Lou Grant

Lou Grant

1977 - 1982, Drama
After losing his job, a man relocates and begins life as the city editor of a newspaper.
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Episode Guide

  • Lou Grant - Charlie (Season 5 Episode 24)
    Season 5 Episode 24:

    Charlie

    Staffers' demands overwhelm Charlie; Lance overdoes it on an out-of-town assignment; guest Joanna Cassidy.

  • Lou Grant - Recovery (Season 5 Episode 23)
    Season 5 Episode 23:

    Recovery

    Rossi investigates the treatment of Japanese-Americans during World War II; guests Pat Morita, Clint Howard.

  • Lou Grant - Beachhead (Season 5 Episode 22)
    Season 5 Episode 22:

    Beachhead

    Lou is in hot water over the Trib's story on rival surfing gangs; Billie and Ted get in a neighborhood feud.

  • Lou Grant - Suspect (Season 5 Episode 21)
    Season 5 Episode 21:

    Suspect

    Cub reporter Lance (Lance Guest) digs up dangerous information on a hit-and-run victim; guests Dixie Carter, Christina Pickles.

  • Lou Grant - Unthinkable (Season 5 Episode 20)
    Season 5 Episode 20:

    Unthinkable

    A Middle East crisis has the staff gearing up to cover a nuclear war; guest Bonnie Bartlett.

  • Lou Grant - Fireworks (Season 5 Episode 19)
    Season 5 Episode 19:

    Fireworks

    Billie's lobbyist ex-husband undermines her; Lou finds shocking news about a respected foundation; guest Vincent Baggetta.

  • Lou Grant - Law (Season 5 Episode 18)
    Season 5 Episode 18:

    Law

    A councilman uses one of Animal's photos in a revenge lawsuit; Lou has home-repair difficulties.

  • Lou Grant - Blacklist (Season 5 Episode 17)
    Season 5 Episode 17:

    Blacklist

    A frank sex column causes attacks on the Trib; a staffer may once have been an FBI informant.

  • Lou Grant - Obituary (Season 5 Episode 16)
    Season 5 Episode 16:

    Obituary

    Tragedy hits the city room; Rossi joins Animal's fight for an endangered species.

  • Lou Grant - Victims (Season 5 Episode 15)
    Season 5 Episode 15:

    Victims

    A police officer shoots a thief during an armed holdup in which Lou was injured; guest Barry Primus.

  • Lou Grant - Hunger (Season 5 Episode 14)
    Season 5 Episode 14:

    Hunger

    Impelled by Lou's dare, Rossi devotes himself to a story about mass starvation in Third World countries.

  • Lou Grant - Immigrants (Season 5 Episode 13)
    Season 5 Episode 13:

    Immigrants

    The refugee plight comes to light when the Trib hires a Vietnamese photographer; a tip leads Rossi to welfare fraud.

  • Lou Grant - Review (Season 5 Episode 12)
    Season 5 Episode 12:

    Review

    A complaint against the Trib comes before a news review board with a hostile chairperson; guest Margaret Hamilton.

  • Lou Grant - Cameras (Season 5 Episode 11)
    Season 5 Episode 11:

    Cameras

    Billie is a defense witness when a woman claims her son was injured in a hostage case; guest John Blyth Barrymore.

  • Lou Grant - Ghosts (Season 5 Episode 10)
    Season 5 Episode 10:

    Ghosts

    After a murder suspect blames ghosts, skeptical Billie joins scientists holding a seance in a haunted house.

  • Lou Grant - Jazz (Season 5 Episode 9)
    Season 5 Episode 9:

    Jazz

    Rossi reunites Sonny Goodwin's (Joe Williams) famous jazz quartet; retirement splits a top news team.

  • Lou Grant - Friends (Season 5 Episode 8)
    Season 5 Episode 8:

    Friends

    Rossi becomes involved in a friend's election campaign; Donovan tussles with the health editor.

  • Lou Grant - Drifters (Season 5 Episode 7)
    Season 5 Episode 7:

    Drifters

    Charlie's troubled nephew (W.K. Stratton) wants a job; a hunt begins for an escaped bear; with Conchata Ferrell.

  • Lou Grant - Doublecross (Season 5 Episode 6)
    Season 5 Episode 6:

    Doublecross

    A wealthy man donates a time capsule to the public, with a mysterious jeweled cross inside.

  • Lou Grant - Risk (Season 5 Episode 5)
    Season 5 Episode 5:

    Risk

    Sharon conceals her source in a child-pornography story; Donovan accompanies a rescue volunteer.

