boxleitner's cock, blocked by Murray when introduced to his daughter.

by Anonymousreply 23503/04/2013

I'm the helpless chocolate souffle that Sue Ann was baking.

I was murdered by Phyllis Lindstrom.

by Anonymousreply 23603/09/2013

I'm the Christmas seal Mary gave Mr. Grant when he wanted a stamp in the first episode

by Anonymousreply 23703/09/2013

I'm Rhoda's brain cancer, propelling her into the first national press she's gotten since canned from her Hogan show.

by Anonymousreply 23803/09/2013

r238 is an ugly awful person. You should have got the brain cancer.

by Anonymousreply 23903/09/2013

I'm Georgette asking the musical question, Steam Heat

by Anonymousreply 24003/10/2013

I'm "The Life of the Bee" the book Phyllis is reading during "The Lars Affair," perhaps you read it?

by Anonymousreply 24103/10/2013

I'm Doris Roberts trying to help Phyllis get a job.

by Anonymousreply 24203/10/2013

I'm Mary's typewriter on my own typewriter stand, only seen in Episode 1 so a drunken Lou can write a letter to his wife

by Anonymousreply 24303/10/2013

I'm Betty Ford calling Mary and Mary not believing me. "Hello Mary. This is Betty Ford". " Hello, Betty. This is Mary, Queen of Scots!"

by Anonymousreply 24403/10/2013

Let's pretend OP's not a shit for brains. What an idiotic post. This answers a lot of questions about the intelligence of the DL posters.

by Anonymousreply 24503/10/2013

I'm Little Stevie's Grandfather who thinks Mary is a hussy!

by Anonymousreply 24603/10/2013

I'm the lady in the green dress who Mary and Bess can't seem to escape from on their outing in Mpls.

by Anonymousreply 24703/10/2013

I'm the beautiful big Palladian window from Mary's first apartment.

by Anonymousreply 24803/10/2013

I'm the jail cell in which Mary was confined when she would wouldn't give up her sources.

by Anonymousreply 24903/10/2013

And I'm hooker Sherry (Barbara Colby), Mary's jail cell roommate at 7:25:

by Anonymousreply 25003/10/2013

I'm the tambourine in the theme song.

by Anonymousreply 25106/28/2013

I'm the guy who sold Rhoda the big number 5 painting she used to redecorate Lou's house. Apparently she didn't care for the first 4 I showed her.

by Anonymousreply 25206/28/2013

[quote]I'm the blond guy in the background in the Newsroom scenes, who is in nearly every Newsroom scene, yet never had an actual line during the entire show.

Yes, you did.

by Anonymousreply 25306/29/2013

I'm the 1963 car Murray buys for his wife when he can't acford a new one!

by Anonymousreply 25406/29/2013

228, as the near-line-less hot blond guy, your name is Pete and you're played by Benjamin Chulay.

by Anonymousreply 25507/20/2013

I'm Chuckles the Clown.hey, isn't that elephant a little close to m-............

by Anonymousreply 25607/20/2013

I am the tiny, six-sided, stain-glassed window outside of Mary's apartment.

I am the pink wicker in Rhoda's apartment.

I am the small painting of a lion in the background.

by Anonymousreply 25707/20/2013

I am Julie the prostitute's weird wedding gown, the one with the odd slits up the side.

by Anonymousreply 25807/20/2013

I am the frozen pond that Mary walks, make that strides, so confidently along in the closing credits.

I am the nasty looking frau who looks directly into the camera as the hat is being tossed in the air.

by Anonymousreply 25907/20/2013

I am the pie that Phyllis baked that was inedible, helping her become the object of Rhoda's pity.

by Anonymousreply 26007/20/2013

I'm the yellow convertible Rhoda bought Mary to repay the loan for her plant store.

by Anonymousreply 26107/20/2013

I'm the set of clocks in the WJM newsroom. Tokyo is five minutes off!

by Anonymousreply 26207/20/2013

I'm Gavin McLeod's Emmy nominations.

by Anonymousreply 26307/20/2013

"I'm just a mere buttoner on the lapel of the universe."

--Phyllis describing her insignificance and lack of qualifications while looking for a job.

by Anonymousreply 26407/20/2013


by Anonymousreply 26507/20/2013

r63, when that shot of Mary tossing the meat into the cart was taken, the price of meat went very high. People were disgusted about the rising cost of groceries, esp. meat. It was the '70s. You had to be there.

by Anonymousreply 26607/20/2013

I am the group of all of them in the last episode, when they do a big group hug.

by Anonymousreply 26707/20/2013

I'm Lou Grant, looking about 25 years older than my stated age of 45.

by Anonymousreply 26807/20/2013

I am Ted Baxter's grey, slicked back hair.

by Anonymousreply 26907/20/2013

I am the cast iron wood stove in the corner, near the kitchen. Did she actually use that?

I am the blue and white ceramic object on the wall near the door. It looks like a wall-mounted dispenser of some type.

I am the tears shed when everyone at home watched the last episode. An era had passed, and we knew it.

I am the opening theme song of the Bob Newhart show, which followed MTM. It wasn't as good, however.

by Anonymousreply 27007/20/2013

I admit it. I want my place to look like Mary's apartment. I want that vintage '70s look.

by Anonymousreply 27107/20/2013

I am the Boston fern in the first apartment window. Remember Boston ferns?

by Anonymousreply 27207/20/2013

I'm the stream of middle-aged men in cheap polyester suits who lasted one episode as Mary's boyfriend. Except for Dick Van Dyke's ugly, talentless brother to whom Mary felt sorry for (after Dick's endless nagging to get him on the show), and sexy Peter Strauss (who also, only lasted one episode as the oldest looking 25 year old ever).

by Anonymousreply 27307/20/2013

I'm David Groh's spectacularly hairy chest shown to great effect when Mary calls and wakes Rhoda in NYC in the middle of the night to get relationship advice.

by Anonymousreply 27407/20/2013

I'm Murray Slaughter's Teddy nominations.

by Anonymousreply 27507/20/2013

I am the 16- to 23-year old boy who sat in front of the television from 9:00 to 9:30 each Saturday night for seven years and who wouldn't go out until at least 9:30 (or not at all in the early years) until The Mary Tyler Moore Show had ended and the little MTM kitten had squeaked its good night meow.

