In Mary, Moore plays Mary Brenner, a 40-ish divorcée working at a second rate tabloid, the Chicago Eagle. She had formerly been a high-profile writer at a fashion magazine which had recently gone out of business and was now reduced to writing a consumer-assistance column, "Helpline", helping to expose substandard business practices and products and the often uncaring reaction of government to these problems. Her boss, Managing Editor Frank DeMarco, concentrated on sensationalism as he was convinced as that was what really sold papers. He was also quite a ladies' man, and was attracted to Mary, as she was to him, but she found dealing with that situation to be quite awkward.
Also working at the Eagle were the cynical, chain-smoking columnist Jo Tucker, the condescending theater critic Ed LaSalle; and Tully, a copy editor who could scarcely function because he was going blind but knew he wasn't going away; his job had strong protection from the union. Neighbors included Susan Wilcox, Mary's good friend, whose fiancé Lester Mintz seemed to be somehow "connected".
|Mary Tyler Moore||Mary Brenner|
|James Farentino||Frank DeMarco|
|John Astin||Ed LaSalle|
|David Byrd||Vincent Tully|
|Katey Sagal||Jo Tucker|
|James Tolkan||Lester Mintz|
|Carlene Watkins||Susan Wilcox|
|Season One||December 11, 1985||April 9, 1986||13|
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