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Wanted: Dead or Alive
Wanted Dead or Alive-Logo.jpg
Premiere September 6, 1958
Finale March 29, 1961
Airs Saturdays at 4PM and 4:30PM on MeTV
Network/Provider CBS
Style 30-minute western drama
Company Malcolm Enterprises,
Four Star Television,
Seasons 3
Episodes 94
Origin USA

Wanted: Dead or Alive is a western drama that aired on CBS.

Josh Randall is a Confederate veteran and bounty hunter with a soft heart. He often donates his earnings to the needy and helps his prisoners if they have been wrongly accused. Randall carries a shortened Winchester Model 1892 carbine, called the "Mare's Leg," in a holster patterned after "gunslinger" rigs then popular in movies and television. Randall had the ability to draw and fire this gun with blazing speed, as fast as, or in many cases much faster than, his adversaries with handguns that were much smaller.

Wanted: Dead or Alive, which was a spinoff of the Western series Trackdown, served as a springboard to stardom for series lead Steve McQueen, who later went on to a successful film career. The series was later adapted as a 1987 feature film of the same name produced by New World Pictures and set in the present day, starring Rutger Hauer as bounty hunter and ex-CIA agent Nick Randall, the descendant of Josh Randall.

Wanted: Dead or Alive was produced by Malcolm Enterprises and Four Star Television in association with CBS. StudioCanal now owns the TV distribution rights to the series (making it one of the few Four Star shows not under the ownership of The Walt Disney Company, whose 20th Television handles TV distribution of most other Four Star shows), while Mill Creek Entertainment is the DVD distributor.



Actor Character Duration
Main Cast 1 2 3
Steve McQueen Josh Randall * * *
Supporting/Recurring Cast
Wright King Jason Nichols * *


Season  Premiere Finale #
Season One September 6, 1958 May 9, 1959 36
Season Two September 5, 1959 May 21, 1960 32
Season Three September 21, 1960 March 29, 1961 26


DVD Releases

Title Release Discs
Complete Series  (Region 1)
Complete Series August 25, 2009 purchase 11
Season Sets  (Region 1)
Season One June 7, 2005 purchase 4
Season Two July 17, 2007 purchase 4
Season Three October 16, 2007 purchase 4
Episode Collections  (Region 1)
The Best of Wanted: Dead or Alive June 17, 2008 purchase 1

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