Western Writers of America's Top 50 Western TV Series

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1. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

Marshal Matt Dillon keeps the peace in rough and tumble Dodge City.

Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

Votes: 4,455

2. Maverick (1957–1962)

60 min | Comedy, Western

Bret and Bart Maverick are well dressed gamblers who migrate from town to town always looking for a good game.

Stars: Jack Kelly, James Garner, Roger Moore, Lane Chandler

Votes: 2,258

3. Rawhide (1959–1965)

TV-PG | 50 min | Western

Gil Favor is trail boss of a continuous cattle drive. He is assisted by Rowdy Yates. The crew runs into characters and adventures along the way.

Stars: Clint Eastwood, Paul Brinegar, Steve Raines, Eric Fleming

Votes: 2,814

4. Bonanza (1959–1973)

TV-PG | 49 min | Western

The adventures of Ben Cartwright and his sons as they run and defend their ranch while helping the surrounding community.

Stars: Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker, Pernell Roberts

Votes: 7,045

5. 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: 2,056

6. The Rifleman (1958–1963)

TV-PG | 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: 2,767

7. Wagon Train (1957–1965)

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

Stories of the journeys of a wagon train as it leaves post-Civil War Missouri on its way to California through the plains, deserts, and Rocky Mountains.

Stars: Frank McGrath, Terry Wilson, Robert Horton, John McIntire

Votes: 2,106

8. The High Chaparral (1967–1971)

PG | 60 min | Western

The Cannon family runs the High Chaparral Ranch in the Arizona Territory in 1870s. Big John wants to establish his cattle empire despite Indian hostility. He's aided by brother Buck and son... See full summary »

Stars: Leif Erickson, Cameron Mitchell, Henry Darrow, Linda Cristal

Votes: 1,455

9. 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: 576

10. The Virginian (1962–1971)

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

Personable Western series based in Wyoming from the 1890s onward.

Stars: Doug McClure, James Drury, Lee J. Cobb, Sara Lane

Votes: 1,587

11. Deadwood (2004–2006)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, History

A show set in the late 1800s, revolving around the characters of Deadwood, South Dakota; a town of deep corruption and crime.

Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker, Brad Dourif

Votes: 84,553

12. The Westerner (1960– )

30 min | Action, Western

Laconic cowboy Dave Blasingame wanders the Wild West with his faithful dog Brown and the occasional companionship of pal Burgundy Smith.

Stars: Brian Keith, Hank Gobble, Jimmy Lee Cook, Michael T. Mikler

Votes: 121

13. Cheyenne (1955–1963)

60 min | Western

After the Civil War, nomadic adventurer Cheyenne Bodie roamed the west looking for fights, women, and bad guys to beat up. His job changed from episode to episode.

Stars: Clint Walker, Clyde Howdy, Chuck Hicks, Lane Chandler

Votes: 1,197

14. The Big Valley (1965–1969)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

The Wild West adventures of the Barkley family in California's San Joaquin Valley.

Stars: Richard Long, Peter Breck, Lee Majors, Linda Evans

Votes: 2,220

15. Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–1961)

TV-PG | 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: 1,653

16. 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, Chuck Courtney

Votes: 1,751

17. The Roy Rogers Show (1951–1957)

30 min | Western

The Double R Ranch featured "The King of the Cowboys" Roy, his "Smartest Horse in the Movies" Trigger, "Queen of the West" Dale, her horse Buttermilk, their dog Bullet, and even Pat's jeep, Nellybelle.

Stars: Dale Evans, Roy Rogers, Trigger, Pat Brady

Votes: 543

18. 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: 607

19. The Wild Wild West (1965–1969)

50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

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

Stars: Robert Conrad, Ross Martin, Dick Cangey, Whitey Hughes

Votes: 3,761

20. The Rebel (1959–1961)

Approved | 30 min | Western

After the end of the Civil War, a former Confederate Army private roams the Wild West, and, as a rogue drifter, gets involved in helping out various settlers threatened by various bad guys.

Stars: Nick Adams, Chuck Hamilton, Sid Troy, Ross Sturlin

Votes: 397

21. Little House on the Prairie (1974–1983)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Family, Romance

The life and adventures of the Ingalls family in the nineteenth century American Midwest.

