Best of the West

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For the AC series of reprints of 1930s and 1940s western comics, see Best of the West (comics). For the Action Figures created by Marx Toys in the 1960s and 1970s, see Best of the West (action figures).
Best of the West
Best of the West TV series.jpg
Leonard Frey and Joel Higgins
Genre Sitcom
Created by Earl Pomerantz
Starring Joel Higgins
Carlene Watkins
Meeno Peluce
Leonard Frey
Tom Ewell
Valri Bromfield
Tracey Walter
Theme music composer Earl Pomerantz
Roger Steinman
Opening theme "Best of the West" (sung by Rex Allen)
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 22
Production
Executive producer(s) Earl Pomerantz
Producer(s) David Lloyd
Running time 30 mins.
Distributor Paramount Television
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run September 10, 1981 – August 23, 1982

Best of the West is an American sitcom that aired on ABC from September 1981 through August 1982.

Synopsis[edit]

The Old West spoof featured the misadventures of Sam Best, a Civil War veteran (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 (Carlene Watkins) and his smart-mouthed son Daniel (Meeno Peluce). The cast also included Leonard Frey as villain Parker Tillman, Tom Ewell as drunken town doctor Jerome Kullens, and Tracey Walter as Tillman's clueless but kind-hearted henchman, Frog Rothchild, Jr.

Episode list[edit]

Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
1 "Pilot" James Burrows Earl Pomerantz September 10, 1981 (1981-09-10)
Sam arrives in town intending to run the general store, then runs into all kinds of trouble after turning down the protection racket.
2 "The Prisoner" Will Mackenzie Michael Leeson,
Earl Pomerantz
September 17, 1981 (1981-09-17)
Sam must face a prisoner's outlaw brothers after the sheriff who was taking him in becomes ill on his way through town.
3 "Mail Order Bride" Doug Rogers Earl Pomerantz September 24, 1981 (1981-09-24)
Doc's mail-order bride has a vivid personality with a past to match it.
4 "The Calico Kid Returns" Jeff Chambers Mitch Markowitz October 1, 1981 (1981-10-01)
The Square Deal Saloon's new cook is the Calico Kid; he has sworn to never again kill anything he can't eat.
5 "The Reunion" Ed. Weinberger Chip Keyes,
Doug Keyes
October 8, 1981 (1981-10-08)
Elvira's die-hard Confederate father (Andy Griffith) stays at the Square Deal Saloon while he is in town. His wife is trying to patch things up with their daughter; she married a Yankee!
6 "They're Hanging Parker Tillman: Part 1" Jeff Chambers Earl Pomerantz October 15, 1981 (1981-10-15)
Sam goes out on a limb and manages to save Tillman from a lynch mob, but 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 (1981-10-22)
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 (1981-10-29)
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 (1981-11-05)
Daniel is as surprised as anyone when a few innocent kisses lead to a shotgun wedding.
10 "Laney in Love" Stan Daniels Sam Simon November 12, 1981 (1981-11-12)
Laney is smitten with a smoothie who bids high for her at a social--but he turns out to be a low-down heel.
11 "The Railroad" Howard Storm Sy Rosen November 19, 1981 (1981-11-19)
Sam and Tillman try hard to convince the railroad to come to Copper Creek.
12 "The New Jail" James Burrows Michael Leeson November 26, 1981 (1981-11-26)
Sam's image as a lawman quickly loses its edge after he manages to shoot himself in the leg; the jail collapsing around him doesn't help.
13 "A Man, a Woman, and a Horse" Howard Storm Earl Pomerantz December 17, 1981 (1981-12-17)
Sam doesn't pay attention to signs of discontent from Elvira until the day he comes home to finds her packed to leave.
14 "Frog's First Gunfight" Michael Lessac Earl Pomerantz January 7, 1982 (1982-01-07)
Frog meets a woman who was recently jilted by her beau, but neither realizes he wants her back.
15 "The Calico Kid Goes to School" Michael Lessac Earl Pomerantz January 14, 1982 (1982-01-14)
The reformed Calico Kid decides he wants to be a U.S. Marshal. But he lacks one qualification: a third-grade education.
16 "Tillman Held for Ransom" Howard Storm Earl Pomerantz January 21, 1982 (1982-01-21)
Tillman has been kidnapped and the kidnappers are demanding a ransom, but the Copper Creek citizens have no intention of paying up.
17 "The Cave-In" Howard Storm David Lloyd February 12, 1982 (1982-02-12)
Elvira and her stepson explore an abandoned outlaw cave, unaware that it is booby-trapped to collapse.
18 "Daniel Fights a Bully" Howard Storm Earl Pomerantz February 19, 1982 (1982-02-19)
Daniel's refusal to fight a relentless bully leads to Sam having to fight the bully's father.
19 "The Pretty Prisoner" Howard Storm David Lloyd February 26, 1982 (1982-02-26)
Sam is handcuffed to his prisoner--a flirtatious female outlaw--for an overnight journey.
20 "Elvira's Old Beau" Stan Daniels Earl Pomerantz June 7, 1982 (1982-06-07)
Elvira's former fiance' comes to town, intent on taking her away with him.
21 "Sam's Life Is Threatened" Stan Daniels Earl Pomerantz June 14, 1982 (1982-06-14)
22 "The Funeral" Ed. Weinberger David Lloyd June 21, 1982 (1982-06-21)
Sam and Tillman try to foil a holdup by holding a funeral for Frog; the coffin contains the $20,000 the thieves are after.

Noted guest stars[edit]

In its short run, the show managed to feature an array of guest stars. The list of noted actors and actresses who appeared include:

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