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Centennial 

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

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John Wilder
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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 <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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Centennial See more »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)
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Universal Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 Poudre Rivers in rural Weld County, approximately 50 miles northeast of Denver (city center), 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 »

Goofs

The cover of the wagon as Poteet drives during the ambush disappears and reappears between shots. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Everyday: Episode #1.11 (1978) See more »

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Centennial
10 July 2005 | by basebillSee all my reviews

I agree with Tia to the extent that the series is wonderfully drawn and realized. Many of the performances are simply perfect(Conrad, Chamberlain, Everett etc.) I find it only second to "Shogun" in the mini-series genre. The development of fictional characters using the reality of events is wonderful. When I watch it, it always reminds me of how much I miss David Jannsen and how good Andy Griffith can be. In my opinion, it is the best thing Robert Conrrrad ever did. It may also be the the best acting I have seen from Barbara Carrera. The continuing downer , however. of epics like this is the complete destruction of the native American's way of life. It was an inevitable event once the settlers started to move west but it never becomes easy to watch. The mind set of people in that era is almost incomprehensible in this day.


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