The Wild Wild West

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The Wild Wild West
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Premiere September 17, 1965
Finale April 4, 1969
Airs Saturdays at 6PM on MeTV
Creator Michael Garrison
Network CBS
Style 60-minute action / adventure science fiction / western
Company Bruce Lansbury Productions,
Michael Garrison Productions,
CBS
Distributor CBS Enterprises (1970–1971)
Viacom Enterprises (1971–1995)
Paramount Domestic Television (1995–2006)
CBS Paramount Television (2006–2007)
CBS Television Distribution (2007– )
Seasons 4
Episodes 104
Origin USA

The Wild Wild West is a science fiction / western that aired on CBS.

The Wild Wild West told the story of two Secret Service agents: the fearless and handsome James T. West, and Artemus Gordon, a brilliant gadgeteer and master of disguise. Their unending mission was to protect President Ulysses S. Grant and the United States from all manner of dangerous threats. The agents traveled in luxury aboard their own train, the Wanderer, equipped with everything from a stable car to a laboratory. James West had served as an intelligence and cavalry officer in the US Civil War; his "cover," at least in the pilot episode, is that he is "a dandy, a high-roller from the East." Thereafter, however, there is no pretense, and his reputation as the foremost Secret Service agent often precedes him. According to the TV movies, West retires from the Service by 1880 and lives on a ranch in Mexico. Gordon, who was a captain in the Civil War, had also been in show business. When he retires in 1880 he returns to performing as the head of a Shakespeare traveling players troupe.

The show incorporated classic Western elements with an espionage thriller, science fiction/alternate history ideas (in a similar vein to steampunk), in one case horror ("The Night of the Man Eating House") and plenty of humor. In the tradition of James Bond, there were always beautiful women, clever gadgets, and delusional arch-enemies with half-insane plots to take over the country or the world.

The title of each episode begins with "The Night" (except for the first-season episode "Night of the Casual Killer", which omitted the definite article).

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Billed Cast
Robert Conrad James T. West 1 2 3 4
Ross Martin Artemus Gordon 1 2 3 4

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
CBS
Season One September 17, 1965 April 22, 1966 28
Season Two September 16, 1966 April 7, 1967 28
Season Three September 8, 1967 February 23, 1968 24
Season Four September 27, 1968 April 4, 1969 24

Telefilms

Title Network Airdate
The Wild Wild West Revisited CBS May 9, 1979

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Season Sets
The Complete TV Series November 4, 2008 2B001CQONOA7

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Season Sets
The Complete First Season June 6, 2006 7

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The Second Season March 20, 2007 7

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The Third Season November 20, 2007 7

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The Fourth Season March 18, 2008 6


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