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The Mary Tyler Moore Show: Season 5

4.6 out of 5 stars 206 customer reviews

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Mary Tyler Moore, Ed Asner, Ted Knight, Valerie Harper. Mary doesn't miss a beat a she enters the fifth hit season of her beloved series. Centering around the fictitious WJM-TV, the fun and frolicking continue in the newsroom and in all the personal lives of the staff. Includes 24 episodes on 3 DVDs. 1974-75/color/9 hrs., 41 min/NR/fullscreen.

There is comfort television, and there is consummate television. The Mary Tyler Moore Show is the gold standard, and without any Very Special Episodes (but plenty of very special moments), stunt casting, or a season-ending cliffhanger, this multi-Emmy-winning fifth season is a master class of ensemble acting and character-based comedy. So indelible are these characters by now that half the fun is anticipating how they will react in comedically ripe situations. How will Mary Richards (Mary Tyler Moore), who cries that she never even had to stay after school, adapt to jail after refusing to reveal a source in the Emmy-winning episode "Mary Goes to Prison"? How will old school newsman Lou Grant (Ed Asner, earning his third Emmy) handle Ted (Ted Knight) after Ted endorses a candidate during his broadcast in "You Sometimes Hurt the One You Hate"? And how will skinflint Ted react when he learns that Lou has recklessly gambled away their football pool winnings in "The System"?

Valerie Harper is missed as Rhoda, but the show wisely did not try to replace her with another sidekick for Mary. Instead, episodes this season further flesh out these beloved characters. Sue Ellen (Betty White, who was honored with her first Emmy) reveals her vulnerability in "What Are Friends For?" Lou falls for a lounge singer with an active past (guest star Sheree North) in "Lou and That Woman." But Ted, happily, is still clueless, thoughtless, and egotistical, whether spreading gossip that he and Mary are having an affair ("An Affair to Forget"") or proposing to Georgette (Georgia Engel) on the air ("Marriage Minneapolis Style"). Mary Richards is an iconic character, the poster woman for what Cloris Leachman's Phyllis calls "the era of the single girl" in her Emmy-winning turn in "Phyllis Whips Inflation." A character and show of this stature certainly deserve better than this set's bare-bones release. Three years elapsed between the releases of season 4 and season 5. Talk about cliffhangers; "Chuckles Bites the Dust" awaits in season 6. --Donald Liebenson

Special Features

  • Audio: English: Mono
  • Language: Dubbed: English / Subtitled: English & Spanish
  • Theatrical Aspect Ratio: Fullscreen 1.33:1
Disc 1: 177 Minutes
  • Will Mary Richards Go to Jail?
  • No Just Another Pretty Face
  • You Sometimes Hurt the One You Hate
  • Lou and That Woman
  • The Outsider
  • I Love a Piano
  • The New Sue Ann
  • Menage-a-Phyllis

Disc 2: 202 Minutes
  • Not a Christmas Story
  • What Are Friends For?
  • A Boy's Best Friend
  • A Son for Murray
  • Neighbors
  • A Girl Like Mary
  • An Affair to Forget
  • Mary Richards: Producer

Disc 3: 202 Minutes
  • The System
  • Phyllis Whips Inflation
  • The Shame of the Cities
  • Marriage Minneapolis Style
  • You Try To Be a Nice Guy
  • You Can't Lose 'em All
  • Ted Baxter's Famous Broadcasters' School
  • Anybody Who Hates Kids and Dogs

Product Details

  • Actors: Mary Tyler Moore, Ed Asner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Mono), French (Mono), Spanish (Mono)
  • 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:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: October 6, 2009
  • Run Time: 624 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0011N19HI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,280 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Mary Tyler Moore Show: Season 5" on IMDb

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Everyone knows that all seven seasons of this show are classics. However, since Fox dropped the ball and declined to include a listing of the episode titles, descriptions and airdates - here they are. You can put this in a Word document (reduce the size) and print it out.

THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW - The Complete Fifth Season


1) Will Mary Richards Go to Jail? (Airdate: September 14, 1974)
Mary refuses to reveal a news source for a story she produced and has to spend a night in jail.

2) Not Just Another Pretty Face (Airdate: September 21, 1974)
Mary dates a man with whom she has nothing in common and becomes concerned that their relationship is superficial.

3) You Sometimes Hurt the One You Hate (Airdate: September 28, 1974)
Lou finally loses his temper with Ted when he endorses a political candidate on The Six O'Clock News and throws him through the office doors. Lou feels guilty, and Ted takes advantage of him.

4) Lou and That Woman (Airdate: October 5, 1974)
Lou begins seeing a cocktail lounge singer but becomes uncomfortable about her past.

5) The Outsider (Airdate: October 12, 1974)
WJM-TV hires a young business consultant, who demands certain changes for The Six O'Clock News, offending every member of the news team.

6) I Love a Piano (Airdate: October 19, 1974)
Murray meets an attractive woman at one of Mary's parties and considers having an affair. On the pretext of buying her old piano, he goes to see her.

7) The New Sue Ann (Airdate: October 26, 1974)
A fan named Gloria persuades Sue Ann to hire her for The Happy Homemaker.
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Article from 8/31 NY Times


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I won't copy the entire article, but here are some relevant quotes:

FANS of one of the greatest sitcoms in history, you finally have cause to rejoice: Chuckles the Clown is, once again, going to bite the dust, and this time he's doing it on DVD.

What knocked the series off the fast track, according to Steven Feldstein, senior vice president for corporate and marketing communications at 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, was a glutted marketplace. "We looked at the landscape of the TV-to-DVD business and stepped back," he said. "The other studios were dumping stuff that nobody wanted onto DVD. I mean, `What you talkin' 'bout, Willis?' Come on. People were dumping everything."

This May [Oprah Winfrey] devoted an hour of her show to a reunion of the entire surviving original cast, complete with a replica of the WJM set. During the show Ms. Winfrey wept with joy.

Fox got the message and has now committed to releasing all three remaining seasons, covering episodes from the fall of 1974 to the spring of 1977.
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Pkease get seasons 5,6 & 7 available soonest. MTM fans have been waiting over a year for number 5 and are ready to by the complete set. Want my money? Just get these classic espisodes on the market.
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You could almost predict that Fox would deliver the lowest quality package possible. It is completely within their pattern to do so. I suppose there will be some reviewers that will say "we should be glad that Fox deigned to cast this before us" but, if you're going to do something, you should do it right. Clearly, Fox couldn't care less what their customers think of them. GM used to think that way.

There is no list of episodes anywhere on the package! That saves Fox $1 for every 10,000 copies they make. you'll have to make your own list. I challenge anyone to find any other TV series packaged in this way.

Then, when you try to highlight the episodes while viewing, the selection is nearly impossible to see. Good job, Fox. Somehow, I knew you'd find a way to re-enforce your poor image.
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Like most of the other reviewers, I awaited very patiently for a long time for Season 5 to finally be released. The Mary Tyler Moore Show in my opinion was/is (along with The Odd Couple) the funniest show on television. And time has not diminished that. It is still as fresh and original today. It contains what all sitcoms today lack. Great acting, writing, and most of all heart. I was so happy when I finally heard that Season 5(along with 6 and 7 coming later on) was being released. I got my dvd copy the first day. I however was very shocked when I saw that the same care in the packaging was not continued. No information of any kind. Wrong cast listing. And just very cheaply made. Not to mention any bonus material. I am glad that the shows are at full length, with no editing. However I feel so much more care should have been put into this. This show deserves all the care and respect that it earned during it's original run and still deserves today. Apparently Fox didn't think so. I also feel that the quality of the transfers are TERRIBLE. So much grain that I couldn't believe it. There has been no restoration or remastering of any kind. The transfers are clean, but it is so fuzzy and grainy that it can be a little distracting at times. In short a great show with a terrible presentation. Hope Fox will improve their act for seasons 6 and 7.
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