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Another one of the many many good short-lived shows that got the axe for one reason or another. The premise of the show is that Lucan was lost in the northern Minnesota wilderness as a baby and was captured when he was 10 years old and kept at a research university for the next 10 years. Dr. Hoagland took the boy under his wings and taught him everything he needed to know to survive in the civilized world. At the age of 20, Lucan caught two men stealing drugs from a lab and there was a fire in which one of the men died. Lucan was blamed for the death and had to run away and was pursued by an obsessed cop, Mr. Prentiss. Lucan was still always in contact with Dr. Hoagland and would meet with him to give advice or help him elude Mr. Prentiss. Lucan's mission was to find his real parents and followed any leads he could find. Sometimes this was a detriment when people with ill intentions used this to lure him in for their own selfish reasons. Lucan didn't really have any super powers, he just reverted to his wolf/animal instinct when under pressure. He could run faster and jump higher but he couldn't make anyone disappear. This show followed the popular formula originated in The Fugitive series - a man on the run who went from town to town, always made friends easily and was being pursued by an obsessed cop. Lucan was an MGM production, so I am assuming Ted Turner owns the show. I have managed to track down the pilot and 6 other episodes and am seeking the other 5. I also acquired the rare movie Stalk The Wild Child starring David Janssen. This movie is from 1976, about the same time Lucan would have been filming. It is very similar to Lucan but I don't know if this movie was actually any inspiration for the Lucan series or not.
I've only seen two episodes in this TV series, but the ones I saw
totally captured me. I have been trying to get local TV stations to
show the series without success. They claim they can't find anything
about this show! Now I can point them to this web space! Lucan was
raised by wolves and somehow this gives him super powers. When he's
enraged his eyes glow red and he goes berserk, a one man army. In one
episode I saw he was coerced into becoming a boxer, and was titled
something like "ONE HIT WONDER", because that's all it took when he
became enraged enough, to knock out his opponents. Of course the plot
thickens when he is commanded to take a DIVE so some mobsters can make
a bundle, since everyone is betting on him winning. This means he has
to keep his unnatural rage in check while being hammered on in the
When watching these shows one can't help but feel someone sat down and tried to find out what possible super powers wolves MIGHT have... and give the super version to Lucan. Among powers he had were keen eyesight in darkness, allowing him to identify creatures at a distance which was very reminiscent of "Six Million Dollar Man". In fact, the show might be compared to many super hero TV series, like the incredible "Hulk" and "Bionic Woman", but in both cases the reason for their super powers is better explained, and possibly more "reasonable".
Like in the TV series "Kung Fu", each show had a moral message, or a social comment, for example how WE, the supposedly "civilized people, can seem more like animals than someone who was raised by them.
I'd love to see MORE shows like this one! 5/5 No question.
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The Show you saw was called "ONE PUNCH WOLFSON". Lucan was convinced he
could use the money gained by becoming a small time prize fighter to
pay a detective to help in his quest to find his parents. The private
eye proves to just be using Lucan's fervent desire to find his parents
to line his pockets while doing nothing to help Lucan. Lucan is
befriended by an inner city youth involved in the boxing game. Many
intrigues occur but in the end Lucan wins a fight. His doctor friend
uncovers the detectives low motives forcing him to return money wrongly
taken from Lucan for services not rendered.
Lucan eventually continues his trek to find his parents. Take it I am a real Lucan fan. I know most of the Lucan episodes by heart.
I don't agree.Personally I loved that show! And i really liked Kevin Brophy. I don't think it was on long enough! I think they should have it in reruns! I admit, part of the attraction to the show was Kevins good looks, but I honestly did like the show. I always liked the concept of someone being raised out of their species and how they would react. That's where Tarzan comes from. It's not totally unheard of. If it was out on DVD, I would buy it in a second.I wish they would have Kevin do a follow up movie on it. That would be interesting! They could show how being raised by wolves hindered/or helped in his life. His rugged good looks made him very easy to look at.Shows have come and shows have gone, but i think "Lucan" was one of the good ones. They don't make shows like they use to. Good Quality family shows. They should bring them back.
I'm a sucker for fugitive/Man-on-the run shows and this was terrific.
It was a cross between the classic 'Fugitive' TV series and The
Incredible Hulk. (Two of the best of the genre.) I loved the fact that
Lucan had animal/wolf like abilities and the way his eyes glowed
reddish-gold when he put them to practice. It was icing on the cake and
not over-done. He didn't quite have 'super powers.' And of course he's
a true hero you can relate to a sweet, easy-going and ruggedly
handsome young man on a quest to find his real parents. Along the way
he helps people. Kevin Brophy was perfectly cast!! Why he was not
utilized more in Hollywood I simply don't know. He played Lucan with
great earnestness and you truly believed in the character and wanted
him to find what he was looking for.
I have only seen 8 episodes (inc. the Pilot) I wish I could get the other 4 to complete my collection. This show should have lasted longer. It was smart and well-acted with a fascinating concept based on a true case of a wolf-boy in the woods. I hope MGM releases this sometime soon. They should do like Warner Brothers and make direct-to-order DVDs. I would definitely order!
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I honestly don't recall a great deal about this series, Lucan, except
that i did watch some of the few episodes which were shown in the
1970s. I am glad that some others recall the program even existed,
though! From I can recall, it was good program which, like many others,
wasn't given a chance to find an audience. I seem to recall he did have
some limited super powers though which was just enough to call the
series science fiction - it is listed as such in some sources, in any
Many short-run TV series of the 1970s now seem to finally be in the process of being released on DVD, and hopefully this show will as well. For the record, there are some well-documented cases of this kind of "feral children" in the real world.
This show was about a boy who was raised by wolves or something and is now in captivity and trying to learn how to act human. And no, this isn't a comedy. This is one of the dumbest shows I've ever seen, totally uninteresting from start to finish. No wonder this pile of garbage only lasted a year, although a year was way too long. At least re-runs aren't common.
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