TV audiences remember her as the woman who could turn the world on with her smile. Mary Tyler Moore is remembered as one of the most beloved leading ladies in sitcom history. Her show set the tone for the more enlightened, modern era of sitcoms that we all enjoy today. Without her independent spirit and her oddball group of co-workers, we might never have been treated to the likes of 30 Rock or Parks and Recreation. There’s a lot of history to the Mary Tyler Moore Show; it’s almost as interesting as the show itself. So here are 15 things you didn’t know about The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
1. She Didn’t Have To Shoot a Pilot
Obviously, these days, it’s not exactly shocking to find out that CBS ordered The Mary Tyler Moore Show straight to series. However, in those days, it was pretty unprecedented, not least because Mary Tyler Moore’s star was actually fading. After a disappointing movie career in the wake of The Dick Van Dyke Show, Mary Tyler Moore was only offered the show after a variety one-off she did with former co-star Dick Van Dyke in 1969 called Dick Van Dyke and the Other Woman.
2. Mary Used To Be a Divorcee
When the pilot was originally written, Mary Richards was a divorcee. MTM liked the notion that she was a strong woman who was overcoming heartbreak. Unfortunately, test audiences hated the idea because they thought that Richards being a divorcee meant that she had left Dick Van Dyke. It was insensible to think that Mary had left such a nice guy, so the story changed to Mary Richards leaving her fiancee at the altar.
More in TV
10 TV Characters Who Almost Ruined A Hit TV Show
It’s no secret that most TV shows have to keep bringing in fresh blood if they want to keep fans interested....May 4, 2018
All 14 American Idol Judges, RANKED
Now that American Idol is back on the small screen, Season 16 of the singing competition has us reminiscing about the...April 13, 2018
15 Biggest Mistakes In Popular TV Shows
Some of our favorite TV shows from the past and present have the ability to keep us on the edge of...January 30, 2018
11 Reasons You Should Start Watching ‘Ray Donovan’
With five seasons in the books and a sixth season slated for production in 2018, Showtime’s Ray Donovan has quickly become...November 27, 2017
10 TV Characters We Never Got to Fully Know
These characters were an important part of their respective shows, but a huge part of them still remains a mystery. In...November 22, 2017
10 Reasons Not to Sleep on Netflix’s ‘Ozark’
These days it seems like Netflix is promoting or premiering a new series almost every day. That constant onslaught of new...November 20, 2017