Laredo (TV series)

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Genre Western/Comedy
Starring Neville Brand
William Smith
Peter Brown
Philip Carey
Theme music composer Russell Garcia
Composer(s) Stanley Wilson
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 56
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 45 mins.
Production company(s) Universal Television
Original channel NBC
Audio format Monaural
Original run September 16, 1965 (1965-09-16) – April 7, 1967 (1967-04-07)
Related shows The Virginian

Laredo is an American Western television series that aired on NBC from September 16, 1965, to April 7, 1967. Laredo stars Neville Brand, William Smith, Peter Brown, and Philip Carey as Texas Rangers. It is set on the Mexican border about Laredo, Texas. The program was produced by Universal Television.[1]

The pilot episode of Laredo aired on NBC's The Virginian under the title, "We've Lost a Train" (April 21, 1965; Season 3, Episode 30).[2] It was released theatrically in 1969 under the title Backtrack. Three episodes from the first season of the series were edited into the 1968 feature film Three Guns for Texas.


Laredo combined action and humor with the focus on three fictitious Texas Rangers. Reese Bennett, played by Brand, is older than his two partners. Chad Cooper was played by Peter Brown, the former co-star with John Russell of the ABC/Warner Brothers western series, Lawman. Joe Riley was portrayed by William Smith. Reese was previously an officer of the Union Army during the American Civil War. Originally from New Orleans, Chad was in the Border Patrol during the war. He joined the Rangers to search for the gunrunners who had ambushed fellow border patrolmen. Joe was a gunfighter who was at times on the wrong side of the law. He joined the Rangers to obtain protection from a sheriff. Chad and Joe tease Reese about his age: he was in his forties.

The three Rangers are led by Captain Edward Parmalee, played by Philip Carey, who was stern and disciplined. Robert Wolders as Erik Hunter joined the show in the second and final season. Claude Akins played Ranger Cotton Buckmeister in five episodes but never became a part of the cast.


Guest stars[edit]

Lane Bradford was cast five times in different roles: as 3-Finger Jake in "Rendezvous at Arillo" and as Amos Slaughter in "Which Way Did They Go?" (both 1965), as Ben Slick in "The Treasure of San Diablo" and as Charley Smith in "Road to San Remo" (both 1966), and as Lyle in "Walk Softly" (1967).[3]

Jeanette Nolan appeared three times: as Ma Burns in "The Golden Trail" (1965), as Martha Tuforth in "It's the End of the Road, Stanley" (1966), and as Vita Rose in "Like One of the Family" (1967).[3]

John Russell appeared as Robert in the episode "Enemies and Brothers" (1967), reuniting him with his Lawman costar Peter Brown.

Other guest stars include:

DVD releases[edit]

Timeless Media Group released the entire series on DVD in Region 1 on November 24, 2009. The 12-disc box set features all 56 episodes of the series as well as bonus features.[4] Laredo is broadcast at 2 p.m. Eastern on weekdays on the Encore Westerns Channel, having filled the time slot previously occupied by double episodes of Lawman, which had also co-starred Peter Brown.[5]


  1. ^ "Laredo". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ ""We've Lost a Train", The Virginian, April 21, 1965". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Full Cast and Crew for Laredo". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  4. ^ Lambert, David (2009-09-24). "Laredo - Timeless Release of The Complete Series as a 12-DVD Set this November". Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "2013 Monthly Schedule, All times EST". Retrieved July 4, 2013. 

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