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Oscar Goldman is getting the tribute he deserves. Recently, MeTV announced they are airing a marathon in honor of prolific TV star Richard Anderson.
Anderson, who passed away this week at the age of 91, starred in several series over the course of his 60-plus years on television. Though he’s probably most famous for his role as Oscar Goldman on The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman, Anderson also appeared on Bonanza, Gunsmoke, The Rifleman, Zorro, Perry Mason, and The Man from UNCLE.
Beginning tomorrow, September 2nd, at 11 a.m. ET/PT, fans can watch a marathon of Anderson’s work on MeTV that includes episodes of Wagon Train, Bonanza, and The Rifleman. Check out the full schedule below:
MeTV Network will remember the career of prolific TV and Film actor Richard Anderson with a special presentation of his memorable appearances in iconic MeTV westerns on Saturday, September 2.
“MeTV’s Most Wanted Westerns” featuring Richard Anderson air as follows in their regularly scheduled time periods. All times are ET/PT:
11:00am “Wagon Train” – The Matthew Lowry Story
12:00pm “The Big Valley” – Last Train to the Fair
1:00pm “Gunsmoke”- The War Priest
2:00pm “Bonanza” – Showdown at Tahoe
4:00pm “Wanted: dead or Alive”- Three for One
4:30pm “Wanted: dead or Alive”- Epitaph
5:00pm “The Rifleman”- The Lariat
5:30pm “The Rifleman”- Flowers by the Door
6:00pm “The Wild Wild West”- The Night of the Headless Woman”
What do you think? Are you a fan of Richard Anderson’s work? What’s your favorite role of his?
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‘Gunsmoke’: Several Guest Stars Went on to Become Leads in Other Westerns
To this day Gunsmoke retains its title as one of the most influential westerns on television. In addition to its impact on the genre, it also helped open the door for many actors who guest-starred on the show. As it turns out, many of those who first appeared on the western went on to become leads in their own westerns.
MeTV pointed out ten actors you might recognize on Gunsmoke because they went on to have their own shows later on. One of the biggest examples is Dan Blocker or Hoss Cartwright from Bonanza. Though he played small roles in two Gunsmoke episodes, he was a main character on Bonanza.
While Bonanza is being discussed, Pernell Roberts falls into the same category. Serving as Adam Cartwright on Bonanza, he appeared in several Gunsmoke episodes before and after his tenure on the Ponderosa. Likewise, Peter Breck and Lee Majors both went on to star in The Big Valley after guest-starring on Gunsmoke.
Remember Jack Kelly from Maverick? If the Gunsmoke episode titled “Jealousy” ever plays, it might jog your memory. Even the iconic Lucas McCain from The Rifleman made an appearance, albeit in a villainous role. James Drury also appeared before starring in The Virginian.
If you’re a fan of Little House on the Prairie, you may remember Melissa Gilbert too. She played the daughter of a mean drunk on Gunsmoke and went on to become the star of her own show. Finally, Ross Martin and Leif Erickson both acted on the show, with the former actually appearing in two episodes.
‘Gunsmoke’ Star James Arness’ Co-Star Describes him as a Private Person
Marshall Matt Dillon was a hero in Gunsmoke many looked up to. It may surprise you to learn in real life, he was actually quite private.
MeTV recently shared Arness’ personal life remained a mystery, which is something he enjoyed. Described as “one of the most private men in Hollywood,” he wasn’t frequently seen in public. For instance, he liked to sail and ski, plus his vacation home was in Hawaii.
Amanda Blake or Miss Kitty on Gunsmoke, talked about him, saying the two weren’t really close, but she enjoyed working with him. She also confirmed his love of privacy. “Jim is the mystery man. Like most men, he’s an overgrown 12-year-old. He’s delightful, charming, one of the funniest men I’ve ever known. I really don’t know much about him, because he’s a private person. But he’s fun to work with.”
Fellow actor Ken Curtis agrees with Blake, mentioning he didn’t change over the 10 years he was on the western. Furthermore, the man’s charisma is what drove the show. “I’ve seen many shows go down the drain because the star becomes impossible and disliked by everyone. He’s terrific to work with. When the time comes to buckle down to work, he’s ready.”
Certain decades have brought with them undeniable changes in television to reflect evolving audience tastes, especially when it comes to dramas. For instance, look at the 1970s, where police dramas and private detective shows ruled the airwaves, from James Garner’sThe Rockford Files to Peter Falk’s Columbo,William Conrad’sCannon and Buddy Ebsen’s Barnaby Jones. The 1960s saw people jumping on the James Bond bandwagon with shows like The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Get Smart(admittedly a comedy), I Spy and Mission: Impossible. But in the 1950s, it was all about the Western.
