'Mary Tyler Moore,' Franken 'SNL' season make Best Written TV Series of All-Time list


A classic sitcom set in the Twin Cities and a former comedian-turned-U.S. senator are among the local connections on a new list from the Writers Guild of America, Deadline Hollywood reports.

"The Mary Tyler Moore Show," -- which was set at the fictional TV station WJM in Minneapolis -- was named the No. 6 on the WGA's list of the 101 Best Written TV Series of All Time released Sunday night.

Seven decades of shows were considered for the list by members the Writers Guild of America, West, and the Writers Guild of America, East.

Other local mentions include Minneapolis native Lizz Winstead, who was listed as a co-creator of the No. 17 entry, "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" (Season One).

Minnesota comedian-turned-Sen. Al Franken and his late comedy partner, St. Paul native Tom Davis, also made the list -- as co-writers on the No. 25 entry, the first season of "Saturday Night Live."

"Monty Python's Flying Circus," co-conceived and co-written by the only American in British comedy show -- Medicine Lake native Terry Gilliam -- came in at No. 79.

Topping the Best Written TV Series list was "The Sopranos," created by David Chase, followed by "Seinfeld," "The Twilight Zone," "All in the Family" and "M*A*S*H."

See the opening and closing themes from "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" -- including several Minneapolis exteriors and the famous hat toss on Nicollet Mall -- in the video below.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show Opening and Closing Theme 1970 - 1977 from TeeVees Greatest on Vimeo.

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