September 9, 1974 - December 9, 1978
CBS Situation Comedy - 110 Episodes



Cast:
Rhoda Morgenstern Gerard:   Valerie Harper
Brenda Morgenstern:   Julie Kavner
Joe Gerard:   David Groh
Ida Morgenstern:   Nancy Walker
Martin Morgenstern:   Harold J. Gould
Carlton the Doorman:   Lorenzo Music
Mae:   Cara Williams
Alice Barth:   Candy Azzara
Donny Gerard:   Todd Turquand
Myrna Morgenstein:   Barbara Sharma
Justin Culp:   Scoey Mitchell
Gary Levy:   Ron Silver
Sally Gallagher:   Anne Meara
Johnny Venture:   Michael Delano
Benny Goodwin:   Ray Buktenica
Jack Doyle:   Ken McMillan
Ramon Diaz, Jr.:   Rafael Campos
Tina Molinari:   Nancy Lane
Nick Lobo:   Richard Masur
Lenny Fielder:   Wes Stern


Program opener:
"My name is Rhoda Morgenstern. I was born in the Bronx,
New York in December 1941. I've always felt responsible
for World War II. The first thing that I remember liking
that liked me back was food. I had a bad puberty, it
lasted seventeen years. I'm a high school graduate.
I went to art school--my entrance exam was on a book of
matches. I decided to move out of the house when I was
twenty-four. My mother still refers to this as the time
I ran away from home. Eventually I ran to Minneapolis
where it's cold, and I figured I'd keep better. Now I'm
back in Manhattan. New York, this is your last chance."

As Mary Richard's friend and neighbor on The Mary Tyler
Moore Show, Rhoda had been somewhat overweight, insecure
in her relationships with men, and jealous of the trim
Mary. Over the years, however, she had slimmed down, and
when she returned home to New York City for a visit in the
fall of 1974, she was a more attractive and self-confident
person. The visit turned into a permanent change of
residence when she met and fell in love with Joe Gerard.
Joe was the owner of the New York Wrecking Company,
divorced, and the father of a ten-year-old son. Rhoda
moved in with her sister Brenda, since living with her
parents Ida and Martin was not working out, and got
a job as a window dresser for a department store.
The romance blossomed and, in a special full-hour
telecast on October 28, 1974, Rhoda Morgenstern
the husband hunter became Rhoda Gerard.

The newlyweds moved into the same building in which Brenda
and Rhoda had been living. Joe went off everyday to the
office to deal with his partner Justin while Rhoda was a
relatively unoccupied housewife. Boredom precipitated her
decision to start her own window-dressing business with
a high school friend, shy Myrna, as a partner. With Rhoda
happily married, the comedy shifted to her chubby sister,
Brenda, a bank teller with constant problems
trying to get a boyfriend.

After two years of stories about wedded bliss the producers
decided that a happily married couple was just not as funny
as two single people trying to cope with the world. In order
to create more flexability in Rhoda's role, she and Joe
separated soon after the start of the 1976-1977 season. Joe
was gradually phased out of the show, preparatory to the
inevitable divorce. She found a new friend in 39-year-old
divorced airline stewardess Sally Gallagher, and both she
and Brenda were frequently escorted by platonic friend Gary
Levy. In the middle of that season Rhoda began an off-again,
on-again romance with egocentric Las Vegas
entertainer Johnny Venture.

The 1977-1978 season brought another raft of changes. Rhoda
found a new job at the Doyle Costume Company, a run-down
business struggling to survive. Brenda had a new boyfriend
in Benny Goodwin to replace the infrequently seen musician
Nick Lobo, and mother Ida had just returned from a year's
traveling around the country. By the start of the last season
Ida too was single, having been deserted by Martin.


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