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 #14 - The Gaucho
An Argentine family moves to North Fork and settles on a ranch adjoining Lucas'. The Argentinean adult…
The Rifleman: Season 1, Episode #30 - Three-Legged Terror
When a rambunctious teenager wrecks a schoolroom, Lucas McCain, as a member of the North Fork school board,…
Series Fun Facts
- In an interview, producer Arnold Laven said that the rifle Chuck Connors used was the same one used by John Wayne in Stagecoach.
- The name of the hotel/restraunt in town was the "Madera House".
- 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.