MTM remains my favorite TV show of all-time. It was simply the best there ever was.

by Anonymousreply 27607/20/2013

I'm the spider Ted observed while lying in a hospital bed. My web-weaving activities inspired Ted to get out of his emotional funk. But Ted just killed me with a newspaper anyway, what a putz.

by Anonymousreply 27707/20/2013

I am Mrs. Martha Dudley's fireplace, which she watches instead of television.

by Anonymousreply 27807/21/2013

I'm the dude from Frogtown in one of Ted's self-written news items.

by Anonymousreply 27907/21/2013

I am annoying child actor Robbie Rist as Ted and Georgette's son David Baxter.

You would have thought my career was over after playing cousin Oliver on The Brady Bunch...but here I am.

by Anonymousreply 28007/21/2013

I am Rhoda's apartment which is inexplicably located [italic]above[/italic] Mary's attic apartment.

by Anonymousreply 28107/21/2013

I'm the hanging beads in that apartment.

by Anonymousreply 28207/22/2013

I'm the earrings Rhoda isn't borrowing because she and Lou aren't going out. They're staying in.

by Anonymousreply 28307/22/2013

I'm Mary's increasingly ugly and ageing hairstyles and paint suits that dominated the last two seasons as Mary morphed from being hip-single girl into a dowdy middle-aged frau and the very model of Beth Jarrett.

by Anonymousreply 28408/31/2013

I'm one of the guests at the Armenian wedding.

by Anonymousreply 28509/08/2013

I'm the stained glass kitchen partition that only gets pulled down when Mary needs privacy.

by Anonymousreply 28609/08/2013

I'm Ted's conquistador boots.

by Anonymousreply 28709/08/2013

I'm the pocket on Ted's blue blazer that Murray rips off in a tizzy fit.

by Anonymousreply 28809/08/2013

I'm Doug Hempel, who doesn't know a good thing when he sees it.

by Anonymousreply 28909/08/2013

I'm the empty purses Mary always was forced to carry because the prop mistress couldn't tear herself away from the craft services table long enough to properly stuff them with tissue or something else that would give them volume and weight.

by Anonymousreply 29009/09/2013

[quote]I'm the dollhouse which was mysteriously substituted for the exterior of Mary's building sometime in season four, though it looked nothing like the actual building.

I am the owner of that house in Minneapolis who was so over the hoard of tourists that when MTM came back to take uncompensated new footage of my house I hung a big spray-painted sheet out the front windows with really dirty words on it.

by Anonymousreply 29109/09/2013

I'm the wood burning stove near Mary's kitchen that the scenic designer surely regretted not making a fireplace. 5 years in that apartment and she never used me once!

by Anonymousreply 29209/11/2013

I'm Lou Grant's considerable back and chest hair.

by Anonymousreply 29309/11/2013

I'm Edie's lesbian off-screen lover.

by Anonymousreply 29409/12/2013

I'm the veal Prince Orloff. I died.

by Anonymousreply 29509/12/2013

I'm Mary's bathroom - reached only by going thru her closet.

by Anonymousreply 29609/13/2013

I am Mary's white hard sided luggage, with the late 60s gold piping.

by Anonymousreply 29709/13/2013

I'm the matching, rented tuxedo Ted hilariously makes Georgette wear to the Teddy awards. Why buy a new dress she'll only wear once?

by Anonymousreply 29809/30/2013

I'm the fact it went off the air before I was born.

by Anonymousreply 29909/30/2013

it is on the air now r299

by Anonymousreply 30009/30/2013

I'm the expensive piece of meat that Mary tosses into her grocery cart and then rolls her eyes resigned to paying for my pricey meat during the opening theme song.

by Anonymousreply 30110/01/2013

I'm the white and blue Mustangs Mary is shown driving and washing in the opening credits - even after Rhoda arranges to buy her a yellow Mustang before moving to NYC to marry Joe.

by Anonymousreply 30210/01/2013

I'm the Letter "M" on Mary's apartment wall.

I am also the WJM Lightswitch that Mary sadly flips off in the series finale.

by Anonymousreply 30310/01/2013

I am Robert Redford, grinning over SueAnn Nivens coment about me: "When I die, I want to be cremated and have my ashes thrown on Robert Redford."

by Anonymousreply 30410/01/2013

I'm a little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants...

by Anonymousreply 30510/01/2013

I'm Lars Lindstrom's massive, throbbing, yogurt-spitting cock (that cheated on Phyllis so many times).

by Anonymousreply 30610/01/2013

I'm the smile that Mary turns the world on with.

by Anonymousreply 30710/01/2013

I'm Mary's neckerchiefs she wears in the final season when she looks perkier than in the previous two seasons.

by Anonymousreply 30810/01/2013

I'm the two scarves that Ida Morgenstern gave to Mary as a gift for allowing her to stay in Mary's apartment when Ida couldn't stay with Rhoda since they didn't get along.

Ida gave the two scarves to Mary. Mary said, "Oh Mrs. Morgenstern, I love them. In fact, I think I'll wear this one to work." Ida responded, "So you don't like the other one?"

Out of guilt, Mary ended up wearing both scarves at the same time to work to please Ida.

by Anonymousreply 30910/01/2013

I'm the 24 yr-old Georgia Engel that everyone thought was in her 40's.

by Anonymousreply 31010/01/2013

I'm the truckstop trade that Murray services on the way home to his wife and kids.

by Anonymousreply 31110/01/2013

I'm Rhoda's mom's roll of Bounty Towels. I'm the "quicker picker upper", you know?

by Anonymousreply 31210/01/2013

I'm the depressing (but better) Season 1 theme song.

by Anonymousreply 31310/01/2013

Right R300 as ancient reruns, not as an original series.

by Anonymousreply 31410/01/2013

I'm the yellow shag carpet in Mare's first Minneapolis apartment.

by Anonymousreply 31510/01/2013

I'm Phyllis' gay brother.

