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HAVE GUN – WILL TRAVEL: THE COMPLETE SERIES
May 17, 2016  | By David Bianculli
 

Richard Boone starred in three major TV series in the 1950s and 1960s, and all of them were noteworthy and unusual. Medic (1954-56) was one of TV’s first medical series, and The Richard Boone Show (1963-64) was a bold experiment, a repertory company anthology show, decades ahead of the likes of American Horror Story. And in between those two series, from 1957-63, was CBS’s Have Gun – Will Travel, a moody, moral, menacing Western. Boone played Paladin, a gunslinger for hire in the post-Civil War West, dressed in black, and carrying beautifully hand-crafted guns,. Paladin  took only the cases that fit with his personal sense of justice and morality. He worked out of a San Francisco hotel, where he lived lavishly, with doting assistance from his Asian personal assistant, played by Kam Tong, whose character’s name – honest – was Hey Boy. But Paladin was no racist. Quite the contrary: Have Gun – Will Travel featured some of the most tolerant TV story lines of the era. (Gene Roddenberry, later to create Star Trek, wrote a few dozen episodes.) This new, complete collection includes all 225 episodes on 35 discs. Listing at $84.98, that’s about $14 per season, but Amazon is selling it right now for $60.37. Have credit card, will purchase.  – David Bianculli

 
 
 
 
 
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Good news, TVWW readers: David’s new book from Doubleday, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is now avaialble on Amazon.

Doubleday says: “Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way."

"The Platinum Age of Television is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era of quality TV. For instance, animation evolved from Rocky and His Friends to South Park; variety shows moved from The Ed Sullivan Show to Saturday Night Live; and family sitcoms grew from I Love Lucy to Modern Family. A high point is the author’s interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer and many others...Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post

 

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