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Episode Guide

    • Death Never Rides Alone
      Death Never Rides Alone
      Season 5 - Episode 5
      10/29/62
      9.2
      A gunslinger rides into North Fork for a meeting with Lucas.
    • The Jailbird
      The Jailbird
      Season 2 - Episode 33
      5/10/60
      9.2
      When Lucas hires an ex-con as a ranch hand, the man is the first one under suspicion when a robbery and murder occur in the area.
    • The Hero
      The Hero
      Season 2 - Episode 19
      2/2/60
      9.1
      After a young stablehand kills a notorious gunslinger, he is baffled by the hostility of the townspeople about giving him the reward.
    • Six Years and a Day
      Season 3 - Episode 15
      1/30/61
      9.1
      A doctor seeks revenge on the man he blames for ruining his practice.
    • Death Trap
      Season 3 - Episode 33
      5/9/61
      9.1
      Lucas recognizes Dr. Simon Battle as an ex-gunslinger with whom he once traded shots.
    • End of a Young Gun
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      10/14/58
      9.0
      When Will Fulton breaks his leg saving Mark's life, a grateful Lucas is forced to shelter the young bank robber until he recuperates. While healing at the McCain's ranch, however, Will begins to see life in a different light - endangering his returning brother's plans.
    • Closer than a Brother
      Season 3 - Episode 22
      2/21/61
      9.0
      Lucas looks for answers when recovering alcoholic Micah Torrence returns to the bottle—and turns in his badge.
    • End of the Hunt
      End of the Hunt
      Season 5 - Episode 20
      2/18/63
      8.9
      Lucas is thrown into jail to stop him from murdering an old enemy.
    • Gunfire
      Gunfire
      Season 4 - Episode 16
      1/15/62
      8.9
      Micah has an infamous outlaw, Charlie Gordo, in his jail waiting for the U.S. marshal from Denver to take Gordo to the Yuma prison for hanging. With the arrival of the stage, Micah finds that the lawman has been killed, and he has to look to his friends to defend the jail from Gordo's gang.moreless
    • The Safe Guard
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      11/18/58
      8.9
      Floyd Doniger comes to North Fork, looking to start a new life. He's got a steady job as the guard at the new bank and he's entertaining ideas of settling down on a spread of his own. Also arriving in North Fork are three men who followed the bank's new safe, figuring any town needing a safe like that must have money to put into it. At the grand opening celebration of the bank, the three men discover the new bank guard is their old pal, Floyd. The three men try to convince Floyd to join them in robbing the bank, after all with a man working inside it should be easy.moreless
    • The Blowout
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      10/13/59
      8.9
      Newly arrived gunslinger Al Walker throws a mammoth party at the saloon, keeping acting Marshal Ben Waller busy until Lucas is forced to intervene.
    • The Debt
      The Debt
      Season 4 - Episode 23
      3/5/62
      8.9
      Lucas and Mark stop on the way to the county fair to deliver a message to Micah, who is on the trail escorting a prisoner scheduled to be hanged. Mark and Lucas recognize the prisoner, Mr. Renolds, as someone who saved Mark's life from a snake bite a few years back. Mark feels that he owes Mr. Renolds a debt.moreless
    • The Man from Salinas
      Season 4 - Episode 20
      2/12/62
      8.9

      Banker Hamilton is closing up for the day when Rudy Gray persuades him to stay open for one more transaction--a withdrawal at gunpoint. When Lucas, acting sheriff, is forced to shoot the man, he's unaware that Rudy has a $2,000 reward. A bounty hunter finds out about the reward and poses as Rudy's brother to collect him--and the reward--before Lucas finds out.

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    • The Promoter
      Season 3 - Episode 11
      12/6/60
      8.9
      Lucas and Mark attempt to reform a con-man.
    • The Deadly Wait
      The Deadly Wait
      Season 1 - Episode 26
      3/24/59
      8.8
      Dan Maury, released from Yuma prison, arrives in North Fork intent on getting even with Marshal Torrance, who helped send him to jail.
    • Eight Hours to Die
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      11/4/58
      8.8
      Judge Burton seeks "Justice" against the Hangman, who hanged his son; the Judge, who sentenced his son; and Lucas, the man who caught his son. When Judge Burton discovers that Lucas has a son, he decides that the best way to serve justice is an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a son for a son. Judge Burton tied Lucas to a wagon and went to hang Mark, feeling that Lucas should feel the same agony that he had felt waiting for is son to be hanged.moreless
    • The Stand-In
      The Stand-In
      Season 4 - Episode 4
      10/23/61
      8.8
      Two prison wagon drivers stop at the McCain ranch looking for whiskey. Lucas turns them down because they are escorting Rudy Croft, a murderer, to be hanged in Yuma. That evening Croft escapes, and the drivers know they need a substitute for the escaped prisoner. They return to the ranch and take Lucas in Croft's place.moreless
    • Bloodlines
      Bloodlines
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      10/6/59
      8.8
      After Lucas kills a mountain man in a barrom brawl, his father arrives in North Fork determined to take revenge on Lucas and Marshal Torrance, once he breaks his other two boys out of jail.
    • The Angry Man
      Season 1 - Episode 31
      4/28/59
      8.8

      The McCains try to be tolerant of their embittered neighbor Abel MacDonald, who tells Lucas to keep off his land and won't allow his son to become friends with Mark. However, they decide he's gone too far when he won't allow his injured boy to get medical treatment.

