The Mary Tyler Moore Show

“Who can turn the world on with her smile? Who can take a nothing day, and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile?”
Those word opened on of the most critically and publicly acclaimed sitcoms in American TV history. The Mary Tyler Moore Show debuted on September 19, 1970, and left the air of its own volition seven years later.
It’s truly a show for the ages. Though it was filmed with 1970’s fashion in full force, the writing and acting make it rise above the stereotypical hiphugger jeans and wide white belts.
Created by James L. Brooks and Allan Burns, the show took advantage of the burgeoning Women’s Liberation movement and put a female firmly in control of her own life at the center stage.

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Jump the Shark

littleshark.gifOkay, it’s late, and a deadline is approaching . . . what’s a writer to do?
Well, he falls back on an old favorite site of his that has not been covered: Jump the Shark!
Today’s FamilyFirst site is indeed Jump the Shark, and if you haven’t heard of the concept, I’m surprised. Jumping the shark has made its way into mainstream lingo on TV, radio, and office watercooler discussions.
Here’s what’s going on: In the late 1970’s, the Nielsen ratings for ABC’s Happy Days were starting to founder. In an act of desperation, the writers decided to put Fonzie in peril by having him jump over man eating sharks on waterskis. Well, the show was canceled soon thereafter, but a new concept was born!

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