The 20 Best Classic TV Western Series From The 50s And 60s

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“It’s like the Wild West, the internet,” said comedian Steven Wright. “There are no rules.”

Remember Zorro and The Lone Ranger? What about the iconic shootout in The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp or the Ponderosa ranch from Bonanza?

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Well, the internet, let’s take you back to the Wild West with the best classic western television series from arguably the two best decades the U.S. has ever experienced: the 50s and 60s.

1. Daniel Boone

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Daniel Boone was a follow-up to the Davy Crockett series brought to you by Walt Disney way back when and featured adventures of the explorer Daniel Boone in the 1770s.

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NBC was where the series aired for six seasons with 165 episodes.

2. Sugarfoot

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Sugarfoot shares the story of law school graduate Tom Brewster. He has a lack of cowboy skills that earn him the nickname “Sugarfoot,” (sort of like “Tenderfoot” but he keeps on trying in the wild west.

The series started in 1957 and ran for four seasons and 69 episodes.

3. The High Chaparral

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The High Chaparral is about a High Chaparral Ranch in Arizona, run by the Cannon family who wants to raise cattle against the wishes of the locals.

The western aired in 1967 and for four seasons and 97 episodes before getting canceled.

4. The Roy Rogers Show

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The Roy Rogers Show was about ranch owner Roy Rogers, his wife Dale Evans and the Eureka Cafe in the town of Mineral City.

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The western series only had one season and 23 episodes on NBC starting in 1951.

5. The Lone Ranger

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The Lone Ranger was about a man in a black mask (George Trendle) dedicated to helping others as he rode on his horse across the wild west accompanied by his best friend Tonto, played by Jay Silverheel.

The series, packed with gunfights and streets brawls and upholding the slogan “Truth and Justice,” ran for 13 seasons on NBC beginning in 1949.

The Lone Ranger was about a man in a black mask (George Trendle) dedicated to helping others as he rode on his horse across the wild west accompanied by his best friend Tonto, played by Jay Silverheel.

The series, packed with gunfights and streets brawls and upholding the slogan “Truth and Justice,” ran for 13 seasons on NBC beginning in 1949.

6. The Wild Wild West

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The Wild Wild West was just that — a story of two Secret Services agents working for the government in. They often used funny and cool gizmos and gadgets.

The action-packed, science fiction western started in 1965. It continued for four seasons and had 104 episodes.

7. The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp

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The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp is about a guy who uses his huge pistols and many sidekicks to enforce the law — featuring a famous shootout at the location known as the O.K. Corral.

The series began in 1955. It went on for six seasons and 227 episodes.

8. Zorro

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Zorro tells the tale of the masked swordsman Don Diego de la Vega who opposes corrupt tyrants in Spanish California under the identity of Zorro.

The western aired in 1957. It was canceled after three seasons and 82 episodes.

9. Laramie

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Laramie takes place in the 1870s in Wyoming where Slim Sherman and his brother Andy try and run their father’s ranch after he died. The brothers run a stagecoach station near Laramie with their friend, Jess Harper.

The series, which highlighted the importance of friendship, broadcasted for four seasons and 124 episodes starting in 1959.

10. 26 Men

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26 Men told the true stories of rangers in Arizona around 1900.

It began in 1957 but only lasted for two seasons — however, there were a whopping 78 episodes.

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