What’s Your Favorite Classic TV Western?

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  • Claghorn

    How could there be no comments??

    I’ve been enjoying the reruns of the little-remembered show called “The Rebel” with Nick Adams, although I’m puzzled about what kind of greedy game is keeping them from including the intro song which was sung by Johnny Cash.

  • Rick Cardona

    How could you not have Cheyenne there? It was the first hour long TV show and lasted 8 years and featured the most intimidating, elegant and imposing actor of his time, the amazing Clint Walker.

    • rogerscorpion

      I agree with Rick.
      I also don’t agree with the omission of The High Chaparral.  It was much grittier than Bonanza.

      • Grizzled Geezer

         In the early 70s, I had the pleasure of hearing Frank Silvera give a little talk on “King Lear”, which he was performing in DC. He was later electrocuted when trying to fix his food-waste disposer.

  • Migaluchi

    personally, i grew up with hoppy…sad that no one remembers

    • Bobby Donat

      I do… and I voted for him

    • hypatiab7

       I do, but didn’t vote for him because most of the tv shows were cut down from  his movies..

  • Mark T

    Hands down it is Gunsmoke

  • rwelniak

    Cheyenne, Sugarfoot, Bronco Lane !!!!!

  • Bobby Donat

    My all-time favorite was Wild, Wild West.

    • hypatiab7

       Choosing among western shows that weren’t on the list, it would be a toss up between
       ”Wild, Wild West” and “Brisco County, Jr.”.

  • Melanie Sanderson

    Definitely Alias Smith & Jones! Why is this not in the poll??????

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/PODTFFPVEUXYHXVGNS5G5FWKGI DIRK

      Yes, ALIAS SMITH & JONES, Pete Duel RIP

  • Laura

    “Gunsmoke” was great!   What about “The Virginian”?

    • Grizzled Geezer

       ”The Virginian” was a travesty of Owen Wister’s novel. Find it and read it. (Take your time, because the narrator is writing as an outsider, so parts of it are hard to understand.)

  • Steve M Cohen

    The Virginian

  • cowboy

    Since I grew up in the 50′s and 60′s I never missed the Lone Ranger or Hoppi even though I watched all the others. I still have and listen to the Lone Ranger on cd’s from the old radio programs. I just finished the Lone Ranger and the Green Hornet (Britt Reed) and the story behind the two characters and how they met.  
                              All my hero’s have been cowboys!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OC6SKJLQDZEY674X7VRYBWH6AI Tom

      @ cowboy:  I watched ALL of those and more, when I could.  I remember the first time Gene Autry ” HAD ” to shoot a fellow. [ Real nasty, low-down, double crossin', back stabbin', back shootin', horse thievin', cattle russlin': The guy needed killin' ]  After Gene shot that feller’, there was a look on Gene’s face that was hard to describe.  You knew that what he had just done was weighing real heavy on his heart and soul. When was the last you have seen remorse on the face of a shooter on a TV series OR a movie ?  A rare moment.  

  • hockeyfan

    I agree that Gunsmoke is probably the best as they had the longest run and therefore could develop characters and stories better than others.  That being said I like The Rifleman for the interaction of the leads .  Lucas McCain and Mark have a unique bond for a television show.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OC6SKJLQDZEY674X7VRYBWH6AI Tom

      @ hockeyfan:  The Rifleman was ahead of its time.  A single Dad trying to raise his Son in the Wild West.  Really liked the Winchester repeater rifle with the enlarged ” loop ” cocking action for one-handed operation. Slick ! 

    • Vinny Castellano

      Amen.  I’m enjoying the reruns of The Rifleman on AMC – Saturday mornings.  The bond between Lucas and his son carry the son.  The copyright on some of them is 1958 (over 50 years ago!).  It was a head of its time.

      • Vinny Castellano

        I need to correct a few words.  -
        … carried the show.
        It was ahead of its time. 

      • Raymond

        Cable’s ME-TV and the Lone Star Channel run episodes every weekday afternoons and Saturdays. Check local listings. The show was a head of its time as one of the great TV westerns ever made.

        • Raymond

          “THE RIFLEMAN” was one of the biggest hits at ABC-TV that ran for five seasons from 1958 until 1963.

    • Bruce Reber

      Lucas McCain had a specially made rifle that cocked as he drew it upwards to fire – it gave him a definite advantage against almost any gunfighter! I remember seeing Chuck Connors, who played McCain on “The Rifleman” doing TV commercials for the toy replica of his famous rifle (in either the 70′ or 80′s).

    • raysson

      “Gunsmoke” ran for 20 years at CBS from September 1,1955 until March 31,1975.
      Out of the 620 episodes,it have great characters and exciting stories better than any other Western before it.

      “The Rifleman” ran for five seasons at ABC from September 12,1958 until May 22,1963.
      The bond between Lucas McCain(Chuck Connors),and his son Mark(Johnny Crawford)was very unique,but it also had exciting stories that went along with the action packed scenes.

  • John Stanaway

    Most television westerns are inherently dull in nature due to production values and the dull fact of repetition of about one episode per week.  Television belied the natural romanticism of film because of the absence of climax necessary in programming characters and plots over endless periods.  Then there is the surreal element such as Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker and Michael Landon being closely related, or the monotonous concept of full 90-minute episodes of the stultifying Virginian. Happily, we had the likes of James Arness, Milburn Stone, James Garner and Steve McQueen to cut through the tedium

    • Grizzled Geezer

       Stan Freberg did a parody of those “exciting tales of yesteryear”, “Bang Gunnleigh, US Marshall Fields”.

  • Hauser

    What happened to Cheynne or Wild Wild West ?????

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=713983697 Gordon S. Jackson

    I’m not surprised at the ascendancy of “Gunsmoke” altho I personally always preferred the radio version with the voice of William Conrad as Matt Dillon.  It was well loved and, highly respected and critically acclaimed.  Still, I voted for “Wanted Dead or Alive” with its detestable-in-principle but very-ethical-in-practice bounty hunter Josh Randall (Steve McQueen.)  I only wish Nick Adams “The Rebel” and the Henry Fonda/Allen Jenkins “The Deputy” (inspired by the Fonda/Anthony Perkins film “The Tin Star”) were also on the list.  

  • sue2012

    Bonanze was the first TV series that came to mind. I remember there used to be a “PONDEROSE RANCH” in or thereabout the Lake Tahoe area, where you could see everything out of season. NAturally, we had TV before movies, so it was an easy pick.

  • Fbusch

    The mention of High Chaparrall, brings back the memory of it’s quality. But, I voted for Maverick, since it didn’t try to stretch the plots beyond recognition, and, didn’t take it’s self too seriously. manytv westerns had the same fault, trying to go too many seasons and running out of good plots.

  • Jack Fitzpatrick

    Cheyenne???  Absolutely.

  • Nosferatu1922

    Gunsmoke was great, but what about Sugarfoot, Boots and Saddles, Yancy Derringer, and Death Valley Days? And no mention of Gene Autry?

  • hogmanjem

    What was the name of the show where the Dad of several grown boys always said “No brag,Just Fact”? As old as he was he was a very quick draw too. That was a pretty good show, I just don’t remember the name of it. I watched all of the shows on the above list and liked Rawhide cause that’s the first show I remember with Clint Eastwood in it !

    • Crbarclift

      It was with Walter Brennan as the father.  I can’t recall the name either, but I remember that line very well.

    • Ganderson

      “The Guns of Will Sonnet”- Walter Brennan and Dack Rambo as grandfather and grandson looking for the younger man’s father

      • Hogmanjem

        Thanks, I just could not remember that title, but I could never forget that line !

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OC6SKJLQDZEY674X7VRYBWH6AI Tom

    I would be doing my homework and I would hear the opening theme music for ” Gunsmoke ” coming from the living room: I’d drop what I was doing and join my Dad for a great adventure.  Unlike much of the junk on TV now, Gunsmoke had a moral message and positive values.  The varied cast of characters were good actors and carried the show to a high standard: Golden hearted Miss Kitty, good hearted Doc Adams, Straight as an arrow Marshal Matt Dillon, Deputies Chester & Festus & Newly all worked well.  TV Land palys some of the reruns.  Try it, you will like it.

    • Grizzled Geezer

      In the radio version of “Gunsmoke”, Miss Kitty didn’t run /just/ the saloon. The obvious joke about her name couldn’t have been an accident, nor could the name of “The Long Branch” have been one, either.

  • Ken Roche

    Noticed that  ”Sugarfoot” or the Michael Ansara classic about the Indian Chief “Law of the Plainsman”
    (I think it was called – the one with the great playout theme)  in there either….

    Liked “Have Gun……” but supose ”Wagon Train” had a better range of stories and more characters.

    • hypatiab7

       You just reminded me  of Michael Ansara in “Broken Arrow” with John Lupton. I
      think he played Cochise in the show.  Ansara was one fine-looking and beautifully
      built man. The show was based on the James Stewart movie “Broken Arrow”.

  • tim ed kenneally

    i voted for gunsmoke but also liked “cimarron strip” with big ol’ stu whitman as marshal jim crown. also “laredo” with big bad bill smith. lots of hokey-jokey with neville brand and peter brown but tough action and killing when it needed it. cheers,tim ed kenneally

  • Mark Townsend

    “Have Gun Will Travel” was my choice.  I enjoyed the idea of a Western gunman who was am erudite city-slicker as well.   It had some very interesting episodes, esp. the premiere.
    “Where is your righteousness?”  queried Paladin’s prey — also played by Richard Boone.
    Paladin learned that a gunman’s job should really be about more than simply completing a job and taking  money.

  • John George

    Where’s “Cheyenne”? No doubt about it!

  • Roger Lynn

    I loved Gunsmoke especially the last  years season 12-20,bonanza,and maverick,,but The Big Valley was awesome Ms Barbara Stanwyck was truly one of the grandest actresses of all time,my all time fave…..I wished they would put the rest season2 vol 2 season 3-4 on dvd

  • Ansel Cox

    Why was “The Viriginian” not on the list?  It’s the absolutely the best TV western.

  • Barb in OK

    Boy, I’d like to see all of these back on reruns somewhere. It’s been so long for most of these, that I really can’t remember well what they were like.  Would be great to see moral based entertainment again! 

    • Willsa1954

      Try tuning in to Encore Westerns.

  • rgordon7

    Voted for Maverick, but would have been tempted to vote for Kung Fu or The Wild Wild West, had either been a choice…

  • Kari Selinheimo

    High Noon

  • Neildmyers

    What about The Virginian and The High Chaparral?

    • KarenG_958

      High Chaparral – I was trying to remember that one!  Thanks!  

  • Linda B.

    I voted for Bonanza, but The Big Valley is a very close second!!!

  • Genevap123

    I voted for Maverick, but Big Valley and Wagon Train are the next two on my list.  I loved seeing all of the movie stars on Wagon Train before they were too famous.  I do watch the Encore Western Channel which will bring some of the older TV westerns on, but have not seen the Big Valley on that channel for quite some time.

  • Ivan

    the lone ranger is high on my hero list.  however, GUNSMOKE aways had a great story and the cast was as good as it got!  and the first time i watched this show in color, the beautiful colors in the background jumped out at you.  and who is going to argue with a feller as big as Marshal Dillon.  and the voice of William Conrad on the radio’s Gunsmoke was as strong as they get.  Gunsmoke my vote!  i doubt if the voters remember Dead or Alive, with Steve McQueen.  the stars of most of the westerns were guests on Dead or Alive.
     

    • Genevap123

      I remember Wanted, Dead or Alive with Steve McQueen and Tombstone Territory.  Really liked the “whistle me up a melody” of Tombstone Territory.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ralph.smithsr.1 Ralph Smith Sr.

    Which Gunsmoke?
    The Half hour Gunsmoke was Great.
    The One hour Gunsmoke was Boring.
    And that’s my opion.

  • Cap’n Marvel

    I have been a Hoppy fan since I was a kid. Just something about his demeanor and that laugh… i must confess though that Gunsmoke has been a favorite of mine for years… one question though really bothers me… Did Matt ever kiss Miss Kitty. I nknow she was ticked at him in several episodes… hmmmn, I wonder!

  • TimelessObserver

    You can’t fairly throw together such disparate types of shows, just because they had a western theme or setting.  These range from bang-bang good vs. bad shoot-’em-ups to satirical, comedic, and more sophisticated dialogue.

  • KarenG_958

    It was really hard to choose between Bonanza and Big Valley.  I think I liked Bonanza better when I was younger, and The Big Valley as I got older.  Maverick was fun as well, but not a favorite.  I also liked Death Valley Days, but my favorite was Wild, Wild West by a long shot.  

  • Mike29th

    I have to go with The Wild, Wild West.  Great action.  Great music.

