Title: The Rifleman
Series: 5
Episodes: 168
First Transmission: 1958

Lucas McCain is an ex-soldier whose wife dies while giving birth to his son, ark.  Lucas and Mark move to North Fork and try to make a living as farmers. Problems arise for Lucas when criminals ride into the town regularly. It forces him to pick up his rifle and use his marksmanship skills to deal with the trouble.

Best Episode

The Sheridan Story (1959) – Lucas McCain hires an ex-Confederate solduer to help him around the ranch. When General Philip Sheridan and his staff arrive at the ranch, Lucas suspects that there might be trouble.

2nd Best Episode

Two Ounces of Tin (1962) – A super fast, black gunman who killed the five men who murdered his father years ago, demands that deputy McCain symbolically throw his badge in the dirt.

3rd Best Episode

Closer Than a Brother (1961) – Lucas decides that the marshal must confront the source of his nightmares that is turning him to drunkenness – a gunslinger he failed to face down sixteen years before.

4th Best Episode

Death Never Rides Alone (1962) – A fast gunslinger comes to town so that he can retire in North Fork, but three gunmen are on his trail and want his help to dominate the town.

5th Best Episode

Death Trap (1961) – A gunfight brings the need for a doctor, but Doc Burrage is out of town. A doctor passing through North Fork volunteers to help. However, he and Lucas have a fractured past.

Worst Episode

Which Way’d They Go? (1963) – The Jackman clan sell their farm and go to Paradise, a nearby town. When they arrive, they wonder just what they have got themselves into.

 

Notes & Comments

Info Updated: 2022-03-03

The data on this page is updated when any major changes occur to episode rankings (which is less common with older series), or when new episodes are added as is the case with current television series.

The overall spread in the rating distribution is equal to 2.7 rating points.

The top-rated episode, The Sheridan Story (1959), differs from the second-rated episode, Two Ounces of Tin (1962), by 0 percent of the overall spread.

The bottom-rated episode, Which Way’d They Go? (1963), differs from the second bottom-rated episode, Conflict (1962), by 37 percent of the overall spread.

The middle-rated episode is Sins of the Father (1960).

 

Full Episode List

Key:-Blue episodes rated above par. Brown episodes rated below par.

