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Apr 6, 2016

Grab your six shooters and your ten gallon, 'cause the TV Museum's finally tackling a Western! We take a look at one of the 28 (yes, really!) primetime shows set in the Old West that aired in 1958: The Rifleman.

Listen in to hear about star Chuck Connors's bizarre and varied pro sports career, find out which Rat Packer made not one but two guest appearances on the show, and learn where to go when you just can't afford enough salt to get through the winter.

Note: We apologize if you hear a little audio crackle in this ep. Just imagine we're all sitting around a camp fire, shootin' the breeze....

Mentioned in the exhibit and worth a look:

Inside the Box podcast talks about the Dumont Network

AV Club's The Rifleman Roundtable

The Encyclopedia of TV on westerns

FCC Chair Newton Minnow on the "vast wasteland" of TV

A look at the special effects challenges of The Ordeal

The Rifleman's casualty list on

The Johnny Crawford Dance Orchestra


We are sponsored again by Audible and hope you'll take advantage of a FREE 30-DAY TRIAL so you can check out one of the following audio books:

John Wayne: The Life and Legend by Scott Eyman

The Last Gunfight: The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral - and How It Changed the American West by Jeff Guinn

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

Just go to today!