(Sorry, Rhoda. I really liked you as a friend).

by Anonymousreply 31610/01/2013

I'm Murray's clunky typewriter.

by Anonymousreply 31710/01/2013

I'm Rhoda's Hash Brownies.

by Anonymousreply 31810/01/2013

I'm Lou's 3rd serving of Veal St. Orloff at Mary's dinner party.

by Anonymousreply 31910/01/2013

I'm Mary's vibrator. Tucked away in the drawer of her night stand.

by Anonymousreply 32010/01/2013

I'm Jack Cassidy's three-day drunk after he realized turning down the Ted Baxter character was one of his biggest mistakes.

by Anonymousreply 32110/01/2013

[quote]I am Rhoda's apartment which is inexplicably located above Mary's attic apartment.

Mary's apartment wasn't the attic, it was the top non-attic floor. Rhoda's was the attic.

by Anonymousreply 32210/01/2013

I'm the judge who decided that the mother-fuckin' Mary Tyler Moore Show was the best show on television ever!!

by Anonymousreply 32310/01/2013

I'm Lou Grant's/Ed Asner's soapbox that he preached from in his boring, preachy and depressing TV show after MTM ended.

by Anonymousreply 32410/01/2013

I'm the disco-themed episode that was (thankfully) never written or filmed.

by Anonymousreply 32510/01/2013

I'm Mary's first (and far more realistic looking) apartment (the high-rise set just screamed "studio set").

by Anonymousreply 32610/01/2013

I'm the anchovies on the pizza that Mary didn't like, which realy symbolized what was wrong with her relationship with Tom (played by Joe Campanella)

by Anonymousreply 32710/01/2013

I'm Sue Ann's blonde Afro that she got when she was a Big Sister to that groovy black girl.

by Anonymousreply 32810/01/2013

I'm the blackout in Mary's apartment building. Although despite Mary's reputation for throwing awful parties, for this party, Johnny Carson really did show up. But no one could see him.

by Anonymousreply 32910/01/2013

I'm the secret behind Rhoda's fundamental psychopathology, always on display and never addressed, even though it drives everything she does.

A family secret, on is sure.

by Anonymousreply 33010/01/2013

I'm the photo of a young Buck on Mary's apartment desk that served as her moral compass and guided her decision-making process.

"Buck would never have given that douchy doctor to whom I was engaged a second chance."

"Buck would never have turned his back on that feeb waitress."

"Buck would never have fucked Howard Arnell, despite too much loving and too much understanding."

"Buck would never have made Ida go to a hotel."

by Anonymousreply 33110/01/2013

I'm the big deal they make for second place at the Miss Hempel contest.

by Anonymousreply 33210/01/2013

I'm Chuckles the Clown's big, floppy pancreas.

by Anonymousreply 33310/01/2013

I'm Lila, Sue Ann's sister, formerly Marilyn Munster of Mockingbird Heights.

by Anonymousreply 33410/01/2013

I'm Mary's mother, named Marge in season 1, and Dottie in season 3.

by Anonymousreply 33510/01/2013

I'm Mary nonstop chattering when she was thrown in jail with the Barbara Colby who played the hooker. Until Colby has to kick Mary's bunk and nearly toss her on the floor so she would shut up.

by Anonymousreply 33610/01/2013

I'm Mary's single nurse neighbors and party girls in Mary's new apartment building played by Penny Marshall and Mary Kay Place.

by Anonymousreply 33710/01/2013

I am the mostly boring first season that dwelled way too much on Mary's dating life, and not enough on her workplace.

by Anonymousreply 33810/01/2013

I'm Kim, the other bunkmate who doesn't care where she sleeps and whom everyone forgets.

by Anonymousreply 33910/01/2013

I'm the incompetent waitress fired as a result of Mary's complaint. Luckily, guilt works, so Mary hired me to be her incompetent assistant.

by Anonymousreply 34010/01/2013

I'm the very rare very special PSA episodes.

by Anonymousreply 34110/01/2013

I'm Linda Kelsey, who Sue Ann hired as her intern. However, the intern became a coniving, plotting "All About Eve" until Sue Ann had to give everyone in the newsroom food poisoning including herself and then blame the intern to get rid of her.

by Anonymousreply 34210/01/2013

Just like the "M" hanging in Mary's studio apartment, I'm the "etc." hanging in Rhoda's upstairs attic apartment.

by Anonymousreply 34310/01/2013

I'm future Oscar/multiple Emmy winner Helen Hunt as Murray and Marie's perky daughter!

by Anonymousreply 34410/01/2013

I'm the cause of Mary's insomnia, which resulted in her being addicted to sleeping pills.

by Anonymousreply 34510/02/2013

I'm the 1 1/2 lb. Rhoda actually did lose by 8:30.

by Anonymousreply 34610/02/2013

I'm Lou Grant's assless chaps and cockring.

by Anonymousreply 34710/02/2013

I'm the Pacific Princess, just waiting for Murray to hurry up and leave WJM and climb aboard (we're expecting him).

by Anonymousreply 34810/02/2013

[quote]I'm the depressing (but better) Season 1 theme song.

That was the best version by far...

