Lancer (1968–1970)

TV Series  -   -  Western
7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 150 users  
Reviews: 12 user

"Bonanza" clone about the Lancer family and its ranch.

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Fall TV Premiere Week

Many of your favorite shows are coming back, along with plenty of series premieres. Here's a list of the shows premiering between Sunday, September 21 and Friday, September 26.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 22 titles
created 17 Sep 2011
 
a list of 1057 titles
created 20 Apr 2013
 
a list of 10 titles
created 29 May 2013
 
a list of 100 titles
created 22 Jul 2013
 
a list of 508 titles
created 11 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Lancer" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Lancer (1968–1970)

Lancer (1968–1970) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Lancer.

Episodes

Seasons


Years



2   1  
1970   1969   1968  
1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Laredo (1965–1967)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Rustlers, bank robbers, and their own wild schemes: a band of Texas Rangers keeps getting in and out of trouble, under the jaundiced eye of Captain Parmalee.

Stars: Neville Brand, Peter Brown, William Smith
Branded (1965–1966)
Action | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In the 1880s Jason McCord travels the country trying to prove he's no coward. He needs to do this because the military career of this West point graduate came to an end when he was thrown out of the army after being accused of cowardice.

Stars: Chuck Connors, Chuck Hamilton, William Bryant
Tate (TV Series 1960)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The adventures of a one-armed gunfighter (he lost the use of an arm during the Civil War) in the Old West.

Stars: David McLean, Don Wilbanks, Robert Redford
Whispering Smith (TV Series 1961)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Whispering Smith was a detective on the Denver, Colorado Police Department in the 1870s. This show took case histories from Smith's adventures. George Romack was Smith's partner and John ... See full summary »

Stars: Audie Murphy, Guy Mitchell, Sam Buffington
Custer (TV Series 1967)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In 1868, after the Civil War, Custer takes charge of a mix of ex-Confederates and criminals, the 7th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hays, Kansas. His boss General Terry doesn't like his methods ... See full summary »

Stars: Wayne Maunder, Slim Pickens, Robert F. Simon
Judd for the Defense (1967–1969)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

High-priced Houston TX lawyer Clinton Judd and his assistant Ben defend people all over the country. The cases often reflected then-current real-life ones (e.g., antiwar protesters).

Stars: Carl Betz, Stephen Young, Walter Brooke
Cimarron Strip (1967–1968)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The western adventures of tough but fair Marshal Jim Crown.

Stars: Stuart Whitman, Percy Herbert, Randy Boone
Bracken's World (1969–1970)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Behind the scenes at the fictitious Century Studios in Hollywood, headed by the (initially) unseen John Bracken.

Stars: Elizabeth Allen, Peter Haskell, Linda Harrison
Black Saddle (1959–1960)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

After his brothers are killed in a shootout, a gunfighter decides to hang up his guns and uphold the law by becoming a lawyer.

Stars: Peter Breck, Russell Johnson, Anna-Lisa
The Dakotas (TV Series 1963)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Marshal Ragan and his deputies maintain the peace in the Badlands of the Dakota Territory.

Stars: Larry Ward, Jack Elam, Chad Everett
Just a Little Inconvenience (TV Movie 1977)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Jolted out of his self-pity by a friend who teaches him to ski, a wounded Vietnam vet comes to look on his double amputation not as a "handicap" but rather "just a little inconvenience."

Director: Theodore J. Flicker
Stars: Lee Majors, James Stacy, Barbara Hershey
The High Chaparral (1967–1971)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The Cannon family runs the High Chaparral Ranch in the Arizona Territory in 1870s. Big John wants to establish his cattle empire despite Indian hostility. He's aided by brother Buck and son... See full summary »

Stars: Leif Erickson, Cameron Mitchell, Henry Darrow
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
James Stacy ...
 Johnny Madrid Lancer (51 episodes, 1968-1970)
Wayne Maunder ...
 Scott Lancer (51 episodes, 1968-1970)
...
 Murdoch Lancer (51 episodes, 1968-1970)
Elizabeth Baur ...
 Teresa O'Brien (51 episodes, 1968-1970)
...
 Jelly Hoskins (35 episodes, 1968-1970)
Edit