Stars: Melissa Gilbert, Michael Landon, Karen Grassle, Rachel Lindsay Greenbush

Votes: 14,652

22. The Young Riders (1989–1992)

TV-PG | 60 min | Romance, Western

The adventures of the riders of the Pony Express.

Stars: Stephen Baldwin, Josh Brolin, Ty Miller, Gregg Rainwater

Votes: 1,446

23. Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1993–1998)

60 min | Drama, Family, Western

The trials and adventures of a female doctor in a small wild west town.

Stars: Jane Seymour, Joe Lando, Shawn Toovey, Chad Allen

Votes: 9,095

24. Lawman (1958–1962)

30 min | Western

This is the story of Marshal Dan Troop of Laramie, Wyoming, and his Deputy Johnny McKay, an orphan Troop took under his wing.

Stars: John Russell, Peter Brown, Peggie Castle, Emile Avery

Votes: 538

25. Laredo (1965–1967)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

Rustlers, bank robbers, and their own wild schemes: a band of Texas Rangers keeps getting in and out of trouble, under the jaundiced eye of Captain Parmalee.

Stars: Neville Brand, Peter Brown, William Smith, Philip Carey

Votes: 475

26. Cimarron Strip (1967–1968)

TV-PG | 90 min | Western

The western adventures of tough, but fair, Marshal Jim Crown.

Stars: Stuart Whitman, Percy Herbert, Randy Boone, Jill Townsend

Votes: 307

27. Daniel Boone (1964–1970)

60 min | Adventure, History, Western

Frontier hero Daniel Boone conducts surveys and expeditions around Boonesborough, running into both friendly and hostile Indians, just before and during the Revolutionary War.

Stars: Fess Parker, Patricia Blair, Darby Hinton, Dal McKennon

Votes: 1,425

28. Branded (1965–1966)

30 min | Western

In the 1880s Jason McCord travels the country trying to prove he's no coward. He needs to do this because the military career of this West point graduate came to an end when he was thrown out of the army after being accused of cowardice.

Stars: Chuck Connors, Chuck Hamilton, William Bryant, John Pickard

Votes: 565

29. Zorro (1957–1959)

30 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Don Diego de la Vega opposes the corrupt tyrants of Spanish California as the masked swordsman, Zorro.

Stars: Guy Williams, Gene Sheldon, Henry Calvin, Don Diamond

Votes: 2,694

30. The Yellow Rose (1983–1984)

60 min | Drama

The trials of the Champion family as they run the Yellow Rose ranch.

Stars: Sam Elliott, Cybill Shepherd, David Soul, Edward Albert

Votes: 167

31. 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: 448

32. The Lazarus Man (1996– )

60 min | Western

Shortly after the Civil War, a man pulls himself out of a grave in the South wearing Southern clothing but carrying Northern gold and carrying a US Army revolver. He has no memory save for ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Urich, Isabelle Townsend, Wayne Grace, Natalija Nogulich

Votes: 134

33. The Gene Autry Show (1950–1955)

30 min | Western

The already legendary singing cowboy rode with his comic pal Pat from town to town bringing justice, song and his horse Champion to the old Southwest.

Stars: Gene Autry, Champion, Pat Buttram, Bob Woodward

Votes: 163

34. Alias Smith and Jones (1971–1973)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

Hannibal Heyes and Kid Curry, two of the most wanted outlaws in the history of the West, are popular "with everyone except the railroads and the banks".

Stars: Ben Murphy, Roger Davis, Pete Duel, Dennis Fimple

Votes: 1,442

35. The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. (1993–1994)

TV-14 | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A bounty hunter rides the Old West, fighting bad guys, many with futuristic-type gadgets.

Stars: Bruce Campbell, Julius Carry, Christian Clemenson, Comet

Votes: 7,164

36. Trackdown (1957–1959)

30 min | Western

Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman travels the Old West tracking down assorted killers, bank robbers, horse thieves and other evildoers.