[italic]How will you make it on your own? This world is awfully big. And, gurl, this time you're all alone...[/italic]

by Anonymousreply 34910/02/2013

I'm the brunette lady with the huge bluish eyeglass frames and big ruddy cheeks who gets out of the elevator with Mary in the opening sequence and briefly steps right in front of the camera .

by Anonymousreply 35010/02/2013

I'me the IUD Rhoda's friend removed before her Weight Watchers weigh-in.

by Anonymousreply 35110/02/2013

I'm the old lady staring at Mary from behind when Mary tosses her hat at the end of opening theme song:

by Anonymousreply 35210/02/2013

R356. That old lady was Hazel Frederick in the MTM opening theme song:

An older woman can be seen in the background, obviously puzzled by the sight of a young woman tossing her hat in the air. This unwitting "extra" was Hazel Frederick, a lifelong Minnesota resident who happened to be out shopping the day the sequence was shot. Mrs. Frederick finally met Moore in 1994 when she was on a book tour for her autobiography, After All. Moore introduced Frederick as "my co-star".

by Anonymousreply 35310/02/2013

I'm the homely balding bespectacled gentleman who is sitting at the table in the restaurant next to mary and the sexy ski instructor, who has to use mary to get anything ordered from the waitresses, because they are totally enamored with marys date. I am also the story board which hangs on the wall next to the coffee post, whos stories never seem to change .. I am also the sole student at the Ted Baxters school of broadcasting.

by Anonymousreply 35410/02/2013

I'm Betty White who, at 55, is 20 years too old to play raging slut Sue Anne Nivens.

by Anonymousreply 35510/02/2013

R359. Betty White as Sue Ann Nivens was perfect in her role. There are woman like her at the age of 55, exaggerated as she might have been in her behavior.

Plus, we're talking WJM TV, the loser television station of Minneapolis that of course would have hired pushy, slutty Sue Ann. Let's face it, Sue Ann Nivens ain't gonna get hired at 'Good Morning America.'

by Anonymousreply 35610/02/2013

R359 Have you heard of a woman named Blanche Hollingsworth Deveraux?

by Anonymousreply 35710/02/2013

I am Mrs Armand Linton

by Anonymousreply 35810/03/2013

"I'm just another person in the room."

by Anonymousreply 35910/03/2013

[quote]I'm Twinks Tvedt!

I'm the no-longer unusual experience of childhood friends' overfamiliarity, thanks to Facebook.

by Anonymousreply 36010/03/2013

I'm the recently departed Jane Connell's awful hair as a member of the "Better Luck Next Time" Club!

by Anonymousreply 36110/03/2013

I'm apartment "932," Mary's number in her new apartment building for the sixth and seventh final seasons of MTM.

by Anonymousreply 36210/03/2013

I'm Mary's studio apartment address in the Victorian home with Rhoda and Phyllis:

119 N. Weatherly Ave., Apt D

by Anonymousreply 36310/03/2013

I'm producers James L. Brooks and Allan Burns walking in the park, who Mary turns around to look at in the opening credits.

by Anonymousreply 36410/03/2013

I'm Mary holding a microphone and ducking out of the way of the newscamera - even though she is not a reporter.

by Anonymousreply 36510/03/2013

R369. News producers sometime conduct interviews off-camera especially television stations short-staffed with empoloyees wearing multiple hats.

It still happens today.

by Anonymousreply 36610/03/2013

r369=Joanna Forbes

by Anonymousreply 36710/03/2013

I'm the unbaked Strawberry Swirl batter that Sue Ann upended all over the counter on live TV after the crew forgot to plug in the oven.

by Anonymousreply 36810/03/2013

I'm Mike Tedesco, Phyllis's "FB" played by the gorgeous John Saxon, whose interest in Mary drove Phyllis wild with jealousy.

by Anonymousreply 36910/03/2013

I'm Phyllis' special talent: "I have an uncanny knack for picking the right wine at dinner."

by Anonymousreply 37010/03/2013

I'm Phyllis' self-loathing thinking she's worthless when she has to confront the fact that she has no talent while being forced to look for a job:

"I'm a mere boutonniere on the lapel of the universe."

by Anonymousreply 37110/03/2013

[quote]I am also the sole student at the Ted Baxters school of broadcasting.

Gosh, I'd forgotten you, but I remember you now. You were great. And I'll talk to your lawyer ... Richard!

by Anonymousreply 37210/03/2013

I'm Marie, Murray's annoyingly perky wife, always trying to pretend that I don't know that Murray (not so) secretly has the hots for Mary.

by Anonymousreply 37308/14/2014

I'm all the things [italic]Mary and Rhoda[/italic] could have been, but wasn't.

by Anonymousreply 37408/14/2014

I'm the unfinished walls in Rhoda's apartment

by Anonymousreply 37508/14/2014

I'm the wooden block 'etc.' knick-knack in Rhoda's apartment.

by Anonymousreply 37608/14/2014

[quote]I am the owner of that house in Minneapolis who was so over the hoard of tourists that when MTM came back to take uncompensated new footage of my house I hung a big spray-painted sheet out the front windows with really dirty words on it.

I thought the owner simply hung a sign that read "Impeach Nixon" from the window that was supposed to represent Mary's apartment. After all, she did have her neighbors to consider.

The owner was right to be exasperated. The producers only told her that they were looking for Victorian houses in Minneapolis to film for a TV show. They gave her the impression that they were doing a documentary about old architecture. They never warned her that what they were doing might turn her property into a magnet for sight-seers.

by Anonymousreply 37708/14/2014

I'm "Alexander's Ragtime Band"

by Anonymousreply 37808/14/2014

I'm the wedding cake that went up Sue Anne Niven's snatch when Murray quit his job and shoved her on me.

by Anonymousreply 37908/16/2014

I'm the musical question, "Steam Heat".

by Anonymousreply 38008/16/2014

I'm the spunk Mary has.

by Anonymousreply 38108/16/2014

I'm Sue Ann's chocolate cream pie that Ted smashed into Eric Braeden's face when he played the critic who panned the entire city of Minneapolis including WJM.

by Anonymousreply 38208/16/2014

[quote]They never warned her that what they were doing might turn her property into a magnet for sight-seers.

We should have warned them.

by Anonymousreply 38308/17/2014

I'm Roy, hunting for losers with Twinks.

by Anonymousreply 38408/17/2014

I'm the earring box Mary was anxious to get back to when she found out Lou and Rhoda were having dinner in Rhoda's apartment.

by Anonymousreply 38508/17/2014

I'm the hot mitten metaphor Murray uses when he proclaims, "I feel like I ate a hot mitten!" to describe his upset stomach after Sue Ann has intentionally given the entire WJM crew food poisoning. Lou Grant rightly calls out Sue Ann's "that croak and bush thing" as the source of his stomach upset.

