Universal Home Entertainment releases "CENTENNIAL: The Complete Series" on DVD July 29th. Starring Richard Chamberlain, Robert Conrad, Timothy Dalton, Mark Harmon and many more stars!
Journey to the Wild West in the sweeping, sensational epic American drama CENTENNIAL: The Complete Series. Relive the grand hopes, dreams, loves, and adventures of generations of residents in the (fictional) town of Centennial, Colorado - from their risky attempts to establish a settlement in 1795 through the politics and power plays of the 20th century.
With over 20 hours of content on DVD for the first time, this incredible set gives fans the opportunity to own the complete chronicle that showcases one of the finest casts ever assembled, including Richard Chamberlain, Robert Conrad, Timothy Dalton, Mark Harmon, Andy Griffith, Raymond Burr, Dennis Weaver, Lynn Redgrave, Sharon Gless, Stephanie Zimbalist, Sally Kellerman, Alex Karras, Richard Crenna and many, many more.
Based on James Michener's best-selling novel, this prime time Emmy® Award-nominated saga is a captivating look at the intertwining lives of the brave men and women in a fictional American town that endured the growing pains of a nation on the rise.
Originally broadcast on NBC-TV from October 1978 to February 1979.
Episode 1: (2 Hours 25 Min.)
ONLY THE ROCKIES LIVE FOREVER
When great Arapaho chief Lame Beaver (Michael Ansara) meets the feisty Quebec trader Pasquinel (Robert Conrad), the two begin a relationship that will change the course of history. In St. Louis, Pasquinel enters into a partnership with welthy silversmith Herman Bockweiss (Raymond Burr) and marries his daughter Lise (Sally Kellerman). Pasquinel brings guns and silver to the Indians and saves the life of a man who will become his new partner: Alexander McKeag (Richard Chamberlain), a Scotsman on the run from his past. The men make their way to the Arapaho camp, where a wounded McKeag is tended to by Lame Beaver's beautiful daughter Clay Basket (Barbara Carrera). He soon falls in love with her, but she honors her father's wishes and instead weds Pasquinel--who, of course, is also married to Lise! Accompanied by Clay Basket, Pasquinel and McKeag set off on a journey of hidden emotions and bitter disappointment as they search for Lame Beaver's other prize--his discovery of gold.
Episode 2: (1 Hour 35 Min.)
THE YELLOW APRON
Despite mounting tensions between the two races, Paquinel, MeKeag and the Indians continue to enjoy a profitable relationship. Clay Basket bears Pasquinel two sons, while back in St. Louis, Lise gives birth to Pasquinel's daughter, Lisette. In an effort to unite his two families, Pasquinel decides to bring Clay Basket and her young sons to St. Louis. But their journey eastward ends at a military fort where they are attacked by drunken U.S. soldiers. Physically and emotionally scarred, the boys are destined never to know a real home in either their mother's or father's world. Over the years, Pasquinel's search for Lame Beaver's gold becomes a driving obsession which devides him from both Clay Basket and Lise. McKeag assumes responsibility for Pasquinel's Indian family, but as the years pass, the boys grow bitter and turn on their surrogate father who then leaves the family to trap in the uncharted wilderness. When McKeag visits St. Louis, Lise urges him to mend fences with Pasquinel, who is nearer than ever to the treasure he has sought for so many years.
Episode 3: (1 Hour 37 Min.)
THE WAGON AND THE ELEPHANT
In 1845 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, young Mennonite Levi Zendt (Gregory Harrison) buys an old Conestoga wagon for 20 dollars and heads West with his soon-to-be new bride, orphan Elly Zamm (Stephanie Zimbalist). In St. Louis, the young couple meet young English writer Oliver Seccombe (Chad Everett)--who is married to Lisette Pasquinel. Together, they struggle to carve a path through the harsh and inhospitable prairie where the Pasquinel brothers have earned a ruthless reputation for riding with the Indians and raiding unprotected wagon trains. Alexander McKeag has also gained notoriety--as the only white man who truly understands the Indians. After the passing of Pasquinel, McKeag weds Clay Basket and adopts her half-breed daughter Lucinda (Christina Raines). In a fateful meeting with McKeag, Levi Zendt will share a dream that will later give birth to the town of Centennial.
