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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel12/03/2012 3:37:20 pm PST

re: #76 bratwurst

George Will was way ahead of the curve on this. About three years ago he lamented the deterioration of male role models, noting that in 1959, there were 27 Westerns on prime-time television glamorizing male responsibility.

Watching westerns makes men more manly, you see.

An amazing percentage of those shows were built around an interchangeable standard character, usually a broken, haunted loner whose personal trademark was a special gun that somehow helped him cope with his inner torment. Yep, great role models.
There were also absurdities like the still popular Bonanza, nominally set in the Civil War period in Nevada (newly settled at the time) but with a decades-old town and characters using 1890s guns and wearing 20th century Stetson hats.
Don’t even get me started on the musical scoring typical of these programs, often a loud, continuous, simplistic, and melodramatic cacophony the like of which has seldom been heard this side of hell.
There were exceptions of course. Some of the theme songs, as opposed to background music, were good. This is true of two of my favorite TV westerns. The Rifleman overcame the stereotyped genre with good acting from Chuck Connors (and cast) and writing that was actually thoughtful and humane at times. My favorite is Have Gun, Will Travel with the erudite Richard Boone as a similarly erudite gunfighter engaged in all sorts of rollicking adventure.