Television: Viewpoints

THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW. CBS. Saturday, 9-9:30 p.m., E.S.T.

Someone should write an ode to Mary Tyler Moore, whose show seems to get better with every passing week. Now in its third year, the series has taken the brass of the usual situation comedy formula and transmuted it into something resembling gold.

Though the basic plot has remained the same, revolving around Mary, the assistant producer of a Minneapolis TV news show, the series has taken on a new and more interesting dimension. Still pretty, single and thirtyish, Mary is no longer the Doris Day-Julie Andrews brand of antiseptic woman. This year's...

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