Do You Know All of These Famous Western Shows?


By: J.P. Naomi

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Cowboys are still a thing today right? Well maybe not as much as they use to be in the past, but movies such as the Magnificent Seven (2016) showed that the world may yet still be interested in Westerns. A Western, by definition, is a genre of show or movie that centers around the cowboy way of life. A life that includes saloons, cowboy boots (and hats), damsels in distress and of course, gold and guns. This kind of TV genre was very popular during the 1950s and 1960s when there were easily hundreds of them airing all around the world. Eventually, classic Westerns were categorized into varied groups of subgenres. These included comedy Westerns, space Westerns, fantasy Westerns and even horror Westerns.

But some of the most popular shows to ever play on our TV screens included Lonesome Dove, Gunsmoke and the more modern, Deadwood. And the baddest (yes, we deliberately spelled it this way) outlaws and cowboys were none other than Marshal Dillon, Josh Randall, and Raylan Givens. They acted out the stories like they were real life, which some of them actually were.

I mean really, who doesn't love stories with bounty hunters, outlaws, ranchers, and lawmen? Well, you better, especially if you want to ace this amazing TV Westerns quiz!

What was the name of the western featuring Marshal Matt Dillon in Dodge City?

"Gunsmoke" premiered as a one-hour TV show in 1955. It ran 635 episodes for 20 years, ending in 1975.


This show followed the adventures of a Wild West rancher wielding a customized rapid fire Winchester rifle, and his son.

"The Rifleman" starred actor Chuck Connors as a rancher, and actor Johnny Crawford as his son. The show lasted five seasons from 1958 - 1963.


Starring Frank McGrath and Terry Wilson, ________ Train was on its way from post-Civil War Missouri to California.

"Wagon Train" premiered in 1957 and ran 284 episodes through 1965.


The Life and Legend of _______Earp starred actor Hugh O'Brian from 1955 - 1961.

Hugh O'Brian was born on April 19, 1925 in Rochester, New York. He passed away at the age of 91 in 2016.


Bonanza followed the adventures of Ben _______ and his sons while running their ranch and supporting their community.

"Bonanza" ran for 430 episodes from 1959 - 1973.


A man referring to himself as "Paladin" can be found in which famous TV western?

"Have Gun - Will Travel" debuted on CBS and aired from 1957 - 1963. It was one of the few TV shows to spawn a popular radio series as well, which aired in 1958.


In the 1957 series "Maverick," Bret and Bart are well-dressed _________.

Actors James Garner and Jack Kelly star as big poker players from Texas, in "Maverick." The show aired from 1957 - 1962.


Gil Favor is the trail boss of a continuous cattle drive in one of the most popular TV westerns of all time...

"Rawhide" ran from 1959 - 1966 and featured Clint Eastwood and Eric Fleming among the cast.


The Shiloh Ranch featured in the TV western, "The Virginian," was located in __________ Territory of the 1890s.

Starring Doug McClure, James Drury, and Lee J. Cobb, "The Virginian" debuted in 1962.


"The Big Valley" followed the adventures of the ________ family in the San Joaquin Valley of California.

"The Big Valley" debuted in 1965 and ran for 112 episodes until 1969.


What is the name of the western in which two Secret Service agents work for the government in the Old West?

Starring actors Robert Conrad and Ross Martin, "The Wild Wild West" ran 104 episodes from 1965 - 1969.


This black and white western, featuring Clint Walker, was the first hour-long dramatic series on television...

"Cheyenne" was directed by Irving J. Moore and ran for seven seasons beginning in 1955 until 1963.


This famous western was the story of a Civil War veteran who made a new living as a bounty hunter in the WIld West of the 1870s...

Steve McQueen starred as a Civil War vet who carried a sawed-off rifle in his holster.


The Cannon family ran this ranch in the Arizona Territory of the 1870s...

"The High Chaparral" was created by David Dortort. Starring Leif Erickson and Cameron Mitchell, it ran from 1967 - 1971.