  • Bjodrie

    How about Johnny Yuma,The Rebel with Nick Adams?

    • dave castellarin

      HEY, good one.  nice hit recording by johhny cash, “THE REBEL, JOHNNY YUMA

  • Cyborg2828

    It was only on for a very short while but I always wanted to see more “Nichols”, with James Garner and Margot Kidder. My favorite from the list was “Have Gun Will Travel”. Richard Boone was great.

  • Grizzled Geezer

    I voted for “Maverick”, but I can’t argue with those who chose “Gunsmoke”.

    I’m disappointed “The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr” wasn’t on the list. But then, I have decidedly warped taste.

  • billyboy53

    HEY, WHAT ABOUT “CHEYENNE”?   IT WASN’T EVEN ON THE LIST.

  • RolftheRuf

    Others already mentioned prominent TV Westerns that probably should have been on the list. Primarily, The Virginian, Cheyenne and The High Chapperal. There are a couple more worth honorable mention as well: Laramie and How the West Was Won.
     
    Some are suggesting Wild Wild West and Brisco County, Jr. but I don’t consider these to be of the classic age. They are later and qualify in a different category along with Alias Smith and Jones.
     
    Of course, Gunsmoke ran so long it left the classic age and joined the modern westerns. It gets my vote even though I enjoyed all of these others.

  • RolftheRuf

    Oh! Just thought of a couple more… Hondo (serial based on the John Wayne film of the same name) and Branded (Chuck Conners stars as a dishonorably discharged cavalry officer).

  • Bolena01

    What about Laredo?

    • RolftheRuf

      Never like Laredo, but you are right. It should be mentioned.

      • Raymond

        Laredo is mentioned here on the site….It was basically a spinoff of The Virginian that ran for two seasons at NBC from 1965 until 1967.

  • Pbentley2

    If 1%= 60 votes , How come 100% doesn’t =6000??????

    • Bazbee

       It seems that the  % can only be expressed as whole numbers rather than going to one decimal place so the overall figures  are slightly inaccurate.

  • Lila

    Voted for Wagon Train but The Virginian and Kung Fu were also favorites.

  • ww

    Okay. I’ll admit it. I would have voted for “Little House on the Prairie” had it been included.

  • Michael_Staton

    Doesn’t list enough of them.  I like Lawman for a classic western.

    • Michael A.

      “Lawman” was my first choice also.  No nonsense Marshal Dan Troop was unequalled.  And Lily was as good as Miss Kitty…

      Mike A.

  • NHisMage

    I voted for the Rifleman but I love Gunsmoke as well.  

  • Slftrek

    It was a tough choice.  I’m such a fan of western TV.  But I picked Maverick.  Who could ignore the brothers [and cousin] Maverick:  Bret, Bart and cousin Beau.

  • John Thomas

    For any male child of the 50′s, The Lone Ranger and Superman was “must see” TV.

  • Baby12

    I would have voted for Gene Autry if that had been listed.

  • Baby12

    Cheyenne and Laredo where good too.

    • Ed Skillin

      Thanks for mentioning “Cheyenne.”  That was always my favorite, though I enjoyed many of the others, too.  I remember when Clint Walker went on strike and was replaced for a season by Ty Hardin as “Bronco Layne.”  It was a long dry spell…  but Clint and “Cheyenne” eventually returned, with appropriate fanfare in the press.

  • dave castellarin

    BOY,some really great ones and i LOVE THEM ALLLLLLLLLL!!! but i would have to say big valley, great cast

    • Bruce Reber

      The main cast members of “The Big Valley” went on to later TV series – Barbara Stanwyck (Victoria Barkley), who’d already had a stellar movie career, would co-star with Richard Chamberlain (TV’s “Dr. Kildare”) in “The Thornbirds” miniseries in 1983, Lee Majors (Heath Barkley) would star in “The Six Million Dollar Man” (1970′s) and “The Fall Guy” (1980′s), Richard Long (Jarrod Barkley) would co-star in “Nanny And The Professor” in the early 70′s, and Linda Evans (Audra Barkley) would co-star in the “Dallas” knock-off nighttime soap opera “Dynasty” in the 80′s.

      • raysson

        The main cast members of the 1960′s Western soap opera “The Big Valley” went on to bigger and better things in their professional careers,and one of the stars that stood out was none other than Lee Majors. He went on to star opposite such stars as James Drury(The Virginian:The Men From Shiloh),Arthur Hill(Owen Marshall:Counselor At Law)where Lee Majors was the assistant district attorney on that successful courtroom drama series. Then after,he starred in one of the biggest hits of the early-1970′s as Steve Austin on “The Six Million Dollar Man” which became one of ABC’s biggest hits of the decade that lasted four seasons. Then he hit it big again in the early-1980′s as “The Fall Guy”,and did a stint in the short-lived situation comedy series aka “The Lee Majors Show” in the early-1990′s. Today, Lee Majors is still doing TV shows as the head football coach of a professional team in the cable series “The Game”

        • raysson

          Before her stint on “The Big Valley” Barbara Stanwyck had her own weekly anthology series aka “The Barbara Stanwyck Show” and was a regular federal female agent opposite Robert Stack in three episodes of “The Untouchables”…..Another cast member from “The Big Valley” Richard Long who’d already had a stellar career was a private detective on the late-1950′s crime drama “Bourbon Street Beat”,and after his stint on “The Big Valley” would co-star opposite Juliet Prowse in “Nanny and the Professor” in the early-1970′s. As for cast member Linda Evans,before her start on “The Big Valley” she was cast in several beach movies for American International Pictures opposite Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. She again hit the big time in the 1980′s where she’d co-star opposite John Forsythe and Joan Collins in the “Dallas” knock-off soap opera “Dynasty” which became on the biggest hits over at ABC during the early to mid-1980′s(1981-1989). Peter Breck before “The Big Valley” was already starring in a Western titled “Black Saddle” that was produced by the same people who brought you “The Big Valley”,and “The Rifleman”

  • Mac50

    Gunsmoke followed closely by Maverick and Have Gun Will Travel.  The best western movie ever made is Blood on the Moon with Robert Mitchum it’s a classic but no one will put it on DVD.  Why not? There are plenty of junk westers on DVD but not this classic.  Check out the cast and you’ll see why.

    • billyboy53

      Thanks for your response.  It puzzles me why some really great movies are unavailable on DVD or Movies Unlimited or even Netflix.  For example, “Viva Zapata”,  which I’ve been trying to find for years. The only place I’ve found where you can see it, though in grainy form, is on “GoogleMovies”.

  • Nils Goering

    For so many of us “baby boomers” westerns were our passion – as much as kids today are into ‘Star Wars’, ‘Harry Potter’ or any sappy vampire romance.  As a kid, my personal favorite was Hopalong Cassidy (William Boyd).  I used to watch his tv show and older movies faithfully and I had loads of Hoppy merchandise.  His movies and tv episodes were fast paced actioners that never disappointed.  Happily both his films and tv adventures are available on dvd.  Hoppy rides again!  Along with Hoppy we kids enjoyed Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Tales of the Texas Rangers, Annie Oakley, Sky King, Buffalo Bill, Jr., Range Rider, Rin Tin Tin, Wild Bill Hickock, Zorro and The Lone Ranger.  Primetime western favorites were Gunsmoke, Have Gun Will Travel, Wanted Dead or Alive, Rawhide, Wagon Train, Maverick, Cheyenne, Bronco, Sugarfoot, Lawman, The Restless Gun, Bat Masterson, The Legend of Wyatt Earp, Tombstone Territory, Yancy Derringer, The Rifleman, Bonanza, Death Valley Days, Tales of the Iron Horse and several more titles that aren’t coming to mind at this moment.  They were glorious days and one always hopes that at some future point quality westerns will return to television (and the movies for that matter).  Grim, gruesome and sex saturated fodder like ‘Deadwood’ (and other like-minded shows) are not considered quality westerns.

    • Vinny Castellano

      Nice job, Niles.  I’ve never seen such a comprehensive list of TV westerns.  It’s true – from the mid 50s to the late 60s there was at least one western (maybe more) on every night. Then, when Gunsmoke went off the air after 20 years, they all disappeared from the air waves.  It wasn’t an innocent time, but one could argue it was simpler.  
      The Lone Ranger was my personal favorite.    Hi-ho, Silver!  Away!

  • Maggie

    I voted for The Big Valley because it is my favorite. However, I think Gunsmoke is the best of the lot, with The Big Valley second, then Bonanza.

  • Vann Morrison

    I remember staying at my grandparents house in the 60′s. When Gun Smoke came on you didn’t dare make a sound. If you did you suffered the wrath of my ganddad. Me and my cousins found that out the hard way.

  • Bazbee

    F Troop – come on!

    • Raysson

      F-TROOP was particularly a western spoof.

      F-TROOP was basically the GILLIGAN’S ISLAND of dumb sitcoms.

      • Bazbee

         Oh thanks. I didn’t know that.

      • Bruce Reber

        “Gilligan’s Island” and dumb sitcom – that sounds a little redundant to me!

    • Daisy

      I liked all the “Jewish” Indians.

  • 50greycrow

    I had to vote for Have Gun Will Travel. Paladin was a mysterious and intriguing character. Maverick and Rawhide all tie for first place. I still watch the reruns to this day. As a child, I enjoyed Gene Autry and Roy Rogers and Dale Evan ’cause I loved their respective horses, Champion, Trigger and Buttermilk.

  • 50greycrow

    I am old enough to remember Cisco and Pancho!

    • Daisy

      “Oh, Cisco!” “Oh, Pancho!” “Hahahahahaha…”

  • 50greycrow

    My sons and I loved Briscoe County and were sad that it was so short lived.

  • Makrohn

    Where is the Wild Wild West?

  • Speree

    I’ve always been a big fan of Westerns & I was in hog heaven in their TV heyday during the mid-50s & the following years. My favorite was “Have Gun-Will Travel.” As a kid, I had a Paladin gun set (hey!; it was the 50′s!), whose holsters were embossed with the knights, & a little wallet which held the famous calling cards. However, having seen the show recently, I’ve caught something that an enthralled 9 year old easily missed: Paladin reads something in the San Francisco newspaper & takes off to set things right. Now we have no idea how long it took for that news item to reach the paper & he travels who knows how many miles on horseback to arrive at the troublespot. We’re talking a time span of several weeks minimum, yet the situation is just as volatile as when he first read about it. O well; it’s still fun to
    remember.

  • Wayne P.

    And, lets not forget “Branded”.  Chuck Connors was not just the Rifleman, and he was a pretty good baseball player, too!

  • Lou A.

    I like every one of these westerns , but I voted for Have Gun Will Tarvel. There were a number that didn’t make the list that I like as well: Yancy Derringer , Restless Gun, The Texan, Wagon Train, The Rebel, Frontier Circus  Roy Rogers ,Wyatt Earp, etc, etc. But does anyone remember the Civil War shows, TheAmericans,and The Gray ghost and the “sort of” western Casey Jones ?

    • Nils Goering

      To Lou A. : I remember ‘The Gray Ghost’ with Tod Andrews as Col. Mosby – in fact, in our area the syndicated series was titled ‘Mosby’s Rangers’.  Tod Andrews also went by the name Michael Ames in many of his earlier acting assignments, particularly in Monogram features like ‘Voodoo Man’ with Bela Lugosi.

  • Louis

    I agree with Lou A. I liked all of them. I would love to see Maverick back on.
    Bart, Bret, and sometimes cousin Bo. I think people would watch.

  • Retour

    I voted for Hoppy..too many of the later shows were done horses and all in the studio..Bonanza for one

  • John Field

    This was difficult, b/c they all had a lot of good points. I went w/”The Lone Ranger” b/c the basic theme–good vs. evil, the masked stranger, the silver bullet etc. Classic. But the Hoppy episodes were great b/c of Boyd’s presence, narrative voice and the outfit. “Rawhide” and “Wagon Train” had realism and solid casts. “Wanted” had McQueen- enough said! I was never a big “Bonanza” or “Gunsmoke” fan. But, hey, they were all great!!!

  • Douglasbell

    Your vote is too limited. Cheyenne was a quality show and was not included. 

  • Guest

    too hard! I like them all! They all are great Westerns!

  • Ringbox

    I like Bat Masterson I like that is the correct spelling
     

  • Hope

    The HIgh Chapperal had unique characters.  The different races of white, hispanics, indians and a few shows with blacks added such variety.

  • Broadwayfan

    You left out THE VIRGINIAN. I like it much better than any of the others. It was ground breaking in its format, and the subjects it dealt with. It was a unique Western. And, every bit as enjoyable to watch today as back in the 60s and 70s.

