The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Season 1 Episode 1

Love is All Around

Aired Saturday 9:30 PM Sep 19, 1970 on CBS
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Mary Richards decides to move to Minneapolis after being jilted by her fiancé and there joins her friend Phyllis. Mary's life changes forever when she applies for a secretarial job at WJM-TV, and when she moves into her new apartment.

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  • Alltime great pilot!

    One of the alltime great pilots in TV history. We find out a great deal in one episode about all the characters, and several of the exchanges have already become classics. Rhoda's "Get out of my apartment," Lou Grant's wiggy job interview (complete with transposed Qs and As and the proclamation "You got spunk!"). We can already even see the beginning of Murray's crush on Mary. The only thing that's a bit hard to grasp is Mary's longtime friendship with Phyllis (or the fact that she hardly even seems to know Bess)...but then, I guess if I was good friends with Phyllis, I wouldn't be real eager to show it either. :)moreless
  • The people contributing to the trivia notes forgot one thing...

    Naturally, the first episode of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" also marked the first-ever appearance of the MTM Enterprises logo, being the first production of Mary Tyler Moore's company. The logo, a spoof on the MGM Lion logo in the movies, would come to be one of the most famous sights in television history, made memorable by the animal mascot, Mimsie the Cat. Of course, her basic appearance is seen here, appearing in a ribboned circle above the company's name and meowing. As later series came from MTM, however, Mimsie would take on different appearances based on whichever program the logo appeared on. MTM Enterprises lasted until 1998, when it was bought out by News Corp.moreless
  • Series Premiere of The Mary Tyler Moore Show - The introduction of a phenomenon

    Although this show was among my favorites as a teenager back in the 1990s when it aired on Nick at Nite, it was only recently that I got to see the series premiere for the first time.

    The writers did a pretty decent job of packing in entertainment value as well as introducing the cast of characters that the viewer could expect to see, from overbearing Phyllis and tough Rhoda to the endearing Lou Grant and the goofy-but-pompous Ted. It also established Mary as the irrepressible, all-American girl that you couldn't help but love.

    This marked the beginning of one of television's all-time greats!moreless
  • In the beginning

    So much was set up here, the groundwork for a lot more to come. A lot of great lines for everyone, including "I HATE spunk!" and much of Mary's background is seen too. Even with the heartbreak of her breakup, there is an atmosphere established that is cozy and has great potential to be entertaining and funny. It is true that a lot changes from this to lead to the friendship with Rhoda, and we don't know for quite awhile that Phyllis is the landlady, a little disappointment because she was in Mary's past. But everybody is showcased and we get to know them all. A number of developments are heart wrenching, but overall this is a wonderful beginning to the show.moreless
  • Mary Richards moves to Minneapolis after a break-up. Mary gets a great apartment (thanks to Phyllis), meets Rhoda, the upstairs tenant who wants the apartment, has an interview for a job with gruff Lou Grant and learns to be on her own.moreless

    Because this was not a pilot (Moore was given 24 episodes at the outset with no pilot necessary), this debut episode is firing on all cylinders and doesn't encounter the lapses evident on other pilots (different sets, different actors, characters who don't seem to "know themselves" yet, etc.) The writing on this episode is excellent; we learn Mary's backstory and each character is effectively introduced. On an aside, every character who was given a spin-off from MTM (Rhoda, Phyllis, Lou Grant) appears in this very first episode.

    Rhoda comes across as a bit one-note in this episode as an angry New Yorker repeating how much she wants Mary's apartment; it's initially hard to imagine that this rivalry would bloom into one of TV's most famous friendships. Asner as Lou Grant comes across perfectly, gruff and no nonsense yet later, when inebriated, shows his tender side. Asner's scenes with Moore are the highpoint of this episode from the memorable job interview Mary has with Lou Grant ("I hate spunk!")to his scene stealing turn later on when he shows up drunk at Mary's apartment and insists on writing his traveling wife a love letter. Even the episode's smaller performances by Gavin MacLeod, Ted Knight and Cloris Leachman are perfectly timed.

    This is a great beginning to a great series. Moore vanquishes the ghost of Laura Petrie immediately and successfully handles the lead role. If you thought Moore was pretty in her Jackie Kennedy flip and capri pants, wait until you see her in this episode with her knee high boots and longer hair. This is Mary, new for the 70s and ready to make it after all.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Lou: Murray! Get me that list of words that Baxter mispronounced on last night's show.
      Murray: (hands him the list) Catch the top one, Lou.
      Lou: The top one....(incredulously) 'Chicago'??
      Ted: (abruptly, as he exits the newsroom for the studio) Come on, fellas!
      Lou: And take that make-up bib off!
      Murray: (to Mary) Last night, he wore it halfway through the show!

    • Rhoda: (to Mary) Where'd you get that nightgown from, Tricia Nixon?

