The Western is a genre that is more than a hundred years old and still is as popular today. The first Western movie dates back to 1903 when Edwin S. Porter wrote, produced and directed The Great Train Robbery. The Western was the most popular genre in American films till the 1960s. With the rise in popularity of television in the late 40’s and 50’s, the TV western quickly became an audience favourite and this inflated to such an extent that by 1959, a total of 26 Western TV shows were being telecast during prime-time.
Though TV westerns were initially created for a children-friendly audience, which changed after the two Tv shows- Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp and the television version of Gunsmoke appeared on TV in 1955. From then a steady flow of western TV shows for adults began appearing on television. Here is the list of top old Western TV Shows that one needs to check out!
8. Rawhide (1959-1965)
Noteworthy for its realistic depiction of frontier life, Rawhide is one of the longest-running Tv Westerns of all time. Created by Charles Marquis Warren, Rawhide gave the genre its most favourite icon, Clint Eastwood in the breakthrough role of a hot-headed sidekick of a trail boss played by Eric Fleming. The series is set in the 1860s and is about the journey of these two men during a cattle drive from San Antonio to Missouri. Many of the cowboy characters in the series are Southerners who have lost all their properties and lands during the Civil war and have had to take up jobs at plantations, only to be paid a dollar a day for their services. Rawhide was not afraid to face controversial topics in its day, like drug addiction, racism, PTSD, and women’s rights. Thus it remains one of the most important Western Tv shows of all time.