11. Single Parent Pioneer
Lucas McCain’s character showed to be a groundbreaking parent on American TV. He was the first widowed parent to be played on TV raising a child alone. Connors credited Sam Peckinpah with writing strong, wholesome scripts that made the father-son relationship played on the show realistic and appealing. And other TV series soon joined the bandwagon.
It may have taken some time, but the idea of a single parent raising a child popped up on other series not too long. Another show that featured a single dad was the 1950s series “Bachelor Father” and in the 1960s-1970s show “Julia,” the title character was beautifully played by Diahann Carroll. Julia was a widowed registered nurse who didn’t bring a gun but had a relationship with her young son similar to Lucas and Mark McClain.