Wide Country (TV series)

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Wide Country
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DVD cover
Genre Western
Written by Alan Le May
Directed by Alan Crosland, Jr.
Starring Earl Holliman
Andrew Prine
Slim Pickens
Theme music composer John Williams
Composer(s) Morton Stevens
John Williams
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 28
Producer(s) Ralph Edwards
Frank Telford
Cinematography Walter Strenge
Editor(s) Milton Shifman
Running time 45–48 minutes
Original network NBC
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original release September 20, 1962 (1962-09-20) – April 25, 1963 (1963-04-25)

Wide Country is an American Western television series which aired on NBC from September 20, 1962 to April 25, 1963.[1]


The series stars Earl Holliman and Andrew Prine as brothers, Mitch and Andy Guthrie, respectively, who are traveling rodeo competitors.[2] In the recurring story line, older, wiser brother Mitch, a champion bronco rider, discourages Andy from following in Mitch's footsteps.

The pilot for the series entitled "Second Chance" was aired on March 13, 1962, on the anthology series Alcoa Premiere on ABC. Wide Country is similar to the ABC series Stoney Burke, starring Jack Lord as a rodeo performer, which aired thirty-two episodes during the same season.

Wide Country faced tough competition from ABC's The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and The Donna Reed Show and CBS's Mr. Ed and the first half of the legal drama, Perry Mason.[3] The series was canceled after one season.

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DVD release[edit]

On November 15, 2011, Timeless Media Group released Wide Country- The Complete Television Series on DVD in Region 1 for the first time. The 8-disc set features all 28 episodes of the series.[4]


  1. ^ Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle. "The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-present", Ballantine Books, 1999, p. 1118. ISBN 0-345-42923-0 via Google Books. Accessed October 25, 2008.
  2. ^ Bernstein, Joel H. "Wild Ride", via Google Books, p. 21. Accessed October 25, 2008.
  3. ^ 1962-1963 American network television schedule
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-12-10. Retrieved 2011-09-26. 

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