Rhoda which began in the fall of 1974, began each episode (at least the 1st season) with Valerie Harper stating: "My name is Rhoda Morgenstern. I was born in the Bronx, New York in December, 1941. I've always felt responsible for World War II. The first thing I remember liking that liked me back was food. I had a bad puberty, it lasted 17 years. I'm a high school graduate, I went to art school. My entrance exam was on a book of matches. I decided to move out of the house when I was 24, my mother still refers to this as the time I ran away from home. Eventually I ran to Minneapolis where it's cold, and I figured I'd keep better. Now I'm back in Manhattan. New York, this is your last chance!" Rhoda is the successful spin-off to the classic The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
Rhoda and Brenda have to take their mother on her very first trip to the doctor, a visit that mama Ida faces with a combination of fear and embarrassment.
Bored with her life, Rhoda's mother Ida decides to become a "now" woman and surprises Rhoda and Brenda by announcing she's launched a whole new career.
Brenda decides to break out of her "nice, warm rut" by moving to San Francisco, a plan that isn't discouraged by Rhoda, but one that Joe thinks is rotten.
Mary Richards shows up unexpectedly and throws a monkey wrench into Rhoda's and Joe's plans for a long-awaited weekend alone at Cape Cod.Watch Now:Amazon
At Ida's insistence, Rhoda talks Joe into asking her father for the money he needs to save his business, but then is surprised to learn things about her dad's financial state that are news to even her mother.
Joe pops the question, but it's not exactly the one Rhoda wants to hear. Instead of "Will you marry me?" it's "How about living together?"
Brenda enjoys the luxury of having two boyfriends, Gary and Benny, competing for her attention until they both show up for a date on the same night.
Rhoda has one little problem with money; she doesn't have any, and it's forcing her window-dressing firm out of business.
Rhoda plans a wildly impulsive act to demonstrate to her estranged husband Joe that she's far from being a dull person.
Brenda has a short-lived engagement with a prosperous young man who owns three McDonald's franchises.
Brenda is in the final running for the First Security Bank Girl.
Distracted by visitors who keep interrupting her work at home, Rhoda opens an office and soon learns about the problems faced by a woman launching her own business.
Rhoda has difficulty finding an apartment in New York City and finally moves into the one place she never even considered--her parents' apartment.Watch Now:Amazon
Business is booming at Rhoda's window-dressing firm, due partly to her creative sketches, but also because of Myrna Morgenstern's "persuasive" sales pitches, something which Rhoda puts an end to.
Against his better judgment, Joe hires Nick, Brenda's obnoxious boyfriend, to become a wrecker at his demolition firm.
Sally's former husband brings good news and bad news: the good news--he's getting married again; the bad news--he'd like Sally to consider accepting a reduction in alimony.
That rotten job Brenda felt she held at the bank looks like a rose garden after she quits being a teller and is faced with the thorns of unemployment.
After Rhoda and Joe are robbed, Rhoda blames the mishap on Carlton's lack of ability to handle his job, causing Carlton to be fired.