Trackdown (1957–1959)

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Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman travels the Old West tracking down assorted killers, bank robbers, horse thieves and other evildoers.

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Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman travels the Old West tracking down assorted killers, bank robbers, horse thieves and other evildoers.

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Early "different" western TV series
13 March 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This, along with Wanted Dead or Alive, was one of the better written and scripted of the routine weekly western TV dramas that glutted late 1950s TV.

Robert Culp was unique in his character of Hobie Gilman. Gilman looked for the moral justice behind each situation he found himself in. It was not just 30 minutes of chase 'em and shoot 'em.

Interestingly, Steve McQueen got his first shot at a TV series by playing Josh Randall on an episode of Track Down. His spin off series Wanted Dead or Alive was also a unique series, and launched another great actor's career.

By today's standards, yes, most of the 1950s westerns were formulaic. But if you have the time to catch a group of them for comparison, Track Down stands out. Culp is a great actor, as subsequently shown in every piece of work he did later on.


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