“The Rifleman” Is One Of The Best-Remembered Shows In Television History

June 28, 2017The Rifleman is one of the most beloved television series of its time.

Chuck Connors stars as Lucas McCain, a homesteader in 1880s New Mexico, who brings his son Mark (Johnny Crawford) to live with him. His attempts to teach the son a sense of justice and understanding are mixed with his incredible ability with his .44 Winchester.

The territory he has chosen to inhabit and tame is filed with difficult and unsavory characters, which gives McCain many opportunities to teach his son ethics and tolerance.

The original script for The Rifleman was written by film great Sam Peckinpah; other writers included Paul Mazursky  and Robert Culp. Directors included Peckinpah (The Wild Bunch, Straw Dogs), James Clavell (To Sir with Love), Ida Lupino (Bewitched, The Twilight Zone) and Richard Donner (Lethal Weapon, Superman, The Omen).

The scripts provided many opportunities for guest stars —  who were stars at the time, or became stars later. Some of the famous guests included Lee Van Cleef, John Carradine, Dennis Hopper, Claude Akins, Agnes Moorhead, Robert Culp, Sammy Davis Jr., James Coburn, Don Drysdale, Vic Morrow, Harry Dean Stanton and Warren Oates, among many others.

Watch three seasons of The Rifleman on Amazon Video.
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