The Half-Hour Black & White Western TV Show

by SweetHotAngel | created - 18 May 2012 | updated - 18 May 2012 | Public

Once upon a time, back in the day when most TV was in black & white, the Western was the most popular type of show. A lot of those shows were half hour shows. Here's a list of my favorites, listed in reverse so as we count up the list we count down to my favorite.

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1. The Lone Ranger (1949–1957)

TV-G | 30 min | Western

The adventures of the masked hero and his Native American partner.

Stars: Jay Silverheels, Clayton Moore, John Hart, Lane Bradford

Votes: 1,522

2. The Cisco Kid (1950–1956)

Approved | 30 min | Western

The Cisco Kid and his English-mangling sidekick Pancho travel the old west in the grand tradition of the Lone Ranger, righting wrongs and fighting injustice wherever they find it.

Stars: Duncan Renaldo, Leo Carrillo, Loco, Troy Melton

Votes: 411

3. Death Valley Days (1952–1970)

TV-PG | 25 min | Western

Western stories and legends based, and filmed, in and around Death Valley, California. One of the longest-running Western series, originating on radio in the 1930s. The continuing sponsor was "20 Mule Team" Borax, a product formerly mined in Death Valley.

Stars: Stanley Andrews, Robert Taylor, Ronald Reagan, Dale Robertson

Votes: 519

4. Zane Grey Theater (1956–1961)

25 min | Western

An anthology based (earlier more so than later) on the novels and stories of Zane Grey. Dick Powell was often the star, as well as the host.

Stars: Dick Powell, Walter Sande, Denver Pyle, Bill Erwin

Votes: 300

5. Tales of Wells Fargo (1957–1962)

TV-14 | 60 min | Western

Agent Jim Hardie shifts over its history from being mostly an Agent helping Wells Fargo cope with bad guys, to being the owner of a ranch near San Francisco, California, who still does some... See full summary »

Stars: Dale Robertson, Kit Carson, William Demarest, Lory Patrick

Votes: 377

6. The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1955–1961)

TV-PG | 30 min | Western

Marshal Earp keeps the law, first in Kansas and later in Arizona, using his over-sized pistols and a variety of sidekicks. Most of the saga is based loosely on fact, with historical badguys... See full summary »

Stars: Hugh O'Brian, Jimmy Noel, Ethan Laidlaw, Bill Coontz

Votes: 533

7. Bat Masterson (1958–1961)

30 min | Western

Dressed-up dandy (derby and cane), gambler and lawman roams the West charming women and defending the unjustly accused. His primary weapon was his wit (and cane) rather than his gun.

Stars: Gene Barry, Allison Hayes, Allen Jaffe, Ken Drake

Votes: 672

8. Have Gun - Will Travel (1957–1963)

Approved | 25 min | Western

The adventures of a gentlemanly gunfighter for hire.

Stars: Richard Boone, Kam Tong, Hal Needham, Stewart East

Votes: 1,846

9. Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–1961)

Approved | 30 min | Western

A Civil War veteran with a sawed-off rifle as a holstered weapon makes a living as a bounty hunter in the Wild West of the 1870s.

Stars: Steve McQueen, Wright King, Olan Soule, Mort Mills

Votes: 1,476

10. The Rifleman (1958–1963)

30 min | Family, Western

The adventures of a Wild West rancher wielding a customized rapid fire Winchester rifle and his son.

Stars: Chuck Connors, Johnny Crawford, Paul Fix, Joe Benson

Votes: 2,511