By our count, between the start of that decade (actually, beginning in 1947) until its end, there were no less than 92 Western TV shows produced for the big three networks of the time. Those, of course, were ABC, CBS and NBC, for anyone lost in the hundreds of channels and streaming services available to us today. And then there was first-run syndication, meaning that many shows aired on local stations around the country. That is an astounding amount of programming in a single genre, and while there came to be a certain sameness about a lot of their premises, there were many unique takes as well.
Boyd Magers, author of, among other books, A Gathering of Guns: A Half Century History of TV Westerns, and webmaster of westernclippings.com, notes that the Western genre went through quite a change on its journey from the big screen to the small.
“There was a definite transition from the theatrical Westerns of Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Johnny Mack Brown and all the others that even went all the way back to the silents. As television came along in the late 1940s, Hopalong Cassidy got all of those films on television and then created a half-hour television show on top of that. That was huge, because Hopalong Cassidy was enormously popular. All of those Westerns that followed — usually half-hour Westerns — were juvenile-oriented at first with Buffalo Bill, Jr., Kit Carson, The Lone Ranger and things like that. They just wiped out the theatrical ‘B’ Westerns. There were a lot of Westerns still being made, but the juvenile Westerns transferred to television. And as that kind of wore thin, along came Wyatt Earp, Gunsmoke and all the other so-called adult Westerns. That was the big transition, and then there were just a plethora of them on television for quite a few years into the late ’60s.”
While Boyd can’t determine which series was his favorite from that decade (“It changes with my mood,” he laughs), he notes that there are definitely some standouts. “Gunsmoke obviously ran for 20 years, and it was the best that there was,” he opines. “I mean, you look at the writing and acting and everything else. It was far above anything that came along. There were still half-hour adult Westerns like Wyatt Earp, Shotgun Slade, Daniel Boone and then along came the Davy Crockett craze, so it’s hard to single out favorites. But The Virginian, Bonanza and Gunsmoke were the three biggest of them all.”
Although the Western genre continued well into the 1960s, he does acknowledge that there can be — and was — too much of a good thing. “Bob Hope,” he says, “used to joke that NBC was nothing but cowboys, and that was true. There were just too many and all of a sudden they started to make private detective shows and cop shows and it just kind of changed. Trends always have a way of wearing themselves out, and the TV Western certainly did.”
Please scroll down for our guide to those 92 Westerns.
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‘Howdy Doody’ (1947 to 1960)
The genre on television kicked off with a number of kid-oriented shows, beginning with this one, which enjoyed an extraordinary run of 13 seasons. It was hosted by Buffalo Bob Smith, who co-starred with red-headed marionette Howdy Doody (both of them used the Western motif in their dress and way of talking), Clarabell the Clown and others who entertained kids at home as well in the Peanut Gallery,” an in-studio gathering of young fans. The bottom line is that in its time, the show was absolutely huge.
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‘The Adventures of Cyclone Malone’ (1949 to 1951)
Likely inspired by the success of Howdy Doody, this is a marionette show with a Western motif as the title character and his friends attempt to bring the bad guys to justice. Needless to say, they succeed.
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‘Adventures of Pow-Wow’ (1949)
Hey, don’t blame us for the title which obviously would never fly today. This animated show, which consisted of 15-minute episodes, followed the adventures of the pre-adolescent Native-American title character, a girl from the same tribe and their medicine man.
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‘Hopalong Cassidy’ (1949 to 1954)
Based on the novels and short stories of Clarence. C. Muford beginning in 1904, this series stars William Boyd as Bill “Hopalong” Cassidy, a Western hero that went against the norm of the genre and wore black. He along with his white horse Topper made their way through the West, helping those in need. The series began as edited versions of Hopalong feature films before new stories began being filmed. This has the distinction of being the first network Western as opposed to previous shows that were just produced for local markets.
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‘The Lone Ranger’ (1949 to 1957)
The sole survivor of the murder of six Texas Rangers, the Lone Ranger — John Reid — “rises” to battle evil in the Old West … and people never even got a chance to thank him! He’s accompanied by the Native-American Tonto and their respective horses, Silver and Scout. The show, starring Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels, was a huge success. It was preceded by move serials and a radio series, and would be followed by various versions on the big and small screen (some in animation). Currently airing on the FETV network.