Episode 4: (1 Hour 37 Min.)
FOR AS LONG AS THE WATERS FLOW
Consumed with grief over his young wife's death, Levi Zendt takes refuge in a desolate cabin once used by McKeag and Pasquinel in their early trapping days. After months of no word from him, Clay Basket and McKeag, concerned for his welfare, send their daughter Lucinda to the cabin to bring Levi home.
Levi falls in love with Lucinda and asks for her hand in marriage--with the stipulation that the marriage be delayed until Lucinda is baptized, and learns to read and write. McKeag makes the decision to send his wife and daughter to stay with his old friend Lise Pasquinel in St. Louis, where Lucinda can receive a formal education. McKeag and Levi establish a trading post and become deeply involved in Major Mercy's efforts to prevent an-all out war with the angry Indians who are loosing their land and way of life to the encroaching settlers.
Episode 5: (1 Hour 37 Min.)
1861, War sweeps the country. Men everywhere are fighting for their dreams, including Colonel Frank Skimmerhorn (Richard Grenna) a religious zealot who arrives at Major Mercy's camp and offers to lead the war against the Indians. Mercy is frustrated with the government's refusal to honor their promises but has not given up on achieving a lasting peace with the Indians. His good intentions infuriate Skimmerhorn, who secretly inflames the people of the territory and gets them to support a private army. Only Major Mercy and young officer John McIntosh (Mark Harmond) are brave enough to stand up for the Indians. Ultimately, with the help of Levi Zendt and Skimmerhorn's son John (Cliff De Young), justice is served.When the war with the Indians ends, a new era begains, and the battle for survival continues as farmers such as Hans Brumbaugh (Alex Karras) try to eke a living out of the land.
Episode 6: (1 Hour 37 Min.)
Representing a group of British investors, Oliver Seccombe (Timothy Dalton) arrives at Zendt's Trading Post with money to start a cattle ranch. On Zendt's recommendation, he hires young John Skimmerhorn to round up the men and cattle needed to launch the West's largest cattle ranch, the Venneford.
Traveling to Texas, Skimmerhorn hires R.J. Poteet (Dennis Weaver), an experienced trail boss, who hand picks a team of seasoned drovers and eager youngsters. On the deadly trek through the wild open lands, the young cowboys, including teenager Jim Lloyd, are forced to become men overnight, battleing Indians, cattle rustlers and the brutality of the land. With the launching of the Venneford ranch, the face of the industry in the West is changed forever. The nation celebrates its 100th. anniversary, and the town of Centennial is christened and officially born.
Episode 7: (1 Hour 33 Min.)
In the late 1800's, a new kind of war begins on the western plains: the battle for valuable grazing land. Hans Brumbaugh (Alex Karrs) leads the farmers in their struggle against the wealthy ranchers, and the cattlemen, fronted by Oliver Seccombe (Timothy Dalton), will use any means necessary to drive them out. When Messmore Garrett (Clint Ritchie) settles in Centennial with thousands of sheep, the competition for open land deepens. The range wars turn deadly when the suspicious arrival of hired guns Frank and Zorvid Pettis coincides with the murders of innocent sheep ranchers. Even the new sheriff (Brian Keith) cannot stop the fight to harness the land. Amid the choas, Charlott Buckland (Lynn Redgrave), the strong-willed daughter of one of Venneford Ranch's British owners, makes her first trip to America to inspect the ranch. She immediately falls in love with the rugged prairie--and with Oliver Seccombe.
Episode 8: (1 Hour 35 Min.)