Stars: Robert Culp, Norman Leavitt, Ellen Corby, Peter Leeds

Votes: 195

37. Kung Fu (1972–1975)

60 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

The adventures of a Shaolin Monk as he wanders the American West armed only with his skill in Kung Fu.

Stars: David Carradine, Radames Pera, Keye Luke, Philip Ahn

Votes: 4,679

38. Lonesome Dove: The Series (1994–1995)

42 min | Western

The series revolved around the life and times of Newt Call as he set out to make his way in the world. Newt participated in some of the major events of the Western era while encountering ... See full summary »

Stars: Scott Bairstow, Christianne Hirt, Eric McCormack, Paul Le Mat

Votes: 504

39. The Magnificent Seven (1998–2000)

60 min | Action, Western

When an Indian village is threatened by ex-Confederate soldiers, several villagers head out to seek help. They recruit seven men, each with unique skills, who return to the village and take... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Biehn, Eric Close, Dale Midkiff, Ron Perlman

Votes: 1,369

40. Broken Arrow (1956–1960)

30 min | Western

Indian Agent Tom Jeffords makes friends with Chief Cochise, becoming a blood brother of the Apache. Together they fight white schemers and renegade Indians.

Stars: John Lupton, Michael Ansara, Steven Ritch, Steve Conte

Votes: 160

41. F Troop (1965–1967)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy, Western

The misadventures of the staff and neighbors of a remote U.S. Army outpost in the Wild West.

Stars: Forrest Tucker, Larry Storch, Ken Berry, Melody Patterson

Votes: 2,183

42. Sugarfoot (1957–1961)

60 min | Western

Correspondence-school law graduate Tom Brewster travels west to seek his fortune. Unfortunately, his "cowboy" abilities leave a lot to be desired and earn him the nickname "Sugarfoot", ... See full summary »

Stars: Will Hutchins, Charles Fredericks, Don 'Red' Barry, Terry Frost

Votes: 297

43. The Guns of Will Sonnett (1967–1969)

30 min | Western

An old former Army scout and his grandson search the west for the man's son, a gunfighter on the run.

Stars: Walter Brennan, Dack Rambo, Jason Evers, Chuck Horne

Votes: 332

44. Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (1951–1958)

30 min | Western

Hickok rode Buckshot and 300-pound Jingles rode Joker. Jingles described Hickok as "the bravest, Strongest, fightingest U.S. Marshal in the whole West." And that's about it: he beat up all the bad guys and somehow kept his good looks.

Stars: Guy Madison, Andy Devine, Sam Flint, William Haade

Votes: 142

45. Tales of the Texas Rangers (1955–1959)

30 min | Family, Western

Typical western with a twist. The two stars appeared as Texas Rangers but in a different scenario each program. One week, they might be Rangers in the 1840s and the next week they would be ... See full summary »

Stars: Willard Parker, Harry Lauter, William Boyett, Stanley Andrews

Votes: 78

46. Stoney Burke (1962–1963)

60 min | Drama, Sport, Western

Stoney Burke is a rodeo rider who wants to win the Golden Buckle, the award to the world's champion saddle bronco rider. He didn't win it, but he encountered a considerable amount of ... See full summary »

Stars: Jack Lord, Warren Oates, Robert Dowdell, Bill Hart

Votes: 126

47. Sergeant Preston of the Yukon (1955–1958)

30 min | Action, Western

Canadian Mountie Sgt. Preston patrols the wilds of the Yukon with his horse Rex and his faithful dog Yukon King, battling both the elements and criminals.

Stars: Dick Simmons, Yukon King, Vic Perrin, Rex

Votes: 278

48. The Restless Gun (1957–1959)

TV-PG | 30 min | Western

The adventures of Vint Bonner, a cowboy in the post Civil War era.

Stars: John Payne, Dan Blocker, Jeanne Bates, Stuart Randall

Votes: 148

49. Laramie (1959–1963)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

It is the 1870s in the Wyoming Territory, Slim Sherman and his fourteen-year-old brother Andy try to hang on to their ranch after their father's death.

Stars: Robert Fuller, John Smith, Spring Byington, Dennis Holmes

Votes: 763

50. Hec Ramsey (1972–1974)

90 min | Western