The Virginian (1962–1971)

TV Series  -   -  Western
7.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.7/10 from 811 users  
Reviews: 12 user | 4 critic

The Shiloh Ranch in Wyoming Territory of the 1890s is owned in sequence by Judge Garth, the Grainger brothers, and Col. MacKenzie. It is the setting for a variety of stories, many more ... See full summary »

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

Fall TV Premiere Week

Many of your favorite shows are coming back, along with plenty of series premieres. Here's a list of the shows premiering between Sunday, September 21 and Friday, September 26.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1293 titles
created 25 Jul 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 24 Jul 2012
 
a list of 134 titles
created 14 Sep 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Virginian" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Virginian (1962–1971)

The Virginian (1962–1971) on IMDb 7.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Virginian.

User Polls

Episodes

Seasons


Years



9   8   7   6   5   4   3   2   1  
1971   1970   1969   1968   … See all »
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Virginian (Video 2014)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

Trace Adkins (The Lincoln Lawyer), Ron Perlman (TV's "Sons of Anarchy") and Brendan Penny (Ring Of Fire) star in this gritty and riveting re-imagining of the classic Western saga. Raised by... See full summary »

Director: Thomas Makowski
Stars: Victoria Pratt, Michael Adamthwaite, Trace Adkins
Wagon Train (1957–1965)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Stories of the journeys of a wagon train as it leaves post-Civil War Missouri on its way to California through the plains, deserts and Rocky Mountains. The first treks were led by gruff, ... See full summary »

Stars: Frank McGrath, Terry Wilson, Robert Horton
The Virginian (TV Movie 2000)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A cowboy finds himself betrayed by his best friend and must choose between bringing him to justice and alienating the pretty schoolteacher he is in love with.

Director: Bill Pullman
Stars: Bill Pullman, Diane Lane, John Savage
Laramie (1959–1963)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

It is the 1870s in Wyoming Territory. Slim Sherman and his 14-year-old brother Andy try to hang on to their ranch after their father is shot by a land grabber. They augment their slight ... See full summary »

Stars: John Smith, Robert Fuller, Spring Byington
Bonanza (1959–1973)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The adventures of Ben Cartwright and his sons as they run and defend their ranch while helping the surrounding community.

Stars: Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker
The Virginian (1946)
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Arriving at Medicine Bow, eastern schoolteacher Molly Woods meets two cowboys, irresponsible Steve and the "Virginian," who gets off on the wrong foot with her. To add to his troubles, the ... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Gilmore
Stars: Joel McCrea, Brian Donlevy, Sonny Tufts
The Big Valley (1965–1969)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The Wild West adventures of the residents and staff of Barkley Ranch in California's San Joaquin Valley.

Stars: Richard Long, Peter Breck, Lee Majors
Cheyenne (1955–1963)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

After the Civil war adventurer Cheyenne Bodie roamed the west looking for fights, women and bad guys to beat up. His job changed from episode to episode.

Stars: Clint Walker, Clyde Howdy, Chuck Hicks
Mannix (1967–1975)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Mannix worked originally for Wickersham at Intertect and then struck out on his own, assisted by Peggy Fair (whose cop-husband had been killed) and police department contact Tobias.

Stars: Mike Connors, Gail Fisher, Ward Wood
The High Chaparral (1967–1971)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The Cannon family runs the High Chaparral Ranch in the Arizona Territory in 1870s. Big John wants to establish his cattle empire despite Indian hostility. He's aided by brother Buck and son... See full summary »

Stars: Leif Erickson, Cameron Mitchell, Henry Darrow
The Virginian (1923)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Molly Wood arrives in a small western town to be the new schoolmarm. The Virginian, foreman on a local ranch, takes a shine to her, and vows that he will make her love him. The Virginian's ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Forman
Stars: Kenneth Harlan, Florence Vidor, Russell Simpson
The Virginian (1914)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A good-natured but chivalrous cowboy romances the local schoolmarm and leads the posse that brings a gang of rustlers, which includes his best friend, to justice.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Dustin Farnum, Jack W. Johnston, Sydney Deane
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
...
 The Virginian (249 episodes, 1962-1971)
...
 Trampas (249 episodes, 1962-1971)
...
 Judge Henry Garth / ... (120 episodes, 1962-1966)
Sara Lane ...
 Elizabeth Grainger (105 episodes, 1966-1970)
...
 Emmett Ryker / ... (104 episodes, 1963-1968)
Edit

Storyline

The Shiloh Ranch in Wyoming Territory of the 1890s is owned in sequence by Judge Garth, the Grainger brothers, and Col. MacKenzie. It is the setting for a variety of stories, many more based on character and relationships than the usual western. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 September 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Men from Shiloh  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(249 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

US television's first 90-minute western (including commercials). See more »

Goofs

John Grainger is introduced in season five as Elizabeth Grainger's grandfather. When John dies and Clay Grainger inherits Shiloh Ranch, he is identified as John Grainger's brother and, presumably, Elizabeth's granduncle. But by the time of a season seven episode, "Girl in the Shadows", the story has changed and Clay is the elder brother of Elizabeth's father which would make him John Grainger's son, not brother. See more »

Connections

Featured in Iskelmä-Suomi: Mä joka päivä töitä teen (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

The Virginian
(Theme)
by Percy Faith
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A series with a lot of heart that needs to be seen
6 August 2004 | by (Durham,North Carolina) – See all my reviews

"The Virginian" was without a doubt one grand amazing ambitious series which made use of its first class actors and some of the most magnificent piece of location Technicolor photography ever assembled for a brilliant television series which kept its viewers tuned in for 90 minutes during the impressive nine seasons that it stayed on the NBC-TV network from its premiere in 1962 until its final episode in 1971.

Based on the classic novel by Owen Winsler,the series is set on the Shiloh Ranch in the Wyoming Territory of the 1800's and the goings on within the town of Medicine Bow. In its early years,and within the first five seasons,the series had five main characters:Judge Henry Garth(Lee J. Cobb),the owner of the Shiloh Ranch,which was a great big cattle ranch in Wyoming who was also the not only the town Judge but the District Attorney as well;his innocent young teenage daughter Betsy (Roberta Shore);the Virginian(James Drury),his heroic foreman Trampas (Doug McClure),and the assistant ranch hand Steve(Gary Clarke). The relationship between these five individuals,as they were developed and testing were providing the most affecting and amusing moments,and later on during this series new characters would be added on to provide support. It was also during the early years of the show that "The Virginian" was rise to the top of the Nielsen ratings,and to anyone's surprise rack up several Emmy nominations for actors Lee J. Cobb and James Drudy not to mention the show's theme song for musical composer Percy Faith. During its initial run,the show was always in the top ten and it stood shoulder to shoulder among the television Western giants like "Gunsmoke","Bonanza",not to mention "Rawhide",and the courtroom drama "Perry Mason".

The series gave us strong,intelligent stories,which could be either tragic or light-hearted,and most often the direction was either imaginative,and sometimes even poetic,but still this series was one action-packed show full of unexpected excitement and breathtaking suspense along with some comedical support in some of the episodes which were directed with excellent timing by some of the best in the business. However,throughout its entire run,only actors James Drudy and Doug McClure stayed on the series until the final episode in 1971. As for the special guest stars on this series,this show had them,and some of them appear in either one or two episodes within the 90 minute time frame. In some of the episodes you got to see Hollywood greats like Bette Davis and Lee Marvin and in some episodes you get Charles Bronson, James Coburn,Richard Anderson,Telly Savalas,Arthur Hunnicutt,John Dehner,David Hartman,Lee Majors,Pippa Scott,Stewart Granger,Diane Baker, Inger Stevens,Harry Morgan,Brian Keith,George C. Scott,Pete Duel,Hari Rhodes,Harrison Ford,and the list of the guest star roster goes on and on with very familiar actors doing the "Stagecoach" routine each week.

As the series went on the issues of the day were very informal subjects ranging from injustice,racial prejudice,individual responsibility and the necessary for compromise were explored,and during the final years of the series the name of "Shiloh" came to stand for something for the virtues of tolerance,compassion,and courage and optimism as well the respect of mankind were the objectives of the day,and this show delivered the goods. Compared to other Western shows of that era,"The Virginian" was well acted and for one,it had a lot of heart and like other shows it knew exactly when to call it quits beforehand. Most recently,this series is now on The Hallmark Channel,and for those who never seen this series,it is a worth seeing every weekend where Hallmark shows back to back episodes of this series. Not to missed!

NOTE:"The Virginian" was produced by Revue Studios/Universal Television and it produced an astounding 249 episodes,all in color during its impressive nine year run on the NBC Network.


37 of 40 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Suprised amiNotAwake
Huge Flaw in 'Roar from the Mountain' mcmikecroaro-1
Trampas hair colour blondcowboy
The Virginian's Hat shelby0296
Medicine Bow rosevhouser49
The Ending Days Of 'The Virginian' Are Drawing Nye___ jvr1980
Discuss The Virginian (1962) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page