    • The Day the Town Slept
      The Day the Town Slept
      Season 4 - Episode 29
      4/16/62
      8.8
      The town of North Fork becomes a haven for outlaws when suave Ben Judson smooth-talks his way into the marshal's job.
    • Letter of the Law
      Letter of the Law
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      12/1/59
      8.8
      Lucas makes a life-or-death decision when Micah is held hostage and the kidnappers demand the release of a notorious outlaw.
    • Mail Order Groom
      Mail Order Groom
      Season 2 - Episode 16
      1/12/60
      8.8
      When a stranger arrives to marry the town spinster, two brothers who want her land try to discourage him with threats and a beating.
    • Dead Cold Cash
      Season 3 - Episode 9
      11/22/60
      8.8
      The widow of a bandit killed by Lucas plots a grotesque revenge.
    • Shotgun Man
      Shotgun Man
      Season 2 - Episode 29
      4/12/60
      8.8
      Shotgun man John Beaumont, who Lucas sent to prison, returns with vengeance on his mind.
    • Face of Yesterday
      Season 3 - Episode 19
      1/31/61
      8.8
      Lucas thinks he has seen a ghost when a young man, eerily similar to a man he killed in the Civil War, challenges him to a gunfight.
    • The Hangman
      Season 2 - Episode 36
      5/31/60
      8.7
      An ex-convict is blamed for a brutal crime despite his claims of rehabilitation.
    • Deadly Image
      Season 4 - Episode 22
      2/26/62
      8.7
      On the trail Len Richards and his brother, Ab, confront a Lucas McCain look-alike, Earl Bantry and his sidekick K.C. Peters, for slaughtering one of Richards' steers. Bantry kills Ab Richards, and Len wants Micah to arrest Lucas for the murder. More problems ensue because of this "evil twin."
    • The Patsy
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      9/29/59
      8.7
      A group of outlaws devise a plan to get rid of Lucas so that they can take over the town of North Fork.
    • A Young Man's Fancy
      A Young Man's Fancy
      Season 4 - Episode 19
      2/5/62
      8.7
      The pangs of first love are painful for Mark: the object of his affections has eyes for another.
    • Long Trek
      Long Trek
      Season 3 - Episode 17
      1/17/61
      8.7
      Lucas and Marshal Torrance run in trouble transporting a captured killer back to face trial.
    • The Sidewinder
      The Sidewinder
      Season 5 - Episode 16
      1/21/63
      8.6
      Gridley Mau is gunning for Lucas, who killed his father during an attempted robbery. This leads to an extensive display of marksmanship.
    • Lou Mallory
      Lou Mallory
      Season 5 - Episode 3
      10/15/62
      8.6
      Businesswoman Lou Mallory has arrived in North Fork and quickly purchases land, which includes the hotel and Milly Scott's store. She pays higher prices than the sellers feel their properties are worth. Everyone is happy until they find out that Lou really is an astute businesswoman.
    • The Money Gun
      Season 1 - Episode 33
      5/12/59
      8.6
      When his employer begins to suspect him of embezzlement, bookkeeper Asa Manning decides to hire a professional gunman to take care of the problem.
    • The Wrong Man
      The Wrong Man
      Season 1 - Episode 27
      3/31/59
      8.6
      Young Mark McCain is eager to help lawman Jay Jefferson, who has arrived in North Fork intent on killing an outlaw for the reward, whether he is the right man or not.
    • One Went to Denver
      Season 1 - Episode 25
      3/17/59
      8.5
      Lucas welcomes his old friend Tom Birch, who once saved his life, unaware that the man is now a bank robber who is on the run with his gang.
    • Day of Reckoning
      Day of Reckoning
      Season 4 - Episode 28
      4/9/62
      8.5
      Lucas is torn by conflicting emotions when he meets the town's new preacher—a former outlaw whom the Rifleman vowed to kill.
    • The Angry Gun
      Season 1 - Episode 12
      12/16/58
      8.5
      Lucas and Mark, returning from selling their herd, share the stagecoach trip with a Marshal and his prisoner, Johnny Cotton. Johnny's gang arrives to free their partner and steal the contents of the stage's strongbox, as well as Lucas' money and rifle. Along with the wounded Marshal, Lucas puts Mark back on the stage. Asking the driver to leave Mark with Mrs. Peterson, Lucas, unarmed and on foot, proceeds to track down Cotton and his boys. Lucas eventually fashions a makeshift rifle from a pistol and an old board, to increase the pistol's range of accuracy.moreless
    • Meeting at Midnight
      Season 2 - Episode 34
      5/17/60
      8.5
      Lucas helps his former Army captain, now an undercover federal agent, infiltrate a gang of bank robbers.
    • Gun Shy
      Season 5 - Episode 11
      12/10/62
      8.5
      Mark blames himself for a friend's accidental death.
    • Seven
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      10/11/60
      8.5
      Seven condemned murderers escape and take over the town of North Fork.
    • Sheer Terror
      Sheer Terror
      Season 4 - Episode 3
      10/16/61
      8.5
      Mark and Milly are held prisoner in her general store when two gunmen attempt a daring robbery.
    • The Second Witness
      Season 1 - Episode 23
      3/3/59
      8.4
      Lucas puts his life in jeopardy when he agrees to testify in a murder case where the first witness was killed before he could testify, and the killer is still at large.
    • The Bullet
      The Bullet
      Season 5 - Episode 21
      2/25/63
      8.4

      On a trip to a neighboring town, Lucas goes looking for a missing friend and gets tied up in a murder investigation.

