Why We Owe Mary Tyler Moore

“The Mary Tyler Moore Show” debuted in September 1970 and was the USA’s first-ever show that focused on a single, independent, working woman. With all kinds of timely issues (which, sadly are still relevant today) addressed in the show—from equal pay to sex and sex work, homophobia and more—it was a hugely important show. As Willa Paskin says on Slate, “The Mary Tyler Moore Show’s influence is just as great as the influence of Moore herself—and Moore was not just its star, she was also one of its producers.” Paving the way for more female-led and -produced shows, Moore was much more than an actor and comedian.