    • Mary: So you're Rhoda?
      Rhoda: Morganstern.
      Mary: And I'm Mary Richards.
      Rhoda: Ah! Hello... get out of my apartment!

    • Lou (who is drunk, typing a letter to his out-of-town wife): My dearest...
      (Mary opens the door, her old boyfriend Bill walks in)
      Bill: How are you?
      Mary: I'm fine.
      Lou (reciting out loud as he types): How are you? I'm fine. No I'm not.
      Mary: That's my boss, down at the newsroom.
      Bill: Oh, is there a big news story here?
      Mary: No, he's uh, (she makes a drinking gesture) writing to his wife.
      Lou(continues typing): I miss you more than...
      (Bill hands Mary a bouquet of roses)
      Mary: Where ever did you find roses in winter?
      Lou(Lou continues typing): ...roses in winter. Beautiful.
      (conversation between Mary and Bill continues...)
      Bill: Hey, I don't know about you, but, I don't like being in separate towns.
      Lou (still typing...): Hey, I don't know about you...
      Bill: Say, it's uh, a little difficult to talk with...Is it possible to...
      Mary: All my love, Lou.
      Lou (still typing): All my love, Lou. (pulls the paper out of the typewriter) I am finished. I think I'm gonna go tie one on.

    • Lou: You know what? You've got spunk!
      Mary: Well, yes.... (turns slightly and blushes)
      Lou: I HATE spunk!

    • Lou: How old are you?
      Mary: Thirty.
      Lou: No hedging! No 'how old do I look'?
      Mary: (smiles and shrugs her shoulders) Why hedge?
      Lou: Yeah.
      Mary: How old do I look?
      Lou: (pauses) Thirty. (opens booze bottle in his desk drawer) What religion are you?
      Mary: Uh, Mr. Grant, I don't quite know how to say this, but, uh, you're not allowed to ask that when someone's applying for a job. It's against the law.
      Lou: Wanna call a cop?
      Mary: (sweetly) No.
      Lou: Good! Would you think I was violating your civil rights if I asked if you're married?
      Mary: Presbyterian. (Lou stares at her.) Uh, well I, I, I decided I would answer your religion question.
      Lou: Divorced?
      Mary: No.
      Lou: Never married!
      Mary: No.
      Lou: Why?
      Mary: Why?
      Lou: Do you type?
      Mary: Mr. Grant, there's no simple answer to that question!
      Lou: Yes there is! How 'bout 'no I can't type' or 'yes I can'?
      Mary: There's no simple answer to why a person isn't married.
      Lou: How many reasons can there be?
      Mary: (nervously) 65.
      Lou: (exasperated) Words per minute. My typing question!!
      Mary: Yes.
      Lou: Look, miss! Would you try answering the questions as I ask them?

    • Lou: Look, miss, I was just about to have a drink and I wouldn't mind some company. Want one?
      Mary: No, thank you.
      Lou: I said I wouldn't mind some company!
      Mary: Well, all right. I'll have a Brandy Alexander.
      Lou (dumbfounded): How 'bout some coffee?

  • NOTES (3)

    • The pilot episode was filmed on July 03, 1970. This was a retake of a previous filming. It therefore ordered a "live audience" run-through test taping, and the day, June 30th, 1970, came to be known to the cast and crew as "Black Tuesday".  Under the direction of Jay Sandrich, the taping took place on one of the hottest California nights of the year, and everything which could possibly go wrong did.
      1) - the air conditioning units didn't work that evening, making the audience uncomfortable and moody.  

      2) - a bomb threat before the taping forced cast, crew and audience outside for an extended period before the show began, and ...

      3) - CBS chose this particular night to experiment with a new camera system which, large and noisy, prevented the audience from seeing and hearing much of the performance, hence there were no laughs.

      Even though the evening was a debacle, at the end of the taping Moore, the consummate professional, came onstage and cheerfully thanked the audience for attending before going home and collapsing into a jag of tears and depression.  Undaunted, Brooks, Burns and Sandrich knew they'd given their best, and Tinker continued to back them up, all the way through filming of the series official pilot premiere episode "Love Is All Around" (orig. air date 9/19/70).  With the exception of a few minor tweaks, including Asner toning down his "gruffness" just a little in the now classic scene where Mary is first hired, the creators made very few changes from the "Black Tuesday" script.

    • The show was originally planned to be about a divorced woman, but because divorce was still a hot subject in 1970, they settled for a broken engagement instead. Also, the network was afraid people would think that Mary had divorced Rob Petrie, her character's husband on The Dick Van Dyke Show, losing the audience's sympathy.

    • Reportedly test audiences to this pilot HATED the Rhoda character. She was seen as too "pushy", too "loud", too "Jewish", and worst of all "mean to Mary". Apparently the writers got around this by doing this: When Phyllis complains about Rhoda, Bess says "Gee I like Aunt Rhoda," thus giving the audience a chance to see there would be more to Rhoda later on.


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