October 06, 1995 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

type
TV Show
Current Status
In Season
performer
Ed Asner, Valerie Harper, Ted Knight, Cloris Leachman, Gavin MacLeod, Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White
broadcaster
CBS

WANTED: Cautious professional woman seeks loose, wacky gal pal who can prod, provoke, and give advice about men. Next-door neighbor preferred. Such an ad could have been placed by quite a few prime-time leads, who all seem to need…a Rhoda. Someone who, like Valerie Harper’s Mary Tyler Moore Show character, will barge through the (unlocked) door to offer wisecracking wisdom. Consider:

Maryann (Christine Baranski), alcoholic, shopaholic, rich divorcee, and best friend of Cybill (Cybill Shepherd).
Style: Designer duds, clunky costume jewelry.
What she’ll do to get a man: Buys her first postdivorce date several pairs of expensive shoes.
Typical quip: ”Here, baby, drink this. It’s called alcohol, and it’ll make you not care.”
Rhodameter: 4 (with 10 indicating perfect Rhodaness)

Gloria (Jessica Lundy) on Hope & Gloria, smart-mouthed confidante across the hall from Hope (Cynthia Stevenson).
Style: Loud prints, short skirts, red nails, big jewelry.
To get a man: Challenges Hope to an arm-wrestling match while competing for a guy.
Typical quip: ”My ex-husband, the world’s worst salesman, meets my best friend, the biggest sucker on earth. What will happen? Let’s watch.”
Rhodameter: 8

Didi (Mariska Hargitay), ditsy, hot-to-trot neighbor of Annie (Nancy McKeon) on Can’t Hurry Love.
Style: Retro T-shirts, hip-huggers.
To get a man: Leaves a sexy greeting on Annie’s answering machine.
Typical quip: ”A good date is 3 a.m., tequila stains on your blouse, and your bra in your purse.”
Rhodameter: 8

Paige (Joely Fisher), man-hopping Hollywood development executive and best friend of Ellen (Ellen DeGeneres).
Style: Platform sneakers, short kilt skirts, slip dresses.
To get a man: Asks no questions (boasts of dating ”like 100 different guys” she knows nothing about).
Typical quip: ”I don’t get opera. Why do they have to sing everything? Why can’t they just say it?”
Rhodameter: 6

Annie (Amy Pietz), wry, laid-back apartment-building buddy of Caroline (Lea Thompson) on Caroline in the City.
Style: Tight cotton dresses, cut-glass jewelry.
To get a man: Helps Caroline throw fruit out the window to get a guy’s attention.
Typical quip: ”I hate to say I told you so….Actually, I like saying that.”
Rhodameter: 9

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