How Well Do You Remember "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"?

By: Jane Andrews
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
How Well Do You Remember "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"?
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About This Quiz

"The Mary Tyler Moore Show" was a groundbreaking sitcom for more reasons that one. In addition to being the first show to positively portray an unmarried career woman, it also focused on then-racy subjects such as premarital sex, homosexuality, marital infidelity and divorce. The talented ensemble cast created a family within a workplace, which became a theme adopted by many successful shows to follow, including "WKRP in Cincinnati," "Cheers," "30 Rock" and "The Office." 

Audiences fell in love with the strong and independent Mary Richards, her sassy best friend, Rhoda, her gruff but lovable boss, Lou, and her witty coworker, Murray. They also loved to laugh at colorful characters like the halfwitted anchorman Ted, the snobby Phyllis Lindstrom, the man-hungry TV host Sue Ann and the ditzy Georgette Franklin. The show spawned a number of successful spin-offs after just a few years on the air and became an indelible part of America's pop-culture landscape.

It's been 50 years since "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" first hit the airwaves — how much do you remember about the innovative, award-winning sitcom? This quiz will test your knowledge of all aspects of the series, from its characters and plot lines to its most memorable (and hilarious!) quotes. Hats off to you if you can answer these questions correctly!

1 full name What's the full name of Mary Tyler Moore's character?
Mary Richards
In the first episode of the TV series, Mary Richards is introduced as a newly single 30-year-old woman who is looking for a fresh start after breaking off an engagement with her fiancé.
Mary Moore
Mary Petrie
Mary Richardson

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2 minneapolis Where does "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" take place?
New York City
Los Angeles
Minneapolis
For the majority of the show, Mary Richards lives in a third-floor studio apartment within a quaint 19th-century house. Once fans discovered the real Minneapolis house that was used for the show' exterior shots, it became a popular Minneapolis tourist spot.
Cincinatti

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30 theme song 2 Which of the following is not a line from the show's theme song?
"Who can take a nothing day and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile?"
"Love is all around, no need to waste it."
"You're gonna make it after all."
"You're the architect of your dreams."
"Love Is All Around" was released as a single in 1970, and then again in 1980 on Sonny Curtis's album, "Love Is All Around." The latter version featured a country arrangement and reached number 29 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.

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3 TV station Do you remember the name of the TV station Mary works for?
WJM
Although Mary initially applies for a secretarial position at WJM, she is offered a job as associate producer of "The Six O'Clock News." She's promoted to producer in the show's fifth season.
MTM
QYZ
WKRP

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4 lou grant Lou Grant is called "Lou" by everyone in the newsroom except Mary. What does she call him?
Louie
Mr. Grant
While Lou and Mary became very close during the run of the show, their relationship was never romantic. Lou does briefly date Rhoda, however, in the season four episode, "Lou's Second Date."
Boss
Mr. Producer

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5 lou grant 2 When he meets Mary for the first time, what does Lou say he both loves and hates about her?
She has moxie.
She has pep.
She has spunk.
Lou says this to his new hire Mary in the first episode of the series, which is entitled "Love Is All Around." "Love Is All Around" is also the name of the show's popular opening theme song.
She has sass.

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6 sue anne nivens What is the name of the WJM show hosted by Sue Anne Nivens?
"The Happy Homemaker"
Played by legendary TV actress Betty White, Sue Anne Nivens makes her first appearance in the fourth season of the series. White won two best supporting actress Emmys for the role.
"The Beautiful Baker"
"The Kitchen Countess"
"The Cheerful Cook"

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7 lou grant actor Who plays Mary's boss, Lou Grant?
Wilford Brimley
Don Ameche
Ed Asner
Ed Asner won five Emmy Awards for his portrayal of Lou Grant — three for best supporting actor in a comedy on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and two as best lead actor in a drama for "Lou Grant."
Ted Knight

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8 murray Can you tell us what Murray's job was at WJM?
Sports writer
News writer
The character of Murray Slaughter appeared in all seven seasons of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." He was played by Gavin MacLeod, a prolific character actor who famously went on to star as Captain Merrill Stubing in "The Love Boat."
Weatherman
Cameraman

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9 rhoda How about Mary's neighbor and best friend, Rhoda. What does she do for a living?
Hair stylist
Tarot card reader
Window dresser
The sassy and stylish Rhoda Morgenstern, played by Valerie Harper, appeared as a regular on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show " until the character was given a spin-off in 1974. "Rhoda" ran from 1974 until 1978.
Model

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10 georgette Ted Baxter is the dim-witted news anchor at WJM. What is the name of his girlfriend?
Bess
Florence
Edie
Georgette
In the sixth season episode, "Ted's Wedding," Ted and Georgette end up getting married in a hasty ceremony at Mary's apartment. The episode is also notable because it features John Ritter in a pre-"Three's Company" appearance as the reverend who marries them.