  • Frank pienkosky

    since they usually came on back to back….I’d consider “Have gun ..Will travel” and “gunsmoke” a great combo!

    • USCTrojanGirl

      In South Bay California, our package is Gunsmoke and Bonanza.

  • Lenore Salinger

    Of the eleven Best TV westerns mentioned in the poll, here is their proper ranking

    GUNSMOKE
    HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL
    WAGON TRAIN
    RAWHIDE
    HOPALONG CASSIDY
    MAVERICK
    WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE
    THE LONE RANGER
    THE RIFLEMAN
    BONANZA
    THE BIG VALLEY

  • Cadesgrams

    This was a tough one. Out of the eleven you have listed 8 of them I watched on a regular basis. I was a kid when these were on though so I had to watch what my Dad watched. That was Westerns or war related shows. Ahh the memories…

  • 1Noel45

    Maverick’s mix of playfulness and psychologically rounded characters, combined with Garner’s laid back charm make it a front runner: its first 3 episodes were directed by the great Budd Boetticher which got the series off to a flying start.

    Rawhide was consistently above average with well constructed and directed narratives, and tight-lipped trail boss Eric Fleming creating a great study in contrasts with a young, impulsive and charming Clint Eastwood.

    Sam Peckinpah’s sadly aborted series The Westerner with Brian Keith which ran for only 13 episodes, would easily have taken the best tv western series crown had it been allowed to continue. I guess it was too off-beat and gritty for the audiences of the day.

    Dick Powell’s anthology series The Zane Grey Theatre was consistently way above average with a roll call of guest star luminaries that made it compulsive viewing.

    Finally, for me, the best single episode in a western series was the John Ford directed episode of Wagon Train (The Colter Craven Story in season 4). Ford’s stock company gave it a complex narrative and amazing density of characterization for a 50 minute episode; the flashback especially which includes a cameo appearance of “Marion Morris” (guess who?) is a treat and pure Fordian gold.  

    • Vinny Castellano

      You know your Westerns.  I watched most of them but a few of these were before my time.  I didn’t know John Ford directed a Wagon Train episode.  That was where I first remember seeing Ward Bond who died all too early.    Thanks for your insightful comment.

  • Ken Roche

    1Noel45:  I liked your list and it’s helpful information indeed (some things I did not know in there)
    (John Ford episode of Waggon Train!)  

    Would sure like a re-visit to Dick Powels Zane Grey!
    Rawhide: pity the likable Eastwood drifted into being such a thug 
     
    Budd B’s. kick off for Maverick!
    Only problem for me – - Maverick looked so cheap with it’s studio bound indoor sets — a real put off of the day…..Thanks for your well informed info Noel, a good read.  k.

  • Johnfburton

    For Me “Have Gun Will Travel” really does stand out. I was too young to watch it on its original prime time run on CBS, but got hooked on it years later in syndication. It was an intriguing blend of traditional western narratives with a pinch of sort of private-eye tropes, making it a trailblazing hybrid of the two popular TV genres. And Paladin was truly a fascinating character: a cultured, clearly a West Point graduate one-time professional soldier and hard as nails–but unwavering in his own code of ethics–gunfighter/investigator. And it was a real plum casting Richard Boone as Paladin, a not-traditionally good looking leading man, But one who exuded charisma and intelligence. He really was the better choice over Randolph Scott who, supposedly CBS wanted for the part; but as Scott was considering retirement at that time, he suggest Boone, with whom he had made a couple of westerns earlier, including the near-brilliant “The Tall T.”
    And the scripts were really quite good and smart, I’ve again noticed as I occasionally catch an episode on Encore’s Western Channel.

  • Ricky

    The Virginian should have been included.  I am amazed at the quality of the storylines and plots, on a consistent basis.

    • Lorraine M.

      Forgot about that one! Good choice, and another great theme as well.

    • Raysson

      THE VIRGINIAN was television’s first 90-minute Western that had great stories,excellent character development,and spectacular Technicolor photography that was one of NBC’s biggest hits that ran for an astounding nine seasons producing 249 episodes from the premiere episode on September 19,1962 until March 24,1971. Only actors James Drury and Doug McClure were the only two actors who remained during the show’s entire nine-year run.

  • GunsmokeGuy

    All of the legitimate TV critics that I have ever read say that Gunsmoke was the most consistently well written, directed and acted dramatic series in TV history.  And I agree!  It is amazing that the viewing public obviously did too, since Gunsmoke ran for 20 seasons–which I believe makes it the longest-running filmed dramatic series ever.  It was also the first adult western, starting on the radio in 1952 and then on TV in 1955, at a time when kiddie shows like Hoppy, Lone Ranger, Roy Rogers, etc. were all that was on.  Buy the complete seasons on DVD!  Paramount has issued the first five seasons, and we need to encourage them to release the rest (especially season 6).

  • Scribe_well

    What, no WILD WILD WEST? (And does anybody else remember HEC RAMSEY?)

    • Tim

      YES, I do!  I was just asking several people here at work and not a single person remembered Hec Ramsey, sadly.  Also disappointing that WWW didn’t make the list!  I loved that show!

      • Nils Goering

        I used to watch ‘Hec Ramsey’ featuring craggy faced Richard Boone.  It was one of the rotated shows on NBC’s ‘Mystery Movies’ program.

    • USCTrojanGirl

      I think AMC should ask the question and let us answer, then they can compile our answers.  Yeah, why no Wild Wild West?

    • Raysson

      HEC RAMSEY starring Richard Boone was producer,creator,and director Jack Webb’s first attempt at doing a weekly Western series. Produced through Jack Webb’s production company Mark VII Limited and through Universal Studios,the series was done in the same style that Webb did with his other series “Dragnet”,but the setting is in the Old West. HEC RAMSEY was one of five shows that was rotated around the NBC Mystery Movies during the 1972-1973 seaons and also for the 1973-1974 season. The NBC Mystery Movies consisted of not only HEC RAMSEY,but COLUMBO and BANACEK,and HEC RAMSEY was the only Western on that Mystery Movie lineup. Only 10 episodes of this series were produced that ran on NBC from September 13,1972 until September 24,1974. Not only did Jack Webb serve as executive producer of this series,but Webb also brought along his old “Dragnet” co-star Harry Morgan not only as a co-star,but as a writer and directed of several episodes!!!

      • Raysson

        THE SAME JACK WEBB THAT PRODUCED TWO OF THE BIGGEST HITS DURING THE 1970′S AT NBC  “ADAM-12″ AND “EMERGENCY!”

  • cj

    Gunsmoke tops the list, Bonanaza, yes strong #2 my #3 Rifleman!!

  • Rogerzdodger

    My earliest TV recollections include the Lone Ranger. Gunsmoke was a can’t miss in my youth and Bonanza in my teens. Other shows I liked not on your list were The Tall Man with Barry Sullivan and Clu Cullager and The Deputy with Henry Fonda and Clay McCord. And of course there were the Disney “mini series” The Saga of Andy Burnett and The Nine Lives of Elfego Baca.

  • Kjobin

    you did not include Barbary Coast with William Shatner and Doug McClure, Annie Oakley with Gail Davis, Broken Arrow with Michael Ansara and John Lupton,  Bronco with Ty Hardin, Colt .45 with Wayde Preston,  Cowboy G-Men with Russell Hayden and Jackie Coogan,  Frontier Doctor with Rex Allen,  Frontier Circus with Chill Wills and John Derek,  Hotel De Paree with Earl Holliman, The Adventures of Jim Bowie with Scott Forbes, Johnny Ringo with Don Durant, The Adventures of Kit Carson with Bill Williams and Don Diamond,  and manny more…………… Let’s Not Forget The Adventures Wild Bill Hickok with Guy Madison and Andy Devine………….

    • cinemabon

      You left out “Bat Masterson” played so well by Gene Barry, who left to do “Burke’s Law.”

    • Westell Rhodes

      What a great memory you have. I’ve forgotton many of those until you brought them out. You must be a real western lover. Hats off! (10 gallon of course)

  • USCTrojanGirl

    It’s hard for me to choose between Bonanza and Gunsmoke.  I chose Bonanza because, as a female, those were real men.  I’d marry Adam Cartwright any time.

  • Lorraine M.

    What no “Cheyenne” with super-hunk Clint Walker? No “High Chaparral?” (Loved the theme)

  • M031773

    This was a very hard decision because I have seen most of these great Westerns.  I voted for The Rifleman, however if I could rank a few more of my top choices would be Maverick, Bonanza, The Lone Ranger.  You forgot Lawman on your list.  What I like about the Starz Western channel you can still see some of these great westerns!

  • Jim

    I liked Maverick as a counterpoint to shows like Gunsmoke, but nothing beats the latter.  It was the real deal.

  • Keithbrownjohn

    What about ‘Shane’ Keith

    • Czechules

      Once again, TV shows, not movies

      • Nils Goering

        Maybe he’s referring to the short lived tv series, ‘Shane’ featuring David Carradine

  • Lsny

    Does anyone remember Cimmaron Strip with Stuart Whitman?

    • Raysson

      CIMARRON STRIP starring Stuart Whitman was CBS’ answer to THE VIRGINIAN as television’s second 90-minute western that lasted one season from 1967 until 1968,and again was recycled in repeats during the summers of 1970 and 1971. CIMARRON STRIP did have some exciting stories not to mention some great Western action with most of the episodes action packed with Stuart Whitman as the no-nonsense Marshal Jim Crown. It was also the most violent Western on television with the number of baddies Crown took out each week. During it’s 23 episode run,it was not a bad western,but if CBS had put this show in a better time slot it would have progressed. The network had CIMARRON STRIP on Thursday nights during the 1967-1968 season opposite NBC’s Daniel Boone. CIMARRON STRIP was produced by the team of John Mantley,Christopher Knopf,and Phillip Leacock,the same people who were behind GUNSMOKE &  THE WILD,WILD WEST.

  • Mott_warren

    The best western was “Outlaw Josey Wales” you didn’t have it listed.

    • Czechules

      The poll is for TV Westerns, not movies

    • Film Noir

      TV WESTERN, Not Movie

  • Hardison

    Gunsmoke was wonderfully written and acted.  Easily should be number one.  However, there were many shows for both adults and children that should make the list.  What about the Gene Autry Show, which was one of the ones that got things going as far as westerns were concerned on TV. 

  • Smoky

    The Wild, Wild West and  The Virginian should have been included in your list.  But Gun Smoke was was above all the westerns.  Also you left out one of the early westerns, Wyatt Earp with Hugh O’Brien, I never missed an episode if possible.

  • Vinny Castellano

    Westerns are great.  I watched most of them, but my favorite was The Lone Ranger.  The show was one of the first to feature lead characters of different races.  Both the Ranger and Tonto were honest, moral men who lived by a code.  The Ranger was a skilled marksman but never shot to kill.  He defended those in need and just left when he accomplished his goal – no fanfare, no limelight.
    At the end, he and Tonto just rode off into the sunset with his signature line.  Plus, the great theme, The William Tell Overture, and the opening lines were inspiring.
    The world could use more heroes like The Lone Ranger and Tonto.  ”Hi-ho, Silver, away!”

  • cinemabon

    Paladin, Paladin where do you roam? Paladin, Paladin, far, far from home…

  • Gisele

    The High Chaparral was by far my favorite.

  • Stromberg67

    Gee, so many great ones. I had to vote for “Gunsmoke”, Bill Paley’s favorite, too.

  • classicsforever

    I believe Gunsmoke has the best stories and characters that I’ve ever seen. There always seems to be a code of honor in each program that I still appreciate. I never tire of watching it.

    • Raysson

      The best episodes were during Seasons 12 thru 18 which were in color. This is where GUNSMOKE during the years 1966 thru 1973 was back at the top ten of the Nielsens.

  • http://twitter.com/Bryankr Bryan Ruffin

    James Garner. He had such a winning combination in pretty much everything he did, Hard not to vote for him. I really liked Wagon Train, Clint Eastwood in his early years! That is priceless!

  • tnmccoy

    Well, since I was a kid at the time, I have to say the Lone Ranger.  Looking back, it wasn’t so hot.  But at the time, that was my favorite Western.  Hopalong Cassidy came in second, partially because I saw his movies every afternoon with my disabled grandmother.

  • Red Robin

    We would watch Bonanza every weekend.  I loved it and have fond memories.  As an adult, I have been introduced to Gene Autry who had a weekly show and of course,  Hoppy.  What a great role model.  

