Television Westerns Episode Guide: All United States Series, 1949-1996

Overview

Since Hopalong Cassidy and the Lone Ranger blazed their first trails on television in 1949, Westerns have been the genre of choice for 180 series through 1996. Some (Gunsmoke, Bonanza, and Maverick, for example) were classics; others, such as 26 Men and Shotgun Slade, were quickly forgotten.

From Adventures of Briscoe County, Jr., through Zorro and Son, this comprehensive reference work covers all 180 Western series. Each entry opens with a listing of the broadcast history of ...

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Overview

Since Hopalong Cassidy and the Lone Ranger blazed their first trails on television in 1949, Westerns have been the genre of choice for 180 series through 1996. Some (Gunsmoke, Bonanza, and Maverick, for example) were classics; others, such as 26 Men and Shotgun Slade, were quickly forgotten.

From Adventures of Briscoe County, Jr., through Zorro and Son, this comprehensive reference work covers all 180 Western series. Each entry opens with a listing of the broadcast history of the series, including original network, day and time. This is followed by a listing of the regular cast members and a brief premise of the series. The individual episodes are then covered, with the title, original air date, leading guest stars and a brief synopsis given. An exhaustive index completes the work.

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Editorial Reviews

Reference Review
remarkable...they don't make 'em like that any more!
Western Clippings
exhaustive, nearly four pound reference work covers 180 series
Big Reel
"a considerable achievement.... I only wish all other TV genres had books covering them as well as this one covers Westerns"
Library Journal
Fans of old TV Westerns will be thrilled to see this in the reference section. A fun, reader-friendly addition
Library Journal
Fans of old TV Westerns will be thrilled to see this in the reference section. Lentz (Biographical Dictionary of Professional Wrestling) covers every series created in the United States. More than 180 series are listed alphabetically; network, broadcast span, original timeslot, cast, premise, and episode plot summaries are included in each entry. The indexes separately address storylines and personnel. No graphics are shown, but the ease of navigation ensures that locating a long-lost favorite episode is a piece of cake. VERDICT A fun, reader-friendly addition to any large public library's television reference collection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786473861
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/15/2012
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 773,189
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Harris M. Lentz III, prodigious researcher and independent scholar, is the author of numerous reference works. He lives in Horseshoe Lake, Arkansas.

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