  • Lou Grant - Hometown (Season 5 Episode 4)
    Season 5 Episode 4:

    Hometown

    In his hometown, Lou covers a troubling story and meets an old flame; with Robert Prosky, Thom Bray.

  • Lou Grant - Reckless (Season 5 Episode 3)
    Season 5 Episode 3:

    Reckless

    Lou and Billie take a drunken-driving test; Charlie's hot line creates headlines.

  • Lou Grant - Execution (Season 5 Episode 2)
    Season 5 Episode 2:

    Execution

    A publisher (Christopher Cazenove) sees profit in the story of a condemned killer (Terri Nunn) who won't appeal her sentence.

  • Lou Grant - Wedding (Season 5 Episode 1)
    Season 5 Episode 1:

    Wedding

    Ted (Cliff Potts) proposes to Billie, but her work on a story distracts her.

  • Lou Grant - Stroke (Season 4 Episode 20)
    Season 4 Episode 20:

    Stroke

    With Mrs. Pynchon hospitalized, the editors clash with her nephew over control of the paper.

  • Lou Grant - Depression (Season 4 Episode 19)
    Season 4 Episode 19:

    Depression

    A police reporter has a midlife crisis; Mrs. Pynchon orders Charlie to hire a new executive editor.

  • Lou Grant - Violence (Season 4 Episode 18)
    Season 4 Episode 18:

    Violence

    Billie probes sports violence; Lou goes along with the paper's film critic; with Fred Williamson, Tyne Daly, Fred Dryer.

  • Lou Grant - Business (Season 4 Episode 17)
    Season 4 Episode 17:

    Business

    Coverage of a factory fire raises accusations of anti-business bias; with Edward Winter, David Spielberg.

  • Lou Grant - Campesinos (Season 4 Episode 16)
    Season 4 Episode 16:

    Campesinos

    Rossi publicizes striking farm workers and ends up in jail.

  • Lou Grant - Venice (Season 4 Episode 15)
    Season 4 Episode 15:

    Venice

    Animal investigates a dead girl's background; a salary dispute plagues the Trib; with Trinidad Silva.

  • Lou Grant - Survival (Season 4 Episode 14)
    Season 4 Episode 14:

    Survival

    Caught in a storm, Lou and Rossi encounter survivalists; with Keene Curtis, Ed Harris, Lance Guest.

  • Lou Grant - Strike (Season 4 Episode 13)
    Season 4 Episode 13:

    Strike

    Lou confronts his staff during a bitter strike by the printers over jobs lost to automation.

  • Lou Grant - Search (Season 4 Episode 12)
    Season 4 Episode 12:

    Search

    Rossi helps a worker seek her birth mother; the gossip columnist wants Lou's secret.

  • Lou Grant - Generations (Season 4 Episode 11)
    Season 4 Episode 11:

    Generations

    Children harass an elderly man; Charlie's bored father shoplifts; a retiree (Whitman Mayo) dispenses money; with Matthew Broderick.

  • Lou Grant - Boomerang (Season 4 Episode 10)
    Season 4 Episode 10:

    Boomerang

    Rossi and Billie drop all to help a columnist (Michael Constantine) with a potentially sensational story.

  • Lou Grant - Rape (Season 4 Episode 9)
    Season 4 Episode 9:

    Rape

    Sharon, (Lynne Moody), Rossi's partner on a difficult story, is raped.

  • Lou Grant - Catch (Season 4 Episode 8)
    Season 4 Episode 8:

    Catch

    Billie falls for her news source, baseball player Ted McCovey (Cliff Potts); strange computer problems arise.

  • Lou Grant - Streets (Season 4 Episode 7)
    Season 4 Episode 7:

    Streets

    Rossi's style irritates a reporter (Carl Franklin) investigating a ghetto killing with him.

  • Lou Grant - Libel (Season 4 Episode 6)
    Season 4 Episode 6:

    Libel

    A tabloid publisher sues the paper over an expose; with Bernard Fox, James Van Patten.

  • Lou Grant - Goop (Season 4 Episode 5)
    Season 4 Episode 5:

    Goop

    Billie and Rossi investigate a dump site; Lou and Charlie debate sending someone under cover at a chemical plant.

  • Lou Grant - Sting (Season 4 Episode 4)
    Season 4 Episode 4:

    Sting

    A strange couple renting Charlie's house makes changes; with Larry Linville.

  • Lou Grant - Pack (Season 4 Episode 3)
    Season 4 Episode 3:

    Pack

    Billie gets a rough welcome covering a politician's road campaign; with Eileen Heckart, Ed Nelson, John Hillerman.

