Here's my review for the first season.... There was drama behind the scenes in network TV-land in early 1962, and it was drama that helped create the classic show The Virginian. At that time NBC's top-rated show--and in fact the number one show for all of American TV--was Wagon Train. But it was contract renewal time for Wagon Train, and at the beginning of 1962 ABC made a bold move and legally "stole" Wagon Train from NBC by offering the makers of the show a better deal. So, NBC lost their top show and money maker. They were mad, but more than that they were going to get even, no matter what the cost. And so opposite their former show Wagon Train, which was a fairly elaborate hour show done in black and white, NBC put on a new "super Western"--an unprecedented 90-minute show done in full color, which at that time was rare and pretty costly. The Virginian was probably the most expensive show on TV when it debuted in the Fall of 1962. Each episode had a budget of about $350,000 (about $3 million today--if you could even make a show like this today), and was basically an attempt to create a good little Hollywood Western movie each week. Each episode had a top guest star, like Lee Marvin, Bette Davis, Ricardo Montalban, etc. The Virginian steadily climbed in the ratings vs. Wagon Train, and in a few years the formerly top-rated Wagon Train was off the air. NBC had won with The Virginian on their side. The guest stars are great on this show, but the continuing cast is just as impressive. James Drury does an amazing job bringing the Virginian to life. The Virginian to me (and I know this may sound silly) is a little bit like a combination of Mr. Spock and Captain Kirk. He's in command and has a sense of humor and charisma like Kirk, but he's almost coldly logical and ethical in working out his decisions most of the time. He's a thinking person's hero who really doesn't like to draw his gun often, and hates to kill. There are sometimes shoot outs in this show, but mostly it's a drama set in the West, not a shoot em up kind of show. Co-starring is Trampas, wonderfully played by the charming Doug McClure. He's full of wit and fun, but is a good guy too--if not as responsible as the V. One of the most famous fans of this show was former President Dwight Eisenhower. When the network messed up one of the episodes one night by showing the reels of film out of order, he called up the network himself to complain. The picture quality is very good. Now this is a DVD, not a blu-ray so don't get your expectations too sky high. But on these fine DVDs it probably looks better than it did when it was broadcast at the time.