List of The Mary Tyler Moore Show episodes

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The Mary Tyler Moore Show is an American television series that originally aired from 1970 to 1977. Each season consisted of 24 episodes.

Series overview[edit]

All seven seasons have been released on DVD by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.[1]

Season Episodes Premiered: Ended: Time slot: DVD set
release date
1 24 September 19, 1970 June 3, 1971 Saturdays at 9:30-10:00 pm September 24, 2004
2 September 18, 1971 April 3, 1972 Saturdays at 9:30-10:00 pm (September 18 – December 11, 1971)
Saturdays at 8:30-9:00 pm (December 18, 1971 – March 4, 1972)
July 26, 2005
3 September 16, 1972 March 3, 1973 Saturdays at 9:00-9:30 pm January 17, 2006
4 September 15, 1973 February 3, 1974 June 20, 2006
5 September 14, 1974 August 3, 1975 June 10, 2009
6 September 13, 1975 June 3, 1976 February 2, 2010
7 September 25, 1976 March 19, 1977 Saturdays at 9:00-9:30 pm (September 25 – October 30, 1976)
Saturdays at 8:00-8:30 pm (November 6, 1976 – March 19, 1977)
October 25, 2010

Season 1 (1970–71)[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production code
1 "Love Is All Around" Jay Sandrich James L. Brooks and Allan Burns September 19, 1970 (1970-09-19) 7001
On the rebound from a broken relationship, Mary Richards relocates to Minneapolis, where she quickly finds a new apartment, an associate producer's job at WJM-TV, and new friends.
2 "Today I am a Ma'am" Jay Sandrich Treva Silverman September 26, 1970 (1970-09-26) 7004
Frustrated with their single status, Mary and Rhoda invite dates to a "little gathering" at Mary's apartment.
3 "Bess, You Is My Daughter Now" Jay Sandrich John D.F. Black October 3, 1970 (1970-10-03) 7005
Mary agrees to take care of Phyllis's precocious daughter for a few days.
4 "Divorce Isn't Everything" Alan Rafkin Treva Silverman October 10, 1970 (1970-10-10) 7011
Rhoda convinces Mary to join the "Better Luck Next Time Club," an organization for divorced people, so they can take advantage of its discounted charter flights to Paris.
5 "Keep Your Guard Up" Alan Rafkin Steve Pritzker October 17, 1970 (1970-10-17) 7008
Mary helps out a luckless former pro-football player who wants to be WJM's new sportscaster.
6 "Support Your Local Mother" Alan Rafkin Allan Burns and James L. Brooks October 24, 1970 (1970-10-24) 7002
Mary puts Rhoda's visiting mother up in her apartment when Rhoda refuses to see her. First appearance of Nancy Walker as Rhoda's mother.
7 "Toulouse-Lautrec Is One of My Favorite Artists" Jay Sandrich Lloyd Turner and Gordon Mitchell October 31, 1970 (1970-10-31) 7013
Mary accepts a date with a very short visiting author.
8 "The Snow Must Go On" Jay Sandrich David Davis and Lorenzo Music November 7, 1970 (1970-11-07) 7003
Put in charge of the station's election coverage, Mary is put to the test when a blizzard completely suspends election results and the crew threatens to mutiny.
9 "Bob and Rhoda and Teddy and Mary"[2] Peter Baldwin Bob Rodgers November 14, 1970 (1970-11-14) 7010
Rhoda's new boyfriend takes an interest in Mary, and the newsroom preoccupies itself with the impending Teddy Awards.
10 "Assistant Wanted, Female" Peter Baldwin Treva Silverman November 21, 1970 (1970-11-21) 7016
Mary reluctantly hires Phyllis to be her assistant in the newsroom.
11 "1040 or Fight"[3] Jay Sandrich David Davis and Lorenzo Music November 28, 1970 (1970-11-28) 7012
Mary's income-tax returns are audited by an amorous IRS agent.
12 "Anchorman Overboard" Jay Sandrich Lorenzo Music December 5, 1970 (1970-12-05) 7018
Mary reluctantly arranges for Ted to speak at Phyllis's women's club.
13 "He's All Yours" Jay Sandrich Bob Rodgers December 12, 1970 (1970-12-12) 7014
Mary must deal with the amorous advances of WJM's obnoxious, and very young, new cameraman.
14 "Christmas and the Hard-Luck Kid II" Jay Sandrich James L. Brooks and Allan Burns December 19, 1970 (1970-12-19) 7023

Mary is forced to work not only on Christmas Day but Christmas Eve, too.
Note: The episode's title is an allusion to a 1966 episode of the sitcom That Girl ("Christmas and the Hard-Luck Kid") which James L. Brooks had scripted.

Note: TV Guide ranked this the best Christmas television episode ever.[4]
15 "Howard's Girl" Jay Sandrich Treva Silverman January 2, 1971 (1971-01-02) 7017
Mary's budding romance with Paul Arnell hits a roadblock—Paul's parents, who insist that Mary belongs with their favorite son, Howard.
16 "Party Is Such Sweet Sorrow" Jay Sandrich Martin Cohan January 9, 1971 (1971-01-09) 7020
Mary is offered a job to produce her own show at another television station.
17 "Just a Lunch" Bruce Bilson James L. Brooks and Allan Burns January 16, 1971 (1971-01-16) 7007
A globe-trotting journalist returns to WJM and catches Mary's eye, but she cannot see beyond the fact that he is still married.
18 "Second Story Story" Jay Sandrich Steve Pritzker January 23, 1971 (1971-01-23) 7024
Mary's apartment is burglarized, twice.
19 "We Closed in Minneapolis" Jay Sandrich Kenny Solms and Gail Parent January 30, 1971 (1971-01-30) 7022
Frustrated playwright Murray has his play accepted by the Twin Cities Playhouse, and Ted and Mary join the cast.
20 "Hi!" Jay Sandrich Treva Silverman February 6, 1971 (1971-02-06) 7019
In the hospital for a tonsillectomy, Mary must share a room with a very grumpy patient played by Pat Carroll.
21 "The Boss Isn't Coming to Dinner" Jay Sandrich David Davis and Lorenzo Music February 13, 1971 (1971-02-13) 7021
Mary discovers the real reason Lou has been turning down her dinner invitations—he and his wife have separated.
22 "A Friend in Deed" Jay Sandrich Susan Silver February 20, 1971 (1971-02-20) 7025
A forgotten pal from summer camp turns up as WJM's new receptionist and wants to be Mary's best friend again.
23 "Smokey the Bear Wants You" Jay Sandrich Steve Pritzker February 27, 1971 (1971-02-27) 7015
Rhoda's generous new boyfriend has no apparent source of income, and Mary grows suspicious.
24 "The 45-Year-Old Man" Herbert Kenwith George Kirgo March 6, 1971 (1971-03-06) 7009
To get Lou back his job, Mary pays a visit to the outrageous station owner, Wild Jack Monroe. Lou uses the word "bitching".