#1 The Sharpshooter (1958)
#2 Home Ranch (1958)
#3 End of a Young Gun (1958)
#4 The Marshal (1958)
#5 The Brother-in-Law (1958)
#6 Eight Hours to Die (1958)
#7 Duel of Honor (1958)
#8 The Safe Guard (1958)
#9 The Sister (1958)
#10 New Orleans Menace (1958)
#11 The Apprentice Sheriff (1958)
#12 The Angry Gun (1958)
#13 The Young Englishman (1958)
#14 The Gaucho (1958)
#15 The Pet (1959)
#16 The Sheridan Story (1959)
#17 The Retired Gun (1959)
#18 The Photographer (1959)
#19 Shivaree (1959)
#20 The Deadeye Kid (1959)
#21 The Indian (1959)
#22 The Boarding House (1959)
#23 The Second Witness (1959)
#24 The Trade (1959)
#25 One Went to Denver (1959)
#26 The Deadly Wait (1959)
#27 The Wrong Man (1959)
#28 The Challenge (1959)
#29 The Hawk (1959)
#30 Three Legged Terror (1959)
#31 The Angry Man (1959)
#32 The Woman (1959)
#33 The Money Gun (1959)
#34 A Matter of Faith (1959)
#35 Blood Brother (1959)
#36 Stranger at Night (1959)
#37 The Raid (1959)
#38 Outlaw’s Inheritance (1959)
#39 Boomerang (1959)
#40 The Mind Reader (1959)
#41 The Patsy (1959)
#42 Bloodlines (1959)
#43 The Blowout (1959)
#44 Obituary (1959)
#45 Tension (1959)
#46 Eddie’s Daughter (1959)
#47 Panic (1959)
#48 Ordeal (1959)
#49 The Spiked Rifle (1959)
#50 Letter of the Law (1959)
#51 The Legacy (1959)
#52 The Baby Sitter (1959)
#53 The Coward (1959)
#54 Surveyors (1959)
#55 Day of the Hunter (1960)
#56 Mail Order Groom (1960)
#57 A Case of Identity (1960)
#58 The Visitor (1960)
#59 Hero (1960)
#60 The Horse Traders (1960)
#61 The Spoiler (1960)
#62 Heller (1960)
#63 The Grasshopper (1960)
#64 A Time for Singing (1960)
#65 The Deserter (1960)
#66 The Vision (1960)
#67 The Lariat (1960)
#68 Smoke Screen (1960)
#69 Shotgun Man (1960)
#70 Sins of the Father (1960)
#71 The Prodigal (1960)
#72 The Fourflusher (1960)
#73 The Jailbird (1960)
#74 Meeting at Midnight (1960)
#75 Nora (1960)
#76 The Hangman (1960)
#77 Trail of Hate (1960)
#78 Woman from Hog Ridge (1960)
#79 Seven (1960)
#80 The Pitchman (1960)
#81 Strange Town (1960)
#82 Baranca (1960)
#83 The Martinet (1960)
#84 Miss Milly (1960)
#85 Dead Cold Cash (1960)
#86 The Schoolmaster (1960)
#87 The Promoter (1960)
#88 The Illustrator (1960)
#89 The Silent Knife (1960)
#90 Miss Bertie (1960)
#91 Six Years and a Day (1961)
#92 Flowers by the Door (1961)
#93 Long Trek (1961)
#94 The Actress (1961)
#95 Face of Yesterday (1961)
#96 The Wyoming Story: Part 1 (1961)
#97 The Wyoming Story: Part 2 (1961)
#98 Closer Than a Brother (1961)
#99 The Lost Treasure of Canyon Town (1961)
#100 Dark Day at North Fork (1961)
#101 The Prisoner (1961)
#102 Assault (1961)
#103 Short Rope for a Tall Man (1961)
#104 The Clarence Bibs Story (1961)
#105 The Score Is Even (1961)
#106 The Mescalero Curse (1961)
#107 Stopover (1961)
#108 The Lonesome Bride (1961)
#109 Death Trap (1961)
#110 The Queue (1961)
#111 The Vaqueros (1961)
#112 First Wages (1961)
#113 Sheer Terror (1961)
#114 The Stand-In (1961)
#115 The Journey Back (1961)
#116 The Decision (1961)
#117 Knight Errant (1961)
#118 Honest Abe (1961)
#119 The Long Goodbye (1961)
#120 The Shattered Idol (1961)
#121 Long Gun from Tucson (1961)
#122 The High Country (1961)
#123 A Friend in Need (1961)
#124 Skull (1962)
#125 The Princess (1962)
#126 Gunfire (1962)
#127 The Quiet Fear (1962)
#128 Sporting Chance (1962)
#129 A Young Man’s Fancy (1962)
#130 The Man from Salinas (1962)
#131 Two Ounces of Tin (1962)
#132 Deadly Image (1962)
#133 The Debt (1962)
#134 Tinhorn (1962)
#135 None So Blind (1962)
#136 Jealous Man (1962)
#137 Guilty Conscience (1962)
#138 Day of Reckoning (1962)
#139 The Day a Town Slept (1962)
#140 Milly’s Brother (1962)
#141 Outlaw’s Shoes (1962)
#142 The Executioner (1962)
#143 Waste: Part 1 (1962)
#144 Waste: Part 2 (1962)
#145 Lou Mallory (1962)
#146 Quiet Night, Deadly Night (1962)
#147 Death Never Rides Alone (1962)
#148 I Take This Woman (1962)
#149 The Assailants (1962)
#150 Mark’s Rifle (1962)
#151 The Most Amazing Man (1962)
#152 Squeeze Play (1962)
#153 Gun Shy (1962)
#154 The Anvil Chorus (1962)
#155 Conflict (1962)
#156 Incident at Line Shack Six (1963)
#157 Suspicion (1963)
#158 The Sidewinder (1963)
#159 The Sixteenth Cousin (1963)
#160 Hostages to Fortune (1963)
#161 And the Devil Makes Five (1963)
#162 End of the Hunt (1963)
#163 The Bullet (1963)
#164 Requiem at Mission Springs (1963)
#165 The Guest (1963)
#166 Old Man Running (1963)
#167 Which Way’d They Go? (1963)
#168 Old Tony (1963)