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20 Greatest Sitcom Characters of All Time

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6. Mary Richards (Mary Tyler Moore), 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show'

Mary Richards is single, independent career woman living alone in Minneapolis after breaking off a wedding engagement. After applying for a secretarial job at the WJM television station, Mary is instead hired as associate producer. She quickly makes friends with the station's hard-nosed boss Lou Grant, newswriter Murray Slaughter and anchorman Ted Baxter.

Mary Tyler Moore played Mary Richards from 1970-1977.—XFINITY Entertainment Staff (Photo: AP/file)

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