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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
Gunsmoke James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake 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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Bonanza is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
Bonanza Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker 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) 3 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
Rawhide Clint Eastwood, John Ireland, Charles Gray 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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The Rifleman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
The Rifleman Chuck Connors, Johnny Crawford, Paul Fix 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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Deadwood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
Deadwood Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker Deadwood is an American western television series created, produced, and largely written by David Milch and aired on the premium cable network HBO from March 21, 2004, to August 27, 2006, ...more

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Wanted: Dead or Alive is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
Wanted: Dead or Alive Steve McQueen 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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The Virginian is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
The Virginian Doug McClure, James Drury, Lee J. Cobb 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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Kung Fu is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
Kung Fu David Carradine, Keye Luke, Radames Pera 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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Cheyenne is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
Cheyenne Clint Walker, Russ McCubbin 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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Maverick is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
Maverick Jack Kelly, James Garner, Roger Moore 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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Have Gun – Will Travel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
Have Gun – Will Travel Richard Boone, Kam Tong, Hal Needham 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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Wagon Train is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
Wagon Train Frank McGrath, Terry Wilson, Robert Horton 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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The Lone Ranger is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
The Lone Ranger Jay Silverheels, Clayton Moore, John Hart The Lone Ranger is the central character of an American animated television series that ran 26 episodes on CBS from September 10, 1966, to September 6, 1969. The series was produced by Herb ...more

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The Big Valley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
The Big Valley Richard Long, Peter Breck, Lee Majors The Big Valley is an American western television series which ran on ABC from September 15, 1965, to May 19, 1969. The show stars Barbara Stanwyck, as the widow of a wealthy nineteenth century ...more

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The Wild Wild West is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
The Wild Wild West Agnes Moorehead, Robert Conrad, Ross Martin The Wild Wild West is an American television series that ran on CBS for four seasons from September 17, 1965 to April 4, 1969. Two television movies were made with the original cast in 1979 and ...more

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Daniel Boone is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
Daniel Boone Fess Parker, Patricia Blair, Darby Hinton Daniel Boone is an American action-adventure television series starring Fess Parker as Daniel Boone that aired from September 24, 1964 to September 10, 1970 on NBC for 165 episodes, and was made ...more

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Davy Crockett is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
Davy Crockett Fess Parker, Buddy Ebsen, Kenneth Tobey 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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How the West Was Won is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
How the West Was Won Eva Marie Saint, James Arness, Fionnula Flanagan 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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The High Chaparral is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
The High Chaparral Leif Erickson, Cameron Mitchell, Henry Darrow 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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Lawman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
Lawman Peggie Castle, Peter Brown, Barbara Lang 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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Tales of Wells Fargo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
Tales of Wells Fargo William Demarest, Dale Robertson, Virginia Christine 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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Zorro is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
RichardPenceSr added Zorro Guy Williams, Gene Sheldon, George J. Lewis Zorro is an American action-adventure western drama series produced by Walt Disney Productions. Based on the well-known Zorro character, the series premiered on October 10, 1957 on ABC. The ...more

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The Sacketts is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
The Sacketts Tom Selleck, Glenn Ford, Jack Elam 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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Laramie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
Laramie Hoagy Carmichael, Robert Fuller, Spring Byington 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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Little House on the Prairie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
FranciscodeSouza added Little House on the Prairie Melissa Gilbert, Michael Landon, Lindsay Greenbush 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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Bret Maverick is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
Bret Maverick James Garner, Stuart Margolin, Ramon Bieri Bret Maverick is a 1981-82 American Western television series starring James Garner in the role that made him famous in the 1957 series created by Roy Huggins and entitled Maverick: a ...more

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Branded is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
Branded Chuck Connors, Chuck Hamilton, William Bryant Branded is an American Western series which aired on NBC from 1965 through 1966, sponsored by Procter & Gamble in its Sunday night 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time period, and starred Chuck Connors as ...more

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Hell on Wheels is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
WOOD BREAKER added Hell on Wheels Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Robin McLeavy Hell on Wheels is a 2011 TV film directed by David Von Ancken.

