- 1 Love is All Around
The classic series begins its classic 7-year run in Mary's apartment. Mary Richards, a 30-year-old single woman, has left her long-time boyfriend, Bill, to be with her old friend, Phyllis Lindstrom, in Minneapolis. (Mary originally lived in Roseburg, MN.) Why did Mary leave Bill? After promising to her that he would marry her right after his internship at the hospital, he said, ""Why rush into things???"" Meanwhile, she's already having troubles with her new apartment--a bitter upstairs neightbor, Rhoda Morgenstern, insists that she owns Mary's apartment! Later, Mary goes on a job interview at WJM-TV's The 6:00 News for a secreterial job. Lou Grant, the boss, tells her that the job has already been filled, but he does say that the job of Associate Producer is open. Sure, it offers $10 less per week than the secreterial job, but Mary is fine. ""If you can get off with $15 less per week, I'll make you Producer,"" he says. She declines, then goes on to meeting Ted Baxter, the ridicul
Air Date: 1970-09-19
- 2 Today I Am a Ma'am
Mary is worried now that she's outside the 15-29 demographic group which the station classifies as 'young', and the mailboy has called her 'Ma'am'. Rhoda persuades her into calling an old boyfriend for a get-together.
Air Date: 1970-09-26
- 3 Bess, You is My Daughter Now
When Phyllis's husband Lars takes ill, she asks Mary to babysit Bess for a few days. Bess decides she wants to stay permanently with Mary, to Phyllis's dismay.
Air Date: 1970-10-03
- 4 Divorce Isn't Everything
Mary and Rhoda find out that divorcees at the Better Luck Next Time club can get group rates on cruises and decide to join. However, Mary proves a hit with the club's members and gets elected to its board.
Air Date: 1970-10-10
- 5 Keep Your Guard Up
A football player turned insurance salesman applies for a job as a sportscaster and attaches himself to Mary. Mary and Rhoda discover that he hasn't had much success at anything and encourage him to pursue his dreams.
Air Date: 1970-10-17
- 6 Support Your Local Mother
Rhoda's mother, Ida, comes visiting and Rhoda refuses to see her. Ida stays with Mary but drives her crazy.
Air Date: 1970-10-24
- 7 Toulousse-Lautrec is One of My Favorite Artists
Mary begins seeing an author who appeared as a guest on WJM-TV's Scrutiny, and becomes extremely self-conscious after discovering he is several inches shorter than her.
Air Date: 1970-10-31
- 8 The Snow Must Go On
A snowstorm leaves Mary producing her first program, broadcasting the results of the local elections. The show has to remain on until a winner is declared and no word is received at the newsroom.
Air Date: 1970-11-07
- 9 Bob & Rhoda & Teddy & Mary
Mary is nominated for her first Television Editors' Award (the ""Teddies""), but at home Rhoda's boyfriend Bob takes more of an interest in Mary than in Rhoda.
Air Date: 1970-11-14
- 10 Assistant Wanted, Female
Mary's workload gets too much so Lou allows her to hire an assistant. She chooses Phyllis who hinders more than she helps.
Air Date: 1970-11-21
- 11 1040 or Fight
Mary is audited by the IRS, and the shy auditor takes an interest in her. Unfortunately, he has great difficulty telling her how he feels.
Air Date: 1970-11-28
- 12 Anchorman Overboard
Ted loses his self-confidence after speaking at Phyllis's club and Mary has to find a way to get Ted back on a high.
Air Date: 1970-12-05
- 13 He's All Yours
After Mary invites Lou's nephew home for dinner, she must confront false rumors in the newsroom the following day.
Air Date: 1970-12-12
- 14 Christmas and the Hard Luck Kid II
Feeling sympathetic for a co-worker who hasn't spent Christmas with his family for years, Mary is forced to stay alone at WJM-TV on Christmas Eve.
Air Date: 1970-12-19
- 15 Howard's Girl
Mary begins seeing Paul Arnell, the brother of her former boyfriend Howard Arnell, and is shocked to discover that the brothers' parents still believe that she and Howard are an item.
Air Date: 1971-01-02
- 16 Party is Such Sweet Sorrow
Mary gets a tempting offer from a rival television station, but becomes reluctant to leave when her WJM-TV colleagues throw a farewell party for her.
Air Date: 1971-01-09
- 17 Just a Lunch
Mary reluctantly finds herself romantically involved with a married man.
Air Date: 1971-01-16
- 18 Second Story Story
Mary's apartment is burgled, with only her clothes, stereo and television taken but then next night the whole apartment is cleaned out.
Air Date: 1971-01-23
- 19 We Closed in Minneapolis
Murray's play, All Work and No Play, is finally produced but his happiness is short-lived when he discovers that the leading role will be played by Ted.
Air Date: 1971-01-30
- 20 Hi!
Mary is admitted into the hospital to have her tonsils removed, and shares a room with a grouchy woman who refuses to get along with anyone.
Air Date: 1971-02-06
- 21 The Boss Isn't Coming to Dinner
Lou and his wife Edie separate and Mary becomes involved when she is asked for advice.
Air Date: 1971-02-13
- 22 A Friend in Deed
An irritating childhood friend drops by Mary's apartment, making use of her connection as Mary's former camp mate to introduce herself to the newsroom's staff.
Air Date: 1971-02-20
- 23 Smokey the Bear Wants You
Rhoda falls in love with a top executive, and is shocked to find that he wants to give up the high-flying lifestyle to become a forest ranger.
Air Date: 1971-02-27
- 24 The 45-Year-Old Man
When Lou is fired, Mary goes to confront the station owner, Wild Jack Munroe.
Air Date: 1971-03-06