Season 2 (1971–72)[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production code
25 "The Birds...and...um...Bess" Jay Sandrich Treva Silverman September 18, 1971 (1971-09-18) 7108
When Mary produces a documentary called, "What's Your Sexual I.Q.?," the station gets swamped with calls, and Phyllis asks her to teach Bess, about the "facts of life."
26 "I Am Curious Cooper" Jay Sandrich David Davis and Lorenzo Music September 25, 1971 (1971-09-25) 7105
Lou breaks his rule about fixing people up and sets up a blind date with Mary and one of his old friends, Mike Cooper, then has second thoughts and decides he better go along as a chaperone. Unfortunately, there is no chemistry between Mary and Mike.
27 "He's No Heavy...He's My Brother"[5] Jerry Paris Allan Burns October 2, 1971 (1971-10-02) 7107
The success of Mary and Rhoda's vacation to Mexico depends on whether they are willing to deliver a mysterious package across the border for the owner of a Mexican restaurant.
28 "Room 223"[6] Jay Sandrich Susan Silver October 9, 1971 (1971-10-09) 7115
Frustrated with her lack of progress at WJM, Mary decides to sharpen her skills with a class in television journalism. Naturally, she catches the teacher's eye.
29 "A Girl's Best Mother Is Not Her Friend" Jay Sandrich David Davis and Lorenzo Music October 16, 1971 (1971-10-16) 7110
Rhoda's visiting mother decides to become Rhoda's "friend."
30 "Cover Boy" Jay Sandrich Treva Silverman October 23, 1971 (1971-10-23) 7102
Ted receives a visit from his super-competitive brother, a male model.
31 "Didn't You Used to Be... Wait... Don't Tell Me" Jay Sandrich Allan Burns October 30, 1971 (1971-10-30) 7111
Assuming that the relentless Howard Arnell will not be going, Mary decides to attend a high-school reunion, and Rhoda comes along.
32 "Thoroughly Unmilitant Mary" Jay Sandrich Martin Cohan November 6, 1971 (1971-11-06) 7103
The television newswriters union goes on strike, other guilds and unions follow, and Mary has to cross the picket line.
33 "And Now, Sitting in for Ted Baxter" Jerry Paris Steve Pritzker November 13, 1971 (1971-11-13) 7109
Not without reason, Ted is worried that his mandatory vacation might become a permanent one.
34 "Don't Break the Chain" Jerry Paris David Davis and Lorenzo Music November 20, 1971 (1971-11-20) 7116
Mary conjures up a few men from her past when she reluctantly continues Lou's chain letter.
35 "The Six-and-a-Half-Year Itch" Jay Sandrich Treva Silverman November 27, 1971 (1971-11-27) 7112
Lou catches his favorite son-in-law at a movie theater with another woman.
36 "...Is a Friend in Need" Jay Sandrich Susan Silver December 4, 1971 (1971-12-04) 7106
Rhoda is not having much luck finding a new job, yet Mary conceals from her an opening at WJM.
37 "The Square-Shaped Room" Jay Sandrich Susan Silver December 11, 1971 (1971-12-11) 7117
Mary arranges for Rhoda to redecorate Lou's living room.
38 "Ted Over Heels" Peter Baldwin David Davis and Lorenzo Music December 18, 1971 (1971-12-18) 7122
Ted falls in love with the daughter of Chuckles the Clown.
39 "The Five-Minute Dress" Jay Sandrich Pat Nardo and Gloria Banta January 1, 1972 (1972-01-01) 7119
Mary's new love interest, an assistant to the governor, keeps breaking their dates.
40 "Feeb" Peter Baldwin Dick Clair and Jenna McMahon January 8, 1972 (1972-01-08) 7120
Mary feels so guilty for getting an incompetent waitress fired that she gets her a job in the newsroom.
41 "The Slaughter Affair" Peter Baldwin Rick Mittleman January 15, 1972 (1972-01-15) 7118
Murray has been moonlighting to earn extra money for a special anniversary gift, but his lack of sleep is starting to affect his performance in the newsroom.
42 "Baby Sit-Com" Jay Sandrich Treva Silverman January 22, 1972 (1972-01-22) 7123
Mary is committed to watching Bess over the weekend, so when an old flame unexpectedly comes to town, she turns to an unlikely babysitter — Lou.
43 "More Than Neighbors" Jay Sandrich Steve Pritzker January 29, 1972 (1972-01-29) 7101
There is a vacant apartment in Mary's building, and Ted wants to move into it.
44 "The Care and Feeding of Parents" Jay Sandrich Dick Clair and Jenna McMahon February 5, 1972 (1972-02-05) 7114
Pressured by Phyllis, Mary reluctantly agrees to ask the publishing company in her office building to consider Bess's school composition for "Teen Topics' magazine.
45 "Where There's Smoke, There's Rhoda" Peter Baldwin Martin Cohan February 12, 1972 (1972-02-12) 7124
A friendship is put to the test when Rhoda temporarily moves in with Mary.
46 "You Certainly Are a Big Boy" Jay Sandrich Martin Cohan February 19, 1972 (1972-02-19) 7113
Mary knew the architect she is interested in had a son, but she did not know the son is all grown up. Bradford Dillman guest stars.
47 "Some of My Best Friends Are Rhoda" Peter Baldwin Steve Pritzker February 26, 1972 (1972-02-26) 7121
Mary's new friend, Joanne, is attractive, successful, and polished, but she does not seem to take to Rhoda. Mary Frann guest stars.
48 "His Two Right Arms" Jay Sandrich Jim Parker and Arnold Margolin March 4, 1972 (1972-03-04) 7125
Mary helps the staff of an incompetent councilman prepare for his appearance on WJM's Face the People show. Isabel Sanford and Bill Daily guest stars.
Note: This was a pilot for a proposed spin-off series that was not picked up.

