Read the file that I have attached, answer carefully on following questions:
1. What topics/issues would make you interested in a TV Western?
2. Do you like to watch a television series week-by-week or do you prefer to record/buy the series and watch many episodes at once? Why?
3. Which of the video clips in the Week 11 lecture did you find the most interesting and/or surprising and why?
answer those questions separately, make sure that you control the words approximately between 250- 300 words. that is the word range for whole content. please make them as simple as you can, so that the instructor believe in me. always follow the instructions. make sure you read that file.
LESSON OBJECTIVES – Upon completion of this lesson, students should be able to relate Television-based Westerns to a defined historical and social context, to recognize the social, political and economic arguments presented by a TV Western and to relate the ideas of such Westerns to their own experiences and perspectives.
VIDEO CLIPS: Students can view the embedded video or press “CTRL” and left-click on the provided link to view on the host website. NOTE: The document may need to be viewed in “enable editing” mode to view the clips. Note: After viewing a clip, students may need to manually use the mouse to move the document via the right-hand scrolling bar or re-click their mouse within the document.
OPTIONAL READING: The Rough Guide to Westerns, pp. 259-269
As a specific form of the Western, TV Westerns became very popular with the advent of television in the late 1940s and 1950s – the “B” Western serial of movie houses effectively moved to the new format.
Western series on TV had waned by the early 1970s with some notable exceptions up to the first decade of this century.
Radio shows in the 1930s and 1940s with Western settings and plotlines were precursors – along with “B” Westerns – for the television Westerns that began in the 1940s.
The first television Western series was the Hopalong Cassidy Show, starring William Boyd, which launched in June 1949.
A number of major TV Western series were launched during the 1950s such as Gunsmoke (1955-1975).
The Westerns series, Gunsmoke, had its origin on radio – the stories center upon Dodge City, Kansas during the post-Civil War settlement of the American West. The lead character of U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon was played by 6 foot 7 inch James Arness (1923-2011).
John Wayne provided an introduction to the series when the first Gunsmoke episode aired in 1955: