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Episode List



5 Jan. 1960
Day of the Hunter
A famous old frontiersman, with a reputation as the best rifleman around, challenges Luke to see who's really the best with a rifle.
12 Jan. 1960
Mail Order Groom
A "mail-order husband" arrives in North Fork, and finds not only a bride, but also harassment from two local trouble-makers.
19 Jan. 1960
A Case of Identity
In their search for a wealthy man's long-lost son, private detectives arrive in North Fork. Upon seeing Mark, they decide that since they can't find the real boy and their client has never actually seen his son, Mark will suffice.
26 Jan. 1960
The Visitor
Lucas finds himself attracted to a young widow who stops in North Fork on her way to claim an inheritance.
2 Feb. 1960
Stablehand Colly Vane, while out hunting, gets the drop on notorious wanted gunfighter The Domino Kid, and is forced to shoot him. When Colly brings the Kid's body into town to claim the reward, it's noticed that the Kid had been shot in the back. Instead of being hailed as a hero, Colly becomes the object of the townspeoples' derision for having shot the Kid in the back, is fired from his job and evicted from his house. To make matters worse, three gunfighters who were the Kid's friends come to town looking for him, and when they find out he's dead, set out to find ...
9 Feb. 1960
The Horse Traders
Lucas and Mark try to help out a man who has been swindled in a horse-trading transaction.
16 Feb. 1960
The Spoiler
An older couple settles down in North Fork, but they have a secret--they're not using their real names because they don't want anyone to know that their son is a notorious gunfighter and killer.
23 Feb. 1960
A young boy and his sister, victims of an abusive father, come to the conclusion that the only way to protect themselves from further abuse is to kill him.
1 Mar. 1960
The Grasshopper
While on a train trip, Lucas and Mark are threatened by an escaped murderer. As if that weren't bad enough, the train is suddenly caught in a huge cloud of grasshoppers, forcing it to stop.
8 Mar. 1960
A Time for Singing
While North Fork excitedly awaits the arrival of a new preacher, Mark uncovers evidence that suggests the new parson is not only not a preacher, but may in face be planning to use the occasion to rob the town bank.
15 Mar. 1960
The Deserter
Lucas sets out to save the life of a young soldier who has deserted from the army and is now scheduled to be executed.
22 Mar. 1960
The Vision
Lucas is worried when Mark comes down with typhoid, but he gets even more worried when he notices that Mark doesn't appear to want to get better.
29 Mar. 1960
The Lariat
Lariat Jones, an old friend of Lucas', comes to North Fork to open up a casino. However, after several cheaters are caught in his casino, Lucas has to save his friend from almost certain death.
5 Apr. 1960
Smoke Screen
Marge Crandell is a headstrong young girl who doesn't like to be told what to do, not by her father or by Doug Carter, the man who loves her. Doug is hot tempered and ready to fight any man who gets too close to Marge. He has just such a fight with Fred Tate who had been bothering Marge. Instead of being grateful Marge walks off with the drummer Rodney Quentin. Later when Lucas discovers her body both Quentin and Tate emerge as possible suspects.
12 Apr. 1960
Shotgun Man
An ex-convict with a grudge against Lucas comes to town determined to kill him.
19 Apr. 1960
Sins of the Father
A man and his young son fleeing danger are taken in by Lucas. What Lucas doesn't know is that the man hasn't told him the real reason they're on the run.
26 Apr. 1960
The Prodigal
A fleeing bank robber decides that the McCain ranch is a good place to hide out, so he holds Lucas and Mark prisoner in their own home until the heat dies down.
3 May 1960
The Fourflusher
Gabe Fenway, a sharecropper for local landlord Preston, plans to run his quarterhorse Sapphire in a local horse race. Mark also plans to race his horse, Blueboy, in the race. Preston, who wants to keep all of Fenway's crops, believes Mark's horse can beat Fenway's and tricks Fenway into betting his crop against Preston's $1000 that Mark will win. And to make sure that Mark wins, Preston has a plan to make sure that Fenway doesn't make it to the race.
