Lucan (1977–1978)
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A 20-year old who spent the first 10 years of his life running wild in the forest after being raised by predatory animals now strikes out on his own in search of his identity.


David Greene


Michael Zagor


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ned Beatty ... Larry MacElwaine
William Jordan William Jordan ... Gene Boone
Lou Frizzell Lou Frizzell ... Casey
John Randolph ... Dr. Don Hoagland
Stockard Channing ... Mickey MacElwaine
Kevin Brophy ... Lucan
Ben Davidson ... Coach Dalton
George Wyner ... Rantzen
Hedley Mattingly Hedley Mattingly ... President Davies
John Finnegan ... Jess
Richard C. Adams Richard C. Adams ... Coffin
Todd Olsen Todd Olsen ... Lucan, age 10
George Reynolds George Reynolds ... Policeman
Virginia Hawkins Virginia Hawkins ... Woman
David Sharpe David Sharpe ... Climber


A 20-year old who spent the first 10 years of his life running wild in the forest after being raised by predatory animals now strikes out on his own in search of his identity. Written by Mats-Ola Tenggren

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Release Date:

22 May 1977 (USA) See more »

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MGM Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Mickey MacElwaine: [about her own name] It's a mouse name!
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Lucan can
8 September 2005 | by evelsteveSee all my reviews

Now, I don't know about the 42 year old guy in the previous comment, but this 34 year old remembers this show with a different perception. Sure, Lucan adapts quickly to human relationships with the skill of a cross between Walker, Texas Ranger, and Dr. Phil, but I think the 70's "I'm o.k. you're o.k." type of a philosophy shapes the mentality of the show in the sense that we can all get along (in concept)even though we have our differences, and believe me Lucan, as a character, is sure different,alright.

However, that's not why I watched the show,especially since I was only 6 years old when it premiered. As a 6 year old,in 1977,belive it or not,I was patient enough to see what would happen, as far as any "superpowers" were concerned.I would always remember the t.v. spot where they would show Lucan's eyes going wild,,and give a little "wolfy" growl. It turns out the only "special effects" on the show were the applying of his brown contact lenses.But it was the spirit of the show that attracted me to it,and it still does today.

I happen to own the episodes:"Brother Wolf," "Can You Run Forever?" "One Punch Wolfson," "The Pariah" "The Search," and "Creature from Beyond the Door." And I have to say, the air of the show is not so much about a "wolf" man with superpowers, as much as a guy who was given bad breaks, and how people can be really mean to someone who is just a little different, as well as being blind to the facts.It follows a similar formula to The Fugitive,Kung-Fu,The Incredible Hulk,etc. I know it's just a t.v. show, but for a "non-caring" Gen-Xer, I happen to care about this piece of (in this writer's opinion) well-crafted dramatic television.After all, Lucan was a sweet, polite, and helpful person, unlike many of the goons we see on t.v. today. So I second the previous writer's comment,however: "Move on,Brother Wolf! MOVE ON!!"

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