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Lou Grant, the editor from The Mary Tyler Moore Show, turns serious and moves to LA to work as head editor for a major metropolitan newspaper. In this loose sequel to the popular comedy that takes a turn to the dramatic, Lou takes a bevy of young reporters under his wing and deals with the topical issues of the day.

Genres: Drama
Station: CBS (US)
Rating: 7.67/10 from 3 users
Status: Ended
Start: 1977-09-20

Lou Grant Season 3 Air Dates


S03E01 - Cop Air Date: 17 September 1979 04:00 -

Lou is the only witness to a neighborhood murder and is mystified by the way the police handle the case, thereby discovering a touchy area of crime. At the same time, a fatal fire in a gay bar poses a tough question for Lou: should the newspaper publish the names of the victims, knowing people will be hurt by the story. Lou is also puzzled to see a uniformed cop working a homicide case and sends Rossi to find out why, with disturbing results.


S03E02 - Exposé Air Date: 24 September 1979 04:00 -

The hard drinking husband of a popular female politician makes headlines while the Trib staff makes news itself in a gossip magazine. The Trib learns a hard lesson about what happens when private lives become public from Rossi's tough coverage of elected official, Bonita Worth, and Lou's firing of a resentful reporter.


S03E03 - Slammer Air Date: 01 October 1979 04:00 -

After agreeing to be guest speaker at Rossi's journalism class, Lou learns his "students" are tough state prison inmates who are angered by the shutdown of their newspaper. While Lou bucks the prison administration to help the hostile inmate editor, Hume gets the job of running the Trib during the period Mrs. Pynchon is on jury duty, and it's a learning experience for all.


S03E04 - Charlatan Air Date: 15 October 1979 04:00 -

A naked man on a church steeple and the editor of a sleazy porno magazine put Lou in hot water on two fronts with a common bond. The Trib's religious editor, Marcus Prescott, warns Lou he'll stir up a hornet's nest by allowing Rossi's probe into a disturbed member of the wealthy United Pilgrim Crusade.


S03E05 - Frame-Up Air Date: 22 October 1979 04:00 -

Billie gets into the headlines when her stories questioning a big company's clean air standards brings on a costly damage suit to the Trib. Corporation Chief, Curtis Folger, may have engineered an on-again, off-again deal to get the city to ease pollution restrictions. When Billie goes after proof, she lands herself and the Trib in trouble.


S03E06 - Hype Air Date: 29 October 1979 05:00 -

While helping test a new drug, Lou learns about the "publish or perish" research at a medical center with a publicity seeking director. Eager for new grants and honors, Dr. Duncan puts pressure on youthful scientist, Todson, to speed up his experiments. At the same time, another young man surprises Lou with his occupation: human guinea pig.


S03E07 - Gambling Air Date: 05 November 1979 05:00 -

To help with a story on the legalization of gambling, Lou befriends an elderly man who has inside tips for betting on the horses. Billie's new boyfriend uses her to feed his gambling addiction.


S03E08 - Witness Air Date: 12 November 1979 05:00 -

The unwilling Billie finds herself in the protective custody of a male chauvinist policeman because of what she knows in a grand jury case involving a popular game show host. Lou also learns about the irony of the law when he tries to be a Good Samaritan and painfully ends up as a target in a damage suit.


S03E09 - Kidnap Air Date: 19 November 1979 05:00 -

When a plane carrying a high school basketball team is believed to be missing, members of the paper travel to a small desert town to investigate.


S03E10 - Andrew: Part 1 Air Date: 03 December 1979 05:00 -

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Art's cousin Andrew displays violent feelings against women. His mother wants him to check into a mental institution, which Andrew accepts. Meanwhile, parts of an erotic novel keep popping up on the Tribune's computer monitors.


S03E11 - Andrew: Part 2 Air Date: 10 December 1979 05:00 -

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Andrew is put on trial for the murder of a young woman who lived in his mother's flat. Art wants to protect his cousin but realizes that the Tribune's coverage may work against the case.


S03E12 - Hollywood Air Date: 17 December 1979 05:00 -

Lou is intrigued by the closed restaurant down the street, which turns out to have been the scene of a famous murder 25 years earlier. Animal is sent in for pictures, and becomes friends with the reclusive owner, the woman who found the celebrity's body 25 years ago.


S03E13 - Kids Air Date: 24 December 1979 05:00 -

Rossi does a story on a child actress who is secretly unhappy about being deprived of a normal childhood and decides to run away. Lou tries to spend more time with a kid from his baseball team who is neglected by his divorced parents.


S03E14 - Brushfire Air Date: 07 January 1980 05:00 -

The paper is on the scene of a series of brush fires in the California Valley. Charlie, who is on the verge of separating from his wife, makes a last ditch effort to save his home from the fires as well as his marriage.


S03E15 - Indians Air Date: 14 January 1980 05:00 -

The paper does a series of articles on Native Americans. Animal tries to reunite a kid who ran away from a reservation with his uncle. Billie and Lou work on a story about a Native American couple who have different ideas about family.


S03E16 - Cover-Up Air Date: 21 January 1980 05:00 -

When a well-liked teacher at a private school is accused of molesting a child in his class, Mrs. Pynchon feels that he is not getting a fair trial.


S03E17 - Inheritance Air Date: 28 January 1980 05:00 -

When Billie investigates claims that drug companies manufactured a drug that caused cancer, she finds out that her mother may have taken that drug several years ago.


S03E18 - Censored Air Date: 04 February 1980 05:00 -

Rossi visits a small town where book burnings are back in fashion and a young teacher loses her job for teaching too radical ideas. Back at the Trib', Charlie refuses to publish a satirical comic strip in lieu of being sued.


S03E19 - Lou Air Date: 11 February 1980 05:00 -

Lou faces a burn-out on a particularly stressful day when everybody has something to complain about, one staffer quits, another is fired and on top of it all a 24 year old woman shows romantic interest in him.


S03E20 - Blackout Air Date: 18 February 1980 05:00 -

The paper's long standing streak of having a daily newspaper published is threatened by a blackout.


S03E21 - Dogs Air Date: 03 March 1980 05:00 -

The disappearance of Mrs. Pynchon's dog leads Rossi to the discovery of an underground dog-fighting ring.


S03E22 - Influence Air Date: 10 March 1980 05:00 -

Lou sticks his neck out to try and help Adam, who develops a serious drinking problem. However, when Adam's drinking problems gets worse and he expects Lou to keep covering for him, Lou regrets getting involved.


S03E23 - Guns Air Date: 17 March 1980 05:00 -

While the paper investigates a story on stolen guns, Lou himself becomes the victim of an Irish gun dealer who steals his identity to obtain weapons.


S03E24 - Hazard Air Date: 24 March 1980 05:00 -

Checkbook journalism - payment for a new story- becomes an issue when a source wants money to document a dangerous motorbike scandal. Cold financial facts are also brought home to the staff when Hume takes a talented editor to task for padding his expense accounts.

Lou Grant Actors

Edward Asner(Lou Grant)

Nancy Marchand(Mrs. Pynchon)

Linda Kelsey(Billie Newman)

Robert Walden(Joe Rossi)

Daryl Anderson(Dennis "Animal" Price)

Allen Williams(Adam Wilson)

Mason Adams (Charlie Hume)

Jack Bannon (I)(Art Donovan)



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