Lou Grant (TV series)

Lou Grant (TV Series)

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Lou Grant is an American television drama series starring Ed Asner as a newspaper editor. Aired from 1977 to 1982, the series won 13 Emmy Awards, including "Outstanding Drama Series". Asner won the Emmy Award for "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series" in 1978 and 1980. The series also won two Golden Globe awards, a Peabody award, an Eddie award, three awards from the Directors Guild of America, and two Humanitas prizes. Ed Asner became the only person to win an Emmy Award for both "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series" and "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series" for portraying the same character, recognizing his work on this series and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

Broadcast history

Lou Grant was a spinoff from The Mary Tyler Moore Show and premiered on CBS in September 1977. Unlike The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which was a 30-minute situation comedy, Lou Grant was a one-hour drama.

Lou Grant ran from 1977–1982 and consisted of 114 episodes. It is one of four shows in the history of American television to have the distinction of having episodes that finished both first and last in the ratings during its run, the others being AfterMASH, Cheers, and fellow Mary Tyler Moore spinoff Rhoda.

The theme music for the series was composed by Patrick Williams.


Lou Grant worked at the fictitious Los Angeles Tribune daily newspaper as its city editor, a job he took after the WJM television station fired him. (Though Mary......
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