The economic and cultural growth of Colorado spanning two centuries from the mid-1700s to the late-1970s.

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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 Herman Bockweiss (12 episodes, 1978-1979)
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 Clay Basket (12 episodes, 1978-1979)
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 Alexander McKeag (12 episodes, 1978-1979)
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 Pasquinel (12 episodes, 1978-1979)
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 Colonel Frank Skimmerhorn (12 episodes, 1978-1979)
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 Major Maxwell Mercy (12 episodes, 1978-1979)
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 Hans Brumbaugh (12 episodes, 1978-1979)
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 Sheriff Axel Dumire (12 episodes, 1978-1979)
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 Lise Bockweiss (12 episodes, 1978-1979)
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 Sam Purchas (12 episodes, 1978-1979)
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 Charlotte Buckland Seccombe (12 episodes, 1978-1979)
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 R.J. Poteet (12 episodes, 1978-1979)
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 Jacques 'Jake' Pasquinel (11 episodes, 1978-1979)
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 Jim Lloyd (10 episodes, 1978-1979)
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 Oliver Seccombe (10 episodes, 1978-1979)
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 John Skimmerhorn (10 episodes, 1978-1979)
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 Professor Lewis Vernor (10 episodes, 1978-1979)
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 Levi Zendt (10 episodes, 1978-1979)
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 Narrator / ... (10 episodes, 1978-1979)
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 Maude Wendell (10 episodes, 1978-1979)
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 Lucinda McKeag Zendt (10 episodes, 1978-1979)
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 Morgan Wendell (10 episodes, 1978-1979)
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 Mervin Wendell (10 episodes, 1978-1979)
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 Amos Calendar (6 episodes, 1978-1979)
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 Sidney Endermann (5 episodes, 1979)
Les Lannom ...
 Bufe Coker (5 episodes, 1978-1979)
Kario Salem ...
 Marcel 'Mike' Pasquinel (5 episodes, 1978-1979)
Michael LeClair ...
 Young Jim Lloyd (5 episodes, 1978-1979)
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 Nate Person (5 episodes, 1978-1979)
Gloria McMillan ...
 Mrs. Brumbaugh (5 episodes, 1978-1979)
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This is the story of the evolution of the town Centennial, Colorado. It follows the paths of dozens of people who come to the area for many reasons: money, freedom, or crime. It also shows the bigoted treatment of the Native Indians by the advancing US colonists. It is topped off with a murder mystery that takes 100 years to solve. Written by Tony Berkoff <aberkoff@hq.caci.com>

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From the best-seller...a powerful story spanning the decades from the late 18th century to present day America. A heartwarming saga of reckless daring and reckless loving, of struggle and pain, of laughter and triumph. An unforgettable drama of the land...and the brave people who turned it into a nation. See more »


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1 October 1978 (USA)  »

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Colorado Saga  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)
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The ranch that was used as the Venneford Mansion was the Highlands Ranch Mansion, located Highlands Ranch, which ironically is near the real life town of Centennial Colorado. Years after the miniseries was shot, the property was developed for housing by the Mission Veijo Company. One of the streets within the development was named Venneford Ranch Road by the company as a tribute to the miniseries. See more »

Goofs

During "The Massacre" episode, Colonel Skimmerhorn is walking through the streets of Denver and there is a large crowd of people cheering and waving 50 star United States flags. There were no 50 star United States flags in 1864. See more »

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If You Love History
8 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you love history, you will love this film. How many times have you watched a film or miniseries and wondered, what happened next? You need not worry with Centennial. As a historian I hate loose ends. There are none here.

We so often forget what "history" a geographical place has. This ties the history of a specific place through multiple eras very nicely. It follows the history of the individuals and families that inhabit an area from the late 1700s through the 1970s.

This story happens to takes place in Colorado. But even if you do not like the west or frontier stories, it does not matter. The story will captivate you. Every place has a history like this.

I watched it as a teenager in the 70s, taped it on VHS in the 80s and finally have it on DVD now. My wife and I watched it in under a week--all 21 hours! The acting and cinematography are good, but secondary--the story will enthrall you!


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