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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$25,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The role of Philip Wendell was originally played by Richard Kelton, who died of carbon monoxide poisoning after one day of filming. See more »

Goofs

On the cattle drive, the cowboys are trying to keep the cattle away from the "alkali" pool of water. If the water was really alkaline, there would have been no green grass growing along the banks of the pool. See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Walter Matthau (1978) See more »

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1 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I strongly agree that Centennial is arguably the best mini-series ever made. The production is top drawer, with wonderful locations, costumes, musical score, cast, and direction. It is at its best from the beginning up through the cattle drive segment, and weakens somewhat thereafter, especially at the end. This is a small criticism, however. The one particular thing that has always stuck in my mind over the years is the incredible, standout performance by Robert Conrad as Pasquinel. For most of his career, his best work was in lighter vehicles such as "The Wild, Wild West," and never distinguished by any particular depth of characterization. In the role of Pasquinel, however, Conrad delivered a performance of which any actor could be justly proud. He gives the character all of the realism and believability one could possibly want, and conveys the qualities, both good and bad, which make Pasquinel such a compelling figure. If only for that performance alone, Centennial is well worth watching.


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