Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted: And All the Brilliant Minds Who Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic

Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted: And All the Brilliant Minds Who Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic

The story of the making of a classic and groundbreaking TV show, as experienced by its producers, writers, and cast. Mary Tyler Moore made her name as Dick Van Dyke?s wife on the eponymous show, a cute, unassuming housewife that audiences loved. But when her writer/producers James Brooks and Allan Burnes dreamed up an edgy show about a divorced woman with a career, network The story of the making of a classic and groundbreaking TV show, as experienced by its producers, writers, and cast...

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Title:Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted: And All the Brilliant Minds Who Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic
Author:Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1451659202
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted: And All the Brilliant Minds Who Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic Reviews

  • Sarah
    Jul 26, 2013
    I remember watching the Mary Tyler Moore Show a a kid. I don't remember anything about Mary being controversial or thinking it was unusual that she was single and working. Everybody loved Mary. In many ways, I grew up to be like Mary. Now there is nothing unusual about a single girl li...
  • Donna
    Jul 11, 2013
    There once was a Golden Age of television and it was Saturday night in the 1973-1974 season: All in the Family, M*A*S*H*, Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart, and Carol Burnett. I was in my third year of college and it was worth it not to have a date on Saturday night--television was better....
  • Andrew
    Nov 21, 2013
    I read this awhile ago, and I've been trying to figure out how to word my review. This was one of the last books my mother got a hold of. I remember her talking to me about a couple things early in the book, like the My Mother the Car put down that the secretary gave, and she seemed...
  • Katharine Holden
    Aug 31, 2013
    Poorly written, poorly edited, and sorely in need of a fact-checker. The MTM Show was a fun show to watch. It still is. The death of the tv clown, Ted Baxter's inept reading of the news, so many moments made me laugh. But this book tries so hard to prove that it was an earth shattering...
  • Hank Stuever
    Apr 16, 2013
    Books about TV history are hard to do; the risk of being boring is pretty high. Also, I tend to think that there's sometimes no faster way to ruin the pleasure of a good TV show memory than to read a 300-page book about it. There's a lot to juggle -- the story of How It Was Made + the ...
  • Joy
    Jul 06, 2017
    I grew up in the 70's and I loved The Mary Tyler Moore show then and I still do today whenever I catch reruns on TV. This book brought back great memories of the series and reminded me why I always loved the show. I recommend this book for fans of one of the most groundbreaking & i...
  • Tracey
    Nov 07, 2016
    The Mary Tyler Moore show was never one of my favorite shows (I did covet her book shelf that went around her sunken sitting space). I was interested in this just because I love TV in general and like behind the scenes stuff. The most interesting thing to me about this book is how many...
  • Gretchen
    Jul 11, 2013
    I'm torn on this book...probably more because of my expectations of what the book could be. The book opens up with great promise. There's a great social history perspective to MTM: the rise of the women's movement, and the impact on Hollywood, including opportunities for female writ...
  • Fergie
    Feb 27, 2017
    A must read for any fan of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. This book is packed with countless behind the scene details into what went into making the classic T.V. show. Author Jennifer Keishin Armstrong covers all her bases, focusing not only on the actors who brought the characters we've c...
  • Biblio Files (takingadayoff)
    Apr 11, 2013
    Just the sort of book you want about a TV show -- lots of behind the scenes revelations and ins and outs of how the show was made. Armstrong told how the show was cast and how the stars got along with each other and there are plenty of entertaining stories about who said what to whom. ...
  • Kate
    May 28, 2013
    When I was growing up, my parents would only let me watch unsupervised television if it was a kids show on Nickelodeon or a re-run Nick at Nite. So even though I was born a year after it went off the air, I grew up with The Mary Tyler Moore Show. (Also with Donna Reed, My Three Sons, T...
  • Joan
    Mar 14, 2017
    It is likely obvious why I read this. I grew up on Mary Tyler Moore and All In The Family, so I grabbed this when Mary Tyler Moore died. I agree with the author that the show had an enormous effect on the way women regarded themselves. I never had the slightest hesitation that of cours...
  • Susan
    May 12, 2013
    Fun look back at one of the classic TV sitcoms. Readers should be aware that Armstrong devotes a lot of pages to MTM's female writers. While this allows her to explore how a group of smart, funny women made inroads to what had previously been a male-dominated world, it leaves less room...
  • Paul Pessolano
    Apr 05, 2013
