It made this long-time Mary Tyler Moore Show fan deliriously happy to see that the power of Oprah has been used for good. The powers that be over at 20th Century Fox have finally seen fit to appease the masses and release the final three seasons of the show on DVD. The first four sets became quickly available, but the final three had been stalled with no date in sight. But thanks to Oprah and her hour-long MTM lovefest this pat spring (in which she transformed her stage into WJM's newsroom and Mary's apartment and talked to the entire cast), the studio has taken notice and will put the last three sets on their DVD calendar (though an official date has yet to be set).
There have been comparisons to Liz Lemon's character and Mary Richards from The Mary Tyler Moore Show before, but last night's plot seemed to be plucked straight from the annals of MTM. Liz Lemon encounters a little person and covers for her embarrassment by trying to date the guy. It instantly reminded me of a modern twist on the "Toulousse Lautrec is One of My Favorite Artists" episode, where Mary has a nice chat with a guy, only to find out that he's a foot shorter than she is. Awkwardness ensues.
Mary Tyler Moore's tube legend, launched decades ago with the '60s great The Dick Van Dyke Show and the '70s gem The Mary Tyler Moore Show, now comes current when MTM starts playing Brooke Shields' mother on the second season of NBC's soaperrific Lipstick Jungle (Wednesday at 10 PM ET starting Sept. 24).
But what shows did Mary do in between?
Oh, you'd be surprised. And you'd be surprised how many -- possibly none of which anybody can now recall.