By Christopher Sharrett
The Rifleman could be the main major and clever of the television westerns from the past due 1950s-an period whilst the western was once the dominant tv style. With its tale of a unmarried father elevating a son in Eighties New Mexico, The Rifleman provided many possible choices to the conventions of the western. It additionally embodied a number of the genre's contradictions, environment its rules approximately domesticity and level-headedness along the gun violence followed via westerns as valuable to the settling of the West and the construction of the USA. With its preliminary episodes written and directed through celebrated auteur Sam Peckinpah, and the final sequence produced by way of veteran Dick Powell and the pioneering tv construction crew of Jules Levy, Arthur Gardner, and Arnold Laven, The Rifleman is amazing by way of its stewardship of a few of the main proficient minds of early television.
In his succinct learn of this tv milestone, Christopher Sharrett makes use of tv stories, psychoanalytic feedback, gender stories, and American reports to put The Rifleman in the television western style and early tv tradition. whereas discussing the intelligence and lasting price of this sequence, Sharrett additionally demanding situations the reader to contemplate the wider function of Fifties tv in shaping the attention of the postwar iteration. The Rifleman is still one of many nice examples of the stalemates inside American mass tradition: the fight among cause and violence.