Pick: Who is your favorite side character from these classic Westerns?

Let's hear it for the shop owners, deputies and ranch hands of classic TV.


Everyone has their favorite classic TV star. When it comes to Westerns, fans can easily say the cowboy, lawman, saloon owner or even outlaw they like the best. But what about all the rest of the characters that populate the towns and ranches of yesteryear?

The survey below gives four lesser-known characters from many memorable television Westerns. Pick who you like the best from each show and see how popular your choices are!

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  1. Who is your favorite side character from Gunsmoke?
  2. Who is your favorite recurring character from The Rifleman?
  3. Which of these Bonanza characters is your favorite?
  4. Who is your favorite non-lead character in Rawhide?
  5. Which recurring Maverick character do you like the most?
  6. Some of these Wagon Train characters could be considered lead roles but they either weren't on the show long or didn't get to drive (no pun intended) the story very often. Who is your favorite?
  7. Which of these supporting characters from The Virginian is your favorite?
  8. Who is your favorite recurring character from The Wild Wild West?

Pick: Who is your favorite side character from these classic Westerns?

Your Result...

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Angela 46 months ago
I don't remember anyone on "Maverick" except for Jack Kelly and James Garner. Is that pre-BIg Valley Richard Long playing "Gentleman Jack Darby"? I just went through the huge cast list - wow, it's like a Who's Who of great TV character actors (plus some who went on to stardom:Robert Redford, Clint Eastwood and others) but couldn't find his name.
Muleskinner 46 months ago
71%. Everybody loves Charlie Wooster.
JDnHuntsvilleAL 46 months ago
I didn't get a total because I only made three choices.

Gotta love Loveless, right?
TheDavBow3 46 months ago
81% Didn't know much about Rawhide, The Virginian and Wagon Train. Big guesses on those.
jschliclbernd9 46 months ago
93% not bad considering I didn't watch the Virginian
CaptainDunsel 47 months ago
40% similar
Interesting to note that the actor with the shortest physical stature, Michael Dunn playing Dr. Loveless, holds the highest stature in tge eyes of viewers, at 60%
MrsPhilHarris 47 months ago
58% I don't know most of those characters.
Me either 🤷‍♀️ Burt Reynolds is the only one I recognized for sure 😉
jeopardyhead 47 months ago
Most of these shows, I've never watched, so it was just random picking. The only reason I wanted to take the survey was to vote for Dr. Loveless. Having said that, I'm surprised, under Bonanza, you didn't offer the choice of Hop Sing.
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