Lucas Tanner is a fictional teacher and the main character from the 1974-1975 drama series Lucas Tanner. Played by actor David Hartman, he was introduced in the original pilot movie, and starred in all twenty-two episodes of the series.
Lucas Tanner is a former baseball sports writer. Following the tragic deaths of his wife and son in an automobile accident, Lucas ended up taking a job as a teacher at Harry S. Truman High School in Webster Groves, St. Louis, Missouri. Known for his unorthodox teaching style, he formed a strong bond with many of his students, among them, Glendon Farrell.
There are three episodes from this series with titles that end in questions marks: "Those Who Cannot Count, Teach?", "What's Wrong With Bobb?", and "Why Not a Happy Ending?".
Playing on this series was David Hartman's final work in scripted television. He would go on to become a co-host on Good Morning America from 1975 to 2007.
Actress Dee Wallace, best known for her work in films such as E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial, The Hills Have Eyes and Cujo, got her start in television on Lucas Tanner. She played a waitress in episode 1x11, "Merry Gentlemen".