  • Lou Grant - Harassment (Season 4 Episode 2)
    Season 4 Episode 2:

    Harassment

    Billie uses office events in an article on sexual harassment; with David Spielberg.

  • Lou Grant - Nightside (Season 4 Episode 1)
    Season 4 Episode 1:

    Nightside

    Lou works with the Trib's eccentric night crew on a late-breaking story.

  • Lou Grant - Hazard (Season 3 Episode 24)
    Season 3 Episode 24:

    Hazard

    A source demands payment for providing information; guests Ed Harris, Carl Lumbly.

  • Lou Grant - Guns (Season 3 Episode 23)
    Season 3 Episode 23:

    Guns

    Lou connects a bar owner (Rue McClanahan) and Americans sending money and weapons to Ireland.

  • Lou Grant - Influence (Season 3 Episode 22)
    Season 3 Episode 22:

    Influence

    Mrs. Pynchon backs a controversial airport proposal; Lou protects an alcoholic financial editor; guest James Whitmore Jr.

  • Lou Grant - Dogs (Season 3 Episode 21)
    Season 3 Episode 21:

    Dogs

    The search for Mrs. Pynchon's missing Yorkshire terrier leads Rossi to dogfight promoters; guest Geoffrey Lewis.

  • Lou Grant - Blackout (Season 3 Episode 20)
    Season 3 Episode 20:

    Blackout

    An earthquake causes damage, vandalism and a blackout that cripples the Tribune.

  • Lou Grant - Lou (Season 3 Episode 19)
    Season 3 Episode 19:

    Lou

    Lou deals with a nuclear protest rally, a possibly libelous column and a persistent writer; guest Rae Dawn Chong.

  • Lou Grant - Censored (Season 3 Episode 18)
    Season 3 Episode 18:

    Censored

    The Trib decries book-burning in a farm community, but pulls a controversial comic strip.

  • Lou Grant - Inheritance (Season 3 Episode 17)
    Season 3 Episode 17:

    Inheritance

    Billie may be the victim of a carcinogen; Animal uncovers a historic feud that threatens a wedding.

  • Lou Grant - Cover-up (Season 3 Episode 16)
    Season 3 Episode 16:

    Cover-up

    Rossi suspects a cover-up around a troubled private-school teacher; Lou reveals movie kickbacks.

  • Lou Grant - Indians (Season 3 Episode 15)
    Season 3 Episode 15:

    Indians

    A runaway boy inspires Rossi and Animal to delve into American Indian culture.

  • Lou Grant - Brushfire (Season 3 Episode 14)
    Season 3 Episode 14:

    Brushfire

    A brush fire threatens Charlie's neighborhood; Billie's father (Marshall Thompson) watches her at work.

  • Lou Grant - Kids (Season 3 Episode 13)
    Season 3 Episode 13:

    Kids

    Rossi interviews a child TV-star but can't use the story; guests Matthew Laborteaux, Michael J. Fox.

  • Lou Grant - Hollywood (Season 3 Episode 12)
    Season 3 Episode 12:

    Hollywood

    The Trib probes an unsolved murder involving old-time Hollywood stars; guests Howard Duff, Margaret Hamilton.

  • Lou Grant - Andrew: Trial (Season 3 Episode 11)
    Season 3 Episode 11:

    Andrew: Trial

    Donovan's disturbed cousin (Bruce Davison) is tried for murder; guest Barbara Barrie.

  • Lou Grant - Andrew: Premonition (Season 3 Episode 10)
    Season 3 Episode 10:

    Andrew: Premonition

    Donovan's cousin (Bruce Davison), a mental patient, becomes increasingly hostile; guest Barbara Barrie.

  • Lou Grant - Kidnap (Season 3 Episode 9)
    Season 3 Episode 9:

    Kidnap

    A basketball-team plane disappears; the Trib may be sold.

  • Lou Grant - Witness (Season 3 Episode 8)
    Season 3 Episode 8:

    Witness

    Billie has police protection in a grand jury case involving a game-show host; good Samaritan Lou is sued; guest Peter Marshall.

  • Lou Grant - Gambling (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:

    Gambling

    Lou has a tip on a long shot; Billie's boyfriend borrows to cover gambling losses.

  • Lou Grant - Hype (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    Hype

    An administrator (Harold Gould) pressures a scientist to speed up research; Lou meets a human guinea pig (Craig Wasson).

  • Lou Grant - Frame-up (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    Frame-up

    Billie's story about a corporation's air-pollution standards causes the firm to sue.

  • Lou Grant - Charlatan (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    Charlatan

    Rossi investigates a nude man on a church steeple; Lou defends a pornography publisher; guest Ellen Travolta.