    • Ken Roche

      Right on Red Robin! ~ ‘Role Models’, we need em badly right now!
      Would also like to re-visit the off-beat ‘Paladin’, was a trail blazer…ahead of it’s time

    • Raysson

      BONANZA was an Sunday Night staple at NBC-TV from September 12,1959 until January 20,1973. It made TV History was the first prime-time adult western to be filmed on location and in color. Of the 431 episodes that were produced,only actors Lorne Greene and Michael Landon not to mention Victor Sung Yun remained throughout the show’s entire 14-year run.
      Pernell Roberts(Adam)left at the end of 1964-1965 season. Dan Blocker(Hoss) remained with the show from Seasons 1 thru 13 until his untimely death in 1972(toward the end of Season 13). During the show’s 14-year run,it was the Number One show on television for six of it’s seasons from 1961-1967. By the 1971-1972 season,the show moved from Sunday nights to it’s death knell on Tuesday nights for it’s final season.
      TRIVIA: For most of BONANZA’S 14-year run,there was never a strong supported female lead character during the series run.

      • nostalgic

        You really remember these tv westerns. do you recall: Gunslinger, Mckenzies Raiders? 

        • dog888k

          Thank you for remembering Mckenzie’s Raiders. I was trying to think of the name of the show with Col. McKenzie raiding on both sides of the Rio Grande (starring Richard Carlson). I don’t think it was ever mentioned that the real Ranald MCKenzie went insane and ended up in an asylum.

  • Ben

    Ok, I voted for the Lone Ranger.  Where are some other selections, like Cheyenne, Gene Autry show, Roy Rogers show, Wyatt Earp, Broken Arrow, and of course Hopalong Cassidy.  In the fifties, we would watch these programs and come Saturday, we all had our own stick horses, two gun holsters and we would play ‘Indians and Cowboys.’  Oh, we can say Indians.  How times have changed when everyone is trying to be so PC!  At least we watched these TV programs and knew who the good guys were and what they stood for. 

  • Drschnk

    During the 1950′s and early 1960′s, it was a family ritual to watch CHEYENNE (w/ Clint Walker).

  • http://www.facebook.com/ralph.smithsr.1 Ralph Smith Sr.

    For those that remember “Broken Arrow”
    With Michael Ansara,
    Hope the spelling is right,
    The horse he rode,
    lived in my backyard for awhile.

  • TIMS1STMAIL

    high chapperal beats aNYTHING U GOT LISTED

  • Raysson

    GUNSMOKE was the standard essential TV-Western that was a golden staple at CBS for more than 20 years from September 1, 1955 until March 31,1975 producing an astounding 633 episodes.

  • Raysson

    THE RIFLEMAN was one the great TV-Westerns that was one of the biggest hits at ABC-TV. Produced by the team of Arthur Gardner, Jules Levy, and Arnold Laven and created by Sam Peckinpah,this classic Western starring Chuck Connors ran for five seasons at ABC-TV from September 30,1958 until April 8,1963 producing 169 episodes all in classic black and white. The same production team aka Gardner-Levy-Laven was also behind a ton of great TV-Westerns produced under Dick Powell’s Four Star Productions which included “Law of the Plainsman”(the first western to feature Michael Ansara playing a Native American who was the town sheriff and U.S. Marshal),”Wanted:Dead or Alive”, “Johnny Ringo”,and the company’s first-ever Four Star Production “The Big Valley” that was filmed on location and in color

  • Raysson

    THE HIGH CHAPARRAL was the spin-off to NBC’s massive hit BONANZA that was under it’s creator and executive producer David Dortort that ran for four seasons producing 98 episodes,all in glorious Technicolor,and filmed on location in Arizona and California that lasted from September 10,1967 until March 12,1971. This was the ONLY western that dealt with the realtonships and race relations between Latin Americans and Native Americans. With the exception that the Indians weren’t all that bad.

  • Raysson

    Who remembers these classic Westerns……
    “THE GUNS OF WILL SONNETT”-Starring Walter Brennan and Dack Rambo????

    “BRANDED”-starring Chuck Connors????

    “THE LONER”-Starring Lloyd Bridges???

    • Nils Goering

      I remember all of  them.  I wouldn’t attach ‘classic’ to their description.  They all had good episodes, though. 

  • Raysson

    “THE REBEL” starring Nick Adams with the theme song sung by Johnny Cash????

    • JC_Harding

      Re-runs of The Rebel can be seen on Me-TV – but Johnny Cash’s theme song has been replaced by some generic crap-music for some reason …

  • Raysson

    “THE WILD,WILD WEST” was a phenomenol hit during the 1960′s…
    Where else will you see a TV-Western mixed in with some espionage,some of the most diabolical villains ever devised on television,and a character with cunning and sense makes up for one of the most interesting if NOT more innovative imaginable TV-shows of the era. This was of the biggest hits at CBS for four seasons from 1965 until 1969. And not to mention made Robert Conrad one of TV’s great secret agents,aka James West,the James Bond of the Old West!!!

    The Best Villains:
    Michael Dunn as Dr. Loveless
    Victor Buono as the Count Visppi

    Season 1 were the Black and White Episodes from 1965-1966.
    Season 2 thru 4 were the episodes in color from 1966-1969.

  • Raysson

    “THE OUTCASTS” was another underrated TV-western that lasted one season on ABC-TV producing 26 episodes for most of the 1968-1969 season. It starred Don Murray and Otis Young. It was TV’s most controversial Western at the time dealing with Bounty Hunters not to mention race relations too. It also made TV-history too with Otis Young becoming the first African-American actor to have a starring role in a television western. Young was one of several black actors who broke racial barriers on television,three years after Bill Cosby made history on “I Spy”.

    FYI: “THE OUTCASTS” was created and produced by Ben Brady. The same Ben Brady who brought “Perry Mason”,and “Have Gun Will Travel” to television not to mention was responsible for bringing to television the science-fiction anthology “The Outer Limits” as well as TV’s first prime-time soap “Peyton Place”,not mention bringing to television one of the greatest cop shows of all time “The FBI”.

    • Ken Roche

      Yes Raysson, ‘The Outcasts’ was an interesting attempt to bring ‘modern’ issues into the traditional Western, I think this also has a big, exhilarating, title Theme.

      While talking about ‘Modern Westerns’ with good characterisations “Stoney Bourke” should get a mention. Only one season, but some exceptional production values. Some of the greatest Cinematograpers graced many of these episodes, Award winners like: Ted McCord, Joe McDonnald and Conrad Hall. Strong ‘Western’ Directors such as Tom Gries, etc, worked under the batton of one of the best Writer/Producer/Directors in the Business ~ the underated Leslie Stevens. The beginning of the careers of marvelous stars like Warren Oates, Bruce Dern, Harry Dean Stanton, not to mention Jack Lord in the ‘Role Model’ lead. Astoundingly, James Mason made an unbilled! ‘guest’ appearance in one story called “The Scavenger”.   Big Dominique Frontire music score (also Exec Producer) ~ Ground breaking TV that did not gain ‘commercial’ appeal. Anyone have memories of this one…..?
       

  • Raysson

    “THE GUNS OF WILL SONNETT” was creator and producer Aaron Spelling’s first foray into the weekly Western format that lasted three seasons at ABC-TV from 1967 until 1969,producing 52 episodes,all in color. It was produced by the team of Danny Thomas and Aaron Spelling,their first-ever attempt at a weekly Western series,and the only one that they did. Yes,the same Aaron Spelling who not only produced “Burke’s Law”,but also was behind “The Mod Squad”,”The Rookies”,and “Charlie’s Angels” was his only attempt at a Western series.

  • Raysson

    “LANCER” was another great TV-Western series that was CBS’ answer to BONANZA that lasted two seasons from 1968 until 1970,producing 51 episodes all in color. The series starred James Stacy,
    Andrew Duggan and Elizabeth Baur. The Executive Producer was Alan Armer(of “The Untouchables”,and “The Fugitive” fame). CBS repeated all 51 episodes during the summers of the 1970 and 1971 seasons.

  • RAYSSON

    “THE LONER” was actor Lloyd Bridges’ attempt at doing a weekly western series that lasted one season on CBS from September 18,1965 until  March 12,1966. Only 27 episodes were produced all in black and white. This series was created by Rod Sterling(of The Twilight Zone fame). The executive producer of this short-lived Western was William Dozier under his production company Greenway Productions for 20th Century-Fox Television.

    Yes,the same William Dozier who went on to produced one of the biggest hits of the mid-1960′s BATMAN,and later on THE GREEN HORNET.

  • Raysson

    “THE TRAVELS OF JAMIE MCPHEETERS”  Who remembers that series starring Kurt Russell?

    “HONDO” starring Ralph Taeger??-That lasted one season during the 1967 season only 12 episodes.

  • Raysson

    “ALIAS SMITH AND JONES”-Was ABC-TV and Universal’s version of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid?” Starring Ben Murphy and the late Pete Duel and later Roger Smith that lasted two seasons from 1971 until 1973. Produced by Glen A. Larson and Roy Huggins along with Jo Swerling,Jr. and Frank Price(Huggins served as Executive Producer). Interesting Western with an impressive cast including Sally Field in some of the episodes. 50 episodes were produced in color.

    Roy Huggins was also responsible for bringing “Maverick”,and “The Fugitive” to television,not to mention later on “The Rockford Files”,and “The A-Team”.

    • Foxknauss

      Roger Davis?  Roger Smith was in 77 Sunset Strip.

      • Raysson

         Foxknauss:
        Typo error. Roger Davis replaced Pete Duel midway through the series and he was introduce in the show’s second and final season(1972-1973)of “Alias Smith & Jones”.
        Sally Field and Karen Valentine were regulars on this show in several episodes.

  • Raysson

    “BROKEN ARROW” was 20th Century-Fox’s entry into the weekly Western genre that lasted two seasons from 1956 until 1958 producing 73 episodes. Starring John Lupton and Michael Ansara.

  • Raysson

    THE DEPUTY was actor Henry Fonda’s first-ever weekly television western series that lasted two seasons from September 12,1959 until July 1,1961 at NBC-TV. A total of 76 episodes were produced all in classic black and white. Created by the team of  Roland Kibbee and Norman Lear. Norman Lear who was behind this classic Western would go on to create and produced one of the biggest TV-hits of the 1970′s “All In The Family”,not to mention “Maude”,”Good Times”,and “The Jeffersons”. Roland Kibbee would go on to create and produced Robert Wagner’s espionage/adventure series “It Takes A Thief”,not to mention Kibbee was one of the original writers for the 1950′s situation comedy “Leave It To Beaver”.

    • Gord Jackson

      I don’t know if THE DEPUTY (very much a spinoff of the theatrical film THE TIN STAR with Henry Fonda, Anthony Perkins and Betsy Palmer) is my alltime favourite television western, but it is certainly right up there with them. Of those listed, I had to vote for WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE, whose entire output I now enjoy on DVD.

      Re GUNSMOKE and HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL, I must admit I gave them both a pass. Why? Because I didn’t want to break the illusion. I was very much addicted to both on the radio, GUNSMOKE with the great William Conrad, sometimes authoritatively, at other times wearily voicing the role of Matt Dillion, with Parley Bear perfectly complimenting Conrad as Chester.

      HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL was my second favourite radio western. Starring John Dehner (most often cast as the bad guy in western movies) he was an inspired choice to voice Palladin. Indeed, while I can understand going with James Arness for television’s GUNSMOKE, I find it inexplicable that Dehner was not moved over from the radio series for HGWT. But that was then, this is now and happily, thanks to the magic of the Internet, I can listen to both oldtime radio shows (when they do not show up as occasional episodes on a local nostalgia oldtime radio show) along with other old favourites likes OUR MISS BROOKS, JACK BENNY, RICHARD DIAMOND, YOURS TRULY, JOHNNY DOLLAR and a host of others.

  • Lisa Grove

    For me ~ BAT MASTERSON, THE RIFLEMAN and later I never missed THE WILD WILD WEST.

  • Raysson

    SORRY LISA,
    “MISTER ED” does not count as a TV-Western.

  • Raysson

    WAGON TRAIN was phenomenal in it’s eight seasons on the air on two major television networks.
    From 1957 until 1962, it was on NBC-TV in classic black and white. Within the first three seasons,it was the Number One show on Television opposite “Gunsmoke”

    From 1962 until 1963,it moved over to ABC-TV and it was for one season in black and white. The following season(1963-1964),the show was expanded to 90-minutes and was in color(it was ABC’s competition to it’s rival The Virginian which was actually produced by the same company,Revue Studios/Universal Television). It’s final season for the 1964-1965 season,the show was cut back to a full hour and in color.

    The series ran from 1957 until 1965. A total of 256 episodes were produced.

  • Raysson

    RIVERBOAT starring Darren McGavin and Burt Reynolds?

    SHOTGUN SLADE starring Scott Brady? Who remembers the jazz score to this classic TV western?

