Mary Richards (Moore) is a single woman who, at age 30, moves to Minneapolis, Minnesota after breaking off a relationship with her boyfriend of two years. She applies for a secretarial job at TV station WJM-TV, only to find it has already been filled. To her surprise, she is offered the position of associate producer for the Six O'Clock News (which pays $10 a week less than the job she originally sought). 
 
At work, she befriends her tough-but-likeable boss Lou Grant (played by Edward Asner), sympathetic, long-suffering newswriter Murray Slaughter (Gavin MacLeod), and buffoonish anchorman Ted Baxter (Ted Knight). Mary's other acquaintances and friends include upstairs neighbor Rhoda Morgenstern (Valerie Harper), a self-deprecating, ex-New Yorker who becomes her best friend, their self-involved landlady Phyllis Lindstrom (Cloris Leachman) and her precocious daughter Bess (Lisa Gerritsen). Characters introduced later are the acerbic, man-hungry host of WJM's cooking program, The Happy Homemaker, Sue Ann Nivens (Betty White), and sweet-natured, soft-spoken Georgette Franklin (Georgia Engel), Ted Baxter's girlfriend and then wife.

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Phyllis

Dates: September 11, 1975 - March 13, 1977
This Television Series is inspired by The Mary Tyler Moore Show
"Phyllis" is a spinoff from the television series "The Mary Tyler Moore Show".
Rhoda

Rhoda

Date: September 9, 1974
This Television Series is inspired by The Mary Tyler Moore Show
"Rhoda" is a spinoff of the television series "The Mary Tyler Moore Show".

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Doctor Little Man part of The New Adventures of Old Christine Season 5

The New Adventures of Old Christine:
Season: 5 / Episode: 5

Doctor Little Man

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This Television Episode refers to The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Matthew makes fun of Christine's choice of clothing for her first day working for him. He jokes that she looks like she is dressed like a character from the Mary Tyler Moore Show.

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The Mary Tyler Moore Show Season 5 1974

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