The Seekers (miniseries)

The Seekers is a 1979 American made-for-television drama film based on the historical novel The Seekers written by John Jakes, originally published in 1975. It is third in a series known as The Kent Family Chronicles or the American Bicentennial Series. The story mixes fictional characters with historical events and figures, as it narrates the story of the United States of America from 1794 through 1814. In 1979, the novel was made into a television film by Operation Prime Time and premiered on HBO on July 8 and 9, 1979.[1][2][3]

The Seekers
GenreHistorical fiction
Based onThe Seekers (novel)
by John Jakes
Written byJohn Jakes
Steve Hayes
Directed bySidney Hayers
StarringRandolph Mantooth
Delta Burke
Martin Milner
Theme music composerGerald Fried
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Robert A. Cinader
CinematographyVincent A. Martinelli
Running time240 min.
Production company(s)Universal Television
DistributorOperation Prime Time
Universal Television
Original networkHBO
Original releaseJuly 8 
9, 1979
Preceded byThe Rebels

The Seekers was preceded by The Bastard, first in the series, and The Rebels, second in the series.


The sons and grandchildren of Philip Kent make a life for themselves in America.



  1. New York Times: Seekers - TV MiniSeries Retrieved December 15, 2013
  2. July 1979 HBO Program Guide ("The Seekers" on cover), page 6
  3. Beck, Marilyn (14 November 1979). "Randolph Mantooth Mellows After All These Years". The Victoria Advocate. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
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