Lancer (TV series)

Lancer is an American Western series that aired Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. (EST) on CBS from September 24, 1968, to June 23, 1970.[1] The series stars Andrew Duggan as a father with two half-brother sons, played by James Stacy and Wayne Maunder, an arrangement similar to the more successful Bonanza on NBC.

Andrew Duggan and Elizabeth Baur, 1968
Created bySamuel A. Peeples
Directed byRobert Butler
StarringJames Stacy
Wayne Maunder
Andrew Duggan
Elizabeth Baur
Theme music composerJerome Moross
Composer(s)Jerome Moross
Hugo Friedhofer
Robert Drasnin
Leith Stevens
Joseph Mullendore
Irving Gertz
Alexander Courage
Harry Geller
Arthur Morton
George Duning
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes51
Producer(s)Sam Wanamaker (pilot episode)
Alan A. Armer
Edwin Self ("Chad")
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time48 mins.
Production company(s)20th Century-Fox Television
Distributor20th Century-Fox Television
Original networkCBS
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 24, 1968 (1968-09-24) 
June 23, 1970 (1970-06-23)


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 Barbara Anderson on Ironside from season five to eight) also was a series regular cast member as Murdoch Lancer's ward Teresa O'Brien.

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


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


Season 1 (1968–69)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"The High Riders"Sam WanamakerTeleplay by: Dean Riesner
Story by: Samuel A. Peeples
September 24, 1968 (1968-09-24)
22"Blood Rock"Gene NelsonJack TurleyOctober 1, 1968 (1968-10-01)
33"Chase a Wild Horse"Walter GraumanPaul PlaydonOctober 8, 1968 (1968-10-08)
44"Foley"Alex SingerTeleplay by: Anthony Spinner
Story by: Anthony Spinner & Brian McKay
October 15, 1968 (1968-10-15)
55"The Lawman"Allen ReisnerLaurence HeathOctober 22, 1968 (1968-10-22)
66"Julie"Alex SingerTeleplay by: Paul Playdon
Story by: Don Brinkley & Paul Playdon
October 29, 1968 (1968-10-29)
77"The Prodigal"Sobey MartinTeleplay by: D. C. Fontana
Story by: Mel Goldberg & D. C. Fontana
November 12, 1968 (1968-11-12)
88"Jelly"Sobey MartinJack TurleyNovember 19, 1968 (1968-11-19)
99"The Last Train for Charlie Poe"Don RichardsonCarey WilberNovember 26, 1968 (1968-11-26)
1010"Glory"Gene NelsonJack TurleyDecember 10, 1968 (1968-12-10)
1111"The Heart of Pony Alice"Christian I. Nyby IIKen TreveyDecember 17, 1968 (1968-12-17)
1212"The Escape"William HaleAnthony SpinnerDecember 31, 1968 (1968-12-31)
1313"The Wedding"Sobey MartinAnthony SpinnerJanuary 7, 1969 (1969-01-07)
1414"Death Bait"Robert ButlerJack TurleyJanuary 14, 1969 (1969-01-14)
1515"The Black McGloins"Don RichardsonCarey WilberJanuary 21, 1969 (1969-01-21)
1616"Yesterday's Vendetta"Otto LangDon BrinkleyJanuary 28, 1969 (1969-01-28)
1717"Warburton's Edge"Don MedfordTeleplay by: Ken Trevey
Story by: Ken Trevey & K. C. Alison
February 4, 1969 (1969-02-04)
1818"The Fix-It Man"William HaleCharles WallaceFebruary 11, 1969 (1969-02-11)
1919"Angel Day and Her Sunshine Girls"Don RichardsonJack TurleyFebruary 25, 1969 (1969-02-25)
2020"The Great Humbug"William HaleCarey WilberMarch 4, 1969 (1969-03-04)
2121"Juniper's Camp"William HaleBarry OringerMarch 11, 1969 (1969-03-11)
2222"The Knot"Don RichardsonLaurence HeathMarch 18, 1969 (1969-03-18)
2323"The Man Without a Gun"Don RichardsonRoland WolpertMarch 25, 1969 (1969-03-25)
2424"Child of Rock and Sunlight"Don RichardsonPenrod SmithApril 1, 1969 (1969-04-01)
2525"The Measure of a Man"Don McDougallGerry DayApril 8, 1969 (1969-04-08)
2626"Devil's Blessing"Christian I. Nyby IISam RoecaApril 22, 1969 (1969-04-22)

Season 2 (1969–70)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
271"Blind Man's Bluff"Leo PennCarey WilberSeptember 23, 1969 (1969-09-23)
282"Zee"Leo PennTeleplay by: Andy Lewis
Story by: Mitchell Lindemann & Andy Lewis
September 30, 1969 (1969-09-30)
293"The Kid"Allen ReisnerCarey WilberOctober 7, 1969 (1969-10-07)
304"The Black Angel"Allen ReisnerJack TurleyOctober 21, 1969 (1969-10-21)
315"The Gifts"Allen ReisnerTeleplay by: Andy White
Story by: D. C. Fontana & Andy White
October 28, 1969 (1969-10-28)
326"Cut the Wolf Loose"Robert DayKen TreveyNovember 4, 1969 (1969-11-04)
337"Jelly Hoskins' American Dream"Christian I. Nyby IIAndy WhiteNovember 11, 1969 (1969-11-11)
348"Welcome to Genesis"Robert DayKen PettusNovember 18, 1969 (1969-11-18)
359"A Person Unknown"William HaleAndy LewisNovember 25, 1969 (1969-11-25)
3610"Legacy"Christian I. Nyby IIJack TurleyDecember 9, 1969 (1969-12-09)
3711"A Scarecrow at Hacket's"Marvin ChomskySam RoecaDecember 16, 1969 (1969-12-16)
3812"Little Darling of the Sierras"Allen ReisnerKen TreveyDecember 30, 1969 (1969-12-30)
3913"Shadow of a Dead Man"Robert ButlerJack TurleyJanuary 6, 1970 (1970-01-06)
4014"Blue Skies for Willie Sharpe"Allen ReisnerAndy WhiteJanuary 13, 1970 (1970-01-13)
4115"Chad"Alan A. ArmerCarey WilberJanuary 20, 1970 (1970-01-20)
4216"The Lorelei"Christian I. Nyby IISam RoecaJanuary 27, 1970 (1970-01-27)
4317"The Lion and the Lamb"Allen ReisnerAndy WhiteFebruary 3, 1970 (1970-02-03)
4418"The Experiment"Virgil W. VogelHerbert PurdumFebruary 17, 1970 (1970-02-17)
4519"Splinter Group"Virgil W. VogelSam RoecaMarch 3, 1970 (1970-03-03)
4620"Lamp in the Wilderness"Michael CaffeyAndy WhiteMarch 10, 1970 (1970-03-10)
4721"The Buscaderos"Allen ReisnerTeleplay by: Ken Trevey
Story by: Jim Byrnes
March 17, 1970 (1970-03-17)
4822"Dream of Falcons"Don RichardsonCarey WilberApril 7, 1970 (1970-04-07)
4923"Goodbye, Lizzie"Allen ReisnerKathleen HiteApril 28, 1970 (1970-04-28)
5024"The Rivals"Christian I. Nyby IIThomas ThompsonMay 5, 1970 (1970-05-05)
5125"Lifeline"Robert ButlerSam RoecaMay 19, 1970 (1970-05-19)


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]

The 2019 movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood incorporates a fictionalized account of the filming of Lancer's pilot episode depicting one of the film's main characters appearing as a villain in the episode. Director Sam Wanamaker and series stars James Stacy and Wayne Maunder are depicted.


  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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