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  •  Yes, fun, and I think I only saw them (2+ / 0-)
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    Naniboujou, BFSkinner

    in reruns too.

    But the Mary Tyler Moore Show was SO much better.

    Do you remember?

    It's b/c the Dick Van Dyke Show reinforced the stereotypes, and the Mary Tyler Moore Show demolished them. She was the first career woman to NOT have a steady boyfriend (ala That Girl). Theme song about making it on your own. And in one episode (iirc) a passing reference to The Pill.

    And then there was Chuckles The Clown:

    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 12:44:51 AM PST

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    •  MTM Show "So Much Better" Than Dick Van Dyke? (5+ / 0-)
      But the Mary Tyler Moore Show was SO much better....It's b/c the Dick Van Dyke Show reinforced the stereotypes, and the Mary Tyler Moore Show demolished them.
      MTM was a very good series. The Dick Van Dyke Show was funnier, better crafted, more consistent.

      As far as the other issue. Laura was on her own as a talented young dancer/performer before she met Rob Petrie. From later episodes we learn that in fact she was an excellent dancer. She decides not to resume her career, not because her place is in the home or any such baggage, but simply because she didn't want it any more, it was too exhausting. A fair decision, her unquestioned right to make one way or the other. In fact the only pressure was from the Alan Brady staff who wanted her on the show.

      Sallie Rogers was an independent career woman. Of the team: Buddy Sorrell had the tried & true old gags, Rob Petrie came up with the new inspired ideas, but it always seemed it was Sally who tied the Allan Brady Show together.

      Certainly The Dick Van Dyke Show was no manifesto or ground-breaker, but it was fair for its time. The MTM Show didn't even have the courage to portray her as a divorcee, the obvious intent, and was wildly uneven in overall execution. The revered Chuckles episode, except for one inspired moment and a couple of good laughs, is painfully mediocre.    

    •  But (0+ / 0-)

      Dick Van Dyke was funnier.

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