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[[caption-width-right:350:Back row, left to right: Charlie Hume (Mason Adams), Margaret Pynchon (Nancy Marchand), Dennis "The Animal" Price (Creator/DarylAnderson), Adam Wilson (Creator/AllenWilliams), Art Donovan (Creator/JackBannon). Front row, left to right: Lou Grant (Creator/EdwardAsner), Joe Rossi (Creator/RobertWalden), Billie Newman (Creator/LindaKelsey).]]

This is an hour-long drama that was a spinoff of the comedy-drama ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow.'' EdAsner reprises his role of Lou Grant from there.

After the GrandFinale of ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow,'' Lou is now in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles using his gruff managerial talents to manage a newspaper. He manages to keep his character, in both senses, for five seasons of this.

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!! '''Tropes''':

* TheAlcoholic: While played for laughs in ''TheMaryTylerMooreShow'', the tone becomes serious here, as Lou's drinking problem at times is referenced. At one time, it becomes deadly serious when he is arrested for drunk driving and has to attend a drinking driver's school to get his license back.
* AuthorFilibuster: Many ''Lou Grant'' episodes dealt with social issues, but it did not come off nearly as preachy as ''Series/{{Quincy}}''.
* BadassGrandpa: Lou Grant has four grandchildren, one of whom is deaf.
* BaldOfAwesome: Lou Grant
* BenevolentBoss: While Mrs. Pynchon, Charlie Hume, and Lou Grant all had gruff and demanding demeanors, they were all passionate about journalism and preserving its integrity.
* BittersweetEnding: Several, including when Charlie Hume accepted his son's decision to join the Hare Krishnas.
* CoolOldLady: Mrs. Pynchon
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Lou Grant and his reporters ran into quite a few of these during the course of the series.
* DaEditor: Lou Grant
* DownerEnding: Lou and the others did everything they could to help an elderly man preserve the apartment building murals he lovingly dedicated to his deceased wife, but despite getting a court order against demolition, they could not stop the wrecking ball.
* TheEponymousShow:
* AFatherToHisMen: Lou Grant
* FictionalDocument: Lou Grant and his cohort work at The Los Angeles Tribune.
* FirstNameBasis: Lou, Charlie, and Billie.
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Lou
** TheLancer: Rossi
** TheBigGuy: Animal
** TheSmartGuy: Donovan
** TheChick: Billie
* FromTheAshes: After Lou Grant and all his co-workers are fired from the station in the finale of ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'', Lou survives and thrives as the city editor of a busy Los Angeles newspaper -- and maintains his humanity and integrity throughout the series.
* HangingJudge: Lou Grant is held in contempt of court and thrown in jail when investigating reports of a ruthless judge.
* HeadTiltinglyKinky: Joe and Billie are undercover in a motel room. Joe starts watching porn on the TV. Billie starts making comments about how silly it is, and how none of it is remotely erotic. Then she stops, tilts her head, and says "Now ''that's'' erotic."
* HostageSituation: The Trib newsroom was held hostage in the appropriately named episode "Hostages".
* IntrepidReporter: The hallmark of the show. Lou Grant and his reporters braved everything from organized crime to corrupt politicians to natural disasters to bring the news to the people of Los Angeles.
* LastNameBasis: Rossi and Donovan.
* UsefulNotes/LosAngeles: Lou Grant is the City Editor of the Los Angeles Tribune.
* Magazine/{{MAD}}: ''Lou Grouch''.
* MythologyGag: The character of Flo Meridith, Mary Richard's Aunt and a very respected newspaper reporter, was the only MTM Show character to appear on ''Lou Grant''. A running gag during the sitcom episodes had Flo making snide remarks to Lou about being in "trivial" television journalism instead of "real" newspaper journalism. On her first of two appearances on the drama, she congratulates Lou on finally returning to his newspaper roots... although she implies the Trib isn't exactly the most respected newspaper around, thereby keeping their friendly feud alive.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Dennis "Animal" Price looks like an unfocused slob, but is an award-winning photographer.
* OneNameOnly: "Animal" Price is virtually always referred to by his nickname.
* PoliceAreUseless: Many of the problems faced in ''Lou Grant'' were too complex to be handled by the police, who were often hamstrung by some flaw of the system.
* RedShirtReporter: In episodes that involved natural disasters.
* RightHandAttackDog: Barney, Mrs. Pynchon's yappy Yorkshire terrier.
* ShownTheirWork: Often, real-life problems are showcased with outstanding attention to detail.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Billie, not including the matriarch Mrs. Pynchon.
* SpinOff: Lou Grant's character was largely unchanged since his departure from the UsefulNotes/TwinCities via the ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow''.
* TheSeventies: From building interiors, to Animal's attire, to episodes like "Sect", Lou Grant is clearly a creation of the seventies.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: Averted in one episode in which the computer-using City Room reporters make snide remarks about the one old timer who insists on using a typewriter... just before a city-wide power outage.
* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: Mrs. Pynchon.
* AVerySpecialEpisode: Every episode.
* WelcomeEpisode: Fresh from his firing at WJM Minneapolis, Lou Grant relies on his old friend Charlie Hume to secure a City Editor job at a busy Los Angeles newspaper.
* YouLookFamiliar: Linda Kelsey played a relative of Sue Ann Nivens on one episode of ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'' before taking on the regular role of Billie Newman.
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