THE TELEVISION WESTERN

The Great Western Theme Songs

When I searched for the top television westerns of the day, I got a few Netflix series. That’s it.  No, there is not much out there anymore. At one time, television westerns were a mainstay of programming, especially in the early years.  The 1950’s relied on movie and radio series westerns and in  many cases their stars.  The successful shows invited series of similar content to arrive.  The 60’s and 70’s brought us many original westerns.  Since then, they have seemed to ride off into the sunset, never to return.

With the early westerns came some great theme songs.  I considered many shows with great opening and closing tunes when I compiled my top 10 western theme songs.  I wrote down this list (in no particular order) before paring it down to 10:
The Lone Ranger
Gene Autry
Wild Wild West
Bonanza
Have Gun Will Travel
Rawhide
Wyatt Earp
Lonesome Dove
Maverick
The Rebel
Gunsmoke
Zorro
Wagon Train
The Big Valley
The Roy Rogers Show
The High Chaparral
Cheyenne
Bat Masterson
Jim Bowie
Death Valley Days
Sugarfoot
Bronco
Fury

Which of these shows made my top 10 theme songs?  Saddle up your horse and head on over to teepee12.com (SERENDIPITY) to find out.  You will also get links to the top 5 songs in case you need to relive the days of yesteryear.

More Top Television Theme Songs, Western Division,” SERENDIPITY, teepee12.com

THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF THE SHORT WESTERN – RICH PASCHALL

Last week we posted the Top Ten short dramas, but we left the half hour western to a Top Ten of its own. Be sure to click on “View original post” below to head over to SERENDIPITY for the entire list.

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My Top Ten Half Hour Westerns, By Rich Paschall

Previously on Top Ten Lists, the half hour dramas were pursued and captured by our list makers after a mighty struggle with the internet.  The hero of our saga had to hunt down the short dramas of yesteryear, because the present day folks had completely abandoned the idea of getting to the point quickly.  These stories were rounded up one by one and displayed in Too Much Drama, an episode from a couple of weeks ago.  Now the tale of the half hour drama resumes with the Western division.  Our hero will ride off into the sunset looking for horse dramas that actually had a plot and moved right along.  Saddle up and follow us down the trail.

In the early days of television, the western was a staple of programming.  Many shows were radio broadcasts that became television series.  With an…

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