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‘The Cisco Kid’ (1950 to 1956)
Duncan Renaldo is Cisco and Leo Carrillo is his sidekick, Pancho. The corrupt law sees them as criminals, but to the public at large they are more like Robin Hood, helping the helpless to fight back. Think of this as a lighter version of The Lone Ranger (which wasn’t that heavy to begin with).
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‘Crusader Rabbit’ (1950 to 1951, 1956 to 1959)
A satirical cliffhanger in the West, this was the first animated show produced specifically for TV and over the course of its run presented a total of 455 four-minute episodes, 195 of them in black and white and 260 of them in color. Co-creator of the show is Jay Ward, who would create The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.
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‘The Gabby Hayes Show’ (1950 to 1954)
This one was a bit of an odd bird. George “Gabby” Hayes was actually an on screen pal of Roy Rogers on his adventures, but this show saw him narrate every episode while he showed clips from previously-released Westerns or told what’s been described as “tall tales” to the audience
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‘The Gene Autry Show’ (1950 to 1956)
Usually armed with a song, Gene — who week-to-week seemed to change vocations from sheriff to rancher, border agent and more — took on more light-hearted adventures in the West. Joining in with him was sidekick Pat, played by Pat Buttram. On some occasions there were different characters (in Pat’s costume!) played by Chill Wills and Fuzzy Knight (you can’t make these names up — well, okay, obviously somebody did, but you know what we mean).
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‘The Marshal of Gunsight Pass’ (1950)
Starring Russell Hayden, Eddie Dean and Riley Hill as, respectively, Marshal No. 1, Marshal No. 2 and Marshal No. 3, these guys brought justice to the Old West. Different about this show is that it was broadcast live from ABC’s Vitagraph Studios near Los Angeles. The entire show was shot indoors, utilizing rear projection to suggest (not too successfully) the outdoors. It was preceded by a radio drama.
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‘The Adventures of Kit Carson’ (1951 to 1955)
Another variation of the popular theme of these shows at the time, Kit (Bill Williams) and his traveling companion, El Toro (Don Diamond), travel the West … you got it, helping the helpless. This one was geared for kids and enjoyed a healthy run of 103 episodes.
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‘The Range Rider’ (1951 to 1953)
Range Rider — not known by any other name over the course of the series — teams up with Dick West (Dick Jones) and goes about trying to bring justice to the West. As to the title character, he’s been described as have a “reputation for fairness, fighting ability and accuracy with his guns [and] was known far and wide, even by Indians.” Range Rider is played by Jock Mahoney, who would go on to star in Yancy Derringer.
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‘The Roy Rogers Show’ (1951 to 1957)
The setting was the present, but that didn’t stop Roy and his sidekick (played by Pat Brady) from riding horses and using classic Western six-shooters — despite the fact it was the modern world. Roy’s real life wife, Dale Evans, co-starred as did his horse (Trigger) and German Shepherd (Bullet).
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‘Sky King’ (1951 to 1959)
For all intents and purposes this is a Western, though our hero is an Arizona rancher who uses a Cessna 310 airplane in his fight against criminals and even spies. Working with his niece, Penny (Gloria Winters), and on occasion his nephew, Clipper (Ron Hagerthy), Sky King (Kirby Grant) operates from his Flying Crown Ranch in Arizona.
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‘Cowboy G-Men’ (1952 to 1953)
Airing in syndication, the focus is on government agents Pat Gallagher (Russell Hayden) and Stoney Crockett ( Jackie Coogan, who a decade later would go on to play Uncle Fester on The Addams Family), who work in the 1870s West to carry out special assignments.
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‘Death Valley Days’ (1952 to 1970)
On both radio and television, this show was an anthology bringing to life supposedly true stories of the Old West, with the focus being on southeastern California’s Death Valley. Different characters would host the episodes. The radio show, created by Ruth Woodman, ran from 1930 to 1945. Currently airing on the GritTV network.
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‘The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin’ (1954 to 1959)
The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin followed the exploits of the title German shepherd. The premise is that young Rusty was orphaned in an Indian raid and, in the aftermath of that, he and Rin Tin Tin were adopted by the troops at Fort Apache in Arizona, working together to help establish order in and around Mesa Grande. The canine was a big screen star first.
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‘The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickcok’ (1955 to 1958)
Guy Madison brings the legendary lawman to life for these weekly adventures, with Andy Devine playing his sidekick (usually there to provide some laughs), Jingles P. Jones. An odd bit of info about this one is that is that it started as a syndicated show, moved to CBS but aired on ABC at the same time. How they pulled that off is lost to time.