10 May 1960
The Jailbird
Lucas hires a new ranch hand, then learns that the man had just been released from prison for manslaughter. He believes the man has turned over a new leaf and wants to start a new life, but his--and the townspeoples'--suspicions are aroused when a local rancher is murdered during a robbery.
17 May 1960
Meeting at Midnight
While in town one day, Lucas runs into Tom Benton, an old friend from his days in the army. Benton seems to have fallen on hard times, though, as he's drinking heavily and winds up shooting up the saloon and getting arrested by Micah. Lucas bails him out, against Benton's protests, but it turns out that Benton has his own reasons for wanting to stay in jail.
24 May 1960
Nora Sanford, an old flame of Lucas' who came from a wealthy family, arrives in town, ill and penniless. When Lucas hears of her condition, he goes to see her and help nurse her back to health. It turns out that her recently deceased husband had spent all her money, and she had heard that Lucas had also been recently widowed, and in desperation decided to come to North Fork to see him. What Lucas doesn't know, however, is that she didn't come to town alone, and her plans for Lucas aren't quite what he thinks they are.
31 May 1960
The Hangman
A friend of Lucas is found murdered and robbed. Suspicion falls on an ex-con, and a lynching seems inevitable.
27 Sep. 1960
Trail of Hate
Outlaws take Mark hostage in order to force Lucas to help them rob the bank in North Fork.
4 Oct. 1960
Woman from Hog Ridge
Lucas and Mark interrupt two young men stealing horses. Lucas is forced to defend himself and shoots and kills one of the men. He is one of Ma Boyle's sons. The Boyles are a mountain family who live by their own laws and Micah foresees trouble. When the clan arrives in town they are set on hanging the man responsible for the killing.
11 Oct. 1960
Seven escaped prisoners terrorize the town of North Fork. The leader has a personal grudge against Lucas McCain that he must settle before leaving the town.
18 Oct. 1960
The Pitchman
A quick-talking salesman discovers gold on Lucas' property and tries to fleece McCain of the mineral rights on his ranch.
25 Oct. 1960
Strange Town
When Micah is badly injured by an escaping prisoner, Lucas tracks the prisoner back to his home town where they do not give up their own.
1 Nov. 1960
In Micah's absence, Lucas is forced into a duel to determine to which system of justice the blatant murder of a rural Hispanic resident applies: the old justice of traditional New Mexico Hispanics, administered by "Baranca", or the US law.
8 Nov. 1960
The Martinet
A Cavalry captain discovers that a son has been an outlaw who was killed by Lucas. He is determined to punish Lucas for the tragedy.
15 Nov. 1960
Miss Milly
Milly Scott buys Hattie's general store. Her background as a schoolteacher does little to prepare her for what she bought into when she hires a stranger in town to collect all the debts owed to the store.
22 Nov. 1960
Dead Cold Cash
According to the stipulations in a bizarre will, the citizens of North Fork will divide $100,000 if Lucas McCain dies within seven days of Sarah Caruthers. The vicious old woman has hated Lucas ever since he killed her husband during a robbery.
29 Nov. 1960
The Schoolmaster
A strict new schoolmaster comes to teach - and, he discovers, to learn: from Mark and Lucas.
6 Dec. 1960
The Promoter
A con man and his fast-gun friend come to North Fork. Lucas enters a target shooting contest.
13 Dec. 1960
The Illustrator
When a famous New York artist is sent to paint a portrait of Hannah Shaw, they find the artist is not longer the person they were requesting. Lucas will try to help the down-on-his-luck artist.
20 Dec. 1960
The Silent Knife
Mark and Lucas help a young man muted by a traumatic past.
27 Dec. 1960
Miss Bertie
Heading home on a stagecoach, Mark and Lucas are entertained by a little old lady's stories of gunslingers and her scrapbook of wanted posters. Little do they know she's a bounty hunter with her sights set on Duke Jennings, who's headed to Northfork.

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Episode Cast | Rated Episodes (by date / vote)| TV Schedule

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