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Doppelganger comedy: 30 Rock and The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Doppelganger comedy: 30 Rock and The Mary Tyler Moore Show

This is the story of a can-do, adorkable girl-in-the-city and her wacky entourage of colleagues who spoof the vagaries of a media conglomerate — and joust with their lovable anti-hero boss — to make comedy and some sense of the world. Could be the tagline of 30 Rock. Could also be a tagline for the '70s Mary Tyler Moore Show. And so, as 30 Rock winds down its seven seasons with the show's finale Thursday on NBC, I've been thinking about these comedy classics' quirky parallels. Tracy Jordan, after all, is really the Ted Knight anchorman character, Ted Baxter — all flash and personality, the showy centerpiece with just a dash of brain power. ...

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