    • Baranca
      Baranca
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      11/1/60
      8.4
      When an outlaw leader lures Marshal Torrance out of town, Lucas is the only one who can stop him from lynching a local man who killed one of the members of his gang.
    • Smoke Screen
      Season 2 - Episode 28
      4/5/60
      8.4
      Several men are vying for a rancher's daughter's affections. When she is found dead, one of them becomes the prime suspect in her murder.
    • The Silent Knife
      Season 3 - Episode 13
      12/20/60
      8.4
      Lucas and Mark try to persuade a persecuted young mute to return stolen money.
    • Obituary
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      10/20/59
      8.4
      Newspaperman Byron Claremont specializes in profiles of famous gunmen. One of his stories was responsible for an old-time marshal's death; and his next subject is Lucas.
    • The Clarence Bibs Story
      The Clarence Bibs Story
      Season 3 - Episode 28
      4/4/61
      8.4
      A janitor-turned-gunfighter whose reputation hangs on one lucky shot—and a lot of gall.
    • The Brother-in-Law
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      10/28/58
      8.4
      Mark's uncle, Johnny Gibb, a big time rodeo rider, comes to visit. While Mark idolizes his uncle, Lucas discovers that Johnny is on the run from the law for an Express Office Robbery. Stacy has a bronco named Lucifer, that nobody's been able to ride for 15 seconds. Alvah, wanting to humble the almighty Mr. Stacy, asks Johnny if he'd ride Lucifer, so that he and the townsfolk could bet that Johnny would ride Lucifer for 30 seconds. Johnny agrees and then makes a deal with Stacy to throw the ride for $500.00. After spending time with Mark, Johnny decides to give the ride his best and then turn himself in to Marshal Torrance.moreless
    • Blood Brothers
      Blood Brothers
      Season 1 - Episode 35
      5/26/59
      8.3
      Lucas McCain gives blood to save a dying man and is surprised by Marshal Torrance's odd behavior toward the man. Then three men arrive from a nearby town and demand custody of the stranger.
    • Suspicion
      Season 5 - Episode 15
      1/14/63
      8.3
      On the road Lucas and Mark come upon Winslow Quince, a peddler whose wagon has broken down, and help him get his wagon into North Fork for repair. While in North Fork Quince barters several items that implicate him in a series of murders.
    • Strange Town
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      10/25/60
      8.3
      Lucas tracks an escaped prisoner to a town that turns out to be run by the gunman's brother, notorious for shooting people in the back.
    • Guilty Conscience
      Guilty Conscience
      Season 4 - Episode 27
      4/2/62
      8.3
      No one's more surprised than Micah when newcomer Leota Carraway claims he's her long-lost husband and the father of her child.
    • Hostages to Fortune
      Hostages to Fortune
      Season 5 - Episode 18
      2/4/63
      8.2
      At Halloween, rustlers take advantage of the seasonal disguises to raid a cattle ranch.
    • I Take This Woman
      I Take This Woman
      Season 5 - Episode 6
      11/5/62
      8.2
      Lou looks for a way out when the man her dying father promised her to arrives.
    • The Coward
      The Coward
      Season 2 - Episode 13
      12/22/59
      8.2
      Lucas becomes involved in a battle between an aspiring writer and a cocky, bragging trail boss.
    • Boomerang
      Season 1 - Episode 39
      6/23/59
      8.2
      When a rancher dies after the bank forecloses the mortgage on his property, his son blames the banker for his father's death.
    • The Sharpshooter
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      9/30/58
      8.2
      After wandering the countryside for four years, Lucas McCain and his 10-year-old son, Mark, arrive in North Fork, New Mexico looking to settle down. Talked into entering a turkey shoot in order to win a down-payment on a ranch, Lucas is backed into a tight corner when Big Jim Lewis threatens Mark's life in order to force him to throw the contest.moreless
    • Surveyors
      Surveyors
      Season 2 - Episode 14
      12/29/59
      8.2
      Mark runs away from home after his father questions his story about overhearing a plot to rob the bank.
    • The Lariat
      The Lariat
      Season 2 - Episode 27
      3/29/60
      8.2
      An old friend of Lucas's returns to town in the company of a shady gambler and is accused of cheating at cards.
    • The Deserter
      The Deserter
      Season 2 - Episode 25
      3/15/60
      8.2
      Lucas and Marshal Torrance get into trouble with the Army when they try to help a wounded young soldier who deserted.
    • The Spoiler
      The Spoiler
      Season 2 - Episode 21
      2/16/60
      8.2
      An elderly couple moves to North Fork under an assumed name to hide the fact that they are the parents of a vicious killer. The plan backfires when the son shows up at their home.
    • Short Rope for a Tall Man
      Short Rope for a Tall Man
      Season 3 - Episode 27
      3/28/61
      8.2
      Lucas and Mark are in another town to sell a bull to Joe Lovering. Mark wants to buy two horses from Mr. Schneider for $25 each. Schneider, wanting to leave town in a hurry, sells the horses to Mark. Neither Mark nor his father knows that the horses have been illegally bought and now resold to them. When the posse encounters them on the road, Lucas has a hard time explaining the two horses that Mark bought in spite of the bill of sale.moreless
    • The High Country
      Season 4 - Episode 12
      12/18/61
      8.1
      Lucas becomes the target of a vengeful mountaineer.
    • Home Ranch
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      10/7/58
      8.1
      Lucas has big plans for his new ranch. Unfortunately, so does Oat Jackford, his cattle baron neighbor, who sends over two of his cowhands to "convince" the McCain's to move on.
    • Trail of Hate
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      9/27/60
      8.1
      Lucas is out for vengeance when Mark is used as a pawn in a bank robbery scheme.
    • Old Tony
      Old Tony
      Season 5 - Episode 26
      4/8/63
      8.1
      Mark and his girlfriend Laurie discover that an old hermit is very lonely.
    • The Woman
      Season 1 - Episode 32
      5/5/59
      8.1
      An unfounded rumor causes North Fork's outspoken feminist schoolteacher to be attacked by a mob of angry townspeople.
    • The Sheridan Story
      Season 1 - Episode 16
      1/13/59
      8.1
      Frank Blandon, a man with only one good arm, wanders on to the ranch. Lucas gave Blandon a job to "hire him and Mark a clear conscience". General Sheridan and his patrol wandered by and Lucas offered to let them stay the night at the ranch. Blandon pulled a gun on General Sheridan, as it turned out Blandon was a confederate soldier, who once had General Sheridan in his gun sight during the war. Blandon hung fire, but Sheridan did not hesitate and blew out Blandon's shoulder. General Sheridan shamed Blandon out of exacting his revenge, then lifted Blandon's spirit by praising Johnny Rebs' fighting spirit. Sheridan ordered that Blandon be taken to a hospital to have his shoulder properly mended, carrying out his Commander in Chief's last order to "Bind up the Nation's wounds."moreless
    • Old Man Running (aka The Wanted Man)
      3/18/63
      8.1
      Lucas, who blames his wife's death on his father-in-law, refuses to help the old man elude gunmen.
    • Heller
      Heller
      Season 2 - Episode 22
      2/23/60
      8.1
      After foiling a girl's attempt to rob the general store, Lucas finds that she and her brother are plotting the murder of their abusive stepfather.
    • The Prisoner
      The Prisoner
      Season 3 - Episode 25
      3/14/61
      8.0
      Two ex-Confederate officers seek revenge on Lucas. McCain was a lieutenant in the 8th Indiana which defeated the 12th Cavalry 15 years earlier at the Battle of Fort Donaldson. The Confederate officers were in the 12th Cavalry, and their defeated regiment was sent to a prisoner-of-war camp for two years. They were the only two of their regiment who survived the internment. They blame Lucas for the imprisonment and the death of their fellow soldiers.moreless
    • The Decision
      The Decision
      Season 4 - Episode 6
      11/6/61
      8.0
      Corey Hazlett insists he's innocent of murder, despite Lucas's eyewitness testimony.
    • The Three-Legged Terror
      The Three-Legged Terror
      Season 1 - Episode 30
      4/21/59
      8.0

