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The Mary Tyler Moore Show 7 Seasons

Season 3
4.7 out of 5 stars (125) IMDb 8.2/10

In its third season, this groundbreaking comedy explored topics previously taboo on network television.

Starring:
Mary Tyler Moore, Gavin MacLeod

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1. The Good-Time News

Both Lou and Ted are unhappy about the upbeat "happy news" format Mary has been assigned to develop for the "Six O'Clock News."

TV-PG CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: September 16, 1972
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2. What is Mary Richards Really Like?

A local newspaper columnist, who Lou is convinced loves to destroy people's reputations, interviews Mary about being the only woman in the newsroom at WJM.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: September 23, 1972
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3. Who's in Charge Here?

Lou's promotion to program manager leaves Murray in charge of the newsroom, a task which (it is quickly apparent!) he is totally unqualified to handle.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: September 30, 1972
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4. Enter Rhoda's Parents

Rhoda is shocked when her parents arrive for a visit and her mother reveals that she's convinced her husband is seeing another woman.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: October 7, 1972
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5. It's Whether You Win or Lose

When Lou is kept from joining his poker pals in Las Vegas, he insists Mary set up a poker game at work--much to the dismay of ex-compulsive gambler Murray.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: October 14, 1972
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6. Rhoda the Beautiful

Even though she's lost 20 pounds, Rhoda still feels fat and hopeless, but then Hempel's Department Store invites her to enter a beauty contest.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: October 21, 1972
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7. Just Around the Corner

When Mary's parents move into a new house just around the corner from her apartment and then start planning her social schedule, Mary turns to Rhoda for advice.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: October 28, 1972
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8. But Seriously, Folks

Mary tries to help out when the station's "Chuckles the Clown" writer quits his job in order to fulfill his lifelong ambition of performing as a stand-up comedian.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: November 4, 1972
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9. Farmer Ted and the News

Lou realizes he's made a big mistake after he signs a new contract that allows Ted to earn extra money appearing in TV commercials on several local television stations.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: November 11, 1972
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10. Have I Found a Guy For You

If Mary is crushed when she learns the marriage of her long-time friends is coming to an end, she's stunned when she realizes the husband wants to start dating her after the divorce.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: November 18, 1972
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11. You've Got a Friend

Mary's father is having trouble adjusting to his new life in the city because he misses his old buddies, so Mary invites him to lunch with her and Lou Grant.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: November 25, 1972
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12. It Was a Fascination, I Know

Mary suddenly finds herself in the uncomfortable position of being the "other woman" after Phyllis's daughter's 15-year old boyfriend develops a crush on her.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: December 2, 1972
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13. Operation: Lou

Mary's put in charge after Lou goes to have surgery to remove some World War II shrapnel, a move which causes a different kind of war to break out in the newsroom.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: December 9, 1972
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14. Rhoda Morgenstern: Minneapolis to New York

Mary is devastated when Rhoda returns from a vacation in New York and announces she's accepted a job and will be leaving Minneapolis for the Big Apple.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: December 16, 1972
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15. The Courtship of Mary's Father's Daughter

Mary once again finds herself cast in the role of the "other woman" when an ex-boyfriend invites her to his engagement party--much to the dismay of his new fiancée.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: December 23, 1972
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16. Lou's Place

Lou achieves a lifelong dream when he becomes the owner of his favorite bar, but he quickly realizes he just doesn't have what it takes to keep the customers coming back for more.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: January 6, 1973
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17. My Brother's Keeper

Phyllis schemes to have her brother fall in love and get married to Mary, but her plans go awry when her brother falls for Rhoda instead.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: January 13, 1973
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18. The Georgette Story

Mary and Rhoda decide it's time they have a heart-to-heart talk with Georgette, since it appears that Ted is taking his new girlfriend way too much for granted.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: January 20, 1973
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19. Romeo and Mary

Rhoda's boyfriend finds the perfect guy for Mary, but unfortunately the guy is a bit overzealous in his intent to marry Mary and won't take no for an answer.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: January 27, 1973
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20. What Do You Do When the Boss Says, "I Love You"?

Lou Grant realizes he's in over his head when the new boss at the radio station turns out to be a woman--who promptly falls in love with him.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: February 3, 1973
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21. Murray Faces Life

Murray sinks into a deep depression and feels life has totally passed him by after he learns that a former writing classmate has won a Pulitzer Prize for journalism.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: February 10, 1973
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22. Rememberance of Thing's Past

Against her better judgment, Mary gets drawn back into a romantic affair when an ex-boyfriend who broke her heart returns to Minneapolis.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: February 17, 1973
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23. Put on a Happy Face

Once Mary gets nominated for a Teddy Award everything starts going disastrously wrong for her at work?and at the awards dinner.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: February 24, 1973
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24. Mary Richards and the Incredible Plant Lady

Mary and Rhoda's friendship is strained after Rhoda borrows money to set up her new plant store and then doesn't pay Mary back.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: March 3, 1973
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******** UPDATED REVIEW ********
**** 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.
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What good news! The Mary Tyler Moore show was one of the highest quality sitcoms produced during the past 34 years, and it has astonished me that it has taken so long for these shows (barring Season 1) to be released on DVD. With all of the absolute junk out there being released (I guess it's a matter of taste, which doesn't speak too highly of our culture :-)), I simply can't believe all of the MTM seasons aren't out yet. Both Seasons 1 and 2 contain such good material, and Season 3 promises to be just as enjoyable. If you like The MTM Show, buy all three seasons (great discounts on Seasons 1 & 2 at Amazon). Let's get Season 4 out before too long!
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Its great to see that Season 3 has made it to DVD. This is the year

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.
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By the third season, the cast and crew of The Mary Tyler Moore Show knew what they were doing and how to do it. It shows in this wonderful three disc collection.

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.
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