Storyline

Lancer is the story of a rancher who struggles to hang onto his vast holdings in California's San Joaquin Valley with the help of his two sons and his ward. Scott, whose mother died in childbirth, is Murdoch Lancer's older son. He was raised by his maternal grandfather in Boston. Younger son Johnny was taken from his father by his Mexican mother when he was only around two. He grew up around the Mexican border and went by the name Johnny Madrid under which he earned a reputation as a fast gun. Deservedly so apparently as men from his past occasionally show up to cause problems for Johnny and his new found family. Teresa O'Brien, daughter of Murdoch's murdered ranch foreman is Murdoch's ward and a surrogate sister to the two boys. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Western

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

24 September 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le ranch  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(51 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Lancer: A Brilliant Western Drama from the late-1960's
15 May 2009 | by (Chapel Hill,North Carolina) – See all my reviews

"Lancer" was one of the most excellent western-adventure series to come out of the late 1960's. This was a great show that unfortunately wasn't provided the budget that it deserved to stay on the air,due to the powers to be over at CBS. This was a western that was compared to "Bonanza" and "The High Chapparral",but it offer a lot more. Produced by Alan A. Armer("The Fugitive","The Untouchables",and "The Invaders"),under the executive in charge of production William Self for 20th Century-Fox Television and Kent Productions,this was a series that ran for two seasons on CBS-TV,producing 51 episodes all in color that was on the air for September 24,1968 until May 19,1970.

"Lancer" was an impressive series with great writing and direction along with stunning photography not to mention exciting western action and adventure. "Lancer" was about a man Murdoch Lancer(played by Andrew Duggan,who was a less wholly admirable patriarch than Lorne Greene's Ben Cartwright of Bonanza),who emigrated from Scotland in the mid-1800's,owns and operates a 100,000 acre ranch where he raises cattle and horses. When land pirates kill his foreman and seriously wounded him,he sends for his two sons whom he hasn't seen in years. Scott Lancer(played by Wayne Maunder),was the educated older son and was a veteran of the Union Army(who served in a cavalry unit during the war and rose to the rank of Lieutenant while serving under General Phil Sheridan). The youngest son Johnny Lancer(James Stacy)was a half-hispanic gunslinger who was also known as Johnny Madrid. Johnny's mother was Murdoch's second wife-a Mexican woman named Maria. Johnny,unlike Scott,was born at Lancer and spent approximately the first two years of his life there. For reasons known only to herself Maria deserted her husband and left Lancer with Johnny in the company of strangers,according to Murdoch's ward,Teresa O'Brien(Elizabeth Baur). The brothers knew nothing about each other's existence until they are "introduced" to each other by Teresa when they arrive on the same stage in Morro Coyo. After a rough start the boys,along with their father Murdoch and Teresa eventually become a close-kint family and share the trials and tribulations of cattle ranching and the occasional visitor from the past-either Johnny's past as a gunfighter,or Scott's past as a soldier or scion of Boston society or Murdoch's own past.

This series was compared to "Bonanza",but was a lot more. It was more down to earth in its approach to solving each problem in some of the episodes. It was brilliant western drama at its finest. The father let his sons be themselves and treated them with dignity and respect. And it shows in some of the episodes,with some of the best writing in a western drama ever presented. Also on board this series was Paul Brinegar,formerly the cook Wishbone on another CBS-TV western series "Rawhide",also appeared as Jelly Hoskins,a series regular.

The guest star roster included on this series were Joe Don Baker,Ellen Corby,Dub Taylor,Jack Elam,Sam Elliott,Bruce Dern,along with actor/director Ron Howard(as Ronnie Howard from the Andy Griffith Show),Cloris Leachman,Scott Marlowe,Stefanie Powers(The Girl From U.N.C.L.E),Frank McHugh,along with Lloyd Haynes(Room 222),Vic Tayback(Griff and later on for Alice),and Manuel Padilla,Jr.(aka Jai from the TV-series Tarzan).

Don't miss the best episodes from this series from season one:(the 1968-69 season)"The Pilot Episode:The High Riders","Death Bait","Glory","Yesterday's Vendetta","The Measure of a Man",and "The Devil's Blessing".

Also the best episodes from its second and final season:(the 1969-70 season)"Blind Man's Buff","Legacy","Cut The Wolf Loose","Shadow of a Dead Man","Blue Skies for Willie Sharpe","The Lion and the Lamb","The Rivals",and the final episode of the series "Lifeline". After CBS canceled this series in the Spring of 1970,the network repeated all 51 episodes in the summer of 1971 as a replacement. The summer replacement was for the variety-series "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour" which the western "Lancer" replaced.


5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Wayne Maunder IrishRose92855
Convention 05 jrbell-3
Elizabeth as Teresa underutilized attndw
Discuss Lancer (1968) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?