One of the earliest adult Westerns to air on television, The Life and Times of Wyatt Earp starred Hugh O'Brian in the title role as the legendary lawman. The series ran on ABC from 1955-61. The series was different from a lot of westerns at the time in that the episodes ran more or less in chronological order as it depicted events in the life of the title character.
Last Episode06x37 The Outlaws Cry Murder (5) Aired: Jun. 27, 1961
- Doc Holliday and the Earp brothers are charged with murder after the gunfight at the OK Corral.
Series Fun Facts
- This show, along with Gunsmoke helped launch a great era of the TV western. Westerns became so popular on TV that by the end of the 1950s, there would be as many as 40 Westerns in prime time.
- 'Hugh OBrian had been a member of the United States Marine Corps, and he was actually the fastest quick draw of all his fellow actors on TV Westerns. O'Brian's draw was .08 of a second.
- From 1956 until 1959 the show was set in Dodge City, which was also the setting for Gunsmoke. Marshall Matt Dillon is never mentioned, but many episodes take place in or around or make a…
[show]From 1956 until 1959 the show was set in Dodge City, which was also the setting for Gunsmoke. Marshall Matt Dillon is never mentioned, but many episodes take place in or around or make a passing reference to the Longbranch Saloon, a setting for much of the action on "Gunsmoke".