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The Mary Tyler Moore Show (originally known simply by the name of the show's star, Mary Tyler Moore) was an iconic sitcom in the 1970s. The show was groundbreaking because it featured a never-married, independent career woman as protagonist for first time on television. Mary Richards, played by Mary Tyler Moore, is a single woman in her thirties who moves to Minneapolis after breaking off an engagement with her boyfriend of 2 years. The show explored many issues such as equal pay for women, pre-marital sex, and homosexuality in its comedic plots and received wide applauds from both audience and critics.