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Season 1

  • SPECIAL 0x1 Pilot: The Sharpshooter (Zane Grey Theater)

    • March 7, 1958
    • ABC (US)

    This is the pilot for the series "The Rifleman". Lucas and Mark McCain enter the town of North Fork, hoping to buy a small ranch, but they encounter trouble from a shady businessman and a young punk gunfighter.

  • SPECIAL 0x3 Mark's Theme: Herschel Burke Gilbert

    • ABC (US)

    Marks Theme Music by Herschel Burke Gilbert.

  • S01E01 The Sharpshooter

    • September 30, 1958
    • ABC (US)

    Lucas McCain and his son Mark arrive in North Fork, New Mexico. Looking to start a new life, they come across a ranch to their liking, which is for sale. Lucas enters a Turkey Shoot in hopes of winning the down payment for the ranch. Jim Lewis, the man who runs North Fork, has bet on Vernon, a young gun he brought in, to win. When talk of Lucas' reputation back in the Nations circulates around town, Mr. Lewis gets nervous and he makes trouble for Lucas by threatening Mark's life.

  • S01E02 Home Ranch

    • October 7, 1958
    • ABC (US)

    Two hired hands of a wealthy cattleman, who has been using the ranch for grazing his cattle, demand that Lucas move out. When Lucas refuses, he is beaten and dragged and then the ranch house is burned down. They left Lucas and Mark with the burning house and rode off with Lucas' rifle. Leaving Mark to tend to the animals, Lucas tracks them down and confronts their boss, Mr. Jackford.

  • S01E03 End of a Young Gun

    • October 14, 1958
    • ABC (US)

    Lucas is forced to give refuge to Will Fulton, a young bank robber, who was injured while saving Mark's life. While staying at the McCain ranch Will gets a taste of a life better than the one he's been leading. He's met a girl and grows tired of a life on the run. Will this young man have a change of heart before his brother returns for him and the stolen money?

  • S01E04 The Marshal

    • October 21, 1958
    • ABC (US)

    Micah Torrance, a once famous lawman, is introduced as a drunken derelict, who stumbles into North Fork. Micah, nursing an arm crippled in a gunfight, is hired by Lucas to help out at the ranch. Three outlaws ride into town looking for revenge against Micah. When they kill the sheriff, it's up to Lucas and Micah to protect North Fork. Micah becomes North Fork's full-time Marshal.

  • S01E05 The Brother-in-Law

    • October 28, 1958
    • ABC (US)

    Mark's uncle, Johnny Gibb, a big time rodeo rider, comes to visit. While Mark idolizes his uncle, Lucas discovers that Johnny is on the run from the law for an Express Office Robbery. Stacy has a bronco named Lucifer, that nobody's been able to ride for 15 seconds. Alvah, wanting to humble the almighty Mr. Stacy, asks Johnny if he'd ride Lucifer, so that he and the townsfolk could bet that Johnny would ride Lucifer for 30 seconds. Johnny agrees and then makes a deal with Stacy to throw the ride for $500.00. After spending time with Mark, Johnny decides to give the ride his best and then turn himself in to Marshal Torrance.

  • S01E06 Eight Hours to Die

    • November 4, 1958
    • ABC (US)

    Judge Burton seeks ""Justice"" against the Hangman, who hanged his son; the Judge, who sentenced his son; and Lucas, the man who caught his son. When Judge Burton discovers that Lucas has a son, he decides that the best way to serve justice is an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a son for a son. Judge Burton tied Lucas to a wagon and went to hang Mark, feeling that Lucas should feel the same agony that he had felt waiting for is son to be hanged.

  • S01E07 Duel of Honor

    • November 11, 1958
    • ABC (US)

    When an Italian Count arrives in North Fork, his strange attire attracts the attention of Groder, a town bully. Groder trying to have fun with this stranger, destroys some of the Counts currency, mocks him, and tries to humiliate him. Eventually the Count challenges Groder to a duel and asks Lucas to be his Second. They meet at dawn and the Count, the offended party, brings his single shot dueling pistols, something Groder is unaccustomed to. Lucas as second must see that all rules of the duel are adhered to.

  • S01E08 The Safe Guard

    • October 18, 1958
    • ABC (US)

    Floyd Doniger comes to North Fork, looking to start a new life. He's got a steady job as the guard at the new bank and he's entertaining ideas of settling down on a spread of his own. Also arriving in North Fork are three men who followed the bank's new safe, figuring any town needing a safe like that must have money to put into it. At the grand opening celebration of the bank, the three men discover the new bank guard is their old pal, Floyd. The three men try to convince Floyd to join them in robbing the bank, after all with a man working inside it should be easy.

  • S01E09 The Sister

    • November 25, 1958
    • ABC (US)

    Rebecca Snipe is returning to North Fork after a long visit away. Before her stage left, she over hears a man saying he's going to North Fork to kill a big man with a big mouth. Upon Rebecca's arrival in North Fork, Mark is smitten with her and gets it in his head to play matchmaker between her and his pa. Thinking Lucas has intentions on their sister, the Snipe brothers come looking for Lucas to see if he measures up to their standard of being good enough for her.