Season 3 (1972–73)[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production code
49 "The Good Time News" Hal Cooper Allan Burns and James L. Brooks September 16, 1972 (1972-09-16) 7214
Both Lou and Ted are unhappy about the upbeat "happy news" format Mary has been assigned to develop for the "Six O'Clock News".
50 "What Is Mary Richards Really Like?" Jerry Belson Susan Silver September 23, 1972 (1972-09-23) 7206
A local newspaper columnist, whom Lou is convinced loves to destroy people's reputations, interviews Mary about being the only woman in the newsroom at WJM.
51 "Who's in Charge Here?" Jay Sandrich Martin Cohan September 30, 1972 (1972-09-30) 7205
Lou's promotion to program manager leaves Murray in charge of the newsroom, a task for which he is totally unqualified.
52 "Enter Rhoda's Parents" Jay Sandrich Martin Cohan October 7, 1972 (1972-10-07) 7209
Rhoda is shocked when her parents arrive for a visit and her mother reveals that she is convinced her husband is seeing another woman.
53 "It's Whether You Win or Lose" Jay Sandrich Martin Donovan October 14, 1972 (1972-10-14) 7201
When Lou is kept from joining his poker pals in Las Vegas, he insists Mary set up a poker game at work, which becomes a problem for an Murray, former compulsive gambler.
54 "Rhoda the Beautiful" Jay Sandrich Treva Silverman October 21, 1972 (1972-10-21) 7207
Even though she has lost 20 pounds, Rhoda still feels fat and hopeless, but she gets a boost of confidence when she enters Hempel's Department Store beauty contest.
55 "Just Around the Corner" Jay Sandrich Steve Pritzker October 28, 1972 (1972-10-28) 7204
When Mary's parents move into a new house just around the corner from her apartment and then start planning her social schedule, Mary turns to Rhoda for advice.
56 "But Seriously, Folks" Peter Baldwin Ed. Weinberger November 4, 1972 (1972-11-04) 7212
Mary tries to help out when her new boyfriend, the station's "Chuckles the Clown" writer, quits his job in order to fulfill his lifelong ambition of performing as a stand-up comedian.
57 "Farmer Ted and the News" Jay Sandrich Martin Donovan November 11, 1972 (1972-11-11) 7203
Lou realizes he has made a big mistake after he signs a new contract that allows Ted to earn extra money appearing in TV commercials on several local stations.
58 "Have I Found the Guy for You" Hal Cooper Charlotte Brown November 18, 1972 (1972-11-18) 7208
If Mary is crushed when she learns the marriage of her long-time friends is coming to an end, she is stunned when she realizes the husband wants to start dating her after the divorce.
59 "You've Got a Friend" Jerry Belson Steve Pritzker November 25, 1972 (1972-11-25) 7210
Mary's father is having trouble adjusting to his new life in the city because he misses his old buddies, so Mary then invites him to lunch with her and Lou.
60 "It Was Fascination, I Know" Jay Sandrich Ed. Weinberger December 2, 1972 (1972-12-02) 7211
Bess's 15-year-old boyfriend develops a crush on Mary.
61 "Operation: Lou" Jay Sandrich Elias Davis and David Pollock December 9, 1972 (1972-12-09) 7216
Lou goes to the hospital to have some shrapnel from World War II removed and leaves Mary in charge. Unfortunately, Mary and Murray clash, but, at the same time, Lou bonds with Ted in the hospital.
62 "Rhoda Morgenstern: Minneapolis to New York" Jay Sandrich Treva Silverman December 16, 1972 (1972-12-16) 7213
Mary is devastated when Rhoda returns from a vacation in New York and announces she has accepted a job and will be leaving Minneapolis for the Big Apple.
63 "The Courtship of Mary's Father's Daughter" Jay Sandrich David Pollock and Elias Davis December 23, 1972 (1972-12-23) 7218
Mary once again finds herself cast as "the other woman" when an ex-boyfriend invites her to his engagement party, much to the dismay of his new fiancee.
64 "Lou's Place" Jay Sandrich Ed. Weinberger January 6, 1973 (1973-01-06) 7219
Lou achieves a lifelong dream when he becomes the owner of his favorite bar but quickly realizes he is not lovable enough to keep the customers coming back for more.
65 "My Brother's Keeper" Jay Sandrich Dick Clair and Jenna McMahon January 13, 1973 (1973-01-13) 7215
Phyllis schemes to have her brother fall in love with Mary, but her plans go awry when her brother and Rhoda click.
66 "The Georgette Story" Peter Baldwin Ed. Weinberger January 20, 1973 (1973-01-20) 7223
Mary and Rhoda decide it is time they have a heart-to-heart talk with Georgette, since it appears Ted is taking his new girlfriend way too much for granted.
67 "Romeo and Mary" Peter Baldwin Jim Mulholland and Mike Barrie January 27, 1973 (1973-01-27) 7220
Rhoda's boyfriend finds the perfect guy for Mary. Unfortunately, the guy is overzealous in his intent to marry Mary and will not take no for an answer.
68 "What Do You Say When the Boss Says 'I Love You'?" Jay Sandrich David Pollock and Elias Davis February 3, 1973 (1973-02-03) 7222
Lou realizes he is in over his head when the new boss at the station is a woman who promptly falls for him.
69 "Murray Faces Life" Jay Sandrich Martin Cohan February 10, 1973 (1973-02-10) 7217
Murray sinks into a deep depression after he learns that a former writing classmate has won a Pulitzer Prize for journalism.
70 "Remembrance of Things Past" Jay Sandrich Dick Clair and Jenna McMahon February 17, 1973 (1973-02-17) 7224
Against her better judgment, Mary gets drawn into an affair with an ex-boyfriend who previously broke her heart. Guest star: Joseph Campanella
71 "Put on a Happy Face" Jay Sandrich Marilyn Suzanne Miller and Monica Johnson February 24, 1973 (1973-02-24) 7221
Once Mary gets nominated for a Teddy Award, everything starts going disastrously wrong at work and the awards dinner.
72 "Mary Richards and the Incredible Plant Lady" John C. Chulay Martin Cohan March 3, 1973 (1973-03-03) 7225
Mary and Rhoda's friendship is strained after Rhoda borrows money to set up her new plant store but does not pay Mary back. Guest starring Louise Lasser and Craig T. Nelson.

