Mary Tyler Moore: The 20th Anniversary Show

Mary Tyler Moore: The 20th Anniversary Show is a 1991 American television special to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the first broadcast of the sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show. It was directed by Jack Haley Jr. and was broadcast on CBS on February 18, 1991.

Mary Tyler Moore: The 20th Anniversary Show
Written byPhillip Savenick
Laurie Jacobson
Marcia Lewis
Directed byJack Haley Jr.
Presented byMary Tyler Moore
StarringMary Tyler Moore
Ed Asner
Valerie Harper
Gavin MacLeod
Betty White
Georgia Engel
Cloris Leachman
Music byPat Williams
Opening theme"Love Is All Around" written and sung by Sonny Curtis
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producersJack Haley Jr.
James L. Brooks
Allan Burns
Ed. Weinberger
ProducersPhillip Savenick
Kevin Miller
Laurie Jacobson
CinematographyPaul Lohmann
EditorsKevin Miller
Vic Lowrey
John Bowen
Running time90 minutes
Production companiesMTM Enterprises
CBS Productions
Original release
ReleaseFebruary 18, 1991 (1991-02-18)



Mary Tyler Moore hosts a 20th anniversary retrospective of The Mary Tyler Moore Show featuring a compilation of clips from the show's memorable moments and a reunion with co-stars Ed Asner, Valerie Harper, Gavin MacLeod, Betty White, Georgia Engel and Cloris Leachman. The cast comments how the groundbreaking show was ahead of its time for having a thirtysomething, single female as its main character and how it revealed the changing consciousness of the 1970s.

Moore introduces clips highlighting each of the show's individual characters, after which cast members comment on their character's specific traits and quirks. The cast also pays tribute to the late Ted Knight (who died in 1986) for his portrayal of TV anchorman Ted Baxter.

The special concludes with the teary-eyed cast watching the final moments from the series finale, "The Last Show".[1]





Mary Tyler Moore: The 20th Anniversary Show was a huge Nielsen ratings winner for CBS, earning an 11th-place finish and receiving a 17.4 rating (16.2 million households) for the week of February 18, 1991.[2]

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