    • Tlynette

      LOL! I discovered “Shotgun Slade” a couple years ago. I ordered a DVD thru inter-library loan, and it featured some great episodes of the Rifleman, and Wagon Train, but also The Deputy (I never knew Henry Fonda was in a TV series) Sugar Foot, Stories of the Century (never heard of either of those) and Shotgun Slade. The jazz score was CRAZY, MAN — whoever was behind that guitar was KILLER!

  • Raysson

    I’m surprised that NO ONE has mentioned Daniel Boone here….Does it count as a Western or a action/adventure series that ran for six seasons at NBC-TV from 1964 until 1970.  166 episodes were produced.

    raysson@yahoo.com

    • Daisy

      Daniel Boone is an “Eastern”, not a Western. He lived more or less on the East Coast, just like Davy Crockett – whose only western adventure, by the way, was at the Alamo; and that was actually a War story.

  • Raysson

    Did Quinn Martin produced a Western series that lasted one season? It came around the same time as his other series “The Invaders” or “The FBI”.

  • Layloi

    Sugar Foot

    • Raysson

       Sugar Foot starred Will Hutchins that was produced by Roy Huggins,the man responsible for a line of great TV-Westerns that were produced by Warner Brothers for ABC-TV. Who remembers “Cheyenne”, “Bronco”, “The Lawman”, and the all-time favorite “Maverick”.

      “Sugar Foot” ran on ABC-TV from 1957 until 1961.  73 episodes were produced all in classic black and white.

  • Tjac41166

    A lot of great western classics, depends on your taste….my favorite is and always will be
    Bonanza, I hope all the seasons will be released on dvd….I was suprised not to see
    the Wild Wild West on the list, a bit of James Bond with a western beat.

    • Raysson

       Speaking of “Bonanza”,the series ran for an impressive 14 seasons at NBC-TV from 1959 until 1973,producing 431 episodes and it was the first television Western in prime-time to be produced and filmed in glorious Technicolor. Only Lorne Greene and Michael Landon along with Victor Sun-Yung were the only cast members that stayed on during it’s impressive run. The episodes that are available on DVD include the first four seasons of the show from 1959 to 1963,and the episodes from 1963 to 1965,and those episodes featured Pernell Roberts.

      There are two versions that are in syndicated repeats on cable networks…..
      The Earlier Episodes from 1959 to 1965
      And “Bonanza:The Lost Episodes” from 1965 to 1973.
      Catch the episodes on Me-TV, The Hallmark Channel, TV Land, and The Inspiration Channel.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000048648867 Jim Fetterman

    None were better than Gunsmoke. The writing, directing, acting everything was ahead of its time. Festus was a fantastic actor along with Doc. Just a great show all around.

    • Raymond

      Jim Fetterman…….You’re right and this is why GUNSMOKE has stood the test of time for its astounding 20 year-run on CBS-TV (1955-1975)……One of the better and more intelligent Westerns out there. Out of the great acting that this show had..only James Arness(Matt Dillon),and Milburn Stone(Doc Adams) remained throughout it’s entire run. Ken Curtis(Festus) didn’t come on board this show until the show’s 10th Season(where GUNSMOKE was still in black and white),and he made his debut as a regular after Dennis Weaver left after nine seasons…..Amanda Blake(Kitty Russell) remained with the show for 19 seasons until 1974. Just a great show all around,and it shows in some of the greatest episodes ever created for television. GUNSMOKE was Western drama at its best…with stories and characters that became the pioneers of the Kansas frontier.

  • Tammy

    Does anyone remember Bat Masterson starring Gene Barry. I know I am dating myself, but he was one classy westerner, cane and bowler hat.

    • Freeflightfiona

      Yes, Tammy, I remember Bat Masterson and watched it as a child on TV.  But I discovered that there are so many of the episodes I didn’t recall that I am now enjoying them again on old rabbit ears tv broadcasts on Retro TV &/or Antenna TV in the Seattle area.  It is great watching Bat outsmart the bad guys and sometimes use his cane instead of his gun in self defense …yeah!

    • Tlynette

      That was one of my favorites! WGN in Chicago used to have a nifty back-to-back half-hour westerns block on Sunday mornings, back in the day, with Cisco Kid, Death Valley Days, Lone Ranger, and Bat Masterson. I got hooked early!

    • Daisy

      Don’t feel bad about dating yourself. When I was a four year old tot, I never missed a Hopalong Cassidy episode, especially since I watched it in my Hoppy costume. The biggest thrill of my small life was when Hoppy and Topper were featured in a Shrine Circus parade in New Orleans. My dad (he worked with the Shriners) actually picked me up to shake hands with Hoppy, but even more unforgettable was when I got to meet Topper. He was so huge! I can still feel his velvety nose and hot breath on my hand, and his big head was as big as my four-year-old self.

  • Carolismalun

    My favorite tv classic western was and is bonanza because it was about a family and brothers that even with a occasional conflict between them there was still a lot of love.And even when there was conflict with the father still the love was always there. And thats what made that show the best for me.carol from virginia.

    • Raysson

       Carolismalun,
      This is why “Bonanza” was NBC’s top-rated show that ran for an impressive 14 seasons ending in 1973. I watch it as a kid on Sunday nights during the family hour. Where else will you see a good family drama with some exciting Western action and adventure each week starring The Cartwrights….Ben(Lorne Greene), Hoss(Dan Blocker), Little Joe(Michael Landon), Adam(Pernell Roberts), Ranch hand Candy(David Canary),and Jamie(Mitch Vogel)

      David Canary replaced Pernell Roberts during Season 6(1965-1966)

      Mitch Vogel join the cast during Season 10 (1969-1970,and remained until the end)

      raysson@yahoo.com

    • Raysson

       Raysson from Chapel Hill,North Carolina.

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    Actually my first choice would have been “The Wild Wild West,” but you didn’t include it on the list.

  • Raysson

    SHENANDOAH was another TV-Western that lasted one season on ABC-TV from 1965 to 1966,producing 23 episodes,all in black and white. The series starred none other than Robert Horton,yes that Robert Horton of “Wagon Train” fame in the title role.

  • George_baker

    Anybody remember ” The Rebel”?

    • JC_Harding

      The Rebel is currently being re-run on Me-TV. (Check your local listings)

      Unfortunately, Johnny Cash’s theme song, “The Rebel” has been replaced with some lame, generic-western-type music that was common back then – no doubt due to some licensing difficulties …

      • Raysson

        About THE REBEL’s theme song….
        Written by the team of Ray Livingston and Jay Evans,the same writing duo that wrote the theme to “Bonanza”. Was sung by the great Johnny Cash.
        The TV-show originally ran on ABC-TV from 1959 until 1961. It ran for two seasons producing 58 episodes all in classic black and white. NBC ran the repeats for one season in the summer from May of 1962 until late-August of 1962.

        FYI: It was produced by the same production company that was behind “Bonanza”.

  • Tlynette

    Awww, man — these polls are EVIL! ;-p  They’re all good. With the exception of Hopalong Cassidy, I’ve seen and liked episodes of all these shows (and a lot of others) but, because of my girl, Barbara Stanwyck — it’s gotta be The Big Valley. Wagon Train is a close second (loved Robert Fuller) and you can’t beat the theme music of those 60′s westerns.

  • Ben

    I liked most of these shows,but the rifleman was always our favorite,followed by have gun will travel

  • Nils Goering

    Who recalls the short lived tv series, ‘The Legend of Jesse James’ featuring Christopher Jones in the title role?  It had a rousing theme song and good music throughout.  Jones, at one time, was on track to becoming the James Dean of his era.  His career fizzled out and I haven’t a clue what he’s up to these days.

  • Carolyn E Naclerio

    Maverick, Wanted Dead or Alive, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans

  • Jim

    Rilfeman, Have Gun Will Travel, Maverick, Batmaterson, & Cheyanne 

  • http://twitter.com/LarryCox6 Larry Cox

    My folks got hooked, about 1971, on Dirty Sally, a spinoff from Gunsmoke about a bedraggled old lady around Dodge City.  Jennette Nolan was Sally.

    • Raysson

      “Dirty Sally” the only spin-off to TV’s Gunsmoke lasted one season on CBS-TV from January 5,1974 to April 13, 1974. Only 13 episodes were produced of this short-lived series starring Jeanette Nolan and Dack Rambo. The show was on it’s Friday night schedule opposite “The Six Million Dollar Man which clobbered it in the ratings. The show replaced the spin-off of M*A*S*H called “Roll Out” that also lasted 15 episodes. The show that replaced “Dirty Sally” was the short-lived series based on “The Planet of the Apes” that CBS put on it’s Friday night schedule for the 1974-1975 season which lasted 14 episodes before it was canceled on December 15,1974.

      • Raysson

         ”Dirty Sally” was the only spin-off to TV’s Gunsmoke that lasted one season on CBS-TV from January 11,1974 until April 13,1974. Only 13 episodes were produced of this short-lived series starring Jeanette Nolan and Dack Rambo(who was formerly of another TV western “The Guns Of Will Sonnett”). Nolan was basically a guest star regular for years on Gunsmoke where she was a guest star in more than 45 episodes not including her role as Dirty Sally where she was the only guest star to appear on that series than any other female actor. The show was created and produced by the same people who were behind “Gunsmoke”. James Arness served as executive producer of this series. The show was on Friday nights where it was opposite ABC’s “The Odd Couple”,and two NBC powerhouses “Sanford and Son”,and “Chico and the Man” which basically brought it to it’s death knell in the ratings. In fact,it was the only half-hour Western in prime time that was CBS’ Friday night schedule for the 1973-1974 season(it came in as a midseason replacement in January of 1974 for the short-lived series “Roll Out” which was by the way the spinoff of M*A*S*H). The show that replaced “Dirty Sally” when it was canceled in the Spring of 1974,was show that replaced it was the short-lived TV series based on “The Planet of the Apes” that lasted 14 episodes before it was canceled on December 15,1974 that CBS put on it’s Friday night schedule in prime time for the 1974-1975 season.

  • Glenn

    the dakotas with jack elam would love to find some old films of that

    • Raysson

      Glenn:
      The short-lived series THE DAKOTAS was one of the great Westerns that was produced by Warner Bros. Studios,the same company that brought you “Cheyenne”, “Maverick”, and “Bronco!” that produced 20 episodes,all in classic black and white was originally aired on ABC-TV from January 7,1963 until May 13,1963.  This was the series that starred the late Chad Everett(who was basically one of the contract players under Warner Bors.),and Jack Elam(who was a veteran of many TV-shows and movies,mostly Westerns). Anthony Spinner served as producer of this series while William T. Orr served as the executive in charge of production. In fact William T. Orr’s mark was on a lot of Warner Bros. shows during the 1950′s and 1960′s including this series and a lot of Westerns under Warners including “The Alaskans”, “Sugarfoot”, “Bronco!”, “Maverick”, “Cheyenne”,and also it’s non-Western shows like “Hawaiian Eye”, “77 Sunset Strip”, “Surfside Six”, “The Legend of Jesse James”,and the Western comedy spoof “F-Troop”.

      FYI: ABC aired THE DAKOTAS in repeats from May 27,1963 until August 31,1963.

  • Twocylman

    Bonanza was cool , but what a buch of BS , the ponderosa rance is hours away driving #1 and ben was only about 2 years older then Adam #2 And 4 grown mwn living together with no females around…….to liberal for a western

    • Dog888k

      There were five guys in the Cartwright house, if you count Hop Sing.

      • Daisy

        I loved Hop Sing. He made me laugh.

    • Daisy

      Oh, who cares? It was a fun show with a lot of great characters and cool situations. They could just as easily have set this show in a variety of locations other than the Old West, and it would still have been cool.

  • Twocylman

    Crap ! I should have checked spell check , I have big fingers

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  • Gcrespo

    Tough choice…it came down to Rawhide, Have Gun Will Travel and Wanted Dead or Alive and I went with Rawhide. One of my other favorites Shotgun Slade didn’t make the list.

  • Meggyx13

    Mines not listed….Mclintock

    • Raysson

      Meggyx13:
      For Your Information…..”McLintock!” was a 1963 theatrical feature starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. That was a movie,not a TV-series.

  • Doppleganger51

    if  you  want  to  go  back  further  there  was paladin   there  was  roy  rodgers   the lone  ranger   sky  king   the  Cisco  kid  and  many  others 

  • JC_Harding

    I’ll take, Gene Autry and Wild Bill Hickok, starring Guy Madison and Andy Devine.

    My all-time favorites from the 1950′s …

  • Raysson
  • Tom

    Where’s the Gene Autry show?

  • Dog888k

    In this list of favorite westerns we cannot leave out Kung Fu.  And does anybody remember an old 50s series of Brave Eagle, chief of the Cheyennes?

