Mary (1978 TV series)

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GenreVariety show
Directed byRobert Iscove
Presented byMary Tyler Moore
StarringMary Tyler Moore
Swoosie Kurtz
Dick Shawn
Michael Keaton
Merrill Markoe
David Letterman
James Hampton
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes3
Producer(s)Tom Patchett
Jay Tarses
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)MTM Enterprises
Distributor20th Television
Original networkCBS
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 24 (1978-09-24) – October 8, 1978 (1978-10-08)

Mary is an American comedy-variety show hosted by and starring Mary Tyler Moore that aired Sundays at 8:00 pm (EST) on CBS from September 24 to October 8, 1978, with a total of three episodes produced over one season.


Mary was the attempt by Mary Tyler Moore to return to network television after the triumph of her sitcom (The Mary Tyler Moore Show) from 1970 to 1977. Her sitcom having not been renewed at her producers' request (they didn't want it to get "stale"), she had taken a year off before returning to television to conquer the variety format.

Moore's supporting cast included a repertory company of young actors and actresses, most notably Swoosie Kurtz, Dick Shawn, Michael Keaton, Merrill Markoe, David Letterman and James Hampton, an established orchestra led by Alf Clausen, and the well-regarded Tony Stevens dancers, and the program had a light, breezy feel.

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Ratings for the series were low, and CBS cancelled Mary after three episodes; at the time, variety shows in general were falling out of fashion. However, Moore would tweak the format and try it again with a similar program (The Mary Tyler Moore Hour) later in the same season.


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