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TV Shows - Lassie (1954)

Lassie was a TV show which aired from 1954 to 1973 about a collie named Lassie and her owner, Timmy Martin. Though the title dog is female, the actor dogs which portrayed her were all male. The first was a collie named Pal. His descendents played Lassie's roles after Pal was retired in 1959 after being diagnosed with cancer. Tommy Rettig was the first to play the role of Timmy, but when he outgrew the role, Timmy was played by Jon Provost. The TV show inspired films and spinoffs.

Wikipedia Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lassie_(1954_TV_series)
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1 Never Boned Still rocks.
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2 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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3 Timmy outgrew it; Martins move The ranger plotline was boring.
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1 First, about the explanation here: It's at least misdirecting, because it sounds like the show was the original which inspired movies aso. It was the other way around. Lassie was a novel, which was made into a movie, where other movies followed and from which the shows was made. And IMHO, the TV series suffered the same problem nearly all the shows which spin off a movie have: It lacked in creativity. "Lassy Come Home" may have been to "sweet" for it own good, but it also showed quite nicely the contrasts in the amirican society during the depression. Also "Courage of Lassie" was an interesting parabel on the suffering of the american soldiers. The TV Show (and subsequent movies and TV-Shos) was simple family entertainment, which reduced the idea of Lassie to something overly sweet and (to be frank) overly stupid. I think, like other shows (Flipper, Black Beauty aso) it somehow fit into the spirit of the time, and it garantees some sort of "whole word" to flee in from the problem of real life, but in the end, it's a boring concept which surely wasn't interesting enough to really fill up so many episodes. -- Submitted By: (Swanpride) on February 17, 2010, 10:30 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 My only Beef is that only 5 % of its Episodes are available for purchase on DVD. For many years I thought there were three differant versions of this show. (I began watching it as a child in the mid-1960s during the "Ranger Years") The other two "Versions" were shown (as Reruns) under the titles "Jeff's Collie" and "Timmy and Lassie" The Stations in my area NEVER SHOWED Episodes from Season 4 (Where Jeff transfers ownership to Timmy) or Season 11 (Where Timmy's Family moves to Australia and Lassie ends up with the Rangers). Only recently have I been able to see these "Lost" Episodes! -- Submitted By: (Regulus) on February 16, 2010, 2:21 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
3 Who could help getting a dose of this syrup, in heaping helpings in the 50s and 60s? There was only 2 network channels at the time. Still, it was a charming and sweet show, with life being oh so simple. If the kids never got themselves into things for the dog to rescue them from, there would be no show. Still liked it though. -- Submitted By: (fletch000) on February 10, 2010, 11:32 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote

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