The television show Have Gun – Will Travel first aired on CBS on September 14th, 1957, and wrapped up after six seasons and 225 episodes on April 20th, 1963.
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This black and white western was incredibly popular, especially during its first four seasons, which all earned a Nielsen rating of either three or four. While the last two seasons dropped somewhat in popularity, the show still remains beloved by many older fans. In fact, some channels still air reruns of the show.
Have Gun – Will Travel was nominated for three Emmy Awards: Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series, Best Western Series, and Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Series. Furthermore, Gene Roddenberry, one of the show’s writers, was awarded the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Script for the 16th episode of season one, “Helen of Abajinian.”
Have Gun – Will Travel is set in the Old West in the late 1800s. It follows a character known simply as Paladin, who is played by Richard Boone. Paladin is an expert gunfighter and investigator, and he spends his time traveling around the Old West and solving problems for civilians in exchange for money. Usually, Paladin charges a hefty fee to his wealthier clients. At times, he charges as much as $1,000, which was equivalent to about $26,000 at the time. When he found poor people in need, however, Paladin was more than happy to offer his expert services for free, which gave his steely character a softer side.
Paladin’s mysterious and compelling character is part of what made the show such a huge hit, especially in the first four seasons that it aired. But Paladin wasn’t just a run of the mill cowboy; the mercenary had a permanent residence in San Francisco, where he lived as a businessman and socialite. Paladin frequently quotes literature and philosophy, setting him apart as a rather learned man. This made his character quite different from the lead characters of other Western TV shows.
Have Gun – Will Travel was immensely popular during its time, and while it is more of a relic today, the show still has many nostalgic fans. However, decades after the show first aired, a lot of facts about the show’s production have been unearthed. In today’s video, we’re going to delve behind the scenes of Have Gun – Will Travel. Unfortunately, the show wasn’t beloved by everyone. Make sure you stick around, because we’re going to reveal how the creators of the show narrowly avoided a dangerous lawsuit! We hope you like this video, and don’t forget to subscribe to Facts Verse for more!