In an unusual twist on the standard Western, widower Lucas McCain struggles to successfully homestead his ranch in North Fork, New Mexico while raising his son Mark. Unfortunately, the Marshall of North Fork has a difficult time handling the weekly "bad guys," and Lucas must repeatedly get out his Winchester Rifle to protect himself, his son, and his neighbors.
Last Episode05x26 Old Tony Aired: Apr. 08, 1963
Mark and his girlfriend Laurie discover that an old hermit is very lonely.
The Rifleman: Season 1, Episode #20 - The Deadeye Kid
Mark helps a boy from Brooklyn hide from the law when the boy is accused of murder.
The Rifleman: Season 1, Episode #6 - Eight Hours to Die
A bitter judge kidnaps Mark and plans to kill him to avenge his own sons hanging.
Series Fun Facts
- Goof (anachronisms): Lucas McCain's rifle is a modified 1892 .44-40 Winchester, even though the series clearly establishes itself in the 1880s.
- In some of the episodes, note that Lucas McCain (without any connection or relevance to the plot) will handle and fire his rifle with equal precision, sometimes with his right hand, and other…
[show]In some of the episodes, note that Lucas McCain (without any connection or relevance to the plot) will handle and fire his rifle with equal precision, sometimes with his right hand, and other times with his left hand. An explanation has never been given for this ambidextrous ability.
- The name of the hotel/restraunt in town was the "Madera House".