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Centennial 

The economic and cultural growth of Colorado spanning two centuries from the mid 1700s to the late 1970s.

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John Wilder
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Raymond Burr ...  Herman Bockweiss 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Barbara Carrera ...  Clay Basket 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Richard Chamberlain ...  Alexander McKeag 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Robert Conrad ...  Pasquinel 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Richard Crenna ...  Colonel Frank Skimmerhorn 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Chad Everett ...  Major Maxwell Mercy 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Alex Karras ...  Hans Brumbaugh 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Brian Keith ...  Sheriff Axel Dumire 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Sally Kellerman ...  Lise Bockweiss 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Donald Pleasence ...  Sam Purchas 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Lynn Redgrave ...  Charlotte Buckland Seccombe 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Dennis Weaver ...  R.J. Poteet 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Stephen McHattie ...  Jacques 'Jake' Pasquinel 11 episodes, 1978-1979
William Atherton ...  Jim Lloyd 10 episodes, 1978-1979
Timothy Dalton ...  Oliver Seccombe 10 episodes, 1978-1979
Cliff De Young ...  John Skimmerhorn 10 episodes, 1978-1979
Andy Griffith ...  Professor Lewis Vernor 10 episodes, 1978-1979
Gregory Harrison ...  Levi Zendt 10 episodes, 1978-1979
David Janssen ...  Narrator / ... 10 episodes, 1978-1979
Lois Nettleton ...  Maude Wendell 10 episodes, 1978-1979
Cristina Raines ...  Lucinda McKeag Zendt 10 episodes, 1978-1979
Robert Vaughn ...  Morgan Wendell 10 episodes, 1978-1979
Anthony Zerbe ...  Mervin Wendell 10 episodes, 1978-1979
Jesse Vint ...  Amos Calendar 6 episodes, 1978-1979
Sharon Gless ...  Sidney Endermann 5 episodes, 1979
Les Lannom ...  Bufe Coker 5 episodes, 1978-1979
Kario Salem ...  Marcel 'Mike' Pasquinel 5 episodes, 1978-1979
Michael LeClair Michael LeClair ...  Young Jim Lloyd 5 episodes, 1978-1979
Glynn Turman ...  Nate Person 5 episodes, 1978-1979
Gloria McMillan Gloria McMillan ...  Mrs. Brumbaugh 5 episodes, 1978-1979
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Storyline

This is the story of the evolution of the town Centennial, Colorado. It follows the paths of dozens of people who come to the area for many reasons: money, freedom, or crime. It also shows the bigoted treatment of the Native Indians by the advancing U.S. colonists. It is topped off with a murder mystery that takes one hundred years to solve. Written by Tony Berkoff <aberkoff@hq.caci.com>

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From the best-seller...a powerful story spanning the decades from the late 18th century to present day America. A heartwarming saga of reckless daring and reckless loving, of struggle and pain, of laughter and triumph. An unforgettable drama of the land...and the brave people who turned it into a nation. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1979 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Colorado Saga See more »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The current town of Centennial, Colorado is not in the location ascribed to it by James Michener. His Centennial was located at the confluence of the South Platte and Cache La Poudre Rivers in rural Weld County, approximately 50 miles northeast of Denver (city center), and is undeveloped land. The current Centennial was incorporated in 2001, and is located about fifteen miles south of Denver in Arapahoe County, and is a highly developed suburb of Denver. See more »

Goofs

During the "Only the Rocks Live Forever" episode - Pasquinel and McKeag are sitting by a campfire and three Ute Indians come into the camp to tell them to leave their hunting grounds. After the Utes leave the camp, Pasquinel tells McKeag to get some sleep and tomorrow they will fight for their trade. The next morning - when the Utes return to challenge them - Pasquinel and McKeag are at a totally different campsite. See more »

Alternate Versions

This was originally shown on the NBC network in twelve separate episodes, with the first and last each running three hours and the ten in between at two hours each (this is with commercials). Some basic cable channels have rerun it in thirteen two-hour segments, with all but the opening and closing episodes consisting of the last hour of one segment and the first hour of the next. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Walter Matthau (1978) See more »

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Centennial is soon to be available on DVD
11 April 2007 | by slfreedjafreedSee all my reviews

Centennial is the greatest mini series ever produced and one of the finest westerns ever made, others being the Lonesome Dove series, Into The West and Dances With Wolves. The clothing for Centennial was authentic in detail (I have purchased items of like clothing from those who made some of the clothes for Centennial) and the locations were breathtaking. I read where Pasquinel was Robert Conrad's favorite role and that he displays a photograph of himself as Pasquinel on his piano. Centennial is truly "IT" for any western or western history buff. I have owned a decent copy recorded off of television (quite old) and have the boxed set on VHS. The GOOD NEWS is, I ran across information on line that the DVD boxed set of all 12 episodes is due out soon. The info didn't elaborate but I would assume (hope) that it will include lots of behind-the scenes and cast interviews. We'll see! Anyone interested can look for it on line or ask their local retailer. Once it's out I'm sure the public will be made aware of it. What a great thing to finally have a flawless, digital copy of this outdoor masterpiece....one that has no chance of being "eaten" by my player and has an indefinite shelf life with no color fading, age lines appearing or sound quality reduction occurring. HAPPY VIEWING!!!


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