Shane works for the Starett family, a young widow, her son, and her aging father-in-law, protecting them against the anti-sodbuster rancher Ryker and other perils plaguing the Old West.






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Complete series cast summary:
 Tom Starett / ... 17 episodes, 1966
 Rufe Ryker 16 episodes, 1966
 Sam Grafton 15 episodes, 1966
Owen Bush ...
Lawrence Mann ...
 Harve Hanes / ... 6 episodes, 1966
 Chips / ... 6 episodes, 1966


After the death of her husband, Marian Starett takes on the arduous task of both raising a son, Joey, and protecting her farm from ruthless land baron Ryker. Nomadic gunfighter Shane decides to hire on with Marian as a cowhand, and, at the same time, serve as a father figure for little Joey. Written by Marty McKee <>

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His fast gun and his deadly past won't let him rest.







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10 September 1966 (USA)  »

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The show was short lived, mainly due to its competition. It was shown on Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time, directly opposite The Jackie Gleason Show, then the fifth most popular show on television. It was cancelled at mid season, with its last broadcast on New Year's Eve 1966. For some reason, the family name of Starett was spelled with one R, instead of with two R's, as it was in the movie and source novel. See more »


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Don't Mess With a Classic
15 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

A big mistake was made when someone got the bright idea to make a television series out of the classic film that starred Alan Ladd. It deservedly lasted only for 17 episodes. Fortunately no one's career got hurt.

The whole premise of the film was Alan Ladd riding in to the valley, dealing with the villains and LEAVING because his job was done and he knew he was becoming a romantic rival of Van Heflin for the affections of wife Jean Arthur. Alan Ladd's conduct was the whole point of the film.

Here we've got Mrs. Starrett being a widow and being looked after by gunfighter turned farm hand Shane. They added a character of Tom Tully as her father-in-law. Jill Ireland played Mrs. Starrett and villain Rufe Ryker is played by Bert Freed.

Freed will acquire that Starrett homestead one way or another. He'll either drive her out or marry her. Freed casts some lascivious eyes on her the way Emile Meyer did in the film. But in the TV show he's got a wedding ring ready if all else fails.

Shane is played by David Carradine who I think midway in the series lost interest. He knew he was in a turkey that was slated for early cancellation.

Wise move too.

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