The Rifleman was an American Western TV show that starred Chuck Connors as rancher Lucas McCain and Johnny Crawford as his young son Mark McCain. They lived in a small town in New Mexico. Taking place in the 1870s and 1880s, this place was known to attract sharpshooters.
The series lasted five seasons and ran from the 1950’s to the 1960’s. Sam Peckinpah and Arnold Laven became legends in directing Westerns after filming this series. Fans were captivated by the life lessons and character reveals throughout the show. If you would like to learn about what went behind the scenes and why the show went off the air, then read on!
The Rifleman Story
For five seasons fans followed the show as McCain toted his rifle around the ranch in one of the most revered TV series of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Show creator Arnold Laven and developer Sam Peckinpah became legends in directing Westerns. The set and cast of The Rifleman was top notch, and the life lessons and character reveals that played out captivated its audience until the end.
Read on to get the lowdown about what went on behind the scenes and to learn why the show really went off the air.
The Art Of The Deal
When Chuck Connors was first offered the lead of Lucas McCain in the show, he turned down the part based on the low salary he was offered. The show’s producers immediately considered James Whitmore and John Anderson for the role, thinking they would accept their wage offer. But then they made an amazing discovery…