Thursday, September 20, 2018

The 12 Best #Westerns in History - Ride 'Em #Cowboy

Hey, thanks for stopping by. We're talking Westerns today--the best westerns that ran for years on TV. I remember as a child watching some of these shows and loving them. Rawhide – what's not to love about Rowdy Yates (a young and handsome, Clint Eastwood)? At times he was wild and impetuous in the earliest episode. Favor had to keep a tight rein on him.

I suppose we can blame Rowdy Yates for my love of writing and reading Western Romance. So here are the 12 Best in History!

The longest-running Western of all time and one of the longest-running television show.

The Wild Wild West
A blatant attempt to blend the Western and spy genres. Lasted for four generations but was eventually cancelled due to its violent aspect.

"Bonanza" was the second-longest-running Western television show (behind Gunsmoke). Its theme song was an instrumental version that was very popular with viewers Remember Little Joe and Hoss?

Have Gun Will Travel
The character of Paladin, Richard Boone, was an icon of the Western genre. ''Have Gun Will Travel,'' one of television's classic western series, was produced by CBS from 1957 to 1963. As Paladin, Mr. Boone played a black-garbed, San Francisco-based gunslinger who carried engraved business cards that announced ''Have Gun, Will Travel. Wire Paladin, San Francisco.''

With its rousing theme song, "Rawhide" was a cultural icon. It ran for seven and a half years in total. It also introduced the world to a young Clint Eastwood, who would become the savior of the Western genre in the 1970s.

The series followed the adventures of the Maverick clan. While the cast changed somewhat, 124 episodes were produced in total.

Through 108 episodes, it retained its popularity before ending its run in 1963. The show starred Clint Walker, a native of Illinois, as Cheyenne Bodie, a physically large cowboy with a gentle spirit in search of frontier justice who wanders the American West.

The masked man who fought for justice. Don Alejandro de la Vega (portrayed by George J. Lewis) was a hot-tempered cattle baron (or ranchero) with a strong sense of morality and fair play.

The Lone Ranger
It starred Clayton Moore as the title character and Jay Silverheels as Tonto. Hi-Ho, Silver!

The Guns of Will Sonnet
The Guns of Will Sonnett From 1967 to 1969, "The Guns of Will Sonnet" was broadcast by ABC. The series starred veteran character actor Walter Brennan as Will Sonnett, and Dack Rambo as his grandson, Jeff, who were searching for Will's son, James

Kung Fu
This Western-Eastern mashup was a trailblazer in a number of ways. It starred David Carradine as a man who travels the Old West using martial arts to make his way.

The Virginian
It ran from 1962 to 1971. Each episode was a movie-length 75 minutes. James Drury and Doug McClure were the only performers who appeared in all nine seasons of the series (season numbers follow cast members name). James Drury as The Virginian (Seasons 1–9) Doug McClure as Trampas (Seasons 1–9) Lee J. Gary Clarke as Steve Hill (Season 1–3) Roberta Shore as Betsy Garth (Seasons 1–4)

One of the Westerns I really enjoyed writing was CHASING THE DEAD. I loved researching the Native American histroy and think Sacheen, the Indian maiden in the story turned out to be a very intriguing character!

About the book:
In 1884 New Mexico, Madrid Arrende finds herself kidnapped by the Apache. Determined to rescue her, her wealthy father realizes there is only one man capable of bringing her back alive...Deacon Bannister. Deacon doesn't give one whit about the large sum of money Don Erasmos Arrende has offered him to find his daughter. He only cares about bringing the woman he left at the altar a year ago home.

A ghost is terrorizing the Apache village and the young maiden, Sacheen, has been banished by her People for unleashing Uday's wrath. Now, Deacon, Madrid and Sacheen must flee for their lives across the rugged New Mexico landscape with the evil spirit in hot pursuit.

Will they make it back alive to Madrid's father's hacienda or will
Deacon lose Madrid forever?

This Western Romance has received some wonderful five star reviews! Read them here on AMAZON 

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