The Mary Tyler Moore Show ran for seven seasons from 1970 to 1997 and was considered groundbreaking for its time because of its portrayal of women in the workplace. It received high praise from critics and won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series three years in a row. Since the show was so influential, we’ve compiled a list of 9 things most people don’t know about the award-winning series:
8. From Laura Petrie to Mary Tyler Moore
When Mary Tyler Moore was first approached to do The Mary Tyler Moore Show, she was hesitant because she feared that this new character would not be as popular with fans are her character on The Dick Van Dyke Show, which also aired on CBS. It didn’t help that test audiences couldn’t different her character on The Mary Tyler Moore Show from her character on The Dick Van Dyke Show.
Her character was initially going to be a divorcée, but divorce was still controversial at the time and CBS was afraid that viewers might think she had divorced her husband, Rob Petrie, on The Dick Van Dyke Show. The premise of The Mary Tyler Moore Show was then changed so that her character was single after just having ended an engagement.
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