Classic TV Westerns Viewing Guide

Westerns were all over the primetime network schedules in the 1950s and 60s. By the time the 1970s rolled around, viewer tastes were changing and the western era was all but over.

Long-running westerns Bonanza and Gunsmoke ended in the 1970s. Although there were a handful of westerns that launched later in the decade, none could match the genre’s earlier success.

Fortunately, many local stations continued to air off-network reruns of classic westerns long after they left primetime. These local stations, along with family-oriented cable networks like CBN (now ABC Family), helped expose these great shows to new generations of viewers.

Today there are many places to catch your favorite western shows, whether its on pay channels like Encore Westerns or for free on national diginets like Cozi and MeTV. There are also many westerns available for purchase on DVD.

The table below shows where classic westerns (1950s-70s) are currently available for viewing (as of February 2014). The columns include Program Title (with a link to DVD releases), Diginets (national programming services carried by local TV stations), Cable/Satellite Networks and Streaming (Internet-based services like Hulu, Netflix).

Saddle up and enjoy! Please contact me via Facebook or Twitter with your comments and suggestions.

Program Title w/DVD Link Diginet Cable/Satellite Streaming
A Man Called Shenandoah
The Adventures of Champion
The Adventures of Jim Bowie Cozi & Retro
The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin Antenna
The Alaskans
Alias Smith and Jones Cozi Hulu
Barbary Coast
Bat Masterson Encore Westerns
The Big Valley MeTV INSP Hulu
Bonanza MeTV Encore Westerns & INSP Hulu
Branded MeTV
Brave Eagle
Broken Arrow
Bronco
Buckskin
The Californians
Cheyenne
The Chisholms
Cimarron City
Cimarron Strip
The Cisco Kid Retro
Colt .45
The Cowboys
Custer
The Dakotas
Daniel Boone
The Deputy Cozi
Dirty Sally
Dundee and the Culhane
Empire
Frontier
Frontier Circus
Fury
The Gene Autry Show
Gunslinger
Gunsmoke MeTV Encore Westerns
The Guns of Will Sonnett MeTV
Have Gun Will Travel Encore Westerns
Here Come The Brides Antenna
High Chaparral INSP
Hondo
Hopalong Cassidy Cozi & Retro
How The West Was Won
The Iron Horse
Johnny Ringo
Klondike
Kung Fu
Lancer
Laramie
Laredo
Law of the Plainsman
The Lawman
The Legend of Jesse James
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp Encore Westerns
Little House on the Prairie Hallmark & INSP
The Loner
The Lone Ranger Cozi Angel Two & FETV Hulu
The Man from Blackhawk
Man Without a Gun
Marshal Dillon* Encore Westerns
Maverick Cozi Encore Westerns
The Monroes
My Friend Flicka
Nichols
The Oregon Trail
The Outcasts
Outlaws
Overland Trail
The Quest
Rawhide MeTV AMC
The Rebel MeTV
Redigo
The Restless Gun
The Rifleman MeTV AMC Hulu
Riverboat
The Road West
The Rough Riders
The Roy Rogers Show Cozi Angel Two & FETV Hulu
Sergeant Preston of the Yukon FETV
Shane
Sky King
Stagecoach West
Stoney Burke
Sugarfoot
Tales of Wells Fargo
The Tall Man
Temple Houston
The Texan
Tombstone Territory
Trackdown
The Travels of Jamie McPheeters
The Virginian* Cozi INSP
Wagon Train MeTV
Wanted Dead or Alive MeTV
The Westerner
Wichita Town
The Wide Country
The Wild Wild West
Yancy Derringer
Young Daniel Boone
Zane Grey Theatre
Zorro

*Half-hour version of Gunsmoke
**Also known as The Men from Shiloh

1960s Sitcoms Viewing Guide

Our crack research team (consisting of me, myself and I) decided to take a look at where YOU could take a look at classic sitcoms from the 1960s.

I researched the primetime schedules from the 60s and put together a list of shows that have aired in syndication and/or on DVD. Note that I included some cartoons and the campy Adam West Batman series in this sitcom guide.

The table below shows where these shows are currently available for viewing (as of February 2014). The columns include Program Title (with a link to DVD releases), Diginets (national programming services carried by local TV stations), Cable/Satellite Networks and Streaming (Internet-based services like Hulu, Netflix).

