Press release from MeTV, Jan. 25, 2017:
MeTV pays tribute to the career and comedy of trailblazer and TV icon Mary Tyler Moore with a special collection of Mary Tyler Moore episodes airing on Sunday, January 29, from 2:00 to 5:00pm ET/PT. In honor of the famed comedienne and actress, who passed away January 25th at the age of 80, MeTV Remembers Mary Tyler Moore presents six of the most beloved and timeless episodes of her self-titled comedy series that aired from 1970 to 1977.
Known as the woman who “can turn the world on with her smile,” viewers are invited to tune in and enjoy the very first episode of Mary Tyler Moore beginning with “Love Is All Around” (season one), where Mary first gets her job at WJM-TV in Minneapolis and meets her neighbor Rhoda Morgenstern. “Put On A Happy Face” (season three), where Mary is nominated for The Teddy Awards, but is in rough shape to attend or, heaven forbid, to actually win. “The Dinner Party” (season four), where Mary throws a dinner party for exactly six people, despite her reputation for disastrous get-togethers. “Chuckles Bites the Dust” (season six), station co-worker Chuckles The Clown dies, and his funeral service is anything but solemn. “Lou Dates Mary” (season seven), who says dating the boss is a bad idea? Mary is about to find out. We conclude with the final episode of the series aptly titled “The Last Show” (season seven), where changes come to WJM-TV and Mary ends the series in one of TV’s most famous final scenes. The complete MeTV Remembers Mary Tyler Moore schedule is included below. Viewers can see the full MeTV schedule and find out where to watch at MeTV.com.
“Mary Tyler Moore truly made the world smile. She was a comedy genius and an important role model for so many women. She will always be timeless and memorable,” said Neal Sabin, Vice Chairman of Weigel Broadcasting Co.
Mary Tyler Moore first gained TV sitcom fame in the 1960s TV series The Dick Van Dyke Show before gaining TV superstardom with her 1970s series Mary Tyler Moore. Playing single career woman Mary Richards, her show is seen as the benchmark of the women’s movement for its serious depiction of working women at a time when television typically depicted them as housewives and secretaries. The series also starred Ed Asner, Betty White and Valerie Harper. Moore produced the show with her second husband Grant Tinker. The show was a critical hit, earning the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series three years (1975, ‘76, ‘77), as well as Mary Tyler Moore being named Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series three years (1973, ‘74, ‘76). In all, Mary Tyler Moore earned 29 Emmy Awards and three Golden Globes during its run. In 1977 the show was honored with the Peabody Award, which noted the series “established the benchmark by which all situation comedies must be judged.”
Moore was also nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in the movie Ordinary People.
MeTV Remembers Mary Tyler Moore Schedule
Sunday, January 29, 2017 (**All Times Eastern/Pacific**)
2:00pm- “Love Is All Around”
In the critically-acclaimed pilot, Mary Tyler Moore debuts as the ambitious and independent Mary Richards – a bold shift that made its way into the writers’ room of the hit show as female writers took on more prominent roles. Emmy winner Ed Asner utters the famous line “You’ve got spunk! I hate spunk!”
2:30pm- “Put On A Happy Face”
Moore displays her comedic chops in this “Murphy’s Law” episode where Mary is nominated for a prestigious award and everything that could possibly go wrong – does!
3:00pm- “The Dinner Party”
Mary Richards’ failed dinner parties were a running joke throughout the series and this episode ranks as one of the most memorable displays of the unrivaled chemistry among the ensemble cast.
3:30pm- “Chuckles Bites the Dust”
Often ranked as one of the greatest television episodes of all time, the sudden death of station co-worker, Chuckles the Clown brings about more laughter than tears. Writer David Lloyd earned an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series.”
4:00pm- “Lou Dates Mary”
In the penultimate episode of the series, viewers finally get a resolution to Lou’s and Mary’s “will they or won’t they” dynamic. They ultimately do not, staying true to the series’ feminist roots by keeping Mary single, independent and not too concerned about it.
4:30pm- “The Last Show”
When WJM-TV is sold, the team is forced to go their separate ways in a bittersweet series finale that is hailed by television critics. Mary ends the series in one of TV’s most famous final scenes.