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    Gunsmoke

    Gunsmoke

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    CBS (ended 1975)

    Dodge City, known as the Sodom and Gomorrah of the plains, is a typical frontier city of the late 1800s with typical problems ranging from rumored Indian raids to bank and stage robberies, cattle rustling, and family feuds. All of these must be dealt with within the law and that task falls to Matt Dillon, US Marshal (James Arness).

    Dillon is a man who prefers the use of logic over the use of the gun but the nature of the people passing through Dodge doesn't always leave him that choice. Aided by various assistants and deputies over the years (played by Dennis Weaver, Burt Reynolds, and Ken Curtis), he does his best to keep the lawless element out of his town and his territory. Matt often solves his crimes through keen observation and deduction, an innovative approach for the times.

    Crucial information about cases is often provided by his beautiful companion, Long Branch owner Kitty Russell(Amanda Blake), while they drink beer or whiskey in her establishment. Matt also often exchanges banter or bounces his theories off of the crusty town doctor, Galen Adams (Milburn Stone).moreless
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    Have Gun - Will Travel

    Have Gun - Will Travel

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    CBS (ended 1963)
    Paladin was not your normal gunfighter. He was an educated and a traveled man. A West Point graduate, he served as a Union officer during the Civil War. After the war, he went west and became a high-priced 'gun for hire.' He was based at the Hotel Carlton in San Francisco and enjoyed the finer things in life. He dressed in fancy clothes, enjoyed fine wine, gourmet food, opera, expensive cigars and he could play the piano. He read newspapers from all over the West looking for situations in which he could help, for a fee. Sometimes Hey Boy, the Oriental porter who worked at the Carlton, would bring Paladin a letter or 'wire' asking for his help. Usually, within the first few minutes, he was dressed for 'business' and on the trail. When working, he dressed completely in black including a black hat with a band of silver conchos and a custom holster with a silver chess knight on it. He carried a custom made pistol which was perfectly balanced and had a rifled barrel. He preferred to settle problems without violence whenever possible, but if forced to fight, he excelled. A master marksman and a quick draw, he was a match for most any man. And for those 'difficult times' he kept a derringer hidden under his belt, which saved his life on many occasions. His rifle, which was rarely used, also had a silver chess knight on the stock. This leads us to believe it was as carefully made as the pistol he carried. Before resorting to violence, Paladin would put his rich education and experience to work to try to find an alternate solution. In spite of his profession, he had a deep respect for the law and would often turn on his employers if he found they were the guilty party.moreless
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    Tom and Jerry

