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Pioneers of Television

Westerns (Season 2, Episode 2)
TV Episode | Documentary, History

This episodes reviews various contributions to the western genre on early US television. Maverick, starring 'James Garner' was an early success and noted for its humor. The Rifleman was created by Sam Peckinpah, later noted for his more ...See moreThis episodes reviews various contributions to the western genre on early US television. Maverick, starring 'James Garner' was an early success and noted for its humor. The Rifleman was created by Sam Peckinpah, later noted for his more violent take on westerns. It starred Chuck Connors as a single parent raising his young son. Bonanza with Lorne Greene as a rich rancher with three grown sons was noted for never having a permanent female character. The Big Valley on the other hand was noted for its strong female characters played by Barbara Stanwyck and Linda Evans. The Wild Wild West starring Robert Conrad was noted for it's sometimes bizarre story lines and although still very popular, was canceled in 1969 when the US government began a campaign against violence on TV. The High Chaparral had several Latino actors in key roles and Daniel Boone included many African-American actors when few were to be found on US television. Gunsmoke, perhaps the granddaddy of them all, featured James Arness as a US Marshall who rarely used his gun at all. Written by garykmcd See less
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Director
Steve Boettcher (as Steven J. Boettcher)
Producers
Steve Boettcher (as Steven J. Boettcher) | Mike Trinklein (as Michael J. Trinklein)
Cinematographer
Steve Boettcher (as Steven J. Boettcher)
Status
Edit Released
Updated Jan 25, 2011

Release date
Jan 25, 2011 (United States)

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45 cast members
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Kelsey Grammer
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James Garner
Himself Himself   See fewer
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Ed Ames
Himself Himself   See fewer
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Linda Evans
Herself / Audra Barkley from the Big Valley Herself / Audra Barkley from the Big Valley   See fewer
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Veronica Cartwright
Herself / Jemima Boone from Daniel Boone Herself / Jemima Boone from Daniel Boone   See fewer
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Roosevelt Grier
Himself / Gabe Cooper from Daniel Boone (as Rosey Grier) Himself / Gabe Cooper from Daniel Boone (as Rosey Grier)   See fewer
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Ernest Borgnine
Himself Himself   See fewer
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Robert Conrad
Himself / James West from Wild Wild West Himself / James West from Wild Wild West   See fewer
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Robert Culp
Himself Himself   See fewer
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Johnny Crawford
Himself / Mark McCain from Rifleman Himself / Mark McCain from Rifleman   See fewer
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Darby Hinton
Himself / Israel Boone from Daniel Boone Himself / Israel Boone from Daniel Boone   See fewer
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Henry Darrow
Himself / Manolito Montoya from High Chaparral Himself / Manolito Montoya from High Chaparral   See fewer
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Peter Graves
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Stefanie Powers
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Pat Crowley
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Mitch Vogel
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Adam West
Himself Himself   See fewer
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Chuck McCann
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Martin Landau
Himself Himself   See fewer
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Mike Connors
Himself Himself   See fewer
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James Arness
Himself / Marshal Matt Dillon from Gunsmoke Himself / Marshal Matt Dillon from Gunsmoke   See fewer
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Dennis Weaver
Himself / Dep. Chester Goode from Gunsmoke (archive footage) Himself / Dep. Chester Goode from Gunsmoke (archive footage)   See fewer
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Angie Dickinson
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Buddy Ebsen
Himself (archive footage) Himself (archive footage)   See fewer
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Fess Parker
Himself / Daniel Boone from Daniel Boone Himself / Daniel Boone from Daniel Boone   See fewer
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Amanda Blake
Kitty Russell from Gunsmoke (archive footage) Kitty Russell from Gunsmoke (archive footage)   See fewer
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Dan Blocker
Himself / Hoss Cartwright from Bonanza (archive footage) Himself / Hoss Cartwright from Bonanza (archive footage)   See fewer
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Peter Breck
Nick Barkley from Big Valley (archive footage) Nick Barkley from Big Valley (archive footage)   See fewer
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Leo Carrillo
Pancho from Cisco Kid (archive footage) Pancho from Cisco Kid (archive footage)   See fewer
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Chuck Connors
Himself / Lucas McCain from Rifleman (archive footage) Himself / Lucas McCain from Rifleman (archive footage)   See fewer
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William Conrad
Marshal Matt Dillon from Radio's Gunsmoke (voice) (archive footage) Marshal Matt Dillon from Radio's Gunsmoke (voice) (archive footage)   See fewer
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Lorne Greene
Himself / Ben Cartwright from Bonanza (archive footage) Himself / Ben Cartwright from Bonanza (archive footage)   See fewer
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Michael Landon
Himself / Joe Cartwright from Bonanza (archive footage) Himself / Joe Cartwright from Bonanza (archive footage)   See fewer
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Lee Majors
Heath Barkley from Big Valley (archive footage) Heath Barkley from Big Valley (archive footage)   See fewer
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Ross Martin
Himself / Artemus Gordon from Wild Wild West (archive footage) Himself / Artemus Gordon from Wild Wild West (archive footage)   See fewer
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Dan 'Dice' Narciso
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Josh Pilsbury
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Duncan Renaldo
The Cisco Kid from Cisco Kid (archive footage) The Cisco Kid from Cisco Kid (archive footage)   See fewer
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Burt Reynolds
Quint Asper from Gunsmoke (archive footage) Quint Asper from Gunsmoke (archive footage)   See fewer
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Pernell Roberts
Adam Cartwright from Bonanza (archive footage) Adam Cartwright from Bonanza (archive footage)   See fewer
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Barbara Stanwyck
Herself / Victoria Barkley from the Big Valley (archive footage) Herself / Victoria Barkley from the Big Valley (archive footage)   See fewer
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Milburn Stone
Doc Adams from Gunsmoke (archive footage) Doc Adams from Gunsmoke (archive footage)   See fewer
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Tobias Tolnay
Himself (archive footage) Himself (archive footage)   See fewer
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Peter Whitney
Guest Star on Gunsmoke (archive footage) Guest Star on Gunsmoke (archive footage)   See fewer
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7.3 / 10 | 42 votes