The Mary Tyler Moore Show 7 Seasons 1972

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Season 3
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Rhoda is shocked when her parents arrive for a visit and her mother reveals that she's convinced her husband is seeing another woman.

Starring:
Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner
Runtime:
26 minutes
Original air date:
October 7, 1972

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Season 3

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Genres Comedy
Director Jay Sandrich
Starring Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner
Supporting actors Valerie Harper, Gavin MacLeod, Nancy Walker, Harold Gould, James L. Brooks
Season year 1973
Network CBS
Executive Producer James L. Brooks
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**** EDITED ON JANUARY 19, 2006 ****

The sensational and laugh-filled third season of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" hit DVD in an attractive 3-Disc set from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment on January 17th, 2006, only six months after Season 2 was released (not bad at all, especially when compared to the 34-month wait MTM fans had between the Season-One and Season-Two DVD releases).

Season 3 of TMTMS (originally seen on CBS-TV during the 1972-1973 television campaign) has so many highly-memorable episodes amongst its 24-show roster -- such as: "My Brother's Keeper", "Rhoda Morgenstern: Minneapolis To New York", "Operation: Lou", "You've Got A Friend", and the hilarious "Put On A Happy Face".

The "Happy Face" episode has Mary suffering from a variety of ailments, injuries, and afflictions just prior to having to go to the annual "Teddy Awards" banquet. It's one of my all-time favorite MTM installments. I'd recommend freeze-framing that episode at the 9:36 point in the program for a funny "Mary In Mid-Air" moment. I only wish I were Lou Grant in that particular scene. :)

I never fail to be amazed at how well this TV series holds up over time. Every single one of these third-year episodes, in my opinion, seems utterly perfect (both script-wise and picture quality-wise on these DVDs...gorgeous color and overall video quality).

Just a few sample episodes from Season 3 reveal the exquisite storylines, characters, relationships, and friendships that I'm literally envious of with each viewing -- "You've Got A Friend" and "The Courtship Of Mary's Father's Daughter" (both co-starring the great Bill Quinn as Mary's dad) are two such examples. Beautiful shows.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Matthew on October 18, 2005
Format: DVD
What good news! The Mary Tyler Moore show was one of the highest quality sitcoms produced during the past 34 years, and it has astonished me that it has taken so long for these shows (barring Season 1) to be released on DVD. With all of the absolute junk out there being released (I guess it's a matter of taste, which doesn't speak too highly of our culture :-)), I simply can't believe all of the MTM seasons aren't out yet. Both Seasons 1 and 2 contain such good material, and Season 3 promises to be just as enjoyable. If you like The MTM Show, buy all three seasons (great discounts on Seasons 1 & 2 at Amazon). Let's get Season 4 out before too long!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 31, 2006
Format: DVD
By the third season, the cast and crew of The Mary Tyler Moore Show knew what they were doing and how to do it. It shows in this wonderful three disc collection.

Little has changed in Mary Richard's (Mary Tyler Moore) world. She works in the news room of WJM-TV in Minneapolis along with her boss Lou Grant (Ed Asner), anchor Ted Baxter (Ted Knight), and news writer Murray Slaughter (Gavin MacLeod). At home, she's got best friends Rhoda (Valerie Harper) and Phyllis (Cloris Leachman). Whether it's the trials of serial dating (Mary and Rhoda's guys never last more then an episode) or trying to bring up the ratings at work, these characters are sure to face life with a joke to keep us laughing.

The big change to the show is the introduction of Georgia Engel as Ted's girlfriend Georgette. I had forgotten, but she was originally Rhoda's co-worker introduced in "Rhoda Morgenstern: Minneapolis to New York." She only gets four episodes here, but it's a start.

Unfortunately, Phyllis only has four episodes as well this season. I always enjoy her appearances since she's so over the top funny. I'm sure we all know someone who is convinced they know best no matter what the situation.

This season also features several appearances of Mary's parents after they move to Minneapolis. Watching a loving relationship work through the issues this creates is nice.

Highlights of this season include:

"The Good Time News," which finds Mary trying to create a fun news show.

"It's Whether You Win or Lose" finds gambling addict Murray in trouble when Mary sets up a poker night for the guys in the office. Even a serious topic like this gets lots of laughs.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Trotsky on January 4, 2006
Format: DVD
Its great to see that Season 3 has made it to DVD. This is the year

that MTM truly established its own identity and moved beyond the more

conventional first two seasons. Mary is now a consciously liberated

woman no longer worried about being over thirty and single. While

avoiding overt political messages the writers embraced this change and

helped create what is in some ways the strongest season.

Though most of the "classic" episodes occur later in the series, season

3 is perhaps the most consistently excellent week to week.

There are many episodes that should not be overlooked, from the season opener,

"The Good Time News", where Mary and Ted spar during an on-air editorial,

to "Lou's Place", which explores Lou's ill-fated attempt to own a favorite local bar.

"The Courtship of Mary's Father's Daughter" reunites Mary with an old flame, only

now she's an unintentionally disruptive guest at his engagement party (watch

for their initial meeting in the elevator to see a great example of Mary Tyler Moore's

gift for understated physical comedy).

In Season 3 the characters begin to function as a family and, without delving into

hot-button "issues" like All in the Family or Maude, demonstrate a realism

of another kind in personal relationships. See Mary criticize Rhoda for

maintaining her poor self image even as she runs in and wins a department store beauty contest in "Rhoda the Beautiful", an episode both touching and very funny.
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