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11 chuckles the clown In a famous episode from the show's sixth season, the gang has trouble keeping a straight face when the station's resident clown dies in a freak accident. What was the name of the clown?
Chuckles
"Chuckles Bites the Dust" is considered by many to be one of the best episodes of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." It was also considered groundbreaking, as it was the first comedy to deal with the subject of death in a humorous, but inoffensive, way.
Krusty
Bozo
Blinko

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12 lars What did Lars, Phyllis's husband, do for a living?
Plastic surgeon
Dermatologist
In the spin-off series "Phyllis," it's revealed that Dr. Lars Lindstrom passed away, leaving Phyllis and his daughter penniless. The pair move to San Francisco and move in with Lars's mother, which serves as the premise for the new show.
Dentist
Therapist

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13 series finale In the show's series finale, everyone is fired from the station except one character. Who is not let go?
Lou Grant
Mary Richards
Murray Slaughter
Ted Baxter
"The Last Show" aired on March 19, 1977. Considered a funny yet poignant final episode, it was reportedly considered the gold standard of sitcom finales by a number of well-known TV professionals, including the creators of "Friends."

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14 chuckles the clown 2 Do you remember the ridiculous way in which the TV station's clown died?
He choked on a rubber chicken.
He dies in a clown car crash.
He is suffocated by a clown mask.
He is crushed by an elephant.
While dressed as Peter Peanut for a circus parade, Chuckles the Clown is crushed by an elephant (the incident occurs off-screen). After scolding her co-workers for making jokes about the freak accident, Mary is unable to control her own laughter at the funeral.

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15 ted and georgette kid Ted and Georgette decide to adopt a child in season six because they are having trouble conceiving. What happens after the adoption?
Georgette wins the lottery.
Georgette becomes pregnant.
Ted and Georgette's adopted 12-year-old son, David, was played by child actor Robbie Rist. Rist appeared in a number of notable shows in the '70s, including "The Brady Bunch" and "The Bionic Woman."
Ted breaks his back.
Ted has an affair.

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16 teddy award Mary wins an award in a season three episode. Do you remember what the award was called?
Teddy Award
Reportedly, Mary Tyler Moore counted this episode, called "Put On a Happy Face," as one of her favorites. Before winning the coveted award, Mary experiences a series of unfortunate (and hilarious) events.
Freddy Award
Betty Award
Raspberry Award

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17 marys bad parties There's a running gag throughout the show about which of the following things?
Mary's inability to cook
Mary's bad parties
While she always tried to be a good hostess, something always went wrong when Mary threw a party. These incidents included running out of food for the guests and having the power go out.
Mary's big feet
Mary's inability to sing

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18 phyllis Who was Mary's landlord at the start of the show?
Florence
Phyllis
Played by Cloris Leachman, the stuck-up Phyllis Lindstrom appeared on the show until the beginning of season five. The character then moved on to a spin-off, which ran for two seasons.
Lisa
Marie

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19 mary in jail Mary goes to jail in a notable episode from season five. What was she jailed for?
Stealing office supplies
Assaulting Sue Ann
Refusing to name a source
Entitled "Will Mary Richards Go to Jail?" this episode received an Emmy Award for outstanding writing in a comedy series. It aired on Sept. 14, 1974, as the show's season premiere.
Disorderly conduct

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20 rhoda dept store Which of the following department stores did Rhoda work at?
Gimbels
Bloomies
Hempel's
Rhoda starts to work at the fictional Hempel's after being fired from Bloomfield's Department Store. She also participates in a beauty contest at Hempel's during the show's third season.
Lord & Taylor

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21 sleeping pill addiction The show tackles the subject of addiction in season seven. What does Mary become addicted to?
Marijuana
Alcohol
Sleeping pills
In the episode entitled "Mary's Insomnia," which first aired on Dec. 4, 1976, Lou expresses his concern for Mary when she begins taking sleeping pills every night to help her sleep.
Pain killers

