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The Second Hundred Years
Genre Sitcom
Written by Stan Cutler
Peggy Chantler Dick
Robert Lees
Gene Thompson
Skip Webster
Directed by John Erman
Paul Junger Witt
Richard Kinon
Starring Monte Markham
Arthur O'Connell
Frank Maxwell
Theme music composer George Duning
Composer(s) George Duning
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26
Producer(s) Richard M. Bluel
Running time 30 mins.
Original channel ABC
Original run September 6, 1967 – March 28, 1968

The Second Hundred Years is an American sitcom starring Monte Markham which aired on the ABC television network for one season from September 6, 1967 to March 28, 1968 (repeats were shown through September 1968).



The Second Hundred Years was what was called a "high concept" show—one which was based on circumstances which were extremely unlikely to occur in real life. The concept here was that one Lucius "Luke" Carpenter had left for Alaska in 1900 as part of a gold rush, but soon after his arrival was buried in a glacial avalanche. His burial was evidently so complete and so rapid that he survived in a state of suspended animation for 67 years. He was then thawed out and soon brought to the home of his now-elderly son, Edwin (portrayed by Arthur O'Connell), a land developer in Woodland Oaks, California.

The humor centered around how Luke was younger, both in appearance and attitude, than both his son, who was 67 (referenced in the pilot), but also his grandson Ken, who at 33 was the exact age at which Luke had disappeared and been preserved, and who was a near double for his grandfather (not surprising, as both characters were portrayed by Markham). Difficulty adjusting to all of the technology of the modern era aside, Luke, who was an affable, light-hearted sort, was in some ways more at home in his new world than his more buttoned down, conservative grandson.


The series drew some negative reviews, but premiered with strong ratings. By October, however, the series dropped to the bottom 25. In March 1968, the series was moved to Thursday nights (replacing Batman) but was canceled by ABC days later.[1]

Episode list

Episode # Title Airdate
1 "Father, Dear Father, Come Home with Me Now" September 6, 1967
2 "Oh Dad, Oh Dad, They Thawed Out Grandpa and I'm Feeling So Sad" September 13, 1967
3 "Little Lady X" September 20, 1967
4 "Pay Dirt" September 27, 1967
5 "A Simple Son of the Soil" October 4, 1967
6 "Ungathered Moss" October 11, 1967
7 "On Bended Knee" October 18, 1967
8 "Just Pay the Two Dollars" November 1, 1967
9 "Remember the Maine" November 8, 1967
10 "A Couple of Sad Dads" November 15, 1967
11 "No Experience Necessary" November 22, 1967
12 "San Juan Hill" November 29, 1967
13 "Luke Alikes" December 6, 1967
14 "Let My People Go-Go" December 14, 1967
15 "Luke's First Christmas" December 20, 1967
16 "The Abnormal Iceman" December 27, 1967
17 "Tree-In" January 3, 1968
18 "Right of Way" January 10, 1968
19 "For Whom the Drums Beat" January 17, 1968
20 "The House That Needed a Carpenter" January 24, 1968
21 "Shine On, Harvest Moonshine" January 31, 1968
22 "Love on the Double" February 7, 1968
23 "Dude Hand Luke" February 21, 1968
24 "Lucky Luke" February 28, 1968
25 "A Different Kind of Bug" March 21, 1968
26 "Luke and Comrade Tanya" March 28, 1968


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