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"Mary Tyler Moore" The Last Show (1977)

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Mary Tyler Moore: Season 7: Episode 24 -- In the final episode, WJM is sold, and Mary, Lou, and Murray are astounded to learn that they've all been fired. Ted, meanwhile, has been spared the axe.


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Original Air Date:
19 March 1977 (Season 7, Episode 24)
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Jay Sandrich 
Writing credits
James L. Brooks (created by) and
Allan Burns (created by)

James L. Brooks (written by) and
Allan Burns (written by) and
Ed. Weinberger (written by) and
Stan Daniels (written by) and
David Lloyd (written by) and
Bob Ellison (written by)

Produced by
James L. Brooks .... executive producer
Allan Burns .... executive producer
Budd Cherry .... associate producer
Stan Daniels .... producer
Ed. Weinberger .... producer
Original Music by
Patrick Williams 
Cinematography by
William T. Cline (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Douglas Hines 
Art Direction by
Kenneth A. Reid  (as Ken Reid)
Set Decoration by
Edward M. Parker 
Makeup Department
Janice D. Brandow .... hair stylist (as Janice Brandow)
Ray Steele .... makeup artist
Production Management
Lionel A. Ephraim .... production executive: MTM Enterprises
Ted Rich .... post-production supervisor
Les Sheldon .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John C. Chulay .... assistant director
Art Department
Gene Cox .... property master
Sound Department
Cam McCulloch .... production mixer (as Cameron McCulloch)
Camera and Electrical Department
Rod Everson .... gaffer
Roy Kight .... key grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Leslie Hall .... costumer: women
Donald MacDonald .... costumer: men (as Don MacDonald)
Music Department
Sonny Curtis .... composer: theme music
Sonny Curtis .... performer: theme music
Patrick Williams .... conductor
Other crew
Don Bustany .... technical coordinator
David Davis .... title visualization
Bob Ellison .... executive story editor
Marianne Giammarino .... assistant to producers
Bonnie Green .... assistant to producers
David Lloyd .... creative consultant
Marjorie Mullen .... script supervisor
Meryl O'Loughlin .... executive in charge of talent
Louise A. Stephens .... assistant to executive producers (as Louise Stephens)
Carol Straughn .... assistant to executive producers
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

30 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Known for the cast leaving the set and singing "It's a Long Way to Tipperary" at the end of the last show. Ending has been imitated and referred to on other series.See more »
Lou Grant:I treasure you people.See more »
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Love Is All AroundSee more »


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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
'Being fired is like being violated...', 23 September 2012
Author: U.N. Owen from NYC

'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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