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The Mary Tyler Moore Show - The Complete Fourth Season (1970)

Mary Tyler Moore , Edward Asner , George Tyne , Jay Sandrich  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Valerie Harper, Ted Knight
  • Directors: George Tyne, Jay Sandrich, Jerry Belson, Jerry London, John C. Chulay
  • Writers: Allan Burns
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: June 20, 2006
  • Run Time: 613 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EXDS02
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,740 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Mary Tyler Moore Show - The Complete Fourth Season" on IMDb

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Classy, smart, funny, and confident? Mary Richards is the very embodiment of the independent career woman of the 1970s. As news producer for WJM-TV, Mary, along with her eclectic and hilarious cast of friends and co-workers, confronts some of life's biggest challenges head on: career advancement, dating, marriage, death and divorce? All with varying degrees of success, but always with a sense of humor and an optimistic outlook. Season Four of The Mary Tyler Moore Show shows why this endearing and enduring TV classic was the inspiration for a young generation who discovered that they, too, were "gonna make it after all."

The multi-Emmy-winning fourth season of The Mary Tyler Moore Show showed us the sassy side of Betty White and the softer side of Ed Asner's Lou Grant. Cast against type, White makes a memorable first impression in the season-opener as steely "Happy Homemaker" Sue Ann Nivens, who makes Martha Stewart look like June Cleaver. The episode "The Lars Affair" earned an Emmy for Cloris Leachman, and it is arguably her finest half-hour, as the ill-equipped Phyllis tries to domesticate herself after her husband has an affair with Sue Ann. Consider the bee, a dejected Phyllis tells Mary and Rhoda (Valerie Harper). "Once the male bee has... serviced the queen, the male dies. All in all, not a bad system." Sue Ann's debut is but one of this superb season's historic moments. The other is when "Ted Baxter Meets Walter Cronkite." "The big question," Murray (Gavin McLeod) asks, "is where do I sit to get the best view?" The event even exceeds the anticipation. "Let's talk shop," Ted (Ted Knight) tells the speechless Cronkite. "What words do you have trouble pronouncing?" The character who goes through the biggest changes this season is Lou. In the Emmy-winning episode, "The Lou and Edie Story," Lou is heartbroken when his wife moves out, leading to one of the season's funniest episodes, "Lou's First Date," in which an unwitting Mary sets Lou up with an 80-year-old woman to bring to an awards ceremony. Lou's difficulty handling displays of affection is put to the supreme test in "Happy Birthday, Lou!" in which Mary ill advisedly decides to throw him a surprise party. Speaking of disastrous parties, the classic episode, "The Dinner Party" (the one with the Veal Prince Orloff) firmly establishes one of the series' best running jokes: Mary's disastrous track record as a hostess. That's Henry Winkler as an extra, unexpected guest forced to sit at his own table. Moore was honored this season with an Emmy for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy. No doubt her Emmy reel included "Best of Enemies" (co-written by Albert Brooks collaborator Monica Johnson), in which Rhoda's tactless revelation of one of Mary's secrets threatens their friendship, and "Two Wrongs Don't Make a Writer," in which Mary and Ted take the same creative writing class and Ted plagiarizes her story. Mary may be a bust as a hostess, but season 4, this classic series' best to date, is a real party. --Donald Liebenson

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134 of 140 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly Mary's Best Season March 14, 2006
By Lulu
Mary's fourth season is the only one to feature Phyllis and Rhoda (the old guard)and Georgette and Sue Ann (the new guard) all together. The show is really clicking on all cylinders, with many classic episodes:

THE LARS AFFAIR Phyllis discovers Lars is having an affair with WJM's "The Happy Homemaker."

ANGELS IN THE SNOW Mary dates a younger man. She doesn't realize just HOW young until he takes her to a a frat house.

RHODA'S SISTER GETS MARRIED Rhoda and Mary fly to New York to attend the wedding of Rhoda's sister (no, it's not Brenda; it's "Debbie," who is never seen or heard from again). Brett Somers guest stars.

THE LOU AND EDIE STORY When Edie moves out to "find herself," Lou is a lost soul.

HI THERE, SPORTS FANS Mary is saddled with the job of hiring a new sportscaster. Dick Gautier and Gordon Jump guest star.

FATHER'S DAY Ted meets the father who deserted the family when Ted was a baby.

SON OF "BUT SERIOUSLY, FOLKS" Mary's old flame Wes comes back to work at WJM in this sequel to a third season episode in which Wes tried to become a stand-up comic. Jerry Van Dyke guest stars.

LOU'S FIRST DATE Now that he's separated, Lou needs a date for an awards ceremony; Mary's the lucky matchmaker.

LOVE BLOOMS AT HEMPLE'S Rhoda falls in love with her boss.

THE DINNER PARTY One of Mary's typical dinner parties (this one for a congresswoman) wherein everything that can go wrong does.

JUST FRIENDS Lou wants Edie to come back to him, and asks Mary to make it happen.

WE WANT BAXTER Phyllis convinces Ted he has a future in politics, and he quits WJM in order to pursue a career in government.
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beige Apartments and Beer Omelets June 27, 2006
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Season 4 of MTM shows the 70's in full swing; Mary has bangs and a more natural hairstyle (no more falls like in Season 1) and no longer only wears skirts and dresses to work. Yes, for better or worse, this is the dawn of the wide-legged pantsuit. Can Mary pull it off? Of course she can!

Mary has redecorated her apartment and everything is beige, beige, beige; this could just be the camera filter but what a relief when the action switches to Rhoda's colorful digs upstairs. Sadly, this is also Valerie Harper's last season on MTM as Rhoda will have her eponymously-titled show the following season.

