98% of people can't name these Classic TV Westerns from an image! Can you?

By: Craig

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Classic TV Westerns really hit their mark in the 1950s and 1960s when hundreds of shows were aired. All that makes up a western is a series that portrays characters in America's wild west. How many of these classic westerns can you name from an image?

Running for eight seasons and 284 episodes, "Wagon Train" was a very popular Western series from the late 1950's to the early 1960's. It starred Frank McGrath, Terry Wilson and Ward Bond, who died of a heart attack during the fourth season. Interestingly, Gene Roddenberry, who created "Star Trek," once described it as ''Wagon Train' in space."

Featuring David Carradine, this was a western series with a twist, as it told the story of a Shaolin Monk and his adventures in the Wild West. Of course, he didn't carry a gun. It ran from 1972 to 1975 - three seasons and 63 episodes in all. Originally, Carradine's part was intended for Bruce Lee, but the studio decided on Carradine, citing that they thought audiences were not ready for an Asian actor.

Starring Stuart Whitman as Marshal Jim Crown, "Cimarron Strip" follows his exploits as he tries to bring peace, law, and justice to a territory in Kansas. Unfortunately, it was broadcast in a time frame with stiff competition on other networks, including "Batman,"Daniel Boone," and "Ironside." It only lasted 23 episodes.

A 14-year, 430 episode run makes "Bonanza" the second longest-running Western series to air on television. Only one actor was involved in all of those episodes -- Lorne Green, who played Ben Cartwright. The series also featured Michael Landon, who starred as Little Joe. He went on to star in another favorite Western series, "Little House on the Prairie." Although it was nominated for two Golden Globes, "Bonanza" didn't win. However, it did win an Emmy in 1971.

Starring Jim Davis as railroad detective Matt Clarke, "Stories of the Century" was broadcast for two seasons in the mid-1950's. Many of the action scenes were taken from other Westerns that had been produced by Republic Pictures. The series also featured many of the Wild West's greatest names, including Billy the Kid and Doc Holliday. Davis later went on to play Jock Ewing in the soap opera, "Dallas."

Frontier Doctor first aired in 1958. It tells the story of a doctor at the turn of the 20th Century and his adventures in Arizona, where he solves problems without the need for force. Thirty-nine episodes aired, with country singer Rex Allen taking the lead role.

With his modified Winchester rifle, rancher Lucas McCain (played by Chuck Connors) helps Marshal Micah Torrance keep the peace. At the same time, he must raise his son after being widowed when his wife died of smallpox. The Winchester rifle used in this show was the same used by John Wayne in "Stagecoach." "The Rifleman" ran for five seasons and 138 episodes.

Not only does cowboy Bronco Lane get to wander the old West in this series, he meets a number of historical characters as well. These include Teddy Roosevelt and Billy the Kid. Lane is played by actor Ty Hardin who filled the role for 68 episodes. "Bronco" actually was a spin-off of another Western series, "Cheyenne."

A young marshal from Texas, Buffalo Bill Jr., played by Dickie Jones, must keep law and order while under the watchful eye of Judge Ben Wiley. Wiley adopted Jones and his sister after their parents were murdered when their wagon train was massacred. The series ran for two years and had 42 episodes. It even spawned a comic of the same name.

The longest-running western on TV of all time, "Gunsmoke" ran for an incredible 20 years. In that period, 635 episodes were filmed. Unbelievable as it may seem, James Arness, who played the lead character Matt Dillon, appeared in every single one of them. Dillon, a marshal in Dodge City, must deal with the daily problems facing a lawman in the West. Both William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy (of "Star Trek" fame) appeared in episodes. In fact, Nimoy appeared in four.

With 78 episodes airing from 1957 through 1959, "26 Men" told the true stories of the Rangers of Arizona at the turn of the 20th Century. It starred Tristram Coffin as Captain Tom Rynning and Kelo Henderson as Ranger Clint Travis. A 3-box DVD set of the series was released in 2011.