  • S01E10 New Orleans Menace

    • December 26, 1958
    • ABC (US)

    Tiffauges, a wealthy and sadistic Frenchman, who is used to getting whatever he wants, decides he wishes to purchase the McCain Ranch. Tiffauges' lead man, Xavier, proclaims Lucas to be muy macho, and does not believe Lucas will give in so easily. Xavier and the other men are tiring of being subjected to Tiffauges' whippings and cruel treatment. Lucas plays on the men's longing for freedom to keep his ranch.

  • S01E11 The Apprentice Sheriff

    • December 9, 1958
    • ABC (US)

    Dan Willard is filling in as temporary marshal while Micah is away. Some Texas cowhands are in North Fork looking for some fun and relaxation, but Dan keeps coming down hard on them. Dan's father tells Lucas that he feels Dan is trying to prove himself as a man to compensate from being dropped from West Point Academy because of his poor eyesight. The Texas cowhands have had enough of being pushed around when Marshal Dan posts an ordinance that all visitors must check their guns at the Marshal's office. Now, they're out to cause some real trouble for Dan.

  • S01E12 The Angry Gun

    • December 16, 1958
    • ABC (US)

    Lucas and Mark, returning from selling their herd, share the stagecoach trip with a Marshal and his prisoner, Johnny Cotton. Johnny's gang arrives to free their partner and steal the contents of the stage's strongbox, as well as Lucas' money and rifle. Along with the wounded Marshal, Lucas puts Mark back on the stage. Asking the driver to leave Mark with Mrs. Peterson, Lucas, unarmed and on foot, proceeds to track down Cotton and his boys. Lucas eventually fashions a makeshift rifle from a pistol and an old board, to increase the pistol's range of accuracy.

  • S01E13 Young Englishman

    • December 23, 1958
    • ABC (US)

    Lucas gets in trouble when he accuses the foreman of a neighboring ranch of rustling some of his cattle.

  • S01E14 The Gaucho

    • December 30, 1958
    • ABC (US)

    Rumson, without even saying to whom he had sold his property, left the bill of sale with the bank and moved away from North Fork. Curge, who's highest offer was upped by $1,000.00 is upset because Rumson sold out to a ""peppergut"". The Argentez family who bought the place are from Argentina. Lucas arranges for Mark to hang out with Manolo, who teaches Mark to use the Bolas. Manolo is angered at anyone who shows interest in his sister, he believes she is only for a ""Caballero"". Her latest suitor, Ned Dunnell, has been found murdered and the townsfolk are quick to believe it was Manolo.

  • S01E15 The Pet

    • January 6, 1959
    • ABC (US)

    Ward Haskins guns down Joe Flecker, who has evidence that could be used to blackmail him. Haskins thinks the information was given to Lucas, since he brought Flecker to the doctor before he died. Stirred up by Haskins behavior, Lucas goes through Flecker's things, finding a wanted poster for Haskins in the sole of Flecker's boot. He also finds Doc Burrage drinking. Doc is discouraged because three children have died of an anthrax epidemic that he has the new serum for, but nobody is willing to allow him to administer it in time. Haskins rides out to the ranch and is bitten by Flecker's horse, which is now believed to have anthrax. Mark overhears about how anthrax always causes death and is worried because he had bitten by Flecker's horse, also.

  • S01E16 The Sheridan Story

    • January 13, 1959
    • ABC (US)

    Frank Blandon, a man with only one good arm, wanders on to the ranch. Lucas gave Blandon a job to ""hire him and Mark a clear conscience"". General Sheridan and his patrol wandered by and Lucas offered to let them stay the night at the ranch. Blandon pulled a gun on General Sheridan, as it turned out Blandon was a confederate soldier, who once had General Sheridan in his gun sight during the war. Blandon hung fire, but Sheridan did not hesitate and blew out Blandon's shoulder. General Sheridan shamed Blandon out of exacting his revenge, then lifted Blandon's spirit by praising Johnny Rebs' fighting spirit. Sheridan ordered that Blandon be taken to a hospital to have his shoulder properly mended, carrying out his Commander in Chief's last order to ""Bind up the Nation's wounds.""

  • S01E17 The Retired Gun

    • January 20, 1959
    • ABC (US)

    Wes Carney and his wife Clair want to settle down and they figure North Fork might do fine. Wes is a well known gunfighter, who has promised Clair that he would hang up his guns for good. The Carney's want to live a simple, honest life and the Feed and Grain Store, which is up for sale, seems like it might work for them. Carney's reputation and the news that he's settling down brings troublemakers to North Fork. Lucas is the only man willing to stand as deputy with Micah. After Lucas tells the Carney's a story, Clair releases Wes of his promise and the three men take on the troublemakers. After the showdown, Clair announces that Wes will be taking the Sheriff's position he was offered in another town, if it's still available.

