List of The Mary Tyler Moore Show episodes

The Mary Tyler Moore Show is an American television series that originally aired from September 19, 1970 to March 19, 1977. Each season consisted of 24 half-hour episodes.

Series overview

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

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 24 September 19, 1970 March 6, 1971
2 24 September 18, 1971 March 4, 1972
3 24 September 16, 1972 March 3, 1973
4 24 September 15, 1973 March 2, 1974
5 24 September 14, 1974 March 8, 1975
6 24 September 13, 1975 March 6, 1976
7 24 September 25, 1976 March 19, 1977


Season 1 (1970–1971)

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
1"Love Is All Around"Jay SandrichJames L. Brooks and Allan BurnsSeptember 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 SandrichTreva SilvermanSeptember 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 SandrichJohn D.F. BlackOctober 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 RafkinTreva SilvermanOctober 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. Guest star: Shelley Berman
5"Keep Your Guard Up"Alan RafkinSteve PritzkerOctober 17, 1970 (1970-10-17)7008
Mary helps out a luckless former pro-football player who wants to be WJM's new sportscaster. Guest star: John Schuck
6"Support Your Local Mother"Alan RafkinAllan Burns and James L. BrooksOctober 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, Ida Morgenstern.
7"Toulouse-Lautrec Is One of My Favorite Artists"Jay SandrichLloyd Turner and Gordon MitchellOctober 31, 1970 (1970-10-31)7013
Mary accepts a date with a very short visiting author. Guest star: Hamilton Camp
8"The Snow Must Go On"Jay SandrichDavid Davis and Lorenzo MusicNovember 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"[3]Peter BaldwinBob RodgersNovember 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. Guest star: Greg Mullavey
10"Assistant Wanted, Female"Peter BaldwinTreva SilvermanNovember 21, 1970 (1970-11-21)7016
Mary reluctantly hires Phyllis to be her assistant in the newsroom.
11"1040 or Fight"[4]Jay SandrichDavid Davis and Lorenzo MusicNovember 28, 1970 (1970-11-28)7012
Mary's income-tax returns are audited by an amorous IRS agent. Guest star: Paul Sand
12"Anchorman Overboard"Jay SandrichLorenzo MusicDecember 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 SandrichBob RodgersDecember 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 SandrichJames L. Brooks and Allan BurnsDecember 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.[5]
15"Howard's Girl"Jay SandrichTreva SilvermanJanuary 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 SandrichMartin CohanJanuary 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 BilsonJames L. Brooks and Allan BurnsJanuary 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. Guest star: Monte Markham
18"Second Story Story"Jay SandrichSteve PritzkerJanuary 23, 1971 (1971-01-23)7024
Mary's apartment is burglarized, twice.
19"We Closed in Minneapolis"Jay SandrichKenny Solms and Gail ParentJanuary 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 SandrichTreva SilvermanFebruary 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 SandrichDavid Davis and Lorenzo MusicFebruary 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 SandrichSusan SilverFebruary 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 SandrichSteve PritzkerFebruary 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 KenwithGeorge KirgoMarch 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". Guest star: Slim Pickens

Season 2 (1971–1972)

