Visit Me at USA Today’s Pop Candy Blog for More MTM

I’m guest-blogging at USA Today’s Pop Candy all this week, and, naturally, writing about The Mary Tyler Moore Show a fair amount:

Great Title Sequences in TV History

What ‘Modern Family’ and Other Current Shows Can Learn from ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’

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Great ‘Mary Tyler Moore’-Related Reads

Of course I recommend my own book, but that doesn’t come out until next spring. So prepare with the following great books about the show’s context, its time in history, and its major players:


Buddy Holly: A Biography

Sex and The Single Girl: Before There Was Sex in the City, There Was (Cult Classics)

Televi$ion, The Business Behind The Box

C’mon, Get Happy: Fear and Loathing on the Partridge Family Bus

Prime-Time Feminism: Television, Media Culture, and the Women’s Movement Since 1970 (Feminist Cultural Studies, the Media, and Political Culture)

On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio

Hillbilly: A Cultural History of an American Icon

Today I Am a Ma’Am: And Other Musings on Life, Beauty, and Growing Older

David Merrick – The Abominable Showman: The Unauthorized Biography (Applause Books)

About Television

Great TV Sitcom

After All

Growing Up Again: Life, Loves, and Oh Yeah, Diabetes

Critiquing the Sitcom: A Reader (The Television Series)

The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Crimes

Cue the Bunny on the Rainbow: Tales from Tv’s Most Prolific Sitcom Director (Television Series)

Second Act Trouble: Behind the Scenes at Broadway’s Big Musical Bombs

Tinker in Television: From General Sarnoff to General Electric

The Official Dick Van Dyke Show Book: The Definitive History of Television’s Most Enduring Comedy

Here We Go Again: My Life In Television

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

One major occupational hazard that comes up when writing a book about The Mary Tyler Moore Show is staring at all of the gorgeous clothes on Rhoda and Mary. I’m more of a Rhoda than a Mary, fashion-wise — well, everything-wise — but I often drool over Mary’s dresses, too. My boyfriend has actually uttered the exasperated words, “Ugh, I wish you’d just buy a long-sleeved minidress like Mary’s and get it over with already.”

In that spirit, I’ve been browsing around the Internet for some modern-day Rhoda and Mary looks at reasonable prices. (There will be shopping once I get my advance check!) And because I couldn’t find any Mary-related fashion posts out there whose links were up-to-date, I’ll share some of my finds here for the greater good of Internet Marys and Rhodas everywhere:

A simple, classy, Mary-ish dress perfect for any laid-back workplace, from Forever 21:

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