1 9 5 8 – 1 9 6 1 (USA)
94 x 26 minute episodes
Bounty hunters were common in the Old West during the latter half of the 19th century.
They made a living from the rewards offered for capturing wanted criminals and since it didn’t matter if the criminals were brought back alive, the bounty hunters were not bound by the constraints that hampered lawmen.
One such bounty hunter was Josh Randall, who brought in his quarry “dead or alive” with the help of a sawn-off .30-40 calibre Winchester carbine he called his “mare’s leg” and used like a pistol.
This CBS show made McQueen a star – although he had just appeared in the film The Blob (1958).
In the programme – which was spun-off from an episode of the Robert Culp western series Trackdown – he had to contend not only with the bad guys but with unscrupulous rival bounty hunters.
Wanted: Dead or Alive was computer-colourised in the 1980s for US syndication.