The 1960's and 1970's truly were the golden age of television. The Mary Tyler Moore Show is certainly a shining emblem of the era. Premiering in 1970, I do remember some of the original airings as a 3 year old child. Of course, not many 3 year olds can understand or appreciate the comedic qualities of this show! Now, as an adult, I am thrilled to own the first season, and hope the second season follows soon!
Moore stars as Mary Richards, a young woman who relocates to Minneapolis following a broken engagement. Richards moves into a one-room apartment in a building with some interesting neighbors, feisty Rhoda Morganstern, played by Valerie Harper, and daffy Phyllis Lindstrom, played by the very sexy Cloris Leachman.
Richards gains employment as an associate news producer at WJM-TV, working for the grouchy but likable Lou Grant, played by Ed Asner, who is simply perfect in his role.
The comedy pool draws from the everyday work experiences of the characters, and the hopeless love lives of the single female characters. Oh, yes, let's not forget Mary's dull house parties!
Some of the episodes have commentary from production personnel in a separate audio track. As one of the producers points out, Moore is such a talented and generous actress that she does not attempt to corner all the laughs and attention. Indeed, the MTM show bred three spinoffs of moderate success: "Rhoda," "Phyllis," and "Lou Grant." Moore's ability and willingness to allow the other actors to strongly develop their roles certainly contributed to this.
Gavin MacLeod, who played newswriter Murray Slaughter, went on to a successful role on "The Love Boat." Ted Knight, who played the inept anchorman, Ted Baxter, is fabulous, despite having had a limited acting career, mostly as a TV character actor.
Most of the minor actors on the show turn out a quality performance. John Amos appears fairly regularly as Gordy Howard, WJM's meteorologist.
All in all, this is 100% a top quality, funny, entertaining program. The DVD picture and sound quality are excellent, too.