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


John Wilder
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1979   1978  
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »





Series cast summary:
Raymond Burr ...  Herman Bockweiss 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Barbara Carrera ...  Clay Basket 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Richard Chamberlain ...  Alexander McKeag 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Robert Conrad ...  Pasquinel 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Richard Crenna ...  Colonel Frank Skimmerhorn 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Chad Everett ...  Major Maxwell Mercy 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Alex Karras ...  Hans Brumbaugh 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Brian Keith ...  Sheriff Axel Dumire 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Sally Kellerman ...  Lise Bockweiss 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Donald Pleasence ...  Sam Purchas 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Lynn Redgrave ...  Charlotte Buckland Seccombe 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Dennis Weaver ...  R.J. Poteet 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Stephen McHattie ...  Jacques 'Jake' Pasquinel 11 episodes, 1978-1979
William Atherton ...  Jim Lloyd 10 episodes, 1978-1979
Timothy Dalton ...  Oliver Seccombe 10 episodes, 1978-1979
Cliff De Young ...  John Skimmerhorn 10 episodes, 1978-1979
Andy Griffith ...  Professor Lewis Vernor 10 episodes, 1978-1979
Gregory Harrison ...  Levi Zendt 10 episodes, 1978-1979
David Janssen ...  Narrator / ... 10 episodes, 1978-1979
Lois Nettleton ...  Maude Wendell 10 episodes, 1978-1979
Cristina Raines ...  Lucinda McKeag Zendt 10 episodes, 1978-1979
Robert Vaughn ...  Morgan Wendell 10 episodes, 1978-1979
Anthony Zerbe ...  Mervin Wendell 10 episodes, 1978-1979
Jesse Vint ...  Amos Calendar 6 episodes, 1978-1979
Sharon Gless ...  Sidney Endermann 5 episodes, 1979
Les Lannom ...  Bufe Coker 5 episodes, 1978-1979
Kario Salem ...  Marcel 'Mike' Pasquinel 5 episodes, 1978-1979
Michael LeClair Michael LeClair ...  Young Jim Lloyd 5 episodes, 1978-1979
Glynn Turman ...  Nate Person 5 episodes, 1978-1979
Gloria McMillan 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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Did You Know?


Robert Conrad worked with a dialect coach in order to talk with an authentic French Canadian accent. See more »


During the "Only the Rocks Live Forever" episode - Pasquinel and McKeag are confronted by the brother of the murdered riverboat pilot in a St. Louis tavern. The brother claims that they and the Pawnee killed the men aboard the boat called the Saint Genevieve. A sign on the boat shows that the name was actually the Saint Antone. See more »

Alternate Versions

This was originally shown on the NBC network in twelve separate episodes, with the first and last each running three hours and the ten in between at two hours each (this is with commercials). Some basic cable channels have rerun it in thirteen two-hour segments, with all but the opening and closing episodes consisting of the last hour of one segment and the first hour of the next. See more »


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Centennial - The very best that I've ever watched
6 August 2006 | by kespennSee all my reviews

I was in my senior year of high school when Centennial came on TV, and from the very first episode - I was hooked. I'd never read the book (but, I did afterwards), so it was all new to me and I just loved it. The whole story line, the characters and the actors and actresses that played them - it was just an incredible TV watching experience that I don't think has ever been equaled by anything else I've watch in all these years.

Robert Conrad, has always been one of my all time favorite actors, but as Pasquinel he was at his very best. Richard Chamberlain as McKeag - I loved his Scotsman's brogue. Barbara Carrera as Clay Basket loved by two men any woman would have been happy to have, and later torn by the love for her children. Richard Crenna's Colonel Skimmerhorn was a character to both hate and gleeful when he was disgraced. Dennis Weaver as R.J. Poteet on the cattle drive was so level headed and brave. Brian Keith, another all time favorite - I just loved Sheriff Dumire and his belief in law and order. Chad Everett, also another all time favorite of mine, his Major Maxwell Mercy was such a compassionate soldier just trying to do his job but also keep his integrity when it came to the issues of the Indians and the reservations. Gregory Harrison was new to me, but as Levi Zendt he was a wonderful character. I could go on and on about all of the characters, but I won't. Well, except I have to mention Mark Harmon - good lord but he was so young and good looking back then and just starting out. When each beloved character died, I would feel so sad - for some I even cried, like I had just lost one of my own friends, that's how immersed I became in the story and the characters.

There were so many great characters, with an incredible cast. Over the years I found myself keeping track of most of the actors/actresses and their careers - like Mark Harmon for example - I think he is aging very well. I loved Brian Keith in Hardcastle & McCormick, and I cried when they reported his death.

As soon as video tapes became so popular I waited for Centennial to come out in video - and as soon as it did, I bought it. Whenever today's news and world chaos gets me down, and I feel the need for some mental piece - I sit down and put in a tape and I'll go back in time, to when America was young. My parents also like to borrow the video set.

What I would like to know now is when will it come out in DVD! My video tapes are getting a little worn. It has to come out in DVD! What is taking them so long? Everything else is coming out in DVD, why not Centennial? In fact I was checking to see if it was out in DVD yet, when I came across this website and read everyone's comments. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who loved the show so much.

And now after all this reminiscing, I think I'll have to get the tapes back from my parents so I can spend a weekend watching it again.

Kelly Lake Ariel, PA

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Release Date:

1 October 1978 (USA) See more »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)
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Universal Television See more »
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(12 episodes)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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