  • Lou Grant - Slammer (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    Slammer

    Lou helps prison inmates whose newspaper has been shut down; guests Kene Holliday, Alan Fudge, Danny Glover.

  • Lou Grant - Expose (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    Expose

    The hard-drinking husband of a respected politician makes headlines; a gossip magazine exposes the Trib.

  • Lou Grant - Cop (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    Cop

    Lou witnesses a murder; Lou questions publishing names of victims of a fire in a gay bar; guest Joe Penny.

  • Lou Grant - Romance (Season 2 Episode 24)
    Season 2 Episode 24:

    Romance

    Susan (Frances Lee McCain) makes an offer to Lou; Billie talks to teens who became pregnant to escape home; guest Terri Nunn.

  • Lou Grant - Skids (Season 2 Episode 23)
    Season 2 Episode 23:

    Skids

    Rossi and Lou find personal connections in Skid Row stranglings; guests Andrew Duggan, Scoey Mitchlll.

  • Lou Grant - Bomb (Season 2 Episode 22)
    Season 2 Episode 22:

    Bomb

    A terrorist threatens to detonate a homemade nuclear device; guests Dinah Manoff, Joe Spano.

  • Lou Grant - Marathon (Season 2 Episode 21)
    Season 2 Episode 21:

    Marathon

    Harried Lou copes with a hectic news day and city-room upheaval; guest Michael Warren.

  • Lou Grant - Convention (Season 2 Episode 20)
    Season 2 Episode 20:

    Convention

    A radical group threatens a kidnapping at a publishers convention while Lou tries to discourage a job-hunting newsman.

  • Lou Grant - Home (Season 2 Episode 19)
    Season 2 Episode 19:

    Home

    Billie goes under cover in a shoddy nursing home; Lou looks into other problems of the elderly; guest Jack Gilford.

  • Lou Grant - Hit (Season 2 Episode 18)
    Season 2 Episode 18:

    Hit

    Rossi and a distraught mother seek her son's hit-and-run killer; Billie explores cars as weapons; guest Ed Harris.

  • Lou Grant - Samaritan (Season 2 Episode 17)
    Season 2 Episode 17:

    Samaritan

    The Trib's star columnist writes a piece that Lou fears will incite a six-time killer to strike again.

  • Lou Grant - Sweep (Season 2 Episode 16)
    Season 2 Episode 16:

    Sweep

    Lou deals with a new copygirl, Mrs. Pynchon's spoiled niece, while investigating illegal aliens; guest Rene Enriquez.

  • Lou Grant - Scam (Season 2 Episode 15)
    Season 2 Episode 15:

    Scam

    While trying to find out the best investment for a $5,000 windfall, Lou uncovers a clever confidence scheme.

  • Lou Grant - Vet (Season 2 Episode 14)
    Season 2 Episode 14:

    Vet

    Animal's erratic behavior touches off a Trib inquiry into the plight of Vietnam veterans who are still suffering under the strain of their war experiences.

  • Lou Grant - Fire (Season 2 Episode 13)
    Season 2 Episode 13:

    Fire

    Animal's building is the next target of arsonists Lou is investigating; guest G.W. Bailey.

  • Lou Grant - Denial (Season 2 Episode 12)
    Season 2 Episode 12:

    Denial

    Lou's grandson has hearing problems; Rossi chases down a construction-company scandal; guest Meeno Peluce.

  • Lou Grant - Conflict (Season 2 Episode 11)
    Season 2 Episode 11:

    Conflict

    Mrs. Pynchon assigns Rossi as staff "watchdog," causing repercussions.

  • Lou Grant - Babies (Season 2 Episode 10)
    Season 2 Episode 10:

    Babies

    Rossi and Billie pose as husband and wife to expose a baby-selling racket; guest Joseph Mascolo.

  • Lou Grant - Singles (Season 2 Episode 9)
    Season 2 Episode 9:

    Singles

    A newspaper expert's plans for the Trib include an in-depth piece on single people, sex and computer dating.

  • Lou Grant - Slaughter (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:

    Slaughter

    Vacationing Lou clashes with his old boss (Stephen Elliott), a crusty rural newspaper editor, over an explosive story.

  • Lou Grant - Schools (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    Schools

    A high-school counselor gives Lou a crash course on violence and drug abuse; guests the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Kevin Hooks.

  • Lou Grant - Dying (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    Dying

    Billie gets an unusual assignment when Donovan cannot deal with his mother's (Geraldine Fitzgerald) terminal illness.

