Lou Grant

The BEST episodes of Lou Grant

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

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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Hostages
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#1 - Hostages

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/27/1977

A gunman, upset with a story about his brother who was wrongfully shot by a store-owner during a robbery, holds the newspaper staff hostage demanding a new story.

Directors: Charles S. Dubin
Hoax
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#2 - Hoax

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/4/1977

When Lou gets a tip from a friend who claims to know the whereabouts of a missing millionaire, members of the staff initially have doubts about following it and dismiss it as a hoax. The man begins to gain credibility when he is able to retrieve information that only the missing man would know.

Directors: Jay Sandrich
Henhouse
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#3 - Henhouse

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/11/1977

Directors: Richard Crenna
Nazi
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1 votes

#4 - Nazi

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/18/1977

While investigating a group of Nazis, Billie comes upon information that one of their leaders used to be Jewish.

Directors: Alexander Singer
Scoop
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1 votes

#5 - Scoop

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/8/1977

Pressured to get the latest scoop at any cost, Lou ends up in hot water after running two of Rossi's exclusive stories which turn out to be false. So when Billie has information about a possible fake kidnapping, Lou is reluctant to run the story.

Directors: Harry Falk
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Pack
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#6 - Pack

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/27/1980

Billie is given a tough time when she tours with a political candidate to conduct an investigation.

Directors: Burt Brinkerhoff
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Charlie
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1 votes

#7 - Charlie

Season 5 - Episode 24 - Aired 9/13/1982

A bad day for Charlie involves firing misfits and dealing with static from reporters over their assignments; meanwhile, Donovan suspects his girlfriend is pregnant.

Directors: Seth Freeman
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Murder
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1 votes

#8 - Murder

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/30/1978

Billie is upset because her story, about a courageous black woman who is slain in her own apartment, is relegated to the back pages while Rossi's story, about an elderly white woman who fights off burglars, makes the front page.

Directors: Mel Damski
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Cophouse
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#9 - Cophouse

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/20/1977

After landing the city editor job at the Los Angeles Tribune, Lou Grant's first major story is a sex scandal concerning the LAPD and underage girls. However, in order to get it published he must deal with a reporter that is reluctant to bring down the police and Mrs. Pynchon who has a difference of opinion with him.

Directors: Gene Reynolds
Judge
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#10 - Judge

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/15/1977

When Lou goes to a courthouse to look into a report of inappropriate behavior by a senior judge, he angers the judge by trying to leave in the middle of a trial and is put in jail. Upset by this treatment, he gets the newspaper staff to further investigate the judge's erratic behavior.

Directors: Irving J. Moore
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Schools
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#11 - Schools

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/20/1978

Lou, Charlie, and Donovan interview students from an inner city school for the purpose of awarding a college scholarship to a journalism major. While Charlie and Donovan recommend a straight-A student, Lou pushes for a student who kicked a drug habit and got tutoring to improve his grades. Rossi and Billie uncover disturbing trends of violence at the same inner city school.

Directors: Burt Brinkerhoff
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Airliner
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1 votes

#12 - Airliner

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired 1/3/1978

News breaks of an airplane carrying over 300 people that is unable to land. Members of the staff scour the list of passengers aboard and find out that Charlie's daughter is on that flight.

Directors: Mel Damski
Spies
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1 votes

#13 - Spies

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired 2/27/1978

When the paper finds out about the son of a wealthy businessman being secretly detained by authorities, Lou decides to have Rossi investigate. However, when a CIA agent thwarts the investigation before it begins, everyone begins to suspect there is a CIA informant working at the paper.

Directors: Charles S. Dubin
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Poison
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#14 - Poison

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired 3/6/1978

After Rossi's friend reveals that he has damaging information about the unsafe conditions at a nuclear plant, he is "accidentally" struck and killed by a car. Eager to prove that it was no accident, Rossi continues the investigation into the nuclear plant.

Directors: Gene Reynolds
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Physical
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#15 - Physical

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired 3/20/1978

Lou reluctantly goes for a physical and finds out that he has a thyroid condition that requires surgery. At the paper, he offers advice to an intern who wants to become a reporter. Rossi learns that he has a good chance at a Pulitzer prize for his story on mental hospitals.

Directors: Charles S. Dubin
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Pills
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#16 - Pills

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/25/1978

Rossi is handed records which prove that a doctor is illegally prescribing drugs. When the story runs and it is suspected that the records may have been obtained by illegal means, Rossi is told to either reveal his source or go to jail.

Directors: Jay Sandrich
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Hooker
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1 votes

#17 - Hooker

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/16/1978

After a homicide occurs in the city, Billie finds out that the victim was a prostitute who worked at a "spa" business. While investigating, she strikes up an unlikely friendship with the victim's co-worker who does not seem to fit the stereotypical profile of a hooker.

Directors: Alexander Singer
Mob
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#18 - Mob

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/23/1978

Lou and Rossi visit a California resort in preparation for the Trib's annual tennis tournament. They are perplexed at the number of mob bosses they see at the resort, and begin to investigate.

Directors: Corey Allen
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Dying
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#19 - Dying

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/6/1978

Art Donovan's mother is dying, but he is having trouble accepting this as fact. His relations with everyone in the newsroom suffer as his mother gets worse, and his colleagues try to help him come to terms with the inevitable.

Directors: Alexander Singer
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Sweep
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1 votes

#20 - Sweep

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired 2/5/1979

After Lou sees an Immigration Department sweep of his favorite Mexican restaurant, the Tribune uncovers a grim and unsettling picture of what's happening to illegal aliens. At the same time, Lou has to cope with a new addition to the city room staff ? Mrs. Pynchon's spoiled niece ? who turns out to be ill-equipped for the job of copy girl.

Directors: Charles S. Dubin
Aftershock
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#21 - Aftershock

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/25/1977

When a member of the staff passes away, Lou does everything he can to comfort the widow which causes her to depend more on him and fall in love with him. After a small earthquake hits, Rossi interviews a scientist who claims that his insects are predicting a more serious one in the upcoming days.

Directors: Jud Taylor
Barrio
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#22 - Barrio

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/1/1977

Surprised by the paper's lack of coverage on the shooting of a Hispanic woman by a gang, Lou allows Billie to go into the Hispanic community to write a story. While in the community, she meets the victim's son who is fueled with anger and seems headed down the wrong path.

Directors: Mel Damski
Psychout
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#23 - Psychout

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/22/1977

After Lou tells him that his stories are missing first-hand experience, Rossi checks into a mental institution as a patient under a made-up name to investigate reports of abuse. Lou clashes with a lawyer at the paper because he feels that censorship and fear of possible lawsuits are limiting what the paper can publish.

Directors: Alexander Singer
Housewarming
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#24 - Housewarming

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 11/29/1977

Billie uses a battered woman as a source for a story on spousal abuse but has trouble following through with it when the women's husband finds out. She later finds out that a co-worker has a problem with spousal abuse.

Directors: Mel Damski
Takeover
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#25 - Takeover

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/6/1977

Staff members become nervous when a multi-millionaire with a penchant for ruining the credibility of newspapers makes an attempt to take over the Tribune.

Directors: Gene Reynolds