I am also the croquembouche, offended by Lou's mispronunciation of my name and Sue Ann's unforgiveable sin of making Moi - a simply delectable, elegant pastry - into an illness mongering villain. But I got my revenge on that slutty bitch.

by Anonymousreply 38608/17/2014

Oops.. "I feel like I swallowed a hot mitten" is the actual line.

by Anonymousreply 38708/17/2014

I'm the person who broke into Lou's office and broke all his pencil points.

by Anonymousreply 38808/17/2014

You could buy the letters (like the M) and the etc. at the Farmer's Market, near CBS TV City, back in the mid 70s.

MTM shows were filmed in Studio City, in the same studios later used by Seinfeld, Roseanne, Passions, The Talk and many others. Maybe not the exact same studio, just the group of them in Studio City.

by Anonymousreply 38908/17/2014

I'm that ghastly multicolored plaid wallpaper visible in the background behind Mary and Murray's desks, through the door heading toward the studio.

by Anonymousreply 39010/16/2014

R389 It's the CBS Studio Center, although most people call it CBS-Radford (from Radford Street.)

by Anonymousreply 39110/16/2014

I'm the disease that is killing Rhoda.

by Anonymousreply 39210/16/2014

Fooled you all.

by Anonymousreply 39310/16/2014

I'm Ethel Merman, who wondered why I never got a guest spot on MTM despite the fact that Georgia Engel played Minnie Fay in MY production of 'Hello, Dolly!' and my son Robert Levitt Jr was fucking Barbara Colby R250

by Anonymousreply 39410/16/2014

I'm the old Century City Shopping Center, masquerading as a Minneapolis mall in the opening montage where Mary and Bess are shopping R227

Like they had open-air shopping malls in Minneapolis, even in 1974

by Anonymousreply 39510/16/2014

I'm the microphone that gets turned all the way up in a failed attempt to capture Georgia Engel's unprojectable voice.

by Anonymousreply 39610/16/2014

I'm the elephant who killed Chuckles the Clown.

Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't.

by Anonymousreply 39710/16/2014

I'm Mary in the opening credits turning away and using a revolving door.

by Anonymousreply 39810/16/2014

I'm Mary's bad hair and tired look in Season 6 and am replaced by better looking Mary a season later who wears neckerchiefs and scoop collar blouses.

by Anonymousreply 39910/16/2014

r394, because we saw how you hammed it up on Batman and That Girl

by Anonymousreply 40010/16/2014

I'm the package of meat Mary shakes her head at

by Anonymousreply 40110/16/2014

What happened with Mary's HAIR? In the first 6 episodes it's black and long. Then it turned brunette fro the rest of season one. Then in 1971 she made if shorter, lighter in shade again. In season 3 it's really fucked up, turned red.

It got worse from Season 4 until the last season where it looked more natural and normal.

Clearly her hairdresser was not gay. And that's a rarity in Hollyweird where everyone is or pretends not to be but is.

by Anonymousreply 40210/16/2014

it was a wig early on as to distinguish her from Laura Petrie, I believe.

loved this show.

by Anonymousreply 40310/16/2014

R401. Aside from ending your sentence with a preposition, I also shook my head at your meat.

by Anonymousreply 40410/16/2014

Actually it was a "fall".

by Anonymousreply 40510/16/2014

I'm the trashy green dress Mary's cellmate Sherry designed that Ted dreams about.

by Anonymousreply 40610/16/2014

Mary's dull new apartment in that highrise ruined the atmosphere of the show a little. Hated it. It looked fake. Then Georgette had her baby on Mary's bed staining her mattress with birth blood and fluid. A bit contrived. Too much Ted in later episodes, an annoying character.

by Anonymousreply 40710/17/2014

Can I have her car?

by Anonymousreply 40810/17/2014

I'm Sue Anne's food mobile Mary stuck in the fridge.

by Anonymousreply 40910/17/2014

I'm the little ceramic plaque depicting the fable of the lion and the mouse that sits quietly on the table behind Mary's couch. Gosh, I'm cute.

by Anonymousreply 41002/21/2015

[R394] Barbara Colby was actually estranged from Ethel Merman's son at the time of her death. And given the circumstances of her death, I've wondered if her failing marriage may have played a part in Barbara's robbery, no clear motive, and the murder hasn't been solved.

On July 24, 1975, just three episodes into the TV series Phyllis, Colby and an acting colleague, James Kiernan, 35, were walking to their car following an acting class in Venice, Los Angeles, California, when they were shot inside a parking area. Colby was killed instantly; however, Kiernan was able to describe the shooters to police before he also succumbed to his wounds. Kiernan said that he did not recognize the two men who shot them, and that the shooting had occurred without warning, reason or provocation. Police noted that there was no attempt to rob the pair and concluded that it was a random drive-by shooting. The killers were never identified.

by Anonymousreply 41102/21/2015

Holy fuck! Ethel Merman killed Barbara Colby!

by Anonymousreply 41202/21/2015

"Colby died instantly".

Random shooting my ass - it was a hit.

by Anonymousreply 41302/21/2015

I'm the ill-advised index finger that Phyllis directs toward Mary's face, prompting one of the few instances in the entire series where Mary gets pissy, as she warns Phyllis to lower it, "Or you'll never point again."

LOL! (In the episode where Mary flies from MN to SF because Phyllis contrived an "emergency."

by Anonymousreply 41402/21/2015

Merman actually adored Barbara Colby, who was her kind of gal. Ethel was distraught when Colby was killed.

by Anonymousreply 41502/21/2015

I'm the not-bad looking man who ask Murray to Cha-Cha when the gang visits Hollywood.

Unbeknownst to them all, Murray will later knock on the door of room 238...

by Anonymousreply 41602/21/2015

We're the pair of gold electroplated mannequins that hold up Rhoda's clothes rack. Sometimes instead of gold, we're as purple as orchids. Regardless of hue, we're always fabulous.

by Anonymousreply 41702/21/2015

I'm the tiny doodle of two people fucking that MTM and other cast members drew in a window of one of the buildings on the painted drop outside the window of Mary's second apartment. I got there because everybody was pissed that the writers made Mary move, and they hated the new set as much as they hated losing the first one.

by Anonymousreply 41802/22/2015

I'm Phyllis Lindstrom's Esperanto teacher - you should learn it now; we'll all be speaking it in a few years.