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22 marys parents What were the names of Mary's parents?
Dottie and Walter
Mary's parents made their first appearance in the season three episode "Just Around the Corner." Played by Nanette Fabray and Bill Quinn, the pair move into a house around the corner from Mary and start meddling in her personal life.
Joan and James
Judy and Gerald
Marie and Max

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23 chuckles the clown death Some of the episode's funniest lines came from the gang's jokes about the TV station's clown and his demise. Which of the following is not a quote from the show?
"Born in a trunk, died in a trunk.”
"Could have been worse. He could have gone as Billy Banana and had a gorilla peel him to death."
"You know how hard it is to stop after just one peanut."
"It really was a nutty way to die."
In addition to jokes about Chuckles' death, this episode also features the hilarious "Credo of the Clown" poem, as recited by both Ted and the reverend at Chuckles' funeral. It goes, "A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants."

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24 theme song Do you remember the name of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" theme song?
"You're Gonna Make It After All"
"You've Got It Made"
"Love Is All Around"
While parts of the show's opening sequence changed as the years went on, it always ended with Mary's famous hat toss. The theme song, which was written and performed by Sonny Curtis, also remained the same.
"Love Is Where You Find It"

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25 spinoffs How many spin-offs did "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" launch?
1
2
3
"Rhoda," "Phyllis" and "Lou Grant" were the three TV series spun off from "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." While "Rhoda" and "Phyllis" were both 30-minute sitcoms like their mother show, "Lou Grant" was a one-hour drama.
4

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26 walter cronkite cameo Which famous real-life news anchor made a cameo appearance on the show?
Walter Cronkite
Walter Cronkite made an appearance in the season four episode, "Ted Baxter Meets Walter Cronkite," which aired in 1974. In the episode, it's revealed that Cronkite is Ted Baxter's idol.
Chet Huntley
Dan Rather
David Brinkley

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27 bess Do you remember the name of Phyllis's daughter?
Bess
Bess Lindstrom appeared on both "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and the spin-off "Phyllis." She was played by child actress Lisa Gerritsen, who also appeared on popular TV shows like "Gunsmoke" and "Family Affair."
Betty
Beth
Barbara

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28 gordy Can you tell us the name of WJM's weatherman?
Grant
Gordy
Gordon "Gordy" Howard made a number of appearances during the first three seasons of the show, and once again in season seven. He was played John Amos, who starred in the sitcom "Good Times" and the acclaimed 1977 miniseries "Roots."
Gordo
Georgie

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29 rhodas parents What were Rhoda's parents named?
Martin and Ida
Played by Harold Gould and Nancy Walker, Martin and Ida Morgenstern made a number of appearances on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and were regulars on the spin-off "Rhoda."
George and Martha
Matthew and Judy
Boris and Bea

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31 season 7 premiere What happens during Mary's dinner party in the seventh season premiere?
Murray has a panic attack.
Ted passes out.
Georgette goes into labor.
Mary and Lou are forced to deliver Georgette's baby when she unexpectedly goes into labor during the episode "Mary Midwife." In honor of the two, Ted and Georgette name their newborn girl Mary Lou.
Sue Ann gets drunk.

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32 sue ann affair Who does Sue Ann have an affair with?
Murray
Phyllis's husband
In the fourth season premiere "The Lars Affair," Phyllis is shocked when she discovers that her husband is having an affair with Sue Ann. This episode Marks Betty White's first appearance on the show.
Ted
Mary's brother

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33 mr coleman Do you remember the name of the station manager who fires everyone in the series' finale?
Mr. Jones
Mr. Baxter
Mr. Coleman
Mr. Coleman was played by the acclaimed, Oscar-nominated actor Vincent Gardenia, who also appeared as a regular on the show "All in the Family" and in movies such as "Death Wish" and "Moonstruck."
Mr. Wilson

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34 ida morgenstern Which of the following characters did not appear in the show's series finale?
Rhoda
Phyllis
Georgette
Ida Morgenstern
After learning about the WJM staff being let go, Lou flies Rhoda and Phyllis to Minneapolis to cheer Mary up. Still starring on their spin-off shows, Valerie Harper and Cloris Leachman returned as guest stars for the highly anticipated finale.

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35 premiere date Can you tell us the year that "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" premiered?
1969
1970
"The Mary Tyler Moore Show" debuted on CBS on Sept. 19, 1970. Prior to landing her own series, Moore starred as Laura Petrie on the "The Dick Van Dyke Show" from 1961 to 1966.
1972
1974

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