Mary Tyler Moore
Few artists transform a medium and deliver pure pleasure their audience. I can’t begin to recount the hours and hours of delight I had watching both of her shows, especially Mary, which was in heavy rotation in the late seventies and eighties. I’ll never forget the night when a radio DJ in NYC informed his audience that channel 11 would be rerunning the Chuckles the Clown episode in a few minutes and that they should all go and watch it, his own ratings be damned. This summer I started to watch it again, after what? 30 years? Who knows. That first season is remarkable, hilarious, warm, intelligent. Goodbye Mary Tyler Moore.