      When a rambunctious teenager wrecks a schoolroom, Lucas McCain, as a member of the North Fork school board, asks the boy's reluctant uncle to pay for the damages.

    • Quiet Night, Deadly Night
      Quiet Night, Deadly Night
      Season 5 - Episode 4
      10/22/62
      8.0
      Townspeople brace for the worst when a new girl arrives—with symptoms of smallpox.
    • Miss Milly
      Season 3 - Episode 8
      11/15/60
      8.0
      A new store owner upsets the town by demanding that all credit accounts be paid off.
    • Two Ounces of Tin
      Season 4 - Episode 21
      2/19/62
      8.0
      Sammy Davis Jr. stars as Tip Corey, son of a man allegedly murdered in North Fork.
    • Sporting Chance
      Season 4 - Episode 18
      1/29/62
      8.0
      An Englishman arrives with a custom-made rifle—and a plan to kill Lucas.
    • The Prodigal
      Season 2 - Episode 31
      4/26/60
      7.9
      To keep his invalid mother happy, an outlaw forces Lucas and Mark to go along with a masquerade that he is the owner of Lucas's ranch.
    • The Wyoming Story (2)
      The Wyoming Story (2)
      Season 3 - Episode 21
      2/14/61
      7.9
      Mark stays with Miss Milly, while Lucas is in Wyoming on the trail of a gang illegally selling weapons to the Indians. Mark suffers from loneliness and doubt while his father is gone for 2 months. (Part 2 of 2)
    • The Wyoming Story (1)
      The Wyoming Story (1)
      Season 3 - Episode 20
      2/7/61
      7.9

      Lucas agrees to take a job as a federal undercover agent and goes to Wyoming to investigate rumors of sales of arms to renegade Indians. His life is endagered by the town drunk who stumbles onto his true identity and purpose.

