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The Mary Tyler Moore Show Opening and Closing Theme 1970 - 1977



The Mary Tyler Moore Show (also known simply by the name of the show's star, Mary Tyler Moore) is an American television sitcom created by James L. Brooks and Allan Burns that aired on CBS from 1970 to 1977. The program was a television breakthrough, with the first never-married, independent career woman as the central character: "As Mary Richards, a single woman in her thirties, Moore presented a character different from other single TV women of the time. She was not widowed or divorced or seeking a man to support her." It has also been cited as "one of the most acclaimed television programs ever produced" in US television history. It received high praise from critics, including Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series three years in a row (1975?77), and continued to be honored long after the final episode aired. The opening title sequence features many scenes filmed on location in Minneapolis in both summer and winter, as well as a few clips from the show's studio scenes. The sequence changed each season, but always ended with Mary tossing her hat at an intersection in downtown Minneapolis. The hat toss was ranked by Entertainment Weekly as the second greatest moment in television. On May 8, 2002, Moore was in attendance when cable TV network TV Land dedicated a statue to her that captured her iconic throw. In 2010, TV Guide ranked the show's opening title sequence No. 3 on a list of TV's top 10 credits sequences, as selected by readers. The theme song played during the opening, "Love Is All Around," was written and performed by Sonny Curtis.

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2 Comments

Reply TeeVees Greatest
5:14 AM on October 20, 2015 
Your most welcome Heather! Thanks so much for stopping by sweetie! Sorry for the late reply x

Heather Ferreira says...
This series was and remains a thing of beauty. No matter what mood I'm in, when I watch the opening and see Mary toss her beret, or the ending, and see her walk hand in hand away from us down a darkened city sidewalk with her then-husband Grant Tinker, I cry like a little kid all over again. James Brooks and Allan Burns were GENIUS. This show was special. Apart from the rest. I can only bow down to it. It's a shining example of how Hollywood worked when we observed the Hays Code and knew what the hell we were doing. I'm in Hollywood, working now, and I am bringing this era back if it kills me. Thanks for posting these screen gems, TV's Greatest!
Reply Heather Ferreira
1:39 AM on June 7, 2015 
This series was and remains a thing of beauty. No matter what mood I'm in, when I watch the opening and see Mary toss her beret, or the ending, and see her walk hand in hand away from us down a darkened city sidewalk with her then-husband Grant Tinker, I cry like a little kid all over again. James Brooks and Allan Burns were GENIUS. This show was special. Apart from the rest. I can only bow down to it. It's a shining example of how Hollywood worked when we observed the Hays Code and knew what the hell we were doing. I'm in Hollywood, working now, and I am bringing this era back if it kills me. Thanks for posting these screen gems, TV's Greatest!

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