Season 4 (1973–74)[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production code
73 "The Lars Affair" Jay Sandrich Ed. Weinberger September 15, 1973 (1973-09-15) 7315
Phyllis discovers that her husband is having an affair with Sue Ann Nivens, the star of WJM's "Happy Homemaker Show". First appearance of Betty White.
74 "Angels in the Snow" Jay Sandrich Monica Johnson and Marilyn Suzanne Miller September 22, 1973 (1973-09-22) 7306
Ignoring the advice of her friends and co-workers, Mary dates a man seven years younger than herself.
75 "Rhoda's Sister Gets Married" Jerry Belson Karyl Geld September 29, 1973 (1973-09-29) 7309
Mary and Rhoda fly to New York for Rhoda's younger sister's wedding, but Rhoda's mother is afraid that Rhoda is overly envious of her sibling.
76 "The Lou and Edie Story" Jay Sandrich Treva Silverman October 6, 1973 (1973-10-06) 7301
A heartbroken Lou announces that he and his wife Edie are having marital problems, and that a counselor has suggested a trial separation.
77 "Hi There, Sports Fans" Jay Sandrich Jerry Mayer October 13, 1973 (1973-10-13) 7302
When Mary asks Lou for more responsibility in the newsroom, he assigns her the task of hiring a new sportscaster, but first she must fire the old one. Guest stars Richard Gautier and John Gabriel.
78 "Father's Day" Jay Sandrich Ed. Weinberger October 20, 1973 (1973-10-20) 7303
Ted is anxious and agitated as he prepares to meet his long-lost father.
79 "Son of "But Seriously, Folks"" Jay Sandrich Phil Mishkin October 27, 1973 (1973-10-27) 7305
One of Mary's ex-boyfriends gets a job in the newsroom and attempts to rekindle their old flame.
80 "Lou's First Date" Jay Sandrich Ed. Weinberger and Stan Daniels November 3, 1973 (1973-11-03) 7312
Mary tries to find a suitable date for Lou to attend the Teddy Awards banquet. The date is less than desirable and to make matters worse, Edie also attends the banquet with a date of her own.
81 "Love Blooms at Hemples" Jay Sandrich Sybil Adelman and Barbara Gallagher November 10, 1973 (1973-11-10) 7308
Rhoda falls madly in love with one of the Hemples' heirs, but she is clueless as to how he really feels about her.
82 "The Dinner Party" Jay Sandrich Ed. Weinberger November 17, 1973 (1973-11-17) 7321
Mary meets a congresswoman, who accepts a casual invitation for dinner. An unexpected guest, an ill-timed preparation of Veal Prince Orloff, and Lou's ravenous appetite cause the evening to continue Mary's string of terrible parties. Guest star Henry Winkler.
83 "Just Friends" Nancy Walker William Wood November 24, 1973 (1973-11-24) 7304
When a depressed Lou starts having dinner at Mary's every night, she quickly decides to reconcile him with Edie.
84 "We Want Baxter" Jay Sandrich David Lloyd December 1, 1973 (1973-12-01) 7314
Ted quits his job at WJM to pursue a political career after Phyllis convinces him that he would make an ideal city councilman.
85 "I Gave at the Office" Jay Sandrich Don Reo and Allan Katz December 8, 1973 (1973-12-08) 7307
Mary hires Murray's daughter for a part-time job in the newsroom-and winds up regretting it. Guest star: Bruce Boxleitner
86 "Almost a Nun's Story" Jay Sandrich Ed. Weinberger and Stan Daniels December 15, 1973 (1973-12-15) 7318
Georgette decides to become a nun after catching Ted kissing another woman in his dressing room.
87 "Happy Birthday, Lou!" George Tyne David Lloyd December 22, 1973 (1973-12-22) 7319
Mary plans a surprise party for Lou's birthday, only to find out too late that he hates birthday parties.
88 "WJM Tries Harder" Jay Sandrich Karyl Geld January 5, 1974 (1974-01-05) 7316
Mary starts to have doubts about WJM's relatively small-time operations when she dates the anchorman from the Twin Cities' top-rated station.
89 "Cottage for Sale" Jay Sandrich George Atkins January 12, 1974 (1974-01-12) 7311
Phyllis gets her real estate license and targets a reluctant Lou as her first client.
90 "The Co-Producers" Jay Sandrich David Pollock and Elias Davis January 19, 1974 (1974-01-19) 7322
Mary and Rhoda are thrilled with the opportunity to produce a new show for WJM, until they learn the show must star Sue Ann and Ted, who quickly make things difficult.
91 "Best of Enemies" Jay Sandrich Marilyn Suzanne Miller and Monica Johnson January 26, 1974 (1974-01-26) 7317
Mary and Rhoda's friendship takes serious damage when Rhoda reveals a secret about Mary's past to the office.
92 "Better Late...That's a Pun...Than Never" John C. Chulay Treva Silverman February 2, 1974 (1974-02-02) 7323
Mary writes a humorous obituary as a joke, but when it is mistakenly read on the air, she is suspended from the newsroom.
93 "Ted Baxter Meets Walter Cronkite" Jay Sandrich Ed. Weinberger February 9, 1974 (1974-02-09) 7324
After winning his first Teddy Award, Ted meets his idol, Walter Cronkite, and assumes that he is on his way to a network career.
94 "Lou's Second Date" Jerry London Ed. Weinberger February 16, 1974 (1974-02-16) 7326
Lou and Rhoda begin dating casually, and everyone-especially Mary-wonders how serious the relationship is turning. Valerie Harper's final appearance as a regular cast member.
95 "Two Wrongs Don't Make a Writer" Nancy Walker David Lloyd February 23, 1974 (1974-02-23) 7325
Ted joins Mary's night school class in creative writing and plagiarizes Mary's assignment.
96 "I Was a Single for WJM" Mel Ferber Treva Silverman March 2, 1974 (1974-03-02) 7327
Mary begins frequenting a singles bar to research a news special. When they air from the bar live, they encounter disastrous results.