Please note some shows may also air on broadcast stations, i.e. WFMY Greensboro NC still runs The Andy Griffith Show on weekday afternoons. These local airings are not included in this viewing guide…please check your local listings.

I hope you find this guide useful. Please contact me via Facebook with any errors or omissions.

Program Title w/DVD Link Diginet Cable/Satellite Streaming
The Addams Family This
The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet Retro
The Andy Griffith Show TV Land Hulu & Netflix & TV Land
The Ann Sothern Show
Bachelor Father Antenna
Batman Me
The Beverly Hillbillies Me & Retro
Bewitched Antenna Crackle
The Bill Cosby Show
The Bill Dana Show
The Brady Bunch Me Hallmark & TV Land CBS
Car 54 Where Are You? Me
The Courtship of Eddie's Father
Dennis The Menace Antenna Hulu
The Dick Van Dyke Show Me TV Land Hulu & Me & Netflix & TV Land
The Donna Reed Show Me Hulu
The Doris Day Show Hulu & Me
Family Affair Me
The Farmer's Daughter
Father Knows Best Antenna Hulu
The Flintstones Boomerang
The Flying Nun Antenna
F Troop Me
The Gale Storm Show
The George Gobel Show
Get Smart Me
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
Gidget Antenna
Gilligan's Island Me TV Land
Gomer Pyle USMC Me*
Good Morning World
The Governor & J.J.
Green Acres Antenna Hulu
Hazel Antenna
Hennesey
Here's Lucy Hulu
Hogan's Heroes Me
I Dream of Jeannie Antenna Crackle
I'm Dickens He's Fenster
The Jack Benny Program Antenna
The Jetsons Boomerang
The Joey Bishop Show Retro
Julia
Leave It To Beaver Me Netflix
The Lucy Show Hulu & Me
Make Room for Daddy** Me
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis Me
Mayberry R.F.D.
McHale's Navy Antenna Hulu
Mister Ed Antenna Hallmark Movie Hulu
The Monkees Antenna
The Mothers-In-Law Hulu & Me
The Munsters Netflix
My Favorite Martian Hulu
My Living Doll Hulu
My Mother The Car Hulu
My Three Sons Me
The Patty Duke Show Antenna
Pete & Gladys
Petticoat Junction Me
Pistols 'N Petticoats
Please Don't Eat The Daisies
That Girl
The Real McCoys Cozi & Retro
To Rome with Love
Top Cat

*Not available in all markets
**Also known as The Danny Thomas Show

Classic TV Affiliate Guide

If you love classic TV and are thinking about cutting the cord (dumping cable/satellite), here is something for you.

I’ve put together a directory of where you can find classic TV programming services on your local over-the-air broadcast stations. Those services include Antenna TV, Cozi TV, MeTV, Retro tv and This TV.

The list includes station call letters and digital channel numbers for the top 50 media markets in the USA. Check it out!

Retro tv: The Best in Classic Television

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Although MeTV and Antenna TV are currently the dominant national classic TV programming services, another company actually paved the way.

Retro Television Network launched back in 2005 under the RTN branding. The service was originally carried by a handful of stations owned by Equity Broadcasting, later expanding across the country as stations converted to digital and sought programming for their new subchannels.

RTN once aired a large number of programs from the NBC Universal library (including Dragnet, Leave It To Beaver and The Rockford Files), many of which are now carried by MeTV.

Due to a series of financial problems, RTN wound up changing hands and brands. They switched to the RTV name in 2009 and to Retro TV in 2013.

Although they have lost many of their early affiliates to competing services, Retro TV survives to this day. They offer an interesting mix of classic and more recent shows, along with a heavy schedule of overnight infomercials to help pay the bills.

Here’s a list of the classic TV shows on Retro tv as of January 2014:

Adventure & Drama Series
The Adventures of Robin Hood, Highway to Heaven, I Spy, Movin’ On, Naked City, Route 66, The Saint

Comedies
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Colgate Comedy Hour (comedy-variety show), The Joey Bishop Show, The Real McCoys, The New Soupy Sales Show

Cartoons and Kids Shows
The Archies, BraveStarr, Harveytoons, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Lassie, Mr. Magoo, She-Ra: Princess of Power

Westerns
The Adventures of Jim Bowie, The Cisco Kid, Hopalong Cassidy

For more information and to find out if there’s an affiliate in your area, please visit the Retro tv website.