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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's been on a firing spree. When it comes to the 6 o'clock news,he's decides he has to get rid of the problem; begins the camera. Lou, Murray, Mary and Sue Anne are all fired - not Ted. In one of televisions best-loved series'final episode, the WJM gang goes out in style; with a few superiors before the lights are turned off. 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 »


Mary Richards: I just wanted you to know that sometimes I get concerned about being a career woman. I get to thinking my job is too important to me, and I tell myself that the people I work with are just the people I work with. And not my family. And last night, I thought, 'what is a family, anyway?' They're just people who make you feel less alone... and really loved. And that's what you've done for me. Thank you for being my family.
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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 St. Elsewhere: The Last One (1988) See more »


Love Is All Around
Written and performed by Sonny Curtis
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'Being fired is like being violated...'
23 September 2012 | by UNOhwenSee all my reviews

'Leave it to Murray to find a bright spot' -Sue Ann Nivens

Oh, how I cried.

We raced home to watch it (the original broadcast).

I've been a Mary fan since it began (I can EASILY beat Rosie - or ANYONE for that crown!).

With the end of Mary, a lot of us lost our 'best friends.'

I can't tell you how much - about life - I learned from this show.

It was never written down to the audience. It was a show that - gave women a strong voice, and, really was a show that many (Oprah…?!?!) used as a roll-model, for it's depiction of life.

Nothing extreme. Nothing exaggerated.

The acting was pitch-perfect. A huge part of the thanks goes to those behind the cameras: writers, camera, stage crew, and many, many more.

I don't think there's been a show since that ever came close to capturing what this show did.

This - the last episode of a seven year run - was a real tear-jerker, especially, on it's initial run (I'll explain later).

It was beautifully written. Not maudlin, but, very funny, and, yes - it also made what was happening - the leaving of OUR WJM crew - very heartfelt.

THe tears you see on the screen are real. They really did feel that way.

And we did too.

That initial last showing - the only time they broadcast it - the epilogue, where the entire cast came out for a final curtain call, was especially endearing.

In my mind, Mary, she's OK.

And, thanks for those seven years.

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