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State Trooper

Tall, good looking, and rugged, Rod Cameron stars as Officer Rod Blake in this western themed crime drama set in Las Vegas, Nevada. Based on true cases from the files of the Nevada State Police, each episode finds Blake and his fellow officers fighting crime in the Silver State. Each weekly episode features guest stars from the world of stage, screen and television, including: Michael Landon, Carolyn Jones, Denver Pyle and many more.


Branded
NBC,

1965

| Western

This series followed the life of Jason McCord, former Captain in the U.S. Cavalry. Court martialled for cowardice under fire during the Battle of Bitter Creek from which McCord was the only survivor, McCord knows he is innocent but refuses to pin the blame where it belongs, his commanding officer, General Reed, who died in the battle. Featuring one of the most recognizable signature songs in the history of television, Branded was also notable as one of the few dramatic productions to come out of the production team of Goodson / Todman, best known for their game show properties like The Price is Right.


Hotel de Paree
CBS,

1959

| Western

Sundance accidentally killed a man in Georgetown, Colorado. After paying his debt to society for 17 years, he was released from prison and returned to the town. He sought out the relatives of his victim and luckily, they were a couple of attractive women who needed a man to help protect their business: the Hotel de Paree.


Johnny Ringo
CBS,

1959

| Drama, Action, Western

Ex-gunfighter Johnny Ringo is now the sheriff of a small Western town, and attempts to keep the peace with the aid of his deputy, Cully, and his girl, Laura Thomas.


Law of the Plainsman
NBC,

1959

| Drama, Western

The series recounts the exploits of Sam Buckhart, born among the Apache Indians but eventually educated at Harvard University and now a Deputy U.S. Marshal in the New Mexico territory of the 1880's. He is training under Marshal Andy Morrison in Santa Fe, living in a rooming house run by Martha Commager along with an orphaned 8-year-old girl he rescued. The Buchhart character originated in two episodes of The Rifleman: The Indian and The Raid.


Outlaws
NBC,

1960

| Action, Western

Outlaws, debuting on September 29, 1960, was a unique Western in that the stories were told with a dark edge from the point of view of the criminal. The audience was given the rare opportunity to see how the outlaws thought, how and why they plotted their crime, and their perspective on being caught. The show was also more historically accurate than most Westerns of the time, featuring actual outlaws such as The Dalton Gang, Bill Doolin, and Sam Bass. The first season of Outlaws starred Barton McLane as Chief United States Marshal Frank Caine, Don Collier as Deputy Marshal Will Foreman, and Jock Gaynor as Will's nephew, Deputy Marsall Heck Martin. Deputy Martin disappered after the 9th episode (with no explanation) and Will's new partner was Deputy Steve Corbie, played by Wynn Pearce. The second season of Outlaws brought many changes.


A Man Called Shenandoah
ABC,

1965

| Western

A man shot and left for dead on the trail is found and revived. He has no recollection of his past and, calling himself Shenandoah, roams the West in search of his identity.


Cimarron City

Matthew Rockford is the son of the founder of Cimarron City as well as the mayor and an area cattle rancher. Lane Temple, the blacksmith, serves also as the deputy sheriff. He maintains the law amid the crooked schemes concocted in Cimarron City. Audrey Totter played Beth Purcell, the owner of the boarding house. The episodes were supposed to rotate equally among Montgomery, Smith, and Totter. The writers, however, did not give Totter enough of the leads as promised, and she left the series. Cimarron City also featured Dan Blocker in his pre-Bonanza role as Tiny Carl Budinger, cast after the airing of the second episode as one of Rockford's ranch hands.


Whispering Smith
NBC,

1961

| Western

One of the rarest and most sought after of all television westerns, Whispering Smith features Audie Murphy, America's most decorated soldier in WWII, as a detective in the Old West. Many of the episodes were based on actual Denver police cases, and Smith has to use all his wits, as well as his skill with a Colt .45 to bring justice to the Colorado frontier.


The Tall Man

Set in New Mexico during the 1870s, The Tall Man told fictionalized stories of the adventures of two real-life characters, Deputy Sheriff Pat Garrett and William H. Bonney. The Latter was more popularly known as Billy the Kid, a youthful gunfighter with a penchant for getting himself into trouble. Billy and Pat, whose honesty and forthrightness had earned him the nickname "The Tall Man".