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 character 'Lucas McCain' was ranked #32 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" (20 June 2004 issue).
- 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.