  • S01E18 The Photographer

    • January 27, 1959
    • ABC (US)

    Abel Goss, the photographer who took Lucas' wedding photograph, is in North Fork doing a portrait of Mark standing in the street. When Goss sees Col. Whiteside and his sidekick Jamison, he recognizes them as the butchers who tortured him and others while he was captive in their prisoners of war camp. When Lucas stops him from killing them, Goss swears to kill those men. Whiteside planned to call Goss out, but he had Jamison shooting from the upstairs hotel window, as his insurance. When the shots are fired, Whiteside is dead, shot in the back, and his gun hadn't been fired. Goss is arrested and at the trial Lucas and Mark have different testimonies. Mark reenacts the scene in the street, and Lucas backs Mark's theory , using the photographic negative Goss had shot of Mark.

  • S01E19 Shivaree

    • February 3, 1959
    • ABC (US)

    Aaron Pelser's wagon train came across a pair of young boys on a buck board heading west and invited them to join the train. When he found out that one of the boys was actually a girl and the two claimed to be headed to Yuma to get married, Pelser and his crowd force them to be married in North Fork. The wagon train folks want to throw a shivaree, which may have been innocent enough except for two reasons. The first reason being that the couple does not count it as their wedding because they want to be wed by the groom's father in Yuma. The second reason is that Chet Packard keeps pushing things too far, beyond the spirit of a friendly shivaree.

  • S01E20 The Deadeye Kid

    • February 10, 1959
    • ABC (US)

    McCain befriends Donnel O'Mahoney, a tough kid from Brooklyn, and arranges with two men for the young man to continue his travels on their wagon, but then one of them is murdered and the other accuses the boy of having done it.

  • S01E21 The Indian

    • February 17, 1959
    • ABC (US)

    U.S. Marshal Sam Buckhart arrives in North Fork in search of renegade Indians suspected of the brutal killing of a Texas Ranger and his family, but the townspeople are suspicious of him when they discover that he too is an Indian.

  • S01E22 The Boarding House

    • February 24, 1959
    • ABC (US)

    Reformed card sharp Julia Massini now runs a respectable boarding house in North Fork, but Sid Fallon is threatening to reveal her sordid past unless she lets him turn the establishment into a saloon and gambling hall.

  • S01E23 The Second Witness

    • March 30, 1959
    • ABC (US)

    Lucas puts his life in jeopardy when he agrees to testify in a murder case where the first witness was killed before he could testify, and the killer is still at large.

  • S01E24 The Trade

    • March 10, 1959
    • ABC (US)

    Outlaw Sam Morley falls in love with a young woman who has a serious illness, and asks Lucas to turn him in for the reward and then use the money to pay for her medical care.

  • S01E25 One Went to Denver

    • March 17, 1959
    • ABC (US)

    Lucas welcomes his old friend Tom Birch, who once saved his life, unaware that the man is now a bank robber who is on the run with his gang.

  • S01E26 The Deadly Wait

    • March 24, 1959
    • ABC (US)

    Dan Nowry, released from Yuma prison, arrives in North Fork intent on getting even with Marshal Torrance,who helped send him to jail.

  • S01E27 The Wrong Man

    • March 31, 1959
    • ABC (US)

    Young Mark McCain is eager to help lawman Jay Jefferson, who has arrived in North Fork intent on killing an outlaw for the reward, whether he is the right man or not.

  • S01E28 The Challenge

    • April 7, 1959
    • ABC (US)

    When escaped convicts hold up the general store in North Fork and take Marshal Torrance hostage, Lucas comes to the rescue.

  • S01E29 The Hawk

    • April 14, 1959
    • ABC (US)

    Young Mark manages to capture a hawk, but then falls into danger from a rattlesnake. When a stranger comes to his rescue, the grateful Mark invites the man home, unaware that he is on the run from the law.

  • S01E30 Three-Legged Terror

    • April 21, 1959
    • ABC (US)

    When a rambunctious teenager wrecks a schoolroom, Lucas McCain, as a member of the North Fork school board, asks the boy's reluctant uncle to pay for the damages.

  • S01E31 The Angry Man

    • April 28, 1959
    • ABC (US)

    The McCains try to be tolerant of their embittered neighbor Abel MacDonald, who tels Lucas to keep off his land and won't allow his son to become friends with Mark, but they decide he's gone too far when he won't allow his injured boy to get medical treatment.

  • S01E32 The Woman

    • May 5, 1959
    • ABC (US)

    An unfounded rumor causes North Fork's outspoken feminist schoolteacher to be attacked by a mob of angry townspeople.

  • S01E33 The Money Gun

    • May 12, 1959
    • ABC (US)

    When his employer begins to suspect him of embezzlement, bookkeeper Asa Manning decides to hire a professional gunman to take care of the problem.

