The Loner

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The Loner
The Loner-Cast.jpg
Premiere September 18, 1965
Finale March 12, 1966
Creator Rod Serling
Network/Provider CBS
Style 30-minute western
Company Greenway Productions,
Interlaken Productions,
20th Century Fox Television
Seasons 1
Episodes 26
(List of episodes)
Origin USA

The Loner is a western that aired on CBS.

The series was set in the years immediately following the American Civil War. William Colton, a former Union cavalry officer headed to the American west in search of a new life. Each episode dealt with Colton's encounters with various individuals on his trek west.

Rod Serling was the series' creator. Longtime TV Guide critic Cleveland Amory wrote that Serling "obviously intended [The Loner] to be a realistic, adult Western," but the show's ratings indicated it was "either too real for a public grown used to the unreal Western or too adult for juvenile Easterners." Serling had expressed an open distaste for television Westerns in an editorial that set up the premise for "Showdown with Rance McGrew," an episode of The Twilight Zone, in which he as quoted as saying: "it seems a reasonable conjecture that if there are any television sets up in cowboy heaven and any of these rough-and-wooly nail-eaters could see with what careless abandon their names and exploits are being bandied about, they're very likely turning over in their graves - or worse, getting out of them."



Actor Character
Main Cast
Lloyd Bridges William Colton


Season  Premiere Finale #
Season One September 18, 1965 March 12, 1966 26


DVD Releases

Title Release Discs
Complete Series  (Region 1)
The Complete Series September 13, 2016 purchase 3

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