  • Lou Grant - Murder (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    Murder

    A woman's murder generates no interest; the tale of a woman who fought jewel thieves does.

  • Lou Grant - Mob (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    Mob

    Lou and Rossi wonder why an old-time mobster has appeared at a posh resort; guest Nicholas Colasanto.

  • Lou Grant - Hooker (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    Hooker

    Billie's investigation of a prostitute's murder causes her to question some beliefs; guest Dee Wallace.

  • Lou Grant - Prisoner (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    Prisoner

    Lou puzzles over Charlie's irrational reaction to an expose of political torture.

  • Lou Grant - Pills (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    Pills

    Rossi's investigation of a pill-pushing doctor lands him in jail.

  • Lou Grant - Physical (Season 1 Episode 22)
    Season 1 Episode 22:

    Physical

    Lou learns he must undergo cancer surgery.

  • Lou Grant - Poison (Season 1 Episode 21)
    Season 1 Episode 21:

    Poison

    Rossi's investigation of radiation leaks at a chemical plant leads to a friend's death and personal peril.

  • Lou Grant - Spies (Season 1 Episode 20)
    Season 1 Episode 20:

    Spies

    The CIA asks Lou to abandon a local espionage story; he refuses; guest Laurette Spang.

  • Lou Grant - Scandal (Season 1 Episode 19)
    Season 1 Episode 19:

    Scandal

    Rossi thinks a woman reporter is trading personal favors for political information; guests Gail Strickland, James Olson.

  • Lou Grant - Sect (Season 1 Episode 18)
    Season 1 Episode 18:

    Sect

    Lou investigates when Charlie fears he has lost his son to the Hare Krishna movement.

  • Lou Grant - Renewal (Season 1 Episode 17)
    Season 1 Episode 17:

    Renewal

    Lou tries to prevent the destruction of his friend's artwork; guest Robert Earl Jones.

  • Lou Grant - Hero (Season 1 Episode 16)
    Season 1 Episode 16:

    Hero

    Lou seeks a man who foiled an assassination, then feels responsible for the resultant tragedy.

  • Lou Grant - Sports (Season 1 Episode 15)
    Season 1 Episode 15:

    Sports

    The Tribune courts public outrage by exposing a college-football cheating scandal; guests David Ackroyd, Keene Curtis.

  • Lou Grant - Airliner (Season 1 Episode 14)
    Season 1 Episode 14:

    Airliner

    Charlie's daughter is a passenger on a jumbo jet in trouble above Los Angeles.

  • Lou Grant - Christmas (Season 1 Episode 13)
    Season 1 Episode 13:

    Christmas

    Two stories -- one on a homeless family, and one on a politician -- take unexpected turns; guest Tim O'Connor.

  • Lou Grant - Takeover (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:

    Takeover

    Lou and Charlie suspect that Mrs. Pynchon's beau, a publisher, covets the Tribune; guest John Anderson.

  • Lou Grant - Housewarming (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:

    Housewarming

    Billie writes a series on wife abuse then finds it in the city room; guests Julie Kavner, Edward Winter.

  • Lou Grant - Psych-out (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    Psych-out

    Lou fears he has pressured Rossi into taking unnecessary risks while doing a feature on mental hospitals.

  • Lou Grant - Judge (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    Judge

    Lou's observation of a manslaughter trial leads him to question an elderly judge's (Barnard Hughes) mental competence.

  • Lou Grant - Scoop (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    Scoop

    Billie's accuracy causes her to miss a deadline; Rossi's speedy reporting yields errors.

  • Lou Grant - Barrio (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Barrio

    Billie becomes personally involved in her story when she investigates an apparent street gang shooting.

  • Lou Grant - Aftershock (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    Aftershock

    Lou has trouble ending his relationship with a Tribune reporter's widow; guest Joyce Van Patten.

  • Lou Grant - Nazi (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Nazi

    Billie probes anti-Semitic activities of an American fascist group; guests Brian Dennehy, Peter Weller.

  • Lou Grant - Henhouse (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    Henhouse

    Lou competes with the editor of the paper's feature section over whose reporter is to cover an important murder story.

  • Lou Grant - The Hoax (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    The Hoax

    Lou's con-artist pal (Eugene Roche) offers him an exclusive interview with a missing tycoon.

  • Lou Grant - Hostages (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    Hostages

    A dead thief's brother orders hostage Rossi to rewrite a story about a shooting; guest John Rubinstein.

  • Lou Grant - Cophouse (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    Cophouse

    Lou, fired from his TV job, leaves Minneapolis and becomes city editor on the faltering Los Angeles Tribune.

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