P.S. You should also start using the Metric System too. Big changes are coming in the 1970s.

by Anonymousreply 41902/22/2015

I'm the money Fox saved in music licensing costs for the DVDs by cutting stuff out.

by Anonymousreply 42002/22/2015

I'm Mary's salt......and pepper (!) that Phyllis drops by to borrow.

by Anonymousreply 42102/22/2015

MTM had the brains to allow herself to be surrounded by women that were really smart and funny.

by Anonymousreply 42202/22/2015

I'm the sudden serious moment.

by Anonymousreply 42302/22/2015

I'm the sexual encounter that Mary Richards never had.

by Anonymousreply 42402/22/2015

R30, on a talk show once where Mary and Valerie were both guests, Mary mentioned that she still has the "M" as a keepsake. Valerie said she still has the "etc." in storage somewhere.

by Anonymousreply 42502/22/2015

I'm Chuckles the Clown's daughter who did NOT show up at his funeral. He must have disowned me for dating Ted Baxter.

by Anonymousreply 42602/22/2015

I'm Phyllis' gay brother whom Rhoda "dated."

Phyllis: He's smart, he's witty, he's handsome, he's charming.

Rhoda: He's gay!

by Anonymousreply 42702/22/2015

[quote]Phyllis: He's smart, he's witty, he's handsome, he's charming. Rhoda: He's gay!

Oh, honey, I know the feeling.

by Anonymousreply 42802/22/2015

R422 That's true, MTM was willing to create a real ensemble cast of talented men and women. Mary and Grant Tinker also hired some great writers, and they ignored CBS, which told them the show had some of the most negative test audience reactions of any show tested. They ignored the studio when they told them test audiences hated the abrasive Jewish Rhoda character. They made some compromises - Mary was not divorced - she was recovering from the breakup of a long engagement. And after all, they created genius.

by Anonymousreply 42902/22/2015

I'm the tiny BW TV near the foot of the covert-a-bed in the living room.

I have never shown the Oscars.

by Anonymousreply 43002/22/2015

I always wondered what Mary played on the stereo that sat near the wood stove the rocking chair. Somehow I pictured her playing Chicago or some other 70s soft rock on Saturday mornings while she cleans her apartment.

by Anonymousreply 43102/22/2015

Herb Alpert and Brasil '66

Seals and Croft



by Anonymousreply 43202/22/2015

Simon and Garfunkel are visible in the record stack.

by Anonymousreply 43302/22/2015

I'm Mary's once sexy big toe which I gladly would have readily sucked but has now been amputated thanks to diabetes.

by Anonymousreply 43402/22/2015

I'm the closet door that no one ever seems to notice, sitting stage left in Mary's first apartment.

by Anonymousreply 43502/23/2015

Does anyone care to curate Mary's record collection? R432 and R433 got it started. It seems to me that there's a Three Dog Night album in that stack somewhere. Probably some Peter, Paul and Mary, too, because she would've brought records from her previous life before Minneapolis, maybe along with some Neil Diamond and some Donovan. Definitely the cast album for Jesus Christ Superstar. In what would have been a very daring moment for little Mary, she would have acquired the cast album for HAIR.

by Anonymousreply 43602/23/2015

She moved in and brought Melanie's "Candles In The Rain". During season one, she fell in love with Gordon Lightfoot's "If You Could Read My Mind". The following year, she would have added Don McLean. Later on would come Carly Simon, Elton John, and Roberta Flack.

by Anonymousreply 43702/23/2015

[quote]Herb Alpert and Brasil '66

Sergio Mendes' feelings are hurt

by Anonymousreply 43802/23/2015

I'm the cat that meows at the end credits.That's the only thing I can remember.

by Anonymousreply 43902/23/2015

In the stack of records next to Mary's stereo:

Olivia Newton John Anne Murray Dan Fogelberg America Joni Mitchell Looking Glass Carole King Nilsson Dionne Warwick John Denver Linda Ronstadt James Taylor Helen Reddy Neil Young Mantovani Beethoven Bach Mozart Anything by Henry Mancini The cast album of My Fair Lady

by Anonymousreply 44002/23/2015

[quote]Neil Young

Harvest -- not Tonight's the Night

by Anonymousreply 44102/23/2015

Harvest absolutely, tucked in between Van Morrison and Jonathan Edwards. There's some Fifth Dimension in there, too, because our Mare just can't get enough of Marilyn McCoo's gorgeous voice.

by Anonymousreply 44202/24/2015

Don't forget Roberta Flack!

And Don Ho for giggles and impromptu hulas while waiting for her dinner to bake.

by Anonymousreply 44302/24/2015

I'm Dick Van Dyke, and I would have been GREAT for a one-episode part.

by Anonymousreply 44402/24/2015

Donna Fargo -- the Happiest Girl in the Whole USA!

That new gal, Bette Midler. Mary likes her music but thinks her jokes are mean

Wings, because Paul was the nicest Beatle.

Dueling Banjos is fun, too!

by Anonymousreply 44502/24/2015

Genius music selections, one and all. I can hear Rhoda introducing Mary to Bette Midler's music.

R: "Mare, you gotta heah this terrific new singah. She cawls herself the Divine Miss M. Sings songs, tell jokes. She's hilarious."

M: "Oh? What sort of music does she do?"

R: "Awl types. She's great. Comes outta New Yawk. Didn't you see her on Johnny Carson?"

M: "No, I guess I missed that. You know me, I like to get to bed at a reasonable hour. Is she a nightclub performer?"

R: "Yeah, sort of. She, um...sings for a bunch of...



M:" She sings for hairdress..."

R: "Look, kid, don't ask too many questions. I got you this record. It's her first album. You'll love it."

