Wagon Train

Wagon Train

Wagon Train is an American Western series that ran on NBC from 1957–62 and then on ABC from 1962–65, although the network also aired daytime repeats, as Major Adams, Trailmaster and Trailmaster, from January 1963 to September 1965. The show debuted at #15 in the Nielsen ratings, rose to #2 in the next three seasons, and peaked at #1 in the 1961–62 television season. After moving to ABC in the autumn of 1962, the ratings began to decline, and Wagon Train did not again make the Top 20 listing.

The series initially starred veteran movie supporting actor Ward Bond as the wagon master, later replaced upon his death by John McIntire, and Robert Horton as the scout, subsequently replaced by lookalike Robert Fuller a year after Horton had decided to leave the series.

The series was inspired by the 1950 film Wagon Master directed by John Ford and starring Ben Johnson, Harry Carey Jr. and Ward Bond, and harkens back to the early widescreen wagon train epic The Big Trail starring John Wayne and featuring Bond in his first major screen appearance playing a supporting role. Horton’s buckskin outfit as the scout in the first season of the television series resembles Wayne’s, who also played the wagon train’s scout in the earlier film.

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Wagon Train is an American Western series that ran on NBC from 1957–62 and then on ABC from 1962–65, although the network also aired daytime repeats, as Major Adams, Trailmaster and Trailmaster, from January 1963 to September 1965. The show debuted at #15 in the Nielsen ratings, rose to #2 in the next three seasons, and peaked at #1 in the 1961–62 television season. After moving to ABC in the autumn of 1962, the ratings began to decline, and Wagon Train did not again make the Top 20 listing.

The series initially starred veteran movie supporting actor Ward Bond as the wagon master, later replaced upon his death by John McIntire, and Robert Horton as the scout, subsequently replaced by lookalike Robert Fuller a year after Horton had decided to leave the series.

The series was inspired by the 1950 film Wagon Master directed by John Ford and starring Ben Johnson, Harry Carey Jr. and Ward Bond, and harkens back to the early widescreen wagon train epic The Big Trail starring John Wayne and featuring Bond in his first major screen appearance playing a supporting role. Horton's buckskin outfit as the scout in the first season of the television series resembles Wayne's, who also played the wagon train's scout in the earlier film.

Original Name: Wagon Train
Number of Seasons: 8
Number of Episodes: 8
Status: Ended

Rating: 6.5
Vote Count: 6
Type: Scripted
Network(s): American Broadcasting Company, NBC
First Air Date: September 18, 1957
Last Air Date: September 20, 1964
Episode Runtime: 60 mins
Primary Year: 1957
Genres: Western
IMDB Link: tt0050073
Production Companies: Revue Studios, Universal Television
Spoken Language(s): English
Origin Countries: United States of America

Seasons:

  • Season 1 — 1 Episodes — Air Date: September 18, 1957
  • Season 2 — 1 Episodes — Air Date: October 1, 1958
  • Season 3 — 1 Episodes — Air Date: September 30, 1959
  • Season 4 — 1 Episodes — Air Date: September 28, 1960
  • Season 5 — 1 Episodes — Air Date: September 27, 1961
  • Season 6 — 1 Episodes — Air Date: September 19, 1962
  • Season 7 — 1 Episodes — Air Date: September 16, 1963
  • Season 8 — 1 Episodes — Air Date: September 20, 1964
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