From this initial episode, you can see why the show won multiple Emmys
Jun 18, 2010
While I was a big fan of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", until I popped this tape in, I had never seen an episode of the "Lou Grant" spinoff. His days in television behind him, Lou moves to Los Angeles and interviews for the position of city editor for the Los Angeles Tribune. The interviewer is his old friend Charlie Hume but Lou must also be accepted by Margaret Pynchon, majority owner of the paper. Margaret is a bit eccentric, but she is newspaper to the core. Lou is hired and he immediately works to improve the quality, including injecting new life into a senior reporter. While the premiere episode must take the extra time needed to introduce the primary characters, it is easy to see why this show was so popular and the winner of multiple Emmys. All of the main characters have their quirks and there are clashes between the reporters, yet at the end, as Lou says, "We are a newspaper after all." One can look ahead and see a lot of potential when Margaret Pynchon stops and asks Lou if he needs a lift. You expect the two of them to reach an understanding and you are surprised when Lou asks her, "Isn't it out of your way?" and her response is to say, "Yes it is" and she drives off leaving Lou at the bus stop. An odd, yet suitable ending to what is an opening statement.