Mary Tyler Moore's Minneapolis
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Minneapolis, Minnesota got a huge boost to its national stature when it became the setting for a hit TV program called the Mary Tyler Moore Show. Broadcast on CBS from 1970 to 1977, the pathbreaking comedy depicted the life of a TV news producer named Mary Richards. In 1999, Entertainment Weekly ranked the show's opening sequence as the second most iconic in the history of television. In this drone video by gopherdrone, you'll see some of the spots shown in that memorable 60 second introduction.
I thought it would be kind of fun to put together a video showing the Minneapolis filming sites for the Mary Tyler Moore show, really the opening credits (which varied a bit from season to season). Here is the sequence: (1) Mary's house in the Kenwood neighborhood (2) Spot along Lake of the Isles where she is walking in the opening sequence (3) Bridge over the canal between Cedar Lake and Lake of the Isles (in opening sequence) (4) IDS Center Crystal Court (was under construction in Season 1 but seen in the opening for later seasons) (5) RSM Plaza on Nicollet Mall; this was the building in which her TV station WJM-TV was housed (6) RSM Plaza from above (7) Minneapolis Basilica (see in the opening credits of some seasons) (8) Gavidae Center at 7th and Nicollet; in the 1970's this was the Donaldson's Department Store and was visible in the opening credits) (9) City Hall (seen in opening credits in some seasons) (10) Mary Tyler Moore statue at 7th St. and Nicollet (diagonal from (8)); this was the flagship Dayton's Department Store in the 1970's (and for decades prior) and supposedly the spot where she threw her hat in the air to close the sequence.