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The Rifleman

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.

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05x26 Old Tony Aired: Apr. 08, 1963

Mark and his girlfriend Laurie discover that an old hermit is very lonely.

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The Rifleman is Canceled/Ended
The show had 5 seasons and 168 episodes air between 1958 and 1963.

Series Info

Type:
Scripted
Premiered:
Sep. 30, 1958
Status:
Canceled/Ended
Runtime:
30 min.
Aired:
1958 - 1963
To-Date:
5 Seasons
168 Episodes
Network
ABC TV Network
Genre

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Series Fun Facts

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  • In an interview, producer Arnold Laven said that the rifle Chuck Connors used was the same one used by John Wayne in Stagecoach.
  • Goof (anachronisms): Lucas McCain's rifle is a modified 1892 .44-40 Winchester, even though the series clearly establishes itself in the 1880s.
  • In the pilot for the series, by Sam Peckinpah (originally written for Gunsmoke but turned down for that show), Chuck Connors' character was named John McCain, not Lucas McCain, and he didn't…
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    In the pilot for the series, by Sam Peckinpah (originally written for Gunsmoke but turned down for that show), Chuck Connors' character was named John McCain, not Lucas McCain, and he didn't have a son. It was producer Arnold Laven's idea to make McCain a widower with a son. Also, McCain was originally supposed to have been a dead shot with a pistol. Laven had the idea to use a customized Winchester rifle as McCain's weapon of choice.
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