Best of the West
|Best of the West|
Leonard Frey and Joel Higgins
|Created by||Earl Pomerantz|
|Theme music composer||Earl Pomerantz
|Opening theme||"Best of the West" (sung by Rex Allen)|
|Country of origin||USA|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||22|
|Executive producer(s)||Earl Pomerantz|
|Running time||30 mins.|
|Original run||September 10, 1981 – August 23, 1982|
The Old West spoof featured the misadventures of Sam Best, a Civil War veteran (played by Joel Higgins) who becomes a marshal in Copper Creek after accidentally scaring off an incompetent gunfighter called the Calico Kid.
Sam's family was made up of his Southern belle wife, Elvira (played by Carlene Watkins) and his smart-mouthed son, Daniel (Meeno Peluce). The cast also included Leonard Frey as the villain Parker Tillman, Tom Ewell as the drunken town doctor Jerome Kullens, and Tracey Walter as Tillman's clueless, but kind-hearted henchman, Frog Rothchild, Jr.
|Nº||Title||Directed by:||Written by:||Original air date|
|1||"Pilot"||James Burrows||Earl Pomerantz||September 10, 1981|
|Sam arrives in town with the intention of running the general store. However, after he turns down the protection racket he runs into all kinds of trouble.|
|2||"The Prisoner"||Will Mackenzie||Michael Leeson,
|September 17, 1981|
|Sam has to face a prisoner's outlaw brothers after the sheriff who was taking him in takes sick on his way through town.|
|3||"Mail Order Bride"||Doug Rogers||Earl Pomerantz||September 24, 1981|
|Doc's mail-order bride is a little more than he expected. She has a vivid personality and a past which matches it.|
|4||"The Calico Kid Returns"||Jeff Chambers||Mitch Markowitz||October 1, 1981|
|The new cook at Square Deal Saloon is the Calico Kid. He has sworn to never again kill anything he can't eat.|
|5||"The Reunion"||Ed. Weinberger||Chip Keyes,
|October 8, 1981|
|Elvira's die-hard Confederate father stays at the Square Deal Saloon while he is in town. His wife is trying to patch things up their daughter; she married a Yankee!|
|6||"They're Hanging Parker Tillman: Part 1"||Jeff Chambers||Earl Pomerantz||October 15, 1981|
|Sam goes out on a limb and manages to save Tillman from a lynch mob. At the trial, his mixed-up testimony has him back at the end of a rope.|
|7||"They're Hanging Parker Tillman: Part 2"||Jeff Chambers||Earl Pomerantz||October 22, 1981|
|Sam infiltrates an outlaw band to try to prove Tillman is innocent of cattle rustling.|
|8||"The New Marshal"||Tom Trbovich||Mitch Markowitz||October 29, 1981|
|Sam loses his badge in a special election to Tillman's squeaky clean candidate.|
|9||"Daniel's First Love"||James Burrows||Earl Pomerantz||November 5, 1981|
|Daniel is just as surprised as anyone when a few innocent kisses leads to a shotgun wedding.|
|10||"Laney in Love"||Stan Daniels||Sam Simon||November 12, 1981|
|Laney is smitten with a smoothie who bids high for her at a social. But he turns out to be a real low-down heel.|
|11||"The Railroad"||Howard Storm||Sy Rosen||November 19, 1981|
|Sam and Tillman work very hard to try to convince the railroad to come to Copper Creek.|
|12||"The New Jail"||James Burrows||Michael Leeson||November 26, 1981|
|Sam's image as a lawman quickly loses its edge after he manages to shoot himself in the leg. And the jail falling down around him doesn't help much either.|
|13||"A Man, a Woman, and a Horse"||Howard Storm||Earl Pomerantz||December 17, 1981|
|Sam doesn't pay any attention to the signs of discontent from Elvira until the day he comes home and finds her packed to leave.|
|14||"Frog's First Gunfight"||Michael Lessac||Earl Pomerantz||January 7, 1982|
|Frog meets a woman who was recently jilted by her boyfriend. However, neither of them is aware that he wants her back.|
|15||"The Calico Kid Goes to School"||Michael Lessac||Earl Pomerantz||January 14, 1982|
|The Calico Kid has reformed and decides he would like to be a U.S. Marshal. But the job requires a third-grade education, which the Kid doesn't have.|
|16||"Tillman Held for Ransom"||Howard Storm||Earl Pomerantz||January 21, 1982|
|Tillman has been kidnapped and the kidnappers are demanding a ransom. But the citizens of Copper Creek have no intention of paying the ransom. They don't even want to try to rescue him.|
|17||"The Cave-In"||Howard Storm||David Lloyd||February 12, 1982|
|Elvira and her stepson are exploring an abandoned outlaw cave, unaware that it is booby-trapped to collapse.|
|18||"Daniel Fights a Bully"||Howard Storm||Earl Pomerantz||February 19, 1982|
|Daniel's refusal to fight a relentless bully ends up with Sam having to fight the bully's father.|
|19||"The Pretty Prisoner"||Howard Storm||David Lloyd||February 26, 1982|
|Sam is handcuffed to his prisoner for an overnight journey. His prisoner is a flirtatious female outlaw.|
|20||"Elvira's Old Beau"||Stan Daniels||Earl Pomerantz||June 7, 1982|
|A man to whom Elvira was once engaged has come to town, and he wants to take her away with him.|
|21||"Sam's Life Is Threatened"||Stan Daniels||Earl Pomerantz||June 14, 1982|
|22||"The Funeral"||Ed. Weinberger||David Lloyd||June 21, 1982|
|Sam and Tillman try to foil a holdup by holding a funeral for Frog. Instead of Frog, the coffin contains the $20,000 the thieves are after.|
Noted guest stars
In its short run, the show managed to feature an array of guest stars. The list of noted actors and actresses who appeared include:
- Dixie Carter in Episode #19 - "The Pretty Prisoner"
- Andy Griffith in Episode #5 - "The Reunion"
- Al Lewis in Episodes #6 and #7 - "They're Hanging Parker Tillman, Parts 1 and 2"
- Christopher Lloyd in Episode #4 - "The Calico Kid Returns" and Episode #15 - "The Calico Kid Goes to School"
- Richard Moll in Episode #2 - "The Prisoner"
- Slim Pickens in Episode #2 - "The Prisoner"
- John Randolph in Episode #11 - "The Railroad"
- Betty White in Episode #3 - "Mail Order Bride"
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