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The Rifleman (TV Series 1958–1963) Poster

(1958–1963)

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Spin-off 

Law of the Plainsman (1959) (TV Series)
Michael Ansara played his "Plainsman" character in two episodes of "The Rifleman" prior to the debut of this series.

Referenced in 

Hollywood and the Stars: They Went That-a-way (1963) (TV Episode)
Tie-in game shown
Here's Lucy: Lucy and Chuck Connors Have a Surprise Slumber Party (1973) (TV Episode)
Lucy tells Connors she has seen the reruns three and four times.
The Jeffersons: George's Old Girlfriend (1984) (TV Episode)
Helen and Tom are arguing over how many shots are fired in the opening credits of The Rifleman
The A-Team: Sheriffs of Rivertown (1984) (TV Episode)
Murdock says "I saw every TV Western and never missed a rerun of 'the Rifleman'".
Webster: Katherine Fights City Hall (1984) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by name.
BraveStarr: To Walk a Mile (1987) (TV Episode)
The father and son in this story are named after the Chuck Connors and Johnny Crawford characters, respectively.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Mitchell (1993) (TV Episode)
Joel: Hey, Lucas McCain lives here.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Village of the Giants (1994) (TV Episode)
Crow: Lucas McCain, that's his kid.
Due South: Pilot (1994) (TV Episode)
Reference to Chuck Connors
North (1994)
Gabby (as the Cowboy) uses the exact same rifle.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Bloodlust! (1994) (TV Episode)
Servo: Lucas McCain's Armoir
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Last of the Wild Horses (1994) (TV Episode)
Tom: "We're filmin' 'The Rifleman' up here."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Projected Man (1998) (TV Episode)
Tom: "What is this, 'The Rifleman' now?"
Ed: The World of Possibility (2000) (TV Episode)
Ed mentions the show by name.
An Opera of Violence (2003) (Video)
mentioned once
Sam Peckinpah's West: Legacy of a Hollywood Renegade (2004) (TV Movie)
the show is mentioned and stills are shown
Mobsters and Mormons (2005)
Michael mentions Chuck Connors, "the Rifleman," to Carmine.
Cinematic Titanic: Legacy of Blood (2008) (Video)
Trace: Why are they playing the background music from the Rifleman
Psych: The Polarizing Express (2010) (TV Episode)
Shawn says that Henry "still watches reruns of 'The Rifleman.'"
Pioneers of Television: Westerns (2011) (TV Episode)
Sam Peckinpah is a pioneer of television westerns with "The Rifleman".

Featured in 

The Movie Orgy (1968)
Brief clip of Chuck Connors and Johnny Crawford
Saturday Night Live: Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas/The Bus Boys (1983) (TV Episode)
Clip shown as Gerry Todd introduces 'The Riffleman Channel'
Television: The First Fifty Years (1999) (Video)
Clips shown.
Longhorns (2011)
A clip is shown during the opening credits with Chuck Connors firing his rifle.
The Roth Show: The New York City Way (2014) (TV Episode)
Clip shown during "don't piss me off" montage
The Confirmation (2016)
Walt and Anthony watch on TV the scene from an episode in which Mark asks Lucas about hussies.

Spoofed in 

The Simpsons: A Tale of Two Springfields (2000) (TV Episode)
"The Mayor" segment is a spoof of the opening to "The Rifleman".

See also

Trivia | Goofs | Crazy Credits | Quotes | Alternate Versions | Soundtracks

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