    • The Executioner
      The Executioner
      Season 4 - Episode 32
      5/7/62
      7.9
      A man is back to find hidden money after doing time in prison for a robbery.
    • New Orleans Menace
      Season 1 - Episode 10
      12/2/58
      7.9
      Tiffauges, a wealthy and sadistic Frenchman, who is used to getting whatever he wants, decides he wishes to purchase the McCain Ranch. Tiffauges' lead man, Xavier, proclaims Lucas to be muy macho, and does not believe Lucas will give in so easily. Xavier and the other men are tiring of being subjected to Tiffauges' whippings and cruel treatment. Lucas plays on the men's longing for freedom to keep his ranch.moreless
    • The Marshal
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      10/21/58
      7.9
      Former lawman Micah Torrance has fallen on hard times - and the cowardly Sheltin brothers aim to settle a score with the bitter, old lame-armed drunk. But, as fate would have it, Lucas's tough love and Marks innocent heart have begun to restore Micah's pride - and the pickin's might not be so easy.moreless
    • Woman From Hog Ridge
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      10/4/60
      7.8
      Lucas shoots a horse thief who turns out to be a member of the Boyle clan, and now Ma Boyle is after him.
    • The Apprentice Sheriff
      Season 1 - Episode 11
      12/9/58
      7.8
      Dan Willard is filling in as temporary marshal while Micah is away. Some Texas cowhands are in North Fork looking for some fun and relaxation, but Dan keeps coming down hard on them. Dan's father tells Lucas that he feels Dan is trying to prove himself as a man to compensate from being dropped from West Point Academy because of his poor eyesight. The Texas cowhands have had enough of being pushed around when Marshal Dan posts an ordinance that all visitors must check their guns at the Marshal's office. Now, they're out to cause some real trouble for Dan.moreless
    • The Retired Gun
      Season 1 - Episode 17
      1/20/59
      7.8
      Wes Carney and his wife Clair want to settle down and they figure North Fork might do fine. Wes is a well known gunfighter, who has promised Clair that he would hang up his guns for good. The Carney's want to live a simple, honest life and the Feed and Grain Store, which is up for sale, seems like it might work for them. Carney's reputation and the news that he's settling down brings troublemakers to North Fork. Lucas is the only man willing to stand as deputy with Micah. After Lucas tells the Carney's a story, Clair releases Wes of his promise and the three men take on the troublemakers. After the showdown, Clair announces that Wes will be taking the Sheriff's position he was offered in another town, if it's still available.moreless
    • The Journey Back
      The Journey Back
      Season 4 - Episode 5
      10/30/61
      7.8
      Mark goes to work for Will Temple, a badly scarred and very mysterious rancher.
    • The Photographer
      Season 1 - Episode 18
      1/27/59
      7.8
      Abel Goss, the photographer who took Lucas' wedding photograph, is in North Fork doing a portrait of Mark standing in the street. When Goss sees Col. Whiteside and his sidekick Jamison, he recognizes them as the butchers who tortured him and others while he was captive in their prisoners of war camp. When Lucas stops him from killing them, Goss swears to kill those men. Whiteside planned to call Goss out, but he had Jamison shooting from the upstairs hotel window, as his insurance. When the shots are fired, Whiteside is dead, shot in the back, and his gun hadn't been fired. Goss is arrested and at the trial Lucas and Mark have different testimonies. Mark reenacts the scene in the street, and Lucas backs Mark's theory , using the photographic negative Goss had shot of Mark.moreless
    • The Boarding House
      Season 1 - Episode 22
      2/24/59
      7.8
      Reformed card sharp Julia Massini now runs a respectable boarding house in North Fork, but Sid Fallon is threatening to reveal her sordid past unless she lets him turn the establishment into a saloon and gambling hall.
    • The Quiet Fear
      The Quiet Fear
      Season 4 - Episode 17
      1/22/62
      7.8
      Lucas's old Army pal settles in North Fork with his deaf daughter.
    • The Anvil Chorus
      The Anvil Chorus
      Season 5 - Episode 12
      12/17/62
      7.8
      Nils Swenson, North Fork's blacksmith, volunteers to take the marshal's place for a few days while Micah attends a wedding in another town. To help maintain peace, Nils institutes a policy that anyone coming into town must turn in their weapons, getting them back when they leave. This plan backfires on Nils when some dishonest men are in town.moreless
    • Sins of the Father
      Season 2 - Episode 30
      4/19/60
      7.8
      After shooting a man in self-defense, Andy Moon turns to Lucas for protection from his vengeful brothers.
    • Nora
      Season 2 - Episode 35
      5/24/60
      7.8
      Lucas finds himself involved in murder when he gallantly steps to the aid of a beautiful woman.
    • The Schoolmaster
      Season 3 - Episode 10
      11/29/60
      7.8
      Mark and his friend become trapped in an old mine.
    • Squeeze Play
      Squeeze Play
      Season 5 - Episode 10
      12/3/62
      7.8
      A speculator will stop at nothing to grab Lucas's land.
    • The Princess
      The Princess
      Season 4 - Episode 15
      1/8/62
      7.7

      The Queen-to-be of France hides out in North Fork.

