Mary Tyler Moore

By: SarahBeth Rogers

One of my favorite parts about the class this week was watching Mary Tyler Moore in two very different roles. In the 1960s, she played Laura Petrie in the Dick Van Dyke show, a pleasant homemaker. However, in the 1970s, she is the star of the Mary Tyler Moore Show, a show about a woman, Mary Richards, who is both single and working. Watching both of these shows this week gave me a new perspective on the changes between these two decades. It was exciting to see Laura Petrie become the independent Mary Richards. Though Laura was likable enough seemed comfortable and confident in her role as a wife, I still found myself associating Mary Tyler Moore with Mary Richards. Mary did not just seem confident in her daily role, but confident in who she was as an independent person. In the episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show, Mary’s character caused the issue that the comedy revolved around, but in the episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, we got to see Mary be a solution. I really enjoyed watching the power of the female roles change between the two series.

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2 Responses to Mary Tyler Moore

  1. marymdalton says:

    I agree! She’s terrific. It’s too bad, however, that the network executives wouldn’t let them write her character as a divorced woman. That would have been truly groundbreaking. Wonderful series. Great writing. Holds up very well. If you get a chance, watch the episode where Chuckles the Clown is killed by an elephant. I have laughed so hard at that. Her performance is WONDERFUL!

  2. mediaphiles says:

    I agree I really enjoyed watching her character in both series as well. I feel that the real Mary Tyler Moore is more like Mary Richards. She seems like she was a very independent and confident woman in her personal life. I admire that.

    -Emily Elliott

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