And the Hulie goes to...
The Mary Tyler Moore Show!
Not only did Mary Richards and company win over the Hulu Awards
judges, but "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" garnered 24% of 20,000
audience votes as well, beating out fellow nominees "Barney Miller,"
"The Bob Newhart Show," "Charlie's Angels," and "I Dream of
Jeannie" for "Best Show of the Seventies."
Yes, Mary Tyler Moore was turning us all on with her smile; for
seven seasons, we all tuned in to watch the original single working
girl. The show was groundbreaking in its depiction of never-
married, independent career woman as the main character. Carrie
Bradshaw, of Sex and the City, owes much to Mary Richards paving
The ensemble cast included the gruff Mr. Grant, acerbic Murray
Slaughter, insufferably pompous anchorman Ted Baxter, street
smart Rhoda Morgenstern and sex-crazed Sue Ann Nivens. So
popular were the various characters that the Mary Tyler Moore
Show inspired three spin-offs: Rhoda, Phyllis and The Lou Grant
Show. But in the midst of it all was the unflappable and unstoppable
Mary Richards. Through bad dates, job crises and an array of changing
hairstyles, Mary Richards and company kept us entertained.
There have been dozens of stand out moments in the award-winning
show during its run: the iconic "You got spunk!" moment, the classic
"Chuckles Bites the Dust" episode and the teary-eyed series finale,
but ultimately The Mary Tyler Moore show was all about family, as
Mary Richards herself put it to Lou Grant:"… sometimes I get concerned about being a career woman.
I get to thinking that my job is too important to me. And I
tell myself that the people I work with are just the people I
work with. But last night I thought 'what is family anyway?'
It's the people who make you feel less alone and really loved."
For millions of viewers, the cast of The Mary Tyler Moore Show felt
like family. And every moment spent with them was like taking a
nothing day, and suddenly making it all seem worthwhile.