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Every Emmy Award 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' ever won

One of history's best-loved ensemble casts won plenty of awards to prove it.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show remains among the most winning shows in Emmy Awards history. Between 1971 and 1977, the series picked up 29 wins for acting, writing and editing, winning Outstanding Comedy Series for three years in a row between 1975 and 1977. How many other shows can you think of that began with a bang and finished so strongly? It's what made The Mary Tyler Moore Show such a complete package.

Much of the strength of The Mary Tyler Moore Show was built around the versatility of its leading lady, who fittingly won both Actress of the Year and Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 1974. According to Valerie Harper, Moore helped to lift up her costars, who themselves began taking home awards right from the very first season. Harper said if a line would be funnier coming from Rhoda, Moore suggested the switch, and it's likely this spirit of generosity that made this ensemble cast so eternally memorable, and the show such a winning combination.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show set the bar high for every show that came after it, and this year, the Emmy Awards show is set to include a tribute to Mary Tyler Moore to honor her life and contributions to TV history. As Moore fans know, this goes beyond glittering on our TV screens. She also began her own MTM Enterprises in 1969, proving in TV at least, there were many ways for her to make it after all.

Below, take a tour of The Mary Tyler Moore Show's most winning moments.

1

1971

WINS:

  • Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Comedy – Ed Asner
  • Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Comedy – Valerie Harper
  • Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy – Jay Sandrich for the episode “Toulouse Lautrec Is One of My Favorite Artists”
  • Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy – James L. Brooks and Allan Burns for the episode “Support Your Local Mother”


2

1972

WINS:

  • Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Comedy – Ed Asner
  • Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Comedy – Valerie Harper

3

1973

WINS:

  • Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series – Mary Tyler Moore
  • Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Comedy – Ted Knight
  • Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Comedy – Valerie Harper
  • Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy – Jay Sandrich for the episode “It’s Whether You Win or Lose”

4

1974

WINS: 

  • Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series – Mary Tyler Moore
  • Best Supporting Actress in Comedy – Cloris Leachman for the episode “The Lars Affair”
  • Actress of the Year – Series – Mary Tyler Moore
  • Best Writing in Comedy – Treva Silverman for the episode “The Lou and Edie Story”
  • Writer of the Year – Series – Treva Silverman for the episode “The Lou and Edie Story”

5

1975

WINS: 

  • Outstanding Comedy Series
  • Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – Ed Asner
  • Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Betty White
  • Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama Series – Cloris Leachman for the episode “Phyllis Whips Inflation”
  • Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series – Ed. Weinberger and Stan Daniels for the episode “Will Mary Richards Go to Jail?”
  • Oustanding Film Editing for Entertainment Programming for a Series – For a Single Episode of a Comedy Series – Douglas Hines for the episode “An Affair to Forget”

6

1976

WINS: 

  • Outstanding Comedy Series
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series – Mary Tyler Moore
  • Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – Ted Knight
  • Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Betty White
  • Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series – David Lloyd for the episode “Chuckles Bites the Dust”

7

1977

WINS: 

  • Outstanding Comedy Series
  • Outstanding Film Editing in a Comedy Series - Douglas Hines and CBS for the episode “Murray Can’t Lose”
  • Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series - James L. Brooks, Allan Burns, Stan Daniels, Bob Ellison, David Lloyd and Ed. Weinberger for the episode “The Last Show”

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