- 24 Episodes on 4 discs
- Disc 1: Commentary for "Love is all around" and "Support Your Local Mother"
- Disc 2: Commentary for "1040 or Flight"
- Disc 3: None
- Disc 4: The Making of Season 1, all-new 88-minute feature
- CBS promos
- Emmy Awards clips
- Trivia challenge
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The Mary Tyler Moore Show - The Complete First Season
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ALL 24 EPISODES DVD BOSU FEATURES INCLUDE ALL-NEW 88 MINUTE DOCUMENTARY WITH EXCLUSIVE CAST & CREW INTERVIEWS, PLUS SELECTED EPISODE COMMENTARIES, AWARD SHOW CLIPS, TRIVIA CHALLENGE & MORE!
She finally made it after all... to DVD! Created by James L. Brooks and Allan Burns, The Mary Tyler Moore Show is the very model of a tailor-made star vehicle. It transformed Moore from Dick Van Dyke's wacky housewife to empowered thirtysomething single woman determined to make it on her own. Moore was the anchor of a peerless ensemble who brought to life characters so indelible that three of them, Ed Asner's Lou Grant, Valerie Harper's Rhoda, and Cloris Leachman's Phyllis, would each get their own series. The 24 episodes that comprise the Emmy-winning first season (1970) hilariously set the stage for what would become one of television's most beloved sitcoms, ranked by TV Guide in 2002 as the 11th greatest of all time (it should have been higher!). The classic pilot episode is a master class of character-based comedy writing, as Mary meets her future "family" at the WJM newsroom, as well as upstairs neighbor Rhoda, with whom she would form perhaps TV's greatest female buddy team.
Among the most memorable episodes are "Support Your Local Mother," which won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing and introduced Nancy Walker as Rhoda's maddening mother, Ida. Another Emmy-winner is "Toulouse-Lautrec Is One of My Favorite Artists," in which Mary dates a height-challenged author. Lending able support in this inaugural season is a stellar guest star roster of comic actors who, like Harper and Asner, apprenticed with Chicago's legendary improvisational Second City troupe: Shelley Berman ("Divorce Isn't Everything"); Bob Dishy ("Second Story Story"); Richard Schaal ("Today I Am a Ma'am," "The Snow Must Go On," in which he plays the ill-fated Chuckles the Clown," and "Howard's Girl"); and Paul Sand ("1040 or Fight"). At this point, the characters are pretty much one-note. Mary is cute and perky, Lou Grant hard-boiled, Rhoda brash, Phyllis flighty, and Ted Knight's vainglorious anchorman Ted Baxter idiotic. But what beautiful music they all would make in seasons to come. --Donald Liebenson
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"Play all" option. You have to you back to the main menu after each episode and scroll through the episodes to find and pick the next one. It really is an inconvenience.
The show and characters did change and evolve over its seven seasons,Ed Asner's Lou Grant in this first season,is almost like a wild animal yelling at everyone,from season 2 he became more sarcastic and would only yell when really mad,we saw him care for Mary like a daughter and in the last ever episode Lou is the one who says"I cherish you people!"
The pilot is cracking with new girl Mary settling into a new job and apartment in Minneapolis,she mets Rhoda Morgenstern(Valerie Harper)and renews a friendship with old friend Phyllis Lindstrom(the one and only Choris Leachman)
Like many people I loved the trio of Mary Rhoda and Phyllis,the latter two getting well deserved spinoffs,Rhoda's wisecracking always making up for the latest loser boyfriend she's attracted,Phyllis lording it over Mary and particularly Rhoda that she is married and they are not.
Ted Knight's Ted Baxter also changes in the first season,he comes over as well as being stupid,as vain and shallow but he gets more depth later by getting a girl friend Georgette and Ted got funnier and funnier.
Gavin MacLeod was always wisecracking as Murray,his total love for Mary very sweet.
In this first season the best episodes apart from the pilot are "Support Your Local Mother" when Nancy Walker makes her first appearance as
Ida,Rhoda's guilt dishing mother,"Toulese-Lautreeic Is One Of My Favourite Artists" when Mary discovers she's a height bigot!
"Assistant Wanted Female" when Phyllis gets a job at the newsroom as Mary's "co-worker" and causes chaos.
"Hi" is another favourite when Miss Sunshine Mary has the roomate from hell when in hospital,a great guest appearance by Pat Carroll.
A good start to a classic sitcom.
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