This show was unique because it was the only Western anthology on television at the time. Anthologies were popular on early television and were the equivalent of today's television movies. Because of this format, it attracted many stars who wanted to appear on it.
This show was originally developed to be adaptations of short stories and novels by Western author Zane Grey. However, the material ran out (the books were far too long for a half-hour show), and later original material was commissioned.