It is the time of rail travel, and the growing town lures an assortment of characters. Romance and intrigue are in the air as Charlotte and Oliver are married. But the winds of an early and severe winter are blowing, and with them comes actor/professional con artist Mervin Wendell (Anthony Zerbe) and his family: wife Maud (Lois Nettleton) and son Phillip (Doug McKeon); Levi Zendt's beautiful but wayward daughter Clemma (Adrienne LaRussa); and cantankerous Scottish accountant Finlay Perkins (Clive Revill). Perkins has been sent to the Venneford to do an audit for his British employers. Unable to understand Oliver Seccombe's creative accounting or the intricacies of running a cattle ranch, he accuses him of misconduct--despite a lack of concrete evidence--demands his resignation, and appoints ranch foreman John Skimmerhorn as his replacement.
Episode 9: (1 Hour 37 Min.)
The cunning Wendells easily charm the people on Centennial and, with the successful blackmail of Reverend Holly (Robert Phalen), have become comfortably rooted in the community. The troubled young Philip Wendell has found an idol in the person of upstanding Sheriff Dumire (Brian Keith), but when the traveling businessman carrying a briefcase full of money disappears--at roughly the same time the Wendells become suddenly wealthy--the relationship between Philip and the sheriff envolves into a battle of wits as the boy is torn between loyalty to his family and his hero.
The newly widowed Charlott Seccombe returns briefly to England but eventually returns to the land she loves to take over the ranch holdings with manager John Skimmerhorn and foreman Jim Lloyd (William Atherton). Meanwhile, Hans Brumbaugh, with the help of Japanese laborers, has built his farm into a successful business and continues to be a pillar in the grouth of Centennial.
Episode 10: (1 Hour 37 Min.)
THE WINDS OF FORTUNE
Jim Lloyd's former love, Clemma Zendt, returns to Centennial with her sights set on rekindling their romance. But Charlotte Seccombe has also fallen in love with him and proves to be more than a match for Clemma. An ill wind blows into town, affecting the lives and futures of many when members of the Pettis gang arrive to settle an old score. In the ensuring chaos, Philip Wendell must make a life or death decision that could easily destroy his family or his hero, Sheriff Dumire. Meanwhile, Hans Brumbaugh's Japanese workers have followed their dreams--and the lead of his other laborers--and acquired farms of their own. So Hans is once again faced with the challenge of finding a good workforce. This time he looks to Mexico and an old friend, Nacho (Rafael Campos), for help.
Episode 11: (1 Hour 37 Min.)
THE WINDS OF DEATH
By the beginning ot the 20th Century, Mervin Wendell (Anthony Zerbe) has become a real estate mogul, having made his fortune by selling promises and acres of questionable farmland to naive young families from the east. The inexperienced farmers enjoy a time of brief prosperity, while turning deaf ears to the warnings of land erosion from their more seasoned predecessors. When the droughts and dust storms sweep through the valley, they bring foreclosures and tragedy to the unprepared young farmers who have staked their lives on the bounty of the land. Meanwhile, cultural tensions escalate, and Charlott Lloyd (Lynn Redgrave) takes up the cause of the Mexican residents when Father Vigil (Alex Colon) tells her of the gross injustices being inflicted upon them. She goes to court for them, using an unexpected resource to bring justice to Centennial.
Episode 12: (2 Hours 28 Min.)
THE SCREAM OF EAGLES
The year is 1978. Natural resorces are being depleted, the Indians are living on reservations, and the citizens of Centennial are struggling to make a future of their shared past. Enter historian Lew Vernor (Andy Griffith) and writer Sidney Enderman (Sharon Gless), who join forces to do a article on the town. Paul Garrett (David Janssen), the current owner on Venneford Ranch and a direct descendant of Pasquinel, befriends the two and tells them the history of Centennial. Morgan Wendell (Robert Vaughn), a descendant of Philip Wendell, is running for the newly formed office of Commissioner of Resources and Priorities for the state of Colorado. When Wendell's commitment to preserving natural resources becomes questionable, Garrett is persuaded to run against him. The political battle takes a bizarre twist when Vernor observes Wendell sneaking around a bridge construction site and makes a suprising discovery.