The Rifleman (1958–1963)

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The adventures of a Wild West rancher who wields a customized rapid fire Winchester rifle.

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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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 Lucas McCain / ... (168 episodes, 1958-1963)
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 Mark McCain (168 episodes, 1958-1963)
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 Marshal Micah Torrance / ... (151 episodes, 1958-1963)
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Widower Lucas McCain can fire a round with his specially modified Winchester in three-tenths of a second. Added to his high moral code and resolve enable him to help Marshal Micah Torrance maintain order in town while raising his son, Mark, on a ranch near North Fork, New Mexico. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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30 September 1958 (USA)  »

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El hombre del rifle  »

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(168 episodes)

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In the pilot for the series, by Sam Peckinpah (originally written for Gunsmoke (1955) but turned down for that show), Chuck Connors' character was named John McCain, not Lucas McCain, and he didn't have a son. It was producer Arnold Laven's idea to make McCain a widower with a son. Also, McCain was originally supposed to have been a dead shot with a pistol. Laven had the idea to use a customized Winchester rifle as McCain's weapon of choice. See more »

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Lucas McCain's rifle is a modified 1892 .44-40 Winchester, even though the series clearly establishes itself in the 1880s. See more »

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[repeated line]
Mark McCain: Pa!
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Referenced in The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw (1991) See more »

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One of the best television shows ever made.
15 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Even during the Golden Era of television the 1950s-1970s,when there were so many great shows made,The Rifleman ranks among the best shows ever made.Chuck Connors was outstanding,and the supporting cast were very good.But it was Connors as Lucas McCain that made this show great.His character had "real" emotions.Unlike the stereotype good guy in Westerns ,sometimes Lucas was the one to get angry first.He had a relaxed intensity about him,played to perfection.One of the wonderful things about this show is the great character actors that guest starred every week.The show stands out from other westerns for many reasons.One of them being a lot of the story lines involved Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain and his son played by Johnny Crawford.The father son relationship made this more than a western but also a family show.If I had to write everything that was great about this show it would fill a book.Even if one does not like westerns,The Rifleman is outstanding.They don't even come close to making great television shows like this anymore.


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