  • Raysson

    I fondly remember “Kung-Fu” from my childhood memories of the 1970′s. At the time it premiered,it was very innovative….a mixture of the martial arts and a western that became a cult favorite. David Carradine played Caine. Exciting martial arts action along with the elements of a western that ran for three seasons at ABC-TV from 1972 until 1975.

    Trivia: Bruce Lee was supposed to have the starring role in this series becoming the first Asian-American to have a lead role in a weekly series before the part went over to David Carradine,
    Imagine if Bruce Lee got the role,and what wonders would he had done with this series!

  • http://dickwarlock.com/ Dickwarlock

    What happened to the Virginian. That ws the best.

  • Raysson

    Dickwarlock:
    THE VIRGINIAN was NBC’s most successful TV-western which was second to BONANZA on that network. The series ran for nine impressive seasons from 1962 until 1971,and it was television’s first-ever western that ran for 90 minutes and was photographed in glorious Technicolor. 239 episodes were produced. James Drury(the Virginian),and Doug McClure(Trampas) were the only actors that remained on the series entire nine-year run. It was a remarkable achievement of great stars and great acting to boot with the great Lee J. Cobb(Judge Henry Grath),along with Gary Clarke, Roberta Shore, and later on Sara Lane.  This western was right up there with GUNSMOKE as one of the all-time greats!

  • Dog888k

    I had to dig into my memory bank to think of this one, but in the late 50s there was a cavalry western I think was called Boots and Saddles. The high point of the show was the opening, with a bugler standing at the fort gate playing a long well-played rendition of the Boots amd Saddles bugle call. Don’t remember much about the show, but can’t forget that bugle call.   

    • Raysson

      The highlight of the show was it’s opening sequence with a bugler standing at the fort gate playing a long rendition of the “Boots and Saddles” bugle call.  The name of that show was called “Death Valley Days”,and I’m surprised no one here has mentioned it as one of the favorite classic Westerns that premiered in the early-1950′s and continued it’s streak way into the mid-1970′s.  “DEATH VALLEY DAYS” became the longest-running syndicate Western program in the history of television that ran for an impressive 23 years,making it the longest-running half-hour syndicate program in television history that was on the air from March 1, 1952 until August 2, 1975. An impressive 452 episodes were produced that were first broadcast in classic black and white(1952-1965),and later went to color(1965-1975). The show’s sponsor was the Pacific Coast Borax Company…makers of “20 Mule Team Borax” and “Boraxo”,which today these two products are still on the market. As for “Death Valley Days”,just recently several episodes of the classic Western series are available on DVD.

  • Baby12

    My favorite was “The Gene Autry Show”. I loved all the old westerns, like Hoppalong Cassidy, The Lone Ranger, Cisco Kid, Kit Carson, and Annie Oakley, but my fav was Gene Autry.

  • Baby12

    I also forgot that there was Cheyenne, Roy Rogers, Batmasterson. So many good ones.

  • Baby12

    There’s another one that hasn’t been mentioned that I enjoyed enormously was Laramie, with Neville Brand, Will Smith, and Peter Brown. It was good and had lots of laughs.

    • Raysson

      Baby 12:
      LARAMIE was one of the all-time great Westerns that was on NBC-TV for four seasons that lasted 124 episodes that ran from September 15, 1959 until May 21,1963 for Revue Studios,the same company that produced “Wagon Train”,and “The Deputy”. The Black and White episodes of LARAMIE ran from September 15,1959 to August 17,1961. The Color episodes of this series ran from September 12, 1961 until May 21, 1963. LARAMIE starred John Smith, Robert Fuller and Spring Byington. Robert Fuller after LARAMIE ended would go on to star in “Wagon Train”,and “The Virginian”. Fuller is probably best known for his role as Dr. Kelly Bracken on the 1970′s medical/action-adventure series “Emergency!” that was produced by Jack Webb for NBC.

  • Raysson

    Baby 12:
    The other western series that starred Neville Brand and Peter Brown was called LAREDO that also starred Philip Carey and William Smith that was basically a Western comedy that was in fact hilarious in some of the episodes. In fact,LAREDO was a spin-off of THE VIRGINIAN that lasted two seasons at NBC-TV that ran from September 16,1965 until April 7, 1967. A total of 56 episodes were produced in what the Peacock Network would say: “The following program is brought to you in living color,only on NBC!”  Actually,LAREDO was basically a Western comedy that was based on a group of Texas Rangers who preserve law and order(in their own methods and standards,regardless of the comical situations they faced)in the Old West.

    INTERESTING POINTS ABOUT THIS SHOW: Actor Peter Brown before he came on board this series starred in another Western called “THE LAWMAN” starring John Russell that was on ABC from 1958 until 1962.  Actor Neville Brand,a fine veteran of many TV-shows and movies,was a regular during the first two seasons of “Wagon Train”. Actor William Smith also made the transition after “Laredo” ended to daytime television,where he was a regular for the next 23 years on the NBC-TV serial “Days Of Our Lives”. As of this writing,only actors William Smith and Peter Brown are the only two surviving cast members from this show.

    Philip Carey,after this show ended it’s run made the transition to daytime television where he was a regular on several daytime TV-soaps including “Where The Heart Is”, “All My Children”,among others. His greatest role would be on daytime television,where for the next 29 years he was the powerful clan Asa Buchanan on ABC’s “One Life To Live” from 1978 until 2007. Carey died in 2009.

    • Raymond

      LAREDO along with THE VIRGINIAN and WAGON TRAIN were some of the great Universal produced Westerns that came out of the 1960′s,and continued that streak in the early 1970′s with another Universal produced Western show ALIAS SMITH AND JONES.

      • Raymond

        Filmed At The Studios Of UNIVERSAL CITY

      • Raymond

        ALIAS SMITH AND JONES was one of the Universal produced shows from executive producers Glen A. Larson and Frank Price that ran from 1971 until 1973.

        • Bruce Reber

          A tragic note on ASAJ – star Peter Deuel was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his Hollywood apartment before the first season’s filming was completed.

    • Bruce Reber

      Neville Brand also portrayed the notorious Chicago crime boss Al Capone on “The Untouchables” (ABC-TV 1959-63). In fact, he bore a strong resemblance to Capone.

  • Cbeledw

    Maverick, the episodes with James Garner.  I took one look at that man and that smile, swooned, and said to myself, that man’s gonna be a star.  I was right.  And he still makes me swoon.

  • Ric0153

    Tough to pick just one.

    I picked Wagon Train, but close were Rawhide and Gunsmoke.

    BUT…WHERE ARE:

    Laramie
    Cheyenne
    The Virginian

  • Dog888k

    I’m going to add to the list not a western series but a documentary from 1960 from NBC called The Winning of the West.  It was very good with loads of old photos and good historical facts,and what made it great was that it was narrated by Gary Cooper–the last work he did while he was dying. Supposedly the last work he ever did was his reading of Chief Joseph’s I will fight no more forever speech.  It was on DVD a few years ago and I bought it.   

  • Dog888k

    I am not sure if Zorro would be called a Western (they did ride horses) but it was very popular with babyboomer kids of the mid1950s.

    • Raysson

       Dog888k:
      WTF???  “Zorro” was perhaps one of the biggest shows that was a combination of the Western  and a combination of a historical drama,since most of the action takes place WEST of the Mississippi……This was a Disney-produced show that was HUGE with the babyboomers of the mid-1950′s. This was a show that was action-packed with high adventure and suspense.

    • Raysson

       ZORRO was a Disney-produced show that premiered in 1957 as part of Walt Disney’s ADVENTURE-LAND series or WALT DISNEY PRESENTS that became a HUGE COLOSSAL hit with the babyboomers who tuned in to this show during the mid-1950′s. The series starred none other than Guy Williams…..yes that Guy Williams..in the title character who would also go on to bigger and better things…mostly remembered for his role as Dr. John Robinson in the classic mid-1960′s science-fiction adventure series “Lost In Space”……Guy Williams was Don Diego/Zorro who each week restored law and order in the Old West(mostly California around the Spanish period)….this was a action-packed show..full of non-stop excitement and adventure……(lots and lots of horses and lots and lots of swordplay and thrills galore!)….ZORRO was so successful on TV…Disney released two theatrical full length features in TECHNICOLOR based on the show….”THE ADVENTURES OF ZORRO” and “ZORRO’S GREATEST CHALLENGE”….not to mention a weekly series came on the heels of this show too all starring Guy Williams that lasted a mere season for ABC. HINT: Only the TV-episodes and the short-lived TV series were in classic black and white.  The two full length theatrical features were in color released thru Buena Vista Distribution(aka Walt Disney Productions).

      • Dog888k

        My comment about Zorro was supposed to relate to whether the show would class as a Western since it was set in Spanish California instead of out on the plains.  Would Sergeant Preston be a Western or a Northern? And I was a big fan of Zorro, which, along with shows like The Real McCoys, put ABC into bigtime network business. 

        • Raysson

          ZORRO would be classify as both a Western and action-adventure genre since the setting for the show was in Spanish California during the mid-1800′s……the series ran for three seasons on ABC-TV from 1957 until 1960 and 82 episodes were produced for television…all in classic black and white…..this was indeed a Disney-produced show……

          SGT.PRESTON OF THE YUKON would be classified a Northern action-adventure genre but this was set in the Northern wilderness of Canada during the 1800′s…..the show was on CBS from 1955 to 1958.

        • Raysson

          Like you I was a HUGE fan of the original ZORRO series of the 1950′s starring Guy Williams….this show along with “The Real McCoys” ,”Maverick”, “Cheyenne”, “Adventures in Paradise”, “Ozzie and Harriet”,and “Disney”,put ABC into the top of the TV-ratings empire and into bigtime network business.

          • Liz

            Boy this was a tough because I enjoyed all of these classic westerns!! I loved Zorro, The Rifleman, which I tape Saturday mornings, I loved the Lone Ranger, Maverick with James Garner was another favorite, Oh and what happen to Cheyenne.

        • Daisy

          Sgt.Preston was more of an action-adventure show. (a Northern. I like that!)

    • Raysson

      Dog888k:
      Don’t you wish that THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY was back on the air? I missed that show.

      FYI: Walt Disney’s prime-time variety/live-action/animation series ran for a mere 50 years on all three television networks. First,it was on ABC-TV from 1954 until 1961(running 7 years). Then in October of 1961,it went from ABC to NBC(in full color) where it remained on the Peacock Network for more than 22 years before it ended in 1983. CBS had “Walt Disney Presents” for a mere one season from 1983 to 1984. By 1984,it was back at NBC on Sunday nights as “The Disney Family Hour” that lasted until 1985. Then in 1985,it returned to ABC as “The Disney Family Movie”,aka “The New Wonderful World of Disney” where it was moved around for more than 20 years before ABC ended it in 2005(spanning more than 50 years on network television as one of the longest running series in television history).

      ABC:  1954-1961 and 1985-2005

      NBC: aka Disney’s Wonderful World of Color from 1961 until 1983 spanning 22 years.

      CBS: aka Walt Disney Presents that lasted one season from 1983 to 1984.

    • Daisy

      I was a huge fan of Disney’s Zorro. Still am. But it is not a western. Yeah, they rode horses and ran over a California landscape recognizable from countless B-westerns, but Zorro actually falls into the Superhero genre. It was inspired by The Scarlet Pimpernel, and itself inspired Batman. No superpowers, but all of them about rich guys with lots of toys, out to fight for justice with secret identities. DC Comics fodder all the way.

      • raysson

        Zorro was basically a weekly television series produced by Walt Disney’s television division for ABC-TV from 1957 until 1959. It was the show that launched Guy Williams’ career in the title role(whom later on would star as Dr. John Robinson on the classic Irwin Allen science fiction series “Lost In Space”).The astounding success of Disney’s Zorro launched three full length theatrical Technicolor features during the mid-1950′s and early-1960′s. Disney however,recycled these Zorro movies as re-releases between the 1960′s all the way toward the late-1970′s.

  • Rickcardona

    Cheyenne was the best. It’s star was Clint Walker a man that epitomized masculinity. 6 foot 6, a face and body like Superman and a voice like Darth Vader. Yet like his character of Cheyenne he was humble and charismatic. And then their were guest actors like the rugged Leo Gordon that was one of the few men that could stand a chance of beating Clint Walker in a fight. Awesome show!!!!

