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The Last Show 

In the upside world of WJM, there's a shake up in the newsroom and everybody but Ted gets fired including Mary who is left to turn out the lights.


Jay Sandrich


James L. Brooks (created by), Allan Burns (created by) | 6 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Mary Tyler Moore ... Mary Richards
Edward Asner ... Lou Grant
Gavin MacLeod ... Murray Slaughter
Ted Knight ... Ted Baxter
Georgia Engel ... Georgette Baxter
Betty White ... Sue Ann Nivens
Vincent Gardenia ... Frank Coleman
Robbie Rist ... David Baxter
Valerie Harper ... Rhoda Morgenstern
Cloris Leachman ... Phyllis Lindstrom


The station's new owner, Frank Coleman, has been on a firing spree of late. When it comes to the 6 o'clock news, Lou tells him to watch the show for himself to make his own evaluation of specifically Ted. Ted believes that this directive marks the end of his stay at WJM, and begs that if he does get fired, the others will show solidarity and quit. But Ted still does whatever he feels he needs to to keep his job. Coleman, true to form, does make some drastic changes, with pink slip(s) handed out. Some unexpected competition occurs the result of Coleman's decision. But through it all, all the newsroom staff, but especially Mary, are most sad to see the break-up of what Mary considers her family. Written by Huggo

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19 March 1977 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The eight main characters of the show (Mary, Lou, Murray, Ted, Rhoda, Phyllis, Sue Ann and Georgette) never all appeared in the same episode, until this series finale. Even in this episode, the characters never all appeared in the same scene - although the actors portraying these characters do appear together at the very end of the episode, for a curtain call. See more »


Lou Grant: I treasure you people.
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Alternate Versions

When this episode originally aired on March 19, 1977, the closing credits featured a special "curtain call" ending by the regular cast members. Subsequent repeat airings showed a regular set of closing credits. See more »


Referenced in Lou Grant: Hostages (1977) See more »


It's a Long Way to Tipperary
Written by Jack Judge & Harry Williams
Performed by Edward Asner, Mary Tyler Moore, Gavin MacLeod, Ted Knight, Georgia Engel & Betty White
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Mary's Gone....But Never Forgotten
6 March 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

When Mary Tyler Moore passed away a few weeks ago, I decided to watch all 168 episodes. I was a little concerned. Was it really as funny as I remembered it as a young adult. While there were a handful of episodes that were not brilliant, I think there was a consistency to this series that may have never been matched. The cast was brilliant. We got to know them intimately. Even though we could predict their behavior, each script was fresh and downright funny. From Ed Asner to Ted Knight. From Gavin McLeod to Valerie Harper. From Chloris Leachman to Betty White. They revolved Like beautiful planets around a sun that was Mary Tyler Moore, one of the most brilliant comedians of our time. She was beautiful and sweet and never hogged the stage. This final episode paid homage to the world that they trod for seven wonderful years. The writers said goodbye in the best way possible, allowing them to hug and squeeze every last ounce out of their personas. Life is short and a show like this filled in spaces for the lonely and the shy and the everyman and everywoman. It will live forever.

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