  • S01E34 A Matter of Faith

    • May 19, 1959
    • ABC (US)

    Although a drought has forced local cowhands to seek work on a railroad construction project, railraod executives are afraid that their workers will desert them if they believe an old man's claim to have found a way to make rain.

  • S01E35 Blood Brothers

    • May 26, 1959
    • ABC (US)

    Lucas McCain gives blood to save a dying man and is surprised by Marshal Torrance's odd behavior toward the man. Then three men arrive from a nearby town and demand custody of the stranger.

  • S01E36 Stranger at Night

    • June 20, 1959
    • ABC (US)

    Mark's finding of the body of a murder victim starts Lucas, his friend Artemus, and Marshal Torrance on a search for the killer.

  • S01E37 The Raid

    • June 9, 1959
    • ABC (US)

    When renegade Apaches wound Lucas and kidnap Mark, Marshal Torrance joins with U.S. Marshal Sam Buckhart to form a rescue posse.

  • S01E38 Outlaw's Inheritance

    • June 16, 1959
    • ABC (US)

    Lucas is the town's representative to the railroad commission until an infamous train robber dies and leaves his ill-gotten wealth to Lucas. Lucas must clear his name and stop the reckless ambition of his replacement.

  • S01E39 Boomerang

    • June 23, 1959
    • ABC (US)

    When a rancher dies after the bank forecloses the mortgage on his property, his son blames the banker for his father's death.

  • S01E40 The Mind Reader

    • June 30, 1959
    • ABC (US)

    When a wealthy rancher is killed, Mark suggests that they seek the aid of a mind reader to identify the murderer.

Season 2

  • S02E01 The Patsy

    • September 29, 1959
    • ABC (US)

    A group of outlaws devise a plan to get rid of Lucas so that they can take over the town of North Fork.

  • S02E02 Bloodlines

    • October 6, 1959
    • ABC (US)

    After Lucas kills a mountain man in a barrom brawl, his father arrives in North Fork determined to take revenge on Lucas and Marshal Torrance, once he breaks his other two boys out of jail.

  • S02E03 The Blowout

    • October 13, 1959
    • ABC (US)

    Newly arrived gunslinger Al Walker throws a mammoth party at the saloon, keeping acting Marshal Ben Waller busy until Lucas is forced to intervene.

  • S02E04 Obituary

    • October 20, 1959
    • ABC (US)

    Newspaperman Byron Claremont specializes in profiles of famous gunmen. One of his stories was responsible for an old-time marshal's death; and his next subject is Lucas.

  • S02E05 Tension

    • October 27, 1959
    • ABC (US)

    Gavin and Ezra Martin think that Lucas killed their son Clemmie while taking part in a train robbery, and Lucas refuses to tell them what really happened.

  • S02E06 Eddie's Daughter

    • November 3, 1959
    • ABC (US)

    After the daughter of Lucas's friend the hotel clerk arrives in North Fork, two strangers threaten her life.

  • S02E07 Panic

    • November 10, 1959
    • ABC (US)

    Town character Brett Conway blackmails Lucas with the knowledge that a young couple Lucas rescued are suffering from yellow fever.

  • S02E08 Ordeal

    • November 17, 1959
    • ABC (US)

    When their wagon breaks down, Mark and an injured Lucas are stranded in the desert.

  • S02E09 The Spiked Rifle

    • November 24, 1959
    • ABC (US)

    Mark is kidnapped as he and his father try to protect Banker Hamilton's gold.

  • S02E10 Letter of the Law

    • December 1, 1959
    • ABC (US)

    Lucas makes a life-or-death decision when Micah is held hostage and the kidnappers demand the release of a notorious outlaw.

  • S02E11 Legacy

    • December 8, 1959
    • ABC (US)

    Lucas tries to do a good deed for the old town drunk but it backfires when the drunk's son believes he inherited Lucas' ranch.

  • S02E12 The Baby Sitter

    • December 15, 1959
    • ABC (US)

    A dance hall singer asks Lucas to care for her daughter in an effort to hide the baby from her self-righteous, bigoted father.

  • S02E13 The Coward

    • December 22, 1959
    • ABC (US)

    Lucas becomes involved in a battle between an aspiring writer and a cocky, bragging trail boss.

  • S02E14 The Surveyors

    • December 29, 1959
    • ABC (US)

    Mark runs away from home after his father questions his story about overhearing a plot to rob the bank.

  • S02E15 Day of the Hunter

    • January 5, 1960
    • ABC (US)

    A famous buffalo hunter tries to goad Lucas into a shooting match.

  • S02E16 Mail Order Groom

    • January 12, 1960
    • ABC (US)

    When a stranger arrives to marry the town spinster, two brothers who want her land try to discourage him with threats and a beating.

  • S02E17 A Case of Identity

    • January 19, 1960
    • ABC (US)

    Mark finds himself in grave danger when two unscrupulous detectives searching for a man's long-lost son claim that it is Mark.

