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


Harold Gould

Harold Gould

Martin Morgenstern (1974-1976, 1977-1978)

Ron Silver

Ron Silver

Gary Levy (1976-1978)

Nancy Walker

Nancy Walker

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

David Groh

David Groh

Joe Gerard (1974-1977)

Valerie Harper

Valerie Harper

Rhoda Morgenstern Gerard

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temper tantrum, unlikely friendships, witty remarks, spinoff, sarcastic characters