The TV and pop culture legend actually began with a bestselling book! The novel Lassie Come-Home led to a series of hit movies and finally the Emmy-winning TV series. Over the course of three decades on TV, Lassie had many adventures, first as Jeff’s Collie but most memorably, with Timmy from 1957–1964. Jon Provost stars as Timmy, the boy prone to falling into abandoned mineshafts and pools of quicksand. Early on, Cloris Leachman plays Timmy’s adoptive mother, Ruth Martin, before being replaced in the role by June Lockhart, who had starred in the 1945 movie, Son of Lassie. Of course, the role of boy’s best friend and life-saving hero is played, as always, by Lassie.
Sundays 8AM/7C – 10AM/9C
Created by: Robert Maxwell, Rudd Weatherwax