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The Mary Tyler Moore Show – The Complete Sixth Season (1975 – 1976/Fox DVD)


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



Though we have not seen any Phyllis DVD sets announced, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda (via Shout! Factory, reviewed elsewhere on this site), continue to roll out.  Now comes The Mary Tyler Moore Show with The Complete Sixth Season and many consider it the peak of the series by virtue of the show hitting its stride and because it includes the legendary Chuckles The Clown episode.  For our previous coverage of earlier seasons, try these links:


Season Two



Season Four



Season Five




You get all 24 episodes over 3-DVDs and the storylines get ever more character-focused.  Guest stars include Pricilla Morrill as Lou Grant’s ex-wife getting remarried, Penny Marshall, Mary Kay Place, Bill Zuckert, Dian Parkinson, Eileen Heckart as Mary’s Aunt Flo, John Harkins (from Dark Shadows) as the priest at Chuckle’s funeral, Mackenzie Phillips, Phillip R. Allen, Tamu Blackwell, John Ritter, Beverly Garland, David Groh (in a Rhoda cross-over show), Ted Bessell from That Girl in a coy piece of casting as a new boyfriend for Mary, Beth Howland, Connie Sawyer, Wynn Irwin, Titos Vandis, Michael Tolan back as an old flame of Mary’s, Dabney Coleman, Jeff Conaway, Janis Paige, Edward Winter, Patricia Estrin and Robbie Rist.


Other highlights include Ted and his taxes, Ted and Georgette having children and Murray having his own issues.  It was another really good season and though they were doing great, you could feel they were peaking and it could not last forever.


The full frame 1.33 X 1 image was shot on film and is still colorful, but that color is closer to the last season than the Second we looked at, plus the image is clean and on the clear side.  There are some detail and softness issues here and there, plus the episodes are a little uneven throughout, but this is color rich enough to offset the flaws.  Director of Photography William T. Cline, A.S.C, continued to make the show look great.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is fuller and richer than expected, music, dialogue and all like before, but there can be more compression more often this time around.


And there are no extras.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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