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The Best Western TV Shows 

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List Rules Only TV shows set in the wild west.

The very best western shows on TV feature horses, guns, dirt, crime, lassos, and more! This list of the greatest western shows, ranked best to worst, also includes pictures from the shows when available. Popular western TV shows have been a staple of television since the early days of the silver screen--some of the very first programs to gain popularity. So vote up your favorite western TV shows or add any that aren't already on the list.

Shows set in the Wild West have declined in popularity over the last few decades, but plenty of people still go back and watch reruns of shows such as Gunsmoke and Bonanza. One of the most popular shows of the last few years set in the west is Deadwood, which is about a mining town in the years after the Civil War. If it is one of your favorite western TV shows, then vote it up so more people will watch it. Eventually, it may lead to more Wild West TV shows being produced.

Many of the programs on this list of the best western TV shows are from decades past, and that needs to be changed. Let others know just how great TV shows set in the west are and hopefully more will be made. If you're just wondering what the best western TV shows are, then just look at the list below.

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Gunsmoke is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

Premiered: 1955

Gunsmoke is an American radio and television Western drama series created by director Norman Macdonnell and writer John Meston. The stories take place in and around Dodge City, Kansas, during ...more

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The Virginian is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
Doug McClure, James Drury, Lee J. Cobb

Premiered: 1962

The Virginian is an American Western television series starring James Drury and Doug McClure which aired on NBC from 1962 to 1971 for a total of 249 episodes. It was a spin-off from a 1958 ...more

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The Rifleman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
Chuck Connors, Johnny Crawford, Paul Fix

Premiered: 1958

The Rifleman is an American Western television program starring Chuck Connors as rancher Lucas McCain and Johnny Crawford as his son, Mark McCain. It was set in the 1870s and 1880s in the town ...more

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Bonanza is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker

Premiered: 1959

Bonanza is an NBC television western series that ran from September 12, 1959, to January 16, 1973. Lasting 14 seasons and 430 episodes, it ranks as the second longest running western series, and ...more

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Rawhide is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
Clint Eastwood, John Ireland, Charles Gray

Premiered: 1959

Rawhide is an American Western TV series starring Eric Fleming and Clint Eastwood that aired for eight seasons on the CBS network on Friday nights, from January 9, 1959 to September 3, 1965, ...more

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Cheyenne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
Cheyenne Clint Walker, Russ McCubbin

Premiered: 1955

Cheyenne is an American western television series of 108 black-and-white episodes broadcast on ABC from 1955 to 1963. The show was the first hour-long western, and in fact the first hour-long ...more

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Have Gun – Will Travel ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
Richard Boone, Kam Tong, Hal Needham

Premiered: 1957

Have Gun – Will Travel is an American Western television series that aired on CBS from 1957 through 1963. It was rated number three or number four in the Nielsen ratings every year of its first ...more

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Deadwood is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker

Premiered: 2004

Deadwood (HBO, 2004) is an American Western television series created by David Milch. In 1870s South Dakota, residents of Deadwood are involved in all sorts of corruption, crime, and secrets.

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The High Chaparral is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
Leif Erickson, Cameron Mitchell, Henry Darrow

Premiered: 1967

The High Chaparral is an American Western-themed television series starring Leif Erickson and Cameron Mitchell, which aired on NBC from 1967 to 1971. The series, made by Xanadu Productions in ...more

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Wagon Train is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
Frank McGrath, Terry Wilson, Robert Horton

Premiered: 1957

Wagon Train is an American Western series that ran on NBC 1957–62 and then on ABC 1962–65, although the network also aired daytime repeats, as Major Adams, Trailmaster and Trailmaster, from ...more

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Maverick is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
Jack Kelly, James Garner, Roger Moore

Premiered: 1957

Maverick is an American Western television series with comedic overtones created by Roy Huggins. The show ran from September 22, 1957 to July 8, 1962 on ABC and stars James Garner as Bret ...more

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Wanted: Dead or Alive is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
Steve McQueen

Premiered: 1958

Wanted: Dead or Alive is an American Western television series starring Steve McQueen as the bounty hunter Josh Randall. It aired on CBS for three seasons in 1958–61. The black-and-white program ...more
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Tales of Wells Fargo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
William Demarest, Dale Robertson, Virginia Christine

Premiered: 1957

Tales of Wells Fargo is an American Western television series starring Dale Robertson that ran from March 18, 1957, to June 2, 1962, on NBC. Produced by Revue Productions, the series aired in a ...more
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Laramie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
Hoagy Carmichael, Robert Fuller, Spring Byington

Premiered: 1959

Laramie is an American Western television series that aired on NBC from 1959 to 1963. A Revue Studios production, the program originally starred John Smith as Slim Sherman, Robert Fuller as Jess ...more
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Lawman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
Peggie Castle, Peter Brown, Barbara Lang

Premiered: 1958

Lawman is an American western television series originally telecast on ABC from 1958 to 1962 starring John Russell as Marshal Dan Troop and featuring Peter Brown as Deputy Marshal Johnny McKay. ...more
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Kung Fu is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
David Carradine, Keye Luke, Radames Pera

Premiered: 1972

Kung Fu is an American action-adventure martial arts western drama television series starring David Carradine. The series aired on ABC from October 1972 to April 1975 for a total of 63 episodes. ...more

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Hopalong Cassidy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
Edgar Buchanan, William Boyd

Premiered: 1952

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Davy Crockett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
Fess Parker, Buddy Ebsen, Kenneth Tobey

Premiered: 1954

Davy Crockett is a five-part serial which aired on ABC in one-hour episodes on the Disneyland series. The series stars Fess Parker as real-life frontiersman Davy Crockett and Buddy Ebsen as his ...more
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Hell on Wheels is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
WOOD BREAKER added Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Robin McLeavy

Premiered: 2011

Hell on Wheels (AMC, 2011) is an American/Canadian Western television series created by Joe and Tony Gayton. Hell-bent on revenge, a former Confederate soldier (Anson Mount) joins the Union ...more

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The Sacketts is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
Tom Selleck, Glenn Ford, Jack Elam

Premiered: 1979

The made-for-television western The Sacketts combines the plotlines from two seperate Louis L'Amour novels, The Daybreakers and The Sacketts. In this film, the three Tennessee-raised Sackett ...more
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Little House on the Prai... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
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Premiered: 2005

Little House on the Prairie, also known as Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie, is a five-hour miniseries which was broadcast on ABC as part of The Wonderful World of Disney ...more

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Bat Masterson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
Gene Barry

Premiered: 1958

Bat Masterson is an American Western television series which showed a fictionalized account of the life of real-life marshal/gambler/dandy Bat Masterson. The title character was played by Gene ...more
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The Wild Wild West is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
Agnes Moorehead, Robert Conrad, Ross Martin

Premiered: 1965

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The Rebel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
Nick Adams

Premiered: 1959

The Rebel is a 76-episode American western television series starring Nick Adams that debuted on the ABC network from 1959 to 1961. The Rebel was one of the few Goodson-Todman Productions ...more
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How the West Was Won is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
Eva Marie Saint, James Arness, Fionnula Flanagan

Premiered: 1976

How the West Was Won is an American western television series that starred James Arness, Eva Marie Saint, Fionnula Flanagan, Bruce Boxleitner, and Richard Kiley. Loosely based on the 1962 ...more

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