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The Virginian

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The Virginian
The Virginian-Logo.jpg
Premiere September 19, 1962
Finale March 24, 1971
Creator
Network NBC
Style 90-minute western
Company Revue Studios (season 1)
Universal Television (seasons 2–9)
Seasons 9
Episodes 249
Origin USA

The Virginian is a western that aired on NBC. The show was renamed The Men from Shiloh for its final season.

Set around the year 1886, and loosely based on the 1902 novel by Owen Wister, the series revolved around the tough foreman of the Shiloh Ranch. He and his top hand Trampas were the only characters to remain with the show for the entire run. As in the book, the foreman went only by the name "The Virginian." The Virginian's real name was never revealed in the nine years the show was on the air. The series was set in Medicine Bow, Wyoming, and circled around the foreman's quest to maintain an orderly lifestyle at Shiloh. The ranch was named after the two day American Civil War Battle of Shiloh, Tennessee. The Virginian's white Appaloosa was named Joe D., and Trampas' buckskin horse was named Buck. As the show progressed, Trampas became the more developed of the characters, and it continues to be the role for which actor Doug McClure was best known.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
James Drury The Virginian 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Doug McClure Trampas 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Lee J. Cobb Judge Henry Garth 1 2 3 4
Gary Clarke Steve Hill 1 2
Clu Gulager Deputy Sheriff Emmett Ryker 3 4 5 6
Roberta Shore Betsy Garth 1 2 3
Randy Boone Randy Benton 2 3 4
Diane Roter Jennifer Sommers 4
Charles Bickford John Grainger 5 6
Don Quine Stacey Grainger 5 6
Sara Lane Elizabeth Grainger 5 6 7 8
John McIntire Clay Grainger 6 7 8
David Hartman David Sutton 7
Tim Matheson Jim Horn 8
Stewart Granger Col. Alan MacKenzie 9
Lee Majors Roy Tate 9
Supporting/Recurring Cast
Ross Elliott Sheriff Mark Abbott 1 2 3 5 6 7 8 9
L.Q. Jones Andy Belden 2 3 4 5
Jeanette Nolan Holly Grainger 6 7 8
Season numbers in red indicate a recurring or guest role in that season.

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
NBC
Season One September 19, 1962 May 1, 1963 30
Season Two September 18, 1963 May 6, 1964 30
Season Three September 16, 1964 April 21, 1965 30
Season Four September 15, 1965 April 20, 1966 30
Season Five September 14, 1966 April 12, 1967 29
Season Six September 13, 1967 March 20, 1968 26
Season Seven September 18, 1968 April 9, 1969 26
Season Eight September 17, 1969 March 18, 1970 24
Season Nine: The Men from Shiloh September 16, 1970 March 24, 1971 24

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Season Sets
The Complete First Season May 25, 2010 10 purchase
Partial Season Sets
Season One, Part One March 9, 2010 6 purchase
Season One, Part Two March 9, 2010 6 purchase

External Sites