50 Top-Rated Western TV Shows

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 7 months ago

Love westerns? Check out these 50 top-rated Western TV shows as ranked by IMDb users like you.

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Westworld (2016)

1. Westworld (2016– )

Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, explore a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged without consequence.

Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Duvall in Lonesome Dove (1989)

2. Lonesome Dove (1989)

Two former Texas Rangers renew their spirit of adventure as they and several other residents of a small Texas town join a cattle drive to the Montana Territory.

Deadwood (2004)

3. Deadwood (2004–2006)

A show set in the late 1800s, revolving around the characters of Deadwood, South Dakota; a town of deep corruption and crime.

Godless (2017)

4. Godless (2017– )

Frank Griffin, an outlaw terrorizing the 1880s American West, hunts down Roy Goode, his partner turned enemy. Roy hides out at a ranch as Frank's chase leads him to La Belle, New Mexico - a town mysteriously made up entirely of women.

Have Gun - Will Travel (1957)

5. Have Gun - Will Travel (1957–1963)

The adventures of a gentlemanly gunfighter for hire.

Centennial (1978)

6. Centennial (1978–1979)

The economic and cultural growth of Colorado spanning two centuries from the mid-1700s to the late-1970s.

Bruce Campbell in The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. (1993)

7. The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. (1993–1994)

A bounty hunter rides the Old West, fighting bad guys, many with futuristic-type gadgets.

Trigun (1998)

8. Trigun (1998)

Vash the Stampede is the most infamous outlaw on the planet Gunsmoke and with a 60 billion double dollar price on his head the most sought after!

Lou Diamond Phillips, Katee Sackhoff, Robert Taylor, Cassidy Freeman, and Adam Bartley in Longmire (2012)

9. Longmire (2012– )

Walt Longmire is the dedicated and unflappable sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming. Widowed only a year, he is a man in psychic repair but buries his pain behind his brave face, unassuming grin and dry wit.

Anson Mount in Hell on Wheels (2011)

10. Hell on Wheels (2011–2016)

Cullen Bohannon, a former soldier and slaveholder, follows the track of a band of Union soldiers, the killers of his wife. This brings him to the middle of one of the biggest projects in US history, the building of the transcontinental railroad. After the war years in the 1860s, this undertaking connected the prospering east with the still wild west.

The only authorized DVD edition of all episodes in Season One.

11. The Rifleman (1958–1963)

The adventures of a Wild West rancher wielding a customized rapid fire Winchester rifle and his son.

Zorro (1957)

12. Zorro (1957–1959)

Don Diego de la Vega opposes the corrupt tyrants of Spanish California as the masked swordsman, Zorro.

How the West Was Won (1976)

13. How the West Was Won (1976– )

The Macahans, a family from Virginia headed by Zeb Macahan, travel across the country to pioneer a new land and a new home in the American West.

Robert Conrad and Ross Martin in The Wild Wild West (1965)

14. The Wild Wild West (1965–1969)

Two Secret Service agents, equipped with a wide array of gizmos, work for the government in the Old West.

Steve McQueen in Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958)

15. Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–1961)

A Civil War veteran with a sawed-off rifle as a holstered weapon makes a living as a bounty hunter in the Wild West of the 1870s.

Rawhide (1959)

16. Rawhide (1959–1965)

Gil Favor is trail boss of a continuous cattle drive; he is assisted by Rowdy Yates. The crew runs into characters and adventures along the way.

Maverick (1957)

17. Maverick (1957–1962)

Bret and Bart Maverick (and in later seasons, their English cousin, Beau) are well dressed gamblers who migrate from town to town always looking for a good game. Poker (five-card draw) is their favorite but they've been known to play such odd card games as Three-toed Sloth on occasion. The show would occasionally feature both or all three Mavericks, but usually would rotate the central character from week to week.

Keri Russell and Matthew Settle in Into the West (2005)

18. Into the West (2005– )

Tales from the American West in the 19th century, told from the perspective of two families, one of white settlers and one of Native Americans.

Clint Walker in Cheyenne (1955)

19. Cheyenne (1955–1963)

After the Civil War, nomadic adventurer Cheyenne Bodie roamed the west looking for fights, women, and bad guys to beat up. His job changed from episode to episode.

Hatfields & McCoys (2012)

20. Hatfields & McCoys (2012)

Dramatization of the bitter blood feud between the two families on the West Virginia/Kentucky border in the years after the Civil War.

Gunsmoke (1955)

21. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)

Marshal Matt Dillon keeps the peace in the rough and tumble Dodge City.

The Lone Ranger (1949)

22. The Lone Ranger (1949–1957)

The adventures of the masked hero and his Native American partner.

The Young Riders (1989)

23. The Young Riders (1989–1992)

The adventures of the riders of the Pony Express.

The High Chaparral (1967)

25. The High Chaparral (1967–1971)

Walker, a martial artist, and his partner Trivette are Texas Rangers. They make it their business to battle crime in Dallas and all around the State of Texas.

Robert Duvall and Thomas Haden Church in Broken Trail (2006)

26. Broken Trail (2006– )

A veteran cowboy and his nephew save five Chinese girls from prostitution while trekking from Oregon to Wyoming.

The Sacketts (1979)

27. The Sacketts (1979)

After the civil war, Tennessee brothers Orrin and Tyrel Sackett are herding cattle out West while Tell Sackett is prospecting for gold in the hills.

The Virginian (1962)

28. The Virginian (1962–1971)

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.