  • S02E18 The Visitor

    • January 26, 1960
    • ABC (US)

    Lucas is drawn to a young widow passing through town on her way to claim an inheritance, but others who covet it are trying to kill her.

  • S02E19 Hero

    • February 2, 1960
    • ABC (US)

    After a young stablehand kills a notorious gunslinger, he is baffled by the hostility of the townspeople about giving him the reward.

  • S02E20 The Horse Traders

    • February 9, 1960
    • ABC (US)

    When a horse dealer transporting a prize stallion stops in North Fork, two saddle tramps try to use trickery to obtain it.

  • S02E21 The Spoiler

    • February 16, 1960
    • ABC (US)

    An elderly couple moves to North Fork under an assumed name to hide the fact that they are the parents of a vicious killer. The plan backfires when the son shows up at their home.

  • S02E22 Heller

    • February 23, 1960
    • ABC (US)

    After foiling a girl's attempt to rob the general store, Lucas finds that she and her brother are plotting the murder of their abusive stepfather.

  • S02E23 The Grasshopper

    • March 1, 1960
    • ABC (US)

    A condemned killer being transported by train murders a marshal and takes Mark hostage.

  • S02E24 A Time for Singing

    • March 8, 1960
    • ABC (US)

    Mark discovers that the new preacher and his wife are impostors planning a robbery.

  • S02E25 The Deserter

    • March 15, 1960
    • ABC (US)

    Lucas and Marshal Torrance get into trouble with the Army when they try to help a wounded young soldier who deserted.

  • S02E26 The Vision

    • March 22, 1960
    • ABC (US)

    After Mark contracts typhoid fever and has a vision of his dead mother, he no longer seems interested in getting well.

  • S02E27 Lariat

    • March 29, 1960
    • ABC (US)

    An old friend of Lucas's returns to town in the company of a shady gambler and is accused of cheating at cards.

  • S02E28 Smoke Screen

    • April 5, 1960
    • ABC (US)

    Several men are vying for a rancher's daughter's affections. When she is found dead, one of them becomes the prime suspect in her murder.

  • S02E29 Shotgun Man

    • April 12, 1960
    • ABC (US)

    Shotgun man John Beaumont, who Lucas sent to prison, returns with vengeance on his mind.

  • S02E30 Sins of the Father

    • April 19, 1960
    • ABC (US)

    After shooting a man in self-defense, Andy Moon turns to Lucas for protection from his vengeful brothers.

  • S02E31 The Prodigal

    • April 26, 1960
    • ABC (US)

    To keep his invalid mother happy, an outlaw forces Lucas and Mark to go along with a masquerade that he is the owner of Lucas's ranch.

  • S02E32 The Fourflusher

    • May 3, 1960
    • ABC (US)

    A sharecropper enters his colt in a horse race, hoping to win enough money to buy his farm from the owner, who has bet on Mark McCain's entry.

  • S02E33 The Jailbird

    • May 10, 1960
    • ABC (US)

    When Lucas hires an ex-con as a ranch hand, the man is the first one under suspicion when a robbery and murder occur in the area.

  • S02E34 Meeting at Midnight

    • May 17, 1960
    • ABC (US)

    Lucas helps his former Army captain, now an undercover federal agent, infiltrate a gang of bank robbers.

  • S02E35 Nora

    • May 24, 1960
    • ABC (US)

    Lucas finds himself involved in murder when he gallantly steps to the aid of a beautiful woman.

  • S02E36 The Hangman

    • May 31, 1960
    • ABC (US)

    An ex-convict is blamed for a brutal crime despite his claims of rehabilitation.

Season 3

  • S03E01 Trail of Hate

    • September 27, 1960
    • ABC (US)

    Lucas is out for vengeance when Mark is used as a pawn in a bank robbery scheme.

  • S03E02 Woman From Hog Ridge

    • October 4, 1960
    • ABC (US)

    Lucas shoots a horse thief who turns out to be a member of the Boyle clan, and now Ma Boyle is after him.

  • S03E03 Seven

    • October 11, 1960
    • ABC (US)

    Seven condemned murderers escape and take over the town of North Fork.

  • S03E04 The Pitchman

    • September 18, 1960
    • ABC (US)

    When Mark finds gold on their property, a fast-talking salesman who tried to sell Lucas a new lightning rod offers instead to buy the ranch's mineral rights.

  • S03E05 Strange Town

    • October 25, 1960
    • ABC (US)

    Lucas tracks an escaped prisoner to a town that turns out to be run by the gunman's brother, notorious for shooting people in the back.

  • S03E06 Baranca

    • November 1, 1960
    • ABC (US)

    When an outlaw leader lures Marshal Torrance out of town, Lucas is the only one who can stop him from lynching a local man who killed one of the members of his gang.

  • S03E07 The Martinet

    • November 8, 1960
    • ABC (US)

    A former army captain comes to North Fork to kill the man who shot down his son in a gunfight - Lucas McCain.

