Season Cast 40

  1. Ed Asner

    Ed Asner

    Lou Grant (24 Episodes)

  2. Mary Tyler Moore
  3. Gavin MacLeod
  4. Ted Knight

    Ted Knight

    Ted Baxter (24 Episodes)

  5. Valerie Harper
  6. Cloris Leachman
  7. John Amos

    John Amos

    Gordy Howard (4 Episodes)

  8. Joyce Bulifant
  9. Henry Corden

    Henry Corden

    (2 Episodes)

  10. John Schuck

    John Schuck

    (1 Episode)

  11. Mary Jackson

    Mary Jackson

    (1 Episode)

  12. Monte Markham
  13. Gino Conforti

    Gino Conforti

    (1 Episode)

  14. Paul Sand

    Paul Sand

    (1 Episode)

  15. Michael Callan

    Michael Callan

    (1 Episode)

  16. Greg Mullavey

    (1 Episode)

  17. Wes Stern

    Wes Stern

    (1 Episode)

  18. Bill Fiore

    (1 Episode)

  19. Vic Tayback

    Vic Tayback

    (1 Episode)

  20. Hamilton Camp

    Hamilton Camp

    (1 Episode)

  21. Richard Libertini
  22. Nancy Walker

    Nancy Walker

    (1 Episode)

  23. Pat Carroll
  24. Dick Clair

    (1 Episode)

  25. Slim Pickens
  26. Shelley Berman

    Shelley Berman

    (1 Episode)

  27. Bruce Kirby

    Bruce Kirby

    Bert (1 Episode)

  28. Bob Dishy

    Bob Dishy

    (1 Episode)

  29. Burt Mustin

    Burt Mustin

    (1 Episode)

  30. Jane Connell

    Jane Connell

    (1 Episode)

  31. David Ketchum

    David Ketchum

    (1 Episode)

  32. James McCallion

    James McCallion

    (1 Episode)

  33. Lynn Wood

    Nurse (1 Episode)

  34. Paul Micale

    Paul Micale

    Waiter (1 Episode)

  35. Richard Roat
  36. Sidney Clute

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Season Crew 20

Directing

  1. Jay Sandrich

    Director (17 Episodes)

  2. Alan Rafkin

    Director (3 Episodes)

  3. Peter Baldwin

    Peter Baldwin

    Director (2 Episodes)

  4. Bruce Bilson

    Director (1 Episode)

Production

  1. Michael Zinberg

    Michael Zinberg

    Producer (24 Episodes)

  2. David Davis

    Producer (24 Episodes)

  3. Ed. Weinberger

    Producer (24 Episodes)

  4. Lorenzo Music

    Producer (24 Episodes)

  5. Grant Tinker

    Producer (24 Episodes)

  6. Stan Daniels

    Producer (24 Episodes)

  7. James L. Brooks

Writing

  1. Earl Pomerantz

    Writer (24 Episodes)

  2. Treva Silverman

    Writer (5 Episodes)

  3. Lorenzo Music

    Writer (4 Episodes)

  4. James L. Brooks

    James L. Brooks

    Writer (4 Episodes)

  5. Bob Rodgers

    Writer (2 Episodes)

  6. George Kirgo

    Writer (1 Episode)

  7. Gail Parent

    Writer (1 Episode)

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Episodes 24

September 19, 1970

The classic series begins its classic 7-year run in Mary's apartment. Mary Richards, a 30-year-old single woman, has left her long-time boyfriend, Bill, to be with her old friend, Phyllis Lindstrom, in Minneapolis. (Mary originally lived in Roseburg, MN.) Why did Mary leave Bill? After promising to her that he would marry her right after his internship at the hospital, he said, ""Why rush into things???"" Meanwhile, she's already having troubles with her new apartment--a bitter upstairs neightbor, Rhoda Morgenstern, insists that she owns Mary's apartment!

