This half-hour Western was one of the best shows on TV. I love the strict but loving relationship between Lucas McCain and his son Mark.
But one thing I can't understand--why didn't Lucas teach survival skills to Mark, such as shooting and fist-fighting? Mind you, I loathe violence, especially gun violence, but I also realize that it was necessary in those lawless days. And didn't Lucas want his son to "inherit" his precious rifle?
Honestly, it really saddens me to see how helpless this teenage boy is in difficult circumstances, having to depend on "Daddy" to save him!
Excellent western, The Rifleman, yet it's grim, grim, grim. Chuck Connors owns the screen when he's on, Johnny Crawford's Mark is a good match despite his not looking at all like his old man, but no matter; they seem like father and son.
The villains were often psychos or borderline non-psycho sadists. Some had a score to settle with Lucas, who seemed to have made a few enemies prior to moving to North Fork. It was a well written, intensely dramatic show. The occasional comedy moments didn't really lighten it up that much.