After Moore passed last week, I started watching a few reruns here and there, which have been broadcast on the Canadian cable network Comedy Gold for many years. Admittedly, before last week, I'd probably only seen a total of two or three episodes in their entirety. I might have seen it while I was cruising the channels and put it on, but I had never fully appreciated it for what it was. Last Saturday, Comedy Gold had a Mary Tyler Moore marathon and my DVR and I definitely took advantage.
|Mary and boss Lou Grant (Ed Asner)|
|Mary and Rhoda (Valerie Harper)|
While there are so many memorable episodes to discuss, a few that popped up in last weekend's marathon really caught my attention. In a third season episode, Mary and Rhoda notice that Georgette, the girlfriend of Mary's co-worker Ted (Ted Knight), is being taken for granted by her significant other; she's doing his laundry (even though they don't live together), and she passively accepts him when he blows her off when they've made plans. Mary and Rhoda come in to say that she needs to have more self-respect, and ask her to name something she feels is positive about herself. Soon after, Georgette asks for more from Ted in their relationship, and does so with confidence. This was 1973, and it could have easily been the 90s, the 2000s, or even present day. Men still treat women like they are beneath them, even if they don't think or believe that's what they're doing, and this was obviously more rampant in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Mary Tyler Moore just had the guts to point it out. Another third season episode sees Phyllis attempting to set her brother Ben up with Mary but, in a turn of events, he ends up with Rhoda. Phyllis is horrified to think of her brother possibly marrying Rhoda one day, which eventually leads to Rhoda telling Phyllis that they're not involved because Ben is gay. From what I've read, this was one of the first time the words "he's gay" were said on network television, and you best believe it was on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
Betty White as the jovial yet ever-flawed
Sue Ann Nivens
Mary, Sue Ann and Murphy Slaughter
Mary Richards famously tosses her hat
up in the air, as seen in the series'