    • The Tinhorn
      The Tinhorn
      Season 4 - Episode 24
      3/12/62
      7.7
      A professional card player, John Keeler, has set up business in North Fork, but local Jesse Phillips claims that this tinhorn is a cheat. Lucas starts playing poker with Keeler to draw him out.
    • The Fourflusher
      The Fourflusher
      Season 2 - Episode 32
      5/3/60
      7.7
      A sharecropper enters his colt in a horse race, hoping to win enough money to buy his farm from the owner, who has bet on Mark McCain's entry.
    • The Score is Even
      The Score is Even
      Season 3 - Episode 29
      4/11/61
      7.7
      Lucas tries to get help when he is shot after witnessing a murder.
    • Panic
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      11/10/59
      7.6
      Town character Brett Conway blackmails Lucas with the knowledge that a young couple Lucas rescued are suffering from yellow fever.
    • Day of the Hunter
      Day of the Hunter
      Season 2 - Episode 15
      1/5/60
      7.6
      A famous buffalo hunter tries to goad Lucas into a shooting match.
    • The Sister
      Season 1 - Episode 9
      11/25/58
      7.6
      Rebecca Snipe is returning to North Fork after a long visit away. Before her stage left, she over hears a man saying he's going to North Fork to kill a big man with a big mouth. Upon Rebecca's arrival in North Fork, Mark is smitten with her and gets it in his head to play matchmaker between her and his pa. Thinking Lucas has intentions on their sister, the Snipe brothers come looking for Lucas to see if he measures up to their standard of being good enough for her.moreless
    • Outlaw's Inheritance
      Season 1 - Episode 38
      6/16/59
      7.6
      Lucas is the town's representative to the railroad commission until an infamous train robber dies and leaves his ill-gotten wealth to Lucas. Lucas must clear his name and stop the reckless ambition of his replacement.
    • Outlaw's Shoes
      Season 4 - Episode 31
      4/30/62
      7.6
      A head wound wipes out Lucas's memory, leaving him with only one clue: he's wearing an outlaw's gun.
    • Dark Day at North Fork
      Season 3 - Episode 24
      3/7/61
      7.6
      Blinded in an explosion, Lucas fights despair as he prepares for a meeting with a gun-toting enemy.
    • Jealous Man
      Jealous Man
      Season 4 - Episode 26
      3/26/62
      7.6
      Jake and Fay Owens, old friends of Micah, are the McCain's new neighbors. Jake quickly develops an unreasoning jealousy of Lucas with Fay.
    • The Horse Traders
      Season 2 - Episode 20
      2/9/60
      7.6
      When a horse dealer transporting a prize stallion stops in North Fork, two saddle tramps try to use trickery to obtain it.
    • Milly's Brother
      Milly's Brother
      Season 4 - Episode 30
      4/23/62
      7.6
      A veteran returns with tales of heroism and the fate of Milly's brother in the Civil War.
    • The Grasshopper
      Season 2 - Episode 23
      3/1/60
      7.6
      A condemned killer being transported by train murders a marshal and takes Mark hostage.
    • Tension
      Tension
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      10/27/59
      7.6
      Gavin and Ezra Martin think that Lucas killed their son Clemmie while taking part in a train robbery, and Lucas refuses to tell them what really happened.
    • Long Gun From Tucson
      Long Gun From Tucson
      Season 4 - Episode 11
      12/11/61
      7.5
      Lucas tries to stop embittered John Holliver from venting his wrath on the people who expelled him from town years before.
    • The Vaqueros
      The Vaqueros
      Season 4 - Episode 1
      10/2/61
      7.5
      While Lucas and Mark are traveling across the Mexican desert they encounter a trio of Mexican bandits. They demand payment from Lucas for crossing "their" desert. Lucas refuses. In retaliation, the three slam Lucas in the throat with his rifle, strip him of all his possessions (including Mark), tie him to a tree, and leave him to die of thirst and exposure.moreless
    • The Guest
      The Guest
      Season 5 - Episode 23
      3/11/63
      7.5
      New arrival Mario Arsatti becomes very friendly with Lucas, but this turns out to be merely pleasure before business: he's been hired to kill Lucas.
    • Conflict
      Conflict
      Season 5 - Episode 13
      12/24/62
      7.5
      Lucas's self-confidence begins to slip away when he misses an easy shot.
    • The Gaucho
      Season 1 - Episode 14
      12/30/58
      7.5
      Rumson, without even saying to whom he had sold his property, left the bill of sale with the bank and moved away from North Fork. Curge, who's highest offer was upped by $1,000.00 is upset because Rumson sold out to a "peppergut". The Argentez family who bought the place are from Argentina. Lucas arranges for Mark to hang out with Manolo, who teaches Mark to use the Bolas. Manolo is angered at anyone who shows interest in his sister, he believes she is only for a "Caballero". Her latest suitor, Ned Dunnell, has been found murdered and the townsfolk are quick to believe it was Manolo.moreless
    • Miss Bertie
      Season 3 - Episode 14
      12/27/60
      7.5
      A lively old lady arrives in town hot on the trail of a notorious bandit—and the reward money for capturing him.
    • The Long Goodbye
      Season 4 - Episode 9
      11/27/61
      7.5
      Stubborn Grandpa Fogarty is Lucas's main roadblock as he tries to get young Woody Fogarty to attend school.
    • Eddie's Daughter
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      11/3/59
      7.5
      After the daughter of Lucas's friend the hotel clerk arrives in North Fork, two strangers threaten her life.
    • The Pet
      Season 1 - Episode 15
      1/6/59
      7.5
      Ward Haskins guns down Joe Flecker, who has evidence that could be used to blackmail him. Haskins thinks the information was given to Lucas, since he brought Flecker to the doctor before he died. Stirred up by Haskins behavior, Lucas goes through Flecker's things, finding a wanted poster for Haskins in the sole of Flecker's boot. He also finds Doc Burrage drinking. Doc is discouraged because three children have died of an anthrax epidemic that he has the new serum for, but nobody is willing to allow him to administer it in time. Haskins rides out to the ranch and is bitten by Flecker's horse, which is now believed to have anthrax. Mark overhears about how anthrax always causes death and is worried because he had bitten by Flecker's horse, also.moreless
    • Ordeal
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      11/17/59
      7.5
      When their wagon breaks down, Mark and an injured Lucas are stranded in the desert.
    • The Assailants
      The Assailants
      Season 5 - Episode 7
      11/12/62
      7.5
      An assassination plot unfolds as four gunmen disguised as cavalrymen enter North Fork. Their target: Sen. Jim Borden. Their weapon: a Gatling gun.
    • The Visitor
      Season 2 - Episode 18
      1/26/60
      7.5
      Lucas is drawn to a young widow passing through town on her way to claim an inheritance, but others who covet it are trying to kill her.
    • The Deadeye Kid
      Season 1 - Episode 20
      2/10/59
      7.4
      McCain befriends Donnel O'Mahoney, a tough kid from Brooklyn, and arranges with two men for the young man to continue his travels on their wagon, but then one of them is murdered and the other accuses the boy of having done it.
    • The Lonesome Bride
      The Lonesome Bride
      Season 3 - Episode 32
      5/2/61
      7.4
      Two pranksters write away for a mail-order bride, using Lucas's name.
    • Stopover
      Season 3 - Episode 31
      4/25/61
      7.4
      Trouble brews at Lucas's when a whisky salesman and a gunfighter fall for the same woman.
    • The Hawk
      Season 1 - Episode 29
      4/14/59
      7.4
      Young Mark manages to capture a hawk, but then falls into danger from a rattlesnake. When a stranger comes to his rescue, the grateful Mark invites the man home, unaware that he is on the run from the law.
    • Mark's Rifle
      Mark's Rifle
      Season 5 - Episode 8
      11/19/62
      7.4
      Sharpshooter Marty Blair tries to persuade Lucas to buy Mark a rifle.
    • The Challenge
      Season 1 - Episode 28
      4/7/59
      7.4
      When escaped convicts hold up the general store in North Fork and take Marshal Torrance hostage, Lucas comes to the rescue.
    • Assault
      Assault
      Season 3 - Episode 26
      3/21/61
      7.4
      A salesman can't talk his way out of an assault charge.
    • Young Englishman
      Young Englishman
      Season 1 - Episode 13
      12/23/58
      7.3
      Lucas gets in trouble when he accuses the foreman of a neighboring ranch of rustling some of his cattle.
    • Flowers by the Door
      Season 3 - Episode 16
      1/10/61
      7.3
      Lucas unmasks a killer posing as a door-to-door seed salesman.
    • The Spiked Rifle
      Season 2 - Episode 9
      11/24/59
      7.3
      Mark is kidnapped as he and his father try to protect Banker Hamilton's gold.
    • Duel of Honor
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      11/11/58
      7.3
      When an Italian Count arrives in North Fork, his strange attire attracts the attention of Groder, a town bully. Groder trying to have fun with this stranger, destroys some of the Counts currency, mocks him, and tries to humiliate him. Eventually the Count challenges Groder to a duel and asks Lucas to be his Second. They meet at dawn and the Count, the offended party, brings his single shot dueling pistols, something Groder is unaccustomed to. Lucas as second must see that all rules of the duel are adhered to.moreless
    • Stranger at Night
      Season 1 - Episode 36
      6/2/59
      7.2
      Mark's finding the body of a murder victim starts Lucas, his friend Artemus and Marshal Torrance on a search for the killer.
    • A Case of Identity
      A Case of Identity
      Season 2 - Episode 17
      1/19/60
      7.1
      Mark finds himself in grave danger when two unscrupulous detectives searching for a man's long-lost son claim that it is Mark.
    • Skull
      Season 4 - Episode 14
      1/1/62
      7.1
      Lucas seeks an escape when he's captured by outlaws while seeking help for an injured Mark.
    • The Indian
      The Indian
      Season 1 - Episode 21
      2/17/59
      7.1
      U.S. Marshal Sam Buckhart arrives in North Fork in search of renegade Indians suspected of the brutal killing of a Texas Ranger and his family, but the townspeople are suspicious of him when they discover that he too is an Indian.
    • Requiem at Mission Springs
      Requiem at Mission Springs
      Season 5 - Episode 22
      3/4/63
      7.1
      Lucas begins a trek to find a cure for Mark, who is paralyzed after a bad fall.
    • A Friend in Need
      A Friend in Need
      Season 4 - Episode 13
      12/25/61
      7.0

