The WORST Episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Aug 25, 2019
The Mary Tyler Moore Show was one of the most literate, realistic, and enduring situation comedies of the 1970s. Mary Richards was the idealized single career woman. She had come to Minneapolis after breaking up with a man she had been dating for four years. Ambitious, and looking for new friends, she moved into an older apartment building and went to work as an assistant producer of the local news show on television station WJM-TV. In her early 30s, Mary symbolized the independent woman of the 1970s.
#1 - Sue Ann Falls in Love
Season 6 - Episode 23
Sue Ann has fallen in love, but her new boyfriend is less scrupulous than he first seems.
#2 - One Boyfriend Too Many
Season 6 - Episode 14
Mary's old flame Dan Whitfield, who once proposed to her, returns to Minneapolis and she's forced to choose between him and her current boyfriend.
#3 - Lou's Army Reunion
Season 7 - Episode 15
Lou desperately wants to find a way to return a favor to an army buddy but is distraught when he asks Lou to fix him up on a date with Mary.
#4 - Mary's Three Husbands
Season 7 - Episode 21
Murray, Ted and Lou fantasize about being married to Mary.
#5 - Mary Richards Falls in Love
Season 6 - Episode 11
Mary is convinced she has really fallen in love, but her boyfriend seems reluctant in saying those three magic words, 'I love you'.
#6 - Ted's Change of Heart
Season 7 - Episode 5
Ted suffers a heart attack on the air and for the next few days becomes conscious of how precious life is.
#7 - Marriage Minneapolis Style
Season 5 - Episode 20
Ted pops the question to Georgette at Murray's 20th wedding anniversary party and then gets cold feet.
#8 - The Happy Homemaker Takes Lou Home
Season 6 - Episode 13
Sue Ann gets Mary to ask Lou out on a date on her behalf. Lou accepts, not realizing who Mary's 'friend' is.
#9 - Ted's Tax Refund
Season 6 - Episode 12
Ted is overjoyed when he gets a tax refund and splurges out on everyone at the newsroom, but is later shocked when the IRS informs him that he will be audited.
#10 - Mary the Writer
Season 7 - Episode 2
Mary decides to take a creative writing course, and is less than delighted with the criticism Lou levels at her efforts.
#11 - Menage-a-Lou
Season 6 - Episode 19
Lou almost ruins one of Mary's parties when his old girlfriend, Charlene Maguire, arrives with a date. He tries to make her jealous by taking out one of Mary's neighbors.
#12 - Murray Takes a Stand
Season 6 - Episode 20
Murray is unhappy with the new station owner's policies and tells him off over the phone one evening. However, the station owner fires him the following day.
#13 - What's Wrong with Swimming?
Season 7 - Episode 4
Mary hires a new sportscaster who refuses to cover any sports but swimming and is faced with the prospect of firing her.
#14 - The Shame of the Cities
Season 5 - Episode 19
Lou wants to research his own news story now that Mary's producer and decides to launch a major investigation on a city councilor only to discover that he is completely honest.
#15 - A Reliable Source
Season 6 - Episode 22
Mary learns that an old friend seeking re-election to Congress had financial help from the mob. Lou threatens to use the story on the air.
#16 - Ted and the Kid
Season 6 - Episode 24
Ted and Georgette decide to adopt a son after Ted is informed he cannot have children.
#17 - Mary Midwife
Season 7 - Episode 1
Georgette gives birth at Mary's dinner party. With the hospital and doctor too far away, Lou and Mary help deliver the baby.
#18 - The Ted and Georgette Show
Season 7 - Episode 16
Ted and Georgette successfully audition for their own variety show, which becomes a big hit, but Georgette eventually finds that she would prefer being a wife and mother.
#19 - Romeo and Mary
Season 3 - Episode 19
Rhoda introduces Mary to a very irritating Warren Sturges, who tries everything including a giant billboard across the road from the WJM-TV offices to get her to accept his marriage proposal.
#20 - Mary's Aunt Returns
Season 6 - Episode 21
Mary's Aunt Flo and Lou both prepare competing ideas for a TV documentary.
#21 - Mary's Big Party
Season 7 - Episode 22
Mary has planned a fancy party at her apartment, with a mystery guest of honor, but the power in the building goes before he arrives.
#22 - Almost a Nun's Story
Season 4 - Episode 14
Georgette finds Ted making out with a woman in his dressing room. She then decides to enter a nunnery, but the head nun talks her out of it.
#23 - Mary's Insomnia
Season 7 - Episode 11
Mary is having trouble sleeping and resorts to pills, which has Lou concerned that she's become addicted to them.
#24 - Look at Us, We're Walking
Season 7 - Episode 13
Mary and Lou threaten to quit after the new station manager refuses to give them a raise.
#25 - Lou Douses an Old Flame
Season 6 - Episode 10
Lou meets up with a woman who had sent him a 'Dear John' letter during World War II but is disappointed to learn her motives for doing so.