The Mary Tyler Moore Show: Season 3
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The Mary Tyler Moore Show endures because its timeless comedy is drawn from the wellspring of its fully drawn characters, who were allowed to grow beyond one-note caricatures. Mary's best friend, Rhoda (Valerie Harper), who was in danger of becoming this series' Sally Rogers, really blossomed this season. In "Rhoda the Beautiful," the slimmed-down Rhoda is empowered to enter a beauty contest, and in "My Brother's Keeper," she catches the eye of Phyllis' (Cloris Leachman in an Emmy-nominated performance) brother, which devastates Phyllis, setting the stage for yet another disastrous Mary Richards party (and a dénouement that must have been daring in 1973). Wise-cracking Murray (Gavin McLeod) reveals new depths in "Murray Faces Life," in which he sinks into depression after hearing that a former college classmate has won the Pulitzer Prize. Even Ted manages to surprise. In "Operation: Lou," a hospitalized Lou Grant finds a new appreciation for Ted, who graciously and uncharacteristically, presents him with an expensive bottle of scotch. Moore, Harper, and Knight were each honored with Emmys this season. Joining this august core ensemble is Georgia Engel as Georgette, who makes a delightful first impression in "Rhoda Morgenstern: Minneapolis to New York." Even hard-boiled Lou softens in her presence. "You're a real cutie, you know that?" he tells her in "The Georgette Story." Despite Lou's insistence to the contrary in "The Good-Time News," The Mary Tyler Moore's job was to make people laugh. But it could also be surprisingly moving, as in the laugh-free dramatic climax of "Remembrance of Things Past," in which Mary is reunited with an ex-boyfriend (Joseph Campanella), who has broken her heart in the past. This three-disc set contains no extras, but any of these episodes can take a nothing day and suddenly... well, you know the rest. --Donald Liebenson
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Wonderful writing and acting!! Can't get enough of their humor!!Published 3 months ago by Martha Hoff
I loved the whole season. I watched it when it was on TV. I loved the clothes Mary wore. I actually wore clothes like that in those years. I think the 70's had the best styles.Published 4 months ago by Elizabeth blando
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