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‘Annie Oakley’ (1954 to 1956)
The life of legendary Wild West sharpshooter Annie Oakley (Gail Davis) is given the fictionalized treatment as she takes down outlaws that enter the town of Diablo.
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‘Davy Crockett’ (1954 to 1955)
Fess Parker brings the frontiersman to life in what was a five-part miniseries that aired on ABC between 1954 and 1955 on the Disneyland anthology series. Interestingly, the show was so popular that the first three episodes were edited together to form the feature film Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier, released to theaters in 1955 in color (the show aired in black and white). The final two episodes were edited into the 1956 film Davy Crockett and the River Pirates. When reruns of the episode were aired during the 1960s, they were the color versions. Buddy Ebsen, who would go on to star in The Beverly Hillbillies and Barnaby Jones, played his friend, George Russell.
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‘Stories of the Century’ (1954 to 1955)
When the outlaws of the Old West prey on the country’s railroad system, they go up against Railroad Detective Matt Clark, played by Jim Davis who would go on to play Jock Ewing in Dallas.
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‘Brave Eagle’ (1955 to 1956)
A bit of a surprise with this one in that the title character (played by Keith Larsen), a Native-American, has the stories told from his point of view as opposed to the usual cowboy’s. Also starring Kim Wonona as Morning Star, a Sioux Indian and the female romantic lead; Pat Hogan as Black Cloud and Bert Wheeler as halfbreed Smokey Joe, the show stayed largely within the Cheyenne tribe and their lives. Only running a single season, it was certainly an interesting experiment.
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‘Buffalo Bill, Jr.’ (1955 to 1956)
Set in southwestern Texas near the Rio Grande River, Dick Jones is Marshal Buffalo Bill, Jr., Nancy Gilbert his younger sister, Catherine; and Harry V. Cheshire is Judge Ben “Fair and Square” Wiley. The three of them work together to maintain law and order in their West Texas town.
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‘Cheyenne’ (1955 to 1963)
A survivor of the Civil War, Cheyenne Bodie (Clint Walker) makes his way from territory to territory in the West looking for adventures, meeting many women and getting involved in fights with the outlaws that he encounters. Currently airing on the Heroes & Icons network.
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‘Fury’ (1955 to 1960)
After encountering a troubled and orphaned youth named Joey (Bobby Diamond), Jim Newton (Peter Graves, later of Mission: Impossible), owner of the Broken Wheel Ranch, begins the adoption process. Joey is also given a black horse named Fury and they form an immediate bond. Think of it as being like Lassie, only with, you know, a horse.
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‘Gunsmoke’ (1955 to 1975)
In Dodge City, Kansas, Marshall Matt Dillon (James Arness) attempts to keep the peace. This, television’s longest-running Western, had its beginning as a popular radio show. Other cast members include Dennis Weaver as Chester, Milburn Stone as Doc Adams and Amanda Blake as Miss Kitty. The radio show debuted in 1952 and discussions of adapting it to television began pretty early. The show ran for 20 seasons and 635 episodes. And according to Boyd, for good reason: “It was just so far above everything else in the writing. That’s why it lasted 20 years. To me, the writing makes all the difference in any TV show.” Currently airing on the METV network.
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‘The Adventures of Champion’ (1955 to 1956)
Barry Curtis is Ricky North, who lives on his uncle’s ranch in the Southwest during the 1880s. His closest friends are a Mustang stallion named Champion and a German Shepherd named Rebel, and they’re the ones who have the most adventures.
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‘Frontier’ (1955 to 1956)
Another attempt at doing something different, this show being an “unglamorized” look back at the settling of the Old West and what those pioneers had to deal with at the time. Cast includes Scott Forbes, Dabba Greer, Phyllis Coates (TV’s first Lois Lane) and Walter Coy as series narrator.
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‘Judge Roy Bean’ (1955 to 1956)
Edgar Buchanan is Roy Bean, a storekeeper in West Texas town Langtry, who, tired of the lawlessness around him, sets himself up as a judge and is determined to bring law and order to the area.
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‘The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp’ (1955 to 1961)
Actor Hugh O’Brien plays the title character in the series that’s loosely based on the life of the real Wyatt Earp. The show tracks him from the role of deputy marshal of Ellsworth, Kansas to then becoming town marshal in Wichita. Eventually he becomes the assistant city marshal of Dodge City, which became the main setting. The show also has the distinction of being recognized as the first Western geared towards an adult audience, quickly followed by Gunsmoke and Cheyenne.
