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I am not a huge fan of the western genre in general. There are a few western films that I love, but it has to be something truly exceptional or unusual to hold my attention (Once Upon a Time in the West for example). Run of the mill westerns put me to sleep in no time.

Although I've only sampled a few shows so far, everything I have seen from the 50s-70s TV westerns suggests to me that they are very much run of the mill, languidly ticking western cliches on their checklists. I really tune out when the story is almost completely centered around the same few small sets and western main street facades that a dozen other shows probably reused later in the week. At least the Lone Ranger seemed to spend a fair amount of time roaming through the wilderness having adventures - I wish shows had more of that and much less hanging out in town.

Is there one show that really stands head and shoulders above the rest? I've heard Maverick is tops for lighthearted fun. What about serious shows?
If the goal is a western that is out and about, you might want to try Rawhide. Another would be Wild Wild West if you want to bring in other elements then the typical western.
 

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For a serious 1950s TV western, Have Gun Will Travel is probably the best of the half hour shows. A good amount of location work, and it’s a different story each episode so if one isn’t to your liking, odds are that the next one will be.
 

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If the goal is a western that is out and about, you might want to try Rawhide. Another would be Wild Wild West if you want to bring in other elements then the typical western.
Thanks! Embarrassingly, I haven't gotten around to watching Rawhide yet. I guess because the streaming services don't seem to have it. Off to Youtube...

Wild Wild West I probably need to watch more of. I do like Robert Conrad. The one episode I saw felt to me like one of those Star Trek time travel episodes.

Speaking of Rawhide - there's some westerns I'd like to check out just because of up and coming stars in their casts:
Rawhide - Eastwood
Gunsmoke - Dennis Weaver, Burt Reynolds
Maverick - James Garner, Roger Moore
Wanted Dead or Alive - Steve McQueen
Big Valley - Lee Majors
 

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(I admit that I haven't read the previous 11 pages of posts.)

I don't know if British series have been part of the convo, but as a long-time fan of Doctor Who (1963-89) I was encouraged to watch the single series phenom called BLAKE'S SEVEN. I agreed it sounded a compelling premise, and I liked the looks of some of the characters, plus I was an immediate fanatic of creator Terry Nation's post-apocalyptic series SURVIVORS since my first viewing, but... I just couldn't see what my mates were seeing in B7. I was aware episode 1 was just the setup, but I couldn't finish episode 2. I didn't get it.

In cases like this I conclude that my friends aren't as discerning as I am, though it's a conclusion I keep to myself. 😉
 

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(I admit that I haven't read the previous 11 pages of posts.)

I don't know if British series have been part of the convo, but as a long-time fan of Doctor Who (1963-89) I was encouraged to watch the single series phenom called BLAKE'S SEVEN. I agreed it sounded a compelling premise, and I liked the looks of some of the characters, plus I was an immediate fanatic of creator Terry Nation's post-apocalyptic series SURVIVORS since my first viewing, but... I just couldn't see what my mates were seeing in B7. I was aware episode 1 was just the setup, but I couldn't finish episode 2. I didn't get it.

For me, when I first watched B7 in the late '80s, I just didn't 'get' those first two episodes, either. Having 'bought' a tape of the first 3, I decided to stick it out. That third episode, though, completes the 'setup' arc and really clicked with me. Plus, it has Brian Blessed in it!

If you have the opportunity, you might give that episode a try before writing it off.
 

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Blakes 7 is a masterwork. It's also four series not just one. And I admit, it takes a little while to get going. I encourage you to try again and push through the first handful of episodes. The show really takes off and is absolutely worth the time.
In terms of production value, how would you compare Blakes 7 to Doctor Who? About the same?
 

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In terms of production value, how would you compare Blakes 7 to Doctor Who? About the same?
Yeah pretty much. Maybe cheaper since Doctor Who was established and a massive success, so they may have had a little more money there. But this the BBC, so they looked like they had the same shoestring budget on Blakes 7.
 

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Because of my tastes, I suppose I should like Seinfeld. I've heard so much hype about this show over the years that I finally decided to check-it-out when TBS aired a marathon some years back. I recorded maybe seven or eight episodes, but made it through two full ones before throwing in the towel. I didn't find it one bit funny. I know I never laughed, nor do I think I even cracked a smile. None of the characters were likable, and I haven't any desire to revisit the show to see if my opinions of it have changed.
 

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Because of my tastes, I suppose I should like Seinfeld...None of the characters were likable...
I've always felt that a huge swath of Seinfeld viewers never realized that it wasn't that they liked the characters but that they related to them and their terrible behavior and thoughts. That the writers "fooled" the general audience into that for nearly a decade makes me love the show even more. :laugh:
 

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