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Phyllis 

Mary Richards' landlady, Phyllis Lindstrom, moves back to her hometown of San Francisco with her teenage daughter Bess following the sudden death of her husband, Lars. She intends to make a... See full summary »
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1977   1976   1975  
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Cloris Leachman ...  Phyllis Lindstrom 48 episodes, 1975-1977
Henry Jones ...  Judge Jonathan Dexter 48 episodes, 1975-1977
Jane Rose Jane Rose ...  Audrey Dexter 48 episodes, 1975-1977
Carmine Caridi ...  Dan Valenti / ... 25 episodes, 1975-1977
John Lawlor ...  Leonard Marsh / ... 25 episodes, 1976-1977
Lisa Gerritsen ...  Bess Lindstrom / ... 24 episodes, 1975-1977
Garn Stephens Garn Stephens ...  Harriet Hastings 24 episodes, 1976-1977
Judith Lowry ...  Sally 'Mother' Dexter 23 episodes, 1975-1977
Richard Schaal ...  Leo Heatherton 23 episodes, 1975-1976
Liz Torres ...  Julie Erskine 20 episodes, 1975-1976
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Storyline

Mary Richards' landlady, Phyllis Lindstrom, moves back to her hometown of San Francisco with her teenage daughter Bess following the sudden death of her husband, Lars. She intends to make a new life for herself and her daughter by moving in with Lars' scatterbrained mother, Audrey and her second husband Judge Dexter and getting a new job as an assistant to Julie Erskine, the CEO of a photography studio.

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Goodbye Minneapolis, Hello San Francisco! Mary Tyler Moore's former neighbor starts a new life but she's the same monomaniacal kook with a genius for triggering mayhem (season 1)

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 1975 (USA) See more »

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MTM Enterprises See more »
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Runtime:

(48 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Mary and Rhoda was a TV Movie that was produced and aired in 2000; featuring the Mary Richards and Rhoda Morganstern characters; but nobody else from the original cast. Cloris Leachman (AKA Phyllis) was offended that she was not invited to participate in any way; and she picketed the production during shooting days. See more »

Crazy Credits

The pictures used in the opening credits (Phyllis hugging the fur coat, Phyllis rocking in the chair whistling, etc) were taken from segments of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" See more »

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Referenced in The Mary Tyler Moore Show: Mary Moves Out (1975) See more »

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Phyllis
Words and Music by Stan Daniels
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I think "Phyllis", at times, was extremely funny.
11 August 2001 | by CSK-63See all my reviews

Though the show obviously needed help with more creative plots and had too many 70's sitcom rejects, it did have some funny moments, and with recasting, could have had a nice run. Barbara Colby as (Julie Erskine), and Liz Torres as (Julie Erskine)were not funny and their character was unneeded. Phyllis' "generation gap" conversations with her daughter Bess (Lisa Geristien)were predictable and dry. The main reason I think Lisa Geristien was still on the Phyllis show was for consistent transition form the Mary Tyler Moore show. Her character was pointless. The real entertainment came with the dialogue between Phyllis (Cloris Leachman) and "Mother" Dexter. The caustic wit of "Mother Dexter" as she poked fun of Phyllis' troubled life was hysterical. Further, the dialogue between Judge Dexter (Henry Jones) and Audry Dexter (Jane Rose) as they tried to understand the antics of their "well meaning" but confused daughter-in-law Phyllis, was also extremely funny. Judge Dexter's stuffy monotone, yet patient voice countered nicely against Phyllis'scatter brained personality, thus highlighting Phyllis' bizarre logic.

Overall, the show did have potential, if they had just thinned out the cast and had more creative plots. It was funny though.


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