  • Raysson

    CHEYENNE was one of the most popular of the Warner Brothers produced Westerns and one of the highest rated shows on the ABC-TV Network during its astounding eight-year run from 1955 to 1963. Clint Walker was a giant with a face and a body like Superman,the ruggedness of Daniel Boone and a voice like Darth Vader. While Clint Walker’s character was humble and charismatic with a bit of romantic interlude in some of the episodes. CHEYENNE was a man’s man!!! Tough and fearless!!! And then there were the guest stars that pop up in a situation or two. Not only Clint Walker took on ruthless outlaws,cold-blooded murderers and hostile Indians each week,but there was one episode or several that I can recall with guest star like the rugged Leo Gordon who was one of the few men that could stand a chance of beating Clint Walker in a bare and no-holds barred fistfight…and it was several episodes where the fistfights(some were violent in content)whether on the range or outside the town Saloon were the best episodes…..One segment of CHEYENNE had more fistfights in one exciting episodes that were the best of the series. The fight scenes stood out!!!

  • Dee6760

    Outlaw Josey Wells

  • Dee6760

    Bonanza

  • Raysson

    Correction: THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES was not a TV-Western…

    It was a theatrical feature starring Clint Eastwood that was released in theatres in 1976.

    • KenR

      …Would rather forget it anyway!
      (like many other Eastwood films – copies of better films, sad.

  • Blackhelo

    Gunsmoke,  The half hour shows.

    Death Valley Days,   thanks for the reminder.

    The Rifleman,  watch reruns

  • Hockeyguy

    The Rifleman has it all and done at a very reasonable price.  Characters were well developed and writing was simple but straightforward with a theme.  In many ways it was a mirror of The Andy Griffith show in an earlier time.  This was the time when the western was king and later they morphed into cop shows.  There were funny ones and serious ones. 

    I like that AMC runs the Rifleman on Saturday morning now and I get to see all these episodes again. 

  • dog888k

    Not sure how much of a “western” it was (it was set in the modern west), but I used to watch c. 1960 Jack Lord as Stoney Burke, a modern rodeo cowboy. And there was that strange ranch show of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, with seven brothers on a ranch, with one bride.

    • KenR

      …Glad you mentioned Stoney Burke dog888k. 
      With the multi talented Writer, Producer, Director, Leslie Stevens at the helm this was technicaly about as good as 60′s Television got. One episode of special note was “Point of Honour” ~ The great Warren Oates and Bruce Dern helped make many episodes even better.
      Interesting guest Directors like outdoor man Tom Gries (Will Penny) also made good contributions.Good Music Score by Dominique Frontire. But by far the best feature of the series was its stunning look.Award Winning D.O,P’s Ted McCord, Joe Mcdonnald and Conrad Hall, all had turns at various episodes.Another episode had an uncredited guest performance by James Mason, who was at the time working with Leslie Stevens on his strange theatrical feature “Hero’s Island” (also with Warren Oates) Other guest stars included: Robert Duval, Ina Ballin, Scot Marlowe, Steve Cochran, Diane Canon,  etc….All quite rare now, but still worth catching… if you can.  

      • Raysson

        KenR:
        Glad you mentioned the under rated series “Stoney Burke” which lasted one season on ABC-TV producing 32 episodes all in classic black and white. With the multi-talented Creator,Writer,Producer,and Director Leslie Stevens at the helm that was in fact technically about as good as early television in the 1960′s got and more. This was a very good series that features the modern day life of a rodeo cowboy(Jack Lord who did this series some six years before his most famous role as Detective Steve McGarrett on Hawaii Five-O) along with some of the best dramatic acting cast ever ensemble……co-stars Warren Oates and Bruce Dern….fine direction from Tom Gries along with a great opening theme score from Dominique Frontiere. But what made this series stand out was its stunning photography from Award Winning Directors of Photography(Ted McCord, Joesph MacDonald, and Conrad Hall not to mention Haskell Wexler and the guest stars ranging from Robert Duvall, Ina Balin, Charles Bronson, Scott Marlowe, Steve Cochran, James Coburn, Sally Kellerman, Dyan Cannon, Jack Elam, Slim Pickens, and Burgress Meredith.

        Why is this classic Western series not available on DVD?

  • raja999

    I’m really surprised at how low “Wagon Train” finished in this poll.  That was my favorite, along with “The Virginian”.

  • dog888k

    The Mother of all TV Westerns (even if it was a mini-series) has to be Lonesome Dove.  My folkes, when they were still living, got hooked on watching every ep of the original series, even if it was very brutal for their taste.  They and me were hooked on watching those two pigs who followed the trail drive all the way from Texas to Montana. 

  • Raysson

    who remembers another lost and underrated TV Western called LANCER?

  • Don27282

    The B/W episodes of Gunsmoke were my favority TV western adventures.  I think after re-watching them that Wanted Dead or Alive was better than most of the others. I also think that the most under rated TV western was the Guns of Will Sonnett. 

  • Raysson

    Don27282:
    I totally agree with you about the classic B&W episodes of “Gunsmoke”..There are two versions,there are the half hour B&W episodes from 1955 to 1961(spanning  6 seasons from Seasons 1 thru 6),and the hour long B&W episodes of “Gunsmoke” from 1961 to 1966(spanning 5 seasons from Seasons 6 thru 11)…..It was these episodes where the characters of Matt Dillon, Kitty Russell, Doc Adams, and Chester Goode came to be and there were some great episodes that put this show at the top of the Nielsens. Several B&W episodes of Gunsmoke do stand out as classics…..Festus Hagen didn’t come along until Season 8,but Ken Curtis became a regular on Season 10.
    It was during the hour long B&W episodes that Burt Reynolds(Quint Asper-1962-1965),and Roger Ewing(Thad-1965-1966)were introduced.

    “The Guns of Will Sonnett” is another of the underrated TV westerns of the era. Walter Brennan was Emmy nominated(twice)for this series that was produced by Aaron Spelling and Danny Thomas that was in color for ABC from 1967 to 1969.

    “Lancer” is also underrated TV western as well that was produced by Alan Armer(who was also the producer for Quinn Martin’s The Fugitive TV series)that ran for two seasons at CBS from 1968 to 1970.

  • Doc Reid

    Gunsmoke.

  • Rushtom

    I liked “The Wild Wild West”–with Robert Conrad, lots of action and adventure! But I guess the best was–”The
    Rifleman”–good acting and drama!

    • Daisy

      How DO you classify “Wild Wild West”? It looked like a western, but it behaved like James Bond and was loaded with Steampunk. Cool show, though, whatever you call it.

      • raysson

        “The Wild,Wild West” can be classified as part Western and part spy show.
        Basically the producers took a cue from several resources since the show was part Ian Fleming, part Jules Verne, part Louis Amour, part H.G. Wells, part Lewis Carroll,and part Charles Dickens. Robert Conrad’s role as the “007 of the Old West” was loaded with exciting action sequences and breathtaking peril that was cross-referenced with “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” but was way better. It was the most innovative and created series of its time that pushed the envelope for action-adventure shows of the mid-1960′s “The Wild,Wild,West” was the coolest show ever. Whatever you may call it,it deliver the goods and then some. No wonder to this day it is still popular.

        • Bruce Reber

          “The Wild, Wild West” aired on CBS-TV from 1965-1970. Robert Conrad starred as James West, a Secret Service agent whose job was to protect then U.S. president Ulysses S. Grant and also act as a “troubleshooter” in the American West of the late 19th century. West’s partner was Artemus Gordon, played by Ross Martin. They traveled in a special private train, equipped with numerous gadgets to help them in their work. Michael Dunn appeared occasionally as the diminutive, evil Dr. Loveless. The title sequences, seen at the beginning of the show and before the commercial breaks were pretty cool too. TWWW was set in the American West, so it obviously qualifies as a Western.

  • dog888k

    I used to be a fan of The Rebel, with Nick Adams as Johnny Yuma.  If it ever becomes available for rewatching on cable or dvd I might discover that The Rebel was a big dog, but back about 1960 I watched it every Sunday night.

    • Raymond

      THE REBEL was basically an half-hour Western that lasted two seasons on ABC from 1959 until 1961. A total of 75 episodes were produced,all in classic black and white. I’m also a huge fan of this show as well which starred Nick Adams a Johnny Yuma. The series was produced by Goodson-Todman(aka Mark Goodson and Bill Todman)who basically produced after “The Rebel” another underrated Western series called “Branded” with Chuck Connors(that lasted a season and a half from 1965 to 1966),before they went into the television game show business.

      • Gord Jackson

        Actually, Goodson/Todman had already entered the television gameshow business with What’s My Line?” in 1950, shortly followed by “I’ve Got A Secret” and “Beat The Clock” among others.

    • joescarp

      I still remember the lyrics of the theme song: “Johnny Yuma was a rebel. He roamed through the west. Did Johnny Yuma, the rebel. He wandered alone.”

  • dog888k

    George Montgomery starred for one season (58-59) in Cimmeron City, with one of his ranch hands being a pre Hoss Dan Blocker.

  • dog888k

    No one has mentioned that Saturday morning favorite Fury.

  • dog888k

    Lest we forget, there was in ’66-67 Pistols and Petticoats, starring Anne Sheridan, who died toward the end of P+P’s one season run.

  • dog888k

    In a comment back in this list I mentioned a show called Brave Eagle Chief of the Cheyennes, which I found ran in 1955-56, and had a number of Nat Am actors as characters, a rarity in Westerns. BE was a noble chief trying to deal with the culture clash between his people and the whiteeyes; somewhat like Cloud Dancing decades later.

  • bjodrie@comcast.net

    How about Yancy Derringer with Jock Mahoney?

  • 29zincnails

    The best is not in the list.
    Which is best? “The Texan” of course, with Rory Calhoun

  • sandy

    my fav was Gene Autry. But loved alot of others including hopalong cassidy, roy rogers and wagon train. Lots of good one.

  • Jane Kelly

    I can still to this day sit & watch hours of The Big Valley. Great characters…and to me, the best TV cowboy ever was Peter Breck as Nick Barkley – he could sit a horse better than any of them.

    • chrijeff

      Oh, watch Bob Fuller sometime! And I think he *still* rides, at 70-some

      • Jane Kelly

        I know what you mean – Peter Breck rode until he was unable to because of Alzheimer’s…he actually was given Cocoa, the horse he rode in Big Valley. I remember Robert Fuller more as the doc on Emergency!

        • raysson

          Robert Fuller before his stint as Dr. Brackett on the 1970′s drama series “Emergency!”,Fuller starred in two highly popular TV westerns…First, Robert Fuller was on “Laramie”(1959-1963),and later he replaced Robert Horton on “Wagon Train” (1963-1965) when that series went to 90 minutes and in color. Just to also point out Robert Fuller also did theatrical work,and for those who didn’t know starred in the sequel “Return of the Magnificient Seven” in 1966 which was the follow-up to the 1960 movie “The Magnificient Seven” with Yul Brenner.

  • Johnny Sherman

    “Have Gun, Will Travel” does it for me. Some of the episodes featured social themes: the plight of the minority Chinese, a women doctor trying to begin a practice in a small town. In one show Paladin is hired to protect Oscar Wilde, a character completely out of his realm on the frontier.
    To me, many HGWT episodes were well-written morality plays told in fewer than 30 minutes.

  • T—

    Have Gun Will Travel, Richard Boone was the coolest guy, on screen and in real life.

  • Louis Martinez

    I see that no one remembers “The Black Saddle” with Peter Breck and “McKenzie’s Raiders” with Richard Carlson.

  • Mark – Alaska

    The Guns of Will Sonnett was great and had many cameo appearances by up and coming actors that are now household names. Fun show, no brag, just fact.

    • Sterling Harris

      Loved Guns Of Will Sonnet

      • Bruce Reber

        Starring the great Walter Brennan!!!

  • rapalmi

    The only tv western series that ranks with GUNSMOKE is Peckinpah’s THE WESTERNER, but it only ran for 13 half-hour episodes. So although its quality was equivalent to GUNSMOKE, it could hardly compete with the latter’s quantity and longevity. Interestingly, Peckinpah scripted about a dozen episodes of GUNSMOKE’s first two seasons. Add to that his creation of THE RIFLEMAN series (scripting and directing early episodes), and one sees that Peckinpah was as important in the improvement of the small-screen western as he was in that of the big-screen western.

  • johnfburton

    I’m a little too young (this may be the last time I ever get to say that) to remember “Have Gun will Travel” during its initial network run; I got to watch it in reruns, in syndication some years after it was canceled. And I have to say, it held a real appeal to me then and still now. The urbane and equally tough and capable black-clad Paladin, was a very cool character. He was this sort of blending of western figure and private eye that I just thought was really interesting. And episodes, just 30 minutes, with commercials, were the epitome of efficient story telling-well written, by some first-rate scribes, and directed by some noteworthy names (such as Andrew V. McLaglen, Ida Lupino and star Richard Boone). Apparently, CBS was really hot for Randolph Scott to star. But the aging movie cowboy was thinking retirement at that point and recommended Richard Boone, with whom he worked on a couple of pictures. Good Choice.

