Parents' Guide to

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Classic '70s comedy reflects women's liberation era.

TV CBS Comedy 1970
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age 8+

Who can turn the world on with her smile? (Hint: It's Mary!)

I started watching this show as an 8 year old. I didn't remember much of it before I started watching again recently, simply because nothing other than I Dream of Jeannie and Bewitched interested me. This show is chocked full of role models and morals, along with lots of humor, and of course, from seasons 1-5(?), the beautiful Valerie Harper! I don't know what the CSM reviewer, Emily Ashby, means that there is sex in the show. There's none at all! In fact, it's a running joke in the series that no one can get a date, yet alone have intercourse! Like I said, the show has great role models. Mary stands up for what she believes in, and stands up when something is wrong or immoral. Rhoda teaches us that we are ALL self-conscious of ourself, and that we all have imperfect families. Lou has no valuable lessons for children, but he's not a bad guy. Ted and Georgette have lessons in parenting (So, again, nothing for the kids). Murray teaches us to be nice to everyone in our lives (Even if he isn't always nice), even our own Ted Baxters (And God knows we all have one!) Sue Ann teaches us that it's unappealing (And unappreciated by men and women alike) to be promiscuous. Phyllis teaches teens and young adults that it's unappealing and unkind to be mean and stuck up. This show is wonderful for anyone who can keep up with a sitcom, honestly, and I think that's ages 8 and up.

Is It Any Good?

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Insightful, endearing, and humorous at every turn, this classic continues to hold a place atop all-time TV favorites. Thanks to a collectively superb cast and the writers' willingness to cultivate substantial content, The Mary Tyler Moore Show continues to be relevant decades later. Though our tolerance toward some of the issues has changed (strong female leads are now commonplace, as is sexual liberation and marital infidelity that makes headlines in this '70s show, for instance), the difference in how this show and modern ones portray them can prompt lively discussion with your teens.

First airing in 1970, The Mary Tyler Moore Show was the first TV series to present an entirely modern female character, reflecting the changing American society and women's growing freedom from the traditional expectations of marriage and family. The series opens with her opting out of a romantic relationship that didn't suit her emotional needs, choosing instead a career and her independence. It's not always an easy path to blaze, and she encounters her fair share of naysayers, discrimination, and self-doubt, but her determination to make it work is reminiscent of an entire generation of motivated young women who knocked down barriers in the workplace.

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