Season 5 (1974–75)[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production code
97 "Will Mary Richards Go to Jail?" Jay Sandrich Ed. Weinberger and Stan Daniels September 14, 1974 (1974-09-14) 4014
When Mary refuses to reveal a source, she is found in contempt of court and is sent to jail, where she befriends two prostitutes.
Note: One of the prostitutes, Sherry, is seen again this season in the episode "You Try to be a Nice Guy," and the contempt charge is resolved in the season 7 episode "Mary Gets a Lawyer".
98 "Not Just Another Pretty Face" Jay Sandrich Ed. Weinberger and Stan Daniels September 21, 1974 (1974-09-21) 4006
Mary dates a gorgeous ski instructor, but reconsiders the relationship when she realizes they have little in common.
99 "You Sometimes Hurt the One You Hate" Jackie Cooper David Lloyd September 28, 1974 (1974-09-28) 4003
Mary and Lou clash over his violent streaks, especially after he injures Ted for another on-air gaffe. Lou changes his ways, but when Ted takes advantage of the situation, Mary wants the old Lou back.
100 "Lou and That Woman" Jay Sandrich David Lloyd October 5, 1974 (1974-10-05) 4007
Lou is in heaven when he starts dating a fantastic lounge singer, but has second thoughts when she reveals she has been with a number of men. Guest star: Sheree North
101 "The Outsider" Peter Bonerz Jack Winter October 12, 1974 (1974-10-12) 4002
The gang is displeased when Lou hires a consultant to raise ratings for the newscast. Just as his methods seem to work and the staff warm to him, he reveals another surprise. Guest star: Richard Masur
102 "I Love a Piano" Jay Sandrich Treva Silverman October 19, 1974 (1974-10-19) 4009
Murray meets an attractive divorcee at one of Mary's parties, and the gang is rattled as Murray flirts with having an affair with her. Guest star: Barbara Barrie
103 "The New Sue Ann" Jay Sandrich David Lloyd October 26, 1974 (1974-10-26) 4018
Sue Ann is charmed when a hometown acquaintance of Mary's comes on as an assistant to her show. But things turn ugly when the young woman dates the station manager and aims for Sue Ann's job.
104 "Menage-a-Phyllis" Jay Sandrich Treva Silverman November 2, 1974 (1974-11-02) 4004
Mary meets Phyllis' hunky platonic friend Mike with whom she attends cultural events instead of Lars. When Mike shows an interest in Mary, Phyllis sees green.
105 "Not a Christmas Story" John C. Chulay Ed. Weinberger and Stan Daniels November 9, 1974 (1974-11-09) 4001
The gang is furious at each other over an office dispute. When they are all snowed in at the office, they spend a tense evening on the set of Sue Ann's Christmas dinner special.
106 "What Are Friends For?" Alan Rafkin David Lloyd November 16, 1974 (1974-11-16) 4012
Mary and Sue Ann have an unusual time bonding when they both attend a broadcasters' conference in Chicago.
107 "A Boy's Best Friend" Mary Tyler Moore David Lloyd November 23, 1974 (1974-11-23) 4010
Ted is elated when his mother announces she will be getting married. When she decides against marriage after all, Ted determines he must meet her "gentlemen friend" to learn his intentions.
108 "A Son for Murray" Jay Sandrich Ed. Weinberger and Stan Daniels November 30, 1974 (1974-11-30) 4019
The gang is unwillingly dragged in when Murray and Marie fight over whether or not to try for another child, specifically a boy. Ultimately, they adopt a boy from Vietnam.
109 "Neighbors" James Burrows and John C. Chulay Ziggy Steinberg December 7, 1974 (1974-12-07) 4016
Lou moves upstairs into Rhoda's old apartment and creates tension with Mary when the line between work and home is breached.
110 "A Girl Like Mary" Jay Sandrich Ann Gibbs and Joel Kimmel December 14, 1974 (1974-12-14) 4015
Lou auditions applicants for a new female commentator. Sue Ann and Mary both audition-and fail spectacularly. Guest starring Rosalind Cash.
111 "An Affair to Forget" Jay Sandrich Ed. Weinberger and Stan Daniels December 21, 1974 (1974-12-21) 4008
Mary is promoted to producer, catching Ted's eye. She then becomes increasingly aggravated as Ted spreads rumors suggesting they are dating.
112 "Mary Richards: Producer" Norman Campbell David Lloyd January 4, 1975 (1975-01-04) 4022
Frustrated that Lou is not allowing her to exercise the full authority of her recently acquired title of producer, Mary convinces him to let her produce the show solo. Although Lou is frustrated at first, he admits the show "didn't stink".
113 "The System" Jay Sandrich Ed. Weinberger and Stan Daniels January 11, 1975 (1975-01-11) 4026
Lou has a string of bad bets in the new football season, while amateur Ted gets lucky. Lou tries Ted's system, but though successful, finds all the fun has gone out of betting.
Note: On-screen text shown throughout this episode, which first aired mid-January 1975, shows that the first scene takes place back in September 1974, with subsequent scenes taking place throughout football season, culminating with the final scene during 1975's Super Bowl.
114 "Phyllis Whips Inflation" Jay Sandrich Stan Daniels and Ed. Weinberger January 18, 1975 (1975-01-18) 4023
With everyone feeling the crunch of inflation, Phyllis tries to find a job and Mary tries to coax a raise out of Mr. Grant. Final appearance of Cloris Leachman as a regular cast member. Guest star: Doris Roberts
115 "The Shame of the Cities" Jay Sandrich Michael Elias
Story: Michael Elias and Arnie Kogen
January 25, 1975 (1975-01-25) 4028
Lou is inspired to return to investigative reporting. However, he has no luck turning up any worthwhile news, so Mary convinces him to produce positive documentary instead--with poor results.
116 "Marriage Minneapolis Style" Jay Sandrich Pamela Russell February 1, 1975 (1975-02-01) 4017
After Murray and Marie celebrate their 20th anniversary, Ted impulsively proposes to Georgette on air-and quickly regrets it.
117 "You Try to Be a Nice Guy" Jay Sandrich Michael Leeson February 8, 1975 (1975-02-08) 4013
Sherry, the hooker Mary met in jail, resurfaces to ask Mary to be a character witness. Mary then tries to help Sherry find a less risqué line of work, and ends up modeling a shocking dress of Sherry's design.
118 "You Can't Lose 'em All" Marjorie Mullen David Lloyd February 15, 1975 (1975-02-15) 4025
It is Teddy Awards time and Ted feels upset when he is not even nominated after last year's win, while Lou feels worse when he is selected for a career award he despises. Guest star: Fred Grandy
119 "Ted Baxter's Famous Broadcasters' School" Jay Sandrich Michael Zinberg February 22, 1975 (1975-02-22) 4024
A scam artist disappears with the money Ted had invested to start a broadcasting school. Mary, Lou, and Murray agree to serve as the faculty to help Ted fulfill his obligations, but are not sure how to proceed when only one student shows up (Leonard Frey) and insists that classes be held regardless. A blind date Mary unwillingly agrees to go out with (Bernie Kopell) at Ida Morgenstern's behest adds to the farcical resolution.
120 "Anyone Who Hates Kids and Dogs" Jay Sandrich Jerry Mayer March 8, 1975 (1975-03-08) 4029
Mary thinks the divorced man she has been dating may be the one. The only problem is, despite her efforts, she dislikes his obnoxious 12-year-old son, and the feeling seems to be mutual. Guest stars: Laurence Luckinbill, Lee Montgomery, Mabel Albertson, Carole King (credited as Carole Larkey)

