Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted

Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted

And All the Brilliant Minds Who Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show A Classic

Book - 2013 | First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
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The behind-the-scenes story of the making of the classic television series offers insight into how the influential show reflected changing American perspectives and was a first situation comedy to employ numerous women as writers and producers.
Contents: The comeback (1961-70)
The producers (1969-70)
Not quite making it yet (1970)
Casting call (1970)
Technical difficulties (1970)
The woman problem (1970)
Pulling through (1970-71)
Success (1971-72)
Girl's club (1970-73)
The writers wore hotpants (1972-1974)
Pot and the pill (1972-73)
The Georgia and Betty story (1972-74)
Girl, this time you're all alone (1974)
The best job of their lives (1975-77)
Leaving Camelot (1977-present)
Making it on their own (1977-present)
Mary,Rhoda, and the modern girl
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
Branch Call Number: 791.4572 M393ar
Characteristics: x, 324 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781451659207


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Feb 06, 2017

I read this book to the bitter end; I thought it was a bit "fawning" over the actors, the writers, the producers, and everyone else involved in the show. I gave a big sigh of relief at the end. I would agree that one should not spend a great deal of time on this book. There's little reward, though I did enjoy some of the anecdotal stories.

Mar 28, 2014

Some parts of this rather long book were really enjoyable and revealing. It's mired in detail though, and there's a slimmer, more readable story in here that could have been a classic - with a really good edit. So many strands and personnel that I had to resist a strong urge to give up reading, several times along the way! Probably the only reason I didn't (give up) was the strong start, about the early years of the show. My advice: read the beginning and skip through the rest.


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