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Lucas Tanner changes careers after a grievous personal tragedy, taking up teaching in suburban St. Louis. He approaches it in an idealistic fashion, rebeling against the rules that keep him ... Read allLucas Tanner changes careers after a grievous personal tragedy, taking up teaching in suburban St. Louis. He approaches it in an idealistic fashion, rebeling against the rules that keep him from connecting to the students.Lucas Tanner changes careers after a grievous personal tragedy, taking up teaching in suburban St. Louis. He approaches it in an idealistic fashion, rebeling against the rules that keep him from connecting to the students.
The star of this short-lived series was David Hartman who gives a charismatic performance as Lucas Tanner. Hartman before he came onto this series was a regular on several shows including his roles as ranch-hand David Sutton on "The Virginian"(NBC,1962-71),which lasted one season(1968-69),and also as Dr. Paul Hunter on the dramatic series "The Bold Ones:The New Doctors"(NBC,1969-73),and also in several TV-movies and feature length films.
Lucas Tanner(David Hartman) had been both a baseball player with the major leagues,and a sportswriter but had given it up both after the tragic loss of his wife and son in a auto accident. Wanting to start a new life,he moved to St. Louis,Missouri,and obtained a job as an English teacher at Harry S. Truman Memorial High School in suburban Webster Groves(just outside of St. Louis). There he encountered frustrating resistance to his down-to-earth teaching style,primarily from the more tradition-bound teachers. The support of the school principal Margaret Blumenthal(Rosemary Murphy),who was replaced in January of 1975 by school principal John Hamilton(John Randolph),and the gratitude and support of his students were often the only things that kept him from "throwing in the towel." Lucas' warm and understanding nature made him a favorite of the students,who appreciated his ability to treat them as individuals and not as juvenile and demeaning kids. He was very in tuned with the kids and the only ones the students in times of support and sometimes counseling. Lucas also served as a guidance counselor as well since he was working in two positions at the school. He drove around town in a huge Chevrolet station wagon(which was the sponsor of the show at the time),and also had a special friend as well named Glendon Farrell(Robbie Rist),a small kid who was one of Lucas' next door neighbors whose parents were part of the Peace Corps,and at times would often come over to visit and talk about certain issues. Talk about a show that took on the issues of the day,since this show came out in the middle of the Watergate scandal and the resignation of the Nixon Administration. Not to mention at a time when the energy crisis was at chaos.
Others that were in cast were Jordan Adair,who was one of Mr. Tanner's students,played by Dirk Blocker,the son of actor Dan Blocker,aka Hoss Cartwright from the TV series "Bonanza". Speaking of David Hartman's career after this series left the airwaves in the summer of 1975,he ventured into the world of daytime television and made the jump from prime-time programming to weekday mornings as the host of the morning news and information show "Good Morning America" which premiered on ABC-TV in the fall of 1975. Hartman however,would continue to be the host of that morning talk and news show for the next 12 seasons until his retirement from the series in 1987. He is still doing news corresponding work for ABC News these days and still hasn't lost none of his acting chops for Hollywood neither.
- Sep 22, 2006