    ?Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted? by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, published by Simon and Schuster. Category ? Media/TV The title of this book should give the subject matter of the book away, especially if you were watching TV in the 1970?s. Yes, it is the history of the Mar...
  • Jeff J.
    May 09, 2013
    I received a review copy of this book via the GoodReads FirstReads program. Don't confuse this book with other tribute volumes to well-loved television programs, it doesn't have an episode guide or extensive photographs. Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted instead focuses on the sociolog...
  • Kevin
    Mar 21, 2013
    If you're a fan of THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW or even just interested in how a TV show is created, nurtured and maintained, they you will love this book. Far from an instant classic sitcom, THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW surmounted numerable hurdles (apathetic TV executives, dismissive early...
  • Vanessa
    May 19, 2013
    As a major television history geek, I thought this book was perfect. It's not just for MTM fans, but for anyone who loves this pop culture medium. It goes beyond cast and crew to executives, critics, the cultural climate of the era and the show's effect on our current TV landscape. I t...
  • Richard Kramer
    Jun 17, 2013
    Before I spent some years in show business I used to think show business was interesting. It's not. And neither is this book. The author is a fan, and not a dumb one, and she makes all the expected dull arguments for this show as feminist statement (an argument deployed with great wit ...
  • Susan
    Jan 25, 2018
    I found this an entertaining read for fans of one my favourite shows of all time. To appreciate the book, you have to be someone who loved the show enough to watch every episode once, twice, three times ... It brought back fond memories of Mary and the gang. ...
  • John Cooper
    Feb 02, 2014
    For those who didn?t watch it at the time, it?s a bit hard to describe The Mary Tyler Moore Show. It was funny, but avoided cheap laughs; it was realistic at a time when shows like Gilligan?s Island and The Beverly Hillbillies were popular. It was sweet without being cloying, yet...
  • Roger Smitter
    Jun 08, 2013
    This is a enjoyable and informative read about a sitcom that changed TV. The book is more a geneology than a history. We find out how talented minds came together to create the Mary Tyler Moore show in the early 1970's and, more importantly, how these bright people continued to influ...
  • Andy Klein
    Jun 09, 2014
    This is an atrocious book. For a more detailed explanation as to why this book really stinks, see Mediaman's review. In any event, the book contained numerous factual errors, focused too much attention on some of the female writers, gave the show way too much credit for changing televi...
  • Geoffrey
    May 29, 2013
    I really loved this book. I think it is an excellent study of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and of the individuals involved in its production. This book does not provide a detailed synopsis and/or critical analysis of each episode of the series, like other books on television programs. I...
  • Mediaman
    Aug 25, 2013
    I love the MTM show but this is one of those books written by a know-it-all young pop culture writer who knows nothing about what she?s writing. She apparently wasn?t around when the original Mary Tyler Moore Show aired and has no sense of the cultural context in which to put it. ...
  • Jordan
    Jun 26, 2013
    Whenever I'm down or sick (word @ dis week), I usually revert to a handful of classic shows, most notably I Love Lucy and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. So, you can imagine my nerdgasm when this book informed me that auditions for MTM happened AT THE OLD LUCY STUDIO. [email protected]#$%^&*()_+AM...
  • Steve
    Jun 08, 2013
    It?s very hard to believe that it?s been over 36 years since the WJM-TV crew formed that famous group hug and then group shuffled over to get a Kleenex to end a seven year run. Full disclosure. I don?t remember if I watched that final scene live or not. In fact, I don?t remembe...
  • Diane Corradini
    Jul 01, 2013
    Great book - made me realize why I liked the Mary Tyler Moore show in the first place. It was ground-breaking for the 70's, a single career woman living in the big city of Minneapolis. Great historical perspective of the thinking of the television executives at that time and since - th...
  • Terry Collins
    Jun 16, 2013
    Unique in structure, Armstrong's research focuses on the WRITERS of the series, particularly how the producers encouraged female authors to come aboard and craft this now American classic. What's great about The Mary Tyler Moore Show is that it did push against (and sometimes break ope...
  • Blair Slavin
    Apr 10, 2016
    No matter des how influential MTM Show was to Women & TV I knew I'd liked the show, and I'm currently digging through rewatch all the shows after all these many years. I was under 10 when the show came out. So that I remember them I must have watched it as a kid with my parents...
  • Steve
    Sep 29, 2016
    This was a 'good listen' from an audiobook borrowed from Hoopla Digital. Interesting detail about the forming of one of the best shows in its time- a Golden Age of TV comedy in the early 1970s. The MTM Show, along with 'M*A*S*H*' and Norman Lear shows like 'All In The Family', 'Good Ti...