  • S03E08 Miss Milly

    • November 15, 1960
    • ABC (US)

    A new store owner upsets the town by demanding that all credit accounts be paid off.

  • S03E09 Dead Cold Cash

    • November 22, 1960
    • ABC (US)

    The widow of a bandit killed by Lucas plots a grotesque revenge.

  • S03E10 The Schoolmaster

    • November 29, 1960
    • ABC (US)

    Mark and his friend become trapped in an old mine.

  • S03E11 The Promoter

    • December 6, 1960
    • ABC (US)

    Lucas and Mark attempt to reform a con-man.

  • S03E12 The Illustrator

    • December 13, 1960
    • ABC (US)

    Lucas encourages a drunken artist charged with murder to use his talents to identify the true killer.

  • S03E13 The Silent Knife

    • December 20, 1960
    • ABC (US)

    Lucas and Mark try to persuade a persecuted young mute to return stolen money.

  • S03E14 Miss Bertie

    • December 27, 1960
    • ABC (US)

    A lively old lady arrives in town hot on the trail of a notorious bandit—and the reward money for capturing him.

  • S03E15 Six Years and a Day

    • January 30, 1961
    • ABC (US)

    A doctor seeks revenge on the man he blames for ruining his practice.

  • S03E16 Flowers by the Door

    • January 10, 1961
    • ABC (US)

    Lucas unmasks a killer posing as a door-to-door seed salesman.

  • S03E17 Long Trek

    • January 17, 1961
    • ABC (US)

    Lucas and Marshal Torrance run in trouble transporting a captured killer back to face trial.

  • S03E18 The Actress

    • January 24, 1961
    • ABC (US)

    A deathbed request from an old friend sends Lucas to a neighboring town in search of the man's long-lost sweetheart.

  • S03E19 Face of Yesterday

    • January 31, 1961
    • ABC (US)

    Lucas thinks he has seen a ghost when a young man, eerily similar to a man he killed in the Civil War, challenges him to a gunfight.

  • S03E20 The Wyoming Story (1)

    • February 7, 1961
    • ABC (US)

    Lucas agrees to take a job as a federal undercover agent and goes to Wyoming to investigate rumors of sales of arms to renegade indians. His life is endagered by the town drunk who stumbles onto his true identity and purpose. (Part 1 of 2)

  • S03E21 The Wyoming Story (2)

    • February 14, 1961
    • ABC (US)

    Mark heads for Wyoming to search for Lucas, who's on the trail of a gang illegally selling weapons to the Indians. (Part 2 of 2)

  • S03E22 Closer than a Brother

    • February 21, 1961
    • ABC (US)

    Lucas looks for answers when recovering alcoholic Micah Torrence returns to the bottle—and turns in his badge.

  • S03E23 The Lost Treasure of Canyon Town

    • February 28, 1961
    • ABC (US)

    In a ghost town, Lucas, Mark and Micah tangle with the Newman family and learn the secret of the town's 20-year-old mystery of a lost gold mine.

  • S03E24 Dark Day at North Fork

    • March 7, 1961
    • ABC (US)

    Blinded in an explosion, Lucas fights despair as he prepares for a meeting with a gun-toting enemy.

  • S03E25 The Prisoner

    • March 14, 1961
    • ABC (US)

    Two ex-Confederate officers seek revenge on Lucas, who served as prison guard during their internment.

  • S03E26 Assault

    • March 21, 1961
    • ABC (US)

    A salesman can't talk his way out of an assault charge.

  • S03E27 Short Rope for a Tall Man

    • March 28, 1961
    • ABC (US)

    Lucas, accused of horse theft, struggles to clear himself before a lynch mob catches up.

  • S03E28 The Clarence Bibs Story

    • April 4, 1961
    • ABC (US)

    A janitor-turned-gunfighter whose reputation hangs on one lucky shot—and a lot of gall.

  • S03E29 The Score is Even

    • April 11, 1961
    • ABC (US)

    Lucas tries to get help when he is shot after witnessing a murder.

  • S03E30 The Mescalaro Curse

    • April 18, 1961
    • ABC (US)

    Lucas is marked for death: he was foreman of a jury that convicted an Apache.

  • S03E31 Stopover

    • April 25, 1961
    • ABC (US)

    Trouble brews at Lucas's when a whisky salesman and a gunfighter fall for the same woman.

  • S03E32 The Lonesome Bride

    • May 2, 1961
    • ABC (US)

    Two pranksters write away for a mail-order bride, using Lucas's name.

  • S03E33 Death Trap

    • May 9, 1961
    • ABC (US)

    Lucas recognizes Dr. Simon Battle as an ex-gunslinger with whom he once traded shots.

  • S03E34 The Queue

    • May 16, 1961
    • ABC (US)

    A Chinese man and his son fight prejudice as they try to open a laundry in North Fork.

Season 4

  • S04E01 The Vaqueros

    • October 2, 1961
    • ABC (US)

    A bandit imprisons Lucas and Mark.

