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 Kevin Brophy ... Lucan
Ben Davidson 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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22 May 1977 (USA) See more »

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MGM Television See more »
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Color (Metrocolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Coach Dalton: [after Lucan climbs a rope in a few seconds] How you did that?
Lucan: I spend many years with wolves.
Coach Dalton: Really? I spend years with monkeys and they didn't teach me anything.
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14 May 2010 | by rwozniak-1See all my reviews

I caught most of the episodes when they originally aired, and I agree that there seemed to be something mystical about the show. I've always been fascinated by wolves, and thought at the time a show that endowed a human with the insights and instincts of a wolf was brilliant. Despite the less-than-brilliant writing, for me, the show was captivating, sort of like "Dark Shadows" used to be. There were a number of subplots attempted ... fears that Lucan might revert to wolf, Lucan relentlessly being pursued by the law, Lucan's attempt to find his real birth parents, something about having witnessed a drug deal gone wrong, and his ongoing friendship with Dr. Don Hoagland, who was responsibile for socializing the wolfboy. It's a shame the series only lasted part of single season, and even then was often preempted for sports events. I regret that the series never appeared again as reruns. I did happen to catch the pilot movie on VHS, which I pulled off the air via my VCR at 2:00 a.m. over one of the oddball local Chicago TV stations. That was several years ago. I've since transferred it for myself to DVD. Since that time, I've picked up bootleg DVDs of all the episodes: Lucan-pilot, The Search, How Do You Run Forever, One Punch Wolfson, Brother Wolf, The Creature Beyond The Door, Thunder God Gold, Nightmare, and The Pariah. I hope the series is legitimately resurrected sometime on DVD.

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