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The Virginian 

TV-PG | | Western | TV Series (1962–1971)
Personable Western series based in Wyoming from the 1890s onward.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Doug McClure ...  Trampas 249 episodes, 1962-1971
James Drury ...  The Virginian 249 episodes, 1962-1971
Lee J. Cobb ...  Judge Henry Garth 120 episodes, 1962-1966
Sara Lane ...  Elizabeth Grainger 105 episodes, 1966-1970
Clu Gulager ...  Emmett Ryker / ... 104 episodes, 1963-1968
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Storyline

The Shiloh Ranch in Wyoming Territory of the 1890s is owned in sequence by Judge Garth, the Grainger brothers, and Colonel MacKenzie. It is the setting for a variety of stories, many more based on character and relationships than the usual western. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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With every hoofbeat, history is made. (season five) See more »

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Western

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Official Sites:

INSP | Official Fan Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Men from Shiloh See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(249 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

It has the most ninety-minute episodes of any TV series, it's unlikely any other show can even come close to it. See more »

Goofs

The setting of the show in Wyoming Territory in the 1890's would have resulted in a very short run of episodes since Wyoming Territory ceased to exist after July 10, 1890 when the State of Wyoming was admitted to the Union. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Monty Python's Flying Circus: Royal Episode 13 (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

The Virginian
(Theme)
by Percy Faith
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The return of a true gem
27 January 2010 | by vrangerSee all my reviews

This is yet another series that I remember being devoted to as a kid, but some 40+ years later I of course didn't remember any real details of the series, its guest stars, or episodes.

When in January 2010 Encore Westerns began showing it, I was amazed.

First, when it originally aired my family didn't have a color television. The cinematography in The Virginian is amazing for a series that started in 1962. Not only was filming a TV series in color unusual at that early time, but the quality of color is outstanding ... each episode looks virtually like a technicolor movie.

Second, most of the scripts are quite compelling. Unlike some Western films, where an complex adventure has to be squeezed into 90 to 120 minutes, the writers of The Virginian knew they had a series of shows to work with. Therefore they opted for somewhat more simple, yet strong, stories that they could explore at a more leisurely pace. It doesn't mean the shows are slow moving ... quite the opposite. It means they have more time for character study, and for the most part this is a real strength of the show.

Finally, the acting is very good. Each show has strong guest stars, a real Who's Who of television and movie actors. The cast also gives strong performances, including an amazing job by James Drury. Why he wasn't treated to more long term starring roles after this is a mystery to me. Even Doug McClure, who walked thru most of the rest of his career trading on his popularity as Trampus, gave strong and believable performances in this series.

Obviously, I highly recommend The Virginian to any fan of westerns. Whether you are a younger viewer discovering this show for the first time, or someone like me 'rediscovering it', you'll experience a true delight.


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