    Tom and Jerry

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    CBS (ended 1980)
    Tom and Jerry was originally the very first, and earliest of the Hanna-Barbera Cartoons. It went through many phases and took place from anywhere from inside a house, to anywhere in outer space. The show was of course, about a cat and a mouse, and several other characters. The two never really talked, even though they do sing, yell, gasp, laugh, count, or say "Aha!!"; and that several other characters spoke more often. They would later end up in several TV series, and also in a few movies, however many would say that they didn't like the way the movies turned out. All of the episodes were distributed by MGM. Here's more info about the show in general: Pilot Episodes: The Pilot Episode was called "Puss Gets The Boot" and was also the first one with Mammy in it. Tom looked very different and was called Jasper. It was produced by Harman-Ising Productions. Fred Quimby: Fred Quimby was the Producer of Tom & Jerry for many years. He is also the Producer of Tex Avery's Cartoons. Tom's fur would eventually become blue. CinemaScope: These cartoons had more people in them. There were narrators, and many conversations between the adults. Lewis Marshall became an Animation Director, and Hanna-Barbera were the Producers. Rembrandt: Only seeing the older Tom & Jerry cartoons, and not having enough information on the show, Ted Pierce, Gene Deich, and William L. Snyder and the rest of the crew had trouble in producing their episodes of Tom & Jerry. Sib Tower 12 Incorporated: One of the last producers of Tom & Jerry, this version has the famous opening with the yellow background and the red letters (except for the 5 letters O and J) where Tom hisses and Jerry waves. The producer was Chuck Jones, and the cartoons look ahead of their time. There were several new characters, including a yellow bulldog, and Tom's Girlfriend, The Shark, Jerry's Dog, and several robots where Tom was a security operator at a cheese mine. Other people that worked on the show were Les Goldman, Maurice Noble, Michael Maltese, Tom Ray, Earl Jonas, Lewis Marshall, Eugene Poddany, Bill Lava, Dean Elliott, Carl Brandt, Mel Blanc, June Foray, Abe Levitow, Ben Washam, Don Foster, and Walter Bien. They would later do several Dr. Seuss cartoons along with Depatie-Freeling Entertainment, the Cricket seties, Duck Dodgers, and many other Award Winning shows. Filmation: Many years later, Filmation attempted to produce Tom & Jerry. It was a TV show called The Tom & Jerry Comedy Show. It seemed to look like all the Tom & Jerry cartoons in the 1950s and 1960s. They also aired and produced some other MGM cartoons, like the ones that are directed by Tex Avery. The episodes of The Tom & Jerry Comedy Show are mentioned here. TV: The New Tom and Jerry Show and The Tom and Jerry Kids Show: HB's TV versions. Neither lasted long, but several people still remember Them. They weren't that violent either. They were about the characters trying to solve everyday problems. Tom & Jerry Kids had other charachers as kids that were also produced by Fred Quimby, Including Tex Avery's Cartoon Characters. Now: Tom & Jerry was recently produced by AOL Time Warner and Turner Home Entertainment. They aren't the best cartoons. Tom and Jerry is currently airing on Cartoon Network! Check your local listings! Every episode of Tom & Jerry can be seen on Cartoon Network and Boomerang for one hour, and also The Sib Tower 12 Inc Cartoons can be seen with The Chuck Jones Show.moreless
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    Rawhide

    Rawhide

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    CBS (ended 1966)
    Rawhide is the continuing saga of a group of Texans taking a 3000 head herd of cattle north to market.
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    Yancy Derringer

    Yancy Derringer

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    CBS (ended 1959)
    Yancy Derringer is a gentleman adventurer living in New Orleans, Louisiana, after the Civil War. Widely respected, he is hired by the city administrator, John Colton, as a secret agent authorized to help maintain law and order and justice in the city by any means that may become necessary. His constant companion is a Pawnee Indian who communicates with him only by hand gestures, and appears ready at a moment's notice to use the shotgun that he always carries. Yancy owns a riverboat, the Sultana, and lives at the former family plantation, Waverly. Madame Francine is his love interest. Miss Mandarin is the proprietor of his hangout, the Sazarack Restaurant.moreless
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    Zane Grey Theater

    Zane Grey Theater

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    CBS (ended 1961)
    Welcome to the Zane Grey Theater guide at TV.com. Zane Grey Theater were adaptations of short stories and novels of the West by author Zane Grey, when the material began to run out stories from other authors were used. Host Dick Powell introduced the episodes and starred in several himself. Wonderful tales of the Old West laden with history and adventure. The opening and closing orchestration was conducted by Harry Lubin, the song was called "Way Out West". There were five episodes which became series' of their own, they include: "Trackdown" which aired 3May57; "The Rifleman" which aired 07Mar58; "Black Saddle" which aired 23May58; "Johnny Ringo" which aired 05Mar59; "The Westerner" which aired 26Mar59. Stars like Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Lloyd Bridges, Eddie Albert just to name a few, appeared throughout the series. A Classic!moreless
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    The Public Defender

    The Public Defender

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    CBS (ended 1955)
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    Harbourmaster

