The Seekers (1979)

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Abraham Kent opposes his headstrong father Philip by forsaking a military career, then in the family's newspaper business. Moving out West with his pregnant bride Elizabeth, the couple ... See full summary »


Sidney Hayers


Steve Hayes, John Jakes (novel)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Randolph Mantooth ... Abraham Kent
Edie Adams ... Flora Cato (credit only)
Neville Brand ... Capt. Isaac Drew (credit only)
Delta Burke ... Elizabeth Fletcher Kent
John Carradine ... Avery Mills (credit only)
George DelHoyo ... Gilbert Kent (as George Deloy)
Julie Gregg ... Edna Clapper
Roosevelt Grier ... Amos Samuels (as Rosey Grier) (credit only)
George Hamilton ... Lt. Hamilton Stovall (credit only)
Alex Hyde-White ... Oliver Prouty (credit only)
Harriet Karr Harriet Karr ... Harriet Kent
Brian Keith ... Elijah Weatherby (credit only)
Don Mantooth Don Mantooth ... Plenty Coup (as Donald Mantooth) (credit only)
Ross Martin ... Supply Pleasant
Gary Merrill ... Capt. Hull (credit only)


Abraham Kent opposes his headstrong father Philip by forsaking a military career, then in the family's newspaper business. Moving out West with his pregnant bride Elizabeth, the couple successfully settle two acres of farming land as Abraham's younger brother Gilbert takes command back home. Written by Kevin Olzak

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1979 (USA) See more »

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Chapter one features Randolph Mantooth as Abraham Kent
17 June 2017 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

THE SEEKERS was the last of a trilogy of TV miniseries based on the bestselling series of eight books by John Jakes (later composing the even better known NORTH AND SOUTH) about the fictitious Kent family, kicked off by THE BASTARD and THE REBELS, each of which focused on Philip Kent, played by a young Andrew Stevens. In THE SEEKERS we see an older, dying Philip played briefly by Martin Milner, the lead in chapter one his eldest son Abraham (Randolph Mantooth), forsaking his father's careers in the military and printing to forge a new life out West with pregnant bride Elizabeth (Delta Burke), who bears him a son named Jarod. Five years of plowing land ends tragically when Elizabeth is killed by Indians, so a demoralized Abraham returns to his home in Boston, learns about his father's death, and younger brother Gilbert's ascension in the printing business. By chapter's conclusion Gilbert is forced to evict his alcoholic brother, now ailing with the pox, his child left behind to be cared for by an unloving stepmother. The minutes breeze by as we watch the varied guest stars take turns in the spotlight: this was Delta Burke's debut in a featured role, with Ed Harris and Skip Riley as a young Lewis and Clark, Barbara Rush gorgeous as ever as Abraham's mother, Ross Martin as a sympathetic news editor, Robert Reed affecting a Swedish accent as a helpful friend, Vic Morrow in typical scene stealing form as a whip cracking villain. Randolph Mantooth is (rightly) the actor everyone remembers, though he appears only in this first chapter. In truth this is really all we get for the time invested, not exactly great history but certainly an easy viewing.

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