Season 6 (1975–76)[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production code
121 "Edie Gets Married" Jay Sandrich Bob Ellison September 13, 1975 (1975-09-13) 5008
Lou and the gang are taken aback when Edie announces she is remarrying. Hesitant to attend the wedding, with Mary's support, Lou makes peace with Edie and wishes her well.
122 "Mary Moves Out" Jay Sandrich David Lloyd September 20, 1975 (1975-09-20) 5005
Missing Rhoda and Phyllis, Mary feels she has fallen into a rut. She decides to move to a high-rise apartment, and with the help of the gang it soon starts to feel like home.
123 "Mary's Father" Jay Sandrich Earl Pomerantz September 27, 1975 (1975-09-27) 5004
Mary works with a handsome Catholic priest on a documentary. He announces that he is considering leaving the priesthood and Mary is mortified when her intuition tells her that he may be in love with her. Guest star: Ed Flanders
124 "Murray in Love" Jay Sandrich David Lloyd October 4, 1975 (1975-10-04) 5006
Murray realizes he is in love with Mary, who has to let him down gently. Ted resolves to assist Mary in her problem with some overly friendly neighbors. Guest stars: Penny Marshall and Mary Kay Place
125 "Ted's Moment of Glory" Jay Sandrich Charles Lee and Gig Henry October 11, 1975 (1975-10-11) 5007
Ted lands a new job hosting a game show in New York. The gang unexpectedly finds they will miss him after all and Lou sets out to make him stay. Guest star: Dian Parkinson
126 "Mary's Aunt" Jay Sandrich David Lloyd October 18, 1975 (1975-10-18) 5001
Mary's dynamic journalist Aunt Flo is in town. Mary is excited to introduce her to Lou, but they clash in a battle of egos only to find more common ground than expected. Guest star: Eileen Heckart
127 "Chuckles Bites the Dust" Joan Darling David Lloyd October 25, 1975 (1975-10-25) 5009
Chuckles the Clown is killed in an absurd accident and Mary is appalled at the reaction of her coworkers, who make a litany of corny jokes about the death. At the funeral, everyone promises Mary they will cease and desist, but during the service it is Mary who is unable to control her reactions.
128 "Mary's Delinquent" Jay Sandrich Mary Kay Place and Valerie Curtin November 1, 1975 (1975-11-01) 5002
Mary becomes a "big sister" to a juvenile delinquent and is put in a compromising position when the girl steals some money from the office. Guest star: Mackenzie Phillips
129 "Ted's Wedding" Jay Sandrich David Lloyd November 8, 1975 (1975-11-08) 5010
When Ted makes another insincere proposal of marriage during dinner, Georgette insists that they do marry, right then and there in Mary's apartment. A grungy Murray, Sue Ann's last minute accessorizing, and a minister in tennis attire make for a very comical wedding. Guest star: John Ritter
130 "Lou Douses an Old Flame" Jay Sandrich David Lloyd November 15, 1975 (1975-11-15) 5014
Lou has mixed feelings of hope and revenge when contacted by an old girlfriend who sent him a "Dear John" letter 30 years previously. Mary hosts a post-wedding bachelor party for Ted. Guest star: Beverly Garland
131 "Mary Richards Falls in Love" Jay Sandrich Ed. Weinberger and Stan Daniels November 22, 1975 (1975-11-22) 5011
Mary falls deeply for her latest boyfriend, Joe Warner, but he cannot say "I love you" to her. She is devastated when she learns why. Mary and Rhoda speak on the phone about their respective love interests (both named "Joe"). Guest stars: Valerie Harper, Ted Bessell, David Groh and Beth Howland.
132 "Ted's Tax Refund" Marjorie Mullen Bob Ellison November 29, 1975 (1975-11-29) 5012
Ted gets a large tax refund and vows to change his miserly ways by giving generous gifts to the gang. When he is audited by the IRS, he tries to muster up support for false deductions.
133 "The Happy Homemaker Takes Lou Home" James Burrows David Lloyd December 6, 1975 (1975-12-06) 5015
When Prince Charles has to cancel his appearance on "Talk of the Town", Mary struggles to find a replacement guest. Mary reluctantly helps set up Sue Ann and Lou on a date, which ends with an unusual twist.
134 "One Boyfriend Too Many" Jay Sandrich David Lloyd December 13, 1975 (1975-12-13) 5017
While the romance between Mary and Joe Warner is going well, when Mary's old boyfriend Dan Whitfield comes back to town, Mary is not sure where her heart lies.
135 "What Do You Want to Do When You Produce?" Jay Sandrich Shelly Nelbert and Craig Alan Hafner December 20, 1975 (1975-12-20) 5013
Murray accepts a lucrative position producing Sue Ann's "Happy Homemaker" show. It ends up being a humiliating experience for Murray that he is willing to bear until Mary reveals that his wife is distraught over the change.
136 "Not With My Wife, I Don't" Jay Sandrich Bob Ellison January 3, 1976 (1976-01-03) 5016
When Georgette threatens to leave Ted over problems in the bedroom, he gets help from a psychiatrist. Murray researches a story on availability of guns.
137 "The Seminar" Stuart Margolin James McDonald and Robert Gerlach January 10, 1976 (1976-01-10) 5003
Mary and Lou attend a seminar in Washington, D.C. Lou expects to take Mary on a night on the town with his old friends, but when his contacts seem to be a bust, Mary makes her own plans. Meanwhile, Ted is in charge of the news room. Guest stars: Betty Ford and Dabney Coleman
138 "Once I Had a Secret Love" Jay Sandrich Pat Nardo and Gloria Banta January 17, 1976 (1976-01-17) 5018
Lou has a drunken one-night stand with Sue Ann and swears Mary to secrecy. When he finds out she told Murray, Lou declares his friendship with her over.
139 "Menage-a-Lou" Jay Sandrich Bob Ellison January 24, 1976 (1976-01-24) 5020
Lou's old girlfriend Charlene is in town so Mary invites her to another disastrous party where Lou makes a scene in front of Charlene's new boyfriend. Lou asks Mary's neighbor to join him on a double date with Charlene to make her jealous. Guest stars: Penny Marshall, Janis Paige and Jeff Conaway
140 "Murray Takes a Stand" Jay Sandrich David Lloyd January 31, 1976 (1976-01-31) 5019
The new station owner's policies infuriate Murray so he calls the owner at home with an irate message. The next morning the owner tells Lou to fire Murray. The gang has to band together to get Murray's job back.
141 "Mary's Aunt Returns" Jay Sandrich David Lloyd February 7, 1976 (1976-02-07) 5021
Aunt Flo returns to Minneapolis to collaborate with Lou on a documentary. When they have different approaches on the material, they hold a competition. Ted plays both sides to be the narrator. Guest star: Eileen Heckart
142 "A Reliable Source" Jay Sandrich Richard M. Powell February 21, 1976 (1976-02-21) 5023
Mary threatens to resign when Lou runs a damaging story on a politician with ties to organized crime, and who is also Mary's trusted personal friend.
143 "Sue Ann Falls in Love" Doug Rogers Bob Ellison February 28, 1976 (1976-02-28) 5024
Sue Ann falls for a hunky outdoorsman. On the eve of the Teddy Awards, he makes a pass at Mary, who is forced to tell Sue Ann just before she wins the award.
144 "Ted and the Kid" Marjorie Mullen Bob Ellison March 6, 1976 (1976-03-06) 5022
Ted confides in Mary that he and Georgette are having trouble conceiving a child. The couple adopt 12-year-old David, and subsequently Georgette announces she has become pregnant after all. Guest star: Robbie Rist

