Show Type: Western

First Telecast: September 24, 1968

Last Telecast: September 9, 1971

Broadcast History:

September 1968 June 1970, Tuesday 7:30-8:30 on CBS

May 1971 September 1971, Thursday 8:00-9:00 on CBS


Johnny Madrid Lancer..... James Stacy

Scott Lancer..... Wayne Maunder

Murdoch Lancer..... Andrew Duggan

Teresa O'Brien..... Elizabeth Baur

Jelly Hoskins (1969-1970)..... Paul Brinegar


Set in California during the 1870's, Lancer was the story of the struggles of a landowner against locals who were trying to take over his property by force. Old Murdoch Lancer was no longer able to defend his cattle and sheep ranch in the San Joaquin Valley by himself, and even trying to run it with only the help of his attractive young ward, Teresa, had become difficult. At his behest his two sons (from different marriages) came to the ranch to help their father. The half brothers had never met each other and had widely divergent backgrounds. Johnny was a drifter/gunfighter who had spent most of his life wandering around the border towns of the Southwest. Scott was a sophisticated college graduate who had been living in Boston.

Despite their differences, they learned to respect each other and help their father manage his vast real estate holdings. Jelly Hoskins, a crotchety old ranch hand, became a regular member of the cast for the second season. Yet another Lancer, hillbilly Chad Lancer (John Beck), was introduced in the spring of 1970 in anticipation of a third season, which did not materialize. The episodes telecast during the summer of 1971 were all reruns.