The adventures of a Wild West rancher wielding a customized rapid fire Winchester rifle and his son.
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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 / ... (150 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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(RCA Sound Recording)

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4:3
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Trivia

Chuck Connors is said to have fired 12 shots with the rifle in the opening credits. 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 »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Mark McCain: Pa!
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Connections

Spoofed in The Simpsons: A Tale of Two Springfields (2000) See more »

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Great Western from the Golden Age of TV
20 August 2007 | by (Austin, TX, USA) – See all my reviews

As a kid growing up in the 70s, "The Rifleman" was one the only other western besides "Wild, Wild, West" that I really liked--I envied Mark McCain and the great father he had on the show (played by Connors). Yes, each show was a morality play but so were many other shows of the 50s & 60s (including "Star Trek"). They made their point at a time when there was still some innocence in America, and even taught tolerance for people from other countries/cultures (for example, in the episode of "Rifleman" where a Japanese man gets insulted & pushed into a fight with one of the locals & uses Judo to defend himself). Lucas McCain taught his son by example NEVER to use a gun or fight unless it was self-defense. It sounds silly now, but when I was a kid I wished my dad had explained things to me the same way Chuck Connors did to his son in the show--ah well, thank goodness for TV writers! :)


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