The heroic collie dog leads a team of animal friends to assist a human forest ranger search and rescue unit.




1973   1972  


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Series cast summary:
 Lassie (16 episodes, 1972-1973)
 Ben Turner (16 episodes, 1972-1973)
Erika Scheimer ...
 Susan Turner (16 episodes, 1972-1973)
Lane Scheimer ...
 Ben Turner Jr (16 episodes, 1972-1973)
Keith Sutherland ...
 Jackie Turner (16 episodes, 1972-1973)
Jane Webb ...
 Laura Turner (16 episodes, 1972-1973)


This cartoon featured Lassie, America's favorite collie, as the leader of The Rescue Rangers, which consisted of the Turner family, Gene Fox (an Indian), and several animals like Toothless the mountain lion, Robbie the raccoon and more. Written by Kenneth McNeil

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11 November 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lassie e la squadra di soccorso  »

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The pilot for this show aired as an installment on The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie (1972). See more »


Featured in Star Trek: One of Our Planets Is Missing (1973) See more »

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Mediocre, but fascinating to kids
3 July 2002 | by (Washington, D.C.) – See all my reviews

This cartoon show aired on ABC beginning in September 1973 and ending in June 1976 (although a lot of repeats occurred in the last two seasons). The animation (by Filmation) is barely acceptable, with lots of looping to cut costs. (Lassie always leaps toward the screen from the same tree in every shot.) The sound effects and dialogue are atrocious. But, for a kid of 8 or 10, the show was entrancing. The show has Lassie living with the Turner family (chief ranger Ben Turner, wife Laura and kids Susan, Jackie, and Ben Jr.) and Native American Gene Fox at Thunder Mountain National Park. In an unintentional parody of the "Lassie" television show (which ran concurrently with the cartoon in the 'toon show's first season), each week Lassie and the gang save the park and its visitors from various disasters -- ecological and not, human and not. Joining Lassie are a motley assortment of animals who live in the park, and who help rescue trapped children, animals threatened by fire, and others. Although adults will find it silly, to kids it was enthralling. Who can beat Lassie, wacky animal pals, and a cliffhanger disaster each week?

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