      Mark finds himself the unwilling companion of gunman Carl Avery, who abducts the boy while his accomplice demands a ransom from Lucas.

    • The Sixteenth Cousin
      The Sixteenth Cousin
      Season 5 - Episode 17
      1/28/62
      7.0
      A Japanese nobleman seeks revenge when his servant is insulted.
    • Waste (2)
      Waste (2)
      Season 5 - Episode 2
      10/8/62
      7.0
      Conclusion. After Alphonso's wife gives birth, the bandits holding Marshal Torrance relax their guard, enabling Lucas and Mark to rescue the old man.
    • The Vision
      The Vision
      Season 2 - Episode 26
      3/22/60
      7.0
      After Mark contracts typhoid fever and has a vision of his dead mother, he no longer seems interested in getting well.
    • The Legacy
      The Legacy
      Season 2 - Episode 11
      12/8/59
      7.0
      Lucas tries to do a good deed for the old town drunk but it backfires when the drunk's son believes he inherited Lucas' ranch.
    • Waste (1)
      Waste (1)
      Season 5 - Episode 1
      10/1/62
      6.9
      Marshal Torrance is heading home from a cattle sale with Lucas and Mark when the old lawman mysteriously disappears. They trace him to a nearby Mexican ghost town. (Part 1 of 2)
    • The Raid
      The Raid
      Season 1 - Episode 37
      6/9/59
      6.9
      When renegade Apaches wound Lucas and kidnap Mark, Marshal Torrance joins with U.S. Marshal Sam Buckhart to form a rescue posse.
    • The Baby Sitter
      Season 2 - Episode 12
      12/15/59
      6.9
      A dance hall singer asks Lucas to care for her daughter in an effort to hide the baby from her self-righteous, bigoted father.
    • The Martinet
      Season 3 - Episode 7
      11/8/60
      6.9

