Lassie (1954 TV series)

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Lassie is an American television series that follows the adventures of a female Rough Collie dog named Lassie and her companions, both human and animal. The show was the creation of producer Robert Maxwell and animal trainer Rudd Weatherwax and was televised from September 12, 1954, to March 25, 1973. The seventh longest-running U.S. primetime television series after The Simpsons, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Gunsmoke, Law & Order, Family Guy and NCIS, the show ran for 17 seasons on CBS before entering first-run syndication for its final two seasons. Initially filmed in black and white, the show transitioned to color in 1965.

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Title screen of Lassie (seasons 1–4)
Also known as
  • Jeff's Collie (episodes 1–116)
  • Timmy & Lassie (episodes 116–352)
Created byRobert Maxwell
StarringTommy Rettig
Jan Clayton
George Cleveland
Jon Provost
Cloris Leachman
Jon Shepodd
June Lockhart
Hugh Reilly
George Chandler
Robert Bray
Jack De Mave
Jed Allan
Clyde Howdy
Ron Hayes
Larry Wilcox
Richard Garland
Pamelyn Ferdin
Lassie (various dogs)
Theme music composerLes Baxter
Opening themeWhistle
ComposerRaoul Kraushaar
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons19
No. of episodes591 (list of episodes)
ProducersRobert Golden
Robert Maxwell
Dusty Bruce
Rudolph E. Abel
Bonita Granville
Leon Fromkess
Production locationCalifornia
Running time26 minutes
Production companiesLassie Television
Robert Maxwell Associates
Jack Wrather Productions
Original networkCBS (1954–1971)
Syndication (1971–1973)
Picture formatBlack-and-white film (seasons 1–10)
Color film (seasons 11–19)
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 12, 1954 (1954-09-12) 
March 24, 1973 (1973-03-24)