The Cisco Kid (TV series)

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The Cisco Kid
Duncan Renaldo as The Cisco Kid.jpg
Duncan Renaldo as the Cisco Kid, with Diablo
Written byO. Henry
J. Benton Cheney
Barry Cohon
Directed byPaul Landres
Lambert Hillyer
StarringDuncan Renaldo
Leo Carrillo
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes156 (list of episodes)
Producer(s)Frederick Ziv
Philip N. Krasne
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Ziv Television Programs
DistributorZiv Television Programs(1950s)
Walter Schwimmer (1960s and 70s)
Rhodes Productions (1980s)
Peter Rodgers Organization (current)
Original networkFirst-run syndication
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 5, 1950 –
March 22, 1956

The Cisco Kid is a 1950-1956 half-hour American Western television series starring Duncan Renaldo in the title role, the Cisco Kid, and Leo Carrillo as the jovial sidekick, Pancho. Cisco and Pancho were technically desperados wanted for unspecified crimes,[1] but were viewed by the poor as Robin Hood figures who assisted the downtrodden when law enforcement officers proved corrupt or unwilling to help.[2] It was also the first television series to be filmed in color,[3] although few viewers saw it in color until the 1960s.



  1. ^ Woolery, George W. (1985). Children's Television: The First Thirty-Five Years, 1946-1981, Part II: Live, Film, and Tape Series. The Scarecrow Press. pp. 121–122. ISBN 0-8108-1651-2.
  2. ^ Alex McNeil, Total Television, New York: Penguin Books, 1996, 4th ed., p. 165
  3. ^ Interview with Frederick W. Ziv, in: Irv Broughton, Producers on Producing: The Making of Film and Television, McFarland, 1986, p. 18. ISBN 978-0-89950-199-4.

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