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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
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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1,301 780
Bonanza is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
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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1,321 680
The Rifleman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
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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Rawhide is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
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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Deadwood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
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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1,109 520
The Virginian is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
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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Have Gun – Will Travel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
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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980 590
Wanted: Dead or Alive is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
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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Maverick is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
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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980 575
Cheyenne is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
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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787 592
Kung Fu is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
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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859 730
Wagon Train is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
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 Big Valley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
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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667 698
The Lone Ranger is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
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 Wild Wild West is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
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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528 491
Daniel Boone is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
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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713 555
The High Chaparral is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
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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594 307
Tales of Wells Fargo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
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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599 317
Lawman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
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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597 437
Davy Crockett is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
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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389 220
The Sacketts is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
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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615 458
Laramie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
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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521 393
How the West Was Won is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
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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421 395
Zorro is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
RichardPenceSr added 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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401 310
Bret Maverick is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Western TV Shows
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