There are less establishing shots of the house Mary and Rhoda live in because it's obviously a different, and less charming, home. (The reason for this is explained on a documentary on the Season 2 set; the owner of the original home no longer wanted the house to be included on the show.) And the show now focuses most of its time on the workplace. As compared to earlier seasons, there are far fewer "Mary's romantic dilemma!" episodes and more time is given to Ted and Lou, while Murray still patiently sits at his desk delivering one-liners. And showing that things have come a long way, Mary spends less time at work making coffee for Lou and is a valuable asset to WJM and a competent careerwoman.

Season Four has any number of classic episodes: "The Dinner Party" featuring a young and very funny Henry Winkler, "The Lars Affair" which has a classic confrontation between Phyllis and Sue Ann and my personal favorite of the entire series, "Two Wrongs Don't Make a Writer" when Ted and Mary take a writing class together only to have Ted steal Mary's assignment.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please release the remaining three seasons! May 12, 2007
It'sso frustrating. This is one of the great shows of all time and all we have are the first four seasons. This show ended 30 years ago! What is taking so long to get these released?..same with The Bob Newhart Show and Taxi..which ran five seasons and only three have been released.

When the production studios start putting out complete seasons of their shows, shouldn't they follow through with ALL of them? There are a lot of fans of MTM who would dearly love to have the entire series on DVD,extras or not..and yet to come(if it ever does)is the classic "Chuckles Bites the Dust"

Please...release the final three seasons!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fox has pulled the plug on the remaining seasons February 27, 2007
Fox has taken the Mary Tyler Moore Show and the Bob Newhart Show off their schedules. And King of the Hill. They say low sales-I say hogwash.

Why would they quit when they are almost done with these shows now. Why not just finish them. Come on Fox! As far as I am concerned they are the lowest. All their other shows suck except for WKRP. I will be gagging when I pick that one up because I don't know if they will finish it and how much music will be changed or edited out and that the discs are flippers. Fox needs to get on the oldies bandwagon-all the other major studios have this year. Fox gets my raspberry of the year!! We all need to call and write Fox and let them know just how we feel about this very bad decision they have made. Someone needs to be fired at Fox and soon!!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
I know this may seem like a strange thing to do, but I contacted the Oprah Winfrey show by e-mail and told them that there are fans like us here on Amazon who are really upset that FOX has stalled release of the remaining seasons.

Oprah is a HUGE fan of the Mary Tyler Show and has said on previous shows how much of an inspiration the show and Mary was to her when she started off in the News business in the seventies.

I thought if we let Oprah know what was happening with FOX and this delay that maybe she could do something to help the frustrated fans out there. Perhaps have a "Mary Appreciation" show and fill the audience with fans of the show, maybe bring Mary and the rest of the cast on, have them reminisce about the show and use that show as an opportunity to implore FOX to stop being ridiculous and release the remaining episodes, maybe even sign a petition by audience members and send it to FOX.

It might all sound crazy, but I love this show, and we the fans deserve to have the remaining seasons released!!!! I'm sure Mary Tyler Moore herself would be frustrated if she knew how much her fans were behind the show.

I have a question for FOX. How does a show with 29 Emmy wins not get a full series release on DVD???!!!!!!!!
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So glad to be able to get this on DVD as my VHS tapes began to fade and snap. Classic comedy!
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I love this classic sit com and watch it weekly. Still working on collecting all 7 seasons.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great clean fun
Great price,great condition, A very great program with wonderful actors!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cat- Fight Kitchen!
What could be more delicious than a verbal throw-down between whiny/spoiled Phylis & ever-fake-man-crazy Sue Ann ?!! Gotta see this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic TV
All time classic
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Mary is the best. Hysterically funny and many life lesson about people and relationships. It doesn't get any better.
Published 3 months ago by Cookie Cookie Cookie
5.0 out of 5 stars ready for the laughs
Oh what a funny show, I laughed so hard, I never can get over how how fast the l laughs come, no shows like this today can compare to this honest to goodness fun of Mary a nd the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by brenda .
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Yes Fox are a bunch of morons!
My wife is crazy for Mary Tyler Moore - please help me FOX. If you don't release the last three seasons, she will make my go insane. Please FOX. Do it for my marriage.
Aug 15, 2007 by W. Bradley |  See all 3 posts
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The Mary Tyler Moore Show - The Complete 5th Season (1974-1975) is now up for Pre-Order, at!

There is no release date available yet, but you can pre-purchase your copy now.

Pricing is available, at a nice discount at $20.99, if you place your order now.

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May 16, 2009 by D. DiRienzo |  See all 4 posts
The Way To Release Remaining Seasons
I am stunned the remaining MTM show seasons won't be released on DVD. This was a tv show way ahead of its time and it's a shame and pity today's generation will not get the opportunity to see stellar sitcom acting and writing from the 1970s from a DVD collection. I still don't quite understand... Read More
Nov 5, 2007 by M. H. |  See all 12 posts
To The Morons at Fox !!!
I agree - please release the remainder of this series. "Welcome Back, Kotter" is out but, not the balance of Mary Tyler Moore Show?! What gives? I don't understand Fox! Do they feel that the remaining seasons won't sell. Well they are wrong. RELEASE THEM PLEASE!!!
Jun 15, 2007 by F. Monroig |  See all 14 posts
Shouldn't/couldn't Fox sell the MTM library off?
The Mary Tyler Moore Show - The Complete 5th Season (1974-1975) is now up for Pre-Order, at!

There is no release date available yet, but you can pre-purchase your copy now.

Pricing is available, at a nice discount at $20.99, if you place your order now.

The Long-Awaited season 5 is... Read More
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