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The Mary Tyler Moore Show – The Complete Fourth Season


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: D     Episodes: B



Continuing our look at The Mary Tyler Moore Show in its even-numbered seasons, the show continued to grow tighter, but this may have cut into some of the comic possibilities by The Complete Fourth Season.  Unlike the second season set, Fox has decided to not offer any extras with the 24 episodes from the 1973 – 1974 seasons.


I will leave my superlatives about the series restricted to the last review, but say they apply to this season for the most part is very valid.  The big difference by this time was the addition of Ted Baxter’s love interest Georgette, played by the great Georgia Engel.  Maybe the sweetest “airhead” character in TV history, with Engel always being omitted (even on this box!) as a regular cast member.  That was wrong and she has yet to get her due, especially here, as she added dimension to the show and stayed until the end.  Highlights include stories about Sue Ann (Betty White) running around with Phyllis’ (Cloris Leachman) husband Lars, a show with Henry Winkler as Mary deals with a congresswoman, Ted (Ted Knight) meeting Walter Cronkite and several about either personal relationships working or breaking up, plus a few about WJM employees potentially moving on to bigger TV outfits.  There may be more of the latter than there should have been, but the show’s top-rate writing, acting and comedy saw it through.


The full frame 1.33 X 1 image was shot on film and is still colorful, but not as much as the second season ser.  Despite some detail limits, the video black, depth in many shots and range of solid colors can still be stunning.  Cinematographer Pat Uhl created one of the all-time great classic TV show looks and deserves more credit for it.  This time, the opening credits look a few generations down and even like analog transfers!  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is fuller and richer than expected, music, dialogue and all like before, but the lack of extras makes no sense.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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