There have been two versions of Zorro on TV. The first ran from 1957 to 1961 and featured 82 episodes with Guy Williams in the lead role. The second ran from 1990 to 1993 and featured 89 episodes. Here, Duncan Regehr played the role of the masked swordsman. Both tell the story of Don Diego de la Vega and his alter-ego, Zorro, who fight for justice for the people of Pueblo de Los Angeles. Zorro means fox in Spanish.

Following the fortunes of gamblers Bret and Bart Maverick, this TV series comprised 124 episodes over five seasons. Maverick was played by James Garner. His brother Bart was played by Jack Kelly. The two stars would alternate from week to week as the main character in each story, sometimes both appearing in some episodes. A movie with the same name, featuring Mel Gibson as Bret Maverick, was released in 1994. It also starred Jodie Foster.

Running for most of the '50s, "The Adventures of Kit Carson" saw Bill Williams in the lead role, along with Don Diamond as his sidekick, El Toro. They roamed the West, helping out people wherever they could. This series was aimed more at the younger generation. Incidentally, Carson's horse's name was Apache in the series but Goldie in real life. She was owned by actors Jean and Don Harvey.

"The Virginian" ran for nine seasons and 249 episodes in total, the third longest-running Western on TV. It featured Doug McLure and James Drury in the lead roles and aired on NBC between 1962 and 1971. The series was very loosely based on 'The Virginian: Horseman of the Plains,' a book written in 1902 by Owen Wister. For its final season, it was renamed "The Men From Shiloh."

​"The Rebel" tells the story of Johnny Yuma (played by Nick Adams), a Confederate soldier who journeys through the old West after the American Civil War, helping people as he goes. The theme song for this show was sung by country legend Johnny Cash although Adams, who was friends with Elvis Presley, wanted the rock 'n roll singer to sing it instead. The producers thought otherwise. "The Rebel" ran for 76 episodes.

In "The Deputy," which ran for two seasons between 1959 and 1961 (79 episodes in all), Allen Case stars as Clay McCord, an ordinary shopkeeper, and Silver City's deputy who is reluctant to resort to force. Henry Fonda plays Marshal Simon Fry, who is not always in town to fix its problems, leaving McCord to sort out the trouble.

A true TV western classic, "Rawhide" introduces us to Clint Eastwood in the role of Rowdy Yates, a cattleman who helps cattle boss Gil Favor (played by Eric Fleming) move a large herd. It ran for 217 episodes between 1959 and 1965. Of course, at the time, Eastwood was an up and coming actor, while Fleming was the star of the show. Later DVD releases of "Rawhide" are packaged with Eastwood far more prominently featured.

"Shotgun Slade" offered a unique take on the classic TV western. Slade, played by Scott Brady, was not your typical lawman, judge or bounty hunter. He was a private detective who was hired by various individuals to solve cases. And that's not only how the show differed to other westerns. Instead of traditional music associated with the genre, "Shotgun Slade" included jazz music from the period. The show ran for 78 episodes between 1959 and 1961.

A modern TV western that ran for five seasons from 2011 to 2016, "Hell on Wheels" tells the story of Cullen Bohannon, out to get revenge for his wife's death at the hands of Union soldiers. Bohannon is also an engineer working on the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad crossing America, a job that causes his revengeful feelings to take a back seat. Anson Mount plays the role of Bohannon.

Featuring Richard Boone as Paladin, a gunfighter for hire, "Have Gun Will Travel" ran for six successful seasons -- 225 episodes -- from the late 1950s until 1963. It even spawned a successful radio series. Gene Roddenberry, the creator of "Star Trek," was a writer on the show.

Starring John Payne as Vint Bonner, a gunfighter drifting from town to town, "The Restless Gun" aired on NBC from 1957 to 1959. The series was based on a popular radio show from earlier in the decade. It featured James Stewart and was called "The Six Shooter."

"The Guns of Will Sonnett" tells the story of an old scout from the Army who, together with his grandson, looks for his son James Sonnett, a gunfighter. It stars Walter Brennan as Will Sonnett and Dack Rambo as his grandson, Jeff. Both Jack Nicholson and Dennis Hopper appeared in the show as guest stars, each in a single episode.

Set in the San Joaquin Valley in California, this series tells the story of the Barkley family. It ran from 1965 to 1969 and for 122 episodes. "The Big Valley" starred Richard Long, Peter Beck, Lee Majors and Linda Evans. A six-edition comic based on the series was published by Dell Comics.

After he was thrown out of the U.S. Army where he was accused of cowardice, Jason McCord, played by Chuck Connors, drifts through the West trying to prove the opposite and clear his name. "Branded" ran for two seasons and 48 episodes.

Set in the late 1800s, "Deadwood" is a town filled with corruption and crime. And many historical figures turn up there, including Calamity Jane, Wild Bill Hickock, and Wyatt Earp. The show stars Timothy Oliphant, Ian MacShane, and Molly Parker. It ran for three seasons on HBO and won a Golden Globe when MacShane was named Best Actor in a TV drama series.

"Cheyenne" has the distinction as the first Western series to feature hour-long episodes. It tells the story of Cheyenne Brody, wanderer, and adventurer who travels the West dealing with criminals and helping the innocent. Initially, Cheyenne had a sidekick but after just three episodes, the intrepid cowboy went solo.

This TV western from the early '70s features Ben Murphy and Pete Duel as Jed 'Kid' Curry (alias Thaddeus Jones) and Hannibal Heyes (alias Joshua Smith), two popular outlaws granted amnesty if they can keep their noses clean. To help them, they take on new aliases. Sadly, Duel committed suicide in 1971. He was replaced by Roger Davis.

Known as America's favorite cowboy, Gene Autry appeared in a show named after him from 1950 to 1956 - 91 episodes in all. Autry was already established in the Western genre, thanks to a number of film. He simply transferred that role to television, along with his horse, Champion.

This series, which ran from 1952 to 1970 tells various tales and legends of the Old West originating from Death Valley, California. It was hosted by a number of actors, including future President Ronald Reagan and Rosemary DeCamp. The first 11 seasons of the show were filmed in black and white and the next seven in color.

With Melissa Gilbert and Michael Landon in the lead roles, "Little House on the Prairie" was a family favorite in the 1970s and 1980s. An adaptation of the books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, it told the story of the Ingalls family living in Minnesota in the 1880s. A number of actors made guest appearances on the show, including Sean Penn, Ernest Borgnine, and Louis Gosset Jr.

With Gail Davis starring as the legendary sharpshooter, Annie Oakley, this series told a fictional account of her life. lt was set in the town of Diablo where Oakley lived with her young brother. The series was produced by Gene Autry, the Singing Cowboy.

Set on the High Chaparral ranch in Arizona in the 1870s, this series tells the story of the day-to-day running of the Cannon family ranch. It was fairly popular, running for 97 episodes and four seasons. It featured Leif Erickson, Cameron Mitchell, and Linda Cristal.

Tom Brewster, a law graduate played by Will Hutchins, travels to the Old West to seek fame and fortune. The only problem - he is not much of a cowboy. Hence the nickname, 'Sugarfoot'. Future Batman Adam West appeared in a few episodes as Doc Holliday.

A very popular TV series from the 1990s, "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" features Jane Seymour in the lead role. The show ran for a total of 149 episodes over six seasons. Seymour was in dire need of an acting gig when the project came along. Her business manager had lost her money and left her in debt to the tune of $9 million.

Airing from 1959 to 1963, "Laramie" starred Robert Fuller and John Smith as two brothers living on their family ranch after the death of their father. They also increase their income by working at a stagecoach station at the nearest town, Laramie. The show was very popular in Japan and Fuller even dined with the Prime Minister when he visited the country in 1966.

