The Worst Episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Last Updated: Mar 14, 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.

Lou's Army Reunion

#1 - 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.

star 5.57
7 votes
Directors: Jay Sandrich
Writers: Bob Ellison
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Sue Ann Falls in Love

#2 - 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.

star 5.71
7 votes
Directors: Doug Rogers
Writers: Bob Ellison
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One Boyfriend Too Many

#3 - 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.

star 5.80
5 votes
Directors: Jay Sandrich
Writers: David Lloyd
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Mary's Three Husbands

#4 - Mary's Three Husbands

Season 7 - Episode 21

Murray, Ted and Lou fantasize about being married to Mary.

star 6.20
5 votes
Directors: Jay Sandrich
Writers: Bob Ellison
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The Happy Homemaker Takes Lou Home

#5 - 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.

star 6.22
9 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: David Lloyd
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Murray Takes a Stand

#6 - 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.

star 6.40
5 votes
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Mary Richards Falls in Love

#7 - 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'.

star 6.43
7 votes
Directors: Jay Sandrich
Writers: Ed Weinberger, Stan Daniels
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Menage-a-Lou

#8 - 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.

star 6.50
8 votes
Directors: Jay Sandrich
Writers: Bob Ellison
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What's Wrong with Swimming?

#9 - 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.

star 6.50
6 votes
Directors: Marjorie Mullen
Writers: David Lloyd
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Ted's Change of Heart

#10 - 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.

star 6.50
8 votes
Directors: Jay Sandrich
Writers: Earl Pomerantz
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One Producer Too Many

#11 - One Producer Too Many

Season 7 - Episode 6

Lou promotes Murray to co-producer against Mary's wishes to prevent him from accepting a producer's job at a rival television station.

star 6.50
4 votes
Directors: Jay Sandrich
Writers: Bob Ellison
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Marriage Minneapolis Style

#12 - 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.

star 6.56
9 votes
Directors: Jay Sandrich
Writers: Pamela Russell
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Ted's Tax Refund

#13 - 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.

star 6.60
5 votes
Directors: Marjorie Mullen
Writers: Bob Ellison
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Mary the Writer

#14 - 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.

star 6.60
5 votes
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Mary's Big Party

#15 - 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.

star 6.60
5 votes
Directors: Jay Sandrich
Writers: Bob Ellison
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What Do You Want to Do When You Produce?

#16 - What Do You Want to Do When You Produce?

Season 6 - Episode 15

Initially delighted at the chance of producing the Happy Homemaker show, Murray quickly becomes miserable when he realizes the menial tasks he has to do for Sue Ann.

star 6.63
8 votes
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Look at Us, We're Walking

#17 - 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.

star 6.67
6 votes
Directors: Jay Sandrich
Writers: Bob Ellison
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The Shame of the Cities

#18 - 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.

star 6.75
8 votes
Writers: Michael Elias
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A Reliable Source

#19 - 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.

star 6.75
4 votes
Directors: Jay Sandrich
Writers: Richard M. Powell
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Ted and the Kid

#20 - Ted and the Kid

Season 6 - Episode 24

Ted and Georgette decide to adopt a son after Ted is informed he cannot have children.

star 6.75
4 votes
Directors: Marjorie Mullen
Writers: Bob Ellison
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Mary Midwife

#21 - 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.

star 6.75
8 votes
Directors: Jay Sandrich
Writers: David Lloyd
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The Ted and Georgette Show

#22 - 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.

star 6.75
4 votes
Directors: Jay Sandrich
Writers: David Lloyd
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Romeo and Mary

#23 - 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.

star 6.82
11 votes
Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writers: Jim Mulholland, Mike Barrie
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Mary's Aunt Returns

#24 - Mary's Aunt Returns

Season 6 - Episode 21

Mary's Aunt Flo and Lou both prepare competing ideas for a TV documentary.

star 6.83
6 votes
Directors: Jay Sandrich
Writers: David Lloyd
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Lou's First Date

#25 - Lou's First Date

Season 4 - Episode 8

Lou gives Mary the task of finding him a date for an awards' ceremony. A name mix-up means that Lou winds up taking out an 80-year-old woman.

star 6.86
14 votes
Directors: Jay Sandrich
Writers: Ed Weinberger, Stan Daniels
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