The Rifleman was a smash hit Western series in America airing in the 1950s and 1960s. The show was a hit in the US, and it also won acclaim all over the world. In fact, the series became so popular that it was even popular in America’s biggest enemy at the time. The main character in the show was a rough and humble cowboy named Lucas McCain, who was an absolute surgeon with a Winchester rifle.
He raises his son, Mark, alone in the Wild West town of North Fork, in New Mexico Territory, where the two are darn near inseparable. Here are some facts about the show that might just knock you off your feet. These surprising facts will hit you just like the Rifleman’s bullets, let’s only hope they don’t hurt anyone!
The Original Story
Although the show eventually was a big hit, it certainly didn’t sound successful when it was pitched to the networks at the time. The shows in its original form was pitched for years, and then altered, until it was finally given a spot on ABC’s lineup.This always seems to happen. What, the show wasn’t sexy enough the first time around?
The working title for the show was actually Gunsmoke, which later became a different show completely. The pilot was only a vague resemblance to what The Rifleman would become in time. The show was changed and eventually, The Rifleman was born. One of these changes was to the main character’s name: Lucas McCain was once John McCain. He was learning how to be an Air Force pilot at this time and would later run for president of the USA, so wouldn’t want any confusion there.