When law school graduate Tom Brewster travels west to seek his fortune, his lack of cowboy abilities earns him the nickname ________.

Will Hutchins stars as Sugarfoot in this series. It debuted in 1957 and aired 69 episodes until 1961.


What was the name of Roy Rogers' sidekick in "The Roy Rogers Show"?

Pat Brady was born on December 31, 1914 in Toledo, Ohio. He was actually born as O'Brady but dropped the O somewhere along the way!


This western is the story of Dan Troop, who is offered the job of town marshal following the murder of the previous one!

Starring John Russell, Peter Brown and Peggie Castle, "Lawman" debuted in 1958 and ran 156 episodes until 1962.


"Laramie" featured the _________ brothers and a drifter named Jess.

"Laramie" starred John Smith and Robert Fuller. It premiered in 1959 and aired for 124 episodes, ending in 1963.


This was the story of the life and adventures of the Ingalls family in the 19th century Midwest...

One of the most beloved family westerns of all time, "Little House on the Prairie" was created by Blanche Hanalis, debuted in 1974, and aired through 1983.


What is the only thing a Shaolin Monk has to protect himself as he roams the American West?

"Kung Fu" was a popular American western which debuted in 1972. Each of the 63 episodes was one-hour long.


What was the name of the western which portrayed a young Confederate Army veteran named Johnny Yuma?

Johnny Yuma was an aspiring writer. He was portrayed by actor Nick Adams.


Which famous actress played the role of Dr. Quinn in "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman"?

Jane Seymour portrayed Dr. Quinn from 1993 - 1998. She was born Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg in London, England in 1951.


Cimarron City was a one-hour western starring George _________ from 1958 - 1959.

George Montgomery was born on August 29, 1916 in Brady, Montana. He was once married to Dinah Shore.


Hannibal Heyes and Kid Curry were outlaw cousins in this famous western of 1971...

"Alias Smith and Jones" starred actors Pete Duel and Ben Murphy. The show was created by Glen A. Larson.


Set in the 1870s and 1880s, __________ followed the adventures of Dale Robertson as special agent Jim Hardie...

This series was influenced by the biography of Wells Fargo detective Fred J. Dodge.


What was the name of the satirical sitcom about US soldiers and American Indians in the Wild West of the 1860s?

"F Troop" debuted on September 14, 1965 in black and white. Its second season aired in color!


Zorro's real name was ______ Diego de la Vega.

"Zorro" debuted in 1957 and ran for 82 episodes until 1959.


Set on the Mexican border, ________ starred Neville Brand, William Smith, Peter Brown and Philip Carey as Texas Rangers...

"Laredo" debuted in 1965. It aired 56 episodes over the course of two years.


"Branded" starred actor Chuck Connors as US Army Cavalry Captain Jason ________ in 1965...

"Branded" aired on NBC from 1965 through 1966. It was sponsored by Procter & Gamble in its Sunday night 8:30 p.m. time slot.


"26 _______" was a TV western about the Arizona Rangers who were commissioned in 1901 by the Arizona Territory legislature.

"26 Men" debuted on October 15, 1957 and ended on June 30, 1959 after 78 episodes.


"Bronco," which aired on ABC from 1958 - 1962, starred this famous actor...

Ty Hardin was born Orton Whipple Hungerford, Jr. on January 1, 1930 in New York City. He has been married eight times!


This show was about a skilled gunfighter named Vint Bonner who preferred peaceful resolutions wherever possible...

Starring John Payne as Vint Bonner, "The Restless Gun" aired on NBC between 1957 and 1959 for 78 episodes.


What was the name of The Range Rider's partner?

Dick West was portrayed by actor Dick Jones. Jones was born Richard Percy Jones in 1927.


What was the theme song to "The Gene Autry Show" from 1950 - 1956?

Written by Gene Autry and Ray Whitley, this song was released in 1939.


Actor Wayde Preston starred as government agent Christopher __________ in a popular western bearing his last name...

"Colt .45" was the name of the television series. It aired on ABC from 1957 - 1960 and was based on the film with the same name.


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