As a child I used to be glued to the TV each time the High Chaparral was broadcast. The characters became friends, I was looking forward to meeting them each week. Billy Blue (Mark Slade) was my favorite and the troublesome relationship with his father was something I could relate to. The series was far more realistic than other westerns in the 60-70's and the characters were three-dimensional.
They didn't have all the answers and often made mistakes.
The Mexicans spoke Spanish, and the Indians Apache.
It's one of the few western series from that period that still appeals to me when I'm watching reruns. It's magic is still there.