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‘My Friend Flicka’ (1955 to 1960)
Okay, enough with the horses! Now it’s about 1900, Ken McLaughlin (Johnny Washbrook) is living on a ranch with his parents and he has many adventures with the title character. Roddy McDowall was there first in the movie of the same name.
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‘Sergeant Preston of the Yukon’ (1955 to 1958)
Based on the radio drama Challenge of the Yukon, Richard Simmons (no, not the exercise guy — this one’s missing the “d” in his last name) is the title character. He gets involved in various adventures — some involving criminals and others the elements; sometimes both — accompanied by Yukon King, his dog; and (yes, you guessed it) his horse, Rex. Currently airing on the FETV network.
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‘Spin and Marty’ (1955, 1956, 1957)
These were a series of serialized 11-minute shorts aired as part of the original Mickey Mouse Club that, when tied together, formed three distinct storylines. David Stolley is the rich Marty, Tim Considine (later of My Three Sons) the poor Spin. They couldn’t be more different, but when they come together to stay at the Triple R Ranch dude ranch — based on motifs of the Old West — they end up bonding. The first 25 episodes aired in 1955, resulting in a pair of sequels: 1956’s The Further Adventures of Spin and Marty and 1957’s The New Adventures of Spin and Marty.
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‘Steve Donovan, Western Marshal’ (1955 to 1956)
Set in Wyoming, the show stars Douglas Kennedy as the title character, a marshal working his way through the criminal element in Wyoming. Eddy Waller portrays his deputy, Rusty Lee. The show ran for two seasons, but is relatively unknown compared to other Westerns of the era.
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‘Tales of the Texas Rangers’ (1955 to 1958)
While on the surface it seems like just another TV Western of the time, the show would travel from the Old West to the present to tell different stories about the Rangers, though every story starred Willard Parker and Harry Lauter with their characters being set wherever the story was.
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‘The Adventures of Jim Bowie’ (1956 to 1958)
Based on the real-life adventurer, Scott Forbes brings the character to life, with the show largely focusing on Bowie’s life prior to his living in Texas and his death at the Alamo in 1836. The majority of the series takes place in New Orleans, where he would frequently come to the aid of someone in need. Airing in syndication, two seasons for a total of 76 episodes were produced.
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‘Boomtown’ (1956 to 1974)
Those dates are accurate: this show (that you’ve likely never heard of) ran for 18 years on Boston, Massachusetts’ WBZ-TV on Saturday and Sunday mornings. This was a weekly three-hour extravaganza featuring live action comedy, cartoons and a “wanted man” who was actually part of the audience of kids gathered in the studio. Everything was hosted by Rex Trailer, a singing cowboy in the tradition of Gene Autry and Roy Rogers.
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‘Broken Arrow’ (1956 to 1958)
Indian Agent Tom Jeffords (John Lupton) makes friends with Chief Cochise (Michael Ansara, first husband of I Dream of Jeannie star Barbara Eden), becoming a blood brother of the Apache. Working together, they take on white schemers and renegade Indians.
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‘Circus Boy’ (1956 to 1958)
A pre-Monkees Micky Dolenz starred in this show playing the character of Corky, whose job is to bring elephants their water. The show, which lasted two seasons, was actually an action/adventure drama set in the 1890s.
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‘Dick Powell’s Zane Grey Theatre’ (1958 to 1961)
Running for five seasons and 149 episodes, this was an anthology Western that at first was based exclusively on the novels and short stories of Western author Zane Grey, but eventually there was a need for original material (future producer Aaron Spelling actually supplying 20 scripts to the show). What’s interesting is that five episodes of the show spawned spin-off series of their own: From “Badge of Honor” we got Trackdown, “Man Alone” became Johnny Ringo, “The Sharpshooter” became The Rifleman, “Trouble at Tres Cruces” became The Westerner and “Threat of Violence” became Black Saddle. Given the show’s title, it’s not surprising to note that actor Dick Powell served as host. Currently airing on the GritTV network.
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‘The Sheriff of Cochise’ (1956 to 1960)
John Bromfield is Sheriff Frank Morgan, a law enforcement officer in southern Arizona. This one is a Western more in its themes than anything else given that it was set in modern times. After its second season it took on a new title to expand the show’s scope, U.S. Marshal.
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‘State Trooper’ (1957 to 1959)
Rod Cameron is Lt. Rod Blake, an officer and chief investigator for the Nevada Department of Public Safety, the storylines involving ranchers, miners, dude ranches, murder mysteries and released convicts. The show began as an episode of the anthology series Star Stage and the episode “Killer on a Horseback.” The setting was the American West of the 1950s.
