Lancer (TV series)

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Andrew Duggan Elizabeth Baur Lancer 1968.JPG
Andrew Duggan and Elizabeth Baur, 1968
Genre Western
Created by Samuel A. Peeples
Directed by Robert Butler
Starring James Stacy
Wayne Maunder
Andrew Duggan
Elizabeth Baur
Theme music composer Jerome Moross
Composer(s) Jerome Moross
Arthur Morton
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 51
Producer(s) Sam Wanamaker (pilot episode)
Alan A. Armer
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 48 mins.
Production company(s) 20th Century Fox Television
Original network CBS
Audio format Monaural
Original release September 24, 1968 (1968-09-24) – June 23, 1970 (1970-06-23)

Lancer is an American western series that aired on CBS from September 24, 1968, to June 23, 1970.[1] The series stars Andrew Duggan, James Stacy, and Wayne Maunder as a father with two half-brother sons, an arrangement similar to the more successful Bonanza on NBC.


Duggan stars as the less than admirable Murdoch Lancer, the patriarch of the Lancer family. Stacy appears as half-Mexican gunslinger Johnny Madrid Lancer. Wayne Maunder was cast as Scott Lancer, the educated older son (though he is younger than Stacy) and a veteran of the Union Army, in contrast to Stacy's role of former gunslinger. Paul Brinegar also appeared as Jelly Hoskins, a series regular from season two after making a one off guest appearance during the first season. Elizabeth Baur (who later replaced Babara Anderson in Ironside from season five to eight) also was a series regular cast member as Murdoch Lancer's ward Teresa O'Brien.

Guest stars included Joe Don Baker, Scott Brady, Ellen Corby, Jack Elam, Sam Elliott, Bruce Dern, Kevin Hagen, Ron Howard, Wright King, Cloris Leachman, George Macready, Warren Oates, Stefanie Powers, Tom Selleck, and William Tannen.

Lancer lasted for 51 hour-long episodes shot in color. The program was rerun on CBS during the summer of 1971.[2]



The episode entitled "Zee" with Stefanie Powers earned scriptwriter Andy Lewis the Western Writers of America "Spur Award", the first ever designated for a television script.[3]


  1. ^ McNeil, Alex (1996). Total Television. Penguin Books USA, Inc. ISBN 0-14-02-4916-8. Pp. 461-462.
  2. ^ Brooks, Tim & Marsh, Earle (1979). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows: 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. ISBN 0-345-25525-9. P. 335.
  3. ^ "Biography of Wayne Maunder". Archived from the original on 2009-10-22. Retrieved January 10, 2009. 

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