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
1"The"Jay SandrichTreva SilvermanSeptember 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."
2"I Am Curious Cooper"Jay SandrichDavid Davis and Lorenzo MusicSeptember 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. Michael Constantine guest stars.
3"He's No Heavy...He's My Brother"[6]Jerry ParisAllan BurnsOctober 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.
4"Room 223"[7]Jay SandrichSusan SilverOctober 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.
5"A Girl's Best Mother Is Not Her Friend"Jay SandrichDavid Davis and Lorenzo MusicOctober 16, 1971 (1971-10-16)7110
Rhoda's visiting mother decides to become Rhoda's "friend."
6"Cover Boy"Jay SandrichTreva SilvermanOctober 23, 1971 (1971-10-23)7102
Ted receives a visit from his super-competitive brother, a male model. Jack Cassidy guest stars.
7"Didn't You Used to Be... Wait... Don't Tell Me"Jay SandrichAllan BurnsOctober 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.
8"Thoroughly Unmilitant Mary"Jay SandrichMartin CohanNovember 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.
9"And Now, Sitting in for Ted Baxter"Jerry ParisSteve PritzkerNovember 13, 1971 (1971-11-13)7109
Not without reason, Ted is worried that his mandatory vacation might become a permanent one.
10"Don't Break the Chain"Jerry ParisDavid Davis and Lorenzo MusicNovember 20, 1971 (1971-11-20)7116
Mary conjures up a few men from her past when she reluctantly continues Lou's chain letter.
11"The Six-and-a-Half-Year Itch"Jay SandrichTreva SilvermanNovember 27, 1971 (1971-11-27)7112
Lou catches his favorite son-in-law at a movie theater with another woman.
12"...Is a Friend in Need"Jay SandrichSusan SilverDecember 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.
13"The Square-Shaped Room"Jay SandrichSusan SilverDecember 11, 1971 (1971-12-11)7117
Mary arranges for Rhoda to redecorate Lou's living room.
14"Ted Over Heels"Peter BaldwinDavid Davis and Lorenzo MusicDecember 18, 1971 (1971-12-18)7122
Ted falls in love with the daughter of Chuckles the Clown. Arlene Golonka guest stars.
15"The Five-Minute Dress"Jay SandrichPat Nardo and Gloria BantaJanuary 1, 1972 (1972-01-01)7119
Mary's new love interest, an assistant to the governor, keeps breaking their dates.
16"Feeb"Peter BaldwinDick Clair and Jenna McMahonJanuary 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.
17"The Slaughter Affair"Peter BaldwinRick MittlemanJanuary 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.
18"Baby Sit-Com"Jay SandrichTreva SilvermanJanuary 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.
19"More Than Neighbors"Jay SandrichSteve PritzkerJanuary 29, 1972 (1972-01-29)7101
There is a vacant apartment in Mary's building, and Ted wants to move into it.
20"The Care and Feeding of Parents"Jay SandrichDick Clair and Jenna McMahonFebruary 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.
21"Where There's Smoke, There's Rhoda"Peter BaldwinMartin CohanFebruary 12, 1972 (1972-02-12)7124
A friendship is put to the test when Rhoda temporarily moves in with Mary.
22"You Certainly Are a Big Boy"Jay SandrichMartin CohanFebruary 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.
23"Some of My Best Friends Are Rhoda"Peter BaldwinSteve PritzkerFebruary 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.
24"His Two Right Arms"Jay SandrichJim Parker and Arnold MargolinMarch 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. Bill Daily and Isabel Sanford guest star.
Note: This was a pilot for a proposed spin-off series (The Councilman) that was not picked up.

Season 3 (1972–1973)

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
1"The Good Time News"Hal CooperAllan Burns and James L. BrooksSeptember 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".
2"What Is Mary Richards Really Like?"Jerry BelsonSusan SilverSeptember 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.
3"Who's in Charge Here?"Jay SandrichMartin CohanSeptember 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.
4"Enter Rhoda's Parents"Jay SandrichMartin CohanOctober 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. First appearance of Harold Gould as Rhoda's father, Martin Morgenstern.
5"It's Whether You Win or Lose"Jay SandrichMartin DonovanOctober 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.
6"Rhoda the Beautiful"Jay SandrichTreva SilvermanOctober 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.
7"Just Around the Corner"Jay SandrichSteve PritzkerOctober 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. Guest stars: Nanette Fabray and Bill Quinn.
8"But Seriously, Folks"Peter BaldwinEd. WeinbergerNovember 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. Guest star: Jerry Van Dyke.
9"Farmer Ted and the News"Jay SandrichMartin DonovanNovember 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.
10"Have I Found a Guy for You"Hal CooperCharlotte BrownNovember 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.
11"You've Got a Friend"Jerry BelsonSteve PritzkerNovember 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. Nanette Fabray and Bill Quinn again appear as Mary's parents.
12"It Was Fascination, I Know"Jay SandrichEd. WeinbergerDecember 2, 1972 (1972-12-02)7211
Bess's 15-year-old boyfriend develops a crush on Mary.
13"Operation: Lou"Jay SandrichElias Davis and David PollockDecember 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.
14"Rhoda Morgenstern: Minneapolis to New York"Jay SandrichTreva SilvermanDecember 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. First appearance of Georgia Engel as Georgette.
15"The Courtship of Mary's Father's Daughter"Jay SandrichDavid Pollock and Elias DavisDecember 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. Bill Quinn's final appearance as "Walter Richards".
16"Lou's Place"Jay SandrichEd. WeinbergerJanuary 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.
17"My Brother's Keeper"Jay SandrichDick Clair and Jenna McMahonJanuary 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. Guest star: Robert Moore.
18"The Georgette Story"Peter BaldwinEd. WeinbergerJanuary 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.
19"Romeo and Mary"Peter BaldwinJim Mulholland and Mike BarrieJanuary 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. Guest star: Stuart Margolin.
20"What Do You Say When the Boss Says 'I Love You'?"Jay SandrichDavid Pollock and Elias DavisFebruary 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. Guest star: Lois Nettleton.
21"Murray Faces Life"Jay SandrichMartin CohanFebruary 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.
22"Remembrance of Things Past"Jay SandrichDick Clair and Jenna McMahonFebruary 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.
23"Put on a Happy Face"Jay SandrichMarilyn Suzanne Miller and Monica JohnsonFebruary 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.
24"Mary Richards and the Incredible Plant Lady"John C. ChulayMartin CohanMarch 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 (1973–1974)