M: "Well, um, thanks, Rhoda; I'm sure if you picked it out, I will love it........who makes a career out of singing for hairdressers?"

R: "Oh, Mare. There's so much of the world you haven't experienced."

by Anonymousreply 44603/07/2015

R446 I love it - you built a whole scene around Rhoda buying and giving Mary a Bette Midler album. And it's pitch perfect, exactly the way Rhoda would've described it and the way Mary would've reacted.

We need a MTM show reboot...who could we cast as the new Mary and Rhoda?

by Anonymousreply 44703/07/2015

I love you, R466!!!

by Anonymousreply 44803/07/2015


by Anonymousreply 44903/07/2015

Gee, thanks. Sometimes I think when those three gals left that house on North Weatherly, they moved into my head and immediately began yakking and redecorating.

NOW -- savvy gents (and ladies of indeterminate gender -- you know who you are), who, besides Bette, is in Rhoda's music collection? Rhoda-philes, you know there has to be an equally amazing bunch of albums and 8-tracks stacked somewhere between those fuchsia colored walls.....

Also, in a little sidebar conversation to address OP, I'm the color YELLOW, which the script writers made Mary say that she hates, even though the color appears with astonishing regularity in much of the decor she is supposed to have chosen, and way more than a person who hates it would ever choose. My favorite yellow piece is the ginger jar table lamp.

by Anonymousreply 45003/07/2015

R447 I don't think those roles could ever be filled by anyone other than those two women.

by Anonymousreply 45103/07/2015

I think Rhoda moved from New York with her Beatles and Jefferson Airplane albums, at the very least.

I bet she took a liking to Elton John, Santana, and Jean-Luc Ponty also.

by Anonymousreply 45203/07/2015

I want Rhoda's apartment.

All of it.

by Anonymousreply 45303/08/2015

Mary, Rhoda, and Phyllis in Mary's apartment are three of the funniest and most comforting characters in history. You felt like you were there, and you wanted to be there forever, but you knew it was a fleeting moment in time. The show was best the first four years with the original cast intact. Phyllis is like so many bossy, self absorbed women I have known. Rhoda is sheer comic genius, with a heart. Love Rhoda, always have, always will.

by Anonymousreply 45403/08/2015

[quote] I want Rhoda's apartment.

All of it.

Minneapolis or NY?

by Anonymousreply 45503/08/2015

Minneapolis. Her New York place was nicely designed as well, but her fuchsia attic apartment is pure joy to behold.

by Anonymousreply 45603/09/2015

Also in her LP stack, some Dave Brubeck:

A gift from Murray.

by Anonymousreply 45703/10/2015

loralei: rory do you miss dean's penis rubbing against your vag when you made out.

rory: i dont know mom , we just broke up yesteday.

mrs gillmore: loralei, do not bring up such crude talk at the dinner table

mr gillmore: yes loralei lets talk about yale.

Christopher: lets talk about jess Babet: lets talkabout what a lovely dinner rory: dean isnt proportional to his large size like jess loralei. can i have him then kirk: i need to get out of mothers basement more luke: we need more coffee mrs gillmore : thats what the servants are for

by Anonymousreply 45803/10/2015

R450 Wow. There is a LOT of yellow in Mary's apartment. I forgot about her saying she hates yellow when Rhoda got her the car. She kept he yellow decor accents, too.

R454 ,

R457 ,

hell yes.

by Anonymousreply 45903/12/2015

Murray did NOT listen to Dave Brubeck.

by Anonymousreply 46003/12/2015

I am the Emmy that Gavin MacLeod never had. In fact he never got a nomination.

by Anonymousreply 46105/31/2015

Tell me about it, R461.

by Anonymousreply 46205/31/2015

I'm Pat Robertson, slowly letting the music licenses expire. Rock 'n' roll is the devil's music, and I'm not paying these sleazeballs one red penny.

by Anonymousreply 46305/31/2015

I'm Rhoda calling in sick to Bloomfield's department store. I just don't feel like going to work. I'm going to fake a case of brain cancer.

by Anonymousreply 46405/31/2015

Watching the marathon on Decades this weekend only confirms, sadly, that the show - at least those when Rhoda was still n the cast - did not age well.

by Anonymousreply 46506/01/2015

It also confirms that the show died when Rhoda left.

by Anonymousreply 46606/01/2015

"sadly, that the show - at least those when Rhoda was still n the cast - did not age well."

It didn't age well when it was first broadcast. Moving into the 70s, everyone was having a lot of sex, enjoying recreational drugs and going out clubbing. And there was Mary, pretending to be a producer at a low wattage tv station, no sex, no drugs, no husband swapping.

The show "Tales of the City" was much more representative of what the 70s were really like.

by Anonymousreply 46706/01/2015

Whose idea was it to get rid of the funny one?

by Anonymousreply 46806/01/2015

R467- HORSESHIT!!! That show is as timeless as The Dick Van Dyke Show!

by Anonymousreply 46906/01/2015

At least where I am, in the Philly area, the episode descriptions on the Comcast cable guide are wrong but I still enjoy pretty much any episode I come across, including last night when I caught the ted Baxter broadcasting school ep!

by Anonymousreply 47006/01/2015

I'm Mary Kay Place and Penny Marshall playing nurses and neighbors looking for a party in Mary's new apartment building.

Love Mary. Love the show. Not all that crazy about the new apartment. I like the former walk-up in the big house in Mary's Lake of the Isles neighborhood that Phyllis owned.

by Anonymousreply 47106/01/2015

"I like the former walk-up in the big house in Mary's Lake of the Isles neighborhood that Phyllis owned."

Yeah, but I bet she had to park her car on the street.

In the new apartment, I bet there was a parking building or maybe even her own parking space.

by Anonymousreply 47206/01/2015

[quote] It didn't age well when it was first broadcast. Moving into the 70s, everyone was having a lot of sex, enjoying recreational drugs and going out clubbing. And there was Mary, pretending to be a producer at a low wattage tv station, no sex, no drugs, no husband swapping.


by Anonymousreply 47306/01/2015


Amd which one of those characters was getting laid on a regular basis? Mary? Lou? Murray? Ted? Rhoda?

by Anonymousreply 47406/01/2015

[quote]That show is as timeless as The Dick Van Dyke Show!

