Marshal Ragan and his Deputies maintain the peace in the Badlands of the Dakota Territory.




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Complete series cast summary:
 Marshal Frank Ragan / ... 20 episodes, 1962-1963
 Deputy J.D. Smith 20 episodes, 1962-1963
 Deputy Del Stark 20 episodes, 1962-1963
 Deputy Vance Porter 20 episodes, 1962-1963


Marshal Ragan and his Deputies maintain the peace in the Badlands of the Dakota Territory.

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Release Date:

23 April 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dakota  »

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(20 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Larry Ward, Jack Elam, and Michael Greene never took their shirts off in this series. Chad Everett took his shirt off in episode three, "Mutiny at Fort Mercy"; episode eight, "Fargo"; and episode sixteen, "The Chooser of the Slain". See more »

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Best TV western of all
28 October 2007 | by See all my reviews

Well said, patmyhill. I agree with all your points. Jack Elam was simply one of the best western actors of all time. It's so sad that public reaction to the Sanctuary at Crystal Springs episode shot such a fine series dead in the dust. The Dakotas makes other TV oaters like Gunsmoke and Bonanza look like soap operas. The episodes I've seen take me right back to '63. It's the only time I ever remember people on the bus talking in hushed tones about the episode shown the previous evening. As I recall, the blokes were delighted and a little shocked at the shootout, but I can't remember which episode they were discussing.

Does anyone know if the twentieth episode, Black Gold, is available on DVD or videotape? What a treat it would be to catch this missing segment. If only it had gone on to become the long-running series it deserved to be. Long live JD Smith!

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