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’26 Men’ (1957 to 1959)
Based on true stories, 26 Men takes place in 1901 Arizona when a group of 26 people were organized into a crime-fighting unit that tried to bring law and order to the territory. Tristram Coffin plays Captain Thomas H. Rynning. It ran in syndication for two seasons and 78 episodes.
MeTV - MeTV
Memorable Entertainment Television, or MeTV, launched in 2005, brings viewers the best in classic television—comedies like M*A*S*H, The Love Boat, I Love Lucy, The Honeymooners and The Odd Couple; dramas such as Perry Mason, The Mod Squad, The Rockford Files and Columbo; great westerns like Gunsmoke, Bonanza, The Rifleman andThe Big Valley; sci-fi classics like Star Trek, Lost In Space and The Twilight Zone—and more.
MeTV is carried in 91 percent of the U.S. on 161 affiliates, including the digital channels of 18 Hearst Television stations—in Boston (including Manchester. New Hampshire); Orlando, Florida; Sacramento, California; Baltimore; Kansas City, Missouri.; Cincinnati, Ohio; Birmingham, Alabama; Oklahoma City; Lancaster/Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Greensboro/Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Louisville, Kentucky; New Orleans; Des Moines, Iowa; Omaha, Nebraska; Jackson, Mississippi; and Burlington, Vermont/Plattsburgh, New York.
On metv westerns
The MeTV Network January 2021 lineup will start on Saturday, Jan. 2 with the addition of Saturday morning cartoons, as we mentioned. To start it off, January will have Popeye & Pals at 7am, The Tom & Jerry Show at 8am and and Bugs Bunny & Friends at 9am, all replacing westerns. However, westerns will still air the rest of Saturday from 10am-6am. The new weekday original series Toon In with Me will launch on January 4 and air everyday morning from 7-8am, following My Three Sons which is replacing I Love Lucy at 6:30am. The only other schedule change on weekdays will be Alfred Hitchcock Presents at 1am & 1:30am replacing Alfred Hitchcock Hour. And finally on Sundays, just sit right back and you'll hear a tale a tale of a fateful trip, yep it's the return of the Gilligan's Island Three Hour Tour every Sunday from 2pm-5pm, right after The Brady Bunch Brunch from 12-2pm. The Three Hour Tour replaces an hour each of Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley and another hour of Happy Days. And finally the only other change is Carol Burnett & Friends returning to Sundays at 10pm, as Collector's Call takes a hiatus. View the full MeTV January 2021 schedule.
"Having The Office back in the NBC family opens up access to a lot of extra content that we originally shot. The team at Peacock wanted to create the ultimate destination for fans, so I went back into the dailies with the original editors of the show and found some never-before-seen footage that was cut for time but is still fun to see. You can choose to watch the classic version of the show, or the superfan extended cuts with this new footage and other deleted scenes that we are gradually rolling out, starting with season 3. The experience on Peacock should feel like a celebration of The Office for fans." - Greg Daniels, creator of The Office. See a fun office memo below:
This memorandum is to inform everyone that we expect a significant spike in sales starting on January 1, 2021 when Peacock starts streaming the documentary footage that was shot at Dunder Mifflin Scranton between 2005 and 2013. This includes all previously released episodes and brand new, never-before-seen content. We anticipate that this will cause renewed interest in our product lines, especially as a result of the footage that will be released for the very first time. Customers will definitely be calling and they will most certainly have questions.
For quick reference on customer service calls, here is a summary of what Peacock will make public:
1. Every episode (201 total) of The Office that was originally broadcast will be exclusively streaming on Peacock.
2. Superfan Episodes that include never-before-seen footage and deleted scenes in extended cuts of the original series, starting with Season 3, with more coming in March. An example can be seen here.
3. Spanish audio and Spanish closed captions will be available for both the original series and Superfan Episodes in February.
4. Behind-the-scenes footage will be shared in addition to episodic content. This includes bloopers, featurettes, and interviews.
5. Curated themed episode collections such as the best of the Scranton branch holiday parties and favorite appearances by guest visitors - all arranged for easy viewing.
6. Range of clip playlists to chronicle pranks (feat. Jim Halpert, Dwight K. Schrute); best office romances (feat. Jim Halpert, Pam Beesly); and office words of wisdom (feat. former regional manager Michael Scott).
7. The Office Zen, a 24/7 channel of ambient noise devoted to the sights and sounds of the office for anyone working at home.
