Lucas Tanner
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Lucas Tanner

Lucas Tanner
David Hartman Scott Glaser Lucas Tanner 1974.JPG
David Hartman as Lucas Tanner with a gifted student, Scott Glaser (Alfred Lutter III), in the episode "Thirteen Going on Twenty."
GenreSchool drama
Country of originUnited States
Original English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes22
Executive David Victor
  • Jay Benson
  • Jerry McNeely
CinematographyHarry L. Wolf
  • Tony Martinelli
  • Robert Watts
  • John J. Dumas
  • Edward Haire
  • Richard Bracken
Running time60 min
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original networkNBC
Picture formatColor film, 35 mm
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 11, 1974 (1974-09-11) -
April 9, 1975 (1975-04-09)

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.[1]

This series was Hartman's last work as an actor. In November 1975, he began as co-host of ABC's Good Morning America. To date, he has not returned to acting.


Title Air date
0"Lucas Tanner"May 8, 1974 (1974-05-08)
90-minute pilot.
1"A Matter of Love"September 11, 1974 (1974-09-11)
2"Instant Replay"September 18, 1974 (1974-09-18)
3"Thirteen Going on Twenty"October 2, 1974 (1974-10-02)
4"Winners and Losers"October 9, 1974 (1974-10-09)
5"A Question of Privacy"October 16, 1974 (1974-10-16)
6"Three Letter Word"October 23, 1974 (1974-10-23)
7"By the Numbers"November 6, 1974 (1974-11-06)
8"Echoes"November 13, 1974 (1974-11-13)
9"Look the Other Way"November 20, 1974 (1974-11-20)
10"Cheers"December 4, 1974 (1974-12-04)
11"Merry Gentlemen"December 25, 1974 (1974-12-25)
12"Bonus Baby"January 8, 1975 (1975-01-08)
13"Pay the Two Dollars"January 15, 1975 (1975-01-15)
14"Those Who Cannot, Teach"January 22, 1975 (1975-01-22)
15"What's Wrong with Bobbie?"January 29, 1975 (1975-01-29)
16"Collision"February 5, 1975 (1975-02-05)
17"Why Not a Happy Ending?"February 12, 1975 (1975-02-12)
18"Shattered"February 19, 1975 (1975-02-19)
19"The Noise of a Quiet Weekend"February 26, 1975 (1975-02-26)
20"Requiem for a Son"March 12, 1975 (1975-03-12)
21"A Touch of Bribery"April 2, 1975 (1975-04-02)
22"One to One"April 9, 1975 (1975-04-09)


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