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
1"The Lars Affair"Jay SandrichEd. WeinbergerSeptember 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.

In 1997, TV Guide ranked this episode #27 on its list of the 100 Greatest Episodes.[8]
2"Angels in the Snow"Jay SandrichMonica Johnson and Marilyn Suzanne MillerSeptember 22, 1973 (1973-09-22)7306
Ignoring the advice of her friends and co-workers, Mary dates a man seven years younger than herself.
3"Rhoda's Sister Gets Married"Jerry BelsonKaryl GeldSeptember 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.
4"The Lou and Edie Story"Jay SandrichTreva SilvermanOctober 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. First appearance of Priscilla Morrill.
5"Hi There, Sports Fans"Jay SandrichJerry MayerOctober 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.
6"Father's Day"Jay SandrichEd. WeinbergerOctober 20, 1973 (1973-10-20)7303
Ted is anxious and agitated as he prepares to meet his long-lost father.
7"Son of "But Seriously, Folks""Jay SandrichPhil MishkinOctober 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. Jerry Van Dyke returns as "Wes Callison".
8"Lou's First Date"Jay SandrichEd. Weinberger and Stan DanielsNovember 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.
9"Love Blooms at Hemples"Jay SandrichSybil Adelman and Barbara GallagherNovember 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.
10"The Dinner Party"Jay SandrichEd. WeinbergerNovember 17, 1973 (1973-11-17)7321
Mary meets a congresswoman (Irene Tedrow), 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.
11"Just Friends"Nancy WalkerWilliam WoodNovember 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.
12"We Want Baxter"Jay SandrichDavid LloydDecember 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.
13"I Gave at the Office"Jay SandrichDon Reo and Allan KatzDecember 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
14"Almost a Nun's Story"Jay SandrichEd. Weinberger and Stan DanielsDecember 15, 1973 (1973-12-15)7318
Georgette decides to become a nun after catching Ted kissing another woman in his dressing room.
15"Happy Birthday, Lou!"George TyneDavid LloydDecember 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.
16"WJM Tries Harder"Jay SandrichKaryl GeldJanuary 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.
17"Cottage for Sale"Jay SandrichGeorge AtkinsJanuary 12, 1974 (1974-01-12)7311
Phyllis gets her real estate license and targets a reluctant Lou as her first client.
18"The Co-Producers"Jay SandrichDavid Pollock and Elias DavisJanuary 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.
19"Best of Enemies"Jay SandrichMarilyn Suzanne Miller and Monica JohnsonJanuary 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.
20"Better Late...That's a Pun...Than Never"John C. ChulayTreva SilvermanFebruary 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.
21"Ted Baxter Meets Walter Cronkite"Jay SandrichEd. WeinbergerFebruary 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.
22"Lou's Second Date"Jerry LondonEd. WeinbergerFebruary 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.
23"Two Wrongs Don't Make a Writer"Nancy WalkerDavid LloydFebruary 23, 1974 (1974-02-23)7325
Ted joins Mary's night school class in creative writing and plagiarizes Mary's assignment.
24"I Was a Single for WJM"Mel FerberTreva SilvermanMarch 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. Penny Marshall guest stars.