    • Bruce Reber

      Richard Boone also starred as “Hec Ramsey”, an Old West private detective, one of the rotating NBC Mystery Movie elements in the ’70′s.

      • Bruce Reber

        “Hec Ramsey” was somewhat similar to Boone’s role as Paladin in his earlier series “Have Gun-Will Travel”.

      • raysson

        Bruce Reber,
        “HEC RAMSEY” was produced by Jack Webb(who served as executive producer for this series)under his production company, Mark VII Limited Productions for Universal Television. Yes,the same Jack Webb! He starred-produced-directed
        every episode of “Dragnet”,and was the creative force behind “Adam 12″,and “Emergency!” The series lasted one season on NBC,and it was one of the four rotating episodes that was part of the NBC Mystery Movie series during the early-1970′s. “HEC RAMSEY” was Jack Webb’s first and only attempt at a Western.

        A lot of guest stars were on this short-lived Western series including Chuck Connors, Hugh O’Brien and Harry Morgan.not to mention Edgar Buchanan made appearances.

    • raysson

      johnfburton:
      HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL on CBS lasted six seasons producing 225 episodes,all in classic black and white from September 14,1957 until April 20,1963. The series was hugely popular during its run,and it became one of the top five programs on television behind “Gunsmoke”,and “Wagon Train” The reason why it was so successful was it first-rate scripts and excellent direction by some of the best in the business. Andrew McLaglen directed a total of 116 episodes for this series as well as Richard Boone,who was not only the star of the series but also wrote-produced-directed several episodes. Other directors wer Ida Lupino, Sam Peckinpah,William Conrad,and Lamont Johnson as well as big time future Hollywood directors like Richard Donner and Sydney Pollack. Well written scripts came from Gene Roddenberry, Harry Julian Fink, Fred Freiberger also Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts,Al C. Ward and from Sam Peckinpah.

  • SHELDON

    I have to date myself. Transition from radio to the small screen (tv). I have to vote for The Lone Ranger and Hopalong Cassidy. Sorry I can’t make up my mind. I loved them both

  • Falasben

    Hard to really say which one I really like. I grew up watching all of these listed. But if I had to choose any one of these, I would probably have to say that it’s more like 3 of the Western’s that I really liked. They would be “Have Gun Will Travel”, “The Rifleman”, and “Cheyenne”. Okay, and also Steve McQueen’s “Wanted: Dead or Alive”.

    These all had one man pitted against someone or something and somehow they would always triumph in the end. Now not that all of the endings were happy ones, But they always seemed to follow what we all know now as “The Code of the West”. Each of these men all helped someone in need, or townspeople, and were always against some down trodden person who’s ranch was getting taken over or cattle being stolen. A family loosing their home, can’t pay the mortgage, or something like that.

    Growing up I watch these on a black and white TV, because that’s what my parents had at the time. What an awakening to see them in color after a few seasons when I would go over to a friends house and watch them. Anyway, they all won out in the end! It was good to know that the “Good Guy” would always win out in the end….even if one wore black!

  • Movie Fan

    I don’t know if it’s considered a classic or a Western, but I loved “F Troop.” Of the listed shows, my favorite was “Maverick.”

    • raysson

      Movie Fan,
      “F-Troop” was a comedy spoof of a Western,but you have to admit that it was extremely funny for a series that lasted only 2 seasons on the air and 65 episodes(1965-1967).
      “Maverick” was the classic series that put James Garner on the map,but made him a bonafide Hollywood star due to the success of this show which lasted five seasons.

  • jpp452

    I’m sorry to see “The Rifleman” so far down the list. The relationship between Chuck Connors (Lucas McCain) and young Johnnie Crawford (son, Mark) was pure magic. In fact, behind the scenes they were like father and son on the set and remained lifelong friends.
    The supporting cast was always good. The guest stars included such diverse luminaries as Sammy Davis Jr., Buddy Hackett and Agnes Moorhead. It was one of my favourites in its first run, when I was a kid. Now, it is by far my favourite of them all in rerun.
    Of the rest, “Bonanza” and “Have Gun Will Travel” stand out.
    “Gunsmoke” never impressed me, although I appreciate its popularity and long life. Story development seemed so slow to me — soap opera-ish. Perhaps I should give it another try.

  • jpp452

    For the transportation minded, here are three not on the list:
    CASEY JONES. Ran for one season, 1957-58 (32 episodes). Alan Hale Jr., later to be The Skipper on Gilligan’s Island, played Casey. His fireman was veteran character actor Dub Taylor. The stories were a combination of old west and railroad hokum. Definitely a Saturday morning type series. I’ll watch anything with steam locomotives and this was a favourite when I was five years old. Exteriors filmed mostly on the Sierra Railroad in California, plus stock footage of other railroads. Complete episodes available on YouTube. NOTE: These stories have no similarity or relationship to the real John Luther “Casey” Jones, who was killed in a train wreck on the Illinois Central Railroad at Vaughn MS in April 1900.
    IRON HORSE. Two seasons, 1966-68 (47 episodes). Ben Calhoun (Dale Robertson) wins a half-completed western railroad in a poker game in the 1880s; has the usual fights against natives, bandits and bankers. Also filmed on the Sierra Railroad. Marginally more adult than Casey Jones.
    SKY KING. Four seasons altogether, 1952, 1956-1959 (72 episodes). Originally a summer replacement in 1952, went into full production for an additional three seasons 1956-1959. Set on Sky King’s (Kirby Grant) Flying Crown Ranch in Arizona, this was an odd mix of the modern age with Western-style stories. Although Sky King’s six-gun was frequently necessary, it was his Cessna 310 that was the true hero of the show. Another Saturday morning show; I loved it.

    • raysson

      THE IRON HORSE was on ABC-TV and it was part of the network’s Monday night line up for the two seasons it was on the air from 1966 to 1968. 47 episodes were produced in color. The show was on at 7:30e/6:30c and this was the series that had competition against NBC’s The Monkees and CBS’ Gilligan’s Island. Not only it starred Dale Robertson,but it also was the television debut of actor Gary Collins too. And this was one of the underrated “adult” western of the mid-1960′s.

    • raysson

      SKY KING was produced under Desi Arnaz’ production company Desilu Productions and filmed on location in California and Arizona. The series was a Saturday Morning live-action venture for NBC from 1952 to 1959. NBC,however reaired all 72 black and white episodes again for Saturday Mornings from 1959 until 1964.

  • chrijeff

    I voted for Wagon Train, and I do love it dearly, but since I acquired all four seasons of Laramie on DVD, I think it’s become a neck-and-neck race! I love Jess Harper!

  • raysson

    THUNDER! was another underrated modern day Western series for children that was basically shown on NBC’s Saturday Morning schedule from 1977 to 1979. The series produced 13 episodes for one season from 1977 to 1978. NBC recycled this series again for its Saturday Morning lineup of shows from 1978 to 1979. The show was a modern-day Western series that centered around the Prescott family and the adventures of the black stallion named Thunder that lived on the Prescott ranch somewhere in California. The series was produced by Filmation Productions and it was the company’s third live-action series for children under Norm Prescott and Lou Scheimer(the same company that brought you the live-action “Shazam!” and “Isis”.

  • raysson

    Filmation’s first and only attempt at a Western “Thunder!” aimed at kids. Filmation also did a lot of live-action shows too…..”Shazam!” and “The Secrets of Isis” was one….but they also did “Ark 2″, “Space Academy”(with Jonathan Harris),and over the top “Jason Of Star Command”

    • Bruce Reber

      Jonathan Harris, who played the bumbling, cowardly Dr. Zachary Smith on the 1965-68 sci-fi TV series “Lost In Space”! “Ohhhh, the pain, the pain!!!”

      • raysson

        Jonathan Harris also played the bumbling,stuck-up,cowardly hotel manager on the short-lived comedy series “The Bill Dana Show” that lasted a season and a half on NBC from 1963-1965. That series also starred another bumbling character as the hotel inspector—Don Adams along with Bill Dana himself. That series was produced by Sheldon Leonard and Buck Adams.

  • Bruce Reber

    A few not on the list – “High Chapparal”, “The Virginian”, “Alias Smith And Jones”, “The Guns Of Will Sonnett”, “Laramie”, “Cheyenne”, “Sugarfoot”, “The Barbary Coast”, “Branded” and the Western anthology “Death Valley Days”. Also, some comedy Westerns – “Pistols And Petticoats”, “Here Come The Brides”, “F Troop” and “Best Of The West”.

    • Bruce Reber

      Oh, I forgot “Wild, Wild West”.

  • raysson

    “Death Valley Days” the longest running syndicated weekly drama in television history. It lasted 23 years in syndication from 1952 until 1975. The black and white episodes ran from 1952 to 1966. The episodes in color lasted from 1966 to 1975. The show’s sponsored during its long run was “40 Mule Team Borax” detergent,which to this day is still on the market!!! It is right up there with “Bonanza”,”Wagon Train”,and “Gunsmoke” as one of the great Westerns of all time!

  • raysson

    The short-lived syndicated Western comedy “Dusty’s Trail” that aired in first-run syndication for 21 episodes from 1973 to 1974. “Dusty’s Trail” was “Gilligan’s Island” set in the Old West on a wagon train produced by Sherwood Schwartz,and starring Bob Denver and Forrest Tucker. Russell Johnson was also on this series.

  • Antone

    A dead heat between Gunsmoke & Maverick. Gunsmoke would have won if they could have somehow transplanted William Conrad’s great radio voice into James Arness’ body. An honorable mention to Dudley Doright of the RCMP [though it was only a segment of a show].

  • Bruce Reber

    The great movie actor Glenn Ford starred as sheriff Sam Cade in the short-lived contemporary TV Western series “Cade’s County” (CBS TV 1971-72). Cade was sheriff of Madrid County, CA and rode around in a Jeep instead of on a horse. Edgar Buchanan (Uncle Joe of the sitcom “Petticoat Junction”) co-starred. Ford was certainly no stranger to Westerns, since that’s probably the genre for which he’s best known, including one of the best Western movies ever, “3:10 To Yuma” (1957), in which he played outlaw Ben Wade. Is “Cade’s County” available anywhere on DVD?

    • Bruce Reber

      I think Ford’s real life son Peter also co-starred on the show, if I remember correctly.

      • raysson

        Yes,he was…. Not to mention Henry Mancini’s Emmy nominated theme score,one of the all time theme greats….yes,the same Henry Mancini who composed and conducted some of the best theme score of the mid 20th Century for film and television.

        • Bruce Reber

          Thanks for the info re: the “Cade’s County” theme – I couldn’t remember it was by Mancini, and that it got an Emmy nom to boot.

          • raysson

            It was that same year Henry Mancini was Emmy nominated twice for Best Original Score for a Television Series…one was for the theme to “Cade’s County”,and the other was for the theme to the “NBC Mystery Movie” for which he won in 1971.

    • raysson

      “Cade’s County” was the short-lived series that basically replaced the long-running variety series “The Ed Sullivan Show” after more than 23 years at CBS. This modern-day Western series Starred Glenn Ford in his first-ever TV series as Sheriff Sam Cade of Madrid County,CA who basically rode around in a Jeep solving crimes and mysteries instead of on a horse. Edgar Buchanan(Uncle Joe of the long-running sitcom “Petticoat Junction”)was Cade’s Deputy Assistant. Both actors were no stranger to Westerns since both of them were in some of them including Glenn Ford who made his mark in Hollywood playing gumshoe detectives and Western villains,and usually playing lawman in the Old West and Edgar Buchanan who also made his mark in Westerns too playing alongside such greats as Henry Fonda, Walter Brennan and John Wayne……But getting back to the TV-series “Cade’s County”,it was a modern day crime drama and action packed police show…a modern day Western since somewhere in California that lasted 24 episodes from 1971 until 1972.. The creator and producer of this series was none other than David Gerber(who also produced one of the greatest police dramas of the 1970′s “Police Story” and “Police Woman”)……”Cade’s County” is available on DVD through Amazon…..

  • classicsforever

    What a GREAT selection of television westerns! I chose “Gunsmoke”. Tremendous writing, directing and acting. Lots of talent. And I can’t think of a better cast of characters.

  • http://www.sowhowins.com/ SimbasGuard

    I voted for The Lone Ranger as it was the only western I went out of my way to watch.

    • raysson

      THE LONE RANGER was very successful for the eight and a half seasons it was on ABC from 1949 until 1957. It was one of the first big hits for the newly founded ABC Network which started in the late-1940′s and made Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels big stars.

  • Tommy L.

    John Russell’s “Lawman” was and is one of the adult westerns ever produced

  • Blue Feather

    Don’t forget about Cimmaron Strip with Stuart Whitman