28 Years Ago in TIME

MARY TYLER MOORE is just one of TV's vintage stars celebrated in prime-time specials this month. Back in 1974 TIME already knew she and co-star Valerie Harper were making TV history.

Audiences in search of funny girls have learned to forsake the theater for Valerie and Mary on the smaller screen. Mary opts for the soft approach. Every week, as Mary Richards, the effervescent assistant TV producer, she manages to discover fresh comic possibilities in herself and her supporting cast... On Mary's shows, nothing is sacred and few things are profane: sex, inflation, urban miseries and small-time office politics are alive...

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