In an unusual twist on the standard Western, widower Lucas McCain struggles to successfully homestead his ranch in North Fork, New Mexico territory during the 1880s, while raising his son Mark. The Marshall of North Fork has his hands full handling the weekly "bad guys," & it is frequently necessary for Lucas to pick up his modified rapid-action 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 2, Episode #20 - The Horse Traders
Lucas and Mark try to help out a friend whose been cheated in a horse trading deal.
The Rifleman: Season 2, Episode #23 - The Grasshopper
Lucas and Mark are held at gunpoint on a train, but when a plague of grasshoppers forces the train to stop, the…
Series Fun Facts
- Lucas McCain was only shown smoking a cigarette once in the series, in the episode "Sharpshooter", although Chuck Connors smoked 60 cigarettes a day.
- Chuck Connors initially turned down the role of Lucas McCain because he thought the salary was too low. The show's producers then considered James Whitmore and John Anderson for the role, but…
[show]Chuck Connors initially turned down the role of Lucas McCain because he thought the salary was too low. The show's producers then considered James Whitmore and John Anderson for the role, but when they saw Connors' chemistry with child actor Tommy Kirk in Old Yeller, they realized he was the best choice for the role and made him another offer, this time at a much higher salary. He accepted.
- In an interview, producer Arnold Laven said that the rifle Chuck Connors used was the same one used by John Wayne in Stagecoach.