Nothing says "timeless" like a scripted sit-com filmed in black & white about a man in skinny ties who supports a stay-at-home wife in Capri pants by writing comedy sketches for a prime-time variety show hosted by a comic based on Sid Caesar.

by Anonymousreply 47506/01/2015

R474. Getting laid was not the point of the MTM Show. It was a 1970s sitcom with a different focus about starting over, finding new friends, a workplace that become family, etc.

And Mary did date albeit not often and once again, not the focus of the show. And Rhoda dated too. Don't you remember Mr. and Mrs. Armand Hammer?

And by the way, Mary did accidentally make reference to her birth control pills when taking with her father during an infrequent visit to Minneapolis.

by Anonymousreply 47606/01/2015

[quote]Don't you remember Mr. and Mrs. Armand Hammer?

Yes, but I have forgotten all about Mr. and Mrs. Armand Lynton.

by Anonymousreply 47706/01/2015

[quote]I'm the mean-looking older woman in the opening credits who shoots Mary a sour look

I believe that covers about 99% of you twinkies on here !!

by Anonymousreply 47806/01/2015


I'd say Mary, Murray, and Ted were getting plenty of it.

by Anonymousreply 47906/01/2015

[quote]a man in skinny ties who supports a stay-at-home wife in Capri pants

She could only wear the Capri pants once or twice a season. The network thought women should appear in dresses.

by Anonymousreply 48006/01/2015

[quote]And Mary did date albeit not often and once again, not the focus of the show. And Rhoda dated too. Don't you remember Mr. and Mrs. Armand Hammer?

We're not talking about dating, we're talking sex. Mary Anne Singleton gets laid at least three times in Tales of the City. All the men in "Tales" were going to sex clubs. Even DeeDee, Beauchamp's frigid wife, was getting it from the Chinese delivery boy.

Nobody on MTM was getting laid.

by Anonymousreply 48106/01/2015

I'm the uptight diabetic shrew the show is named after

by Anonymousreply 48206/01/2015

This show, with a few exceptions episode-wise, has aged well.

It fared better than the Carol Burnett show...which, in its repeats, I've been shocked to see how badly some skits have aged or how unfunny some are.

by Anonymousreply 48306/01/2015

I'm Buck Jarrett. I love this show because Mary Richards reminds me of a nicer version of my mother.

by Anonymousreply 48406/01/2015

[quote]She could only wear the Capri pants once or twice a season. The network thought women should appear in dresses.

Apparently even wearing them only once or twice a season was sufficient to give her a reputation for wearing them. She looked better in them than in some of the clown outfits she sported at the height of bad 70s fashion.

by Anonymousreply 48506/01/2015

[quote]She looked better in them than in some of the clown outfits she sported at the height of bad 70s fashion.

That's what bothered me about the MTM show. Her outfits were rather ugly. Even 90 year old Lucy was wearing mini-skirts on her 70s shows.

by Anonymousreply 48606/01/2015

R481. MTM was on 1970-1977. Shows at that time did not reflect what you described. The country was still fairly innocent despite a changing society, post-Watergate, the Vietnam War and the emergence of the women's movement and gay rights movement.

Sex and The City came nearly 40 years entirely different generation, worlds apart in so many different ways.

by Anonymousreply 48706/01/2015

[quote]The network thought women should appear in dresses.

That's strange, considering Lucy and Ethel wore pants from time to time.

by Anonymousreply 48806/01/2015


by Anonymousreply 48906/01/2015

I'm Lisa Gerritsen. I got out of the business while the getting was good.

by Anonymousreply 49006/01/2015

[quote] At least where I am, in the Philly area, the episode descriptions on the Comcast cable guide are wrong but I still enjoy pretty much any episode I come across

Same for my area, too. I recorded some from later in the series run that I had fond memories of, in the hope that at least those would have aged well. Unfortunately, the runs I recorded didn't match the Comcast description. And to an episode I found them unwatchable. Much too jokey, even in purported serious moments. Rhoda was much too grating, with her constant one-liners. Murray, too.

It's regrettable since Mary was my date Saturday night in the '70s, and her likely imminent passing will, I suspect, hit me hard.

by Anonymousreply 49106/01/2015

It's pretty amazing that, outside of Ted Knight, all of the main cast (including Betty White and Cloris Leachman) is still alive, and outside of Morey Amsterdam, the same is true of The Dick Van Dyke Show (although Richard Deacon and Jerry Paris are gone, they were not regulars.)

Compare this with "Diff'rent Strokes." DVD was in the '60s, MTM, the '70s, and "Strokes," the '80s.

by Anonymousreply 49206/01/2015

Maybe it's just my own particular sense of humor, but Sue Ann Nivens was one of the all-time best characters ever created. I still laugh out loud at some of her lines.

by Anonymousreply 49306/01/2015

[quote] but Sue Ann Nivens was one of the all-time best characters ever created.

I love that episode where she is going in to see Lou. She stops at Murray's desk, uses his bald head as a mirror to check her lipstick and then proceeds to Lou's office. That is one of the funniest bits of business in tv history and I hope whoever thought it up was richly rewarded for it.

It's also a great credit to the acting of both Clo Leachman and Betty White that they created such memorable characters. There were 168 episodes of the MTM show. Phyllis only appeared in 38 episodes and Sue Anne only appeared in 46 episodes and yet we still remember them so well.

by Anonymousreply 49406/02/2015

Here are two mentions about Laura's capri pants.

In the first item, it says there is one episode where she goes into the kitchen in capri pants and comes out wearing a skirt. Does anyone know which episode that was?

by Anonymousreply 49506/02/2015


Buck would have NEVER watched TV.

by Anonymousreply 49606/02/2015

I'm Mary's adorable Season 1 plaid jumpers and skirts and her dark flicked up hair.

by Anonymousreply 49707/08/2015
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