1 9 6 8 – 1 9 7 0 (USA)
51 x 50 minute episodes
The story of Murdoch Lancer (played by Andrew Duggan) – a twice-widowed sheep and cattle rancher struggling to defend his vast 100,000-acre ranch in California’s San Joaquin Valley against would-be land grabbers during the 1870s with the help of his two sons (half-brothers) and his ward.
Oldest son Scott (Wayne Maunder), whose genteel Irish mother died in childbirth, was raised by his maternal grandfather in Boston, where he graduated from college and became a gentleman.
Younger son Johnny (James Stacy) was taken from his father by his Mexican mother when he was two-years-old. He grew up on the Mexican frontier and went by the name Johnny Madrid, earning a reputation as a fast gun and narrowly escaping death before the rifles of a Mexican firing squad.
Men from Johnny’s past occasionally showed up to cause problems for Johnny and his newfound family.
Teresa O’Brien (Elizabeth Baur) became Murdoch’s ward – and a surrogate sister to the two boys – when her father, Murdoch’s ranch foreman, was murdered.
Lancer was one of many Westerns that tried to imitate the successful Bonanza formula, but with little success.
Johnny Madrid Lancer