The Good

This is one of those shows that makes you feel good after watching it.

The Bad

No Special Features.

What makes a show like Mary Tyler Moore: The Complete Season 4 so good is that not only is it well written and filled with jokes, but it deals with life issues like death, dating and career advancement in an honest and truthful way. Filled with 24 episodes, this three disc set really gives us hilarious performances by the entire Mary Tyler Moore cast.

Whether Phyllis is trying out her new real estate skills on Lou, Rhoda is falling for the wrong man, or characters are engaged in extramarital affairs The Mary Tyler Moore Show: The Complete Season 4 always manages to create situations that seem terminal, yet always wrap themselves up within the allotted timeframe that sitcoms have.

Features

No Special Features came with this DVD.

Video

Full Frame - 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio. Having watched so many episodes of so many shows from that time, I was really surprised at the sharpness of the images presented here. There was something about the colors that made all the images seem to sparkle on screen. I am wondering if perhaps these shows were cleaned up before they were compressed, simply because there is an enormous difference between watching these kinds of shows on TV and then DVD.

Audio

Dolby Digital. English Mono. Subtitled in English and Spanish. Close Captioned. I often say this but it more than applies for sitcoms. Since this is a sitcom there really isn't anything about the audio that isn't in service of the actors and their performances. This isn't too say that it sounds hollow, there just isn't anything that will take people's home theater systems for a ride.

Package

A shot of a bubbly, bright-eyed and much younger Mary Tyler Moore takes up about half of this cover. Behind her are different colors which make up the shape of an M. The back features a publicity shot of Mary with some of the main cast members, as well as a couple of shots from the show. There is an overall description of what the 4th season is about, a cast list and technical specs. The three discs are snugly tucked into three slim cases, with the same image of Mary from the front cover on them all. The back indexes out all the episodes and provides airdates and descriptions for each one.

Final Word

Running from 1970 to 1977 it is easy to see why so many people (both men and women) gravitated to this show. The Mary Tyler Moore Show captured the cultural zeitgeist because it showed a career woman facing the problems in the modern day workforce of that time. However, it wasn't one dimensional and was able to capture both the male and female audiences because it showed the problems that men face as well. It was a great example of television doing it's best to show people life as it really was.

If you are a completist, enjoy sitcoms or just love the show you will be very pleased to own The Mary Tyler Moore Show: The Complete Season 4.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show was released .