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Rango

1 9 6 7 (USA)
17 x 30 minute episodes

This sitcom replaced the cancelled Hondo on Friday nights on ABC and was sold to the network without a pilot.

This was the story of Rango (Tim Conway) – a clumsy, bumbling, inept Texas Ranger who somehow still managed to come out on top at the end of each episode. Even though it was rarely mentioned, his full name was Rango Starr – an obvious parody of The Beatles‘ legendary drummer.

Rango’s father was head of the Texas Rangers and placed his son at the Deep Wells Ranger Station (Company “B”) because it was a quiet post and he thought Rango wouldn’t cause much trouble there. He thought wrong.

Rango’s harried commanding officer, Captain Horton (Norman Alden), tried to keep Rango out of the crime-solving loop, but somehow he always got wind of the goings-on and fouled things up until some lucky turn of events near the end went his way.

Rango’s partner in crime-solving was a cowardly Native American scout named Pink Cloud (Guy Marks), who much preferred the white man’s world to his own.

Rango
Tim Conway
Pink Cloud
Guy Marks
Captain Horton
Norman Alden