“Take chances, make mistakes. That's how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.” - Mary Tyler Moore, Emmy Award-Winning Actress
“The Mary Tyler Moore Show” debuted 49 years ago today on CBS, the beginning of a groundbreaking seven season run that would forever change the history of television. Starring Moore as hardworking news producer Mary Richards and Ed Asner as her grumpy boss Lou Grant, the program was visionary in its depiction of an unmarried and career-focused woman during a time when television was dominated by family-oriented sitcoms. The show received high ratings and was widely praised by critics, receiving twenty-nine Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series three years in a row. Almost half a century after its premiere episode, “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” still ranks as one of television’s all-time greatest programs — in 2013, the Writers Guild of America ranked it #6 on its list of the 101 Best Written TV Series of All Time.