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TV Series
    (September 18, 1957-May 2, 1965)
    Originally aired on NBC (1957-1962)
    Switched to ABC (1962-1965)
    Set in a wagon train which travelled from St. Joseph, Missouri to California each year
    Ward Bond as Major Seth Adams (1957-1961)
    Robert Horton as Flint McCullough (1957-1962)
    John McIntire as Christopher Hale (1961-1965)
    Robert Fuller as Cooper Smith (1963-1965)
    Denny Miller as Duke Shannon (1961-1964)
    Terry Wilson as Bill Hawks
    Frank McGrath as Charlie Wooster
    Michael Burns as Barnaby West (1963-1965)
    Special guest stars include Eddie Albert, Dan Blocker, Ernest Borgnine, Lee Van Cleef, Chuck Connors, Lou Costello, Bette Davis, Bruce Dern, Rhonda Fleming, Sterling Hayden, Ronald Reagan, Lee Marvin, Martin Milner, Ricardo Montalban, Agnes Moorehead, Leonard Nimoy, Leslie Nielsen, Ryan O'Neal, Cliff Robertson, Cesar Romero, Mickey Rooney, Barbara Stanwyck, Dean Stockwell, Robert Vaughn, Shelley Winters, James Whitmore and Keenan Wynn
    Inspired by John Ford's western 'The Wagonmaster (1950)'
    It was created after the ratings success of the B western movies being shown ad nauseam on the DuMont network.
    The original wagon master was replaced after Ward Bond died during the series.
    It switched from black-and-white to color for its seventh season, then switched back to black-and-white again for its eighth season.
    It expanded to a 90-minute episode format (1963) but then returned to an hour length for its final season.
    The regular cast was delegated to supporting roles for the guest stars.
    It is not as popular or well-known as its western contemporaries, Gunsmoke and Bonanza.
    Wagons ho!
    Each season started a new journey out west.
    It featured John Wayne's only acting stint on a TV show (in an uncredited cameo).
    It was very easy to get celebrities to appear on the show, as the episodes were usually written about the characters they would play.
    Because it emphasized on the guest stars, it was able to survive many changes in the regular cast.
    The producers had the stated goal of wanting their show match the quality of western movies.
    It reached #1 in the ratings in Britain and the United States.

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