Type
Scripted
Premiered
Sep. 12, 1954
Status
Canceled/Ended
Runtime
30 min.
Country
USA
Network
Syndicated TV Network
Genre

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Lassie

The Lassie TV show was a drama series that went through several transitions during its 20 years on the air. It began with the beautiful collie living on a small farm with its young master Jeff Miller, Jeff's widowed mother and grandfather. In the spring of 1957, an orphan boy named Timmy joined the Miller household...

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19x24 The Dawning Aired: Mar. 24, 1973

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The show had 19 seasons and 589 episodes air between 1954 and 1973.

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  • The only program to regularly bump "Lassie" off the air in the USA was the annual CBS television showing of The Wizard of Oz, which, from 1959 to 1967, always took place on a Sunday evening.
  • Pal, the first ever dog to play the legendary dog "Lassie" in Lassie Come Home, appeared in the pilot of this TV series (broadcast as the first two episodes). It was his last appearance…
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    Pal, the first ever dog to play the legendary dog "Lassie" in Lassie Come Home, appeared in the pilot of this TV series (broadcast as the first two episodes). It was his last appearance before his death in 1958.
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  • The original Lassie TV show starred the Miller family with Tommy Rettig as Jeff, Jan Clayton as his Mother, Ellen, and George Cleveland as Gramps. The first two seasons of Lassie with the…
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    The original Lassie TV show starred the Miller family with Tommy Rettig as Jeff, Jan Clayton as his Mother, Ellen, and George Cleveland as Gramps. The first two seasons of Lassie with the above cast garnered an Emmy award each of those years for best prime time children's show. Lassie never won an Emmy after that. Tommy Rettig was getting too old for the part, so he voluntarily left and was replaced by Timmy and his adoptive parents, the Martins. The critical quality of the show (writing, acting, etc.) began to decline in the third season and suffered considerably when Timmy, the Martins and new producers took over. With the notable exception of a couple of acclaimed Christmas shows the popularity of the dog Lassie and her acting abilities carried the show for many years. She was played by a boy dog called Pal Jr. who was the son of Pal and looked almost identical to the original Pal from the MGM movies and TV pilot show. Lassie's owner and trainer, Rudd Weatherwax, and his two dogs, Pal and Pal Jr., were phenomenal. Their acting abilities as a team were what made the Lassie brand what it was and still is today.
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