CBS (ended 1978)



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Rhoda which began in the fall of 1974, began each episode (at least the 1st season) with Valerie Harper stating: "My name is Rhoda Morgenstern. I was born in the Bronx, New York in December, 1941. I've always felt responsible for World War II. The first thing I remember liking that liked me back was food. I had a bad puberty, it lasted 17 years. I'm a high school graduate, I went to art school. My entrance exam was on a book of matches. I decided to move out of the house when I was 24, my mother still refers to this as the time I ran away from home. Eventually I ran to Minneapolis where it's cold, and I figured I'd keep better. Now I'm back in Manhattan. New York, this is your last chance!"

Rhoda is the successful spin-off to the classic The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Rhoda returns to New York where she eventually marries Joe Gerard, and later divorces him. She finds comfort from her sister, Brenda (Julie Kavner). Her biggest problem is her mother, Ida (Nancy Walker). In 1978, after 110 episodes, Rhoda went off the air. It being the second most successful spin-off from The Mary Tyler Moore Show - the first being Lou Grant.

During its short run Rhoda earned two Emmys (one for Valerie Harper in 1975, and one for Julie Kavner in 1978) and two Golden Globes (one for Harper and one for the series itself, both in 1975). All together it earned 11 Emmy nominations and 7 Golden Globe nominations. The series has since earned itself a reputation as a classic in its own right.

NOTE: CBS left four episodes unaired.

Spinoff of: The Mary Tyler Moore Show First Telecast: September 9, 1974
Last Telecast: December 9, 1978

Episodes: 110 Color Episodes

CBS Broadcast History

September 1974-September 1975----Mondays----9:30 p.m.
September 1975-January 1977----Mondays----8:00 p.m.
January 1977-September 1978----Sundays----8:00 p.m.
September-December 1978----Saturdays----8:00 p.m.

Nielsen Ratings: (Top 25 or Better)

#6 in the 1974-1975 Season
#8 in the 1975-1976 Season
#25 in the 1977-1978 Season



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  • Lorenzo Music

    Lorenzo Music

    Carlton, the Doorman (voice only)

    Ron Silver

    Ron Silver

    Gary Levy (1976-1978)

    Julie Kavner

    Julie Kavner

    Brenda Morgenstern

    Valerie Harper

    Valerie Harper

    Rhoda Morgenstern Gerard

    Kenneth McMillan

    Kenneth McMillan

    Jack Doyle (1977-1978)

    Nancy Walker

    Nancy Walker

    Ida Morgenstern (1974-1976), (1977-1978)

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    • Brenda

      My favorite character is Brenda played by the amazing julie kavner!
    • Hysterically funny show about a woman trying to make it in New York on her own.

      This was one of the first shows I remember watching. It was a spinoff from 'Mary Tyler Moore.'

      Valerie Harper starred in the title role, Nancy Walker was her loving but crazy mother Ida, Lorenzo Music was the voice of Carlton the Doorman, whom we never saw on camera, David Groh her love interest Joe, and Julie Kavner played Rhoda's sister and best friend Brenda.

      Together the ensemble made their way through the ups and downs of life with a feisty wit, but no bitterness. Rhoda was trying to reestablish a foothold in her hometown of New York after having worked for a number of years in Minneapolis. Life kept getting in the way: she grappled with the hassles of work, relationships, Mom, what to do when the heat doesn't run, and Mom. She also saw the flip side of all these things: if you try hard enough, you can wring some joy out of the toughest challenges in life.

      'Rhoda' was a show about a unique personality and all the people around her. She seemed like somebody I would really like to get to know. I wish it had been around for a lot more years, but as it is, I'm very grateful for what we have.

      'Rhoda' to this day is an intelligent show loaded with laughs, great writing and terrific performances.moreless
    • From the seventies.

      MTM Show regular Rhoda Morgernstern got her own show. She left Minneapolis to return to NYC, her birthplace. Rhoda got a job, an apartment & got reacquainted with her folks. Her spare time largely consisted of looking for Mr Right & having a generally cheery outlook on life even if it wasn't always going her way. Our heroine during the earlier episodes was briefly married to Joe Gerard. Brenda was Rhoda's self consciously shy sister while her Bronx based parents were henpecked dad Martin & formidable mom Ida, a wonderfully scene stealing performance by Nancy Walker. Special mention of course must go to the star, Valerie Harper, whose portrayal of Rhoda could have been an inspiration for "Friends" Monica Geller.moreless
    • A classic show

      Now that Mary Tyler Moore's friend Rhoda aka Valerie Harper

      Is moving back to her home in NY and gets

      Her own show finally. Living as a single and jewish woman

      Looking to find love as well as just making it in

      A otherwise very cruel world. Great writing and acting for

      This seventies classic. I love Valerie Harper a lot in this show!

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