In the year 1885. After years of retirement West is called in from his Mexican home, and Gordon is taken off the road as a Shakespearian actor to track down and arrest Dr. Michelito ... See full summary »
Rod Serling's seminal anthology series focused on ordinary folks who suddenly found themselves in extraordinary, usually supernatural, situations. The stories would typically end with an ironic twist that would see the guilty punished.
David Vincent, an architect returning home after a hard, hard, day parks his car in an old ghost town in order to rest for a while before continuing on home. Suddenly, in the middle of the ... See full summary »
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
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The recurring science fiction theme, where genius scientists in the 1870s invent technology which didn't exist in the real world until decades later, has come to be called "steampunk," a term coined in the 1980s. See more »
The United States Secret Service is frequently employed as bodyguards for President Grant. But this was not the case in the 19th century, when the Service was a Treasury operation used to catch counterfeiters. The duty of being presidential bodyguards was assigned to the Secret Service in 1901 after President William McKinley's murder. McKinley's immediate successor Theodore Roosevelt was the first chief executive to benefit from this change. See more »
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 »
This is it, & it will never happen again. This is a wild west with great acting chemistry, & the best stunt work in the history of television. This series had it all.
Gordon always has different roles. West usually got caught in at least 1 cliff-hanger in every episode. Lots of super villains and wild women kept things moving. Special effects were most often good & gadgets that would make sense or sometimes non-sense.
Michael Dunn as Dr. Loveless is often pointed out as a great villain & he was, with Richard Kiel early on as his aide Voltaire, & always with a good looking woman on his side though sometimes West would make them change their side. Loveless would always do the impossible to boot. Wish Michael Dunn could have found more roles in his life.
The rest of the guest villains were a veritable who's who of talent. Harvey Korman, Agnes Moorhead, Orsen Welles, Harold Gould, Burgess Meredith, and others. When the talent did not match the villain, the plot would still wrinkle it for the viewer to enjoy plenty of action.
Fred Friedberger, Gene L Coon, both who worked with Gene Roddenbury on the original Star Trek series worked behind the cameras on this show too. Trekies take note, there are several common themes used on Star Trek & on this series including Michael Dunn who did a guest shot on Star Trek. James T Kirk's fight stunts were NBC's answer to James Wests. John Mantley who did a lot of Gun Smoke work with James Arness did some episodes of Wild Wild West too.
I wish they could still make a show like this. Doubt there are enough talented stunt men around today, & without Conrad, Martin, & Dunn, the talent pool has gotten too shallow. Enjoy this series, there is only one and it will never be better.
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