A series following the lives of a marshal and his deputy in the town of Laramie, Wyoming. Marshal Dan Troop (played by John Russell) and Deputy John McKay (Peter Brown) have a close bond after Troop took Brown, an orphan, as his charge. As with the series, "Sugarfoot," future Batman, Adam West appeared in "Lawman" as Doc Holliday.

This series is set in New Orleans. It tells the story of gambler, Yancy Derringer, and his sidekick, a red indian called Pahoo-Ka-Ta-Wah. Derringer is played by Jock Mahoney. The series lasted for 34 episodes.

What is the Old West without a bounty hunter? In "Wanted Dead or Alive," Steve McQueen plays Josh Randall, a veteran of the American Civil War, now traveling the Old West searching for new bounties. In the series, McQueen's character carries a special gun called a Mare's Leg.

"Laredo" was a slightly different kettle of fish than most Westerns on TV. It not only focused on telling a good story with a dose of action, it also brought humor into the equation. "Laredo" aired for 56 episodes over two seasons and starred Neville Brand, Peter Brown and William Smith. Brown used his own horse during the filming of the series. It was named Amigo.

After starring in "Maverick" in the 1950s, James Garner reprised his role in this series that ran for 18 episodes. In this show, Maverick is a ranch owner who also has a stake in the local saloon in Sweetwater. It did not see a second season, which is a pity as Bart Maverick, another character from the '50s series, was to be introduced.

A popular series in the late '50s, early 60s, "Tales of Well Fargo" ran for 200 episodes. It starred Dale Robertson as Jim Hardie, an agent who becomes a rancher. Hardie, however, remains a part-time agent. For the first five seasons, the show was 30 minutes long and shot in black and white. For its final season, it was shot in color with episodes running an hour long.

This series, which aired on ABC from 1955 to 1961, follows the life of legendary Old West lawman, Wyatt Earp. Earp is played by Hugh O'Brien in 227 episodes. Many of the stories are based on fact ​but embellished somewhat. O'Brien was only offered the role after George Montgomery turned it down as he had too many other filming commitments.

Shot for the CBS network from 1957 to 1959, "Trackdown" ran for two seasons and 71 episodes. It follows the stories of Hoby Gilman, played by Robert Culp, as he tracks a variety of criminals across the Old West. Josh Randall, a character from "Wanted Dead or Alive," a later TV series, was first introduced in "Trackdown." He was played by Steve McQueen.

"The Roy Rogers Show" featured 'The King of Cowboys', Roy Rogers. It started out first as a radio show, running from 1944 to 1955 and then converted to television. It included a host of characters, including Roy Rogers, Dale Evans and Pat Brady, And don't forget the animal stars - Trigger the horse and Bullit the dog.

Known on the plains as a fair man, the Range Rider, played by Jock Mahoney, is not a man to be trifled with thanks to his incredible gun skills and fighting abilities. The series comprised 78 episodes and also became popular in Australia and the United Kingdom.

This TV series is based on a radio drama, "Challenge of the Yukon." It tells the story of a Canadian Mountie, Sgt. Preston, played by Dick Simmons, who together with his faithful horse and dog, keep trouble away from Canadian borders. James Garner was first offered the role but he turned it down so he could pursue more film roles.

"The Cisco Kid" tells the story of a desperado and his sidekick, Pancho. Although they are technically on the run from the law, they help out people when the law lets them down or does not offer protection. This was the first TV series to be filmed and broadcast in color. Unfortunately, not many people in the mid-1950s​ had color TV sets.

This TV series ran from 1965 to 1969 for 104 episodes. It follows two secret agents who are working for the U.S. government. Essentially, the creators realized that the Wild West genre was becoming less popular and so fused it with the spy genre, presenting the agents with not only guns but a range of gizmos, gadgets, and machines to help them. In 1999, Will Smith starred in a movie of the same name based on the same characters.

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