What made me want to watch a western television show that only aired one season from 1965-1966? Rod Serling…that is the reason and a good enough reason for me.
This is the show that he started a year after the Twilight Zone. The show didn’t make it past one season. That is not because of the content. It was an adult western…Serling hated some of the westerns at the time and wanted to make this one more realistic. While he didn’t bring in the Twilight Zone scifi take he did bring his own way of conveying mortality tales.
That didn’t fly with some viewers who only wanted the shoot’em up cowboy tales.
Lloyd Bridges starred in this show about a man named Bill Colton who roamed the west a month after the Civil War ended. Along the way we would meet new characters every week. I watch this show and think…why didn’t it catch on? Was it too smart for some viewers? You did have action but the shows were character and story based. Another reason it didn’t last is the Western theme at that time had been mined and mined bare but Serling’s western wasn’t like many of the others.
This series I have to recommend to anyone. There are only 26 episodes all 25 minute each so it’s not a huge investment of time. Serling wrote 75 percent of the scripts so you know the dialog and stories are good. Lloyd Bridges is excellent in the staring role.
If you are looking for an intelligent western with good stories, dialog, and action when needed…get The Loner.
You can watch many if not all on youtube. They were released in 2016 on DVD.