The Mary Tyler Moore Show/The Last Show

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The Last Show
Season 7, Episode 24
Airdate March 19, 1977
Production Number 6027
Writer(s) James L. Brooks
Allan Burns
Ed. Weinberger
Stan Daniels
David Lloyd
Bob Ellison
Director(s) Jay Sandrich
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Lou Dates Mary

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The Mary Tyler Moore ShowSeason Seven

The Last Show is the 24th episode of the seventh season of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and the 168th episode overall as well as the series finale.

Guest Stars: Vincent Gardenia (Frank Coleman), Robbie Rist (David Baxter)

Special Guest Stars: Valerie Harper (Rhoda Morgenstern Gerard), Cloris Leachman (Phyllis Lindstrom)

Contents

Plot Overview

Everything changes after WJM-TV is sold. The station's new owner fires everyone in the newsroom except, bizarrely, for Ted - the very reason WJM's newscast ratings have been the lowest in the Twin Cities the entire time he has been in front of the camera. To cheer a despondent Mary up, Lou has Rhoda and Phyllis flown in to Minneapolis for a reunion with their friend. Following the final newscast for the recently-fired WJM news crew (except for Ted, who will be staying on under new newsroom staff), Mary and the rest of the staff have an emotional farewell before they pack up and leave on their roads ahead.

Notes

Trivia

  • Following the series finale, Edward Asner took his Lou Grant character with him to star in the Mary Tyler Moore spinoff Lou Grant (the show's third spinoff, following Rhoda and Phyllis, as well as its first dramatic spinoff), where Lou moves to Los Angeles to become city editor for the Los Angeles Tribune newspaper
  • Although this episode first aired in the United States on CBS on March 19, 1977, it had its world premiere one day earlier when it aired in Canada on CBC Television, which carried Mary Tyler Moore, on March 18

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