Since Fargo’s season finale, there isn’t a single prime-time TV series I watch. But I love the Encore Western channel, showing stuff like Cheyenne and Maverick from the 50’s.
Why aren’t they making westerns today? In the 50’s, they were all over the dial. They seem like a natural for today’s gun-happy society, because they prove that guns solve everything. On The Rifleman, a guy who lived on a farm ten miles from a town of about 100 people ended up killing two or three people a week, while teaching his son how to be a man.
That probably makes it sound like this post is really a knock on guns, but it isn’t. I really enjoy those shows, even though I disagree with the philosophy — just as* The Ten Commandments* is one of my favorite movies, although I’m somewhere between agnostic and atheist.
It’s clear that TV is starved for ideas, because there are only two or three types of show – police procedurals, sitcoms about loveable misfits, and superhero stuff. So why not add Westerns to the mix? When a decent western movie is made, like Unforgiven or Silverado, it does OK at the box office, so it’s not like nobody wants to see them.