The adventures of a Wild West rancher wielding a customized rapid fire Winchester rifle and his son.
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Airs Sat. Sep. 22, 6:20 AM on AMC

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5   4   3   2   1  
1963   1962   1961   1960   1959   1958  
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Chuck Connors ...  Lucas McCain / ... 168 episodes, 1958-1963
Johnny Crawford ...  Mark McCain 168 episodes, 1958-1963
Paul Fix ...  Micah Torrance / ... 151 episodes, 1958-1963
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Storyline

Widower Lucas McCain can fire a round with his specially modified Winchester in three-tenths of a second. Added to his high moral code and resolve enable him to help Marshal Micah Torrance maintain order in town while raising his son, Mark, on a ranch near North Fork, New Mexico. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Genres:

Family | Western

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El hombre del rifle See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(168 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Doc Burrage was played by several different actors over the years, sometimes by more than one actor in a season. See more »

Goofs

Lucas McCain's rifle is a modified 1892 .44-40 Winchester, even though the series clearly establishes itself in the 1880s. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Mark McCain: Pa!
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Connections

Referenced in BraveStarr: To Walk a Mile (1987) See more »

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200 channels on cable TV.....and nothing comes close this old show
12 May 2011 | by blakeneydSee all my reviews

I'm 43 and have loved this show since I was a kid - and it was in reruns then. It's special in so many ways.

The open affection between father and son (a rarity in the '50's). The moral lessons that are woven into the narrative - without seeming preachy. The faith in the basic decency and goodness of people. The urge to help others out, even if there isn't an obvious reward. The humor, the heart, and the warmth of the principal characters (all wonderfully played by the actors who give them life).

In addition to this, there's the writing! I tend to drift with modern shows, even my favorites - but I always pay attention when I'm watching The Riflemen. TV writers could learn something from this show which presented all of the above qualities *and* an engaging entertaining story, lasting only about half an hour.

No, it's not reality - or even realism - and thank God! I've had enough of that after an 8 hour day. Keep your Housewives of Whatever! And your LO:SVU! Give me the Rifleman any day!


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