Monday, September 12, 2016


Poor Mom....
Poor Mom?
She has her TV shows
We love our Mary Tyler Moore

Taking inspiration from my Southern counterpart, Ivan G. Shreve, who has dedicated weekly features to the TV shows 'Mayberry RFD' and 'The Doris Day Show' (at the cost to his own sanity), I'm going to be looking at the televersion of Mary Tyler Moore every Monday... at least until I get bored.

That quote at the head of this post serves not only as the perfect introduction for the topic, but also as the first point of discussion.  

'Transparent' and 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' should share the same dimension - Earth Prime-Time.  So we can't accept that Raquel and Ali were talking about the show about a woman turning the world on with her smile.  And thanks to the way the dialogue was crafted, we don't have to.  

All they are referring to are TV shows in general, TV shows with Mary Tyler Moore involved in particular.  So while we shouldn't make connections between Ms. Moore and Mary Richards, there is still another possibility we can use: 'The Mary Tyler Moore Hour', the variety show she launched after her very successful sitcom came to a close.  

It doesn't have to be a slavish copy of the TV series we had in the real world, especially since at least one sketch dealt with the WJM TV station.  We've seen many of our TV shows have doppelgangers in Toobworld with fictitious episodes and/or guest stars which were never seen in the Trueniverse. 

And even though it did have a loose sitcom premise to it, the show really only affects the TV dimension of Skitandia.

Of course, as we'll see over the course of this weekly theme, there will be a lot more references that will be quite specific to 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show'.  And hopefully, I'll be able to come up with a decent splainin so that it won't create a Zonk.

If you have any suggestions for the 'Mary Tyler Mondays' topic, let me know!


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