Were these Westerns filmed in black-and-white or color… or both?

Can you remember watching these cowboys in full color?

Cowboys can be gritty or colorful characters no matter what kind of film they're shot on. Television has given us iconic heroes of the Wild West since the earliest days of the medium. No matter the era, cowboys are always cool.

The genre was wildly popular in the 1950s, and continued to dominate network schedules up through the mid-'70s. Which means they were filmed in both stylish black & white and glorious color.

But do you remember which shows filmed in which formats? It gets a little tricky when you remember that some classic shows filmed in both black & white AND color throughout their runs, depending on the season. See if you can wrangle the right answer. Need help, partner? Watch a posse of classic Westerns weekdays and Saturdays on MeTV!

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  1. Bonanza (1959–73)?
  2. Gunsmoke (1955–75)?
  3. The Rifleman (1958–63)?
  4. Little House on the Prairie (1974–83)?
  5. Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–61)?
  6. Have Gun - Will Travel (1957–64)?
  7. Wagon Train (1957–65)?
  8. The Wild Wild West (1965–69)?
  9. Lancer (1968–70)?
  10. Maverick (1957–62)?
  11. Rawhide (1959–65)?
  12. The Big Valley (1965–69)?
  13. The High Chaparral (1967–71)?
  14. The Virginian (1962–71)?
  15. The Lone Ranger (1949–57)?
  16. Cheyenne (1955–63)?
  17. Daniel Boone (1964–70)?

Were these Westerns filmed in black-and-white or color… or both?

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CatMETV666 3 days ago
I wouldn’t mind if you got Virginian
Lacey 4 months ago
15/17 I would like to know why The Virginian was shot entirely in color as at the time there were few color sets. Was it some sort of forethought on their part?
booster Lacey 4 months ago
Maybe it was forethought. The first color t.v.'s available for sale were in 1953. The very first t.v. show filmed in color, was the "Cisco Kid", 1949. Four years before color sets.
Moody 4 months ago
13/17. Not bad considering we didn't get a color tv until 1973.
littledebbie Moody 1 month ago
Same here, but we didnt have color tv until the late 70's. I think 1978 or '79
stephaniestavropoulos 4 months ago
B&W, Color, or Both:
1. Surgarfoot
2. Paladin
3. Nichols
4. Death Valley Days
5. Iron Horse
6. Tales Of Wells Fargo
7. Wyatt Earp
1 is B&W, 2 is HGWT which was in the quiz, 3 is color, 4 is both, 5 is color, 6 is both [NBC upgraded most of their early '60's Westerns] and 7 is B&W!
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