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


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Series cast summary:
...  Herman Bockweiss 12 episodes, 1978-1979
...  Clay Basket 12 episodes, 1978-1979
...  Alexander McKeag 12 episodes, 1978-1979
...  Pasquinel 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
...  Sam Purchas 12 episodes, 1978-1979
...  Charlotte Buckland Seccombe 12 episodes, 1978-1979
...  R.J. Poteet 12 episodes, 1978-1979
...  Jacques 'Jake' Pasquinel 11 episodes, 1978-1979
...  Jim Lloyd 10 episodes, 1978-1979
...  Oliver Seccombe 10 episodes, 1978-1979
...  John Skimmerhorn 10 episodes, 1978-1979
...  Professor Lewis Vernor 10 episodes, 1978-1979
...  Levi Zendt 10 episodes, 1978-1979
...  Narrator / ... 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
...  Bufe Coker 5 episodes, 1978-1979
...  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 »


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Release Date:

1 October 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Colorado Saga  »


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$25,000,000 (estimated)
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(12 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The current town of Centennial, Colorado is not in the location ascribed to it by James Michener. His Centennial was located at the confluence of the South Platte and Cache La Pouder Rivers in rural Weld County, approximately seventy-five miles northeast of Denver, and is undeveloped land. The current Centennial was incorporated in 2001, and is located about fifteen miles south of Denver in Arapahoe County, and is a highly developed suburb of Denver. See more »


At the beginning of "The Winds of Death" episode - there is a street scene that takes place in 1911 and the cowboy named Burns can be seen wearing a brown jacket and an odd shaped black cowboy hat. The episode moves ahead to the year 1933 - where Burns makes a pass at Soledad Marquez and gets in a fight with her brother - he is still wearing the same hat and jacket 22 years later. See more »


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

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Centennial is soon to be available on DVD
11 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

Centennial is the greatest mini series ever produced and one of the finest westerns ever made, others being the Lonesome Dove series, Into The West and Dances With Wolves. The clothing for Centennial was authentic in detail (I have purchased items of like clothing from those who made some of the clothes for Centennial) and the locations were breathtaking. I read where Pasquinel was Robert Conrad's favorite role and that he displays a photograph of himself as Pasquinel on his piano. Centennial is truly "IT" for any western or western history buff. I have owned a decent copy recorded off of television (quite old) and have the boxed set on VHS. The GOOD NEWS is, I ran across information on line that the DVD boxed set of all 12 episodes is due out soon. The info didn't elaborate but I would assume (hope) that it will include lots of behind-the scenes and cast interviews. We'll see! Anyone interested can look for it on line or ask their local retailer. Once it's out I'm sure the public will be made aware of it. What a great thing to finally have a flawless, digital copy of this outdoor that has no chance of being "eaten" by my player and has an indefinite shelf life with no color fading, age lines appearing or sound quality reduction occurring. HAPPY VIEWING!!!

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