  • S04E02 First Wages

    • October 9, 1961
    • ABC (US)

    Lucas tries to find out why Mark has taken a job as a stableboy.

  • S04E03 Sheer Terror

    • September 16, 1961
    • ABC (US)

    Mark and Milly are held prisoner in her general store when two gunmen attempt a daring robbery.

  • S04E04 The Stand-In

    • October 23, 1961
    • ABC (US)

    Lucas is taken hostage by two prison wagon drivers angered that he won't give them more whiskey.

  • S04E05 The Journey Back

    • October 30, 1961
    • ABC (US)

    Mark goes to work for Will Temple, a badly scarred and very mysterious rancher.

  • S04E06 The Decision

    • November 6, 1961
    • ABC (US)

    Corey Hazlett insists he's innocent of murder, despite Lucas's eyewitness testimony.

  • S04E07 Knight Errant

    • November 13, 1961
    • ABC (US)

    Lucas tries to dissuade a latter-day knight from rushing into battle.

  • S04E08 Honest Abe

    • November 20, 1961
    • ABC (US)

    Able Lincoln's claim that he's the Great Emancipator himself amuses everyone except Matt Yorty.

  • S04E09 The Long Goodbye

    • November 27, 1961
    • ABC (US)

    Stubborn Grandpa Fogarty is Lucas's main roadblock as he tries to get young Woody Fogarty to attend school.

  • S04E10 The Shattered Idol

    • December 4, 1961
    • ABC (US)

    Mark Twain visits Southfork, and quickly alienates the townspeople.

  • S04E11 Long Gun From Tucson

    • December 11, 1961
    • ABC (US)

    Lucas tries to stop embittered John Holliver from venting his wrath on the people who expelled him from town years before.

  • S04E12 The High Country

    • December 18, 1961
    • ABC (US)

    Lucas becomes the target of a vengeful mountaineer.

  • S04E13 A Friend in Need

    • December 25, 1961
    • ABC (US)

    Mark finds himself the unwilling companion of gunman Carl Avery.

  • S04E14 Skull

    • January 1, 1962
    • ABC (US)

    Lucas seeks an escape when he's captured by outlaws while seeking help for an injured Mark.

  • S04E15 The Princess

    • January 8, 1962
    • ABC (US)

    The Queen-to-be of France hides out in Northfork.

  • S04E16 Gunfire

    • January 15, 1962
    • ABC (US)

    When an expected lawman doesn't arrive from Denver, several gunfighters arrive in North Fork and cause trouble.

  • S04E17 The Quiet Fear

    • January 22, 1962
    • ABC (US)

    Lucas's old Army pal settles in North Fork with his deaf daughter.

  • S04E18 Sporting Chance

    • January 29, 1962
    • ABC (US)

    An Englishman arrives with a custom-made rifle—and a plan to kill Lucas.

  • S04E19 A Young Man's Fancy

    • February 5, 1962
    • ABC (US)

    The pangs of first love are painful for Mark: the object of his affections has eyes for another.

  • S04E20 Man from Salinas

    • February 12, 1962
    • ABC (US)

    Banker Hamilton is closing up for the day when Rudy Gray persuades him to stay open for one more transaction—a withdrawal at gunpoint.

  • S04E21 Two Ounces of Tin

    • February 19, 1962
    • ABC (US)

    Sammy Davis Jr. stars as Tip Corey, son of a man allegedly murdered in North Fork.

  • S04E22 Deadly Image

    • February 26, 1962
    • ABC (US)

    Lucas has double trouble: his lookalike is tearing up the town.

  • S04E23 The Debt

    • March 5, 1962
    • ABC (US)

    Mark learns that the prisoner Micah is escorting to the gallows is the man that saved his life three years previously.

  • S04E24 Tinhorn

    • March 12, 1962
    • ABC (US)

    Mark is shocked when he discovers that his father is a poker player.

  • S04E25 None So Blind

    • March 19, 1962
    • ABC (US)

    Mark befriends singer-banjoist Lafayette Bly, a blind man with an acute sense of hearing—and a very strong grip.

  • S04E26 Jealous Man

    • March 26, 1962
    • ABC (US)
  • S04E27 Guilty Conscience

    • April 2, 1962
    • ABC (US)

    No one's more surprised than Micah when newcomer Leota Carraway claims he's her long-lost husband and the father of her child.

  • S04E28 Day of Reckoning

    • April 9, 1962
    • ABC (US)

    Lucas is torn by conflicting emotions when he meets the town's new preacher—a former outlaw whom the Rifleman vowed to kill.

  • S04E29 The Day the Town Slept

    • April 16, 1962
    • ABC (US)

    The town of North Fork becomes a haven for outlaws when suave Ben Judson smooth-talks his way into the marshal's job.

  • S04E30 Milly's Brother

    • April 23, 1962
    • ABC (US)

    A veteran returns with tales of heroism and the fate of Milly's brother in the Civil War.

