Thursday, August 10, 2023

Show Notes and Video Playlist: Episode 11-10: The Rifleman

*We hope you enjoy this season's journey into the so-called Silver Age of TV (Dennis the Menace was a special tie-in with the Eighties toon). We remain focused on the BOTNS era of the Seventies and Eighties but plan to keep the occasional steps back to the earlier days of TV!

*Here is the video playlist for this week's podcast. Note that the second video is the full episode we discuss this week, "Ordeal," courtesy of an official upload from FilmRise. 

But you will also see commercials, promos, music, and more! Just click below:

*And remember, you can always check out our official YouTube page for all of our past podcasts and episode-specific playlists for each one!

*For info about the series beyond these show notes, check out this official website.

*The Rifleman aired 5 seasons, 1958 to 1963, on ABC for 168 episodes plus a pilot on The Zane Grey Theater. It remains widely available on streaming outlets including YouTube.

*"Ordeal" premiered November 17, 1959 at 9:00 on ABC.

*Michael Jordan had a famous stint with the Chicago White Sox organization but didn't appear in an official regular season game (He is still the GOAT, though). Danny Ainge made it to a Blue Jays rookies baseball card and played several seasons with the club. appear in a game. Another two-part star was knicks great Dave Debusschere. So, yes, Wikipedia is wrong if it says Chuck Connors is the only athlete to play in both MLB and the NBA!

*Johnny Crawford was 12 when the show premiered (Connors was 38).

*The Westerner is also widely available. The half-hour Brian Keith starrer from Sam Peckinpah aired Fall 1960.

*North Fork was on a Hollywood soundstage, though the show did use locations at various times. This local New Mexico source assures us that it is not a real town:

To close, there is a gentleman that keeps calling our office. His first inquiry was about the ranch where Lucas McCain and his son lived in the television western show – The Rifleman. The ranch was supposed to be located near the fictional town of North Fork, New Mexico. This gentleman has decided North Fork, New Mexico is close to Silver City. We keep saying that North Fork, New Mexico was a fictional town. The gentleman from another state continues believing it was near Silver City and wants us to share the secret with him… describing the location of North Fork, New Mexico. If you know something we don’t know about North Fork… please call our office at 538-3785.

*TV ratings for the series were generally good. It finished fourth its first season, 13th its second, then in the 20s the enxt two season before dropping out of the top 30 in its final season.

*Here is the Minus 5 song "The Rifleman" that Mike mentions on the show.

*Four Star Playhouse was an anthology program that aired from 1952 to 1956 on CBS. Many of the episodes are easy to find on various streaming outlets.

*Here is something I wish I had:

*Finally, I will just put this here without comment:

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