Classic Western Series on Network TV in the 1950s(listed chronologically)
The Lone Ranger (1949-1957)Clayton Moore as the Lone Ranger, (horse:Silver), Jay Silverheels as Tonto.
Hopalong Cassidy (1949-1951)William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy, (horse:Topper),Edgar Buchanan.
The Gene Autry Show (1950-1956)Gene Autry, (horse:Champion),Pat Buttram.
The Roy Rogers Show (1951-1957)Roy Rogers, (horse:Trigger),Dale Evans, Pat Brady.
Sky King (1951-1954)Kirby Grant as Sky King, Gloria Winters as Penny, Ron Hagerthy as Clipper.
Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1955 – 1961)Hugh O’Brien. Based on a colorful, factual U.S. Marshall, with his over-sized pistols, the series developed its characters in Kansas then Arizona over six years in a continuing story.
Cheyenne (1955 – 1963)Clint Walker, L.Q. Jones. Cheyenne Bodie was a tall, strapping Western adventurer drifting from job to job and encountering villains and gunfights in this first hour-long western series.
Gunsmoke (1956 – 1975)James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Dennis Weaver. In this long-running western series, resolute, determined, Matt Dillon is the Marshall in Dodge City, Kansas in 1873.
Wagon Train (1957 – 1965)Ward Bond, Robert Horton, Terry Wilson. A California-bound wagon train, in post-civil war days, started out each season from St. Joseph, MO, as it heads through the plains, deserts, and mountains.
Have Gun—Will Travel (1957 – 1963)Richard Boone. Dressed all in black, Paladin was an intimidating, college- educated, gunslinger available for hire. Unlike other westerns, entire episodes were filmed outdoors on location.
Maverick (1957 – 1962)James Garner, Jack Kelly. Wisecracking ladies’ man, well-dressed gambler, and traveling cardsharp, Bret Maverick, was joined by his brother, Bart, in this western with a sense of humor.
Tales of Wells Fargo (1957 – 1962)Dale Robertson. Agent Jim Hardie was a troubleshooter and left-handed gunman, fighting criminals who preyed on Wells Fargo shipments and passengers, in the 1870s and 1880s.
Sugarfoot (1957 – 1961)Will Hutchins. Exploits of a young correspondence-school law student who rode west with a law book and rifle in search of adventure. His lack of cowboy skills earned him the nickname ‘Sugarfoot.’
The Rifleman (1958 – 1963)Chuck Connors, Johnny Crawford. A homesteader in the Old West must handle desperadoes while, at the same time, the widowed parent, struggles to make a man of his motherless son.
The Lawman (1958 – 1962)John Russell, Peter Brown. The long arm of the law, seasoned Marshall Dan Troop of Laramie, Wyoming, and his young, nineteen-year-old deputy, Johnny McKay, brought desperadoes to justice.
Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958 – 1961)Steve McQueen. Not bound by constraints that hamper lawmen, bounty hunter, Josh Randall, a man of few words, could draw and fire his Winchester carbine rifle with blazing speed.
The Texan (1958 – 1960)Rory Calhoun. This Confederate captain from the Civil War was a fast gun, a loyal and devoted friend, and a mortal enemy to those who broke the law or harassed people he felt close to.
Bat Masterson (1958 – 1961)Gene Barry. Preferring to use his wits and gold-topped cane to disarm opponents, dandy Bat Masterson was a debonair lawman who protected the wrongly accused and charmed the ladies.
Bonanza (1959 – 1973)Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker, Pernell Roberts. The prosperous, all- male, Cartwright family of ranchers must protect their Ponderosa Ranch in this second-longest western on TV.
Rawhide (1959 – 1966)Clint Eastwood, Eric Fleming, Sheb Wooley. Trail boss Gil Favor and right hand man Rowdy Yates organize and run communal cattle drives across the country. Frankie Laine sang the theme song.