It may not have been a moment specifically about gay rights but it was a major embrace of diversity on a classic sitcom. Who went out on more than one date with a gay man because he was a great guy? Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
Keep in mind the arguments in the Supreme Court this week. Now listen to this short clip of the late Tony Randall talking about Love, Sidney for the TV Academy archives.
Love, Sidney was groundbreaking, in its way. And Rhoda Morgenstern...we love her! Producer/Writer James L. Brooks laced so much sweet diversity into The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
For classic film fans: We know Tony Randall from funny films. He got his share of laughs sharing screen time with Rock Hudson and Doris Day.
He appeared in their three romantic comedies -- Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back and Send Me No Flowers.
He got to watch Marilyn Monroe at work.
He co-starred in her musical comedy, Let's Make Love.
Jerry Flagg wishes he was the kind of hotshot company guy we see working with Don Draper on TV's Mad Men. He's not. He's frustrated and feels trapped in a suburban life where he thinks it's important to keep up an image that will impress the neighbors.
This frustration is why Jerry drinks. Randall makes Jerry both infuriating and heartbreaking.
It's quite a good performance. Tony Randall was quite a guy.