Lee Majors, Barbara Stanwyck, Linda Evans, Peter Breck, and Richard Long in The Big Valley (1965)

29. The Big Valley (1965–1969)

The Wild West adventures of the Barkley family in California's San Joaquin Valley.

The Magnificent Seven (1998)

30. The Magnificent Seven (1998–2000)

When an Indian village is threatened by ex-Confederate soldiers, several villagers head out to seek help. They recruit seven men, each with unique skills, who return to the village and take on the raiders. Following this, the men take up residence in a small town, making their skills available to those in need.

Alias Smith and Jones (1971)

31. Alias Smith and Jones (1971–1973)

Hannibal Heyes and Kid Curry, two of the most wanted outlaws in the history of the West, are popular "with everyone except the railroads and the banks", since "in all the trains and banks they robbed, they never shot anyone". They are offered an amnesty on condition that they stay out of trouble for a year and that they don't tell anyone about it. With a view to keeping their noses clean they adopt the identities of Smith and Jones and use all of their ingenuity keeping out of the way of the law.

John Lehr in Quick Draw (2013)

32. Quick Draw (2013–2014)

Sheriff John Henry Hoyle and his reluctant Deputy Eli introduce the emerging science of forensics to an 1875 Kansas town.

John McIntire in Wagon Train (1957)

33. Wagon Train (1957–1965)

Stories of the journeys of a wagon train as it leaves post-Civil War Missouri on its way to California through the plains, deserts and Rocky Mountains. The first treks were led by gruff, but good-at-heart Major Seth Adams, backed up by his competent frontier scout, Flint McCullough. After Adams and McCullough, the wagon train was led by the avuncular Christopher Hale along with new scouts Duke Shannon and Cooper Smith. Many stories featured the trustworthy assistant wagonmaster Bill Hawks, grizzled old cook Charlie Wooster and a young orphan, Barnaby West.

Daniel Boone (1964)

34. Daniel Boone (1964–1970)

Frontier hero Daniel Boone conducts surveys and expeditions around Boonesborough, running into both friendly and hostile Indians, just before and during the Revolutionary War.

Pierce Brosnan in The Son (2017)

36. The Son (2017– )

A multi-generational epic telling of the story of America's birth as a superpower through the bloody rise and fall of one Texas oil empire.

Richard Madden in Klondike (2014)

37. Klondike (2014– )

The lives of two childhood best friends, Bill and Epstein, in the late 1890s as they flock to the gold rush capital in the untamed Yukon Territory. This man-versus-nature tale places our heroes in a land full of undiscovered wealth, but ravaged by harsh conditions, unpredictable weather and desperate, dangerous characters including greedy businessmen, seductive courtesans and native tribes witnessing the destruction of their people and land by opportunistic entrepreneurs.

Tom Berenger, Sam Elliott, and Gary Busey in Rough Riders (1997)

38. Rough Riders (1997– )

Undersecretary of the Navy Theodore Roosevelt resigns to form a volunteer militia unit called "The Rough Riders" to fight in the Spanish American War.

Little House on the Prairie (1974)

39. Little House on the Prairie (1974–1983)

The life and adventures of the Ingalls family in the 19th century American Midwest.

Ken Berry, Melody Patterson, Larry Storch, and Forrest Tucker in F Troop (1965)

40. F Troop (1965–1967)

The misadventures of the staff and neighbors of a remote US Army outpost in the Wild West.

Streets of Laredo (1995)

41. Streets of Laredo (1995)

Captain Woodrow Call, now retired from the Rangers, is a bounty hunter. He is hired by an eastern rail baron to track down Joey Garza, a new kind of killer, only a boy, who kills from a distance with a rifle. Joined by his old compadre Pea Eye, it is a long ride to south Texas and the Mexican side of the border, where the past, in the form of Maria Garza, Joey's mother, haunts Call.

Bonanza (1959)

42. Bonanza (1959–1973)

The adventures of Ben Cartwright and his sons as they run and defend their ranch while helping the surrounding community.

Return to Lonesome Dove (1993)

43. Return to Lonesome Dove (1993)

'Captain' Call has just buried Gus at Lonesome Dove and plans to head back to his ranch in Montana.

Comanche Moon (2008)

44. Comanche Moon (2008)

The adventures and love lives of young Texas Rangers Woodrow Call and Augustus McRae leading up to their retirement to the city of Lonesome Dove.

Jonny Lee Miller in Dead Man's Walk (1996)

45. Dead Man's Walk (1996)

In this prequel to "Lonesome Dove", two young men join the Texas Rangers unit that's on a mission to annex Santa Fe.

Lucky Luke (1984)

46. Lucky Luke (1984– )

An animated series based on the European comic book about an American cowboy described as "The man who shoots faster than his shadow." Lucky Luke, with his horse Double Six, travels the Old West to right wrongs and bring evildoers (usually his traditional enemies the Dalton Brothers) to justice.

Alan Cumming, Zooey Deschanel, and Neal McDonough in Tin Man (2007)

47. Tin Man (2007– )

A re-imagining of L. Frank Baum's classic "The Wizard of Oz".

BraveStarr (1987)

48. BraveStarr (1987–1989)

A Native American marshal and his friends keep the peace on the frontier planet of New Texas.

Duncan Regehr in Zorro (1990)

49. Zorro (1990-1993)

In nineteenth century Spanish California, heroic masked swordsman Zorro, who's actually a local nobleman, must protect his friends and small town (or pueblo) of Los Angeles from its corrupt magistrate (or alcalde) and other menaces.