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Release Date:
10 September 1981 (USA) See more »
The Wild West misadventures of a mild-mannered store owner turned town Marshal. Full summary »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 7 of 12)

Joel Higgins ... Marshal Sam Best (22 episodes, 1981-1982)
Carlene Watkins ... Elvira Best (22 episodes, 1981-1982)

Meeno Peluce ... Daniel Best (22 episodes, 1981-1982)

Valri Bromfield ... Laney Gibbs (22 episodes, 1981-1982)

Tom Ewell ... Doc Kullens (22 episodes, 1981-1982)

Leonard Frey ... Parker Tillman (22 episodes, 1981-1982)

Tracey Walter ... Frog Rothchild Jr. (21 episodes, 1981-1982)

Series Directed by
Howard Storm (6 episodes, 1981-1982)
Stan Daniels (3 episodes, 1981-1982)
James Burrows (3 episodes, 1981)
Jeff Chambers (3 episodes, 1981)
Ed. Weinberger (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
Michael Lessac (2 episodes, 1982)
Will Mackenzie (1 episode, 1981)
Series Writing credits
Earl Pomerantz (22 episodes, 1981-1982)
Michael Leeson (3 episodes, 1981)
David Lloyd (3 episodes, 1982)
Mitch Markowitz (2 episodes, 1981)
Sy Rosen (1 episode, 1981)
Sam Simon (1 episode, 1981)

Series Produced by
David Lloyd .... producer (3 episodes, 1981-1982)
Ronald E. Frazier .... producer (3 episodes, 1981)
Earl Pomerantz .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1981)

Greg Nierman .... assistant producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Roger Steinman (2 episodes, 1981)
Series Cinematography by
Kenneth Peach (1 episode, 1981)
Leonard J. South (1 episode, 1981)
Series Film Editing by
M. Pam Blumenthal (1 episode, 1981)
Douglas Hines (1 episode, 1981)

Ronald Sinclair (unknown episodes)
Series Casting by
Melinda Gartzman (2 episodes, 1981)
Series Art Direction by
James F. Claytor Sr. (1 episode, 1981)
Kenneth A. Reid (1 episode, 1981)

Tommy Goetz (unknown episodes)
Series Set Decoration by
Charles E. Tycer (1 episode, 1981)
Fred S. Winston (1 episode, 1981)
Series Makeup Department
Silvia Abascal .... assistant hair stylist / hair stylist (10 episodes, 1981-1982)
Robert Ryan .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1981)
Series Production Management
Gregg Peters .... unit production manager (2 episodes, 1981)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brian James Ellis .... second assistant director (21 episodes, 1981-1982)
Randy Carter .... first assistant director (1 episode, 1981)
Series Art Department
Frank Bellina .... property master (21 episodes, 1981-1982)
Series Sound Department
James R. Wright .... production mixer (2 episodes, 1981)
Series Special Effects by
Ken Speed .... special effects assistant (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Gretchen Rennell .... casting: New York (1 episode, 1981)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert L. Tanella .... costumer (2 episodes, 1981)
Series Editorial Department
Jeff Cahn .... assistant editor (1 episode, 1981)
Series Music Department
Rex Allen .... singer: theme song (1 episode, 1981)
Earl Pomerantz .... composer: theme music (1 episode, 1981)
Series Other crew
Gil Clasen .... technical coordinator (2 episodes, 1981)
Tommy Goetz .... technical consultant (2 episodes, 1981)
Richard Sakai .... title visualization (2 episodes, 1981)
Mitch Markowitz .... executive story editor (1 episode, 1981)

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30 min (22 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
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Not Really that Good, 24 February 2007
Author: eno2000 from Cleveland, Ohio

I was about ten years old when this show was on and that was probably the primary demographic. As I learned later in broadcasting school, the time period this show was produced in was the era of a Reagan administration mandate that there be "family programming" in the 7:00PM-9:00PM block on all networks. This is what resulted in the low-grade but "fun" programming like Spencer, Different Strokes and Best of the West. I'm not saying that this was bad, but if was definitely not the best programming. For a six to ten year old this would have been acceptable entertainment and would have made them feel "grown up" for watching something after 8:00PM.

The show has many glaring misrepresentations of the old west, but what do you expect from a family friendly sitcom? Family friendly often equates to sanitized of most truth. The most memorable character from the show is without a doubt, Frog. Something about the actor reminds me of William Sanderson who played the Larry character in Newhart (I'm Larry, this is my brother Daryl and this is my other brother Daryl). They both had the same kind of bumpkin delivery in their roles with a pinch of weirdness. Tracy (the actor who played Frog) also appears in the classic film Repo Man as a possible alien. Playing up on his strangeness.

It is quite unfair that this program is not on DVD for those who wish to see it as all the episodes could fit on one or two DVDs and wouldn't really need any special features. Also surprising that it isn't on TV Land, Nick at Night or even AOL's In2TV.

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