Monday, December 7, 2009

Mr. Grannnnnnt!

When I was growing up, I liked to watch Marlo Thomas in That Girl. But I wanted to be Mary Richards from Mary Tyler Moore.

I rented all the MTM episodes this fall from Netflix, in order by season, and was pleasantly surprised at how well they've held up through time. In fact, in some ways they were more enjoyable, because I was relating to them as an adult, not a tween or teenager. Before Sex and the City, there was Mary, Rhoda and Phyllis. Not as raunchy or sexually explicit, but sexually active and single in the city. Mary was classy, independent, strong, had a fabulous apartment, and she had a rewarding job she turned into a career. She had fabulous clothes. She was loyal to her friends. I had little idea at the time I was watching in the '70s what a subliminal influence Mary was, but when I look back on it now, I see parallels. I moved to the city. Worked in the media. Am a clothes horse......

17 comments:

Tricia McWhorter said...

The past few times I've come from the hairdresser my "do" has been decidedly "Mary Tyler Moore". Years ago I would have killed for this flip. Now...not so sure. Actually, Rhoda was always my favorite of the girls. She's the one I envied the most.

Eva Gallant said...

That was a great show. I'll always remember Rhoda's quip about eating chocolate: "I might as well apply it directly to my hips!"

Life Laugh Latte said...

"You're Gonna Make It Afterall!" I loved it too! Holly:)

strokeofliving said...

Netflix is great and so was the Mary Tyler Moore show.

Secretia said...

She was the best role model on television.

Christiejolu said...

You know I vaguely remember That Girl. My Mom used to watch it. But I was little. But I ahve to say I do love Netflix!

ReformingGeek said...

That sounds like fun. Go Mary!

plainolebob said...

Amy, now I know why I am the way I am, sublimaly, I watched to much Mr.Ed, and Giligans Island, go figure.
BIG HUGS

Aunt Juicebox said...

I loved Mary. I've refrained from renting the old shows I loved as a kid, because the few I have rented I've always thought, what the heck was I thinking??

Tam said...

I LOVED The MTM Show! I also loved Bob Newhart; they were the two shows our whole family could agree on. I remember sitting together and laughing with my Dad, but secretly thinking "I bet when he's at work, he's exactly like Mr. Grant!!" I can still remember that last episode, and my mom all teary eyed (with her frosted bouffant).

My name is PJ. said...

I wanted the big "M" for my wall and it's not even my initial! I watched all the spin-off shows too, but nothing compared to the magic of that cast working together. I wonder how many of those episodes are on 'play now' on Netflix....I'm going to have to check it out!

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Sam said...

Hi There, WOW, I thought I was the only one on the internet who grew up watching That Girl. I thought she was fabulous and remember one episode when she said she had a little over $200.00 in the bank. I was so WOW'd by that and dreamed some day I too would have $200.00 in the bank. Ha.. that's about what I have in there as a matter of fact. LOL.. thanks for sharing. Great blog. Happy Holidays, Keri

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Tony nile life said...

Came on thought you were from my neck of the woods. Wye valley

reading your blog . how easily we are fooled by names. sex in the city, before that did they only have sex in the sticks. or was that Mr ed the talking horse, mind you cant say owt on that subject look at Pig. the best ever film to come out of the uk.

SPEAKING FROM THE CRIB said...

i grew up loving MTM and rhoda and phyllis. in college i watched in her the dick van dyke show too. something about her that i love.

wanted to ask if you would be a top blog of the week for me? just shoot me an email if you are interested speakingfromthecrib@yahoo.com. it's ok if you are not too :)

wendy said...

I bet that would be so fun to watch those. I loved watching them back in the day as well. I never watched Sex in the City.
I have settled for sex in the country (tee,hee) and no longer a cloths horse as no where to wear them. Pretty much t-shirts, jeans and boots. but throw on some lip gloss and it helps.
have a great Christmas

ChrisJ said...

I remember the clothes and the hair. They were always what I wanted.

Good memories!