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The Lone Ranger is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
The Lone Ranger The Lone Ranger is a fictional masked former Texas Ranger who fought outlaws in the American Old West with his native American friend, Tonto. The character has been called an enduring icon of ...more

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The Rebel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
The Rebel Nick Adams 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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The Life and Legend of Wyatt E... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp John Anderson, Hugh O'Brian, Denver Pyle The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp was the first western television series written for adults, premiering four days before Gunsmoke on September 6, 1955. It is loosely based on the life of ...more

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Death Valley Days is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
Death Valley Days Ronald Reagan, Dale Robertson, Stanley Andrews Death Valley Days is an American radio and television anthology series featuring true stories of the old American West, particularly the Death Valley area. Created in 1930 by Ruth Woodman, the ...more

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F Troop is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
F Troop Forrest Tucker, Larry Storch, Ken Berry F Troop is a satirical American television sitcom about U.S. soldiers and American Indians in the Wild West during the 1860s that originally aired for two seasons on ABC-TV. It debuted in the ...more

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Alias Smith and Jones is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
Alias Smith and Jones Ben Murphy, Roger Davis, Pete Duel Alias Smith and Jones is an American Western series that originally aired on ABC from January 1971 to January 1973. It stars Pete Duel as Hannibal Heyes and Ben Murphy as Jedediah ...more

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Longmire is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
bbell1978 added Longmire Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips “Longmire,” a contemporary crime thriller set in Big Sky country, is based on the Walt Longmire Mystery novels by best-selling author Craig Johnson. The series stars Australian actor Robert ...more

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The Guns of Will Sonnett is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
The Guns of Will Sonnett Walter Brennan, Dack Rambo, Jason Evers The Guns of Will Sonnett is a Western television series set in the 1870s which ran on the ABC television network from 1967 to 1969. The series was the first production collaboration between ...more

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Godless is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
iknowwhatawesternis added Godless Jeff Daniels, Jack O'Connell, Michelle Dockery Godless (Netflix, 2017) is an American drama series created by Scott Frank. Roy Goode (Jack O'Connell) is an outlaw on the run from his former boss, the outlaw Frank Griffin (Jeff Daniels), who ...more

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Grizzly Adams is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
Grizzly Adams Dan Haggerty, Denver Pyle, Bozo the Bear The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams is a 1974 independent feature film inspired by a 1972 historical fiction novella written by Charles E. Sellier Jr.. The film's popularity led to a hit NBC ...more

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Bat Masterson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
Bat Masterson Gene Barry 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 Cisco Kid is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
The Cisco Kid Leo Carrillo, Duncan Renaldo The Cisco Kid is a half-hour American Western television series starring Duncan Renaldo in the title role, The Cisco Kid, and Leo Carrillo as the jovial sidekick, Pancho. Cisco and Pancho were ...more

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The Magnificent Seven is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
The Magnificent Seven Alexa Vega, Ron Perlman, Laurie Holden The Magnificent Seven is an American western television series based on the 1960 movie, which was itself a remake of Japanese classic Seven Samurai. The series aired between 1998 and 2000. The ...more

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The Roy Rogers Show is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
The Roy Rogers Show Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Reed Howes The Roy Rogers Show is an American Western television series that broadcast one hundred episodes on NBC for six seasons between December 30, 1951 and June 9, 1957. The show starred Roy Rogers as ...more

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Laredo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
Laredo William Smith, Peter Brown, Neville Brand Laredo is an American Western television series that aired on NBC from September 16, 1965, to April 7, 1967. Laredo stars Neville Brand, William Smith, Peter Brown, and Philip Carey as Texas ...more

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Hopalong Cassidy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
Hopalong Cassidy Edgar Buchanan, William Boyd

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The Cisco Kid is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
The Cisco Kid Duncan Renaldo, Leo Carrillo The Cisco Kid is a fictional character found in numerous film, radio, television and comic book series based on the fictional Western character created by O. Henry in his 1907 short story ...more

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Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Jane Seymour, Joe Lando, Chad Allen Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman is an American Western drama series created by Beth Sullivan and starring Jane Seymour who plays Dr. Michaela "Mike" Quinn, a physician who leaves Boston in ...more

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The Son is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
iknowwhatawesternis added The Son Pierce Brosnan, Henry Garrett, Zahn McClarnon The Son (AMC, 2017) is a western drama television series based on the book of the same name by Philipp Meyer.

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The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin Lee Aaker, James Brown, Rin Tin Tin II The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin is an American children's television program. Beginning in October 1954 until May 1959, 166 episodes originally aired on ABC television network. It starred child ...more

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Cimarron Strip is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
Cimarron Strip Stuart Whitman, Percy Herbert, Randy Boone Cimarron Strip is an American Western television series that aired on CBS from September 1967 to March 1968. Starring Stuart Whitman as Marshal Jim Crown, the series was produced by the creators ...more

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The Young Riders is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
The Young Riders Stephen Baldwin, Josh Brolin, Ty Miller The Young Riders is an American Western television series created by Ed Spielman that presents a fictionalized account of a group of young Pony Express riders based at the Sweetwater Station in ...more