8. Launch of dedicated Office channels on GIPHY and TikTok, where fans can share the best of Dunder Mifflin.
We're forecasting such high demand because Peacock has decided to make the first two seasons of The Office available for free. The remaining episodes, seasons 3-9, as well as The Office: Superfan Episodes, will be available on Peacock Premium, which is available for $4.99/month. For an ad-free experience of this series, Peacock Premium Plus is $9.99/month. Despite our repeated requests, Dunder Mifflin employees will not receive a discount.
Couch Comfort: Where to watch vintage Westerns
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If TV today seems crowded with crimesolvers, it was once just as jammed with gunslingers. Westerns ran roughshod over midcentury screens circa 1960, when more than 30 shoot-'em-up series ran on just three networks.
Back then, viewers were as close in time to the real wild West as we are to the '60s. TV Westerns beamed wide-open spaces to Americans living in cities just sprawling into suburbs. Episode plots offered the black hat/white hat clarity of frontier justice when Americans were struggling with Cold War fears and nuclear anxieties. Lone gunman personified individual freedom, while cowhands and townspeople rallied together for common goals.
Westerns have mostly disappeared now from TV prime-time, but that doesn't mean we don't still feel their appeal, especially in uncertain times. The genre rides on in surprisingly pervasive repeat options — still celebrating that clear moral compass, innate compassion and strength of community, not to mention those expansive outdoor vistas.
[All times are Mon-Fri weekday runs, unless otherwise noted. Check listings for additional airings.]
The Big Valley (2:27 p.m., Starz Encore Westerns / Saturday noon, MeTV) Movie star Barbara Stanwyck provides a female iron fist for her California ranch clan.
Bonanza (11 a.m., TV Land / 2 p.m., MeTV) Top-rated color saga follows Nevada ranch dad (Lorne Greene) and his grown sons (Michael Landon, Dan Blocker, Pernell Roberts).
Cheyenne (5 a.m., H & I / 5:30 p.m., Westerns) Clint Walker's towering cowboy roams the west.
Gunsmoke (hours noon-4 p.m. on TV Land / half-hours 1-2 p.m., MeTV) — Two-decade hit centers on levelheaded Dodge City lawman (James Arness), other locals, passers-through. (Half-hours in first 6 seasons, hourlong for next 14.)
Have Gun Will Travel (8-9 a.m., H&I / Saturday 9-10 a.m., MeTV) Black-and-white character study gains gravity from Richard Boone's physically and philosophically imposing gun-for-hire.
The High Chaparral (10 a.m., H & I) Rare multicultural saga explores Arizona/Mexico border life among American settlers (Leif Erickson, Cameron Mitchell), Spanish descendants (Henry Darrow, Frank Silvera), Native Americans.
Hopalong Cassidy (Saturday 8-9 a.m., Westerns) William Boyd wore black but fought for good in this children's favorite. TV's first western series, in 1949.
The Lone Ranger (5:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 6:30 p.m., 12:30 a.m., Cowboy) Simple kid-aimed actioner with sidekick Tonto still has its retro charms.
Maverick (6 a.m., H & I / 4:39 p.m., Westerns / Saturday 10 a.m., MeTV) Westerns lampoon themselves: James Garner hit stardom as a semi-upright, dry-witted, violence-averse gambler.
Rawhide (9-10 a.m., H & I / Saturday 3 p.m., MeTV) -Clint Eastwood made his name in this trail drive drama with rare black cowboy Raymond St. Jacques (final season only).
The Rifleman (3-4 p.m., MeTV) Chuck Connors' single dad shows his son how being a man means being moral.
The Roy Rogers Show (5 a.m., 10 a.m., 6 p.m., midnight, Cowboy) Kid-aimed adventure has a more modern setting, with comic-relief Jeeps alongside Roy's horse Trigger. Plus Dale Evans.
The Virginian (6:50 p.m., Westerns) First 90-minute western tracks ranch life with stars James Drury, Doug McClure, Lee J. Cobb, John McIntire, David Hartman.
Wagon Train (4 p.m., MeTV) Anthology stars Ward Bond, Robert Horton, Robert Fuller led big-name guest stars west: Bette Davis, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Laughton.
Wanted Dead or Alive (7-8 a.m., H & I / Saturday 4-5 p.m., MeTV) Steve McQueen's star-making role casts him as a bounty hunter.
The Wild Wild West (1-3 p.m., feTV) Always an absurd romp: '60s Bondian-western-spy-sci, with hero agent Robert Conrad's tight pants, sidekick Ross Martin's thousand faces, crafty supervillains.
Wyatt Earp (2 p.m., Westerns) Hugh O'Brian played the historic marshal for this first western aimed at adults, in 1955.
