After Season 4, I really wasn't looking forward to Season 5 too much.
I just finished the first 2 discs of the set, and I gotta say that I think there was a HUGE jump in quality this year. Much of Season 4 was just dreadful and stupid (the Christmas murder episode, the Doris-Jarvis jewelry store robbery episode, etc.) But the writing on Season 5 seems to be much smarter and a bit more sophisticated. Still not up to the quality of The Mary Tyler Moore Show
, but miles ahead of all other seasons of TDDS. It really makes me wish they had done another year. The relationship with Cy is also a bit more detailed and interesting. And for the first time, I don't miss the kids. I still miss Rose Marie, though. While I love Jackie Joseph, I'm not crazy about the character they had her play. I prefer Myrna.
And I think it was really something to feature a gay couple as neighbors in 1972. No other show in the 70's did that. And I especially like the fact that the other neighbors just accepted them. Their "gayness" was no more of a quirk or issue than the one couple being Jewish or the other couple being newlyweds and always, um, doing what newlyweds do. Very cool, in my mind.
I love Cy's line when Doris asks for a loan: "What's your collateral? A great wardrobe and some freckles?"