Season 7 (1976–77)[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production code
145 "Mary Midwife" Jay Sandrich David Lloyd September 25, 1976 (1976-09-25) 6001
After Lou and Mary feud about his weight, he shows up to spoil Mary's dinner party. When Georgette goes into labor, Mary and Lou must cooperate to deliver the Baxters' daughter, whom they name Mary Lou.
146 "Mary the Writer" James Burrows Burt Prelutsky October 2, 1976 (1976-10-02) 6006
Mary asks Lou to give an honest opinion on an article she wrote and becomes upset when Lou thinks it "stinks". She goes so far as to lie about it being accepted by Reader's Digest.
147 "Sue Ann's Sister" Jay Sandrich David Lloyd October 9, 1976 (1976-10-09) 6005
Sue Ann's visiting sister gets an offer to do a rival cooking show in Minneapolis. This sends Sue Ann into a depression. The gang comes to her bedside to cheer her up, and the audience is treated to a view of the happy homemaker's tawdry boudoir.
148 "What's Wrong with Swimming?" Marjorie Mullen David Lloyd October 16, 1976 (1976-10-16) 6002
Mary battles Lou to hire a female swimmer, B.J., as the station's sportscaster. When B.J. ends up only reporting on swimming and diving, ignoring important stories about local football and basketball, Mary must take responsibility for the situation.
149 "Ted's Change of Heart" Jay Sandrich Earl Pomerantz October 23, 1976 (1976-10-23) 6010
After having a heart attack on the air, Ted decides life is incredibly precious and takes an incredibly positive view of life. His attitude is infectious among the new staff, but how long will it last?
150 "One Producer Too Many" Jay Sandrich Bob Ellison October 30, 1976 (1976-10-30) 6008
Lou makes Murray a co-producer after he gets an offer from another station. Mary is not happy about this situation and there seems no way for Lou to resolve the problem.
151 "My Son, the Genius" Joan Darling Bob Ellison November 6, 1976 (1976-11-06) 6003
When Ted and Georgette's son David is having trouble in school, they bring him to a psychologist and discover he is a genius with an I.Q. of 160. David suddenly becomes a brat and his parents must deal with his new behavior.
152 "Mary Gets a Lawyer" Jay Sandrich Burt Prelutsky November 13, 1976 (1976-11-13) 6014
A grand jury sends Mary to trial for contempt of court for not revealing a news source. Mary's lawyer, a friend of Lou, is taken with her, but when he discovers she is not interested, he goes on a bender, and it seems as though Mary's defense will be ruined. Guest stars: John McMartin, Richard Kline.
Note: This episode is a resolution of the contempt charge brought against Mary in the season-5 premiere episode "Will Mary Richards go to Jail?"
153 "Lou Proposes" Jay Sandrich David Lloyd November 20, 1976 (1976-11-20) 6009
Mary's Aunt, Flo Meridith, is visiting town again, and after her usual altercations with Lou, he decides to ask Flo to marry him.
154 "Murray Can't Lose" Jay Sandrich David Lloyd November 27, 1976 (1976-11-27) 6015
A rumor is going around that Murray is a sure thing to win at this year's Teddy awards. Mary is put in charge of entertainment at the ceremony and has Georgette perform the musical number "Steam Heat".
155 "Mary's Insomnia" James Burrows David Lloyd December 4, 1976 (1976-12-04) 6012
Mary uses sleeping pills to help her insomnia and Mr. Grant is concerned when she becomes dependent on them.
156 "Ted's Temptation" Harry Mastrogeorge Bob Ellison December 11, 1976 (1976-12-11) 6013
Mary, Lou and Ted attend a convention in Los Angeles. An attractive young journalist tries to seduce Ted. Guest star: Trisha Noble.
157 "Look at Us, We're Walking" Jay Sandrich Bob Ellison December 25, 1976 (1976-12-25) 6004
Mary and Lou ask the new station manager for a raise and threaten to quit otherwise. Guest star: David Ogden Stiers.
158 "The Critic" Martin Cohan David Lloyd January 8, 1977 (1977-01-08) 6017