Later, Mary goes on a job interview at WJM-TV's The 6:00 News for a secreterial job. Lou Grant, the boss, tells her that the job has already been filled, but he does say that the job of Associate Producer is open. Sure, it offers $10 less per week than the secreterial job, but Mary is fine. ""If you can get off with $15 less per week, I'll make you Producer,"" he says. She declines, then goes on to meeting Ted Baxter, the ridicul

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September 26, 1970

Mary is worried now that she's outside the 15-29 demographic group which the station classifies as 'young', and the mailboy has called her 'Ma'am'. Rhoda persuades her into calling an old boyfriend for a get-together.

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October 3, 1970

When Phyllis's husband Lars takes ill, she asks Mary to babysit Bess for a few days. Bess decides she wants to stay permanently with Mary, to Phyllis's dismay.

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October 10, 1970

Mary and Rhoda find out that divorcees at the Better Luck Next Time club can get group rates on cruises and decide to join. However, Mary proves a hit with the club's members and gets elected to its board.

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October 17, 1970

A football player turned insurance salesman applies for a job as a sportscaster and attaches himself to Mary. Mary and Rhoda discover that he hasn't had much success at anything and encourage him to pursue his dreams.

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October 24, 1970

Rhoda's mother, Ida, comes visiting and Rhoda refuses to see her. Ida stays with Mary but drives her crazy.

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Mary begins seeing an author who appeared as a guest on WJM-TV's Scrutiny, and becomes extremely self-conscious after discovering he is several inches shorter than her.

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November 7, 1970

A snowstorm leaves Mary producing her first program, broadcasting the results of the local elections. The show has to remain on until a winner is declared and no word is received at the newsroom.

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November 14, 1970

Mary is nominated for her first Television Editors' Award (the ""Teddies""), but at home Rhoda's boyfriend Bob takes more of an interest in Mary than in Rhoda.

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November 21, 1970

Mary's workload gets too much so Lou allows her to hire an assistant. She chooses Phyllis who hinders more than she helps.

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Crew 2

Directed by: Peter Baldwin

Written by: Treva Silverman

Guest Stars 1 Full Cast & Crew

  1. John Amos

    John Amos

    Gordy Howard

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1040 or Fight

November 28, 1970

Mary is audited by the IRS, and the shy auditor takes an interest in her. Unfortunately, he has great difficulty telling her how he feels.

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December 5, 1970

Ted loses his self-confidence after speaking at Phyllis's club and Mary has to find a way to get Ted back on a high.

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December 12, 1970

After Mary invites Lou's nephew home for dinner, she must confront false rumors in the newsroom the following day.

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December 19, 1970

Feeling sympathetic for a co-worker who hasn't spent Christmas with his family for years, Mary is forced to stay alone at WJM-TV on Christmas Eve.

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Howard's Girl

January 2, 1971

Mary begins seeing Paul Arnell, the brother of her former boyfriend Howard Arnell, and is shocked to discover that the brothers' parents still believe that she and Howard are an item.

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January 9, 1971

Mary gets a tempting offer from a rival television station, but becomes reluctant to leave when her WJM-TV colleagues throw a farewell party for her.

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Just a Lunch

January 16, 1971

Mary reluctantly finds herself romantically involved with a married man.

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January 23, 1971

Mary's apartment is burgled, with only her clothes, stereo and television taken but then next night the whole apartment is cleaned out.

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January 30, 1971

Murray's play, All Work and No Play, is finally produced but his happiness is short-lived when he discovers that the leading role will be played by Ted.

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Hi!

February 6, 1971

Mary is admitted into the hospital to have her tonsils removed, and shares a room with a grouchy woman who refuses to get along with anyone.

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February 13, 1971

Lou and his wife Edie separate and Mary becomes involved when she is asked for advice.

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February 20, 1971

An irritating childhood friend drops by Mary's apartment, making use of her connection as Mary's former camp mate to introduce herself to the newsroom's staff.

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February 27, 1971

Rhoda falls in love with a top executive, and is shocked to find that he wants to give up the high-flying lifestyle to become a forest ranger.

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March 6, 1971

When Lou is fired, Mary goes to confront the station owner, Wild Jack Munroe.

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