Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Originally telecast September 19, 1970, "Love Is All Around" is the classic opening episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Newly arrived in Minneapolis, Mary Richards (Mary Tyler Moore) rents an apartment from airheaded Phyllis Lindstrom (Cloris Leachman), then manages to get off on the wrong foot with her waspish neighbor Rhoda Morganstern (Valerie Harper). The next day, Mary applies for a clerical job at the newsroom of bottom-rated WJM-TV, where in quick succession, she meets long-suffering news writer Murray Slaughter (Gavin MacLeod) and egotistical anchorman Ted Baxter (Ted Knight). Surviving a contentious job interview with cantankerous TV producer Lou Grant (Edward Asner) -- who, as everyone knows, hates spunk -- Mary unexpectedly lands the position of associate producer for "The Six O'Clock News." And there's still time left over for a bittersweet reunion with her ex-boyfriend (Angus Duncan). A model of brisk and economical comedy construction, "Love Is All Around" set the high standards for all the brilliant Mary Tyler Moore Show episodes to follow.