Pick: What other genre best fits these classic Westerns?

Were these Old West shows more comedy, drama or action?


During the heyday of the television Western, there were dozens of shows depicting many different angles on America’s past. Some portrayed real historical figures, others mentioned real places but used fictional characters and a few took wide artistic liberties with their stories.

While most 19th-century shows that take place in the western half of the U.S. are first and foremost Westerns, they bring elements of many other genres to the table as well.

Which if you couldn't call these shows a "Western," what would you call them? Make your pick and see what percentage of people felt the same way!

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Pick: What other genre best fits these classic Westerns?

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Tresix 40 months ago
71% similar. I think this is my highest score on this type of quiz.
stevi 43 months ago
Me tv just dropped one of my favorite westerns on Saturday mornings Trackdown😂
JERRY6 43 months ago
88% similar not sure if that is good
fivecents 44 months ago
77% similar. Gunsmoke started each show being a comedy, the things Chester would do. He was kind of like the Barney Fife of Dodge City. But as the show progressed it turned "law enforcement procedural" because Marshal Dillon went by the book. As far as Bonanza goes, it started out as a family drama, but as the seasons passed, it turned into a romance, Little Joe became the star with all his dealings with women. Guess the shows writers were running out of subject material those last few years.
Moverfan 44 months ago
Bonanza definitely does not fit in the romance category. Every time one of those four Cartwright boys (Ben, Adam, Hoss and Little Joe) fell in love, the poor girl ended up dead!
fivecents Moverfan 44 months ago
They had their romances for sure, even Hoss, but Little Joe fell in love with every girl that came on the show. Got kind of sickening towards the end.
Jeffrey 45 months ago
''63% similar'' ---------------63% similar to the most popular responses.
Filmnoirfan 45 months ago
65% - rarely watched any of those shows
TexasGreek 45 months ago
88% similar
Wild, Wild West is a Steampunk Spy Thriller not Sci-Fi. But, I get where it could be judged as Sci-Fi on an occasion or two. I didn't judge The Rifleman as a family drama. It's kinda' like Action with a permanent threat to Mark if McCain dies in his weekly altercations.
Stoney 45 months ago
Not a big Western fan, but if there was one that counted as a thriller, I'd check it out. Any serious suggestions?
apptimcline Stoney 45 months ago
Check out Wild Wild West, Gun Smoke, Are a couple of my favorites growing up
srrainwater 45 months ago
94% similar. Now how do get spurs on.
12topgun 45 months ago
94% . Wish they would show Wild Wild West .
Moverfan 12topgun 44 months ago
Check the weekend listings--I think it's on then. If not MeTV, try Grit or H&I--or even Decades. You'd be surprised what shows up on their Weekend Binge.
John 45 months ago
Wait, how is Bonanza not a comedy? A 40 year-old widower raising 3 30 year-old sons, one of whom accidentally ordered a Chinese mail-order bride thinking he was buying a case of fireworks?
Moverfan John 44 months ago
We said Hoss was a sweet boy, not a genius...
Tresix John 40 months ago
What’s that line from the movie “Tin Men”? “That’s the show with the 50-year-old guy the three 45-year-old sons.”
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