Lassie's Rescue Rangers

Lassie's Rescue Rangers is an animated TV show produced by Filmation and featuring Lassie, running from 1973 to 1975.[2] The hour-long pilot, Lassie and the Spirit of Thunder Mountain, was part of The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie.[3]

Lassie's Rescue Rangers
Directed byHal Sutherland
Voices ofHal Harvey
Ted Knight
Erika Scheimer
Lane Scheimer
Keith Sutherland
Jane Webb
Composer(s)Yvette Blais
Jeff Michael
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes15 (list of episodes)
Producer(s)Norm Prescott[1]
Lou Scheimer
Running time2224 minutes
Production company(s)Filmation Associates
Wrather Productions (as Wrather Corp.)
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution (on behalf of DreamWorks Classics)
Original networkABC
Original releaseNovember 11, 1972 (1972-11-11) 
December 22, 1973 (1973-12-22)


In the series, Lassie the collie dog lives near Thunder Mountain with the Turner family. Ranger Ben Turner works with wife Laura and children Susan, Jackie, and Ben Jr. as The Forest Force, a ranger-rescue team that protects Thunder Mountain National Park. Lassie is the leader of The Rescue Rangers, a group of wild animals living in the park, working alongside the Turners to help protect the environment and keep it safe for visitors.

The Rescue Rangers were eight animals including Groucho the owl, Toothless the mountain lion, Musty the skunk, and Robbie the raccoon. Also helping the Forest Force was Gene Fox, a Native American, who was Ben Jr.'s, Jackie's and Susan's friend.

Episode list

No. Title Original airdate
0"Lassie and the Spirit of Thunder Mountain"November 11, 1972
1"The Animals Are Missing"September 15, 1973
2"Mystic Monster"September 22, 1973
3"Lassie's Special Assignment"September 29, 1973
4"The Imposters"October 6, 1973
5"Deadly Cargo"October 13, 1973
6"Grizzly"October 20, 1973
7"Deepsea Disaster"October 27, 1973
8"Black Out"November 3, 1973
9"Arctic Adventure"November 10, 1973
10"The Sunken Galleon"November 17, 1973
11"Goldmine"November 24, 1973
12"Rodeo"December 1, 1973
13"Hullabaloo in Hollywood"December 8, 1973
14"Tidal Wave"December 15, 1973
15"Lost"December 22, 1973


  1. Lentz, Harris M. III (2008). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2005: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. McFarland p. 302. ISBN 978-0-7864-5210-1.
  2. Milligan, Mercedes (July 15, 2018). "VFX Artist, Illustrator George Jenson Dies Age 87". Animation Magazine. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  3. Miller, Chuck (June 21, 2016). "The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie". Times Union. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
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