Season 5 (1974–1975)

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
1"Will Mary Richards Go to Jail?"Jay SandrichEd. Weinberger and Stan DanielsSeptember 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".
2"Not Just Another Pretty Face"Jay SandrichEd. Weinberger and Stan DanielsSeptember 21, 1974 (1974-09-21)4006
Mary dates a gorgeous ski instructor, but reconsiders the relationship when she realizes they have little in common.
3"You Sometimes Hurt the One You Hate"Jackie CooperDavid LloydSeptember 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.
4"Lou and That Woman"Jay SandrichDavid LloydOctober 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

Note: The 100th episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show airs.
5"The Outsider"Peter BonerzJack WinterOctober 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
6"I Love a Piano"Jay SandrichTreva SilvermanOctober 19, 1974 (1974-10-19)4001
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
7"The New Sue Ann"Jay SandrichDavid LloydOctober 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.
8"Menage-a-Phyllis"Jay SandrichTreva SilvermanNovember 2, 1974 (1974-11-02)4010
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.
9"Not a Christmas Story"John C. ChulayEd. Weinberger and Stan DanielsNovember 9, 1974 (1974-11-09)4004
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.
10"What Are Friends For?"Alan RafkinDavid LloydNovember 16, 1974 (1974-11-16)4009
Mary and Sue Ann have an unusual time bonding when they both attend a broadcasters' conference in Chicago.
11"A Boy's Best Friend"Mary Tyler MooreDavid LloydNovember 23, 1974 (1974-11-23)4012
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.
12"A Son for Murray"Jay SandrichEd. Weinberger and Stan DanielsNovember 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.
13"Neighbors"James Burrows and John C. ChulayZiggy SteinbergDecember 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.
14"A Girl Like Mary"Jay SandrichAnn Gibbs and Joel KimmelDecember 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.
15"An Affair to Forget"Jay SandrichEd. Weinberger and Stan DanielsDecember 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.
16"Mary Richards: Producer"Norman CampbellDavid LloydJanuary 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".
17"The System"Jay SandrichEd. Weinberger and Stan DanielsJanuary 11, 1975 (1975-01-11)4026
Lou has a string of bad bets in the new NFL 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 the football season, culminating with the final scene during Super Bowl IX.
18"Phyllis Whips Inflation"Jay SandrichStan Daniels and Ed. WeinbergerJanuary 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
19"The Shame of the Cities"Jay SandrichTeleplay: Michael Elias
Story: Michael Elias and Arnie Kogen
January 25, 1975 (1975-01-25)4013
Lou is inspired to return to investigative reporting. When he has no luck turning up any worthwhile news Mary convinces him to produce a positive documentary instead-with poor results.
20"Marriage Minneapolis Style"Jay SandrichPamela RussellFebruary 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.
21"You Try to Be a Nice Guy"Jay SandrichMichael LeesonFebruary 8, 1975 (1975-02-08)4028
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.
22"You Can't Lose 'em All"Marjorie MullenDavid LloydFebruary 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
23"Ted Baxter's Famous Broadcasters' School"Jay SandrichMichael ZinbergFebruary 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.
24"Anyone Who Hates Kids and Dogs"Jay SandrichJerry MayerMarch 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 (1975–1976)

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
1"Edie Gets Married"Jay SandrichBob EllisonSeptember 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.
2"Mary Moves Out"Jay SandrichDavid LloydSeptember 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.
3"Mary's Father"Jay SandrichEarl PomerantzSeptember 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
4"Murray in Love"Jay SandrichDavid LloydOctober 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
5"Ted's Moment of Glory"Jay SandrichCharles Lee and Gig HenryOctober 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
6"Mary's Aunt"Jay SandrichDavid LloydOctober 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
7"Chuckles Bites the Dust"Joan DarlingDavid LloydOctober 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.