    Harbourmaster

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    CBS (ended 1958)
    Harbourmaster Captain David Scott ran a boat repair business on Scott Island. His business partner was Jeff Kittredge. Captain Scott and crew investigate crimes that happen in and around the harbour. In January 1958, the show was picked up by ABC and the name was changed to Adventure At Scott Island.moreless
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    The Gene Autry Show

    The Gene Autry Show

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    CBS (ended 1956)
    Episodes: 78 (b&w)/15 (color) Gene Autry is one of America's favorite cowboys in history, and The Gene Autry Show was one of the first television shows in America, premiering in 1950. Gene Autry, a.k.a. The Singing Cowboy, been featured in a ton of western movies with Smiley Burnette. Later, a good friend, Pat Buttram became Gene's sidekick and were also featured movies together. Then in 1950, Gene Autry and Pat Buttram made "The Gene Autry Show" The Gene Autry show last from 1950 to 1956 with 91 successfull episodes. Seasons 1-4 were in B & W, Season 5 was in color. The Gene Autry Show was produced by Flying A Pictures, Gene's own television production company, which was also the name of his ranch on the show. The Gene Autry Show is now in reruns and can be viewed on the digital cable channel, Westerns Channel. The Gene Autry Show was about a singing cowboy, and his deputy partner, Pat Buttram who ride the west to help kids, women, men, or other misfourtunate people and bring the outlaws to justice. Gene Autry was always the upright person, recognized by the fans who adored him, while his partner Pat Buttram was clumsy, a lousy cook, and just plain careless. Together, they made a great team and a dynamic duo for western TV. The Gene Autry Show was originally knowned as "Melody Ranch", possibly because Gene is the Singing Cowboy afterall. Episodes: 78 (b&w)/15 (color) The Charcters Gene Autry: The title character of the show. Rides through the west singing on his horse, Champion. Gene Autry is a U.S. Marshal. Pat Buttram: Gene Autry's sidekick who, can't hold a cake without falling into it, can't cook a burger without burning it, and can't play a whistle without swallowing it. Sometimes on the show (only in the early episodes) he was also knowned as Pat Jensen, Patrick Smith, and Hap Wallace. He loves to eat, and wishes he had a girl (he did in real life though) Champion (aka Champ): Gene's loyal horse. Really smart too, he once noticed a waterhole was poisoned while Gene didn't know at first. Little Champ:Champions's son. (season 5 only) Show Notes: *All of Gene's sidekicks (Pat, Tiny, Sagebrush, Chill) always wear the same outfit...tan 10-gallon hat, a blue and white plad shirt, leather vest, and kacky pants. *Before Pat Buttram, Gene's sidekick was Smiley Burnett. *Pat Buttram's real life wife, Sheila Ryan has played characters on the show before. *The reason why Pat had a little "hiatus" on the show (with Tiny, Sagebrush, and Chill Wills as the sidekicks) was because of a horrible misfire of a cannon during the filming of the show. *The Gene Autry Show later had a spin-off called ""The Adventures of Champion"" in 1955.moreless
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    Tom Corbett, Space Cadet

    Tom Corbett, Space Cadet

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    CBS (ended 1955)
    Welcome to the Tom Corbett, Space Cadet guide at TV.com. "Tom Corbett" ran on every existing network between October 1950 and June 1955:
    2 Oct - 29 Dec 1950 on CBS (Mon, Wen, Fri at 6:45 - 7:00 p.m.)
    1 Jan 1951 - 26 Sep 1952 on ABC (Mon, Wen, Fri at 6:30 – 6:45 p.m.)
    Jul - Sep 1951 on NBC (Sat 7:00 - 7:30 p.m. as a summer replacement for Victor Borge)
    29 Aug 1953 - 22 May 1954 on DuMont Network (alternate Saturdays)
    11 Dec 1954 – 25 Jun 1955 on NBC (Saturday mornings)moreless
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    Action In The Afternoon

    Action In The Afternoon

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    CBS (ended 1954)
    set in the town of Huberle, Montana