The Mary Tyler Moore Show Season 5
by Phil Boatwright

Winner of 29 Emmy Awards® including three for Outstanding Comedy Series and three Golden Globe Awards®, this groundbreaking series consistently ranked among television's top-rated programs during its seven-year run. USA Today called it “One of the best shows ever to air on TV.” I must agree with that assessment. For me, it’s right up there with The Honeymooners, The Odd Couple, The Dick Van Dyke Show and Laugh In as some of the funniest programming to hit the airwaves. (Oh, yeah, and Lucy, too.)

Like comfort food, there’s comfort TV and Mary Tyler Moore has become an old friend. Mary and Lou and Ted and Rhoda are characters who make you laugh, but are also folks you’d like to know. Even Ted, for while he is a bombastic and buffoonish, he’s also childlike.

Season Five debuts October 6 as a collectible three-disc DVD set from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Audiences follow the daily trials and tribulations of Mary Richards, an up-and-coming associate producer at WJM-TV fighting to make a place for herself in a man's world. At work, she befriends her tough-but-lovable boss Lou Grant (Edward Asner; Up), compassionate long-suffering news writer Murray Slaughter (Gavin MacLeod; The Love Boat) and pretentious anchorman Ted Baxter (Ted Knight). In this fifth season, Mary and her hilariously eccentric friends at WJM-TV weather a few storms -- sometimes literally. If her love life isn't challenging enough, Mary takes a crack at producing the news, and even has a brush with the law! Laughs are the lead story when a consultant turns the newsroom on its ear, Lou becomes Mary's neighbor, and Ted starts a rumor that he and Mary are dating.

I have several seasons of the show and look forward to getting Season 5, one of their best.