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The Mary Tyler Moore Show/But Seriously, Folks

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But Seriously, Folks
Season 3, Episode 8
Airdate November 4, 1972
Production Number 7203
Written by Ed. Weinberger
Directed by Peter Baldwin
Produced by Ed. Weinberger
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The Mary Tyler Moore ShowSeason Three
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But Seriously, Folks is the eighth episode of the third season of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and the fifty-sixth episode overall.

Starring: Mary Tyler Moore (Mary Richards)

Co-Starring: Edward Asner (Lou Grant)

with Valerie Harper (Rhoda Morgenstern), Gavin MacLeod (Murray Slaughter), Ted Knight (Ted Baxter)

Guest Star: Jerry Van Dyke (Wes Callison)

Additional Cast: Rudy Deluca (Nightclub Manager), Ethel Reda Leopold (Woman)


Plot Overview

Mary tries to help out when the station’s “Chuckles the Clown” writer quits his job in order to fulfill his lifelong ambition of performing as a stand-up comedian.


Arc Advancement





The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments