The Mary Tyler Moore Show’s Behind-The-Scenes Secrets

Mary Richards was a thirty-something single woman who moved to Minneapolis after breaking up with a boyfriend. As a spunky go-getter, she landed an associate producer position at the lowest-rated station in the area. Although her boss Lou Grant hates her spunky attitude, he regularly looks to Mary to solve the networks problems. “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” aired from 1970 to 1977 and during that time it was one of the highest rated series on network TV. In celebration of the show’s amazing run we have collected a bunch of information about the show’s characters and stars. You won’t believe some of these behind the scenes secrets that kept the show going over the years.

The Dick Van Dyke Show Helped Launch Mary’s Solo Sitcom Career

LOS ANGELES – OCTOBER 10: Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore for The Dick Van Dyke Show. Image dated October 10, 1962. Hollywood, CA. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES – OCTOBER 10: Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore for The Dick Van Dyke Show. Image dated October 10, 1962. Hollywood, CA. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)

After “The Dick Van Dyke Show” ended in 1966, Mary Tyler Moore made a deal with Universal Pictures to star in three films. Moore reunited with her old co-star in 1969 for a CBS special. After the success of the special, CBS offered Moore a half-hour slot on the network with a guarantee of 24 episodes.