$referer = $_SERVER['HTTP_REFERER']; $META_TITLE="History of TV Westerns"; $META_KEYWORDS="TV Westerns, history of TV Westerns"; $META_DESCRIPTION="Most of us who enjoy oldies music also have fond memories of Westerns during the 50's, 60's, 70's. "; $main_title="
Westerns often portray how desolate and hard life was for American frontier families. These families are faced with change that would severely alter their way of life. This may be depicted by showing conflict between natives and settlers or U.S. Cavalry or between cattle ranchers and farmers ("sodbusters"), or by showing ranchers being threatened by the Industrial Revolution. Despite being tightly associated with a specific time and place in American history, these themes have allowed Westerns to be produced and enjoyed across the world.
Most of us who enjoy oldies music also have fond memories of westerns during the 50's, 60's, 70's. The TV western series dominated those decades but have since disappeared from television. In its place are sitcomes, detective and reality shows.
The peak year for television Westerns was 1959, with 26 such shows airing during prime-time
Television Westerns are a subset of the Western. When television became popular in the late 1940s and 1950s, TV Westerns quickly became an audience favorite. Beginning with re-broadcasts of existing films soon a number of movie cowboys had their own TV shows. As the Western became more in demand new stories and stars were introduced. A number of long-running TV Westerns became classics in their own right. Notable TV Westerns include Bonanza, Gunsmoke,The Rifleman, Have Gun – Will Travel, Maverick, Rawhide, The Virginian, and Wagon Train.