ABC (ended 1978)


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Lucan, was a show about a baby boy lost in the wilderness of Minnesota, USA. This child was found and raised to age ten by a she wolf as her own. The child grew up in the wild learning his own unique form of socialization. At age ten the wild child discovered by hunters was subsequently captured and taken to a university research center. At the research center this Wolf Boy was experimented upon while being taught basics of coping in so called human civilization. The child raised by wolves started saying LUCAN upon hearing a doctor friends encouragement saying YOU CAN thinking this was his name so the doctor named him LUCAN. LUCAN grew into a fine well educated 20 year old man just as the research university made both he and the research project that supported him a hotbed of political infighting. Lucan's stressed out old scientist, protector, now mentor and close friend "John Randolph" as Dr. Hoagland suffers a non-fatal acccident. In The Pilot Episode: The good doctor no longer able to defend LUCAN against corrupt heartless University foes begged his wolf boy-human hybred friend to escape by melting into the uncharted wilderness of human civilization. In The Lucan Series: show viewers join Lucan on his journey doing good while searching for his natural parents. Lucan always had a strong abiding urge to find his natural parents. The old sick doctor friend felt it was time Lucan left his protected university research world to join mainstream human society. LUCAN used skills honed growing up with wolves to escape the research institute venturing out into humankind's civilization on a quest to find his parents. Series basically chronical's LUCAN's search for his parents played against a backdrop of different intrigues. In each episode LUCAN attempts to cope with human civilization by further developing his own hybred human-wolfen brand of socialization skills. Lucan is dogged without mercy by money grubbing, cold hearted, inept bounty hunter special police investigator and all around boob Don Gordon as "Prentiss". Lucan is sometimes helped by his research doctor friend and mentor Dr. Hoagland throughout the series. Lucan meets new challenges, people and animals who are changed after encountering his unique wolfen-human hybred manner. While Lucan makes many dear new friend's he lets nothing stop his quest following all leads to his real parents giving the series its reason to continue. Since the series never made it beyond 12 episodes the concept was never fully developed beyond what is stated here. The series may have been inspired by the French movie "L'Enfant Sauvage" (The Wild Child) by Francois Truffaut. This movie recounts the authentic case of Victor of Aveyron, a wild boy captured by huntsmen in the depths of a French forest in 1798. And made the subject of a prolonged study by Dr. Jean Itard of the Deaf and Dumb Institute in Paris, an imposing building in the rue Saint-Jacques. The film was released to American audiences in 1970, but has recently been re-released on DVD. ----------------------------------- Production Companies * MGM Television ----------------------------------- Release dates Pilot: USA -- 22 May 1977 Series: USA -- 26 December 1977 ----------------------------------


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