Lassie's Rescue Rangers (TV Series 1973–1975)
|Genre||Animation, Adventure, Family|
|Content Rating||TV-G (TV-G)|
Lassie's Rescue Rangers
Lassie's Rescue Rangers is an animated TV show produced by Filmation and featuring Lassie, running from 1973 to 1975. The hour-long pilot, Lassie and the Spirit of Thunder Mountain, was part of The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie.
In the series, Lassie the collie lives near Thunder Mountain with the Turner family. Ranger Ben Turner (voiced by Ted Knight works with wife Laura (voiced by Jane Webb) and children Susan (voiced by Jane Webb), Jackie (voiced by Lane Scheimer), and Ben Jr. (voiced by Keith Sutherland) as the Forest Force, a ranger-rescue team that protects Thunder Mountain National Park. Lassie is the leader of the Rescue Rangers, a group of wild animals living in the park, working alongside the Turners to help protect the environment and keep it safe for visitors.
The Rescue Rangers were eight animals including Groucho the owl, Toothless the mountain lion, Musty the skunk, and Robbie the raccoon. Also helping the Forest Force was Gene Fox, a Native American, who was Ben Jr.'s, Jackie's and Susan's friend.
The fifteen-episode season was not well-received. Lassie's trainer, Rudd Weatherwax, said, "That's not Lassie. That's trash." The National Association of Broadcasters agreed: "The manufacturers of this rubbish have incorporated violence, crime and stupidity into what is probably the worst show for children of the season."
|0||"Lassie and the Spirit of Thunder Mountain"||November 11, 1972|
|1||"The Animals Are Missing"||September 15, 1973|
|2||"Mystic Monster"||September 22, 1973|
|3||"Lassie's Special Assignment"||September 29, 1973|
|4||"The Imposters"||October 6, 1973|
|5||"Deadly Cargo"||October 13, 1973|
The team discovers that the couple they rescued from a helicopter crash were transporting explosives.
|6||"Grizzly"||October 20, 1973|
|7||"Deepsea Disaster"||October 27, 1973|
Jackie, Susan, Gene Fox, Lassie, Toothless, and Fastback are assigned as the crew of the Aquabase. But will a disgruntled sub designer have his revenge?
|8||"Black Out"||November 3, 1973|
|9||"Arctic Adventure"||November 10, 1973|
This adventure focuses on the search for firefighters in Alaska.
|10||"The Sunken Galleon"||November 17, 1973|
|11||"Goldmine"||November 24, 1973|
|12||"Rodeo"||December 1, 1973|
|13||"Hullabaloo in Hollywood"||December 8, 1973|
The Rescue Rangers arrive in Hollywood to appear in a movie. But a mysterious phantom is causing problems on the set.
|14||"Tidal Wave"||December 15, 1973|
|15||"Lost"||December 22, 1973|
Duane Johnson gets lost on his first camping trip, putting himself and a mountain man called Jake in terrible danger.