Lassie is an American television sitcom that originally aired on CBS from September 12, 1954, to March 25, 1973. The show was created by Robert Maxwell and starred Jan Clayton as Ellen Miller, a widow who moves to the country with her son Timmy (played by Jon Provost) and their collie Lassie.
The show also starred George Chandler as Uncle Petrie Martin, Ellen’s brother-in-law; Hugh Reilly as Dr. James Zachery, the local veterinarian; and Donald Keeler as Jeff Miller, Ellen’s nephew.
Lassie was popular with viewers and critics alike, and won multiple Emmy Awards during its run. The show has been praised for its wholesome and down-to-earth portrayal of rural life.
However, the show has also been criticized for its simplistic writing and lack of diversity.
Regardless of its controversial aspects, Lassie remains an iconic part of American pop culture and is fondly remembered by fans of classic television.
5 little known facts about the show:
1. The show was created by Robert Maxwell, who also wrote the novel Lassie Come-Home.
2. Jan Clayton was only 26 years old when she started filming the show.
3. George Chandler was originally only supposed to appear in one episode but ended up being a regular cast member.
4. Hugh Reilly was actually only 33 years old when he started playing the role of Dr. James Zachery.
5. Lassie was played by a succession of male dogs, all of whom were named Pal.