In 1997, TV Guide ranked this episode as the greatest.[9] In 2009, it moved to #3.[10]
8"Mary's Delinquent"Jay SandrichMary Kay Place and Valerie CurtinNovember 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
9"Ted's Wedding"Jay SandrichDavid LloydNovember 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
10"Lou Douses an Old Flame"Jay SandrichDavid LloydNovember 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
11"Mary Richards Falls in Love"Jay SandrichEd. Weinberger and Stan DanielsNovember 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.
12"Ted's Tax Refund"Marjorie MullenBob EllisonNovember 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.
13"The Happy Homemaker Takes Lou Home"James BurrowsDavid LloydDecember 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.
14"One Boyfriend Too Many"Jay SandrichDavid LloydDecember 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.
15"What Do You Want to Do When You Produce?"Jay SandrichShelly Nelbert and Craig Alan HafnerDecember 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.
16"Not With My Wife, I Don't"Jay SandrichBob EllisonJanuary 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.
17"The Seminar"Stuart MargolinJames McDonald and Robert GerlachJanuary 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
18"Once I Had a Secret Love"Jay SandrichPat Nardo and Gloria BantaJanuary 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.
19"Menage-a-Lou"Jay SandrichBob EllisonJanuary 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
20"Murray Takes a Stand"Jay SandrichDavid LloydJanuary 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.
21"Mary's Aunt Returns"Jay SandrichDavid LloydFebruary 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
22"A Reliable Source"Jay SandrichRichard M. PowellFebruary 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.
23"Sue Ann Falls in Love"Doug RogersBob EllisonFebruary 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.
24"Ted and the Kid"Marjorie MullenBob EllisonMarch 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 (1976–1977)

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
1"Mary Midwife"Jay SandrichDavid LloydSeptember 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.
2"Mary the Writer"James BurrowsBurt PrelutskyOctober 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.
3"Sue Ann's Sister"Jay SandrichDavid LloydOctober 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.
4"What's Wrong with Swimming?"Marjorie MullenDavid LloydOctober 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.
5"Ted's Change of Heart"Jay SandrichEarl PomerantzOctober 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?
6"One Producer Too Many"Jay SandrichBob EllisonOctober 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.
7"My Son, the Genius"Joan DarlingBob EllisonNovember 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.
8"Mary Gets a Lawyer"Jay SandrichBurt PrelutskyNovember 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?"
9"Lou Proposes"Jay SandrichDavid LloydNovember 20, 1976 (1976-11-20)6015
Mary's Aunt, Flo Meridith, is visiting town again, and after her usual altercations with Lou, he decides to ask Flo to marry him.
10"Murray Can't Lose"Jay SandrichDavid LloydNovember 27, 1976 (1976-11-27)6012
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".
11"Mary's Insomnia"James BurrowsDavid LloydDecember 4, 1976 (1976-12-04)6009
Mary uses sleeping pills to help her insomnia and Mr. Grant is concerned when she becomes dependent on them.
12"Ted's Temptation"Harry MastrogeorgeBob EllisonDecember 11, 1976 (1976-12-11)6013
Mary, Murray and Ted attend a convention in Los Angeles. An attractive young journalist tries to seduce Ted. Guest star: Trisha Noble.
13"Look at Us, We're Walking"Jay SandrichBob EllisonDecember 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.
14"The Critic"Martin CohanDavid LloydJanuary 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.
15"Lou's Army Reunion"Jay SandrichBob EllisonJanuary 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
16"The Ted and Georgette Show"Jay SandrichDavid LloydJanuary 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.
17"Sue Ann Gets the Ax"Jay SandrichBob EllisonJanuary 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.
18"Hail the Conquering Gordy"Jay SandrichEarl PomerantzFebruary 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.
19"Mary and the Sexagenarian"Jay SandrichLes Charles and Glen CharlesFebruary 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. Guest star: Lew Ayres.
20"Murray Ghosts for Ted"Jay SandrichDavid LloydFebruary 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
21"Mary's Three Husbands"Jay SandrichBob EllisonFebruary 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."
22"Mary's Big Party"Jay SandrichBob EllisonMarch 5, 1977 (1977-03-05)6026
Congresswoman Geddes 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. Irene Tedrow reprises her role as Congresswomen Margaret Geddes.
23"Lou Dates Mary"Jay SandrichDavid LloydMarch 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?
24"The Last Show"Jay SandrichJames L. Brooks, Allan Burns, Ed. Weinberger, Stan Daniels, David Lloyd & Bob EllisonMarch 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.


  1. DVD release info at
  3. Cf. film Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice.
  4. Cf. slogan "Fifty-four Forty or Fight!".
  5. TV Guide Book of Lists. Running Press. 2007. p. 172. ISBN 0-7624-3007-9.
  6. Cf. song "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother".
  7. Cf. TV series Room 222.
  8. "Special Collector's Issue: 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time". TV Guide (June 28-July 4). 1997.
  9. "Special Collector's Issue: 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time". TV Guide (June 28-July 4). 1997.
  10. "TV Guide's Top 100 Episodes". Rev/Views. Retrieved July 4, 2016.
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