Lucas Tanner

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Lucas Tanner is an NBC television drama that aired during the 1974-75 season. The title character, played by David Hartman, was a former baseball player and sportswriter who becomes an English teacher at the fictional Harry S Truman High School in Webster Groves, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. Episodes often deal with the resistance of traditional teachers to Tanner's unorthodox teaching style.

Regular co-stars included Rosemary Murphy, Kimberly Beck, and ten-year-old Robbie Rist. Unusually, the show was actually filmed in Webster Groves, rather than on a Hollywood backlot. That gave it a somewhat unusual "look" for a prime-time TV series.

A 90-minute pilot film of the series aired on NBC the week of May 4, 1974; the pilot also starred Kathleen Quinlan and Joe Garagiola.

This series was Hartman's last television series as an actor—in November 1975, he began a long-running stint as co-host of ABC's Good Morning America.

  1. Jerry McNeely


Top Billed Cast

  1. Robbie Rist

    Robbie Rist


  2. Rosemary Murphy

    Rosemary Murphy

    Margaret Blumenthal

  3. David Hartman

    David Hartman

    Lucas Tanner

  4. Kimberly Beck

    Kimberly Beck

    Terry Klitsner

  5. John Randolph

    John Randolph

    John Hamilton

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Season 1

1974 | 21 Episodes

Season 1 of Lucas Tanner premiered on September 11, 1974.

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Type Scripted

Original Language English

Runtime 60m

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