Lou Grant

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 5 : Ep 24

    Charlie

    Aired 9/13/82

  • S 5 : Ep 23

    Victims

    Aired 8/30/82

  • S 5 : Ep 22

    Beachhead

    Aired 5/24/82

  • S 5 : Ep 21

    Suspect

    Aired 5/17/82

  • S 5 : Ep 20

    Unthinkable

    Aired 5/3/82

  • Cast & Crew
  • Edward Asner

    Lou Grant

  • Jack Bannon

    Art Donovan

  • Robert Walden

    Joe Rossi

  • Nancy Marchand

    Margaret Pynchon

  • Linda Kelsey

    Billie Newman

  • show Description
  • Lou Grant was a spinoff from "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and premiered on CBS in September 1977. The series was a radical departure from its predecessor as it was a drama. It was the first successful one-hour show from MTM Enterprises. As the series began, Lou Grant had just been fired from his job at WJM-TV, and had moved to Los Angeles to work for a newspaper.

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  • Quotes (289)

    • Charlie: Lou, it's incredible! How can a guy look the same as he did twenty years ago?

      Lou: I don't.

      Charlie: You sure don't. What happened?

    • Lou: (on their way to see Mrs. Pynchon) What did you tell her about me?
      Charlie: Nothing. And don't mention that you worked in television. She hates television.
      Lou: Then what do I tell her I was doing the last ten years?
      Charlie: Tell her you were in jail.

    • Lou: Getting back on a newspaper is like being with a woman who doesn't shave her legs. Reality. Maybe you don't like it, but it's real.

    • Martin: (Holding a gun to Rossi's head as they walk into the newsroom) If anybody moves, I'm gonna blow his head off!
      Rossi: Take it easy. I don't have a whole lot of friends in this room.

    • TV Reporter: Sorry we're late. We had to go back for a piece of equipment.
      Carla: Your hair dryer?

    • Riley: You're on the brink of a big story. Don't walk away from it. If I put a plate full of rubies in front of you, would you push them away?
      Lou: Rubies always give me indigestion.

    • Lou: How much does this story mean to you?
      Rossi: A lot! Why?
      Lou: You may have to dance with me.

    • Mrs. Pynchon: Run your story, Mr. Grant. And at the Tribune we insist on accuracy. Be sure you make yourself look like a complete ass.

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    Notes (55)

    • Peter Hobbs returns later in the series, notably in season 4's 'Depression' which once again pits him against Rossi.

    • One of several episodes released in 1992 from MTM Home Video.

    • Producers decided that Rebecca Balding as reporter Carla Madigan was not carrying her weight on the show compared to Robert Walden. Leon Tokatyan, who developed the series and wrote the first episode, said "Walden chewed her up. She looked like she was going to break into tears any second." She was fired and the producers instead decided to promote the Billie Newman character, introduced in this episode, into a regular. They hired Linda Kelsey, who had originally been in consideration for the Carla Madigan role because of her work on M*A*S*H.

    • Nancy Marchand does not appear in this episode.

    • Nancy Marchand does not appear in this episode.

    • Larry Hankin, who plays a patient at the mental institution, appeared as a cab driver in the pilot of the show. Theoretically it could be the same character.

    • Allen Williams doesn't appear in this episode but the uncredited voice of the television reporter sounds a lot like his ...

    • Nancy Marchand does not appear in this episode.

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    Trivia (56)

    • Mrs. Pynchon faces retaliation by angry readers when she discontinues the Orphan Annie comic strip. The popular comic strip ended its nationally syndicated run in 2010, after 85 years in print.

    • Rossi checks into the institution as Carl Woodward. This pseudonym is a mixture of the names of the two reporters who broke the Watergate Scandal: Carl Berstein and Bob Woodward.

    • In the previous episodes the recurring character Allen Williams played was just known as Assistant Foreign Editor. In this episode he gets a name: Wilson

    • In this episode Wilson not only gets a first name (Adam), he also changes jobs. Once the Assitant Foreign Editor, he is now the Financial Editor.

    • We learn more about the background of a few characters. Art Donovan grew up in Hawaii, Billie spent her youth in Bismarck, North Dakota.

    • More information about the background of some characters: Rossi grew up in California without ever going to Disneyland and Animal studied painting in Paris.

    • Joanie Hume claims she can speak French, but she mispronounces the name of Albert Camus.

    • Apparently Animal grew up in Washington.

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    Allusions (17)

    • When Lou asks Rossi for his name, the young reporter jokingly replies: "Bella Abzug". Bella Abzug (1920-1998) was an American social activist, congresswoman and a leader of the Women's Movement.

    • The newspaper's name is completely fictitious. The Los Angeles Tribune is possibly an allusion to the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, two of the more famous big city papers in the U.S. These news organizations are still in operation as of 2010... though the business of gathering and reporting news has changed considerably due to internet technologies.

    • Mrs. Pynchon regrets that her sister never met Margaret Sanger before she had children, Mrs. Pynchon's odious nephews. Margaret Sanger (1879-1966) was an early birth control activist.

    • Lou jokes that Horace Greeley might attend the convention. Horace Greeley (1811-1872) was a pioneering newspaper editor and a presidential candidate in 1872.

    • The article about The Tribune in Pacific Magazine refers to incidents of several episodes, such as Hoax, Christmas &Hit.

    • Although no literal allusion is made, Rossi's relationship with Lana Barkley closely resembles that of Norma Desmond and Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard. One scene is practically a take-off on a scene in that movie. Rossi discovers that Lana's servant Sergei is a former lover; in Sunset Boulevard Gillis is amazed to find that butler Max (Erich Von Stroheim) is one of Norma's ex-lovers.

    • Lou: I know you think the nuclear industry's the biggest bad guy since Sidney Greenstreet.

      Sidney Greenstreet (1879-1954) was a character actor who became famous playing bad guys in films such as The Maltese Falon.

    • The cartoonist in this episode is probably based on Gary Trudeau of Doonesbury. His name gives it away. Diefenbaker was - like Trudeau- a former Canadian Prime Minister.

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  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Lou Grant (1977-1982) was a spinoff of the Mary Tyler Moore Show, centering on Lou Grant working as an editor for the LA Tribune. It's weird, I've been using tv.com for ages and never ever thought of becoming a member ...

    By MeandtheFarmer, Feb 28, 2007

  • Simply superb.

    By BigRedNev, Oct 15, 2005

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