The Wild Wild West (1965–1969)

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Two Secret Services agents, equipped with a wide array of gizmos, work for the government in the Old West.

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 James T. West / ... (104 episodes, 1965-1969)
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 Artemus Gordon (104 episodes, 1965-1969)
Whitey Hughes ...
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Dick Cangey ...
 Henchman / ... (46 episodes, 1966-1969)
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James West and Artemus Gordon are two agents of President Grant who take their splendidly appointed private train through the west to fight evil. Half science fiction and half western, Artemus designs a series of interesting gadgets for James that would make Inspector Gadget proud. A lighthearted adventure series. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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During the fourth season, Ross Martin had a heart attack and missed several episodes. In production order, Martin did not appear in episodes 93-101, a total of nine episodes. Charles Aidman appeared in four episodes (93-96). William Schallert appeared in two (97-98). Alan Hale appeared in #99, John Williams in #100, and Steve Carlson in #101. Ross Martin returned in episode #102, "The Night of the Diva", but there were only two more episodes shot after that. See more »

Goofs

The car has numerous hidden compartments which slide out of the wall or down from the ceiling. In actuality these compartments are much too large to fit inside the walls of the car and would extend out past the sides and roof. See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening credits as originally designed for the pilot (and included on the season 1 DVD) show the animated cowboy knocking down the woman trying to stab him. In the first season as aired, the cowboy kisses the woman, who dreamily turns away instead of trying to stab him. Later episodes reinstated the cowboy knocking the woman down. See more »

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The one, the only, the original!
7 February 2003 | by (Xanadu) – See all my reviews

This was the coolest series of its time. Yes, you can argue that the Man from UNCLE, Mission Impossible, and the Avengers were also good, but this show was so unique. Take a western, mix with the spy genre, add a dash of steampunk (i.e. Jules Verne, H.G. Wells), a teaspoon of comedy, and 1 3/4 cups of stunts and you have a show unlike any other.

Robert Conrad and Ross Martin were unparalleled as Secret Service agents Jim West and Artemis Gordon, operating from their gadget-laden private train. They had tremendous chemistry and handled all aspects (comedy, drama, action) with equal skill. Michael Dunn was inspired as the diabolical genius Dr. Miguelito Loveless, whose genius far outreaches his stature. Dunn was a fantastic performer who could both sing and act beautifully.

The stories were inventive; mixing madmen, crooks, and murderers with science-fiction elements and cool gadgets. Who can forget the sleeve gun, the boot knife, the pool cue swords, etc. We had ironclads, submarines, super cannons, flying saucers and other futuristic devices.

The various elements that make up a tv show all had a unique spin here. We had the animated title sequence which gave way to the chapter breaks, as the story progressed. There was the wonderful theme song, the costumes, the make up, and the great stunt work. Everything about this show was quality.

I greatly miss this show and if there was ever a show deserving a dvd release, this is the one. The less said about that abomination of a film, the better.


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