      An army captain comes to North Fork to kill the man who shot down his son in a gunfight - Lucas McCain.

    • Honest Abe
      Honest Abe
      Season 4 - Episode 8
      11/20/61
      6.9

      Able Lincoln's claim that he's the Great Emancipator himself amuses everyone except Matt Yordy.

    • The Lost Treasure of Canyon Town
      The Lost Treasure of Canyon Town
      Season 3 - Episode 23
      2/28/61
      6.8
      In a ghost town, Lucas, Mark and Micah tangle with the Newman family and learn the secret of the town's 20-year-old mystery of a lost gold mine.
    • Incident at Line Shack Six
      Season 5 - Episode 14
      1/7/63
      6.7
      John Gangling, a railroad gang boss, gives out wages to the workmen. Charlie Breen, a man known to save his money, gets his wages and goes off to add them to his money belt. Gangling follows Breen because he wants Breen's savings. Gangling kills him, and then puts the blame on Johnny Wing, one of the Apache workers,moreless
    • The Pitchman
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      9/18/60
      6.7
      When Mark finds gold on their property, a fast-talking salesman who tried to sell Lucas a new lightning rod offers instead to buy the ranch's mineral rights.
    • A Time for Singing
      Season 2 - Episode 24
      3/8/60
      6.7
      Mark discovers that the new preacher and his wife are impostors planning a robbery.
    • The Mescalaro Curse
      The Mescalaro Curse
      Season 3 - Episode 30
      4/18/61
      6.5

      Lucas is cursed for death by a Mescalaro witch doctor: he was foreman of a jury that convicted an Apache.

    • The Queue
      Season 3 - Episode 34
      5/16/61
      6.5
      A Chinese man and his son fight prejudice as they try to open a laundry in North Fork.
    • First Wages
      Season 4 - Episode 2
      10/9/61
      6.5
      Lucas tries to find out why Mark has taken a job as a stableboy.
    • The Actress
      Season 3 - Episode 18
      1/24/61
      6.5
      A deathbed request from an old friend sends Lucas to a neighboring town in search of the man's long-lost sweetheart.
    • The Illustrator
      The Illustrator
      Season 3 - Episode 12
      12/13/60
      6.5
      Lucas encourages a drunken artist charged with murder to use his talents to identify the true killer.
    • And the Devil Makes Five
      Season 5 - Episode 19
      2/11/63
      6.4
      A snake crawls into Lucas's bed, and Mark must lure it away before it strikes.
    • The Shattered Idol
      The Shattered Idol
      Season 4 - Episode 10
      12/4/61
      6.4
      Mark Twain visits Northfork and quickly alienates the townspeople.
    • The Most Amazing Man
      Season 5 - Episode 9
      11/26/62
      6.2
      Fast-draw artist Wade Randall is less than anxious to display his prowess.
    • The Trade
      Season 1 - Episode 24
      3/10/59
      6.1
      Outlaw Sam Morley falls in love with a young woman who has a serious illness, and asks Lucas to turn him in for the reward and then use the money to pay for her medical care.
    • None So Blind
      None So Blind
      Season 4 - Episode 25
      3/19/62
      6.0
      Mark befriends singer-banjoist Lafayette Bly, a blind man with an acute sense of hearing—and a very strong grip.
    • Shivaree
      Season 1 - Episode 19
      2/3/59
      5.8
      Aaron Pelser's wagon train came across a pair of young boys on a buck board heading west and invited them to join the train. When he found out that one of the boys was actually a girl and the two claimed to be headed to Yuma to get married, Pelser and his crowd force them to be married in North Fork. The wagon train folks want to throw a shivaree, which may have been innocent enough except for two reasons. The first reason being that the couple does not count it as their wedding because they want to be wed by the groom's father in Yuma. The second reason is that Chet Packard keeps pushing things too far, beyond the spirit of a friendly shivaree.moreless
    • A Matter of Faith
      Season 1 - Episode 34
      5/19/59
      5.7

      Although a drought has forced local cowhands to seek work on a railroad construction project, railroad executives are afraid that their workers will desert them if they believe an old man's claim to have found a way to make rain.

    • The Mind Reader
      The Mind Reader
      Season 1 - Episode 40
      6/30/59
      4.4
      When a wealthy rancher is killed, Mark suggests that they seek the aid of a mind reader to identify the murderer.
    • Which Way'd They Go?
      Which Way'd They Go?
      Season 5 - Episode 25
      4/1/63
      4.3
      The notoriously lazy Jackman brothers discover their mortgage has been foreclosed.
    • Knight Errant
      Season 4 - Episode 7
      11/13/61
      4.0
      Lucas tries to dissuade a latter-day knight from rushing into battle.
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