The Mary Tyler Moore Show: The Complete Fourth Season [3 Discs] [DVD]

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Synopsis


The big news of The Mary Tyler Moore Show's fourth season is the introduction of a new regular: Betty White as Sue Ann Nivens, the host of WJM-TV's "Happy Homemaker" household-hints show. Outwardly sweet and Pollyanna-ish, Sue Ann is actually the most predatory female in all of Minneapolis, targeting Lars Lindstrom, the (never-seen) husband of supercilious Phyllis Lindstrom (Cloris Leachman) as her latest sexual conquest in the season's Emmy-winning opening episode, "The Lars Affair." It takes the eleventh-hour intervention of Mary Richards (Mary Tyler Moore), associate producer of WJM's "Six O'Clock News," to prevent Sue Ann from adding Lars to her male harem. Subsequent season-four episodes constitute some of The Mary Tyler Moore Show's best and most memorable efforts. These include another Emmy winner, "The Lou and Edie Story," in which Mary's boss, Lou Grant (Edward Asner), goes into a deep funk over the breakup of his marriage to wife Edie (Priscilla Morrill); "Lou's First Date," guest-starring veteran comic actress Florence Lake as the sweet octogenarian whom the newly single Lou escorts to an awards ceremony; "Father's Day," wherein pompous WJM anchorman Ted Baxter (Ted Knight) is reluctantly reunited with his long-absent dad, Robert (Liam Dunn); "The Dinner Party," the season's annual "Mary's terrible parties" episode, featuring a pre-Happy Days Henry Winkler as Mary's date, Steve Waldman; "I Gave at the Office," a tour de force for Gavin MacLeod as WJM newswriter Murray Slaughter, who frets and fumes when his daughter (Tammi Bula) takes a part-time job at the station; "Better Late...That's a Pun...Than Never," in which a red-faced Mary is suspended from her job after capriciously writing a humorous obituary for Minneapolis' oldest citizen -- who unexpectedly kicks the bucket; and the unforgettable, and imminently self-explanatory, "Ted Baxter Meets Walter Cronkite." In addition to the aforementioned Emmy awards for the episodes "The Lars Affair" and "The Lou and Edie Story," gold statuettes were doled out to series regulars Mary Tyler Moore and Cloris Leachman. The Mary Tyler Moore Show wrapped up its fourth season as America's ninth most popular network series. ~ Hal Erickson

Cast & Crew


  • Mary Tyler Moore - Mary Richards
  • Edward Asner - Lou Grant
  • Ted Knight - Ted Baxter
  • Gavin MacLeod - Murray Slaughter
  • Valerie Harper - Rhoda Morgenstern




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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Five Stars!

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    AandJ091108
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    Season 4 of MTM shows the 70's in full swing; Mary has bangs and a more natural hairstyle (no more falls like in Season 1) and no longer only wears skirts and dresses to work. Yes, for better or worse, this is the dawn of the wide-legged pantsuit. Can Mary pull it off? Of course she can! Mary has redecorated her apartment and everything is beige, beige, beige; this could just be the camera filter but what a relief when the action switches to Rhoda's colorful digs upstairs. Sadly, this is also Valerie Harper's last season on MTM as Rhoda will have her eponymously-titled show the following season. There are less establishing shots of the house Mary and Rhoda live in because it's obviously a different, and less charming, home. (The reason for this is explained on a documentary on the Season 2 set; the owner of the original home no longer wanted the house to be included on the show.) And the show now focuses most of its time on the workplace. As compared to earlier seasons, there are far fewer "Mary's romantic dilemma!" episodes and more time is given to Ted and Lou, while Murray still patiently sits at his desk delivering one-liners. And showing that things have come a long way, Mary spends less time at work making coffee for Lou and is a valuable asset to WJM and a competent careerwoman. Season Four has any number of classic episodes: "The Dinner Party" featuring a young and very funny Henry Winkler, "The Lars Affair" which has a classic confrontation between Phyllis and Sue Ann and my personal favorite of the entire series, "Two Wrongs Don't Make a Writer" when Ted and Mary take a writing class together only to have Ted steal Mary's assignment. To try and describe this episode any more wouldn't do it justice, but it's a comedic high point and is one of the only times Mary really loses her cool. Another notable episode, "Cottage for Sale", starts off slowly but ends up a very good episode that showcases Edward Asner's Lou Grant at his vulnerable best -- and as the creator of the beer omelet. The lack of extras is a bit disappointing, but otherwise this latest release of Mary and friends is just what we all need. Meow.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A classic TV show, a classy lady

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    wsg88
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    I bought all 7 seasons at once for the affordably low price of 9.99 each. These DVDs have been around for a while, and the menu style is pretty out-dated, but the content is still great. Each season has 2 or 3 episodes with commentary as extras. There is also bonus material other than episodes spread throughout the set. Any MTM fan would be happy to have this collection.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Completion

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    Cherishseventies
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    With this purchase, I now own all seasons of the Mary Tyler Moore Show. Whether I watch them all or not, it is comforting to know that I have them. They remind me of my college/early career years. Mary Tyler Moore and her show inspired me. As I look back, I am proud of where that inspiration led. So...ordering this seemed appropriate as a birthday gift to myself.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Who doesn't like a little MTM?!

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    richnat
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    Working on gathering all seasons of this show. The wife and I find the show so fun and entertaining. It is a gas seeing again the styles and values of a bygone era presented with witty writing and good acting. The recording quality is high.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Mary is the greatest!!

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    caretakergal
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    I am from Minneapolis, MN and this DVD brings back so many memories of the city and the times when I lived there and watched these shows the very first time that they were aired.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    More great MTM fun

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    richnat
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    This is great comedy and an interesting period piece wrapped into one like the entire run of MTM. The packaging, DVD and recording quality are top notch.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Terrific

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    Sheshops
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    What's not to like about MTM? Hope to collect all seasons. Now we need the Rhoda collection, and all the various Bob Newhart shows.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    fun show

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    trekdude
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    I never saw these episodes so now I can watch all of them in this great season and they are so much fun to watch in their entiterty

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