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Six different dogs portrayed Lassie over the course of the series; all were owned and trained by professional trainer Rudd Weatherwax, and the five successors were descended from the original, whose off-screen name was Pal. Pal was the original Lassie, who had starred in the 1943 film ''Lassie Come Home'' (based on a novel by Eric Knight) and six sequels; when the film series ended, Weatherwax acquired the Lassie trademark (in lieu of unpaid wages, according to one account), and the television series resulted. All six dogs were actually male; male collies were thought to be more visually impressive, and less subject to seasonal shedding issues.

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Six As the show ran for 19 seasons, six different dogs portrayed Lassie over the course of the series; all were owned and trained by professional trainer Rudd Weatherwax, and the five successors were descended from the original, whose off-screen name was Pal. Pal was the original Lassie, who had starred in the 1943 film ''Lassie Come Home'' (based on a novel by Eric Knight) and six sequels; when the film series ended, Weatherwax acquired the Lassie trademark (in lieu of unpaid wages, according to one account), and the television series resulted. All six dogs were actually male; male collies were thought to be more visually impressive, impressive and less subject to seasonal shedding issues.


It may be a little hard for [[TroperDemographics modern tropers to really grok]], but this series was a ''big deal'' back in [[TheFifties the day]]. It was on the air at the very dawn of mass-consumption television, and it hit ''exactly'' the perfect note for young baby-boom families of the time. Lassie was one of the first true super-smash television hits, alongside shows like ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'', that demonstrated just how potent television was as a medium - not just for storytelling, [[CashCowFranchise but for making obscene amounts of money]].

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It may be a little hard for [[TroperDemographics modern tropers to really grok]], but this series was a ''big deal'' back in [[TheFifties the day]]. It was on the air at the very dawn of mass-consumption television, and it hit ''exactly'' the perfect note for young baby-boom families of the time. Lassie ''Lassie'' was one of the first true super-smash television hits, alongside shows like ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'', that demonstrated just how potent television was as a medium - not just for storytelling, [[CashCowFranchise but for making obscene amounts of money]].


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* {{Long Runner|s}}: The series ran for 19 seasons.


It may be a little hard for [[AllTropersAreYoungNerds modern tropers to really grok]], but this series was a ''big deal'' back in [[TheFifties the day]]. It was on the air at the very dawn of mass-consumption television, and it hit ''exactly'' the perfect note for young baby-boom families of the time. Lassie was one of the first true super-smash television hits, alongside shows like ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'', that demonstrated just how potent television was as a medium - not just for storytelling, [[CashCowFranchise but for making obscene amounts of money]].

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It may be a little hard for [[AllTropersAreYoungNerds [[TroperDemographics modern tropers to really grok]], but this series was a ''big deal'' back in [[TheFifties the day]]. It was on the air at the very dawn of mass-consumption television, and it hit ''exactly'' the perfect note for young baby-boom families of the time. Lassie was one of the first true super-smash television hits, alongside shows like ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'', that demonstrated just how potent television was as a medium - not just for storytelling, [[CashCowFranchise but for making obscene amounts of money]].



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* AndStarring: "Starring Hugh Beaumont, June Lockhart, Jon Provost as Timmy, and, of course, Lassie."
* AnimalsLackAttributes: Lassie is a female dog (note the root of the name is ''Lass'' not ''Lad'') played by males with their belly hair coiffed very carefully to cover up the naughty bits.
** Unbelievably, Lassie even had puppies one season. Don't ask.

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* AndStarring: "Starring Hugh Beaumont, June Lockhart, Hugh Reilly, Jon Provost as Timmy, and, of course, Lassie."
* AnimalsLackAttributes: Lassie is a female dog (note the root of the name is ''Lass'' not ''Lad'') played by males with their belly hair coiffed very carefully to cover up the naughty bits. \n** Unbelievably, Lassie even had puppies one season. Don't ask.


* CPRCleanPrettyReliable: In one early episode, Jeff has to do Holger-Nielsen method artificial respiration on a drowning victim. Naturally, being a kids show in the 1950s, the victim lives.

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* CPRCleanPrettyReliable: In one early episode, Jeff has to do Holger-Nielsen method artificial respiration on a drowning victim. Naturally, being a kids show in the 1950s, the victim lives.


* Protectorate: Timmy is this to Lassie.

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* Protectorate: {{Protectorate}}: Timmy is this to Lassie.

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* Protectorate: Timmy is this to Lassie.


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* UndyingLoyalty: Lassie towards Timmy.

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* AdultFear: TONS!


* TheBusCameBack: Jon Provost reprised his role as a now grown up Timmy (who was adopted and by this time went by Steve) was a recurring character in The New Lassie TV show in the late 1980s

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* TheBusCameBack: Jon Provost reprised his role as a now grown up Timmy (who was adopted and by this time went by the name Steve) was a recurring character in The New Lassie TV show in the late 1980s 1980s.


* TheBusCameBack: A grown up Timmy (who was adopted and by this time went by Steve) was a recurring character in The New Lassie, also played by Jon Provost.

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* TheBusCameBack: A Jon Provost reprised his role as a now grown up Timmy (who was adopted and by this time went by Steve) was a recurring character in The New Lassie, also played by Jon Provost. Lassie TV show in the late 1980s

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* TheBusCameBack: A grown up Timmy (who was adopted and by this time went by Steve) was a recurring character in The New Lassie, also played by Jon Provost.


It may be a little hard for [[AllTropersAreYoungNerds modern tropers to really grok]], but this series was a ''big deal'' back in [[TheFifties the day]]. It was on the air at the very dawn of mass-consumption television, and it hit ''exactly'' the perfect note for young baby-boom families of the time. Lassie was one of the first true super-smash television hits, alongside shows like ''LeaveItToBeaver'', that demonstrated just how potent television was as a medium - not just for storytelling, [[CashCowFranchise but for making obscene amounts of money]].

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It may be a little hard for [[AllTropersAreYoungNerds modern tropers to really grok]], but this series was a ''big deal'' back in [[TheFifties the day]]. It was on the air at the very dawn of mass-consumption television, and it hit ''exactly'' the perfect note for young baby-boom families of the time. Lassie was one of the first true super-smash television hits, alongside shows like ''LeaveItToBeaver'', ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'', that demonstrated just how potent television was as a medium - not just for storytelling, [[CashCowFranchise but for making obscene amounts of money]].


->"The way Lassie had to constantly save the family, you have to believe they were dumber than dirt. The only way their farm could have survived is from government grants, which you can figure Lassie filled out the paperwork."
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->"The ->''"The way Lassie had to constantly save the family, you have to believe they were dumber than dirt. The only way their farm could have survived is from government grants, which you can figure Lassie filled out the paperwork."
-->-- DaveBarry
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-->--'''Creator/DaveBarry'''



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