  • S04E31 Outlaw's Shoes

    • April 30, 1962
    • ABC (US)

    A head wound wipes out Lucas's memory, leaving him with only one clue: he's wearing an outlaw's gun.

  • S04E32 The Executioner

    • May 7, 1962
    • ABC (US)

    A former friend of Lucas' is released from prison and asks him for a job.

Season 5

  • S05E01 Waste (1)

    • October 1, 1962
    • ABC (US)

    Marshal Torrance is heading home from a cattle sale with Lucas and Mark when the old lawman mysteriously disappears. They trace him to a nearby Mexican ghost town. (Part 1 of 2)

  • S05E02 Waste (2)

    • October 8, 1962
    • ABC (US)

    Conclusion. After Alphonso's wife gives birth, the bandits holding Marshal Torrance relax their guard, enabling Lucas and Mark to rescue the old man.

  • S05E03 Lou Mallory

    • October 15, 1962
    • ABC (US)

    Red-headed Lou Mallory arrives in North Fork and soon arouses the townpeople's suspicions.

  • S05E04 Quiet Night, Deadly Night

    • October 22, 1962
    • ABC (US)

    Townspeople brace for the worst when a new girl arrives—with symptoms of smallpox.

  • S05E05 Death Never Rides Alone

    • October 29, 1962
    • ABC (US)

    A gunslinger rides into North Fork for a meeting with Lucas.

  • S05E06 I Take This Woman

    • November 5, 1962
    • ABC (US)

    Lou looks for a way out when the man her dying father promised her to arrives.

  • S05E07 The Assailants

    • November 12, 1962
    • ABC (US)

    An assassination plot unfolds as four gunmen disguised as cavalrymen enter North Fork. Their target: Sen. Jim Borden. Their weapon: a Gatling gun.

  • S05E08 Mark's Rifle

    • November 19, 1962
    • ABC (US)

    Sharpshooter Marty Blair tries to persuade Lucas to buy Mark a rifle.

  • S05E09 The Most Amazing Man

    • November 26, 1962
    • ABC (US)

    Fast-draw artist Wade Randall is less than anxious to display his prowess.

  • S05E10 Squeeze Play

    • December 3, 1962
    • ABC (US)

    A speculator will stop at nothing to grab Lucas's land.

  • S05E11 Gun Shy

    • December 10, 1962
    • ABC (US)

    Mark blames himself for a friend's accidental death.

  • S05E12 The Anvil Chorus

    • December 17, 1962
    • ABC (US)

    A blacksmith-turned-deputy sets the stage for trouble when he demands that all townspeople turn in their weapons.

  • S05E13 The Conflict

    • December 24, 1962
    • ABC (US)

    Lucas's self-confidence begins to slip away when he misses an easy shot.

  • S05E14 Incident at Line Shack Six

    • January 7, 1963
    • ABC (US)

    A railroad gang boss frames an Apache.

  • S05E15 Suspicion

    • January 14, 1963
    • ABC (US)

    A peddler is implicated in a series of murders.

  • S05E16 Sidewinder

    • January 21, 1963
    • ABC (US)

    Gridley Mau is gunning for Lucas, who killed his father during an attempted robbery.

  • S05E17 The Sixteenth Cousin

    • January 28, 1962
    • ABC (US)

    A Japanese nobleman seeks revenge when his servant is insulted.

  • S05E18 Hostages to Fortune

    • February 4, 1963
    • ABC (US)

    At Halloween, rustlers take advantage of the seasonal disguises to raid a cattle ranch.

  • S05E19 And the Devil Makes Five

    • February 11, 1963
    • ABC (US)

    A snake crawls into Lucas's bed, and Mark must lure it away before it strikes.

  • S05E20 End of the Hunt

    • February 18, 1963
    • ABC (US)

    Lucas is thrown into jail to stop him from murdering an old enemy.

  • S05E21 The Bullet

    • February 25, 1963
    • ABC (US)

    Lucas is baffled when the marshal of a neighboring town refuses to hold a gambler who just attempted murder.

  • S05E22 Requiem at Mission Springs

    • March 4, 1963
    • ABC (US)

    Lucas begins a trek to find a cure for Mark, who is paralyzed after a bad fall.

  • S05E23 The Guest

    • March 11, 1963
    • ABC (US)

    New arrival Mario Arsatti becomes very friendly with Lucas, but this turns out to be merely pleasure before business: he's been hired to kill Lucas.

  • S05E24 Old Man Running (aka The Wanted Man)

    • March 18, 1963
    • ABC (US)

    Lucas, who blames his wife's death on his father-in-law, refuses to help the old man elude gunmen.

  • S05E25 Which Way'd They Go?

    • April 1, 1963
    • ABC (US)

    The notoriously lazy Jackman brothers discover their mortgage has been foreclosed.

  • S05E26 Old Tony

    • April 8, 1963
    • ABC (US)

    Mark and his girlfriend Laurie discover that an old hermit is very lonely.