Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted

  • by Jennifer Armstrong
  • Narrated by Amy Landon
  • 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Mary Tyler Moore made her name as Dick Van Dyke's wife on the eponymous show; she was a cute, unassuming housewife that audiences loved. But when screenwriters James Brooks and Allan Burnes dreamed up an edgy show about a divorced woman with a career, network executives replied: "Americans won't watch television about New York City, divorcées, men with mustaches, or Jews." But Moore and her team were committed, and when the show finally aired, in spite of tepid reviews, fans loved it.
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong introduces listeners to the show's creators; its principled producer, Grant Tinker; and the writers and actors who attracted millions of viewers. As the first situation comedy to employ numerous women as writers and producers, The Mary Tyler Moore Show became a guiding light for women in the 1970s. The show also became the centerpiece of one of greatest evenings of comedy in television history, and Jennifer Keishin Armstrong describes how the television industry evolved during these golden years.


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The Narrator Came from the Ted Baxter School ...

The book is interesting, especially for those of us who were ther. It is unfortunate that the reader detracts so much from the story. Her simpleton lilting voice (which unfortunately lilts in the wrong places) is bad enough, but her awkward attempt to voice characters is painful. If you are interested in this book, spare yourself and buy the written or e-book.
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- Eileen

Good story but pathetic narration

Really interesting background information - for fans of the show as well as TV production in general. However, this narrator needs to do her homework - I would be interested to know how she got this job, as she clearly had no knowledge of the subject matter. First, she mispronounces common words such as "demurred" (at least 3 times) - but the problems really arose when she mispronounced the last name of Suzanne Pleshette as well as Captain Stubing (Gavin McLeod on The Love Boat). I find it incredibly disrespectful of the entire process - if the narrator can't be bothered to learn about the subject matter, where are the editors? Just sad.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-10-2013
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio