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
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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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781451659207
1451659202
9781451659221
1451659229
9781451659221
1451659237
Characteristics: x, 324 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

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cyan
Dec 27, 2018

The book is more focused on the writers of the show rather than the actors, although there are some interesting sideline stories about the actors and what was happening behind the scenes but mainly, this book is about the writers. If you're a big fan of the Mary Tyler Moore show, you might find it interesting, but if your expectations are to hear lots of stories about the actors, you may find it a little dry.
This critic sums it up for me: "In the end, a sense of full disclosure on the part of the publisher would have demanded that the book more rightfully be called Treva and Susan and Pat and Gloria—but that would have most assuredly had a lesser appeal."

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reader_007
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.

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bluehydrangea
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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