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A Debt of Gratitude: Mary Tyler Moore built the foundation of modern television

 

The day Mary Tyler Moore died, I was sitting in a television studio in the appropriately named Studio City California watching a taping of a CBS sitcom.

Wandering around the studio I came across a plaque on the wall; eerily this very studio was built by Mary Tyler Moore and the show named after her was filmed there. She was not a creation of television, she was one of the creators of modern television as we know it. Without her vision and business savvy as a producer, modern comedy and modern culture would be missing its foundation.

Mary Tyler _ Ken Reid

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Her comedy chops and quirky anxious confidence on screen have been paid tribute to and well documented by smarter and more successful people than I am, but it can never be understated. The reason we always see The Mary Tyler Moore Show listed at the very top of “Best (fill in the blank) Television Shows” is because it deserves to be and will never be topped. Classics like “Chuckles Bites the Dust” live up the hype and despite the fashions, the show will forever remain timeless.

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