MeTV remembers Betty White
MeTV celebrates the life and career of Betty White with some of her best TV appearances
Pioneer. Icon. Trailblazer. There's a lot of words that could be used to describe Betty White and her incredible career that spanned over eight decades. It says a lot about how loved she was that people think 99 years old was "too soon."
MeTV will be remembering Betty White by celebrating some of her iconic TV appearances. We start with one of her best-known roles, that of "the Happy Homemaker," perky Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. White earned two Emmys for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for the role, with an additional nomination after the show's final season. We've picked out some of the best episodes that highlight Sue Ann and Betty White's incredible comedic talent.
Following The Mary Tyler Moore Show, you can see Betty White as the haughty socialite Betty Harper-Jackson on Mama's Family. Then, Betty White sets sail on The Love Boat.
It all starts this Sunday, January 9, at 2P | 1C.
MeTV Tribute – Sunday, January 9th (2pm–6pm Eastern/Pacific)
2PM | 1C – The Mary Tyler Moore Show - “The Lars Affair”
(Season 4, Episode 1 - first aired Sep 15, 1973)
Phyllis struggles to accept the idea that her husband, Lars, might be having an affair with the saccharine Sue Ann Nivens, host of WJM’s The Happy Homemaker.
2:30PM | 1:30C – The Mary Tyler Moore Show - “What Do you Want to Do When You Produce”
(Season 6, Episode 15 - first aired Dec 20, 1975)
When Sue Ann needs a new producer for her show, The Happy Homemaker, Murray jumps at it - thinking it a chance to 'step up,' and get a salary increase. Only after agreeing does he find out working for Sue Ann, who wants him to call her 'Miss Nivens,' is a step down.
3PM | 2C – The Mary Tyler Moore Show - “Once I Had a Secret Love”
(Season 6, Episode 18 - first aired Jan 17, 1976)
Lou spends the night with Sue Ann and Mary can't keep the secret.
3:30PM | 2:30C – The Mary Tyler Moore Show - “Sue Ann’s Sister”
(Season 7, Episode 3 - first aired Oct 9, 1976)
Sue Ann's sister gets an offer to do a rival cooking show in Minneapolis.
4PM | 3C – Mama’s Family - “Country Club”
(Season 2, Episode 3 – first aired Oct 20, 1983)
Ellen's (Betty White) news that she's been named "Woman of the Year" by the Raytown Country Club doesn't interest the family until they all receive invitations to the awards dinner. Once there, the Harpers do their utmost to disrupt the formal affair.
4:30PM | 3:30C – Mama’s Family - “Ellen’s Boyfriend”
(Season 2, Episode 7 – first aired Nov 17, 1983)
Ellen's (Betty White) attempts to keep her relationship with a younger man a secret fails when the family stumbles upon the couple in a restaurant.
5PM | 4C – Love Boat - “How Do I Love Thee? / No More Alimony / Authoress! Authoress!”
(Season 7, Episode 15 – first aired Jan 7, 1984)
A man bound by alimony wants to make sure his ex goes through with her marriage; Julie's Aunt Sylvia (Carol Channing) and her pal Betsy (Betty White) try to interest a publisher in Betsy's memoirs.