Happy almost Halloween, Retrowatchers! It is getting to be that time of year – the leaves are changing, the afternoon sun is beautifully blinding, and a chill is in the air. It must be fall. I’m not really a Halloween person, but if I were, I think I’d dress up as Rhoda Morgenstern. I used to wear a do-rag in college, so all I’d need is some horrible 70s clothing and a baggy sweater to hide my figure. Throw in a New York accent and go around calling people “kid” and I’d have a Rhoda costume.
Either that or I’d try to find a replica of Mary’s awful bridesmaid dress.
Incidentally, if anyone reading this actually has a Mary Tyler Moore-themed costume, please send me pictures.
This week, we delve into the middle of MTM, season 2 and discuss episodes 13-16:
Episode 13: The Square Shaped Room
Episode 14: Ted Over Heels
Episode 15: The Five-Minute Dress
Episode 16: Feeb
Mid-week greetings, Retrowatchers. I apologize for the delay. Believe it or not, once I finally got the correct disc from Netflix, it arrived cracked and wouldn’t play! Thank goodness for Hulu, otherwise I would be even more behind schedule than I am already. The replacement disc (containing the next batch of episodes) arrived today. It appears to be fine so hopefully that is the end of weird technical difficulties.
Another side note before we begin: If it isn’t already obvious, I’ve been tinkering with how exactly to write this blog. When I watch Mary Tyler Moore, I take copious notes in an attempt to not miss funny or profound dialogue, notable guest stars, or interesting tidbits. As a result, it sometimes feels like I am just regurgitating the show back to you instead of doing any actual analyzing/critiquing. I’m not 100% sure how to steer Retrowatching in the direction I had anticipated when starting this project, but I think I will assume from now on that people have seen the episodes, and try to do less recapping and more critiquing. Thanks for your patience while I experiment.
With that in mind, let’s get started, finally! MTM, season 2, episodes 9-12. This includes:
Episode 9: And Now, Sitting in For Ted Baxter
Episode 10: Don’t Break the Chain
Episode 11: The Six-and-a-Half Year Itch
Episode 12: Is a Friend in Need Continue reading
Happy Sunday, Retrowatchers. How have you enjoyed TV premiere week? And most importantly: How are you handling the looming final episode of Breaking Bad? Me – I am ready to be done with Walter White, and I don’t know I can handle seeing much else happen to poor Jesse. As for premiere week – I’m already on board with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; am not sure about The Crazy Ones yet, but will give it another shot for Buffy and Bob Benson; was absolutely delighted with the premiere of Glee but am dreading the Finn tribute; loved Parenthood and am happy to see Ray Romano return; and yesterday decided to check in on How I Met Your Mother after taking last year off. I’m begrudgingly back on board – at least temporarily. The last scene with Ted and The Mother got me. Damn you, HIMYM – I once loved you, then defended you, then got so mad at you I had to leave, and now you suck me back in to your final season.
I know what you’re thinking – with all of that, there’s no way you had time to watch Mary Tyler Moore this week. Well, fear not, Retrowatchers, I managed to squeeze it in. I know, I know. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to…well, I guess really no one HAS to do it. But I did. So here we go – MTM, season 2, episodes 5-8.
Retrowatchers, we’ve arrived at season two of Mary Tyler Moore, and the moment of truth. Generally, the second season is when a show reveals its true colors: Was the first season a fluke? Do these characters have longevity? Will the audience remain invested? Will it be a sophomore slump or prove itself to be a success? Something tells me that MTM will hold up – after all it’s not like I’ve chosen historically BAD shows to watch. But you never know – let’s find out. This week, MTM season 2, episodes 1-4. Continue reading
Hello Retrowatchers! Believe it or not we’ve come to the end of season one. That went fast, didn’t it? I am a champion TV marathoner, and even though watching one season over four weeks is relatively slow for me, it still flew by.
Let’s get to it: This week we discuss Mary Tyler Moore season 1, episodes 21-24.
My first thought after finishing these was: Well that was fun! Second thought: Ask and ye shall receive. Last week I said I wanted more episodes involving Lou and Rhoda; this week we get two spotlight episodes for Lou and one for Rhoda. Thanks, MTM writers! Continue reading
Hello! We’ve made it to week three of the Mary Tyler Moore retrowatch. Retrowatching HQ was slightly delayed this week due to switching Internet providers. All is well now so lets dive right in. This week: season 1, episodes 17-20.
Here’s the big thing I took out of this week’s watch: I don’t care about Mary’s life when it doesn’t involve the newsroom, Rhoda and/or Phyllis. This came up briefly last week when discussing Mary’s love life, and this week was no exception. It’s a puzzlement to me, and I’m not sure if it’s a sign of strength (the ensemble is airtight and works so well together) or weakness (the writers and actors can’t make it work with people outside their group.) It’s not as if Moore is a bad actress. The whole situation confuses me. Let me explain:
Welcome to week two of retrowatching Mary Tyler Moore! This week: Season 1, Disc 2, which includes episodes 8-16.
And with that, a programming note: Going forward, I will only be reviewing four episodes at a time. This is still in the experimental stage and lesson learned: eight is too many!
Before I get started, some people of note that I forgot to mention in the last blog:
– The show was co-created by James L. Brooks. He’s had just a little bit of success in television, creating such shows as Taxi and the Simpsons, as well as the MTM spinoffs Rhoda and Lou Grant. He was also a producer on The Tracy Ullman Show, and wrote and directed one of my favorite movies of all time, As Good As It Gets. The list goes on – a producer on another of my favorites, Say Anything, director of Broadcast News... guy has just a smidgen of talent.
– Many of these first episodes were directed by Jay Sandrich. That named seemed really familiar – turns out he went on to direct 100 episodes of The Cosby Show – including this one and this one. As I’ve seen every episode of The Cosby Show at least three times, it’s no wonder his name was so familiar.
– Another name that stuck out to me: Lorenzo Music as a credited writer for several of the early episodes. It mostly stuck out as a fantastic name, but turns out this guy was ubiquitous in show business. Not only was he the voice of Garfield, he also played Peter Venkman in The Real Ghost Busters, a Saturday morning cartoon I remember well. Music had a steady career in voice over acting, played Carl the Doorman in Rhoda, wrote for the Smothers Brothers and Bob Newhart, and even composed the theme song to the Bob Newhart Show. What an interesting and varied career.
And now, onto the show!