Lucas Tanner

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Lucas Tanner
David Hartman Scott Glaser Lucas Tanner 1974.JPG
David Hartman as Lucas Tanner with a gifted student (Scott Glaser), 1974.
Genre School drama
Starring David Hartman
Rosemary Murphy
Robbie Rist
Country of origin U.S.
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 22
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run September 11, 1974 – August 20, 1975

Lucas Tanner is an NBC television drama that aired during the 1974-75 season. The title character, played by David Hartman, was a former baseball player and sportswriter who becomes an English teacher at the fictional Harry S Truman High School in Webster Groves, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. Episodes often deal with the resistance of traditional teachers to Tanner's unorthodox teaching style.

Regular co-stars included Rosemary Murphy, Kimberly Beck, and ten-year-old Robbie Rist. Unusually, the show was actually filmed in Webster Groves, rather than on a Hollywood backlot. That gave it a somewhat unusual "look" for a prime-time TV series.

A 90-minute pilot film of the series aired on NBC the week of May 4, 1974; the pilot also starred Kathleen Quinlan and Joe Garagiola.[1]

This series was Hartman's last television series as an actor—in November 1975, he began a long-running stint as co-host of ABC's Good Morning America.

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