A very negative critic is hired by the station manager to do a spot on The Six O'clock News, and immediately attacks Minneapolis's population as a whole. Lou wants Mary to go out with him in a futile attempt to get him to put a more positive spin on his reviews. Guest stars: Eric Braeden, David Ogden Stiers.
159 "Lou's Army Reunion" Jay Sandrich Bob Ellison January 15, 1977 (1977-01-15) 6016
Lou wants to return a favor to an old Army buddy, but is upset when he asks for a date with Mary. Guest star: Alex Rocco
160 "The Ted and Georgette Show" Jay Sandrich David Lloyd January 22, 1977 (1977-01-22) 6018
Ted and Georgette do a show on WJM that becomes a hit, but Georgette would rather stay at home taking care of her family.
161 "Sue Ann Gets the Ax" Jay Sandrich Bob Ellison January 29, 1977 (1977-01-29) 6019
Sue Ann Niven's Happy Homemaker show is canceled. After being given a series of demeaning jobs at WJM, she's hired to work in the newsroom.
162 "Hail the Conquering Gordy" Jay Sandrich Earl Pomerantz February 5, 1977 (1977-02-05) 6020
Gordy, the former WJM weatherman, is now a network news star. In town for a visit, the gang throws him a party, and jealous Ted is hoping for a co-host position with Gordy in New York.
163 "Mary and the Sexagenarian" Jay Sandrich Les Charles and Glen Charles February 12, 1977 (1977-02-12) 6021
Mary agrees to go out on a date with an older man, who turns out to be Murray's father.
164 "Murray Ghosts for Ted" Jay Sandrich David Lloyd February 19, 1977 (1977-02-19) 6025
Ted is unable to write an article requested by a newspaper, so hires Murray to write it for him, insisting that he not reveal the arrangement. When the article gains attention from the Governor and is to be reprinted in Reader's Digest, Mary and Lou want Ted to come clean. Guest star: Helen Hunt
165 "Mary's Three Husbands" Jay Sandrich Bob Ellison February 26, 1977 (1977-02-26) 6023
After a long day, Lou, Murray and Ted have a drink and fantasize what it would be like for each of them to be married to Mary. Lou's fantasy takes place on their would-be golden anniversary and aged versions of all four characters are seen.
Note: Rhoda is mentioned in the future fantasy via a postcard, whom Mary states is "still waiting for Joe to come back."
166 "Mary's Big Party" Jay Sandrich Bob Ellison March 5, 1977 (1977-03-05) 6026
Congresswoman Gettys from Episode 82 ("The Dinner Party") asks Mary to entertain Johnny Carson, who is visiting Minneapolis. Mary thinks for once she can have a party which is not a disaster. As the gang awaits the celebrity's arrival in Mary's apartment, there is a power failure and no candles or working flashlights are to be found. The guests recall a series of Mary's bad parties through flashbacks. Guest star: Johnny Carson. Valerie Harper and Henry Winkler appear in flashback scenes.
167 "Lou Dates Mary" Jay Sandrich David Lloyd March 12, 1977 (1977-03-12) 6024
At the age of 37, and after another disappointing date, Mary believes she may never meet a good man. Georgette suggests that Mary date Lou. She manages to ask him out, but can the uncomfortable pair hit it off romantically?
168 "The Last Show" Jay Sandrich James L. Brooks, Allan Burns, Ed. Weinberger, Stan Daniels, David Lloyd & Bob Ellison March 19, 1977 (1977-03-19) 6027
The new station manager fires Lou, Mary, Murray, and Sue Ann, but decides to keep Ted on. Lou flies in a couple of old friends to surprise a distraught Mary. After watching their last broadcast together, Mary shares a very emotional farewell in the newsroom with her coworkers and friends and for her, the series ends on a tearful but positive note.

References[edit]

  1. ^ DVD release info at TVShowsOnDVD.com
  2. ^ Cf. film Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice.
  3. ^ Cf. slogan "Fifty-four Forty or Fight!".
  4. ^ TV Guide Book of Lists. Running Press. 2007. p. 172. ISBN 0-7624-3007-9. 
  5. ^ Cf. song "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother".
  6. ^ Cf. TV series Room 222.