The Mary Tyler Moore Show: The Complete Second Season
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Mary and the gang from WJM-TV return in another award-winning season. No longer the new girl in town, Mary has come to think of the newsroom staff as family. But along with the good times and close friendships come the often tryingand ultimately hilarioussituations every family faces. From Mary explaining the facts of life to Phyllis daughter to going on a blind date (set up by Lou!) to attending her disastrous high school reunion, its clear why this TV classic is one of the most beloved comedies of all time.
The Emmy-winning first season was an auspicious beginning. By its second season, the classic theme song "Love is All Around" has been revamped with an even more optimistic outlook: "You're gonna make it after all." In the sophomore season of this instant gold-standard sitcom, the ace writing staff and peerless ensemble begin to flesh out the iconic characters. Gruff Lou Grant (Ed Asner, enjoying his second Emmy-winning season) reveals his more loveable side when he discovers his son-in-law out with another woman in "The Six-and-a-Half-Year Itch." Vain Ted Baxter (Ted Knight) becomes a more sympathetic character in "Cover Boy," featuring the hilariously preening Jack Cassidy as Ted's competitive brother, and "And Now, Sitting in for Ted Baxter," in which a substitute anchor earns higher ratings than the vacationing Ted. Mary, the sweetheart of prime time, is still something of a pushover (in "Feeb," she feels compelled to write a letter of recommendation for an extraordinarily incompetent secretary), but she develops the backbone to stand up to an anti-Semite who disapproves of Rhoda in one of the season's best episodes, "Some of My Best Friends Are Rhoda." The indelible friendship between Mary and Rhoda (Valerie Harper, also earning her second consecutive Emmy) is sorely tested when they become temporary roommates in "Where There's Smoke, There's Rhoda." As with the most enduring shows, The Mary Tyler Moore Show eschewed topical humor that would date the series, and instead, mined its more universal and timeless humor from the wellspring of the characters. More than 30 years later, there is still, as ever, something about Mary. --Donald Liebenson
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Even in this milieu, some performers stood out as exceptional. When thoroughly competent TV directors and skilled television technicians were able to work with these outstanding performers, shows of exceptional quality and were produced.
Mary Tyler Moore had an ability and an aura about her that was rare. The 'situation comedy', a long cherished and much loved TV art-form, seemed to have been made for her and her many skills. Moore's first great TV success was in the Dick Van Dyke Show. Then, when she starred in her own shows, Moore was magnificent.
The Mary Tyler Moore Show was produced and directd by consumate experts. Add to this a particularly high standing of casting, which ensured only the best supporting actors,and the Mary Tyler Moore Show was destined to be in the 'Top Flight' of its gendre.
Importantly however, unlike the crass and peurile content of so much 'entertainment' today, the Mary Tyler Moore Show ( and other great shows of the era) contained no gratuitous violence, no explicit sex or nudity, and no foul or blasphemous language. The show was humourous without being coarse and was, truly, a delight to watch.
who was a Mary Tyler Moore fan and who did not catch these shows. It is also very interesting seeing how much things have changed.
You can't go wrong with this series.
In the pilot, 30-year-old Mary has just moved to Minneapolis, eager to start a new life as a single careerwoman after her breakup with her fiance. She answers an ad seeking a secretary, and finds herself associate producer of the six o'clock news at WJM. There, she works for Lou Grant, a tough guy with a soft exterior and a ready bottle of booze, and alongside kindhearted news writer Murray and self-centered, idiotic reporter Ted Baxter.
On the home front, Mary decides to rent an apartment in the home of her college friend Phyllis Lindstrom...incurring the wrath of New York native Rhoda Morgenstern, who had her heart set on moving in. Despite their rocky start, the two opposite personalities quickly become best friends, creating the basis for much of the show's humor.
In Season 2, several episodes center around Bess, Phyllis' precocious adolescent daughter; Mary's dating hijinks; newsroom mishaps; and visits from Rhoda's stereotypically Jewish mother.
If you've never seen this show, I urge you to give it a try! You'll soon be looking for the rest of the seasons.
Then the more-credible story ciruclated that FOX had internal political bickering over the costs of the extras for season 2 (including documentaries shot for each year, produced by Ed Asner and his son).
Now, season 2 is out, in all its glory, chock-full of extras... yet Miss Moore is mysteriously missing from the interview footage they shot in 2002--- even though she WAS interviewed (as is evidenced by the documentary for season 1) and everyone else in the cast appears, except for the late Ted Knight!
Makes one go, "hmmmmmmmmmm..."
Anyway, a good Season 2 collection (and cheaper, this time!), although it includes a 1973 local Minneapolis documentary on the shooting of the new title-sequence which would have been more appropriate for the season 4 DVD release--- but, hey!, I'm not complaining.
And, yes, the moody-perspective shot of Mary walking down the street and looking up to her right (from the original theme design) that FOX has on their 'Mary' site would have been far better a box-cover for season 1 & 2 than what they used, but, what the heck... at least we've got finally 'em...