WESTERNS TV BLOCKS
(Check channel listings for titles/times)
H & I:Weekdays 5-11 a.m. Series highlights above.
feTV: Weekdays 1-4 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Series also include "Lone Ranger," "Bat Masterson."
Westerns from StarzEncore: Weekdays 2-8 p.m. Series also include "Laramie," "Death Valley Days," "Lawman."
getTV: Saturday 3:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 3:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Includes "Laredo," "Hondo," David Carradine in "Shane," Kurt Russell in "The Quest," James Arness in "How the West Was Won," James Garner's "Bret Maverick" revival.
MeTV: Saturday 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Includes "Bat Masterson," "Trackdown," other shows above.
(Available via smart TVs/Blu-ray players, devices like Roku and Amazon Fire, computers, mobile. Both live/linear channels or on-demand.)
Pluto. TV (linear/on-demand) — CMT Westerns (Ch. 84), Gene Autry, "Lone Ranger," "Bonanza," "Magnificent Seven."
Roku.com (linear/on-demand)- Free Roku Channel has "Bonanza," "The Rebel," "Wyatt Earp," "Lone Ranger," "Annie Oakley." Plus, many subscription westerns channels.
STIRR.com (linear/on-demand)- "Bonanza" (Ch. 197), "Lone Ranger" (Ch. 190), "Cisco Kid," "Buffalo Bill Jr."
TubiTV.com (on-demand) — "Bonanza," "The Rebel," "Tate," "Roy Rogers," "Fury," "Cisco Kid."
Amazon Prime (on-demand) Subscription includes "Deadwood," "Magnificent Seven," "Young Riders," "Jim Bowie," "Judge Roy Bean," "Kit Carson," "Yancy Derringer," "Bat Masterson," "Wyatt Earp," "Stories of the Century," "Bonanza."
Netflix (on-demand) Subscription includes "Hell on Wheels."
WHERE TO WATCH
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Richie Cunningham (Ron Howard) on “Happy Days”
Richie Cunningham, the All-American 1950s teenager played by Ron Howard on the long-running sitcom “Happy Days,” has a poster on his bedroom wall that bears the image of a Confederate flag.
But you won’t see it again as long as the show is running on MeTV. From now on, the flag on Richie’s poster will be digitally blurred whenever it appears on the hometown network for “Memorable Entertainment Television.”
It’s one of numerous judgment calls they’re making as Chicago-based MeTV owner Weigel Broadcasting systematically scours its library of reruns from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s to spot offensive stereotypes and other objectionable material in light of the times.
“We’re being responsible, not reactionary,” explained Neal Sabin, vice chairman of Weigel Broadcasting and the driving force behind the network he created in 2008. “I’m not a fan of ‘cancel culture,’ but there are certain episodes and certain things we’re taking out and other things we’re leaving in. It’s an ongoing process.”
In all cases, Sabin said, the standard they’re applying considers “nuance, intent and the context in which it was done.” Westerns and cop shows on MeTV may deal with touchy subjects, but that doesn’t automatically render them unacceptable.
On the other hand, an episode of “The Beverly Hillbillies” focused almost entirely around racist Asian stereotypes was permanently removed.
Fred and Barney
An episode of “The Flintstones” in which Fred and Barney refer to two Arab characters who show up in Bedrock as “towelheads” has been excised. “Fred Flintstone will never be heard saying that on MeTV,” Sabin said.
And an episode of “The Monkees” was cut for Asian stereotypes and slurs.
On the other hand, Sabin strongly defends airing “Hogan’s Heroes,” a sitcom set in a Nazi prison camp during World War II, although he gets more complaints about it than any other show on the network.
“The world was never like ‘Leave It to Beaver,’” he said. “These are shows from another era, and we think people realize that.”
It’s all happening as MeTV enjoys record-high ratings from coast to coast. Boasting an audience of 27 million viewers a week, it’s the fifth highest-rated cable network in the country, behind only Fox News, MSNBC, CNN and HGTV.
“We are trying to make MeTV an escape from reality,” Sabin said. “That’s why we’re not jumping onto the bandwagon of doing ‘special programming.’ We’re just here, doing what we do, entertaining people, and helping them escape.”
Tuesday’s comment of the day:Devan Gourdine:I support Maze Jackson’s decision [to quit WVON]. Censorship on any level is wrong. Black residents of Illinois should be free to participate, align and most importantly think in whatever manner brings economic and justice accomplishment. Mr. Jackson’s voice brings that. And we appreciate him for that.