8 Things You Didn’t Know About The Mary Tyler Moore Show
6. Rhoda Was Too Attractive to Play Mary’s Friend
Producers didn’t want Valerie Harper to play Rhoda Morgenstern because they felt that she was too pretty and not frumpy enough to play Mary’s friend. However, they loved her performance, so they hired her anyway and dressed her in frumpy clothing to give her the look of the less attractive friend.
5. Casting Ted Baxter
Producers created the role of Ted Baxter with Jack Cassidy in mind, but he turned it down because he had just played a buffoonish character on the sitcom He & She, and he didn’t want to get typecast. Ted Knight was then offered the role and Cassidy later came on the show to guest star as Ted’s brother.