Lancer 50th Anniversary
1968 marks the anniversary for “Lancer”. For those of us who watched the series as it was first broadcast, September brought with it not only the beginning of the school year, but the excitement of a new western!
This one — although it was compared to existing series that were beginning their decline — promised something new in the genre. From the pilot episode, it was apparent that this western was darker, with more complex characters, and a whole lot more family angst.
Yep. Sam Peeples had created a masterpiece. The casting was impeccable. Andrew Duggan as the family patriarch, Murdoch Lancer; Wayne Maunder as the elder son, Scott; James Stacy as the youngest son, Johnny, and Elizabeth Baur as Murdoch’s ward, Teresa.
The stage was set. Now all we had to do was sit back and watch.
Over the next several months we are going to explore the Lancer universe. We’ll discuss the episodes; the good, the bad, and the downright ugly. And we will learn what we can about what was right; and what went very, very wrong.
Decades TV is now running Lancer here in the US. Enjoy and give us your feedback!! (The picture above is from the DVD provided by Quentin Tarantino that was created to raise funds for Erlene Peeples and James Stacy.)