10 Best Classic Western TV Shows

10. The Lone Ranger

(1949 – 1957)

Starring Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels

9. Death Valley Days


Hosted by Stanley Andrews, Ronald Reagan, Dale Robertson, and Merle Haggard

8. Wild Wild West


Starring Robert Conrad and Ross Marten

7. The Rifleman


Starring Chuck Conners and Johnny Crawford

6. Big Valley


Starring Barbara Stanwich, Robert Long, Lee Majors, Linda Evans, and Peter Breck

5. The Virginian


Starring James Drury, Doug McClure, Lee J. Cobb, John MacIntire, Charles Bickford, Stewart Granger, and Roberta Shore

4. Gunsmoke


Staring: James Arness, Milburne Stone, Amanda Blake, Dennis Weaver, and Ken Curtis

3. Maverick


Starring: James Garner, Jack Kelly, Rodger Moore, and Robert Colbert

2. Bonanza


Staring: Lorne Greene, Micheal Landon, Dan Blocker, Pernell Roberts, David Canary, and Mitch Vogel

1. Alias Smith and Jones


Starring: Pete Duel, Ben Murphy, and Roger Davis

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About Tamera Kraft

Tamera Kraft has been a children’s pastor for over 20 years. She is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire For Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist. She is also a writer and has curriculum published including Kid Konnection 5: Kids Entering the Presence of God published by Pathway Press. She is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.

10 thoughts on “10 Best Classic Western TV Shows

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  2. Alias Smith and Jones would not make my list. Have Gun Will Travel would, but did not make yours. In fact, I’d substitute any number of westerns for A S & J, including…. Wanted: Dead or Alive and Wagon Train or Rawhide.

  3. My favorites are Cheyenne, Wanted Dead or Alive, Gunsmoke, and Wild Wild West. Cheyenne had very good writing, and was the first hour long drama on television. It also had high ratings all eight years it was on and only ended because the star was tired of playing the role and wanted out of the contract.

  4. Gunsmoke is #1 period. #2 would be The Rifleman, #3 The Wild Wild West, #4 Wanted Dead or Alive, #5 Bonanza, #6 Rawhide, #7 The Rebel, #8 High Chaparral, #9 Cheyenne, #10 Death Valley Days.

  5. Gunsmoke ran for 20 years. Even today, you can watch reruns on some TV station. How does Alias Smith and Jones rate number 1. I would say Gunsmoke #1 and Bonanza #2 just based on longevity even if you want to ignore their fantastic casting.

    • Alias Smith and Jones is #1 only because it’s my favorite and I’m writing the blog post. LOL. ASJ came late into the time of Westerns. It’s longevity was cut short by Pete Duel’s suicide. Before that, it was the only Western still thriving in it’s time.

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