Lou Grant (1977–1982)
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Charlie is devastated when his son joins a cult.


Alexander Singer


James L. Brooks (created by), Allan Burns (created by) | 3 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Asner ... Lou Grant
Robert Walden ... Joe Rossi
Linda Kelsey ... Billie Newman
Mason Adams ... Charlie Hume
Jack Bannon ... Art Donovan
Daryl Anderson ... Dennis "Animal" Price
Nancy Marchand ... Mrs. Pynchon
Richard Erdman ... Mal Cavanaugh
Peggy McCay ... Marian Hume
David Hunt Stafford David Hunt Stafford ... Visnu Das
James Beach James Beach ... Orrin Houston
John Carter ... Ken Harrelson
Jean Gillespie ... Shirley Ballard
William Boyett ... Bill Ballard
Melissa Newman ... Kim Ballard


Charlie is devastated when his son joins a cult.

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hare krishna | See All (1) »


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Charlie Hume: You know who my closest friend is? My oldest and closest friend?
Lou Grant: Me.
Charlie Hume: Oh, right. I guess I mean my closest Los Angeles friend.
Lou Grant: Me.
Charlie Hume: Lou, how 'bout my oldest and closest friend who isn't you?
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Referenced in Lou Grant: Charlie (1982) See more »

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Excellent treatment
11 June 2017 | by ciitkb-33326See all my reviews

This episode dealt with Charlie's family having to understand their son's decision to join a religion unknown to them. The son, Tommie has joined the Hare Krishna movement and the parents, especially Charlie do not take it well. I was carefully looking at their treatment of the Hare Krishna group as I have had some experience with them myself, and I must say it was the most balanced and meticulous depiction of the 'sect' I have ever seen. Real mature. And David Hunt Stafford has played a marvelous role.

The rest of the episode also fits in well with this main plot and allows Lou's character to shine. The pacing is pretty good and so is the story-telling. Perfect 10 from my side. Bravo!!

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6 February 1978 (USA) See more »

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Color (DeLuxe)

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1.33 : 1
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