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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Series cast summary:
 Herman Bockweiss 12 episodes, 1978-1979
 Alexander McKeag 12 episodes, 1978-1979
 Colonel Frank Skimmerhorn 12 episodes, 1978-1979
 Major Maxwell Mercy 12 episodes, 1978-1979
 Hans Brumbaugh 12 episodes, 1978-1979
 Sheriff Axel Dumire 12 episodes, 1978-1979
 Lise Bockweiss 12 episodes, 1978-1979
 Jacques 'Jake' Pasquinel 11 episodes, 1978-1979
 John Skimmerhorn 10 episodes, 1978-1979
 Maude Wendell 10 episodes, 1978-1979
 Lucinda McKeag Zendt 10 episodes, 1978-1979
 Morgan Wendell 10 episodes, 1978-1979
 Mervin Wendell 10 episodes, 1978-1979
 Amos Calendar 6 episodes, 1978-1979
 Sidney Endermann 5 episodes, 1979
 Marcel 'Mike' Pasquinel 5 episodes, 1978-1979
Michael LeClair ...
 Young Jim Lloyd 5 episodes, 1978-1979
 Nate Person 5 episodes, 1978-1979
Gloria McMillan ...
 Mrs. Brumbaugh 5 episodes, 1978-1979


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 U.S. colonists. It is topped off with a murder mystery that takes one hundred years to solve. Written by Tony Berkoff <>

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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 »





Release Date:

1 October 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Colorado Saga  »


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$25,000,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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The ranch that was used as the Venneford Mansion was the Highlands Ranch Mansion, located on Highlands Ranch, which is near the real-life town of Centennial, Colorado. Several years after this 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 »


Oliver Seccombe builds a stately and well landscaped mansion with the money that he embezzled from the English investors. The mansion was built on the prairie and some of the oak trees on the spread have grown to more than 50 to 60 feet tall in a 5 to 10 year time span. In actuality, oak trees are not native to the Colorado prairie and it would take 50 to 60 years for the trees to grow that tall. See more »


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"We have to look to the past and get back to some basic principles if there's gonna be any future worth having."
14 December 2008 | by See all my reviews

"Centennial" is a great mini-series to discover America… It goes over a span of 200 years…It's about Pasquinel, a solitary trader with the Indians, who made his way through territory no white man has ever traveled, defending his trade and his life… It's about a man from Scotland who had come seeking solitude, but he found friendship and love… His name was Alexander McKeag… It's about the legendary Arapaho leader, Lame Beaver, who knew that the coming of the white man was the beginning of change…

"Centennial" is also about strong men, men of destiny and vision… It's also about stubborn men who only saw little in the windy, water-shy stretch of plains to stop for on their trek to a new place called Oregon…

"Centennial" is also about men of integrity like the young Mennonite named Levi Zendt who could not know it at the time that he was destined to leave the home he loved and share the dream of Alexander McKeag… It's about traders like Zendt, and soldiers like Maxwell Mercy… It's about men of honor, like Major Mercy who worked tirelessly to bring about a lasting peace… Men of vision like the stubborn German from the Volga named Hans Brumbaugh, who had walked from St. Louis to find gold… It's about the Englishman Oliver Seccombe, who would found an empire from the dream of a lifetime… A ranch that would spread from the Rocky Mountains on the west to the Nebraska border with Longhorns driven north from Texas by John Skimmerhorn and R. J. Poteet…

"Centennial is about many more characters like Clay Basket, the fiery Indian woman who shared the life Pasquinel loved best; Lise Bockweiss, the golden-haired lady of St. Louis; Pasquinel brothers whose names would strike terror into the hearts of all white men who thought of crossing the plains; Frank Skimmerhorn, the obsessed militia colonel who led a disgraceful massacre against Cheyenne chief, Broken Thumb; the frontier lawman Alex Dumire who would fall prey to a kind of crime the presence of his badge and gun could not prevent; the traveling actors, Mervin and Maude Wendell who founded its fortune power and prestige on stolen money and a murder…

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